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  SBFord

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OP  4/08/11 12:32:18 PM#1

MMORPG.com is pleased to feature a brand new column that will focus on MMORPGs and gaming communities. Few have more qualifications to talk about these two important components of online gaming than the President and CEO of The Syndicate Sean Stalzer. Read Sean's introductory column as he offers up his qualifications and some thoughts about the future of his column.

One of the comments that is sometimes made in regards to any news about The Syndicate is that we come off as egotistical or elitist and I can see how the above paragraph of facts, figures and achievements could be read that way. My intent, however, is not to thump my own chest but rather to explain why I feel there are lessons we have lived through that both can be shared for great discussions and debates and that do provide a perspective on the every changing MMO landscape in so far as those changes help or hurt the stability of communities. The experience of leading The Syndicate is one of the qualifications that I bring to this column. We can discuss and debate other qualifications in future articles.

Read more of Sean Stalzer's A Hello and a New Column.

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  finnmacool1

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4/08/11 12:44:16 PM#2

"MMORPG.com is pleased to feature a brand new column that will focus on gaming communities. No one is more eminently qualified to talk about these two critical features than the President and CEO of The Syndicate Sean Stalzer. Read Sean's introductory column as he offers up his qualifications and some thoughts about the future of his column."

 

I havent even made it to the article and already two bones to pick. First off, what TWO critical FEATURES are you talking about? A community isnt a "feature" and even if it was that's only one example.

Secondly, are you seriously trying to say no one in the entire world of gaming is more "eminently" qualified than this person in the realm of game communities? Seriously? No one? Is anyone remotely close? Maybe you could give us your top ten and list what ranking system you used to tally that score.

  Dragim

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4/08/11 12:47:39 PM#3

I don't trust and Presidents or CEOs, they always seem to be in it for themselves and not the greater good of everyone who is working for their company.


As far as who this person is, I don't know.  But my general idea is that CEO/President's cannot be trusted.


I am entitled to my opinions, misspellings, and grammatical errors.

  Stradden

Managing Editor

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4/08/11 12:51:59 PM#4
Originally posted by finnmacool1

"MMORPG.com is pleased to feature a brand new column that will focus on gaming communities. No one is more eminently qualified to talk about these two critical features than the President and CEO of The Syndicate Sean Stalzer. Read Sean's introductory column as he offers up his qualifications and some thoughts about the future of his column."

 

I havent even made it to the article and already two bones to pick. First off, what TWO critical FEATURES are you talking about? A community isnt a "feature" and even if it was that's only one example.

Secondly, are you seriously trying to say no one in the entire world of gaming is more "eminently" qualified than this person in the realm of game communities? Seriously? No one? Is anyone remotely close? Maybe you could give us your top ten and list what ranking system you used to tally that score.

So, hyperbole not really in your vocab then?

Cheers,
Jon Wood
Managing Editor
MMORPG.com

  eoweth

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4/08/11 12:57:07 PM#5

I've been involved in various gaming communities since the early '90s and played basically every MMO yet I've never heard of "The Syndicate" before this. Also, worst clip art ever.

Anyway, welcome Dragons. :)

  finnmacool1

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4/08/11 1:04:41 PM#6
Originally posted by Stradden
Originally posted by finnmacool1

"MMORPG.com is pleased to feature a brand new column that will focus on gaming communities. No one is more eminently qualified to talk about these two critical features than the President and CEO of The Syndicate Sean Stalzer. Read Sean's introductory column as he offers up his qualifications and some thoughts about the future of his column."

 

I havent even made it to the article and already two bones to pick. First off, what TWO critical FEATURES are you talking about? A community isnt a "feature" and even if it was that's only one example.

Secondly, are you seriously trying to say no one in the entire world of gaming is more "eminently" qualified than this person in the realm of game communities? Seriously? No one? Is anyone remotely close? Maybe you could give us your top ten and list what ranking system you used to tally that score.

So, hyperbole not really in your vocab then?

I prefer honesty and integrity.

