FF14 Update Pure Square Enix Quality

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Square Enix’s latest Final Fantasy XIV update is showing the company’s usual forethought and attention to detail – the update adds a public “player history” feature which shows exactly when players were playing and what they were doing, with no option to turn it off.

Whilst on paper an innocuous addition, in practice the update handily exposes MMORPG addicted NEETs and employees sneakily playing on the job in violation of company policy, to say nothing of exposing the fact that most of the game’s “official players” quit weeks ago.

The update:

[Important Update Details]

General
- Implemented a “History” feature which displays a record of any achievements the character has accomplished in FINAL FANTASY XIV.
The page can be accessed by selecting the “History” option located under the “My Site” menu and also within the “Character” section.

Of course, it could be argued that Square Enix is doing employers a favour by allowing them to pinpoint slackers.

It is not however doing itself much of a favour – players exploring the feature quickly rumbled the showcase players who were enthusiastically shilling for the game:

Seiyuu Rina Katou logged in once on the 2nd of October and never again, and after writing about her experiences playing the game with such enthusiasm throughout the rest of the month…

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Mangaka Kayoko Saito wrote extensively about the game and drew 5 manga about it, but only played for 10 minutes:

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She also reported visiting places her play history reports she never got to…

Investigation of the rest of the “official players” assembled reveals most of them gave up playing weeks ago, perhaps their only honest act whilst endorsing the game.


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    Avatar of Mizushima 水島
    Comment by Mizushima 水島
    12:23 02/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    i suggest a poll on wut the players want cuz really they r out of touch with us

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:33 02/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I suggest returning to school.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:53 02/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    why isit bad to play this game addictivly? some people will some peoiple wont, whats wrong with the mix?

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:33 02/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wow, this looks like Square's biggest failure since Final Fantasy: the Spirits Within.

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    Comment by PirosThe3rd
    13:00 02/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Another FAIL-ness of square enix today....
    It is better when it still "squaresoft" (I think...) or when then they first changed the company name into what we know as square "fuck" enix .....
    Hah..... I'm tired to see this game slowly turned into a real trash....

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:51 02/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I like it. All games need to have a way to keep track of your guild mates. However it shouldnt be PUBLIC. Should be just avaliable to the guild.

    WHY?
    Because we want active people, and not only that, thieves and spies will just log in on and off, and when there is no one around to impress, he will go log in on his main.

    Comment by คภєк๏
    09:54 02/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Should be just available to the player. <-- fixed

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:46 02/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hey can we get an update to ensure the game works for ALL processors!? I mean come on! This update is pointless right now! My Quad Core still has no love right now for this game. It can run anything I throw at it, but not this game....

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    Comment by Renzo
    11:10 02/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    *OMG*,, Oh noes,, I hope my game logs is not found out !! *shivers*

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:19 02/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    LMAO at some of those fools in here thinking this article is bitching about the achievements features

    READ AGAIN Idiots, it was exactly with this feature that exposed SE's false marketing of hiring people to write about their fake 'adventure' in the game.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:08 02/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    This amazing game is one of the most great experiences that I had in my entire life!!!!!!

    *History
    -Last log in: Sep 12 /2010.
    -Time playing: 5 minutes.
    -Influence level: 25 V.I.P. High.
    -Weekly payment: classified.
    -Current work: television star.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:51 02/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    This game will be used for years as an example of the things you can't add to a MMORPG.

