Final Fantasy XIV changes the Sage job icon in response to trypophobia sufferers

    
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Laser needles.

Today’s vocabulary word is “trypophobia,” which refers to a feeling of fear or disgust when seeing a small cluster of holes or bumps. Not familiar with it? Then you probably don’t understand why there could have been any issue with the design for the job icon for Final Fantasy XIV’s upcoming Sage job, which is releasing as part of the Endwalker expansion coming out on November 23rd. But producer and director Naoki Yoshida heard from fans, and so the design is getting changed.

Yoshida explains that while not everyone experienced the issues, the design of the job icon is still something that can be changed, and it’s especially important given that these icons are used on merchandise as well as the in-game interface. The new design is similar to the prior one but omits the holes on the four spires and has a slightly more stylized design to avoid triggering any sort of uncomfortable response. So now you’ve learned about a new condition and seen it addressed at the same time! The world is a cavalcade of learning.

Source: Official Site; thanks to Daras for the tip!
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draugris

Tbh i was surprised that the usual suspects on twitter did not try to cancel Square Enix for not knowing that condition in the first place. But anyways, the change did not cost any development time and it does not hurt anybody also so hopefully there are some people who actually play FF14 with that problem that find comfort in it.

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Bruno Brito

On a week where we discovered that Blizzard doesn’t just hate it’s players and fans but also it’s employees, seing a company do a change out of concern is refreshing and feels good.

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Spex

I actually experience this issue! It’s awful and embarrassing since it seems so hilarious – but it feels horrible. Imagine seeing an image once and it makes your whole body bust out in extreme itching and imagery that won’t leave your head and you feel sick to your stomach over it and can’t even shake it when you close your eyes. It can stay with me for days, depending on what sets it off. I never knew it had a name until a few years ago, and while it was nice to have a term for it, it’s still a pretty rare issue and kind of silly, on the face of it. With that said, the fact a minor issue like this was taken seriously enough to have the art changed says the world about how much the dev team values their players.

I don’t play XIV because of the required duties (anxiety sucks) despite trying and failing multiple times over the years, but this is a reminder of how awesome the team is even if it’s a game I can’t play myself. I hope one day there’s a leveling/msq place for someone like me, but if not, I know the players they do have are in good hands and I’m thrilled they have a team who cares this much about them – especially during times like this where other studios seem to antagonize players and staff alike. Thanks, Yoshida. You’re doing it right. This is definitely a bright ray of light during a dark week.

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Jo Watt

May I ask what duties are “required”. I play FFXIV as my main mmo and as long as you find the right FC and group of people nothing in this game is “required”. Literally I spend days without doing any of the roulettes, if you mean the duties to continue the story almost everyone you come across is super patient for new players to watch the cutscenes and enjoy the game. (Ofc there are exceptions)

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Oh, I just mean the MSQ related duties (starting with Sastasha, etc) the trials(too many to list here my memory sucks), Crystal(something??) raid which was recently added as a MSQ necessity, along with each expansions’s MSQ dungeons/Trials going forward since it seems to be the norm. I actually looked up the chart that shows all required MSQ duties and I thought maybe I could do it…but I barely made it past Ifrit this time before realizing it was too much for me, mentally(I’m very stressed and anxious the past year or two so my tolerance for other anxiety makers is lower than normal). I’m not a max level player so all of the fun little things I wanna do aren’t available for me until I unlock them, and I’ve never made it past level 30! I know that there’s a Trust system later on, but that won’t be available until I’m well past one or two expansions – I contemplated skip potions, but I’m a roleplay type player and love story, so I don’t feel right doing that :(

I’ve tried XIV 3 or 4…hell, maybe 5 or 6 times over the years, and each time the friends I join for quit before we get far, and then I’m stuck with duty finder randoms, and since I can’t logic my way out of anxiety problems(believe me I’ve tried. I envy people who have fun with randoms!), I make it through a few groups before I realize I’m dreading the game more than I’m enjoying it, and I let my sub lapse again. Randoms are what I can’t handle. It’s kinda like how some people dread public speaking. It’s just a deep down dread you feel that makes no sense at all, but it’s there. In other games I play, I just avoid too much content I dread and do the other fun stuff and I make my own kind of experience that way, but in XIV you NEED to do certain duties to progress while doing MSQ so I’m basically stuck hehe. I doubt there will ever be a completely solo way to play MSQ (meaning, no random groups, more like solo instances) but I wish there was…

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Bruno Brito

You’re required to do three dungeons to level. Which is exactly what made me stop playing.

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Eric Gray Jr.

They are changing the icon for the job.. But haven’t given a detailed breakdown of its new actions along with the rest of the jobs come Endwalker.. Nice way to prioritize, I guess.

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Knight Porter

Why… are those somehow connected for you? they *never* give that sort of breakdown until right before the release.

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Gordi_the_mighti

To be fair doesn’t that info come out with the job action trailer that comes out like a month before release?

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Eric Gray Jr.

They usually do but, with as much hype as the game is getting; and unforeseen issues going in the industry, if they showed the breakdown earlier for the vets that are done with every battle class in the game at level 80, we (vets) might actually want to renew our subscriptions sooner rather than later.

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Gordi_the_mighti

Ok but why would they need to do that? This is the company that has said multiple times that they are ok with there players taking a break when they have nothing to do and come back when some thing new is released that catches your interest. And its not like they have gone silent with releasing information since the fan fest. The live letters still happen and earlier this month they had a 14 hour stream.

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Bereman99

Why would releasing information that isn’t relevant until Endwalker make you want to resubscribe before you have access to the changes?

Also, don’t speak for all us vets – as an omni-80 myself, I’m perfectly fine waiting for the usual cadence of news. I’ve got things I still want to chase in the game as it is.

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Bereman99

That comes with the Media Tour that is coming in mid-September, which they mentioned as part of the roadmap shown at the last Live Letter.

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LazyLex

For reference:
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Kanbe

Appreciate that

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Ken from Chicago

Ah, yes, I first heard of trypophobia a few years ago when Samsung and Apple were duking it out for most camera lens on the back of smartphones and at 4 or more, people were starting to get triggered.

It was made worse by caricatures drawn showing the entire back of phones filled with black camera lens which resembled holes.

Then I googled trypophobia and saw images of faces and other body parts covered with holes and I learned that was too much for me. It was as bad as seeing AI images of pizzas that looked like dogs merged together in a horrific scifi horrorovie creature. 😱😱😱😱😱

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Schmidt.Capela

I first learned that trypophobia is a thing when I found a thread from players that can’t play Astroneer because the resource nuggets you use for, well, everything are basically clusters of bumps.

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Jo Watt

I wonder if bubble wrap triggers this as well. All jokes aside it’s always entertaining to just pop them sometimes.
This also calls into question just how large scale is this and should more designs start taking this into account.