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Posted: May 27th 2011 8:14AM Nebhatesyou said

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I avoid pre-release forums as much as possible.

Too much hype and nonsense, pre release and 1 month post release forums are the poster boy for horrible social behavior.

Especially General Discussion, never click General Discussion if you ever want to enjoy a game.

Posted: May 27th 2011 8:22AM Toyaga said

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In the case of SW:TOR I joined literaly 30 seconds after I discovered it was in the making (which was like 2-3 years ago) - knowing Lucas Art and BW will not push some garbage at us and EA pouring them milions in the game.
It had to be good, I had to be part of it.

P.S. The "cannon" die-hard-SW-fans on the forums are annoying.

Posted: May 27th 2011 8:36AM Oskari said

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@Toyaga

Star Wars fans...with cannons? I've got a bad feeling about this.
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Posted: May 27th 2011 8:41AM (Unverified) said

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I joined a community well before beta... once. Became a fanboy, went to pre release cons....

That was for Vanguard and I vowed I would never waste that much effort again.

Nowadays I will sign up for a beta and if I get in I might look over the forums, but usually I wait until I am very invested in a game before I join a guild or participate in the off server community.

Posted: May 27th 2011 8:46AM Toyaga said

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Ahh Vanguard the epic-fail. I feel your pain and I can clearly see you are scarred for life.
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Posted: May 27th 2011 8:44AM Idle said

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I try to avoid the community at all costs, whether it be on the official forums or on fans sites such as this one.

Over time, I've discovered that there are very few positive members of any MMO community who are vocal in any forum. The positive people generally play the game and enjoy themselves without the need to comment. They're painfully aware that any time they venture out to express a positive opinion, they'll be piled upon quickly.

Reading all of the negativity and trolling is a sure way to find yourself doubting and second guessing yourself and your enjoyment of any particular game. I find it better to avoid it, form my own opinions, enjoy the game, and move on to greener pastures when the fun subsides.

Kudos to all who remain positive and make suggestions or criticize in a constructive manner. You're certainly the mature minority.

Posted: May 27th 2011 8:53AM Faryon said

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I almost never post on the official forums for MMOs since most of them very quickly turn into a breeding ground for trolls, haters and fanbois. Looking for hours for the long buried contructive threads and posts just isn't worth it imo.

To get my "fix" of community I usually try to find podcasts sites or other fansites with a forum and chime in there since these are often more mature and contructive than the official forums.

As for the actually question of when: When I find something I feel should be discussed with the community. This can be months or even years before a game is released or it can be way after a game is released.

Posted: May 27th 2011 8:53AM PacketBurner said

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Having remembered MXO's forum rage i tend to buy a horlicks and put on soothing music before risking the nerd rage of most MMO forums. Its hard i guess can't please everybody.

I joined SwTor the moment it came out and soon realised it was years away. I hate all this hype pregame, just want to see it, and make up my own mind.

But i do find the pre release community odd... They seem to worship the web admins at SwTor or Hate them but keep posting. Are pre-release forums always so polar opposite? Likewise i equally they go crazy when their isn't "enough" info on a specific friday...

I admit reading the forums has put me off SwTor and i don't know why.

Posted: May 27th 2011 8:54AM Yellowdancer said

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I only get involved with superhero genre MMO's. I tried to get involved early with COH, CO and DCUO. I cared about that genre.

I mostly play SOE mmo's...the SOE community people scare me. I'm pretty sure they scare the devs also. I avoid them at all costs.

Posted: May 27th 2011 8:58AM Greyhame said

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Generally after I'm playing the game for a bit. While I can sometimes join pre-release communities, I don't tend to frequent them at all, and the joining is more for beta access than for taking part.

Posted: May 27th 2011 9:31AM ApathyCurve said

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As a rule, I try to avoid community involvement. It keeps my head from exploding.

Posted: May 27th 2011 9:54AM (Unverified) said

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I did the whole Vanguard experience; working on the lore puzzles, debating with what was a pretty good group of followers, and we all know how that turned out.

I also followed Rift for along time, watched the old crowd vanish when they realized it was not going to live up to it's initial billing. Watched the wave of rabid fan bois show up with the advertising blitz, and did the whole enchilada as far as beta is concerned.

Those are the two that I was really active on the boards with, and the two I have been the most disapointed with, as far as final product. One because it was allowed to die, another because it was simply lacked the content I was looking for.

Don't think I'll waste much of my time with any pre release communities in the future.

Posted: May 27th 2011 10:09AM engrey said

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I was in the pre-release community for WAR and now I am in for SWTOR. The atmosphere is different, but it really needs to be a game I want to play. In most cases I never follow the development of single-player games and rarely follow their communities. MMOs are different, as you have players from all walks of life and game experience. It can be messy at times yes, but if you can get past the trolls, super-fans, and haters, it is not to bad.

Posted: May 27th 2011 10:29AM Dumac said

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I typically don't... I'd visit the forums occasionally, post stuff myself, but i don't know if i would call that "getting involved". For me communities never really felt ... real. It's almost like an imaginary concept. Maybe that's a weird thing to say, but it's like being friends with the entire city you live in. Some people can do it ... not me.

Posted: May 27th 2011 10:44AM (Unverified) said

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I tend to avoid "the community" as much as I can. The WoW-forums taught me a lesson there.

Getting into a friendly group of people (guilds, clans, whateverthegamechosestocallit) is something I really enjoy though.

Posted: May 27th 2011 11:13AM enamelizer said

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I never, ever post on official forums. There is rarely anything constructive on them. The mindset of the average MMO player is shocking.

"You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy. We must be cautious."

Posted: May 27th 2011 11:47AM Alamar01 said

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I like to get involved with mmo communities before the game is released. I'm nostalgic and love getting in early and feeling like a part of history. I find it fun to watch how an mmo progresses, from a sometimes bug-ridden, small release to an larger, more complex environment. That's why I've been posting quite a bit on the SWtOR forums while I anxiously wait for a release date.

Posted: May 27th 2011 11:59AM Budukahn said

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I get involved when I become a customer. Until I've bought something, or subscribed, I just don't feel I have the personal investment to bother getting involved with the community.

Still, even when I do, I tend to restrict myself to my own server communities. I'm not really interested in being a lone voice in the massive pit of commentary that the main forums for most games are.

Posted: May 27th 2011 12:05PM Space Cobra said

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For me, the best way is either when an official forum launches or way before it, such as a fan site.

I can get excited and stay excited, but I try to keep an open mind and a steady vision on what to expect.

Actually, I prefer to join smaller communities, although joining a big one at the start or when it was small, helps.

But I do get into burnout and will leave for a small or large amount of time. It depends. With SW:ToR, well, even when the official forums were started, it was already big (I think I joined a week after forum launch?). So, sorta too big for me and I didn't want to get lost. Plus the fact I also didn't want to burn-out on SWToR and the hype. I've played-tested/bugged so many MMOs during that period, that it led to burnout and for the moment, I am resting to avoid burnout with SWToR and other games.

But the future? Again, I may immerse myself somewhere.

Posted: May 27th 2011 12:23PM Irem said

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Until recently I've come into communities when they've been established for a while, so I've tended to stay pretty quiet. It's easier for me to jump in on the ground floor. I've been more vocal than I usually am in the GW2 community because it's (way) pre-release, and I was pretty comfortable speaking up on the forums for my old WoW server, since I was there from the first day it opened.

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