Square Enix Fury at TV MMORPG Lies


Square Enix looks to be furious at faked TV reports about fanatical players of MMORPGs (Final Fantsay XI being a case in point).

Hiromichi Tanaka, lead developer for Final Fantasy XI and Senior Vice President of Software Development, tweeted thus:

“The other day we had enquiries from that station about a piece on ‘introducing online gaming’ –it was pretty suspect and we refused to participate, which seems to have been the right thing to do.

As expected the contents were completely different to what they said it would be and were totally negative.

Just what the hell were they playing at?”

At issue was a previously introduced TBS programme showing MMORPG fanatics as maniacs with no life whatsoever. A follow-up was aired showing how wretched the life of a (presumed) Final Fantasy XI player was:


2ch’s notorious detective abilities soon spotted that the date displayed on the clock was actually from December, not February as was claimed in the show.

The individual featured also made certain suspect appearances previously on the station, not at all consistent with the tragic tale given in the show itself, here as a “pro-wrestler”:


With TV stations evidently happy to manufacture reports of otaku deviance it seems little wonder they remain so despised in Japan.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    10:06 18/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm playing Final Fantasy XI at this very moment, I'm happy to say that I have sex regularly and I go outside to see the sun. So yes, normal people do play MMORPG's

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    Comment by Shadow-Phoenix
    11:18 18/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is why i never watch tv hardly anymore because the media always like a good bashing at almost any stereotype.

    On a side note, i tried White knight chronicals recently to find it was an utter copy+paste of Final Fantasy games crap and also tried Final Fantasy XIII and found it was more or less ok even though having no towns as such was a little half hearted.

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    Comment by Callysto
    11:27 18/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Final Fantasy XI is worthless. There is a thread on this if your interested in reading why.

    Final Fantasy XIV is looking to be a rehash of the balancer system from final fantasy II

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:42 18/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Anti-social person who doesn't get allong with parties (thus can't survive in FFXI detected).

    Comment by Anonymous

    I've been playing Final Fantasy XI since 2004, its f#cking awesome and gets better with every update. You're probably a World of Warcraft noob who played FFXI for 2 weeks and never made it past level 12.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:35 19/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The lack of solo play with optional grouping in FFXI killed it for me, if you have no friends to play with then be prepared to progress no more! This is how WoW succeeded by not doing something horribly frustrating, instead people enjoy the game for its broad accessibility.

    On the other hand, FF14 looks very promising at the moment.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Yeah it's quite awesome with its pathetically infrequent endgame content updates and new mini-expansion whoring. Not to mention the original no-life 10 hour plus fights they incorporated such as Pandemonium Warden mentioned below, or Absolute Virtue. The latter, to my knowledge, STILL to this day, some 3 years later, has yet to be defeated without some kind of glitch. Not to mention the abhorrent original state of Jailers leading up to AV with JoL being unkillable and the pop item droprate being around ~30%. I have never seen a development team that sneered so much at its playerbase with some completely horrible design decisions. But I guess it all works out in the end since there's always some addicted fanboy who runs to their defense whenever someone dares to question whether the game is any good or not. Which is kind of funny because the mini-expansions planned for this year are a direct about face to everything that FFXI was designed to be:

    "In Abyssea, concerns such as the over-population of battle areas and the need for large time investments will be a thing of the past. The development team is hard at work creating a world where parties can engage in rewarding battles with powerful foes and collect prized equipment with the least of fuss."

    They're tossing away the integrity of their (bad, myopic) design after 7 years to make some quick bucks as the server population collapses before FF14 comes out.

    And all of the above ignores the endless treadmill that the game is with its 1% drop rates, which is nothing but a cleverly crafted game mechanism to keep you recycling the same tired content over and over in a poor excuse to obfuscate the lack of new content while keeping you paying forever. How are those HNMs, Kirin, and Dynamis that you've been doing since 2004 treating you? Is your Linkshell capped on those items yet?

    Hope you're still enjoying your Wings of the Goddess expansion which has yet to be finished over 2 years later while S-E releases some more mini-expansions. Cha-ching!

    And seriously, what kind of game DOESN'T get better with each update? Is that even a defense? Seems you forgot about that worthless fish ranking update.

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    Comment by Shadow-Phoenix
    17:10 19/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Thats business for you.

    Most big shot companies have seen and done the stunts of having DLC locked onto disks (Resident Evil 5).

    Deliberately releasing multiplatform games that clearly do not work on another console (Bayonetta).

    Rehashing decade old game interfaces and play styles(White Knight Chonicles).

    Not beta testing a game or attempt major gameplay and multiplay fixes before said game releases to the public(Modern Warfare 2).

    Redesigning games to appeal to a different market rather than the original fanbase(C&C 4 Tiberium Twilight).

    Those just listed above are what most gaming companies have done or will try because at the end of the day they could hardly care less because they get your money and you get their product.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:19 18/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Previous reports of otaku antics made me think "You can't make this shit up". Apparently you (almost) can.

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    Comment by yaku
    13:36 18/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    An educated individual would know by default news, report and pretty much everything shown in TV is fabricated and wouldn't give it the time of day.

    Then again educated people aren't exactly the majority of the population.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:20 19/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I am having trouble trying to understand why a TV station would want to rip on Otaku. I would think that Otaku are a substantial source of money for them ?

    Maybe they just don't like Otaku because they hate us gaijin coming over to Japan telling everyone were going to be the Pirate King or yelling kamehameha at them or something. If I was Japanese, I would probably be annoyed at that.

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    Comment by Shadow-Phoenix
    17:35 19/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The media and idiot masses simply like to rip on Otaku because they think they are inferior and weak.

