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“I’d appreciate it a lot if you think of the Duty Finder as a tool that increases the population of people playing and also as something that serves to increase the opportunities of meeting people. ” ~ Yoshi-P
Bring on the fun!
Over the last few days, I’ve had the opportunity to try out the Duty Finder. I have to say, I’m extremely pleased with it so far. For the most part the system is very user friendly. For their first time putting together a system of this nature, SE has in my opinion done a pretty decent job! We should realize that this is obviously not the final incarnation, and that over time (even post launch) SE will likely continue to massage this system into something even more useful and dynamic.
On a side note: this isn’t meant to encourage you to go there and immediately post your frustration point… use proper forum etiquette and first look for someone who is reporting the same issue as you, and if there is one, then like their post and leave it at that. Only list one point per post, and add descriptive but concise titles to your posts so they are easily searched for. I’d further like to add the cautionary statement, that regardless, whatever the final version ends up being, it can’t possibly please every single individual. You may need to think outside of your own box to achieve some of the things you wish the system would force.
Anyone who is familiar with me personally or even from my past posts, probably already realizes that I’ve always been big on the thought that people should take ownership over their own enjoyment. This means that instead of just sitting there complaining, you should actually do something about it. Before you use the breath required to complain, at least attempt to approach the problem from a different position or point of view. Challenge yourself to be a troubleshooter rather than a trouble dweller. In reality, most frustrations aren’t insurmountable as we imagine. Some aren’t even that big of a deal when we come at it a different way. The shadow frustration casts on our enjoyment level has more to do with our own unwillingness to do things differently, learn new ways, or consider another perspective. We do our very best sabotage work on ourselves, so beware.
Here are some common complaints I’ve seen regarding Duty Finder, as well as some tips I’ll offer.
Sample Complaint: Duty Finder’s Wait is too long!!!
To be honest, I’ve personally never had an issue with this what-so-ever. Each time has been pretty quick! For those that have though, I’d suggest the following:
Change your Filtering
* Check your Language Filter! By default it is set to filter to your specific language only. If you are limiting yourself to one Language only, you will likely wait longer than those who are not as discriminatory. Be adventurous! Get out there and be willing to meet people across the entire FFXIV Community!
* Be willing to join parties in progress – make sure you have that option checked!
* Grab a few friends (especially if one happens to be a healer or a tank!) and queue up together!
Sample Complaint: Duty Finder won’t let me send or receive a /tell!!!
I love my gaming friends tons… but personally, I like to focus when I’m in a dungeon… No really I’m serious. What!?! I like to respectfully give my party my undivided attention while executing the task at hand. Stop looking at me like that…. its true. Doesn’t that ever happen? I know we all like to multi-task and all, but shouldn’t we occasionally focus?.
That said, I know there are those who truly can’t bear the thought of being “unavailable” or “off the grid” for even a short amount of time while they take on a guildhest or dungeon… there are are still ways for you to get around this even if they don’t end up changing it.
* Use Alternative Chat functions. Thus far, I’ve personally been able to successfully communicate both in sending and receiving messages via my chatlog for linkshell and Free Company chat. If your friend is in FC great! If they are not, and its “vital” that you are always able to receive a message from them in real time….. you have 8 Linkshell chat channels at your disposal. Maybe designate a special one just for them… just a thought.
Is “Love Muffin” a good name for an Linkshell?…. just kidding… don’t use that…… >.> ***scribbles down “Love Muffin” as a possible private LS name for her and her favorite Roegadyn *** (I’m so just kidding.. my favorite Roegadyn sits at the desk beside me when I play.. I don’t need a LS to talk to him… the LS name is all yours!… Enjoy! Katella’s gift to you… one allowed per server! Not available in all areas… some restrictions may apply)
* Voice chat anyone? I realize its not so easy if you are a PS3 player, but those on the computer have other chat options. Mumble, Vent, RaidCall, Teamspeak, Skype?.. All are very good ways to continue to communicate with friends while you are indisposed.
Sample Complaint: Duty Finder doesn’t give me enough of a chance to interact with people in the party.
The thing that makes the Duty Finder brilliant, is it efficiency. It is this same efficiency that no longer forces us to stand around idle, making general chatter to fill the time. It is also what causes us to be able to actually partake in things that, in the past, required hours. Once you finally got a group together, you’d then have to run the long and dangerous distance in order to even reach the place that was the actual desired destination. By then people may or may not be able to stay, and you would sometimes have to seek out others to fill the spots of those who ran out of time. Or you’d get all the way out there, and someone didn’t have the prerequisite done.
