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4-20-2008 @ 4:36PM
You never explicitly said that you hated PvP, but it seemed pretty clear from the tone of your last article. To avoid massive flameage, it might have been a good idea to add onto the end of your last article something like "Having said all that, I really enjoy PvP, and in my next article I'll talk about why it's an important addition to the game.""And I really can't help that readers get stirred up by my analysis and opinions." Yes, you can. It's called "tone". It's called "stating the facts but not making a deliberate effort to get everyone riled up at you". Saying things like "And despite the numerous PvP fanbois out there, the real game in WoW will always remain the PvE game," to people who love PvP and play it for hundreds of hours a week, and then saying "I really can't help that readers get stirred up by my analysis and opinions. That issue is something those getting stirred up can only address," won't fly. It amounts to trolling--deliberately angering your readers just to watch the firestorm. Surely you didn't think your last article would pass without comment? You *know* this area is a sore spot with the WoW community, but you decided to poke it with a stick anyway.These articles should not have been published by WoW Insider. You're supposed to be journalists, you're supposed to have standards, you're supposed to edit carefully and fact-check. Instead we get this. Shame on you.
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