(Before I start, let me say that I bear absolutely zero ill-will because – as a savvy reader may already have determined – I am a damned happy guy and it’s nigh impossible to break that. Unless of course we’re talking about player-controlled loot systems or statistics that are hard-bound to gear, in which case I am the very definition of unbridled rage.)
I have been misinterpreted. It’s the Internet, so 1. that’s to be expected, and 2. no amount of effort on my part will ever prevent that. Far be it from me not to try, though. So, here I go.
There have been a few responses to my recent thread on whether the blogging community actually enjoys video games. I already responded to the one generated on MMO Reporter. Today I’d like to respond to this post over on Massively which seems to assert that I prefer rose-colored glasses.
Let me state for the record that this is a gross misinterpretation of my remarks.
Here are my points:
- Punditry is not progress.
- Supporting an MMO that you like is impossible.
The blog-o-sphere is rife with one and nigh devoid of the other; indeed, one tiny dash of “I like this game” provides near infinite fuel for the pundits, or – as I have come to call them – the haters. (Hyperbole. It’s my thing. See the About and Disclaimer pages, above.)
“What I do find funny is the notion that folks are somehow obligated to put on a happy face and refrain from voicing opinions unless they’re positive.”
This is actually not what I said. Criticism is good; I said as much, in that initial article. It is in fact a vehicle by which improvements may be made.
Constant, relentless, derisive trashing of the genre is not criticism. It’s a slander campaign. And it’s depressing. It honestly does make me wonder if you actually like video games, so the question stands. (Cheers to those who have answered it.)
“Put simply, what’s the point of blogging (about MMOs or anything else) if all you’re interested in is praising the status quo? To be honest, the point is progress, and that’s one reason why writing about arts and entertainment is generally called criticism instead of positivism, no?” (Emphasis mine.)
Ideally, the point of blogging is in fact progress. The point of blogging is not punditry. Put simply, that is the difference between NPR and Fox News.
Punditry is easy and it’s rampant. It doesn’t take anything more than an opinion and time and, man, can it snowball. It’s not the only way to entertain your readers, I swear.
” Eventually, the design pendulum is going to swing back toward the type of game that I enjoy, and I’ll be one of Thade’s shiny happy game-bloggers (for a time).”
I honestly don’t think this is going to happen. Warcraft got its subscription numbers from (forgive the vernacular here) casuals and casuals that turned hardcore. Those numbers are stupidly large and unreasonable. That the upcoming expansion’s new race is essentially a giant, playable non-combat pet should speak massive, massive, massive volumes to you.
In case it does not, let me spell out this depressing news for all of us. It is a weight I carry and no longer wish to carry it alone.
We, as bloggers, are the vocal minority. We are an even smaller population than the more vehement and louder forum trolls. Put plainly:
WE ARE NOT THEIR TARGET DEMOGRAPHIC.
And I fear that, for the foreseeable future, that will remain the case.
I would be endlessly, endlessly thrilled to be proved wrong.