I’m a bit of a social person. I like getting to know the people with which I’m partied. I’m also a player who spent quite bit of time in FFXI doing all of those drawn out things and having all that extra time which did lead to some very fun friendships. I arguably have my very own pair of rose-colored glasses safely tucked away for special occasions. However, when I honestly look back at those “good old days” I realize that even the friendships made back then were the simple result of someone engaging someone else in conversation, or just sharing a laugh over an unexpected predicament.
FFXIV is a lot faster paced than FFXI was. Does this really mean that we can’t initiate dialog with people we meet up with? Not at all, it just means we have to be quicker to do so. I spent my time in Duty Finder last night. I made a point of at the very least saying hello to each new members in my party group. (I say “new member” here, because I was grouped with two LS mates, and while I didn’t say hello to them personally each and every session.. I did say hi to the “new” members who were added to our group. Don’t feel to bad for my LS mates.. in fairness I had been talking their ear off all evening anyway…. haha 😛 )
Funny enough, at one point in our Guildhest & Dungeon running adventures I ended up in a Duty Finder guildhest party with a certain Fusionx Griever… now wither it was actually Gamerescape’s Fusionx, or a slightly stalker-ish-type fan of his…. I truly have no clue. 🙂 I did however, make a point to say hello regardless, and they did send a couple friendly responses back during that duty.
Overall all though, I made a point to offer some kind of greeting or comment during each new session. I generally got some sort of response, be it comment or multiple emotes. It made for a pretty fun evening. 🙂 From that experience, my plan is to craft myself a pleasant greeting macro for just such occasions! Its always nice to be greeted at the beginning, and you do have that first time period where you are locked in the circle.. might as well make use of it! 🙂
My suggestion… Introduce yourself, say hello! Do a few fun emotes to break the ice!
Sample Complaint: Duty Finder kills the open world experience! OMG My Immersion!!!
#1. I’d just like to point out that you do still have to unlock all dungeon locations by getting to their entrances before you can ever use “insta-warp” function. Regardless you will have to make at least one journey out there and experience all that open world goodness on the way there.
#2. To be totally fair, and in all seriousness, if this is a definite issue you, its one that is easily resolved. The answer doesn’t even require the “fast travel” option to be removed from others.
What is the answer? It’s to run your pretty little self out to the dungeon entrance before you queue up. Need some company? Get some LS / FC mates to run out there with you, and then queue up your party once you get there. Can’t seem to convince anyone to join you on the journey? Everyone needs a little “me” time anyway.. Allons-y!
In games where your only choice is to run out there, how many times have you sat infront of the dungeon entrance waiting on a straggling party member to arrive so you can go in? This scenario is really no different, except that you are now that straggling party member. You can even stop and smell the virutal roses, and not feel pressured to “run” through so quickly that you miss the beautiful environment. Its Win-Win really… you get to experience the open world on the way out there, and your Duty Finder party members don’t have to wait for you to get there because you don’t even have to enter the queue until you are there.
Sample Complaint: Duty Finder will destroy the FFXIV Community!!!
This one boggles me because it strikes me as such a cop-out. People make a community, not a tool. In my experience with the ingame FFXIV community, it has been largely positive. Duty Finder in effect just increases my chance of meeting up with even more ingame FFXIV community members. Duty Finder as a tool, has no ability to “destroy” the community without our help in doing so.
Will every experience I have using this tool be positive? No, of course not.. there are always unsavory individuals out there. There will even be those “usually great” individuals that I happened to catch on a grumpy day. We’re dealing with humans after all.
Its crazy to be of the opinion that we as gamers never had to deal with greedy, or rude players when we had to shout and form our own parties from scratch when the regular friends we hung out with couldn’t come or weren’t online. Of course we’ve all had to deal with those types at times. Will the amount of people who make things unpleasant increase just because its easier to participate in content?…. not really. The ratio likely stays the same until we do something to tip the scale. It will only be if we accept defeat and decide ourselves to not care anymore, and start adding ourselves to the “unsavory” side of things through our own actions that the scale will tilt. It is a choice and it starts with each one of us.
I maintain that when you get to know the “greater majority” of the ingame FFXIV Community, most are good ones with good intentions. Most have lives, short on time maybe, but want to spend that small amount they have in a fun game with friendly people. Its a pretty reoccurring desire. We are the community, so we can choose what makes or breaks us. We choose the atmosphere we foster. Efficiency in finding and getting a party isn’t what causes a community breakdown, personal standards do. Remember that as with anything it is never the actual fault of the tools we use, but rather the people behind them.
Choose to be part of a “good experience” for ourselves and others, and it will pay off.