We have all known the golden rule since kindergarten: Treat others as you would like to be treated yourself. Now Final Fantasy 14 director Naoki Yoshida urges fans to follow this rule and speaks out against verbal abuse against developers and other players.
“Of course I’m grateful and grateful that the players tell us we should, or should be,” and so on, but verbal abuse is it [something we wish could stop]”Said Yoshida.
Last month, Square Enix released Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker, the latest expansion for the hugely popular MMO set in the Final Fantasy universe. However, before it was released, Square Enix had to postpone the game for two weeks. Yoshida says the delay resulted in undesirable toxicity in the community.
“Since the expansion’s unfortunate release delay … there seem to be some for some reason [haters of the game] lying around attacking other players when the game wasn’t playing and it was pretty blatant, “said Yoshida.” I felt that those strong words used in arguments against people were holding people back because of it.
Yoshida says that this bullying within the community can lead new players to completely suspend the game, and it also has a negative impact on the developers and even leads to some resignations because of the abuse by the fans.
“I can take it, even if it doesn’t make it any less bad,” said Yoshida. “But employees will feel really down after saying this, if they have done their best to create something that everyone can enjoy, and this may result in them no longer doing things that are fun from now on. “
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According to Yoshida, the solution is to treat each other with more empathy than talking to developers and fans in person.
“So I have just one request for every gamer out there – imagine speaking face to face with a developer whose name and face you may not know and imagine how he would feel before You send your feedback and I’ll be glad if people can politely do so. “
And of course, Yoshida still wants fans to point out mistakes the developers are making. He just hopes fans in the future will consider the way they provide their feedback.
Despite some negativity in the community, Endwalker sees great success. We called the expansion amazing in our review and said, “Endwalker is a satisfactory conclusion to the story of Final Fantasy XIV as it existed before.” And since the game is so popular, Square Enix actually had to stop selling Final Fantasy XIV to keep its servers from overloading.
Logan Plant is a freelance writer for IGN. You can find him on Twitter @LoganJPlant.