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Vicarious Existence

To blog about what is going on in the MMO genre from a casual MMO player's viewpoint.

Author: UnSub

In Which I Poke Fun At Fallen Earth Yet Again

Posted by UnSub Tuesday September 16 2008 at 11:14PM
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Believe it or not, I actually want Fallen Earth (FE) to be a great MMO. It seems to have a number of things on offer that aren't being put forward by any other developers out there. It's using a "show, don't tell" philosophy of releasing information for the most part, with only occasional incidences of "you know what we told you before? Well, we've changed it" that tends to infect the MMO PR industry.

But with that said, there are some pretty basic traps that Fallen Earth has fell prey to and one of those is using GoogleAds to offset the cost of their official forums. While I understand the rationale, it just makes things look unprofessional. Especially when you come across these kind of ads:

The Fallen Earth Forums advertising a WoW gold selling site.

(And yes, I had done a search on "Tabula Rasa official forums" just to see what would come up for a different forum argument.)

"Aha!" you might think, "that was on the old FE forums! They've just got a facelift and this kind of thing won't happen any more!"

Well...

An ad on the Fallen Earth forums for a Runescape moneymaking guide

I couldn't get the WoW ad to reappear, but there were certainly other interesting ones. Personally I don't know why the GoogleAds I see the most of keep relating to dating services (which I don't need) but this one made me laugh:

An ad on the Fallen Earth forums advertising a BBW dating service

I can't help but wonder what the heck GoogleAds is picking off the page of a MMO forum if it chooses a BBW dating service as the most appropriate ad to display!

Tiggs has just joined FE / Icarus in a community management role. Let's hope she sees the sense in dropping the ads so the official forums doesn't resemble a fansite.