  Stradden

Managing Editor

Joined: 7/08/05
Posts: 6729

4/08/11 1:07:20 PM#7
Originally posted by finnmacool1
Originally posted by Stradden
Originally posted by finnmacool1

"MMORPG.com is pleased to feature a brand new column that will focus on gaming communities. No one is more eminently qualified to talk about these two critical features than the President and CEO of The Syndicate Sean Stalzer. Read Sean's introductory column as he offers up his qualifications and some thoughts about the future of his column."

 

I havent even made it to the article and already two bones to pick. First off, what TWO critical FEATURES are you talking about? A community isnt a "feature" and even if it was that's only one example.

Secondly, are you seriously trying to say no one in the entire world of gaming is more "eminently" qualified than this person in the realm of game communities? Seriously? No one? Is anyone remotely close? Maybe you could give us your top ten and list what ranking system you used to tally that score.

So, hyperbole not really in your vocab then?

I prefer honesty and integrity.

ooh, burn.

Seriously man, it's a video game website. a little bit of hyperbole won't hurt. No need to take everything so 100% seriously. It ws written obviously in a hyperbolic style, and you're nitpicking. Let it go and roll with it.

Cheers,
Jon Wood
Managing Editor
MMORPG.com

  elocke

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4/08/11 1:12:21 PM#8

I would like to see a poll and results on who wants to read this type of column.  Just to see if I'm in the minority or majority as I could really care less about it or this "Syndicate" who I've never heard of until now.

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  maskedweasel

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4/08/11 1:13:42 PM#9
Originally posted by Stradden

 

 

Seriously man, it's a video game website.

 

This is a whaaat?!

"Loan me a Dragon I wanna see space"


  SBFord

Associate Editor - News Manager

Joined: 6/28/10
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OP  4/08/11 1:16:40 PM#10

@finnmacool1: Fixed the wording for you. Better? ;)

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  NameWasTaken

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4/08/11 1:19:37 PM#11

The Syndicate? Who are those guyes?



Been playing MMO's since Ultima Online, and never heard of that guild.


 


Besides when I think of "The Syndicate" I think of...



Ma I loved that game back in the day. :)

  Kyleran

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4/08/11 1:19:38 PM#12
Originally posted by elocke

I would like to see a poll and results on who wants to read this type of column.  Just to see if I'm in the minority or majority as I could really care less about it or this "Syndicate" who I've never heard of until now.

Well, I'll be glad to read it, because I feel that communities in MMORPG's have suffered in recent years, largely due to game design but also due to the influx of a broader player base with newer titles.

But what would really be interesting is to hear from the folks who run the Goon Squad/Swarm group on Something Awlful.com, heck they figure out a way to get thousands of people to pay them up to 50 bucks a month to be a member.  Those are some smart fellas and they do so by creating communities that to the outside world are arguably juvenile and rotten. 

Arrogant, Condescending, Dismissive, Elitist, "Meany", you speak as if these are bad things?
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  maskedweasel

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4/08/11 1:24:44 PM#13
Originally posted by Kyleran
Originally posted by elocke

I would like to see a poll and results on who wants to read this type of column.  Just to see if I'm in the minority or majority as I could really care less about it or this "Syndicate" who I've never heard of until now.

Well, I'll be glad to read it, because I feel that communities in MMORPG's have suffered in recent years, largely due to game design but also due to the influx of a broader player base with newer titles.

But what would really be interesting is to hear from the folks who run the Goon Squad/Swarm group on Something Awlful.com, heck they figure out a way to get thousands of people to pay them up to 50 bucks a month to be a member.  Those are some smart fellas and they do so by creating communities that to the outside world are arguably juvenile and rotten. 

Oh, now you're just encouraging them.

"Loan me a Dragon I wanna see space"


  EvilGeek

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4/08/11 1:29:44 PM#14

I see why we had the non news of their april fools joke now, further down the line it would have been news once we got some debates going and listened to what insites can be offered by Dragons, but guess I'm just nit picking now :)


I'm intrigued by what conversations we can get going around this idea, I agree with Dragons that the communities of games are very important, few dev houses seem to encourage their community growth as well as they should IMHO. 


