Friday, January 15, 2010

Never Enough...

I realized something interesting today.

It's never going to be enough.

Every minute that you're playing FFXI, there's always something you're striving for. You're always trying to get a better polearm or a better pair of shoes, a better spell or a better level. There's always something to work toward.

Even when you hit level 75, you have a ton of shit left to do. Hell, you have to level half a dozen subs to 37 just to keep from being gimped.

That's just to be normal.

If you want to be better, you have 19 other jobs to level to 75.

And then you have to get merits for all of them.

Lots of merits.

Merits for new abilities, new spells, new episodes of House, whatever.

But then you're done.

Oh, wait. You don't have all of your gear yet.

Every single one of your 20 jobs has situational gear, gear that you need for every possible event. I mean, Dragoons do two things:

1) hit things

2) hit things again

That's it.

And yet, any Dragoon worth his salt has 4 or 5 sets of gear ready to go at any moment. You need soloing gear, weaponskill gear, regular tping gear, evening wear, and who knows what the hell else.

So, you've got hours upon hours upon hours of questing or farming or running events just to get awesome gear.

And every job has awesome gear.

Lots of it.

But that's it. Once you've got the jobs to 75, all 20 of them, and you have lots of awesome gear for your jobs, all 20 of them, then... Then you're done.

Wait... You did your crafting, right? You got your crafting to 100, right?

And leveled all of your sub crafts.

And your fishing.

You get a special fishing rod if you catch eleventy bajillion fish and bring them to this guy who has some weird fish-related emergency.

Then you get to go fish with your new fishing rod.

So, now, you're spending hours and hours farming for money and materials to craft AND spending hours and hours crafting and trying to resell the items you made.

Then, you're done.

Just as soon as you get your Relic weapons.

That take years to complete.

And every job has a relic.

All 20 of them.


Then... Then you're done.

Completely done.

... Until the next update.


At 5:19 PM, Blogger Vorinia said...

What, no Mythic weapons? :P

At 5:34 PM, Blogger Dyamalos said...

I was about to say the same thing.

just a small correction: 1 relic for every weapon type with only one for ranged(bow) and one for brd(horn) because, lets face it, if there was a relic gun, rangers would cry, if there was a relic harp, eveyone would laugh.

then 20 mythic weapons. but at least for that, half of it you only have to do once. the rest would just be getting alexandrite and redoing the seccond assault parts...

Have fun with that.

At 6:41 PM, Blogger kevkos said...

And hats, don't forget hats.

Need at least one mule full of hats.

At 6:47 PM, Blogger Branden said...

@Dyamalos: LOLWUT? Hi2u Annihilator.

Dave, its so true. I got the "whats the point?" syndrome once FFXIV was announced because I didn't want to do all the crap just to have everyone quit at XIV launch.

At 8:46 PM, Blogger Sun-U Anime Club said...

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At 8:48 PM, Blogger J. Scarper said...

I thought that's the point of it. If you were ever truly "done", you'd stop playing the game. It'd defeat the purpose.

Also, SE would stop having money come in. That would be bad. [GM] Dave'd be out of a job.

At 9:37 PM, Blogger Music-chan said...

this is why MMOs are such a good buisness model if they're done right. There is literally always something to do. If you ever finish the game, then you'd just quit.

At 10:58 PM, Blogger Ben said...

I feel the same way about Guildwars. Surprisingly, even thought he level cap is only 20, theres about 100 skills to collect for each class, 40 elite skills per class, 8 different sets of elite armour per class, half a dozen unique items to hunt for for each weapon.

And then there's titles. Seriously I'm never going to get that damn thing finished.

At 11:05 PM, Blogger Salt said...

Ah... MMOs, the endless treadmills.

At 11:26 PM, Blogger Blog Editor said...

Dammit Dave!

You forgot the endless number of RMT's that need to be messed with at the auction house.


Hung out to dry, tarred and feathered.

Can you do that?

Can we add RMT Tar and Feathering to the game?

At 2:28 AM, Blogger Drew said...

You're just noticing this now? xD

At 2:34 PM, Blogger Dyamalos said...

you know, thinking about it, a well implemented PvP system 'could' help the RMT problem. While it surely can me abused and detrimental in some cases, I've played an MMO that was almost completely policed by the player base(with exception to tech/hacking issues). Hell, they even took down people who decided to PK as well as scam other players.

At 5:03 PM, Blogger Hulyen said...

Personally, I can't take any player seriously without a Rain Hat and a Spelunker's Hat. Get camping. Dave!

At 9:01 PM, Blogger kevkos said...

@salt But we are all getting fatter

At 9:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"lets face it, if there was a relic gun, rangers would cry"

Err, there *is* a relic gun, it's called Annihilator.

DMG: 47 Delay: 582
Ranged Accuracy +20
Ranged Attack +10
Lv. 75 RNG

So yeah, RNG gets two relics.

At 3:36 PM, Blogger Taylin said...

Well the Relic bow is more for Sam/rng than for actual ranger^^


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