The Daily Grind: Do you trust MMO leaks, rumors, and teaser-based speculation?

    
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The Daily Grind: Do you trust MMO leaks, rumors, and teaser-based speculation?

MMO companies do their collective best to make sure that people don’t find out certain pieces of information ahead of time, which makes it all the more obvious when people do find out ahead of time. And it happens with fair regularity. Rumors come out, leaks happen, teaser images go out, and someone posts a byte-by-byte analysis that concludes what’s coming next. You’ve probably seen it happen with your favorite title more than once.

Of course, leaks and rumors can both be false, and speculation can be wrong. But in the wake of the most recent set of leaks, you might be wondering whether you generally trust rumors, leaks, and speculation. Does it strike you as worthwhile listening, or do you generally assume that rumors are false until definitively proven true? And do these unplanned bits of information make you less excited for the official announcement or more?

Every morning, the Massively Overpowered writers team up with mascot Mo to ask MMORPG players pointed questions about the massively multiplayer online roleplaying genre. Grab a mug of your preferred beverage and take a stab at answering the question posed in today’s Daily Grind!

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Kayweg
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Kayweg

Not anymore.
I believe “it” when it’s been released.

Apollymi
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Apollymi

I usually skip right over that stuff.  I don’t like spoilers.

Veldan
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Veldan

I usually don’t pay attention to it all. I am patient enough to wait for real info. You gain nothing by having the information earlier anyway, in case it turned out to be correct.

PizzaDoh
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PizzaDoh

Werewolf Finds Dragon I miss the hype i felt as a kid, but I was burned too many times.

Brink was the last game I was crazy hyped about. After that I learned to not get hyped or to over speculate. My “speculation” is typically just trying to be real about stuff and always downplay the media hype companies try to put behind their new stuff

“CRAZY OPEN WORLD DYNAMIC QUESTS IN GW2” yeahhhh it’s just going to be predictable event chains that get old fast.

Foggye
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Foggye

Werewolf Finds Dragon Fascinating insight.  Personally, like yourself, I find that there’s a direct correlation between expectation and disappoint.  I sometimes have to keep telling myself to focus on my own expectations, to make sure that they’re really mine and not what the industry or mob mentality says it should be.

Sad that you can take the safe bets and be mostly right, but there’s a real fear of change in the industry.  Same goes for Hollywood.  Hopefully something will break the mold in a meaningful way.

Sutter Cane
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Sutter Cane

Liandreth Sutter Cane They really let me down tonight.  Only one match resulted in the face side winning clean.  All of this buildup for Paige and nothing?  The girls were looking on, perhaps all hell breaks loose with the NXT women tomorrow night.  Dusty was like a dad to those girls, would be proper on his tribute night.

Werewolf Finds Dragon
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Werewolf Finds Dragon

When you reach a certain age, you take everything with a grain of salt. It is interesting to watch the reactions to them, though. Hm. I was surprised just how correct the Fallout 4 leaks were, considering. I didn’t buy into them (grain of salt, everything), but they turned out to be true. Being cynical is easy, really, as it means that you’re never disappointed — only pleasantly surprised. Very, very rarely do people have the capacity to surprise you, mostly only to disappoint.
This is why I don’t get my hopes up with any news. I know that no matter how much hype there is and promises made, at the end of the day, everyone’s just going to play it safe and do the lazy thing. What sells to the vast majority more than anything? Familiarity. I’m not one of the vast majority, ever have been, odd gestalt they are. Not a herd, mind you, a gestalt. Still a very singular thing, but made of parts that might want change yet fall in with the rest when any chances for change are provided to them. They must decide as one.
Usually, the only time that happens is when we have a new generation — you introduce new ideas around the time when it’s most likely going to seem natural to youngsters, because as the gestalt ages, it solidifies.
So nine times out of ten, bet on the safest realities and you’ll be right.
I wasn’t surprised that Fallout 4 is set in Boston, but I’ll bet you money that it won’t be co-op, that it won’t have vehicles, and that there won’t be intelligent deathclaws. Play it safe. Do the same thing but slightly different. Iterate. Don’t reinvent the wheel, even if we could instead invent hoverpads which would be magnitudes more efficient. See, hoverpads would just rile up the gestalt, make ’em angry, like a buzzing nest of hornets. They understand wheels. They go round and round. Hoverpads? Well… those would just make people feel stupid.
Same as it is with all things. Bet on the safe, bet on the familiar, bet on the stagnant; Don’t go with the wild ideas, the hopes, dreams, or the hype.

Liandreth
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Liandreth

Sutter Cane That was super disappointing.

Celestia
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Celestia

MMORPGs have taught me to never trust the hype and never trust the leaks.

Sutter Cane
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Sutter Cane

Delicate balance of using a public forum for a pulpit or being unbiased to the point of a lack of passion.