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Maryanne Roller is a contributing writer to PopSugar. She is an author, performer, and filmmaker living in New York City.
I don’t usually do this stuff, because I get too much emotion from internet insults. But, dear readers, after being on Twitter last night (and ending up on Hulu for a few hours), I’d like to clear up a few ideas for other people who may come across (or have already experienced) a gatekeeper online… something as simple as Final Fantasy 14. That’s right, let’s discuss that controversial, world famous fantasy MMO.
If you don’t know, Final Fantasy 14 is an MMO that most people don’t talk about unless they’re currently playing it or playing all the tracks in the soundtrack. Often called the “beater-beater,” the game never looked as though it would catch on (I swear) — but now, 20+ years later, it’s a social phenomenon.
Not being the party pooper that I like to be, I thought I’d give it a try. For all you newbies out there, here’s a quick rundown: When I say “game,” I am not referring to the console version (Square Enix and Sony developed the game together). My own test setup was a PS4, running a Windows computer, and playing it on my Nintendo Switch with touchscreen functionality. There are also consoles that offer an online component, such as the Nintendo Switch, the PlayStation 4, and PCs.
For the most part, the experience is the same: You play a character, meet some of your friends (a friendly server-driven friend, or any other character), and fight a good deal of monsters. Occasionally, the game lets you jump into the world of battle mode, which allows you to be much faster than your opponents, as well as reach higher places (which is a ton of fun, if you can get into it).
But that was just the beginning.
Once I put down that gigantic multi-player in which my choices definitely benefitted my avatar, I quickly realized that online communication can be a way to get a “face” on Twitter — right away, of course. You can post statuses and promote your gaming accomplishments. I also started talking with an old lady in her late 80s who I met on a Nintendo game console. Both of us have formed a mutual respect for talking and even, for a few hours, even joking about the game (it goes both ways — I sat and played against her in early adventures). On occasion, she would come along for a game session, so I’d reminisce about the past.
It took me a few weeks to finally figure out how to game without ever getting booted from the game. Then I was amazed by how much a complete, multi-player playthrough would cost you if you got something wrong. On Steam, my most recent entry had me paying $23.50 for a 900-hour game that would unlock a better character, as well as unlock a lot of new content for it. I’d also typically be talking to multiple people at a time, which left me up for a while due to my health issues. If the game company is worth $7 billion, they have to be pretty smart to allow this sort of mess with a player base as large as ours.
I’ll say that for a while, I did better at solo, but you can use your friend request to make sure you aren’t just spamming your guy, girl, or girl friendship (having been there, done that, using all of the different intros and distance options). Once you’re seated and talking, even if you don’t have someone to talk to, I would say you’re playing the game.
I never intended to get deeply involved in the world of Final Fantasy 14 (note: I probably will never, as a rule). If I wanted to play with another person, I would. But instead, I was testing what it could do for me as a social experiment. I was testing how flexible I am when it comes to internet interaction, getting myself ready for the real world with another person I hadn’t met yet. I’m not sure I succeeded, but there’s something wonderful about learning new skills online.