Ok, so first off forgive me. My mags get to me super late. However I didn't see any one mention the little blurb that XIV gets.
My main frustration with the 1/2 page piece (maybe more 1/3rd) is that they try to make it seem like they were avid supporters of XI. IMO all the American rags I read completely stopped covering anything that wasn't WoW, LotR:O, or a mass of F2P crap shortly after so many of them gave XI Gold and Silver awards.
I was thinking about writing in, but I can't exactly defend XIV as I haven't played it yet. I guess I'll just have to hope that the magazines give more coverage tot he game this time.
Why? Good or bad (preferably good) press creates interest. Interest means new subscribers, or at least new blood for 30 days at a time. The more people at the starting zones, the more you have to do when you want to go level something else. Remember the nightmare that was leveling a SJ 3-4 years after XI release before or 6ish months after a new job was released? Granted I played a lot of off peak hours, but still... it kinda sucked some times. I directly blame the lack of press for a part in that.
While they were busy hyping up WoW (which is fine and understandable) along with a bunch of other random 100kish or less subscriber MMOs, they were ignoring a fairly good MMO with a large dedicated and friendly player base. Very few magazines returned to cover XI. IIRC I didn't see anything other than a few side columns for the releases of WotG and later. Yet I was seing pay to play expansions mentioned in 1-2 full page articles.
Ultimately what I'm getting at is that if XIV isn't a stink bomb (which I hope no one here thinks it will be)... if the mags aren't giving it enough coverage, we as players (and consumers) have the power to demand (politely, yet snarkily) coverage. If enough of a playerbase comes off as a subscriber or reader base, they should listen. Maybe we let XI down when it came to paper based magazine coverage? If we had any say in it, and didn't do anything then, let's make sure we speak up this time around.
PS: Betty Crocker chocolate brownies dipped, not soaked, in beer are strangely awesome.
Edited, Jul 26th 2010 9:00pm by PerrinofSylph