Final Fantasy XIV launches, bans YouTube

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D-Day for Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn has arrived. To celebrate the launch of the MMO, Square Enix has released a launch trailer, but also put some strange restrictions on materials usage.

Okay, so here is the launch trailer:

Yeah, it looks pretty good – very Final Fantasy, just played in MMO form. Well done. Now for the bad news.

Square Enix put up their Material Usage License which went into effect yesterday. Here are some of the guidelines:

[quote]The video must not require a paid membership for viewing
You may not monetize your video via the YouTube partner program or any similar programs on other video sharing sites.
When showing gameplay, you may not replace the FFXIV music with third party music
You may not play FFXIV music alone (i.e., without accompanying gameplay footage), or with third party materials[/quote]

So, Square Enix doesn’t want the free publicity that comes with Let’s Play videos on YouTube? They don’t want their game to be used in making great (or even average) AMVs (Anime Music Videos, for the uninitiated)? I understand that companies are worried about copyright, but people love these types of videos. FFXIV is already going to be making plenty of moolah off of subscription fees, why not let subscribers make a bit of that cash back by making let’s play videos?

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Also, plenty of people like to watch Let’s Play videos before deciding on a game – that’s how I’ve discovered some real gems such as Don’t Starve. Seems like Square Enix is just planning on riding the coattails of the Final Fantasy franchise to get new players. I like the MMO, but it seems they are already making too many stupid decisions.

Bad move Square Enix, bad move!

Last Updated: August 28, 2013

Zoe Hawkins

Wielding my lasso of truth, I am the combination of nerd passion and grammar nazi. I delve into all things awesome and geek-tastic. I believe people should stop defining themselves and just enjoy playing games, so let’s get on with it!

  • GalacticLordCaptainAwesomeness

    Soon it will be Final Fantasy XIV: A realm reborn AGAIN…

  • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

    Many companies are doing this, sad as LP’s are an excellent way to generate hype, unless the game sucks

    • RinceThisdripdripdripdripdripd

      And DING! Nail, head, on it…

  • Admiral Chief Raider of Tombs

    No choo choo?

  • OVG

    I am positive the most unplayable game ever released with menus that required the fcuking Rosetta Stone to decipher came out 2 years ago!!!


    Was the public just playing around with the BETA??

    FUCK OFF SQUARE!!! and shove your boob juggle physics up your moogle’s…

    • RinceThisdripdripdripdripdripd

      What’s wrong OVG, not enough bouncing tits in this title?

      • OVG

        Active Time Boobs

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        That’s reminds me to go to gym this afternoon, exercise is healthy.

        • RinceThisdripdripdripdripdripd


        • OVG

          what are you going to do to gym? 😛

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Whatever she lets me. German women I tell you. 😛

    • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

      I share your sentiment bro….so much it scares me

  • RinceThisdripdripdripdripdripd

    Meh, they can keep it. Square have turned into aHOLES, now that’s doing a 180…

  • RinceThisdripdripdripdripdripd

    Has to be done, and has been a while!

    • OVG

      where is the stupid le sigh? I suppose when one has to save the world, one needs a boob job.

      • RinceThisdripdripdripdripdripd

        can you not see it? Hit F5, while she F’s up F13-2

        • OVG

          I see it now. She is so EMO that the monitor could not pick up her pink pixels.

          • RinceThisdripdripdripdripdripd

            Hhaha! Or you’re naturally colour blind to BULLSHIT

  • Argentil

    To clarify: they have restricted users from making videos for profit, that’s all. You can post movies, just don’t make a business of it by asking for donations.

    • InvestedInYourFuture

      Yeah and that removes pretty much EVERY single gaming journalist that has any sort of contract.

    • Tiriel

      Not entirely true. You can post videos, but they can’t have any music in the background at all but what’s in the game. You can’t do machinima/AMVs because that would be splitting the video from the music, and that’s not allowed. It’s dumb as rocks.

  • Johan du Preez

    The game is a generic MMO, I got a beta key and couldn’t stay interested for longer than 2 hours. If you played WoW, GW2, Everquest, LOTRO, Star Wars TOR then you have played the Final Fantasy MMO just with a new skin.

  • Pieter Kruger

    Meh, a failed remake of a failed game! Even the creator cried like a baby at the launch knowing it sucked!

    • Screw WoW

      three months later ffxiv arr is actually taking a good number of WoW players from Blizz. This game is amazing and even if you rush to 50 there is a lot to do (if you have even a bit of an imagination).

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