final fantasy xi

Official Site: Final Fantasy XI
Studio: Square Enix
Launch Date: May 16, 2002 (in de facto maintenance mode as of November 10, 2015)
Genre: Fantasy Themepark
Business Model: Subscription
Platform: PC, PS2, Xbox 360

Not pictured: Egg.

Final Fantasy XI kicks off its annual Egg Hunt Egg-stravaganza on April 15

It's almost time for the denizens of Vana'diel to run around desperately hoping to find a set of eggs that spell out important words...

The MOP Up: Grab your Harry Potter nickname now!

When Harry Potter: Wizards Unite arrives later this year, by which name will you be known and feared? Lord Scooby? Mr. Cheddar? Fluffybutticus?...
No, not cows, we can play cows. Cows are common, even.

Perfect Ten: Suggestions to make World of Warcraft Classic feel more authentic

One of the things that I tell people going back to Final Fantasy XI now is that the game is, well, a different...
I am COMPELLED to SHOOT!

Final Fantasy XI makes Rangers faster and adds new monthly objectives

Rangers are just faster with the newest version update for Final Fantasy XI. They don't move faster, but with Velocity Shot down to a...
What are we even doing here?

Wisdom of Nym: A measured response to Naoki Yoshida’s mystery project

Well hello there, news on April 1st. I really have a tendency not to put much stock in anything revealed on April Fools' Day because...

Choose My Adventure: What Legends of Aria taught me about sandbox MMORPGs

As much as I enjoy the new guard of MMORPGs, with their quick-hit content and action combat models, I'm also not completely ignorant to...
Returns of at least moderate happiness.

Final Fantasy XI introduces monthly Records of Eminence objectives with its April update

There's a lot of stuff to be gotten from Final Fantasy XI's Records of Eminence, but a lot of what you're getting amounts to...
Well... whoops.

FFXIV Fan Festival Tokyo 2019: Travel to the First with Hrothgar and Dancers

The third and final Final Fantasy XIV fan festival for Shadowbringers kicked off on Friday evening in by North American time schedules. We...

Massively Overthinking: Designed downtime in MMORPGs

In a Daily Grind not long ago, MOP reader Armsbend said something I thought just cried out for discussion. After noting that he...
Surprises are relative at times.

Final Fantasy XI development is focusing on something ‘that can surprise everyone later on’

The amount of support that Final Fantasy XI gets in a declared maintenance mode is in and of itself surprising, but that is apparently...

Massively Overthinking: MMOs as distraction vs. culture

Earlier this month, there was a fascinating conversation swirling around a Gamasutra article by Bryant Francis, specifically a quote from game dev Patric Mondou. "We're...
This may potentially be my final form.

Final Fantasy XI brings Ambuscade weapons to their final form with today’s update

Thanks to ages of shonen anime, "this isn't even my final form" no longer sounds remotely intimidating but mostly just brings to mind accidental...

The MOP Up: MapleStory goes to the arcade

If you're playing MapleStory, chances are that you're not too prim and proper to enjoy some goofy fun. So pop in a quarter...

Massively Overthinking: The paradox MMO

Back in February, the MMORPG subreddit offered up yet another fun thread: User Friendly_Fire told the MMO community that what it really wants...
I am COMPELLED to SHOOT!

Final Fantasy XI is bringing new Puppetmaster upgrades with its March patch

There are classically two schools of thought regarding Puppetmaster in Final Fantasy XI. One school of thought is that the job is not...
Get some.

Final Fantasy XI starts bonus item campaigns on March 11

Who likes getting extra stuff? Most Final Fantasy XI players, let's be real. So the good news for the game's upcoming campaigns starting on...
There was something beautiful and wonderful and it destroyed itself.

Jukebox Heroes: The 10 greatest MMO soundtracks of all time (as voted by you)

A few weeks ago we witnessed the showdown of the ages (or at least the epoch known as "late January 2019"), as Massively OP...

FFXIV recaps Fan Fest Paris and FFXI announces a Doll Festival

What do a fan expo for an MMORPG and an in-game event featuring dolls have in common? They're both Final Fantasy-related events! Obviously. How...
Now the story can be told...

Wisdom of Nym: The system changes I’d like to see in Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers

We don't yet know everything we're going to learn at the Tokyo fan festival about Shadowbringers, but we can be reasonably confident that...
We're here! We're... that's it, actually.

Vague Patch Notes: On play conditioning and the lecture of experience in MMOs

Yes, it's another week in which we talk about abstract concepts that underpin the way we play video games, this time inspired by a...

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