Meanwhile I need a new computer before I can even try FFXIV because minimum requirements. Also my current (Windows 7) PC is getting old and creaky and needs to be replaced regardless; time to bite the bullet and learn to put up with 10/11.
Sadly my options in that regard are pretty limited; I live far enough out in the sticks that a custom rig is basically a non-starter. There’s exactly one store within easy driving distance that sells gaming-quality hardware. Hoy.
There are legit people who will get annoyed if a game doesn’t have high enough system requirements, for whom the technical stats are the core element of games, this became a thing around the time consoles took over the gaming market, PC purists needed some way to gratify their egos so they latched on to hardware performance fixations, this colored the culture of PC gaming for a time and still has significant influences on gaming in general,