When are video game news media outlets going to get over their love affair of WoW and start covering other MMO news?
I visit Gamespot for news about the video game industry. On the surface it looks like they're on top of what's going on, posting a number of articles daily and covering Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft news well. But lately I'm really starting to question their credibility. They say on their About Us page "We Entertain, Inform, and Connect Gamers". Yet their news reporting is not consistent with this message.
Case in point: The WoW articles on the site are numberous and are as detailed as what you would find on a dedicated WoW site. Examples:
World of Warcraft panel sees Cataclysmic changes
World of Warcraft art panel drops Deathwing details
New WOW expansion name and races revealed?
There's a new WoW article nearly every week on average following almost every detail of the game's ongoing developement. Yet, lo and behold, not a single piece of information was reported regarding any of the recently surfaced info about FFXIV. There hasn't been anything about FFXIV since e3. There hasn't been anything about FFXI since January 2007 (a little paragraph about french and german support)!
They allocate so many of their resources to WoW news that they end up showing a narrow view of the video game industry to the masses and create a near monopoly in the MMO world in the process. How can other MMOs compete when WoW is all people hear about? For a site that claims to inform and connect gamers, they're sure not doing a very good job.
I've only payed close attention to Gamespot but from what I've seen it looks like other news media outlets are the same way. I don't think many people beyond the FFXI community are going to know much about FFXIV at least until release. If the game itself doesn't do anything to grab media attention, the casual appeal might kick the game population up to 750,000 but that's it. WoW will still dominate and little will change.
Edited, Aug 24th 2009 7:21pm by TauuOfSiren