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#1 Aug 20 2014 at 10:08 AM Rating: Decent
Greetings Asurans,

So I've been back for approximately 48 hours and have only had one person (from the forums, not ingame) offer any kind of assistance about questions I'm having while playing. I am shouting, looking for LS members to help, etc but to no avail. Is the endgame really so time consuming now? Or is it just due to the lack of players these days? I'm sure everyone has their own **** to do BUT I feel like there's an obvious lack of community anymore. I understand there are forums and guides and wikis blah blah blah..that's not the same as taking the time to build a relationship w/ a "mentor" and getting help from your peers.

Maybe I'm just being a whiner but the community factor is dead for sure.
#2 Aug 21 2014 at 9:10 AM Rating: Good
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It's none of the above, I'm afraid. It's mainly due to the self-serving nature of the game these days. You probably played at a time when even if you didn't need help answering questions, you still needed to rely on other players' help in order to progress through the game. And not just "let's team up" but "let me spend a few hours helping you when I stand to gain nothing in return." That was the primary factor that led to so many people being so willing to help each other, because everyone needed help themselves too.

Square has taken away the necessity for relying on other players, and made it so players can just spend all their time helping themselves. Pretty much every event in the game now can be either soloed, or is the kind of event that rewards all participants. The latter is the biggest problem, it means people don't see the point in helping someone if they don't need the rewards themselves. Why waste their time, when they could let the person just keep shouting and find someone who would actually benefit from the rewards they'll get for helping? It makes it easier to just ignore all the people begging for help. It's truly a sad state the game is in right now.

For what it's worth, there are those of us out there who help people, but it does seem we're becoming a rare breed.
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#3 Aug 21 2014 at 11:22 AM Rating: Decent
That, my friend, makes perfect sense. You're absolutely right though. In my time everyone needed everyone else and I can totally see how the nerfing/buffing of the game has allowed people to stray from that mindset. I'm glad to hear there are a few people out there who are looking out for the returning vets and noobs. It's just a dramatically different environment now so it feels very foreign to me.

However, since I posted that I've reached 30WAR and 25THF. Some nice adventurer even offered to help me get my SJ items, run me to Jeuno AND BOUGHT ME AN AIRSHIP PASS /gasp. Even in my day people weren't THAT friendly...I mean 500,000 is a lot of gil but it doesn't seem like gil is a huge asset these days. So in retrospect, there are a lot less people offering help but the ones who are helping others are far more generous than in the past. I even got into a nice ACTIVE & SOCIAL Linkshell. They have all been extremely helpful in guiding me so far. The fact that I solo'd to 30 w/ my trusts in less than 5 hours is COMPLETELY INSANE. No more standing in the Jungle waiting for crappy 6 man party.

I will admit that I am slowly but surely falling in love with FFXI all over again. It's like a girlfriend that you dumped but ran into years later and the sparks are still there....loooooool. I like happy endings. Anyways, I've got to get leveled up and start figuring out this endgame nonsense. I appreciate the response Pergatory. Good to know there's goodies out there in Vana'diel!
#4 Aug 22 2014 at 9:11 AM Rating: Good
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Awesome, I'm glad you were able to find a shell and get some help along the way. Cheers!
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#5 Dec 29 2014 at 10:30 PM Rating: Decent
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Awesome to see you're still around, Pergatory!
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#6 Dec 30 2014 at 10:03 AM Rating: Good
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Hey Wyld, been a long time. I haven't been playing so much lately, I recently built a new computer and discovered that saving your macros to the server doesn't include equipsets which I've come to rely on. So until I copy those over by hand from my old computer, I won't be playing at all. I'm sure I'll be back around sooner or later, though!
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