The most popular MMORPG conversations of 2019

    
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I feel like a broken record saying this, but the success of a blog is not just about page views or ad impressions or click-through or conversions or all those boring things. It’s also about comments and reader engagement! And that’s because the things you like to click on aren’t necessarily the things you like to talk about or circulate on social media, although in this particular year, there’s been a lot of overlap, at least when we look at the outliers at the tippy-top of lists like these!

So that’s what we’re doing today: peeking at the most popular articles of the year as measured by comments, which always provides an entirely different overview of the year and the genre.

Just looking at this list is exhausting since I remember how much work went into moderating all those threads (and how much time that took away from other things that needed doing around MOP!). But I think as always the pattern is clear: People really like to talk (and talk and talk) about contentious topics and drama.

The City of Heroes rogue server revelations poked into the top batch easily, several times, and I’m personally gratified that I can point to that whenever someone informs me that it’s a dead game no one cares about. A lot of people care! Blizzard was also a huge topic this year, from the Ovia mess and layoffs to the Blitzchung incident, boycotts, and BlizzCon. Overall, it’s no surprise to see those two narrative arcs pop up here, as they also cropped up in our awards several times. Star Citizen’s status, Overwatch’s LGBTQ character, New World’s setting, and the Epic Games Store were also big topics for our commenter base specifically.

Here’s to an equally chatty 2020! Give our moderators hell! Wait… maybe don’t…

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Orenj

It’s also about comments and reader engagement!

Can we have a conversation about “engagement”? It seems the industry has adopted it as a replacement for “satisfaction”; the goal is no longer to give people what they want or need, but rather to keep them logging in (and spending money and/or being bombarded with ads).
What’s the difference between that and “addicted”? Where does it stop? We all want MOP to remain a going concern for its reportage, but isn’t there a point at which all the engagement-bait (“You won’t believe what this MMO exec said! What do you think? Let us know in the comments”) becomes toxic?

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Bryan Correll

Pro tip excerpt from the Community Code of Conduct.

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Celestia

2019 was a wild roller coaster ride indeed. Thanks to Team Massively for all your hard work and outstanding journalism and opinion! Wishing you continued success in 2020.

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K8 D

The first conversation i thought of seeing the article banner was: “i saw this hunter who had a doggy. It was bigger than me, and it said WOOF!”

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I imagine that Star Citizen and Blizzard will continue to attract a lot of commentary in 2020 (and not for the reasons they’d like) but I can see New World rivalling them both. With Amazon’s name and money attached to it it’s going to get a lot of attention outwith the MMOsphere, and stirring in PVP and dubious historical allusions it’s just the perfect storm.

Oddly enough, for all that the return of CoH was one of the biggest MMO events of the year for me I was barely on the site when the story first broke, so I missed out on all the early speculations and recriminations.

Lucky, I think.

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AlphaStrike

You mean more people who haven’t followed the game since it’s Kickstarter still coming by just to claim “sCaM cItIzEn!” or “tHiS gAmEs nEvER cOmInG oUt!” ?

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Utakata

sO wHeN wIlL tHiS gAmE cOmE oUt ThEn? o.O