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FFXI Observations

Insomniac me couldn't sleep, so I went back and took some screenshots with FFXI to put on the web.

My observations so far are that FFXI is one of the most engrossing MMORPG's I've ever played. It has elements of normal MMORPGs, but there's also a sense of permanance and richness to the world; you can have your own home that you can buy furnishings for and decorate, you have a 'home city' and citizenship, you can travel and explore lands, you can help conquer un-claimed lands or reclaim them from forces of darkness, and so on. They evidently plan to run major plotlines, as well.

But another thing that strikes me is... it feels natural and intuitive. It took me about 10 minutes to pick up the controls and combat system, and I'm using three peripherals (keyboard, mouse, normal PS2 controller). And the really incredible thing is that I haven't noticed netlag. People move around smoothly, rather than jumping or bouncing or sticking in place. There's a little sluggishness at times, but no more than I see when a PC game hits the hard drive.

I'm really, really impressed. Anyway, the screenshots are here, and hopefully people enjoy them. I'm going back to bed now. :)



Hyper-realistic and addictive...

The Matrix has you, Shion...
Actually, since you can send messages from in-game to people on the overall networked OS system ('PlayOnline'), and you can send e-mails from PlayOnline, and read bboards and announcements and stuff, I sent an e-mail to my roommate saying the entire thing reminded me of Altimit OS from .hack, and playing The World. I commented that if she found me comatose, to report it as a bug and send someone in after my consciousness. :)


If that's the case, you may want to check out the 'Otherland' series by Tad Williams. It's four thick volumes about a group of hackers who are trying to find out why children using VR end up comatose. As far as I know, it predates .hack. I give the whole series a 7 out of 10 (points for: interesting characters, innovative presentation. Points against: too damn long).
Okay, I'm jealous. That's horribly cool-looking. :)
I'm going to play a Tarutaru, I think.

And speak in the dialect.

Does this make me a bad person?
That does notaru seem like a very nicey-wicey thing to do!