Friday, August 29, 2008
How important is the blogger's opinion to you, the reader?
If I blogged about broccoli, how I love it, and how I think its a great vegetable I'm sure the mass of people reading my blog wouldn't post comments about how crazy I am or that eating a vegetable that looked like a small tree was just horrific or maybe I should be shot for singling out how one vegetable is better than all the others. Maybe I haven't given other vegetables enough time or consideration.
But why not? I mean, there has to be someone out there who has a definite opinion on broccoli and whether its better than another vegetable. Should it be hyped over others or just harvested and burned on sight?
Well, probably not. Because I'm pretty sure there are not many Broccoli or even anti Broccoli Fanboiz out there, wasting all their time scanning blogs, looking to put someones personal experience about broccoli under great scrutiny only to call them crazy for not liking cabbage. But there are a lot of MMO fanboiz out there that do just that. Specifically Warhammer Fanboiz.
Recently, several MMO bloggers have been sharing their own personal experiences from last weekend's WAR preview, me included. They have been honest with their feelings and experiences only to be trashed by posters and fanboi bloggers. I'm sure that it hurts when a trusted blogger, someone you read daily doesn't like the game your excited about, but does that mean there is recourse to call them crazy for posting about their own gaming experience just because they contradict your own?
A blogger can be a trusted ally sure, but when they don't see things your way, is it ok to trash them or flame them for not seeing a game the way you did? Is that a good way for others to see your side of the experience by talking bad about someone elses? Just because they don't see it the same way as you, does that mean its ok to call them crazy?
NO! How the blogger experienced the game had nothing to do with you, the reader. It was them not liking the game, nothing else. It's not like the blog was written to attacked you personally, they didn't throw red paint on your door, they didn't run over your foot or call your mother bad names, so why take offense if they didn't like the game you like? I can't fathom the insanity of this situation.
So they didn't do the same things you did in the game, so they didn't experience the scenarios the way you did, so they didn't play the world RvR or didn't understand the PQ system. So What? Why attack them? They didn't attack you? They expressed their personal experiences and thoughts about an in animate object, an MMO game in their personal web diary or as we all refer to them, a blog.
If there is so much hostility out there over something as inane as a video game, why even blog? When all your going to get is grief and misunderstanding from your readers, who should, as fellow gamers, be able to empathize with your gaming experiences, why even try?
To blog or not to blog? That truly is the question.