Aerroenu’s Answers to Japanese Questions

Yay for Elmer the Pointy’s blog post of Japanese  Questions for English Players! (Be sure to check out the responses to “English Questions for Japanese Players“, too!)  While I’m psyched, I admittedly am disappointed by the… negative nature of a lot of the questions.  Are we “foreigners” the only ones who really had a ball asking goofy questions?  Maybe Elmer should make players on each side of the Pacific answer their own questions!  Yeah!

Anyhow, here goes!

1. Do foreign players have a lot of interest in joining social Japanese Linkshells? (Especially ones with only JP members) I ask because when I recruit for my shell in Japanese, I get a lot of tells from foreigners looking to join. Personally, I feel like even if they could understand my /shout, it still would be hard to keep up with regular conversation. They wouldn’t understand pop-culture references to old TV shows, for instance.

I believe that this interest is spurred on by the introduction of Japanese manga and anime into the United States.  While a wide range of people play FFXI, a majority of them are of the younger generation.  Personal experience, when I was introduced to Japanese media, I was all crazy about it.  I studied Japanese (which is rusty because of lack of use) just to be able to talk with Japanese people.  I wanted to interact with Japanese people.  So, I think part of this interest to join a Japanese social LS is from the mania created by the import of Japanese media.

At the core, though, it’s a friendly gesture and deep curiousity that compells a lot of us folks to want to join.  Language barriers will always be a problem, but if both sides are willing to learn and teach the other, it can be overcomed.

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2. Parties that cycle in replacement members seem to be popular amongst foreigners, but a lot of times the party will just disband once the replacement arrives. Of course, there are times when the replacement is contacted before they get all the way there, but there are many instances when no one says anything. There are also many cases where inappropriate jobs are invited and the party can no longer function well.

To me, this is a big reason behind some of the negative images Japanese players have about foreign players. What do you think about this?

Don’t fool yourself: both side are guilty of this.  Unfortunately, it’s more apparent to you from us “foreigners”.  Admittedly, our culture was not built around politeness and respect like Japan.  We have a laissez faire attitude, and while it has its advantages, it has its disadvantage.  Some players are too lazy to tell the replacement the party is disbanding.  Most of the time, though, it seems like this situation: you’ve been working hard non-stop, and you finally take a break to realize that you have been working for four hours straight.  Not everyone has the stamina (or the motivation) to play for 18 hours straight! *lol*

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3. Why does it seem like many foreign players don’t bother to bring medicines and potions to Missions and BCs? Many Japanese players make sure to have Vile Elixirs, Hi-Potions and/or Reraise Earrings.

I don’t understand why they do that, either.  But, I don’t recall experiencing this a lot, either – even when dealing with non-LS players.  A lot of times, if someone cannot afford these potions, my friends and I will usually help out.  Don’t worry, though – I’m usually a WHM or RDM.  I’ll give that guilty player a very hard time about wasting my party’s time and resources. ;)

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4. Sometimes I see foreign pick-up parties recruiting for members using Auto-Translate, but then when I join the party, all the conversation and battle planning is in English. I’ll ask for them to {Please use the Auto-Translate function.} but nobody ever does. If you are going to /shout for help with the Auto-Translator, why not use it in the party? It feels like I was tricked.

I’ve been in Japanese parties where they initially talk to me in auto-translate, but all conversation and battle planning is in Japanese.  Those folks are lucky that I can catch some phrases so I can verify in auto-translate what my role is in the party.  Some people on both sides forget about the language barrier or do not attempt to cross it.  Come on, folks!  We’re not all telepathic!  I don’t want to know what perverted thoughts you have in your mind!! *lol*

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5. How many NA and EU players do Campaign? Any thoughts about the recent nerf to Fortifications?

I like doing campaign on a job that can actually do something in it (I only have WHM75 and RDM64)!! *lol* As far as the fortification nerf goes, I never did much with it, anyhow, so it doesn’t affect me.

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6. What equipment do you think has great stats but horrible looks?
What equipment do you think has the best graphics?

Bastokan Subligar!!  Great stats, but why -oh, why?!- must it be a subligar and not like the bone/beetle subligar?!  Subligars are the bane of my Tarutaru existence!! *lol* Oh, and I don’t like the WHM relic body armor.  Too much leather – it throws me off. (o_O;) Otherwise, it’s not necessarily the individual armor that looks horrible.  It’s the combination of armor where it hurts!  If you go for looks, you lose stats.  If you go for stats, you look so horrible!… though, I usually find that funny. (=o)

The PLD relic armor is the best graphics.  It really evokes the feeling of a PLD – a holy knight in shining armor!! (=3) Oh, and the jujitsu ji/yinyang robe.  It looks soooooooooooo soft. (<3)

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7. Outside of your normal party gear, is there any equipment that you go out of your way to get strictly for looks? What are your favorite pieces of casual equipment?

Magnifying glasses and eyepatch.  Why can’t I be wearing both of those with my Walahara Turban?!  Too bad there’s no “face” slot to equip!! *lol* Otherwise, I keep most of my armor on.  I only switch my head gear to magnifying glasses or eyepatch, depending if I’m in a good mood or not. *lol*

Oh, and I wear the Kingdom Aketon in San d’Oria, mostly. *lol*

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8. I’m a Mithra, and I find that a lot of foreigners seem to be into Mithra fashion. They examine me and ask where I got my equipment and such. Do you think male players enjoy dressing up their Mithra in cute outfits?

They probably do, but I personally don’t.  Wait, I have my mithra mule in a Chef’s Hat, a Federation Aketon, Field Gloves, Field Hose, and Field Boots…  My mithra is better than all of your naked mithra, you perverts!! (>=O) Otherwise, all my female mules are well-clothed in the same manner.