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    Comment by PrinceHeir
    14:03 02/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    FFXIV - what have you done square -____-

    to all who said crisis core and advent children are crap please don't be stupid. they are essential to the story line especially Crisis Core(Zack RIP)

    Dirge of Cerberus is also good, though it would be cool if they made the game play faster and a End of Eternity like gameplay, that would be awesome :)

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    Comment by freecom
    09:18 03/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    at this rate FF14 will literally be the "final fantasy"

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:54 04/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    this post my be a bit old now but though I'd let you know it backfired. XD I my self was getting a little bored of ffxiv of late, but after seeing the history thing it made me want to play a bit more to add to it, sorry SC, you failed this time!

    and to the haters of ffxiv, SUCK IT UP YOU 12 YEAR OLDS! really getting this worked up over a fucking game?! grow up and move on, stop drilling away at one stupid thing and go do something else with your life already. play halo, hate that! play zelda, to easy? demon's souls, to hard? well theres hundreds, maybe thoundands of different games out there so stop bitching endlessly over one and go play someting you find fun.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:06 03/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Of course, it could be argued that Square Enix is doing employers a favour by allowing them to pinpoint slackers."

    It also does the rest of the world a favour by allowing us to pinpoint people with bad taste.

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    Comment by Aya Reiko
    16:28 02/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I've got to say this, but who the hell are Rina Katou and Kayoko Saito? I've never heard of them, and (apparently) neither has the internet.

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    Comment by intratec
    16:33 02/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    go play warcraft, faggots

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:27 03/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    go play warcraft with faggots [fixed].
    Seriously, there are tons of better mmo than warcraft

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:42 02/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    ????? Is it just me, or does it look like this is not a mistake. Really, SQUARE ENIX is just trying to kill Final Fantasy, thats what it looks to me, they want to end FF Franchise, maybe it's been to long for a simple Franchise. You all know that SQUARE ENIX is one of the best if not the Best JRPG maker, and this looks to me like they are just killing the game to end a Franchise that should have ended a long time ago, plus they could do it upfront saying "FF is over no more FF will be made" people would go crazy, but Square E. wants to end it so they can move on and creat other games with other names. FF was great and one if not the best JRPG games in the world but "14" games is really much.
    After FF X the game lost is "Turn Base RPG" and became to decline. We "Old people" like our old FF but the new kids XD like to move the Swords and the Character in a "Real time play type" like most combat games. Even the storys are the same has always group of persons saving the world. We all Run out of Ideas, it's only natural. For me Final Fantasy was one of the best it's in my TOP 10 games but it's time to let go our accept the new FF like they're more action less story great grafics less variation...It's like This We can't please All, We "old gamers" love the old one but they are going for the new Generarion of gamers...

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:21 02/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    New generation?
    The problem of the failure is that it isn't even what the new generation wants, these new stuffs they've been dishing out. To correct that statement, they're making thngs nobody wants, which has been the source of intrigue to everyone here.

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    Comment by Gitami
    14:50 02/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Shooting themselves in the foot: how to be a Square Enix.

    If they are still financially solvent after this, perhaps they'll spend more time with the previous FF mmorpg.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:12 02/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Game history for FFXIV? Big deal
    We know its a bad thing and we know SE is a group of fuck ups.... can we stop beating a dead horse with these pointless posts?

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    Comment by Gekokujou
    18:12 02/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    No, we did to do it until SE bows down to us gamers and beg for forgiveness. Alternatively, just dying also works.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:10 02/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Square Enix's time has already come most likely they're already in bankruptcy so they're just doing whatever they can before they officially admit it

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:12 02/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    lol bitching about achievements.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:31 02/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    And i thought the update would be bug fixes. Square Enix must be really lazy.

    Comment by Rashid
    07:01 02/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    to be honest... is not a BAD game, is just another mediocre, average, regular grindfest.

    Put another name to the game and nobody will complain.

    Avatar of General Jack D. Ripper
    06:55 02/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The system they applied in this game seems to backfire severely; players that can play the game for only an hour stops playing the game after a few days.

    Rather than endorsing the game, it seems players will likely shun the game.

    Either Square Enix should do something about this or continue to self-destructe

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:18 02/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Does no one on this site play video games or something?

    I mean really? Bitching about achievements being implemented? They add nothing and take nothing away. It's just adds some goals for the players to achieve.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:44 02/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Adding achievements and trophies features are one thing, exposing bullcrap you did while adding it? That's just something else.

