Official ForumsMarch 15, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Posted in Guild Wars 2, mmorpg | 12 Comments
Tags: Guild Wars 2, MMO, mmorpg
Guild Wars had no official forums. Arenanet relied on a number of unofficial fan forums to disseminate their message. This had good points and bad. It helped foster a community outside the game, but for any fan site that didn’t receive direct contact from Arenanet community reps, it meant they were not the place to go.
I always thought the last part did more bad than good. And if you were not a fan of the sometimes negative atmosphere in some places Arenanet chose to tread, you were pretty much out of luck.
That’s why I’m glad Guild Wars 2 will have official forums.
Let me point out the two biggest changes in the ways we interact with our communities between the original Guild Wars and Guild Wars 2 right up front: we will have official forums, and we will not have a traditional fansite program.
It certainly removes any hint of favouritism or collusion or an elite crowd that may have reared its head over the years, but mostly I’m glad because it will bring everyone together in one obvious spot.
I’m sure the reasoning has more to do with the fact that Guild Wars 2 looks like it is going to be huge and the reps just don’t have the time to monitor and interact with outside forums. They’ll have more control over the message and the conduct of forum goers.
I guess what I’m really wondering about is what their plans are for places like our blogs, Guild Wars 2 Live, GuildMag, or even lolcharr. They’re not having a traditional fansite program, fine, but they don’t quite lay out the plan for what they are doing. They mention specialized forums and the wiki. They’ve long spoken of their Extended Experience but we don’t know how far that goes yet.
My guess is they’re continuing what they have been doing. They see something cool, they tweet it. Maybe they’ll post about it on facebook, forums, or some other venue. It’s basic and it works.
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