I’ve never been one for hardcore raiding. In fact, Final Fantasy XIV was the first MMO I ever raided in at all. I came close in a few past MMOs, but I’ve always found myself bumbling around, levelling up and exploring but never taking the game very seriously. FFXIV was different, because in that game, I have met a group of like-minded people who make content progression fun, which is honestly what I’d always been missing.
That said, I find myself hungry. I want to do more. I want to experience more, challenge myself, and push myself to complete content. I don’t expect to ever be world first or even close to it, and I don’t have the time (unfortunately) to dedicate to such an endeavour. But I do find myself watching streams and videos of people progressing through FFXIV‘s most recent raid content (Alexander Savage) and wish I was doing so too.
This is something that’s been on my mind a lot, actually. We all say that we should only play a game for fun, but I find myself sometimes wondering if I could be accomplishing more with my time in-game. I guess in some ways I’m at odds with myself — at what point does it become “okay” for me to “settle”? Will I be okay with progressing through casual content, farming it for gear, and then stopping there?
I genuinely feel that Square Enix has done an incredibly impressive job at keeping lots of different kinds of players happy and engaged. For the casual players, there’s the 24-man mini-raids like the Crystal Tower saga, for the people who want to raid but don’t have the time or the group structure to progress through extremely challenging content, there was regular Coil and now Alexander, and for the more hardcore there’s Savage. But part of me feels like I still want to experience everything!
Now that I’ve had a taste for what raiding is like, will I ever truly be okay with being left in the dust as far as content is concerned?