The most popular Massively OP MMO articles of 2019

    
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The most popular Massively OP MMO articles of 2019

One of my favorite things to do every year is drill down the top articles on the site for our readers. But in 2018, we didn’t run this post because we had incomplete data and I thought it’d be confusing. This year, we have incomplete data again (we’re missing parts of March and May), but it’s a much more complete batch and worthy of presentation!

As always, I am not talking about the most controversial, the most fun, the most important, or the most commented-on stories; I mean the single articles that actually brought in the most measurable pageviews. The most “popular” aren’t always the ones we expect, since a well-timed link from a major website or social media platform can drive some really random posts with next to no comments into the stratosphere. Just remember that lists like these favor posts made earlier in the year by default!

Shall we break it down a little bit? It’s no surprise to me that the Blizzard Ovia expose, City of Heroes drama, WoW rumors, FFXIV Shadowbringers previews, and Guild Wars 2 hacker piece are all up there – same for the EVE Online dramas and Elder Scrolls Online eyebrow-raisers. The Brad McQuaid obituary is also an unfortunate entry (I really don’t enjoy being “first” to get to a piece like that such that we’re being cited all over). But then we’ve also got some really random pieces, like the Diablo III season piece, the Dragon Ball Z piece, and the Anthem bug. And it’s bizarre that Jagex – not RuneScape, but Jagex specifically – has three entries here, right?

What’s most interesting to me is what’s not on here – like the Blizzard Hong Kong fiasco, Star Citizen, and WoW Classic. Part of this is because big “narrative” stories like those get spread over many pieces rather than one that’s circulated independently, which is the case for a lot of the outliers in our top 20. This is why we don’t really let “most clicks” and “most comments” dictate our coverage, but hey, these lists are still fun to flip through!

Stay tuned, as we’ve got our most-popular-by-comments list coming up in the next week too!

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Dobablo

Comment on BlizzHealth.
The title sounds as like it is Blizzard but if you read the details it demonstrates that US healthcare in general is the evil, abdicating responsibility to employers.
Rather than ignore employee health, ActivisionBlizzard outsource data gathering to get anonymous big data so they can provide for the generic healthcare needs of their workforce.
The ActivisionBlizzard solution is a bad patch riddled with data and providing concerns yet it is still a huge improvement over the attitude to employee wellbeing held by most US employers.

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Utakata

You can likely do this without being creeper, personal and/or gender obsessed about it.

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Utakata

Edit/Clarification: That should be Blizz* and not “you” personally.

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Celestia

Slow news year, eh?

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Hikari Kenzaki

not sure how this comment landed here…

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Utakata

…oops, oh snap? :(

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Ken from Chicago

CIG managed to avoid *big* “unforced errors”. There was some minor stuff (eg a “Pillar Talk” that wasn’t so much about the “12 pillars”) but nowhere near last year’s paystream scandal! The first half of the year was about delays and bugs the the 2nd half was a major turnaround ending on a high note with the new Squadron 42 teaser.

I imagine the Blizzard Hong Kong fiasco wasn’t as read is because it was so simple it could be summed up in headlines and/or tweets.

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Bruno Brito

Blizzard bribes female employees to track their sex, pregnancy, and moods

Yes. That was a thing.

How the fuck was that a thing? Why?

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Paragon Lost

I often find myself repeating a variation of that statement throughout my day. :/

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Mark Jacobs

It isn’t often that things that companies do mystify me, this one did, yeah, to the max.

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Dobablo

Because offering resources and considering employee needs is a great thing that more companies should be doing but it frequently fails because someone sees valuable personal data and either decides it can provide value to the company or fails to protect it properly.