Burnout is a very real thing when you overdo yourself. It is normal to burn yourself out on anything, no matter how much you enjoy it. I love pizza, but if I eat it every day, I am going to feel burned out by the thought of it if my heart does not burn out on me first. But burnout in the hit MMORPG, Final Fantasy XIV, where you can play for free including the award-winning Heavensward expansion up to level 60?
Say it is not so. In a game that has more content than episodes of One Piece, you would think you would want to quit your job and play the game 24 hours a day without ever getting tired of it. Unfortunately, that is not the case for many, and we will tell you how you will know you are experiencing FFXIV burnout.
3. You Spend More Time on social media Posting About Playing
Do you know why there is so much FFXIV discourse? It is because we are so busy fighting with each other over stuff we forget the next week on Reddit, Twitter, and the forums, that our characters are sitting around twiddling their fingers waiting for us to come back and do actual content besides GPOSE (the real endgame). If you find yourself getting worked up with a thread over what some rando on Twitter and getting kicked out to the character screen, then you might be burned out.
2. Your Character’s Calves Are Massive
What does this mean? Well, no matter where you go in FFXIV, you see someone jumping around like it is an episode of Ninja Warrior. Whether you are in Limsa or in Gridania, we just love having our characters jumping on things like they are Goombas in Mario. Forget the savage content, forget the ultimate content, forget content in general. We feel, in a game with enough content to feed Sergeant William Fontaine de la Tour Dauterive for a week, that there is more to do than jumping on the benches in Limsa.
1. You are Literally Playing Anything Else
What is the best way to know that you are burned out on Final Fantasy XIV? Well, you are not playing it. You are taking Naoki Yoshida’s advice and playing something else when you do not want to play his game. Yes, he actually said you should play something else to avoid burnout. He knows what burnout is like, look at him:
Also, wait, why did we only have pictures of Magnai here?