Fan sites come and go. They always have and always will. The game that you thought you would care about forever when you were 17 turns out to not mean much to you when you’re 27. That having been said, sometimes the shutdown of a fan site can be pretty worrying, like the closure of a Diablo series fansite when the franchise is expecting one new title soon and more in the near future.
It’s one thing to decide after several years that, say, Xenosaga doesn’t mean as much to you now that the games have been out for some time and are getting no more sequels. It’s quite another for online games that are at least still ostensibly maintained and updated to lose their fans.
Of course, the closure of fan sites is not always a useful barometer of overall attitudes toward a game or a company, but if a site that used to focus on Lord of the Rings Online stops really talking about that game, it makes me a bit worried about the state of LotRO. What about you? Do you get worried when MMO fan sites shut down?