Once upon a time, far back in MMO history, at the dawn of EverQuest, there was a web site… THE web site… to visit for information about the game. That was Allakhazam’s Magical Realm.
Truly, there was a time when it was the be-all end-all of EverQuest sites. It certainly was for my time in EverQuest.
Then I went on MMO hiatus for a few major life events. Marriage, house, parenthood, all those adult things I suddenly found myself faced with.
I came back to MMOs to play EverQuest II. Of course, the first place I looked for a information site was Allakhazam’s.
At the time, Allakhazam’s was not the place to be for EQ2 information. It was light on content, outdated in format, bristling with pop-up ads, and, as I was to learn, tainted. You see, while I was away, it had been bought by gold sellers.
The place to be for EQ2 was OGaming’s site. It’s design was easier on the eye and its content was vast and handily searched.
Then those pesky gold sellers, went and bought OGaming. Or something. Damn them!
OGaming’s vast content was folded into Allakhazam’s slightly spiffed up, but still rather outdated format, and there was much grumbling.
Last month, Affinity Media, the company that owned both Allakhazam’s and the gold selling site, sold the gold sellers.
And then, in what I took as a sign that the taint had been officially removed (along with the pop-up ads), SOE used Allakhazam’s to officially announce the upcoming EverQuest II expansion, The Rise of Kunark.
That seemed like quite an endorsement of the site.
So is it okay to, you know, publicly admit you actually use Allakhazam’s again?