It's been two months since Cata released, and already I am back in the familiar grind of 'Log in, do dailies, raid, log out'. That shiny new feeling is gone. But there are many new MMOs in development, so I head to their betas, read reviews, watch gameplay videos and trailers.
But then I come here and dear god, what a mess. People flaming games they haven't played, reviewing games based on one trailer or a friends opinion or because of who the publisher is. It's crazy.
Can people please not put down a game they haven't played, and by played I mean ground it out to say the first 20 levels. I think by then you'll have experienced enough features to actually have the right to express an opinion. Watching videos and gameplay and reading other peoples opinions is just not the same as playing the game.
Can people please not be afraid to say 'I haven't played it because [I just don't like the concept] or [I prefer scifi MMOs] or [I'm not a fan of the genre]', rather than just flaming something based on whatever reasons you last heard from some other uninformed idiot. No one is going to disrespect your preferences, but hell we're going to disrespect your uninformed stupidity.
Big up the games you know about by all means, but you don't need to push down every other MMO just to make your favourite seem better. You just devalue your opinion in the eyes of everyone else who's favourite MMO you just disrespected with your biased and/or ill informed opinions.
I love Rift, I've only played one beta, and I am eagerly awaiting the next this weekend, and I am super hyped for SWTOR (ex-SWG player here), but I am not going to put down DCUO (which doesn't appeal to me, and I haven't played) or Guild Wars or any other emerging MMO just to convince everyone that my favourite MMOs should be their favourite MMOs.
Theres a really cool thread on the Rift forums which talks about how to convert people to play Rift, and it makes a good read, it applies for any MMO.
TL: DR; Stop expressing opinions on games you haven't played, you only look foolish. Flaming every other MMO isn't going to make your personal favourite look good, if you love some new MMO tell us, no need to flame every other MMO.
And mods, seriously, can't you curb this shit?