Bloggers Busted by Lodestone

Lodestone history exposes fabricated blogs

A while back, I posted a translation of Square Enix's Stories of EORZEA page, and gave a look at the initial entries for six Japanese writers.  The idea was that these contributers would bring their adventures to life in blog form.  Ideally, their entires would show how a wide variety of people could all find something in Eorzea to enjoy.  Unfortunately, the Lodestone site recently activated a History and Achievements feature, and as reports, Japanese players quickly sensed something was amiss.

The content of the Stories of EORZEA blogs and the facts listed on the Lodestone did not add up, and thus, a new controversy was born.  A few of the contributers wrote about adventurers they never embarked upon or actions their characters lacked the levels to perform.  Square Enix even had to delete the fifth entry of Cocoan Cranberry's blog due to inaccuracies, and she has been deluged with angry comments from Japanese players.

So, was this a marketing plan gone wrong?  Or did a few writers just try to bluff their way through a game they had no interest in playing?  The majority of bloggers at Stories of EORZEA seem to be on the up and up, but regardless, controversy is the last thing Final Fantasy XIV needs at this point.

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# Nov 05 2010 at 1:59 AM Rating: Good
42 posts
Wait, does this mean FFXIV is so bad/boring, you can't even pay someone to blog about it?
# Nov 05 2010 at 4:15 AM Rating: Decent
EvaUnit01 wrote:
Wait, does this mean FFXIV is so bad/boring, you can't even pay someone to blog about it?

forgive a little
# Nov 04 2010 at 10:04 PM Rating: Decent
1,553 posts
Writing is almost never easy, and neither is playing most MMOs. I can forgive the temptation to spice up a blog by writing about an adventure a guildmate or friend actually played.

The point is to bring the adventures alive and if that is being done then I really feel it is "no harm, no foul".
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# Nov 04 2010 at 8:39 PM Rating: Good
and mr. t plays wow and is a special class... night elf mohawk.. who cares
# Nov 04 2010 at 10:04 PM Rating: Decent
691 posts
Lol had to reread the article..yeah that kinda sad, almost as sad as blizzard..

Edited, Nov 4th 2010 11:13pm by Uryuu
# Nov 10 2010 at 1:12 PM Rating: Decent
30 posts
Nothing sad about Blizzard, their game is actually popular.
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