I just read a very impressive post over on Gestalt Mind.
His statements really hit home on how I feel that the blogosphere has really taken a toll thanks to the feverish fanboyism of late.
One statement really hits home for me thanks to my "hiatus".
"I’m sick of reading various bloggers state that everyone just HAS to try it (Warhammer) and that if they don’t, they are just being stubborn. They state things like, “I’ve played it through beta and am still having fun. That PROVES that Warhammer isn’t just about hype. It is real and you have to try it.”
"Opinions of the “you MUST” variety are always a sure-fire way to keep me far, far away"
And this really explains my simple (or complex) reasoning of discussing the blogosphere as I have. It may explain why my commenting upon such games has been more "vocal".
Truly, we understand that the hype of the game has really created an almost "Religious Zeal" of the title, in protecting it or attacking others who do not enjoy any aspect of the game.
But, get over it.
Warhammer Online is not "unique". It is not an evolution of the MMO genre. It is tired and stale mechanics wrapped in a different skin, that really resembles the skin of another game which already has a huge audience.
World of Warcraft.
Eventually this fervor will die down, and then we will see the chinks of those who laud a game, only to be disappointed (A certain former Age of Conan, LOTRO player comes to mind) when it becomes rote and time spent really does not reap rewards, then they will be back on the same trail...looking for their next fix.
Instead, I hope that the sphere will get back to just writing about their "experiences" in their games of choice and not be such salesmen for mediocre titles.