Over the years that I’ve been playing, following and blogging about MMORPGs there has been one constant – the website Massively.com (laterly massively.joystick.com). If you look through the archives of this blog you’ll find a lot of links to news articles on that site. I often referred to their breaking news posts about new games, updates, changes in business model or the like as I considered the site to be one of the best in the MMO space.
I’ve been a daily reader for the most part for at least four years, possibly five. So it’s with a very heavy heart that I learned the site is being closed down unceremoniously by its ailing corporate masters, AOL. I’ve discovered new games directly through this site (e.g. Dungeons & Dragons Online, Allods, Eden Eternal, Everquest 2, The Secret World) and had a lot of pleasure reading the often witty commentary. I particularly enjoyed the long-term game coverage: e.g. the Mog Log for Final Fantasy and the Norrathian Notebook for Everquest. These regular features gave the site a unique character.
As with any popular Internet discussion website the comments section of many articles descended rapidly into name-calling and partisan rants – any article on SWTOR, Wildstar or The Elder Scrolls Online would serve as an example of this. But I didn’t come to Massively day after day, month after month for the comment warriors, I came for the industry-wide news coverage and that service I will definitely miss.
So for what it’s worth, I’m deeply grateful to all the Massively staff for their passion and commitment to gaming and MMORPGs, this turn of events is not welcome and not justifiable in my mind. This leaves a gaping hole in the MMORPG online community.