Maybe because I’m an ‘old hat’ veteran when it comes to FFXIV, it doesn’t freak me out as it does some when these pre-patch down times come about. Its never a surprise to me… its just part of the cycle. Just because it happens, it doesn’t mean that the game is “dying” or “failing”. Activity level cycles are a real thing when it comes to MMO’s. Patches always reset the activity cycle — its been like that every single time, so it doesn’t worry me all that much. Yet I see posts and complaints from people who really complain and freak out that the “game is dying”…. its not dying silly, have you not played MMO’s before? Its just part of the normal cycle it goes through.
I’ll admit, I’ve honestly achieved all that I set out to at the moment (except for grinding to get gil for a house – which I really don’t enjoy gil grinding), so there has not been as much of a motivation to “login every single day” as I once had.
I don’t find the same joy from “Raiding” that I once had, and so since that is the only other thing I would really actively work on, there is an admitted lull in my own activity. I still login every couple of days to mostly buy our FC perks, run a few quick Alexander runs, and talk with friends a bit.
I’ve only been playing for about an hour a couple times a week, which is far less than what has been to this point “normal” for me. Its all ok though.. seriously.
Its not a matter that I’m losing interest, or no longer ‘liking’ the game. I still feel very much that its the best MMO out there at the moment, and the one that I identify with the most. It is home. I know as soon as new story hits, I- like many others – will be right back there going through it and loving it. In the meantime… its ok for there to be a break.
I actually don’t feel like its a bad thing to have these downtimes. It lets you have the chance to check out some other things, experience some diversity, and pay attention to some things that you may have neglected a bit.
Don’t sweat the small stuff….because its very true that everything is best in moderation.