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Posted: Jan 3rd 2011 10:05PM Mykell said

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Can't wait for the day a Twilight or Harry Potter mmo wins these awards.

Posted: Jan 3rd 2011 10:13PM goatfoam said

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What a waste of time.

Posted: Jan 3rd 2011 10:25PM nafeasonto said

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You guys are being extremely unreasonable and hard on STO. Why don't some of you people who are purposely attacking STO come back to it. It has come A LONG WAY since launch. With revamped:

1. Sector space.
2. Crafting system.
3. new system
4. A LOT OF new content armor, space armor
5. Community authored missions (in testing).
6. The start of epic gear

And there is more to list, instead of pouncing on STO, come back to it and see how it's changed.

Posted: Jan 3rd 2011 10:37PM breezer said

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@nafeasonto

Because the same thing happens every year. 1 random game posts "GO VOTE ON MASSIVELY" on their homepage and sweeps the poll. Last year it was Runes of Magic. This year it was STO.

The results do not reflect the game's quality. Which is also duh, because everyone knows about STO's lol reputation.
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Posted: Jan 3rd 2011 10:26PM darrenkitlor said

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If you look at what games STO was up against, it would make sense.

None of them have as large a community as STO (except, maybe, FFXIV) and FFXIV's launch was by no means smooth. Remember, large community = more people voting.

I vote STO as worst disappointment, yet simultaneously recognized it had a smoother launch than its 2010 new MMO peers and also improved the most since its 2010 launch.

There's a lot to hate but the game did improve and if you haven't logged in during the past six months, you wouldn't understand the results (and I wouldn't either, if that were so).

Posted: Jan 3rd 2011 10:29PM blakerefuge said

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The comments I'm reading here are so embarrassing. I wish Cryptic nothing but the best success so that you crybabies have to stay up all night watching for articles like this to pounce on. :)

Posted: Jan 3rd 2011 10:40PM mko said

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These results seems highly illogical captain

Posted: Jan 3rd 2011 11:24PM semajin said

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@Beau Hindman "No matter what any cynical or angry gamer says -- it was indeed a good year to be an MMO player."

Hahahaha.... really? There have been articles on THIS and MANY other websites concurring that this was indeed possibly the WORST year to be an MMO gamer. It doesn't take an "angry" or "cynical" gamer to be dissatisfied with the state of their hobby during such creatively parched times.

Posted: Jan 4th 2011 1:24AM YogiFYG said

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@semajin That all depends on the selection of games you look at. I thought it was a great year too, but I am also include F2P options to my games list. Sucks for those who have crappy years but not giving other games a shot.

Guess we win.
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Posted: Jan 4th 2011 12:10AM Yellowdancer said

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The guy who is running STO these days knows what he's doing. He's fixing Cryptic's horrible development cycle. Too bad he doesn't run Champions Online. I fear that game may fold this year.

Posted: Jan 4th 2011 12:25AM (Unverified) said

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I experienced the launches of STO and Lego Universe and Lego Universe was MUCH smoother than STO.
Very skewed results there Massively.

Posted: Jan 4th 2011 12:44AM Titan1 said

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How did SOE get under the radar and not take worse at everything?

Posted: Jan 4th 2011 12:52AM iyLk said

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didn't you guys at massively look at the result and at least contemplate scrapping it or redoing the poll?

Posted: Jan 4th 2011 1:13AM jpo said

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These results show why there is no hope for MMORPGs in the future. It's all WoW and STO...yikes.

Posted: Jan 4th 2011 1:29AM Titan1 said

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How many subscribers does STO have?

Posted: Jan 4th 2011 1:32AM Notturno said

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I can't believe the staff at Massively decided to publish this nonsense. I find it extremely hard to believe that not a single one of you had the foresight to see how people would perceive this; was Massively paid off, was the voting system gamed by fanboys, were STO players rewarded for this sort of nonsense, did someone purposefully try to boost STO in the polling for some reason or another. Regardless of what the reality of the situation is, it reflects horrifically on Massively's staff and the integrity of the site's coverage.