    Its just a mass form of bullying.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:50 18/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    japanese tv shows trolls otaku, cheap way to sell a show indeed, and public being brainwashed to fear the otaku more, i suggest anymore troll tv station needs their station be raided by angry otakus

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:48 18/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    On the other hand, this is the game that spawned this news event as well: http://www.massively.com/2008/08/16/its-pandemonium-in-final-fantasy-xi/

    18 hours and still not get the boss whittled down.

    Comment by H-Ero
    06:24 18/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    A news report filled with lies!? NO WAY!!!


    Comment by Anonymous
    06:23 18/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    he needs a new monitor

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    Comment by vin-nii
    06:27 18/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    but the thing is, no much people really play XI nowdays, right?

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:45 18/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    FFXI still has one of the largest MMORPG populations. Will probably change once XIV is out though.

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

    Hm, no. I just got back into the game after quitting for 3 years because it was on sale at Steam. Most of the NA players are gone already. But a lot of JP players still plays. It's pretty sad to see that what used to be so lively, but nowadays there is just not much going on. I think I'm just gonna finish my 30-days free and call it quit...

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:14 18/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Actually, they are merging several servers due to a huge population drop, hardly what I would call "going strong." Read about it yourself on playonline.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:06 18/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sounds like you chose a server that has a high population of Japanese players. Final Fantasy XI is still going strong, it actually has a pretty solid number of updates and expansions coming out this year.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:39 18/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Actually, fourth or fifth biggest MMO poppulation in the world, and fist biggest in japan.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:29 18/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Or any ff related game ... well i'm wrong damn ...
    If they're gods i beg you to resurrect squaresoft onegai T.T

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:28 18/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I see what you did there...

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:20 18/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    2ch never ceases to amaze me

    Comment by Shalala
    06:13 18/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why are they bashing Japanese otakus. Thats called bullying. Just we are different doesn't mean they should brand us as disgusting, creep with no lifes.

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    Comment by Zavalix
    06:22 18/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Because they are media, that's what they do... bash whatever kind of people they can and make it look gross or worry people about whatever they do. TV always does this, I'm surprised you didn't noticed before.

    In other happy news:
    Smart people with common sense knows almost anything you see in TV is false or wrongly presented.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:11 18/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Anime speaks the truth!! XD

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    Comment by Chen-04
    07:28 18/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Who watches TV nowadays anyway? We got the internet and know how to pirate stuff we are interested in.

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    Comment by KinTAmA
    09:17 18/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Internet good : )

    TV bad : (

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    Comment by patokite91
    07:38 18/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    is full of stupid people wich believes at everything on TV

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    06:36 18/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It is easier to ignore those MMORPG otakus than taking actions and enlighten them a little.

    If they can't ignore them, then pour their anger into MMORPG otakus(bully)...Its still easier than taking actions and enlighten them a little.

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    08:55 18/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I mean, they are allowed to be lazy can't they?

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    Comment by Zyst
    06:10 18/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wow, first they want to ban loli and now they're just mindlessly bashing. I must say I am not amused.

    11:03 18/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Like in most countries, the government has control over the media. I guess it's part of their ongoing plan to get the mmo hikkikomori's out of their rooms although I don't think it's really effective.

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    Comment by BlaqCat
    12:00 18/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    If anything, this sort of thing will cause the hikkis to become even more determined to stay in. Who wants to go out unto a world that demonizes them?

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:00 22/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    loli = pedophilia, prove me wrong.

    If you find images of underage children, real or drawn attractive at all, you are a pedophile.

    I'm glad loli was banned, pedophiles should be shot.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:05 30/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)


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    Comment by jabman025
    06:08 18/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    a televison station reinforcing a sterotype.......noooooo

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:19 18/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Japan's FOX, right there.

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    Comment by BlaqCat
    11:59 18/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm damn proud I wasn't the only one to immediately think of FOX.

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    Comment by TehBoringOne
    13:01 18/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Same here.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:07 18/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    the end of all creation draws near... ^^,

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

    the end of all creation draws near... ^^,

    p.s forgot to sing in, sorry, a bit noobish of me

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:40 18/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm sorry, I don't know that song. . .hehe

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:39 18/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    So this is why they do censors. God damn them.

    Comment by Shalala
    06:14 18/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I soo no how you are feeling.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:42 18/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    here is a question for you all.....

    Why would a mmo player agree to show his disgusting life on tv?

    No one would unless payed shitloads. And even then that would mean that they would even go out of the way to reinforce how ugly the room is.

    To help fox news also did a report on a kid that played world of warcraft. I played the game at the time and knew he was lying.

    He would make statements saying he would raids 5 hours a night with people. Yet I knew for a fact he did not have any raid gear on him. At best his character looked like it just turned level 60. This report was years ago before the first expansion.

    And the only footage they showed was him doing PVP. And even then his gear was really bad. If he was raiding/pvp 5 hours a night every week with that shitty gear I would guess that there is most likely bigger problems at hand.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:14 18/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    i dont no what you mean by your no..

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    Comment by TheLAG
    11:53 18/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hah, good thing my room doesn't look anything like th...
    *looks at pile of laundry*


    Comment by Anonymous
    09:39 18/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    so you WILL watch? I haz a confus

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:52 18/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hey, how about a boycott on not watching their shows...

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    Comment by GOD
    21:35 18/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The truth is, there should indeed be at least one player like that for every online game out there.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:41 18/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    FFXI is one of the most "engaging" online games available. Those who are into games are really lifeless man and the game is full of them. I clocked around 500 days game time before i realised it was a waste of life and quited for good.

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    Comment by fragonman
    17:44 18/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    ...my cousin is still a ffXI player and she's played since it came out XD

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:39 18/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)


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    07:27 18/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by Anonymous
    07:33 18/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    About begin FFXI is pretty real (two first photos).

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