    Most games I've played don't tell people WHEN you got the achievement. A 50k monster kill count after only 72 hours tells people that you have no life at all. Or even cheating.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:19 02/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    AND NOTHING OF VALUE WAS LOST

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    Comment by Tateha
    07:23 02/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    square fucking owned themselves in the marketing department. whats the point of hiring famous voice actors and mangaka to say good things about your game when they themselves expose that it's all just a sham.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:46 02/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Rectangle Enix, you're dead just like Aya Hirano.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:47 02/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    God it's glorious. I love watching these egotists fail.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:52 02/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Umm it's just like trophies/achievements. I don't see why you're spinning this into a big deal.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:54 02/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    hows it feel to be 12 years old and not knowing whats going on in anything?

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:15 02/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    You mean achievements?

    Is there anything inherently wrong with achievements cause practically every console game has them.

    WoW the most successful MMORPG in the world has achievements.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:51 02/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    How about this 'Achievement' system also being set up to have details that exposes how much you play through the time?

    And you CAN'T TURN IT OFF, for now.

    It's one thing to be able to show what you've done, but when this shit also acts as proof that all the celebs that endorsed this binary feces played only for 10 minutes since launch, you know this game's programmers are probably trolling their own company.

    And I wonder what excuses will FFXIV Defense Force will come up with from their own ass this time.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:33 02/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    in case you still don't get it, this article is about the false marketing by SE

    learn to read

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    Comment by SpideyPHL
    07:33 02/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    In theory a good idea, something like WoW or facebook ish, but no options to turn it off is another example of SE (and many Japanese developers in general) having good ideas but really bad execution. Lost Planet 2, Dead Rising 2, and FFXIV are all prime examples of a seeming unwillingness to do the common sense thing and instead take the stupid route for no discernible reason.

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    Comment by Megidola
    07:23 02/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    They obviously got tired of riding horsebirds.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:06 02/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I thought they were called Chocopos.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:27 02/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Seiyuu Rina Katou logged in once on the 2nd of October and never again, and after writing about her experiences playing the game with such enthusiasm throughout the rest of the month…"

    "Mangaka Kayoko Saito wrote extensively about the game and drew 5 manga about it, but only played for 10 minutes:
    ...
    She also reported visiting places her play history reports she never got to…"

    Wow, I wonder if it's actually possible to pwn yourself harder than this.

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    Comment by Sukunai
    06:41 02/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Man talk about getting seriously busted. If you haven't played, don't lie about it.

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    Comment by Niwa
    06:40 02/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    is this not hurting their stocks even more?

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:15 02/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wow square, way to be a boss.

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    Comment by JB
    06:04 02/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    What else could they possibly do to alienate their players? Seroiusly...

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    Comment by Chen-04
    06:10 02/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    @JB
    They could put a tax on your characterlevel, charging you extra for highlevel characters... or they could just reset all experience points and levels and items after six month playtime to give new players a fair chance.

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    Comment by Schrobby
    06:21 02/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I wouldn't put that beyond them.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:20 02/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I don't see how adding achievements alienates players.

    You do realize WoW has achievements? And WoW has 12 million subscribers?

    You also realize PS3 and 360 games have achievements/trophies?

    You finally realize that achievements are common in modern games?

    To NOT implement achievements would truly alienate players.

    Does no one play games on this site beside Eroge?

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:26 02/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Anon 8:20 Has Unlocked an Achievement!
    Achievement: Fucking Retarded!

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:31 02/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    WoW achievements stick to a (relative) few events. These FFIV "achievements" are a record of EVERY SINGLE TIME YOU FINISH ANY QUEST, AND THE EXACT TIME YOU DID IT.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:41 02/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    No they aren't. They are when you complete certain types of "quests"(called faction leves). If it was every single quest you ever did, wow would that list be huge.






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