Make Mine MythicJune 30, 2008
I just finished reading an Elder Game article called “Taming the Forum Tiger” by Asheron’s Call dev and/or mod Eric, and I’m just blown away how completely he pulls apart the MMO forum landscape and lays it all bare. He calls it “the forum game”, where fans of a MMO can’t let go of the game when they’re not playing, so they’re always reading and posting and getting caught up in all manner of snobby little drama. The goal of the game is to elicit a dev response or influence game-making decisions or (in many cases) just trolling.
And this is key — very rarely are official MMO forums used for well-reasoned, informative posts. Those of us who have survived other MMO forums like World of Warcraft’s know how there’s about a 1:1000 ratio of great posts to “Why doesn’t God just wipe the Earth clean with another flood already?” posts of monumental idiocy. Forums take up gobs of time and resources and often sanity from the parent company, who most likely has more important things to be doing — like, I don’t know, making and running the game.
Please give this article a read, and then ask yourself if Mythic wasn’t brilliant for skipping the whole “official forums” minefield altogether.
P.S. – To those unofficial Warhammer Online forum mods out there, who do often annoying work for little thanks and appreciation from the community, THANK YOU. You guys are our heroes.