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The Daily Quest - What Kind of Preview Do You Trust?

Posted Mar 04, 2015 by William Murphy

The Daily Quest - What Kind of Preview Do You Trust?

It's show season. That means we here at MMORPG will spend the next 6 months traveling and seeing dozens of games and writing or speaking about them here on the site. Inevitably, we'll see some great games, and plenty of bad ones too. But what kind of preview do YOU want to see, and what makes you trust one over another?

The problem with previews we see at shows like PAX and E3 is that we're treated to what developers call a "Vertical Slice". These are polished singular experiences intended to give us a feel for whatever part of the game a studio feels is indicative of what the final game will be like. MMOs are really hard to preview though, with so much of the game depending on being experienced over many hours, not 15-30 minutes.

So we ask you, as we prepare for PAX this weekend, minus the simple inclusion of video footage from the demos we play, what do you want to see in a preview? Sometimes we can capture video, and sometimes we're not allowed. The latter should probably say more than any preview can: it often means the developer doesn't feel confident in their product to allow it to be shown.

But for our written articles, here's how I think we'll be approaching our convention/show previews this weekend at PAX East.  Written previews will come in three parts, of varying lengths depending on what we saw:

  • Part One - What We Were Shown
  • Part Two - What Was Missing
  • Part Three - The Good and Bad of it all.

In general, this should help us level our gaze and see past the prefabricated hype we're shown at conventions. If we still come away from a show happy by what we were shown of a certain game, after going through the above, it means there's probably good reason to be enthused.  

But what about you, what do you want to see from our preview content over the next several months? Not what games, because we can't control who shows up and who doesn't, but rather how would you like your content delivered?

Echo of Soul is just one of many games we'll see at PAX East.


William Murphy / Bill is the Managing Editor of,, and lover of all things gaming. He's been playing and writing about MMOs and geekery since 2002, and you can harass him and his views on Twitter @thebillmurphy.

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