A couple months ago we opened up host applications for our Final Fantasy XIV podcast Aetheryte Radio. We’d like to give a special thank you to everyone that applied! We received more applications than we thought we would!
Today we’re excited to announce that the application process has resulted in two new hosts for Aetheryte Radio! You can read up on each of them after the jump and look forward to hearing them in their first “official” episode being released this week!
Hi! I’m Michelle and/or Xenedra Ambreaus in Final Fantasy XIV. I started playing XIV in open beta as a natural progression from XI, aka, “Hey, a new SE MMO. I guess I’ll give that a go.” I happened to hop from one game to the next with a few people I’d been playing XI with for about 6 years and we wound up wrapped up in the role playing community on Besaid. There I was further tangled into one of Aetheryte Radio’s original 5 billion shows, Remotely Plausible. Aside from Aetheryte Radio itself, I think we might have been the longest running show and even though all we chatted about was RP, we got a lot of kind feedback from the people who listened to us. Thanks for that! Recently, though, the three of us collaborating on Remotely Plausible decided to go our separate ways. This was right about the time AR was asking for hosts, so I thought, “Why the heck not?” Apparently I’m not completely terribly at this talking to people on the internet thing ‘cause here I am!
As I said, I’ve been playing XIV since the open beta. No claim-to-fame like you alpha people, but at least I have an idea of how “interesting” the game was when it first started. Some of you will know that by interesting, I mean badly broken, others maybe not so much, but then you’re dealing with the game in its current form! And isn’t it better? Not only in amount of available content, but even down to the tiniest UI things. It doesn’t take us half an hour to sell something to an NPC! Isn’t that exciting!? It excites me, and the more info I see, the more excited I get. The game definitely improves at least a little bit each patch, things are looking up. Square Enix has been doing a pretty good job, I feel, of offering us incentive to stick around, as well. So that’s what I’m doing: sticking around, crossing my fingers that SE can deliver the excellence that they’ve promised and bringing the latest information about the game to you guys.
Hello my name is Brian, or you can call me Brin Zalazar. My history with XIV started back at E3 ’09 when they announced Final Fantasy XIV. I started a podcast with my friends, unnamed when we started, but then evolved into the Eorzephoira podcast… I agree, the name sucked… Anyway, we did shows covering any bit of XIV news and speculated a whole bunch based off of what little we had at the time. Soon after I ended up getting approached by the curse network and asked to do a show for their website, and thus the crystal core podcast was born. I did that show for a long while, you might have heard me on it, and it was a lot of fun. During that time, got into Closed Beta, and then into the launch. After the fallout, I stuck it out. I paid for six months of game time and said that I’ll stick it out for that time period, and see where the game was in six months. Well, most everyone knows the story, how the game went free to play, so I kept playing, and kept podcasting. So I stayed involved in the drama that was Final Fantasy XIV, and I’m very glad I did.
I enjoy the game very much, and enjoy being able to play with my wife, and with a bunch of great guys (and gals) in game. Final Fantasy XIV has evolved to a point that I can be both hardcore, and casual, depending on my time, and what’s going on in my life. From here, now being on Aetheryte Radio I hope to bring my sense of humor to the show, as well as my passion for games. As Final Fantasy XIV evolves into its next form, I’m excited to be there on the forefront once more to help bring the latest news, and information about the game for fans of the series. There are those that have already written off this game, and may never come back, however, I believe Square Enix is in a unique position to do something that hasn’t been done in an MMO before, drop a phoenix down on the game and bring it back to life. In some ways they have already, but with 2.0 just on the horizon, it should be a very exciting time for those of us who are enjoying XIV now, and those who will see what it will become here at E3 2012.