Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Correction: Inconsistency of the Anti-Hype

Orestus, a level 70 Druid over in the good 'ol state, county and universe of WoW has pointed out a major flaw in my argument from my last article that needs a closer look.

So, here's the story, if you go to 1UP.com and do a search on "World of Warcraft", you'll see a couple of things....you'll see Burning Crusade and of course the original. If you click on the original and if you click the reviews tab you'll see the release date, 11/15/2004 and the latest review date of 8/22/2005 which is what I quoted on the original story. Now, here's where I messed up...if you then scroll down to the bottom, you'll see the original review of WoW which is dated at 12/03/2004. So, WoW was reviewed a little under a month originally with a follow up some months later.

So, I find myself in a bit of an "eat crow" position....so, sorry about that guys/gals. I'm going to correct those dates right away on that entry. No excuses...I read all of the reviews I mentioned in the listing, but I just missed those links to the older reviews at the bottom of the reviews themselves. Lesson learned.

This does have a positive spin on it of course...I do expect 1UP to take another gander at Vanguard in about 6 months time. Perhaps all of the issues that the reviewer saw originally will be worked out and the game will be as it should have been at release.

I don't know...I'm still not comfortable with reviewing an MMO one month after release, especially one that is this big. It's almost like going up to a feeble old man and kicking him in the nuts. We know he's crippled, so why add to the pain...?

My thanks to Orestus for noticing that. Its great to have readers that care enough about the blog to point out this stuff to me. And always...always point out stuff like this to me...I'm not the kind that's afraid to make mistakes or correct them.

Cheers.....

D out.

2 comments:

Kendricke said...

A large part of the point with reviews is timeliness, though. If I were to have one of our staff writers at Warcry post our "review" of Echoes of Faydwer now that it's been out for 4 months, I highly doubt you'd see a lot of excitement regarding the article.

People who read 1up.com simply aren't going to wait 6 months for a "fair" review on whether or not 1up thinks the game is worth buying now.

Of course, I could be wrong. Look for my "300" review sometime in June to let you know whether or not the movie's worth seeing. *winks*

(Good articles, by the way).

darrenl said...

You are correct Ken...timeliness is an important factor for reviews, especially in this industry. What I'm seeing is that MMOs are being treated "journalistically" as if they are single player games, i.e. release and review.

I honestly feel that MMOs should not be reviewed in that way since they really are "live software", for lack of a better word. They are constantly patched and added to..so the game you review now is not the same game one month from now.

I don't know...there is timeliness, but on the other hand I don't think its the right way to go for MMOs.

...and thank you for the complement :)