I'm from a guild that has grown more in to a clan, we are spread across games but remain a close knit community,  I've been with them five years now though the guild has been going longer that. We have yearly holidays and have formed some great friendships, I'm sure ours is only the tip of the iceberg, none may have been around as long or as succesful as The Syndicates but I'm sure other guilds experiences can provide useful examples in  how best to grow a community (for those of us interested in that). The more that get involved in the debates the more useful it will be. I'm not too fond of their self promotion or (seemingly) large egos, but I'll put that aside and keep an open mind on whats to come, where's the harm?


look forward to seeing what transpires.



  MumboJumbo

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4/08/11 1:33:57 PM#15

Social Enterprise in MMOs, "It has begun."  ; )

I will be happy to read this column. Edit: Syndicate was an awesome game! More drugs!

  Tyrang

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Joined: 2/22/11
Posts: 20

4/08/11 1:52:08 PM#16

As long as this column doesn't become Syndicates' ego blog, I will entertain it.


I believe this idea springs from our comments on the not-so-bright post from Syndicates on April 1st. The least we can do is let them try this out before we burn them with more hate comments. :D


  Banegrivm

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4/08/11 1:58:01 PM#17
Originally posted by Stradden
Originally posted by finnmacool1
Originally posted by Stradden
Originally posted by finnmacool1

"MMORPG.com is pleased to feature a brand new column that will focus on gaming communities. No one is more eminently qualified to talk about these two critical features than the President and CEO of The Syndicate Sean Stalzer. Read Sean's introductory column as he offers up his qualifications and some thoughts about the future of his column."

 

I havent even made it to the article and already two bones to pick. First off, what TWO critical FEATURES are you talking about? A community isnt a "feature" and even if it was that's only one example.

Secondly, are you seriously trying to say no one in the entire world of gaming is more "eminently" qualified than this person in the realm of game communities? Seriously? No one? Is anyone remotely close? Maybe you could give us your top ten and list what ranking system you used to tally that score.

So, hyperbole not really in your vocab then?

I prefer honesty and integrity.

ooh, burn.

Seriously man, it's a video game website. a little bit of hyperbole won't hurt. No need to take everything so 100% seriously. It ws written obviously in a hyperbolic style, and you're nitpicking. Let it go and roll with it.

 

What did you *REALLY* expect? People dislike The Syndicate for various reasons, some of which I happen to agree with. Expect more of the same. Everytime there are so called "news posts" made regarding The Syndicate they always turn into pages of dislike by people who dislike TS for their lack of integrity, honesty, and humility. In the end you only have yourselves to blame. No one forced you to bring them here. It was your choice to do so. Now these are the repercussions of your actions.

Banegrivm
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  Elikal

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4/08/11 2:11:36 PM#18
Originally posted by Dragim

I don't trust and Presidents or CEOs, they always seem to be in it for themselves and not the greater good of everyone who is working for their company.


As far as who this person is, I don't know.  But my general idea is that CEO/President's cannot be trusted.

Whoa, why aren't we just listen to what a man has to say anymore? Sheesh. At the end of the day a CEO is a person like you and me. I reply to what a person SAYS not what his position is.

 

"Better be robbed than live surrounded by scarecrows." Nietzsche

A forum is a place where people can discuss about different opinions. So what I don't get is, how people react offended when they come to a forum and then find... well different opinions. If a different opinion offends you, what are you even doing here?

  delta9

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4/08/11 2:23:58 PM#19

{mod edit}

I like the irony of improving things for the gaming community and actively chasing guilds in other games for using such a generic name as Syndicate

 


anyways, make your future articles based around the guild and they wont go down well - be more general in your approach about the industry as a whole and maybe things will work out better :)


  User Deleted
4/08/11 2:38:17 PM#20

Not being funny but a bit of drama and the odd implosion often goes along way to make a strong over all mmo game community. If everyone just got and servers would be a very bland place indeed.

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