So, Sony sent out one of their little year-end gaming summary emails.
In short, I should not play MMOs.
…especially as this doesn’t count the hours I clocked in the Mac client, which were numerous.
A CHARITABLE estimate is that, including those hours, I “only” put in the equivalent of 25 weeks of a full-time job.
Woo doggy, FFXIV: ARR was/is one of my favorite games of all time. In my opinion the finest MMORPG, second only to World of Warcraft, I think I logged over 2000 hours total in that game in about a 10 month stretch. I ended up quitting as it became a chore, but it was also in beta around that time so the end game wasn’t really too deep. I’d just log on at night, do a few runs to hit my cap (I forget what the currency was called, but it let you buy the end-game gear pieces), and then repeat the same thing the next night.
What I loved most about FFXIV was just getting to immerse yourself in everything Final Fantasy. They really did an incredible job with that. The dungeons were fun, there was always a million things to do, guilds were a blast – ahh, I’ve never felt more thankful to NOT have time than right now, otherwise I might have to login again!
Speaking of which, I did manage to find my character on the Lodestone the last time someone brought up FFXIV, here he is, Ged Nugent, in all his glory: https://na.finalfantasyxiv.com/lodestone/character/3555617/
I ended up quitting right around the time I met my (now) wife lol, wives who don’t play games and MMORPGs definitely do not mix!
Sounds like you were playing it more or less correctly! Even now the game has a very definite “Log on once a week, get your weekly cap of currency, run the latest raid for your single loot drop, log off for the rest of the week” thing going on. It CAN be played very casually if you can manage not to get sucked into all of the optional content and leveling alternate jobs and crafting and gathering and on and on and on.
On the other hand, if you’re prone to getting sucked into all of those ever so convenient ways to burn a LOT of time… well, you’re gonna lose a lot of time. 🙂