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9. I wonder if you calculate the XP/hr of parties, and if so, do you think that Skillchain/Magic Burst or Weaponskill spam produces the best results? Before parsing became widespread, Japanese players used to think Skillchain/Magic Burst was the best.

Wait, wut, a skillchain and magic bursts!!  Hell, yeah, bring it on!!  Let’s get this beast down fast!!Anything to gain EXP efficiently for all of us!!  Now, if we can get that one party member to coordinate. (=/) BTW, is a MB slow or paralyze stronger?  I do that a lot, but I don’t notice a difference. (; ;) *lol*

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10. How come it seems like so many people don’t utilize Search Comments properly? Why don’t they write their camp location for others to see? Also, it’s strange to see so many people seeking without basic information written like available jobs and where they can access. Don’t you want an invite?

This makes me think of Questions #2, 3, and 4 somehow.  Anyways, I believe most people don’t realize the full potential of the /seacom.  There’s also no real “standards” to make our /seacom for party invites.  Anything I type on mine I learned from reading people’s /seacom before level-syncing came into play (where now anyone can party with anyone).  Plus, it takes a while to load up /seacom, and the space is so restrictive.  I have to be creative trying to cram that I “use food”, “have these sub-jobs”, “have access to these areas”, “understand my role in the party”, “am willing to communicate the best I can with auto-translate”, “am open to advice”, and “I want to help you help us earn EXP efficiently” all into that small /seacom. *lol*

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11. If you know you are going to be busy, how come you don’t alert people at the beginning of the party instead of surprising everyone at the last minute?

Same goes for you folks, too.  It’s easy for both sides to forget that there’s a person behind those pixels.  While the internet can connect many, it can also disconnect many, too.   Otherwise, yes, it is rude to throw this at your fellow party members.  At least give a 30-minute warning!

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12. Honestly, the largest difference in thinking between Japanse and foreign players exists
in the Merit party. You often say 5 DDs and a RDM is so good, but having a single, solitary healer is hard on the RDM. Japanese realize that healers can be in short supply, so we make sacrifices to lighten their burden, like subbing a mage job, or using Utsusemi. I feel like many people don’t show proper respect to healers.

When we say JP ONLY, it isn’t always an issue of language, but the fact that we feel there are other dangers and demerits associated with a non-JP party, stemming from our different play-styles, that we wish to avoid.

This key difference in thinking, more than any race or language issue, is what really sets us apart as players. They are just looking to sit back, relax and earn some decent XP.

Please feel free to provide your own insight and thoughts.

Hmmm, another question like Questions #2, 3, 4, and 10.  I’m inclined to believe that both sides are guilty of this.  I have been in merit parties with mostly English-speaking folks.  Most people are very compliant with subbing a mage or /NIN if you ask.  In fact, it was some fellow English-speaking folks who introduced me to the concept of having people sub mage or /NIN.  I could (finally) get high club and staff combat skills to get Black Halo and Retribution.

You are right in that folks forget to respect the cures, brother!  Have you ever been in a situation where an LS will constantly ask you to come cure for an event, but when you ask them to do a Rostrum Pump or Reverend Mail event, they whine that it’s too hard and no one comes?!  Healers!  I say: when that happens, we boycott events until people pay us back for keeping them alive!!  Make them respect us!!  Fight the man!! *lol* But, personally, I don’t let it bother me too much.  It just adds more to my jokes arsenal.

Too many folks don’t ask fellow players to step out of their way to help out.  If you invite a “foreigner” into your merit party, don’t be afraid to ask them to help the mages.  Auto-translate was introduced as a bridge between languages.  Be creative with it – even fragmented sentences can be understood.  Your message doesn’t need to be perfect as long as it gets the message out.

Plus, I think you just hurt many of your fellow Japanese players by admitting that you put a “JP ONLY” comment just to avoid interacting with us “foreigners”.  No matter where you look, there will always be bad apples in the orchard.  Not all of you Japanese players are nice, considerate, and awesome folks, and not all of us “foreigners” are invasive, brutish, arrogant, and unintelligent buffoons (but, it does seem that way, doesn’t it? *lol*).  I’m sorry that you ran into one too many bad apples.  Be rest assured, though, there are much friendlier folks out there.  I can understand: it’s hard and daunting that you have to deal with bad players to find the good ones.  Sometimes, I don’t like to deal with people outside of my LS.  But, it’s like learning to eat sushi: how will you know what you like and don’t like if you don’t try?

I’m out to relax and have fun, too, and if you run into me, I hope you don’t mind me typing in Romanji, taking a while to reply, and acting like an Usagi Tsukino once in a while! *lol* Remember: my Japanese is rusty. orz

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Since tackling that last question would leave anyone tired and hungry, here’s one more question, just for fun:

「あなたの好きな寿司ネタは?」

What type of sushi do you like best?

Let’s make this easier for the both of us.  Let me tell you what type of sushi I don’t like, and that’s anything with squid, octopus, and lobster!!  I hate-hate-hate-hate-hate squid and octopus, and lobster is -somehow?- too sweet!! *lol*

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~ by aerroenu on May 8, 2009.

2 Responses to “Aerroenu’s Answers to Japanese Questions”

  1. Of everyone’s responses to this survey I have read so far, yours is the only one that didn’t involve excessive sucking up to the JPs and/or turning on EN players at the first opportunity. I was beginning to think I was alone in accusing the JPs of doing the same things they accuse us of in these questions. Thank you.

  2. Hay Aerroenu :)

    Sorry a little late in commenting ;D but yea i agree with the above poster :O i like how you didn’t take sides and did a really good answer/review of the question ;)

    i enjoy da read :) keep it up taru XD

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