I often mention, and link to, Feldon and his site EQ2 Wire when writing about EverQuest II.
For me, that is the “go to” site for information and analysis of what is going on with the game. And that is all the site focuses on, so there is nothing else there to get in the way.
As a site, because of its focus, it helps me keep in touch with a game that I might otherwise have drifted well away from. Not that drifting away would be a bad thing, and sometimes I think I ought to just let it go as the songs says. But I remain an interested observer for a game that was once my main focus.
I like having such a site available, all the more so when it focuses on a game I play. Back in the day Allakhazam used to be the “go to” site for EverQuest, though once it became a commercial site (owned by gold sellers at one point) it lost some of its edge and relevance, so today it is barely good for press releases.
And with World of Warcraft there is always WoW Insider. Its main problem is that, as another commercial site, it has to publish daily, even if there is nothing to say. They can’t just say, “no news today.” And they also live in the shadow of Blizzard itself, which does a good job of putting information out on its own site, such that if you follow the official feed something like WoW Insider can feel redundant.
But for most MMOs I don’t really have a “go to” site that I know and trust. I can always get the press release over at Massively. If I want to know about NCsoft’s financials or the latest updates for Runescape, MMO Fallout has me covered. And I suppose I have double coverage for EVE Online with TMC and EN24, though I don’t feel that either site covers the game as well as they could for various political/editorial reasons. TMC covers a lot of other stuff these days, while EN24 spends a lot of time regurgitating blog posts. (Including my own for a while, because ISK.)
But for dedicated coverage for Rift or GuildWars 2 or EverQuest, or any number of other MMOs, I don’t really have a place to go aside from the official sites, which can be very hit an miss, or sites that cover a lot of games, in which case things often get lost in the blur.
So today I am wondering what site you go to for coverage of your chosen MMO. What sites will that niche for the various games?