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Rasler-heios Nabradia

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Treating New Players from other MMORPGs

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Note: I find myself wanting to express my opinions on several topics and I think this is the place to be. My opinions are personal thoughts (and are not a critique), which I am not claiming to be right nor wrong. I am not expecting comments, otherwise I would have went to the official forum. In the event that there would be, I honor and respect everybody else’s opinion, though I’d prefer a healthy conversation over that of a heated debate.

Some Current Opinion(s):
Some FFXIV players insist players from other MMORPGs should try XIV, some throw unsolicited advise while watching these players stream the game, and some just let them be to allow them to play the game as they see fit.

Rasler’s Opinion:
There is indeed a wave of new players from other MMORPGs coming in, and not just regular player, but online content makers too. I say welcome to the game and I do hope they enjoy it.

There had been instances of FFXIV players trying to throw in advices to the new players on how to play, sometimes even basing to their perceived preference of the new player? To what end? So that the new player will like the game? Why? Because there are instances before of FFXIV players bashing new players who would not give favorable reviews after playing? The white knights as they are termed. Let the new players play on their own pace and their own preference without interference. Especially if they didn’t ask for unsolicited advises. New players don’t need babysitters. Advise the basics, like it will be slow at the start but will pick-up or that sidequests are there for you to complete gears so you don’t spend precious gils, or that te 2.5 GCD will make more sense at high-end duties. After these, let them discover things along the way.

There are FFXIV players who love watching streamer reactions. However, that ruins the experience for the new player for instead of being able to immerse in the game they are bombarded with tips, comments, even emoticons. I think that for these new players to enjoy the game is for them to play on their own. I understand they make a living out of content creation though and in these cases there should be a balance.

New players from other MMORPGs needed to be treated like a new player who had never played an MMORPG before, or who had never played an RPG before, or have never played a video game before. In short they needed to be treated like any other player out there, by letting them be, and by letting them experience the game the way we have experienced the game.
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