There was this guy.
An MMO industry guy. And he made fun of a game on his blog.
A PvP game.
It had delays. It promised more features than it delivered. Key members of the development team frequently said things of questionable value or intelligence in public forums.
And this guy pointed these things out.
And, for the most part, we laughed along at his lampooning of the game and some individuals associated with it.
Not everybody, of course.
Some people were indignant or outraged in that way people are on the internet. I have yet to find something in the world about which somebody won’t get indignant or outraged. I worked with somebody who would get pissed if you said you were happy. An angry person who took the happiness of others as an affront if she was not also happy, and she was never happy. True story.
But I digress.
Fun was made of that game. Even on launch day, and for days after that.
But it was an MMO industry event, and notable and worthy of comment just on that basis alone.
As the event passed, it became less newsworthy.
Eventually Warhammer Online settled down and was only mentioned by this guy when Mythic laid people off or revealed their subscriber numbers.
Then this guy, an MMO industry guy, made fun of another game.
A PvP game.
It had even bigger delays. It promised features on which it could not deliver. And, of course, key members of its development team said things of questionable value or intelligence in public forums.
And this guy pointed these things out, right up and through launch day.
It was, after all, an MMO industry event.
And some people who didn’t seem to mind when it was Warhammer Online being teased, even though they were very much fans of Warhammer Online, seemed quite offended when it was Darkfall on the block, even though they weren’t notable in their own support of the game.
All of which shouldn’t confuse me, this being the internet and all. But it does… well, a little… okay, not at all, but I wish it did.