final fantasy

Disambiguation:

Final Fantasy XI, an MMORPG released in 2002
Final Fantasy XIV, an MMORPG released in 2010 and re-released in 2013
Final Fantasy series, a series of video games that began in 1987

Ideas face challenges when born.

Wisdom of Nym: Evaluating Final Fantasy XIV’s job gauges

The biggest problem with job gauges in Final Fantasy XIV was always conceptual because there were two jobs built from the ground up...
No one weekend should have all that power.

Global Chat: Is it time to get rid of MMO factions?

Factions in MMORPGs are a "love 'em, hate 'em, or largely ignore 'em until the studio remembers it has 'em and decides to shove...
Strap in, buckos.

Vague Patch Notes: How do you play MMOs when you know humans suffered to make them?

The original Star Wars film was a passion project for a then-young George Lucas, and it was a project that nearly killed Lucas from...
so spoopy

Final Fantasy XI prepares for the spooktacular Harvest Festival

So, how do you manage to make things feel spooky in a game like Final Fantasy XI when you have an entire expansion...
Back up.

Wisdom of Nym: Rewards in Final Fantasy XIV and what they’re worth

I saw someone asking the other day what the "point" was to the Doman Reconstruction effort in Final Fantasy XIV. What's the big...

The MOP Up: Dark Age of Camelot allows name, gender, and race changes

Dark Age of Camelot is testing its next major patch, and it has a major surprise in store for its playerbase. "Patch 1.125...
Spooooooopy

Final Fantasy XIV prepares for this year’s ghostly All Saints’ Wake

It's time to get thoroughly spooked out in Final Fantasy XIV as All Saints' Wake returns once again. This year is even...
Yes, this is one such alt.

Perfect Ten: Ten MMO systems that encourage alts

Here's how much I like having alts: I have alts in Final Fantasy XIV and Final Fantasy XI. Two games which are...
le roar

Final Fantasy XIV is weathering intermittent DDOS attacks

Ah, the DDOS attack, a time-honored way of making a large number of players upset simply because someone can. Final Fantasy XIV has...
WHAT AM I?!

Wisdom of Nym: What can datamining tell us about the next Final Fantasy XIV job?

The datamining for Final Fantasy XIV is difficult, because the game is remarkably spare when it comes to pointers for the future. Most...
NOT THE WARP TARU!

Final Fantasy XI’s October update finally addresses Besieged issues

The launch of Final Fantasy XI's third expansion, Treasures of Aht Urhgan, took place in 2006. Part of the launch was the inclusion...
Well, we got something right!

Wisdom of Nym: Final Fantasy XIV’s leaks and the seduction of partial information

I'm going to start off with a statement that should be fairly uncontroversial but could be otherwise and refer back to it: At this...
There's always more to learn. Some of it even helps.

Final Fantasy XIV shares some fifth anniversary infographics

After five years of operation there are lots of numbers to know about Final Fantasy XIV. Long-time players already know several numbers, like...
Get thee hence.

Vague Patch Notes: World of Warcraft, math, and making choices ‘interesting’ in MMOs

So if you somehow managed to miss it, let me recap: World of Warcraft's community manager Lore recently gave some feedback on the many...
We're not counting your game dying as death here.

Perfect Ten: The big book of MMORPG death mechanics

Video games will kill your characters. It's inevitable. I still faintly remember my younger brother's first video game death, when he ran full-tilt into...

Wisdom of Nym: Examining Final Fantasy XIV’s patch 4.4, Prelude in Violet

I mentioned a few days ago that I follow the same somewhat ridiculous process every time there's a new Final Fantasy XIV patch....
I'm important!

Vague Patch Notes: Trickle-down metagames in MMORPGs

A while back, there was an interesting set of data coming out of a discussion about Overwatch. The discussion was about the concept...

Massively Overthinking: Which MMORPG, living or dead, offers the all-time best crafting experience?

Over the last couple of weeks, when I was putting in sometimes 18-hour days working on the site, I didn't really have much time...

Interview: Bless Online on early access, pay-to-win, and its western refuge on Steam

Last night's bombshell that Bless Online is closing down its final Korean servers, leaving the game's Steam version in the west as the...
le roar

Final Fantasy XIV offers a UI guide and opens up its roleplaying server

It wasn't a feature of the game's most recent patch, but Final Fantasy XIV did something almost inconceivable yesterday: It opened up...

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