Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Massively Overrated

One quote is all it took to tip my anger against Massively.com:
"With recent news of other games opting to release "on time" with minimal content, we can't help but scratch our heads at this type of situation. It's been asked a million times before, but we'll ask it again: would you rather have a partial game released now, or a complete game released later?"
Other games being specifically Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning. They can call me a raging fanboy, and probably will. I am sick of this constant belief that WAR is somehow releasing an unfinished game because some people had promises magically transplanted into their brain.

I think it is due time that I give up reading Massively. Between the gratuitous self-linking and biased news sniping, I would begin to believe Massively a professional news organization.

I apologize to the better Massively.com posters, who take care to post actual news in news postings, not biased snipes based on uneducated guesswork.

Oh, and I'm not the only one. Keen found a pretty wonderful stinker on Massively as well.
“WAR strikes me as WoW mechanics wrapped in different lore plus a couple of new features. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Clearly Blizzard got a lot right with WoW, but it doesn’t do much for those of us looking for that “new” experience again.”


  1. Anonymous11:46 PM

    I think in the big AOL cutbacks they only retained the WoW Insider crew or something - I have no other explanation for it. Everything coming out of Massively the past week has been half-cocked and definitely bias to the point of misinformation.

    Quite sad really. For a while there I was really getting quite fond of Massively.

    Perhaps they'll turn it around. Bring back Zenke and Sorden imo.

  2. I guess it is easier to generalize (that a game is just a WoW clone) than actually put thought into the article.

  3. Anonymous8:12 AM

    Quite a broad church over there; perhaps it's just specific writers you're finding disagreeable? I think you can subscribe by category, which might help there.

    Been finding the place generally quite useful over recent months, although what the AOL cuts will mean remains to be seen. Certainly a fair share of reblog and linkposts, and of course, opinionated editorial, but then who doesn't do that?

    I tend to take or leave the posts on an individual basis; doesn't do to generalise, afterall!

  4. There are other issues with the site that I've addressed in the past, so subscribing to categories would not help. Not to mention they go a little overboard on labeling of posts...

  5. But...everyone does it..

    Go overboard that is..

    I do it, you do it, so who is to blame if THEY do it as well.

    Blogging, the definitive definition of overboard.

    Massively is full of bloggers, it is not a true "News" site.
    Try Gamespot if you want news (yea...they suck)
    Or Kotaku (oh wait, they make goofy opinions on every post)


    Crap...better start checking the
    BBC news website for my gaming news fix.

  6. Openedge, obviously this conversation is way over your head.

    There is a difference between openly blogging your opinion and biased sniping in the middle of a supposed news posting.

    Also, last I checked Massively is openly trying to be an MMO news portal, which it fails at with the above mentioned problems. I reserve my right to opine about upon that, on my blog, where it is clear as to my intentions.

  7. Anonymous11:21 AM

    I don't mind if they spout their opinions in the editorial opinion pieces but taking potshots and asserting bias in their news posts seems a bit strange.

    On the other hand, I think it would be insanely boring to be a writer on a site where you simply regurgitate news all day long. It would drive me crazy not to be able to throw in personal comments...

    Then again, that's why I'm a blogger and not a news aggregator.

  8. @heartless

    Obviously you take offense to even the smallest of comments by Bloggers, Websites, or anything that has the smallest connotation of negativity about WAR though.

    I read an article about GW2, yet take no heed of the little quip.
    This writer posting their "attack" in an article that is unrelated...is so minor in the overall scheme...

    The only ones we have to blame for the negativity is all the games that came before that has ruined it for future MMO's (Vanguard, Tabula Rasa, Hellgate, AoC). And now ALL MMO's will be under the microscope.

    If you would just relax and instead revel in the fact that the game will sell like hot cakes, and pretend that everyone DOES have the smarts to make their own decisions and not be swayed by the media..

    I still am of the opinion that WAR is WoW/DAoC 2.0...but guess what..I can only base that on what I have seen.
    My best bet, which is my ultimate plan is..

    I will buy it..

    Just like 700k people did for AoC.

    No wonder we are all so leery!

  9. I have no problem with negativity leveled at WAR. You can find some of that negativity here.

    I take tremendous offense to websites and bloggers who haphazardly level slights against WAR with misinformation.


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