So I noticed the other day that Massively had missed a small story. It concerned EvE Online. And it concerned a battle you probably haven’t heard of. The one where SEVENTY FIVE FUCKING TITANS DIED. I looked for it, and I looked back and noticed that their coverage has been… very… meh. I took to twitter and had pointed out to me by @Noizygamer that Massively doesn’t cover in-game events in EvE.
Um. What… The… Fuck…
Seriously what’s the point? CCP Has twitter, facebook, all the social media stuff. What’s the point of having people presumably being paid to write about EvE. The problem is they either aren’t allowed to talk about the actual game, or they simply choose not to. And that’s not ok. That’s like a food critic going to a restaurant and talking about the kitchen utensils, the wait staff, and the decor, and what kind of restaurant it is, but not mentioning anything about the actual food. WTF are they paying you for. Their opinion pieces are tolerable, but I’d much rather see someone giving Mord Fiddle money to write more, or Ripard Teg, or Rixx, or Noizy, and hell while I’m giving other people’s money away I can always use some.
Massively is a neat website, and one I like to check often, but I rarely find a reason to actually hit a story, because… well… they don’t write stories. They gloss over things, they pass by things, but half the time I’m clicking into a story it’s to go straight to the bottom and click through to the source material because all they seem to do is rehash the source. That’s not reporting. I’d rather have an RSS feed that was smart enough to find new MMOs for me when I get bored of EvE.
But as long as we’re talking about what they DO provide, well lets look at some Op Eds.
Brendan Drain’s latest – His research is shoddy, his ideas are stale, and his writing is bare bones. (Seriously, there were financials put out twice last year. BRENDAN YOU ARE GETTING PAID TO DO THIS AND I’M NOT! If you want to report the information you have to dig to find it, and if you did you’d find out their subscription revenue is still increasing – page 9 at the bottom)
I’m just gonna link Fiddler’s Edge because… well… I have no interest in being fair. Mord has Brendan beaten like a rented mule. When he talks about details, he has his ducks in a row.
Who do you think deserves a paying job doing this. Brendan or Mord? Who would make their company more relevant. Most importantly: who wants to read more stories that just rehash a press release?