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    Did Sword Art Online help Final Fantasy XIV?

    I was chatting with a Japanese colleague earlier about the fact that the FFXIV Nico Nico stream had a degree of success that I didn't expect, with more than 60k viewers that are quite a lot for a stream in Japanese that wasn't very much publicized internationally.

    She told me "yeah, with Sword Art Online, everyone is crazy for MMORPGs again in Japan now".

    Very possibly, she's right, Japan is very sensitive to this kind of influence, and I can definitely see how a popular anime/manga/novel series could have raised the "cool factor" of MMOs, especially one made locally like FFXIV.

    It's interesting that there are already rather strong rumors of a second SAO anime series to be released in the summer season. That'd sure be convenient, even if the next arc of the story is set on a gun-based MMO.
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    My latest interview with Naoki Yoshida. He's an officer and a gentleman.
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    As long as it gets rift support, then I can see SAO influencing FFXIV:ARR
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    I'm inclined to believe this. There was mention of the NicoNico thing on the "other" forum, but that's as far as it went with international announcements.

    60k is a huge number, considering you had to have a premium membership on NicoNico to even view the live stream (there were places that were re-streaming it lol). So yeah, I do think SAO's timing had a lot to do with the interest in online gaming in Japan, even if it's just a passing fad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vilhem View Post
    I'm inclined to believe this. There was mention of the NicoNico thing on the "other" forum, but that's as far as it went with international announcements.

    60k is a huge number, considering you had to have a premium membership on NicoNico to even view the live stream (there were places that were re-streaming it lol). So yeah, I do think SAO's timing had a lot to do with the interest in online gaming in Japan, even if it's just a passing fad.
    you don't need premium membership to watch, you need it to not get kicked... and premium is like $5 a month
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    Yeah well, I couldn't get in, cause it kept prompting me to get a premium membership. And I declined and went to a restream because aside from the XIV event, I don't use NicoNico D:
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    I watched SAO, it was very good. I have no idea if SAO caused more people to watch the stream. I think us MMO players can relate to SAO very easy, however people not familiar with MMOs may not. SAO theme is not new, .hack//sign has the same theme probably not as popular since it is a lot older.

    Maybe everyone wants to be a Beater(Beta Cheater) now
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    I actually haven't used niconico in a while... so if you had a free account and could even temporarily watch it, then it is a new feature...

    Also the dot.hack series is what got me into interested in MMO's... And dot.hack//sign isn't so old, I watched it when I was a kid and I'm only 19...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pseudopsia View Post
    I watched SAO, it was very good. I have no idea if SAO caused more people to watch the stream. I think us MMO players can relate to SAO very easy, however people not familiar with MMOs may not. SAO theme is not new, .hack//sign has the same theme probably not a popular since it is a lot older.

    Maybe everyone wants to be a Beater(Beta Cheater) now
    The difference is that .hack was never popular as SAO is.
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    My latest interview with Naoki Yoshida. He's an officer and a gentleman.
    http://www.dualshockers.com/2013/08/23/interview-naoki-yoshida-discusses-the-future-of-final-fantasy-xiv-a-realm-reborn/
    Final Fantasy XIV – The Story So Far – Episode 1: Beginnings
    http://www.dualshockers.com/2012/11/14/final-fantasy-xiv-the-story-so-far-episode-1-beginnings/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Abriael View Post
    The difference is that .hack was never popular as SAO is.
    Seriously? Look at all the light novels, movies, figures, games and anime based on dot.hack....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Abriael View Post
    The difference is that .hack was never popular as SAO is.
    Well the thread started off well... Not sure why you argue with minor differences of opinion.
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