A Heavy Case of FOMO
I have played FFXIV off and on since the start – and I have never been able to stick with it steadily for more than a month or two at a time. I have no idea why, on paper this is the perfect game for me. I have no issues sticking with other games (I played EQ, EQ2, and WoW almost exclusively for many years) but for whatever reason, I just can’t seem to do it. Every time I see people talking about this game I want to jump right back in. I want to do player housing. I want to explore the new Island everyone is excited about. I want to level all my crafters, classes, and harvesters. I want the cute transmog. I want to get invested in the lore.
I just cancelled my account last week. It has been open for a few months now and I think I logged in once. I have friends who actively play, and I have never been able to figure out why this game just doesn’t work for me.
If World of Warcraft would just add some player housing, I think it would have absolutely everything I want. I still continue to play and enjoy myself, but FOMO (fear of missing out) when it comes to FFXIV is *so* incredibly strong. I want to be a part of gaming communities, make friends, and expand my Twitch audience. That’s a difficult thing to do if you can’t seem to settle down anywhere.
For now I am pulling myself back and reminding myself that I do love WoW. That I do have an excellent community here. That there are people I’ve gotten to know and I look forward to interacting with each day. I need to find a way to be happy with myself and where I spend my time. It’s not like I don’t enjoy Warcraft, quite the opposite in fact. I just always wonder if the grass is truly greener on the other side (note, it’s not).
I went really strong on FFXIV for a while. However, what killed it for me in the end was that after playing through to the cap on one class, there wasn’t any particularly fun way to level another class. Repeatable solo content got….really repetitive. And leveling entirely in instances would have been actively stressful to me.
It did have the most fun gathering and crafting games I have ever played in a MMO, and those kept me going strong for a good long while. However, after a while having no use at all for most of the gear I could make kind of killed that for me too.
Still, a great game and I got my six months out of it for sure.
I’ve played many a game or read many a book or watched many a show or movie that sounded perfect for me on paper that just didn’t click for whatever reason. I bounced off of FFXIV the 1st time i tried playing it also, then got really into it on a 2nd attempt, but currently am finding myself having no desire to play it anymore either and I haven’t logged into it in months and should cancel my sub also, really.