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SE setup a marketing campaign which features popular names in Japan and their experiences playing FF14. Some of these folks have written dozens of stories and drawn popular manga which has been endorsed and circulated by SE.
Official list of "Official Players" :
"Square Enix’s latest Final Fantasy XIV update is showing the company’s usual forethought and attention to detail – the update adds a public “player history” feature which shows exactly when players were playing and what they were doing, with no option to turn it off.
"Whilst on paper an innocuous addition, in practice the update handily exposes MMORPG addicted NEETs and employees sneakily playing on the job in violation of company policy, to say nothing of exposing the fact that most of the game’s “official players” quit weeks ago."
"It is not however doing itself much of a favour – players exploring the feature [quickly searched] the showcase players who were enthusiastically shilling for the game:
Seiyuu Rina Katou logged in once on the 2nd of October and never again, and after writing about her experiences playing the game with such enthusiasm throughout the rest of the month… "
"Mangaka Kayoko Saito wrote extensively about the game and drew 5 mangaka about it, but only played for 10 minutes: "
"She also reported visiting places her play history reports she never got to…
Investigation of the rest of the official players reveals most of them gave up playing weeks ago, perhaps their only honest act whilst endorsing the game."
So basically it's simple to see who is telling the truth about the game and who is fervently working to stem the tide of bad press this game is recieving.
Seriously, this is getting to be a bad joke now. SE... Please... JUST ... STOP. LoL
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