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3-23-2012 @ 8:22AM
I was disappointed, sad to say, with WoW Insider's coverage. During the Q&A podcast, I think I heard that someone (Alex?) fell asleep during the event, and later questions were answered by the hosts just pulling up Wowhead's site and reading it from there.There wasn't a whole lot that you guys covered that other places didn't cover better or more in-depth. (Though MMO Champion had a lot more walls of text, I was similarly disappointed that they just seemed to phone it in liveblogging style, which I thought the whole purpose of the NDA was to prevent. So WoWI wasn't my only disappointment.)You're still my favorite WoW fan site though, don't get me wrong!
3-23-2012 @ 9:13AM
Have to say that I felt the same way. I was a little surprised to hear how disengaged the staff from wowinsider was at the press event. From Alex saying he didn't pay attention to the Raid Finder loot roll change (which I think is probably very important to your readers) to Mike Sacco deferring to wowhead at seemingly every turn for answers to listeners questions - I would have to say that the coverage was lackluster. Sure, this is a "blog". But, if I were running a business, and I sent two employees to a press event the last thing I would want to hear would be one of the employees telling our customers that they didn't pay attention during the event and the other employee driving our customers to another website...
3-23-2012 @ 9:16AM
They should have sent McCurley and Rossi.
3-23-2012 @ 9:18AM
To be slightly fair, you only have to listen to Alex for .5 seconds to know he's jaded and not all that interested in the 'game' part anymore. And Sacco is *always* double-checking his facts. I'd bet that because it was a live show, they didn't get to edit out the checking he does all the time (he does very often in the podcast anyway if you listen).
3-23-2012 @ 10:46AM
I love all the WoW Insider staff and love the site, but I have to agree with you. I hate saying things like that about my favorite sites but the way they presented the info they had was done very poorly. I didn't notice much until I checked other WoW sites for info and found those sites had a significant amount more than WoW Insider. Very disappointing.@eperson.christopher: I agree with you also. WoW Insider is indeed a blog but still a job with employees. And as employees of WoW Insider, it was their responsibility to get the information from the event and get it out to the readers. Again, it kills me to say it because this far and away my favorite WoW site (and one of my favorite sites in general) but they really dropped the ball on this one. The beta is out and we'll soon have more info than we will know what to do with but honestly if people on the staff have lost interest in the game then they step down or be replaced.
3-23-2012 @ 1:00PM
I gotta say that I was feeling the same way. I suppose I was expecting a lot more of an info-dump a la the style of WoWhead or MMO-C. When we have these huge releases of information, I want a huge wall of text.But we should also realise the style of this blog isn't that. The writers' job here is to write a short-ish article that facilitates a discussion. Hell, that's the whole point of these Breakfast Topics and Queues. What sets this apart from the other WoW sites is the comments and commentators. As frustrating as the comments system is, that's really the heart of this blog. The thumbs-up/thumbs-down style is really a way to involve everyone in a somewhat democratic process of what the community is liking or hating. It's really a great way to take in the flow of the discussion.So as far as that goes, I think the guys (and girls) have been doing a great job. We also have consistent and prolific commentators like yourself, my friend and GM (cutaia), Pyromelter, and others whose names & avatars I scan each page for because I can always expect some brilliant and entertaining thoughts. I know it sounds like I'm kissing ass but I'm more just pointing out what this place is all about.
3-23-2012 @ 2:36PM
I don't think anyone here is suggesting that we don't like the site, or the staff. The conclusion is that we expected more. I want to make sure to avoid the usual internet hand-wringing and hyperbole here. Maybe I'm in the wrong, but I "feel" like my experience reading this website used to be a little different. I came here for insight, and the writing (I don't play a mage, but I love reading Arcane Brilliance, same for Mr. Rossi's warrior columns). Now the site seems to be peppered with "How would/does this make you feel?" posts. This amounts to something a little different than a "blog". What we're getting is a fancy looking message board. There's a niche out there for wow insider to fill. It should demand a little more of itself than its current iteration.
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