While we cannot establish any absolute certainties here, we can dissect the results to prove just how inane these polling results are.

- First, why in the world did Star Trek Online win "Best Launch" by such a huge margin? Even one of your own columnists cited STO's awful launch (read: http://massively.joystiq.com/2010/12/30/captains-log-star-trek-onlines-year-in-review/). The sad part is that none of the listed games had stellar launches, but STO was by far worse than a lot of these other games.

- Next, "Best Crafting." Really, best crafting goes to Star Trek Online? While APB was generally seen as an incomplete game, it was universally praised for its never-before-seen customization. Players could create symbols, clothes, cars, music and sell it all. They had a crafting system never before seen in the industry that allowed unparalleled levels of creativity and ingenuity, yet Star Trek Online's linear, dull and repetitive crafting system somehow trumps that? I find that extremely hard to believe.

- "Best PVP," goes to a game that doesn't really provide any sort of unique take on PVP at all. Global Agenda is a title that screams competitive play and offers a very polished combat experience. The original alpha product was designed strictly around player versus player competition, and received extensive amounts of testing which I personally was impressed with. The game provides multiple facets of player versus player combat, ranging from 4v4 competitive teams, 10v10 public matches with a host of game types, and an "agency" (guild) conquest system with a "Risk" like game board. Yet again, STO wins again. Shocker.

- "Best Roleplaying" goes to STO, somehow. I hear about all of these heists in EVE Online from Massively, and these people seem to make these elaborate characters in which they infiltrate organizations and rob them of virtual billions. While some people may not see it as traditional roleplaying, these players are creating their own roles and writing the lore of EVE Online with their actions. I've never touched EVE Online, yet I find it to have some of the most interesting players in the MMO industry. Somehow that wasn't even on the polling list.

- How was Star Trek Online the biggest surprise hit? Isn't Cryptic converting Champions Online to a free to play model? Surely that means STO will be next on the chopping block.

- Best new MMO... Vindictus or Global Agenda would have been far more deserving candidates.

- Oh hey, look at that... Star Trek Online was really high up there for biggest disappointment. Either the Star Trek Online community was so clueless they just checked off their game of choice wherever the saw it, or the rest of the Massively community saw that game for what it was; another sub par release during a sub par year of MMO gaming.

Frankly, this is just a spectacular failure on the part of Massively/Joystiq for not protecting the integrity of their polling. Was there really no way you guys could have created a system where only one ballot was allowed per IP? Who decided that multiple entries from one person every single day was a good idea? This isn't based on any sort of sample population, this is just who managed to spam the most votes.

These numbers are worthless. It doesn't even remotely reflect the opinions of Massively community members and readers, nor even the MMO community as a whole. This is an absolute embarrassment for this site, and I sincerely hope a better system is implemented next year.

Posted: Jan 5th 2011 1:58PM cic said

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@Notturno

"Oh hey, look at that... Star Trek Online was really high up there for biggest disappointment. Either the Star Trek Online community was so clueless they just checked off their game of choice wherever the saw it"

Yeah, this is also what I first thought and figured probably happened...
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Posted: Jan 4th 2011 1:49AM O Hawk said

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Im sorry, STO for best pvp. I don't think so. EvE, and WoT are simply the best pvp you can find in an MMO.

WOT for instant action

EvE for the risk and all or nothing game play. No battle grounds no anything as soon as you log in, like WoT you are in pvp.

Posted: Jan 4th 2011 2:04AM Tovrin said

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@O Hawk The poll was for THIS year. EVE is so 2003 ....
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Posted: Jan 4th 2011 6:26AM TehKlute said

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@O Hawk

And World Of Tanks has not even been released yet!
O Hawk your best PvP for 2010 is from 2003 and 2011. Might as well give this years Oscar to Casablanca while we are at it.
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