The most popular MMORPG conversations of 2015

One of my favorite things to do every year is look through Livefyre and round up the articles that you guys just would not stop talking in. So let’s have a meta-look at the top 10 posts of the year 2015, by number of comments — and commenters.

Top posts by comments

Top posts by participants

Reflection

Right away, it’s clear that the Star Citizen/Derek Smart drama dominated the year in terms of what people really wanted to talk about — and when I say talk, I mean rage for days. The posts on the drama attracted a lot of veteran Massively OP readers as well as those who normally don’t step outside Reddit.

That said, World of Warcraft’s Legion expansion announcement still brought the most comments (1422) on the whole, which is unsurprising given just how many people still play and how many more used to and might again.

WildStar’s free-to-play conversion was a major topic for commenters as well, no doubt because its original business model was so contentious and its “cupcake” machismo was a bit of a turnoff.

Guild Wars 2 was done no favors by its prepurchase fiasco this past summer, though it’s a squabble I suspect most of you have long since forgotten!

Daybreak’s layoffs were aftershocks. The Star Trek Online story is just depressing.

Finally, there were a few general Daily Grinds that unexpectedly went viral. One was literally an open thread for complaining about everything you hate about the MMO genre, and it was glorious. And the other one was more or less a who’s-who of the dedicated Massively community. /salute to you.

So 1422 is your number to beat next year, folks. Make it happen! In the meanwhile, stay tuned for a follow-up piece going into the popular posts by pageviews — it’s quite the contrast.

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PaganRites
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Derek Smart, what a total noob.

Cleannternet
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mmonerd like dust and mud but we do not really care because we are looking for the sky.

Lethality
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ManastuUtakata Lethality breetoplay deekay_zero Armsman That’s actually precisely how it works with trolls… you ignore them and they go away. He is all blow and no job.

Also, swapping out just 2 words: “As Star Citizen’s success could gain traction and could have positive repercussions on how /kickstarters are funded in the future, for example.”

The difference between that and your statement is that one is happening, and the other one is not. You cannot draw any reasonable conclusions that Smart has, can or will have any effect on Star Citizen any more than the ham sandwich I am eating right now. They carry the  same weight.

I’m not trying to be an ass. There are a million things that “could” impact Star Citizen… and none of the are newsworthy until they actually do. That’s my point.

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Lethality ManastuUtakata breetoplay deekay_zero Armsman 
That wasn’t what I claimed. Rather that is an example of not taking someone seriously when they should be. As Smart’s alleged lawsuit could gain traction and followed through, could have negative repercussions on how /kickstarters are funded, for example.
Not to mention, simply ignoring Smart will not make him go away, let alone reduce his significance. It really doesn’t work that way. /shug

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Rumm 
…pink ones, actually. <3

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ManastuUtakata Lethality breetoplay deekay_zero Armsman Hehe, no. Dick Short is not running for president of Star Citizen. He has not and can never have any affect on the game. Therefore he is irrelevant and any news about him should in no way ever be correlated as Star Citizen news.

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Rumm <Does crappy 80’s robot dance> “Does not compute……Mouse no longer functional…..Add more cheese error……..Ram escaped from pen”.

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Darkwalker75 breetoplay ManastuUtakata Agreed. With all due respect to Mr Jacobs, I think Bree’s responses on here win hands down over everyone.  Her little impromptu sparring matches with Skippy are quickly becoming something of legend :)

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Caec SoMuchMass
Thing is, I’m willing to bet that there isn’t an MMO out there that IS
managed “correctly”.  After all, what we (the players) may think are
sound ideas and ways of thinking, may not actually be that way in
truth.  And this is why being so “transparent” so early on is a double
edged sword.
Skippy has no actual valid arguments anymore because
he admitted he’s trolling. And validity his arguments had died after
the first blog when spent the majority of it talking about him and his
games, and then claims CIG “made it personal” by giving him a refund. 
This is why, in my opinion, saying that Derek is “a bit extreme” is like
saying the Klu Klux Klan are “a bit racist”.
As for the
criticisms raised by others, I do agree that there are some valid ones. 
For instance, CR is very ambitious, and that could ultimately lead to
this blowing up in his face.  But then, his ambition stands just as much
chance to drive him forward to completing what he set out to do,
against the calls that it can’t be done by people such as Skippy. 
Thankfully, it seems that CR’s brother Erin is making some good
decisions (if we believe that he was the one who decided to redistribute
the workloads).
Also, CIG could end up making some really bad
decisions on the gameplay, causing it to be a ultimately classed as a
dud.  I guess we’ll have to wait and see.  it’s a bit early to make such
calls yet, in my opinion.  This is why I smile when I see people like
Skippy grabbing the pitchforks and the rope

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ManastuUtakata I suspect that with every update that is released for Star Citizen / SQ42, his “presence” in regards to that subject diminishes substantially, ultimately resulted in him only having an audience on his twitter account, or in the SA forums…..oh…..that’s happened already…..