Friday, July 17, 2009

Morning in Vana'diel: We Now Return to Your Regularly Scheduled Programming.

Morning in Vana'diel is your daily dose of FFXI and all things Vana'diel. Give us your thoughts on the interesting topics of the day! Today, Ring wonders just what the fuck everyone at SE is doing to have such a completely empty and useless update. Is it FFXI? Or is it a more likely candidate.

Well, at least one day of happiness is more than none. It's back to the normal grind of complaining about SE today.

I don't even know where to start. The update is scheduled to be released on Monday and SE almost never releases new information on weekends. The update today is utterly worthless. Even those that apologize for everything SE does (me) and even those that enjoy aspects of the game that are not interesting at all (MMM, I am looking at you) have nothing at all to care about with the update notes that were released today.

So it's back to complaining for me. I could complain here about the update but I will handle that in the POL News post, so I will complain about something else: these stupid mini-expansion-scenario-crap. I think that SE really screwed themselves over with these things. Unlike working on a full expansion, which requires a lot of front loaded work before release, these mini-expansions probably require a bunch of programming for the cutscenes every update. Which means that more time is being spent on content that no one cares about or is going to be disappointed in because they are spreading themselves too thin. The state of updates are pathetic and increasingly so. I would much rather that SE just focused on improving the current content than working on poorly written, uninteresting, unrewarding and filler crap.

Are you getting fed up with this crap? Will you just take anything that SE gives you? Do you think my indignation is worthless? Leave a comment and tell us what you think!


Ailee said...

If you don't like the mini expansion direction, don't reward SE by giving them $10 for that crap. You'd be done with the content in a day or two anyway.

I out grumpy Ring on issues like this. SE needs to put genuine content in their real updates instead of worrying about selling us $10 pieces of gear that have no long term impact on one's ability or desire to stay with the game. Yes, Ring, I understad SE has a right to make money off of their game, but the mini-expansions are imo not the way to do it. Build some real, engaging content and sell us that.

Colin said...

Well just like Ailee said, you do not have to buy the mini-expansions if you do not wish to play them. No one is telling you that you must purchase the data.

Although, I personally believe since they are working on a new mmorpg that SE will shift focus from 11 to 14. You see this all the time with companies that own a mmorpg, and start work on another. This is not to say that there will not be good content, but I suspect that we will begin to see a lot of these mini expansions, and normal expansions to make as much profit off of 11 as possible when it still can. Just look at everquest 1, they have like two expansions a year now.

I am hoping that perhaps some of the content they release from now (beyond these three mini expansions)will be at least more thought out and prepared for a launch, not pay now slowly receive patches and updates over a period of time. SE can't possibly hope for this new direction to really be good, can it?