Closed BetaListen... I know I don't write about FFXI a lot anymore. In my attempts to broaden my horizons and keep the blog fresh, I find myself moving away from FFXI stories.
I mean, how many times can you write about retarded Red Mages before people get sick of you?
Don't go back and count.
Even though I don't write about it as much as I used to, that doesn't mean you people can get on with crap and I won't notice.
[GM]Dave is always watching.
Do you know what really pisses me off? I mean what just really grinds my gears?
Morons who say shit about FFXI players being beta testers.
FFXI is a finished game. It is, as a whole, a complete experience that any player could pick up, play, and enjoy.
But, not being happy with "good enough", the Devs bust their asses figuring out ways to make the game better.
Seriously. That's their job.
There's a room full of guys who do nothing all day, but try and make the game better for you guys.
Most of the day.
They get bathroom breaks.
Their entire job is to sit around and just think shit up, just pull stuff out of the air that'll make you guys just a little bit happier.
Just a little.
Those guys get a thank you e-mail and it's like the fourth of frickin' July. They're dancing in the aisles like Ewoks.
Do they get those e-mails very often?
Of course not.
Instead, people just bitch about what they want. Bitch, bitch, bitch.
And do they give up? No. They work their asses off trying to do whatever they can to make the FFXI experience even better than it already is.
Just a few days ago, they rolled out a new feature: The Character Reactivation Service.
You might recognize it as an extension of the Return Home to Vana'diel campaign. Rather than waiting for the campaign to come around once a year, former players will now be able to restore old characters and return to FFXI in style.
Any time they want.
Think about that. This isn't even a feature for current players. This is designed solely to help former players come back to the fold.
We're working to help people who don't even play anymore.
That's freaking dedication.
And what do we get for this new feature? Do the devs get praise and thanks for an obviously helpful feature?
Instead, people line up on the forums to give them shit for it.
Then... Then we get the most retarded thing that any player could possibly type:
"I love how FFXI players are basically unpaid beta testers."
I want you to understand me... THIS IS RETARDED.
RE. TAR. DED.
Every single time we put in a new feature that people have been asking for, some idiot has to break out this line like they're doing us a favor by playing.
What the hell?!
The line doesn't even make sense.
Believe it or not, beta testing doesn't involve playing a game for hours and then bitching about something you don't like. You spend hour after hour testing game mechanics and actively trying to break the system so that the devs can keep that problem from occurring again.
It is a difficult and arduous job.
Beta testing doesn't mean complaining because Selbina didn't have a Nomad Moogle.
Even if it did, the devs just went and fixed whatever it was that you must have thought was terribly broken. You're posting in the freaking thread about them fixing it.
They fixed what you thought was wrong.
WHY ARE YOU STILL COMPLAINING?!
Dear sweet bacon Jesus, can't you just shut the hell up for once?
I'm not saying you need to write up a heartfelt thank you or anything. That's fine.
Just don't write anything at all.
If it's such a freaking hardship putting up with your incredibly difficult "beta testing" duties, maybe you should find something more constructive to do with your time.
Like pounding nails through a board with your dick.
Now, I'm not talking to everyone here. Most of you are productive members of the community.
We appreciate comments from the FFXI community. Feedback allows us to refine a game we all love to make it even better.
The annoying little bitches who come in after a problem is fixed to tell us how there used to be a problem and how unfair it is that they used to have to deal with said problem...
Not so helpful.
In the interest of everyone's happiness, I am announcing that FFXI is officially no longer in beta.
You "beta testers" are no longer required.
Don't let the logout hit you in the ass on your way.
The rest of us will be over here playing our game.
Thanks for the help with the beta testing though. That was real helpful.
Thanks to you, we've already reduced the number of idiots who play the game.
Just as soon as you log out.