The NDA is lifted. Just not for us.August 5, 2008
Some days I can be a crabby old man, sitting in my rocking chair on my front porch, shaking my fists at those cursed hooligans who disturb the peace with their ghetto blasters and hackysack circles. I also might be behind the times. So please forgive me if this seems a bit crotchety.
It’s been pretty well-known that even though we’re still in closed beta, many members of “the press” (i.e. people more important than bloggers who can actually sell ad space) have been invited in. Which I’m fine with. But today I load up the computer to see that GameSpy’s actually blogging about their entire beta experience, which apparently is just hunky dory with Mythic — even though the rest of us are under pain of death and expulsion to keep our lips zipped.
I can’t say “this isn’t fair!” because it’s Mythic’s game and beta, and whatever they decide to do with it is their business. But I can say that it is a bit rotten. A lot of people have been playing beta far longer then “the press”, and many bloggers and sites are working hard to get material ready to post for when the NDA drops. So again, forgive me if I seem annoyed by this, but what made GameSpy — other than their powerful influence on the gaming public and widespread media presence — so much more special that the rules are bent for them and not for us?
I was okay with hands-on articles and experiences, those were supervised by Mythic in special circumstances. But this is closed beta where one group of people get special privileges that they frankly haven’t earned, and the rest of us have to sit and twiddle thumbs. And with no NDA droppage this week, whatever we have planned to share with you guys might well be obsolete after the big boys get finished devouring all the exclusive head startyness.