FFXIV Struggles: Why Your Healer Hates You

the party as soon as the healer goes down.

People often think the pressure is on the tanks to keep aggro and lead the dungeon, but anyone who has played FFXIV beyond the starter dungeons will start to realize that once your healer dies, you are fucked. Now, I’ve seen some pretty impressive level 70 paladins solo-ing Leviathan EX unsynced once the rest of us have been knocked off the ship into a watery grave. But they can self-heal, so screw them. Healers are so damn important, yet people are willing to play them more because the tank will always be shit on if something goes wrong, even if the healer was scratching his balls and didn’t cast his cure in time. There’s a lot you can get away with, and unless you royally fuck everyone over, most will still assume that you were the most essential component in victory.

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Let’s Discuss: The Great Divide of FFXV Part 2/7

am i actually going to be serious for once?

Welcome to the 2nd installment of The Great Divide of FFXV! I am your host Jules, and today we are going to be discussing multimedia platforms being used as a method of storytelling. Hopefully you guys have read my previous post about this topic which can be found here.  If you haven’t, please do. I’m not going to tolerate pettiness here that doesn’t come from my mouth. Please and thank you. Now, back to the main topic at hand. Clearly, there is a lot of disconnect going on between fans who loved the use of different platforms being used to tell the story and those who hated not having it packaged within cutscenes of the game itself.

But is there a right or wrong answer? Should gaming industries avoid using multimedia platforms to tell a story? Short answer: no. Long answer: it’s a little more complicated than that. Continue reading

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FFXIV Struggles: Player Commendations

yes i want a gold star, plzkthx

I’ve noticed in the very vocal online community, people are struggling to make sense of their justifications for choosing who to give that precious player commendation to at the end of the dungeon. It’s one of the many moments in this game that will trick you into believe you are a god. Everyone has a different method for handing out their table scraps from the best glam to the simple act of not sucking.

Okay, but what is a player commendation? If you’re like me, you played your entire 35-level free trial without noticing the button in the bottom right corner. It’s almost like the game is subtly telling you that no one actually deserves to feel like they did a good job. Sounds like my teachers in school are behind this programming. Basically, a player commendation is right above a participation trophy but below a gold medal at the local bowling tournament. A gold star, if you will, to tell the person “congrats on not being the worst player here.”

Then you can leave the dungeon and realize that everyone thought you were trash, and you don’t deserve a gold star.

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