I few days ago I got my first ban. I was shocked, I’ve been here for a long time and couldn't recall ever getting one. It was a strange feeling-somewhere between detention and a speeding ticket. It was while contemplating my ban, this site, and MMORPGs in general that I came to an interesting conclusion about good ole MMORPG.com.
I haven’t deeply invested in an MMO for at least 5 years now. I have tried them all, but I just can’t get into them. I was sitting around thinking about why they can’t keep my attention and why I even care anymore. I’ve been floating out in cyberspace for so long I don’t even know why I’m here, why I spend more time on these forums in never ending arguments of the philosophical differences between what being able to sit in a chair in game does for it than I do playing the damn games!
I thought to myself “if it wasn’t for this site I would been done with this genre a long time ago”. That is when the lightbulb went off. It hit me. If it wasn’t for MMORPG.com I would have left this frustrating genre in the dust. But instead of moving onto other exciting hobbies like stamp collecting I kept coming here, day after day, checking the news, then checking the forums to see the reaction of the news, then interacting with people about said news.
I see people bash this site (me included). They call it bias. They say it favors certain games, the reviews are all paid, the promo is all paid, the mods are all paid to control us and the information flow to certain games. Come on, lets be real here, how many of those accusations are after being banned for a day or two? (Random thought here, I bet if they had a banned leaderboard, things on the site might be a bit more civil...)
During the great forum PVP war that was the Camelot Unchained boards I saw people that agreed on nothing, nothing but 1 single thing, that this site was being unfair to them. Pro CU and Against CU, both sides were positive that the devs were taking sides (meanwhile I just picture all the mods drawing straws, the loser has to patrol the CU and TES forums for the week, I feel for ya).
As someone in the trenches I can assure you that the CU boards needed a mass cleaning. They needed a strong hand, and they got one. The boards have slowed but at least they are close to civil again (well, as civil as an internet forum can be).
Back to my main point. If it wasn’t for this site many of us would have left this genre behind us. A lot of MMORPGers spend more time on the site than in their games. As much as we all moan and groan about things on the site, we feel lost without it. I understand where the animosity comes from, MMORPG fans are a very dedicated lot. We love the game we currently play and we want to make sure everyone else knows it’s not just great, but that it’s better than the one they play lol. Drama ensues. My grandpa used to say “theres 2 things you don’t ask a person about, politics and religion” I think I need to change that to 3 things and add, MMORPGs.
Everyone is always looking for the savior of the genre. They keep wondering which game will get us back to where we want to be. Well, sometimes the savior doesn’t elevate, it maintains. It keeps you invested, it keeps you from walking away. This site has been the saviour of the genre for me since back in 2003 after playing SWG for a bit I thought to myself “I wonder if they have websites for these games” and opened up Webcrawler, yes I think it was Webcrawler back then, typed in “MMORPG” hit enter....waited a few minutes for results, and clicked the first link to pop up. MMORPG.com thanks for giving us a place to survive until “our game” come out. More importantly, thanks for tolerating a bunch of dramatic, crazy, argumentative, fanatics like us, we don’t make it easy on you.