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Mists of Pandaria: The myth of the talent tree choice {WoW}

Oct 31st 2011 8:25PM Excellent article. I'd been waiting for this sort of analysis from wow insider. Kudos.

Why you might like Blizzard DOTA {WoW}

Oct 27th 2011 4:10PM I find it very hard to come up with non-sketchy reasons why LoL was not mentioned in this article.

5 reasons you should love Mists of Pandaria {WoW}

Oct 24th 2011 10:14PM Thank you for the thoughtful response. I wasn't complaining about your article specifically, but more the overall tenor of Wow Insider's MoP coverage. I enjoyed the article, it just also happened to illustrate the point I wanted to make.

I suppose I just wish there was a little more coverage of the notion that people were legitimately upset by the new announcement, and some sort of (dare I say) tinfoil-hat prognostication about how world of warcraft's demographic might change, or how blizzard wants it to change. The whole thing seems very glossed over, and the reporting seems to be trying to painfully jiujitsu the truth to paint blizzard in the best possible light, and I'm not sure that's Wow Insider's job.

There are a lot of conflicting forces to this kind of reporting, many big news sites employ ombudsmen and women to analyze this issue. Clearly I can't expect from a game blog the same level of concern for journalistic ethics, but I still think it could easily be a little more balanced.

5 reasons you should love Mists of Pandaria {WoW}

Oct 24th 2011 8:32PM All that said, I am very excited for MoP. Blizzard's claws remain inextricable from my wallet, and, come to think of it, I always DID want to be the very best...

5 reasons you should love Mists of Pandaria {WoW}

Oct 24th 2011 8:31PM I agree with the main point made in the articles and the comments - Blizzard historically has created incredible games, and if any company has earned your trust (and your hard-earned gaming dollar), they have. However, I don't have any problem with Blizzard in this case.

However, I have a huge problem with how Wow Insider is covering this story.

As much as everyone is dismissing the dissent as mass QQing, it is apparent that there are some intelligent, well-thought-out reasons why the World of Warcraft community should be concerned about the coming expansion. You can read through this comment thread and find a couple examples.*

*Admittedly, a majority of it is, in fact, mass QQing. But there are several good reasons to be less than thrilled by the direction Blizzard is taking.

Wow Insider's "reporting" and "coverage" of BlizzCon reads more like Pravda and less like what I would expect from an independent news site.

I spent most of Friday chatting with my friends, who were (to put not too fine a point on it) abjectly horrified by what they saw on the virtual ticket that day. When I went home, I checked Wow Insider expecting what I have come to expect from them: intelligent, well-written coverage and analysis of World of Warcraft. I expected some reporting of what looked like a mass riot on the mmo-champion forums. I expected some sort of analysis as to why Blizzard decided to go in such a different direction, and what sort of risk that entailed.

What did I find? The Party line, straight and true.

"Breakfast Topic: What makes you the most excited about the new expansion?"
(no option for "not excited", merely "other", and who could forget the winning line, "Anyone who says otherwise is a traitor to the cause of fun." Sure, this was in jest, but it is symptomatic of the whole coverage. )
"Day 2 Wrap-up" - not a single mention of the uproar, and "reader comments" merely links back to the aforementioned breakfast topic.
"5 reasons you should love MoP" - although finally acknowledging some dissent from the party line, this article presents not analysis but argument. If you aren't excited, you are wrong. Let (the entirely and completely independent) Wow Insider tell you why you should give Blizzard money, especially now that they've created long-term contracts!

If you only got your blizzcon news from Wow Insider (as I usually do), you come away with the impression that the MoP announcement was met with universal acclaim, or at least a complete lack of dissent.

It all comes down to what Wow insider is, or, more correctly, what it aspires to be. If it's just another place for Blizzard to market to you, that's fine. In many ways Blizzard relies on them to do this. However, if it aspires to (as it claims on this page) cover "the latest news, analysis and opinion from all around the World of Warcraft", it has failed utterly.

Breakfast Topic: Which part of "Mists of Pandaria" has you most excited? {WoW}

Oct 22nd 2011 6:34PM To the editors of Pravda:

I love your periodical, but is it actually true that the Party has never done wrong?

Kisses,

Psyched for Siberia

Breakfast Topic: How do you decide which race to roll? {WoW}

Oct 13th 2011 10:39AM One word:

Diplomacy.

It's about time the powergamers spoke up.

Spiritual Guidance: Holy priest stat weights revisited {WoW}

Oct 10th 2011 8:12PM Summary: "Nothing has changed. Nor will it change in 4.3."

Feels like you kind of mailed it in this week.*

* Which is totally fine, given the staleness of current content, lack of real 4.3 priest news beyond what's already been covered ad naus, and general pre-patch malaise. I suppose I would have preferred the FVA illustration than a simple reiteration of old news and news even older than that.

The Light and How to Swing It: To cover the combat table {WoW}

Apr 7th 2011 6:05PM Nice to see deprecated being (more) accurately used this time.

Lichborne: Gemming, reforging, and other gear tweaks for blood death knight tanks {WoW}

Apr 6th 2011 4:13AM Deprecated?

All our health pools got together and made fun of poor stamina?

Perhaps we gave it an atomic wedgie afterward.

Depreciated, sir.