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Posted: Dec 16th 2010 5:06PM bobfish said

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Not sure I understand this article, some of those stories just aren't controversial.

Posted: Dec 16th 2010 5:38PM Ayenn said

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@bobfish

In this age of "accusation" people are trained to find controversy where there is none. Heck, I would say none of these are actually controversy. None of them were all that prolonged. They were resolved in general favor of player desire. None of them actually involve duplicitous action "under the cover of night". At best they could be called issues.
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Posted: Dec 16th 2010 5:42PM Maraq said

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@bobfish
some of them are though, and thats good enough. Or rather, they may not sound like much in hindsight, but they were fairly noteworthy and controversial at the time within the gaming industry.
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Posted: Dec 16th 2010 6:08PM Ayenn said

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@Maraq

at the time you would have called them a controversy I was probably calling them "white noise" because that is all they really were. No one was hurt, no one was at risk of getting hurt, no one was ripped off as in stolen from, and no one was at risk of getting ripped off as in stolen from. again, there were no duplicitous acts. It was and is white noise. it meant nothing and means nothing .
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Posted: Dec 16th 2010 5:43PM mko said

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How about this title,
"Biggest MMO FAILs of 2010"

Posted: Dec 17th 2010 12:38PM smitesalot said

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@mko that would be one hell of a list, it could span ages
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Posted: Dec 16th 2010 6:02PM pcgneurotic said

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Ayenn has it right, although comparatively speaking, these issues were, in our rather insular little mmog world, quite spectacular.

What interests me though is the idea that we (mmog players) are so unforgiving. Justin says a few times about 'damage being done' and so on, which seems to me to be very true. We're very, very cynical, suspicious and unforgiving about something as comparatively trivial as entertainment products. Fascinating. And also hugely sad.

Posted: Dec 16th 2010 6:10PM Ayenn said

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@pcgneurotic

Some of us are actually rational about these things. Don't bundle me in you "we"s and "us"s :P
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Posted: Dec 17th 2010 5:47AM pcgneurotic said

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@Ayenn

Sorry Captain Rational, that's just the way the grammar went. ;p
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Posted: Dec 16th 2010 6:03PM Graill440 said

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Going to have to agree with the folks here. This list smacks more of a "favorites" stories list, and not anywhere near the top ten of anything. On a happier note, Krimbus is getting closer.

Posted: Dec 16th 2010 6:19PM Xelendar said

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Tbh im surprised APB isn't included in that Top10... even if its still kicking in a dead horse kindof situation.

Posted: Dec 16th 2010 6:59PM Pingles said

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Hmmm, these seem like controversies to me. I think the list makes sense.

Posted: Dec 16th 2010 8:01PM Ariolander said

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I probably would have gone with something along the lines of "Look Back: 10 MMO Stories that Rocked 2010"

Posted: Dec 16th 2010 8:53PM Aardvarkk said

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Scuff-ups, Kerfuffles, controversies, call em what you will, it makes for good reading.

Posted: Dec 17th 2010 12:09AM JoeH42 said

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I wonder if it (and by 'it' I mean many players general cynism and over-reacting to small problems in an MMO) is just a side effect of wanting instant gratification and response. I think one thing most video game players enjoy is a very quick response from a video game. We don't like having to wait long to travel to locations (even tho we have to sometimes), we don't like waiting when the servers are down, and I think this leads to people sort of freaking out when something minor happens. Now, some of these things were more than just minor. I think #4 had a real possibility to cause real-life problems and #8 definately affected a lot of people. But most of these problems were fixed pretty quickly. I think communication is always the key to keeping people calm and patient when something isn't working right.

Posted: Dec 17th 2010 1:44AM shiningfury said

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Re: story #1 about Eve

Eve won the 'Best European Online Game' despite the "forum riots". It reinforced the notion that most gamers don't care about or read forums, and just enjoy whatever the game provides to them. They're content like sheep.

Posted: Dec 17th 2010 3:26PM kgptzac said

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@shiningfury

Many have good reasons not to read official forums of MMO games. Most official forums are dominiated by what I call "Unholy Trinity" -- Trolls, flamers, and spammers.

EVE's forum is no difference; except maybe more of the above three with less grammar mistakes and typos.

On topic: I really wouldn't call anything a "controversy" in this industry if it doesn't involve microtransaction or privacy.
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Posted: Jan 3rd 2011 4:12PM BreadMan said

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