Influence

Do bloggers have an influence on what games people out there are playing?

I have to say, yes. Personally speaking. Not so much in the fact that people read your comments about other games and think “so and so didn’t like this game, there for it must be bad” but more so in the fact that when people read a blog and see you enjoying a game, they think they too will enjoy it. Plus, they’ll ‘know’ someone who’s playing. When I read blogs out there I think ‘wow, it seems like Cordanim is having a great time in EQ2, maybe I should give it another shot’.

It also works the opposite way. When you constantly discourage people to play a game, word gets out. “Ohh. If I play THAT game, maybe so and so won’t like me any more, they dislike that game.” I try really hard not to discourage people from playing any game. I write about what I play and what I’ve experienced, and if people are playing EQ2 while I’m playing Vanguard, that’s great. It’s a great game. I think every game out there has a niche for people, and it doesn’t matter at all which game you’re playing or even if you play none of them at all, so long as you’re happy. No one else is paying the subscription fee for you anyhow. I dislike telling people that they shouldn’t play a game because of whatever reason, or that maybe they should play something else because ‘enough people play that one already’. In the end, it doesn’t matter. Play what you will have fun in, there are great points to every single one. Bad points too. Everyone’s experience will be different, and unless you at least TRY it, you won’t honestly know. Don’t just follow a crowd because it’s the ‘cool’ thing to do. People can be wonderfully intelligent, and I’d expect anyones gaming to reflect as much.

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2 Comments

  1. Been a while since I posted here…
    You switched to WoW…so I deleted your bookmark…

    I am kidding…

    No, I have not had much to say, but I am living the WoW life vicariously through you (as I just cannot go back there myself)
    But, this article hits a spot…

    I was influenced by yours and Tipa’s writings on Vanguard. I decided to take a plunge, but the water smelled bad after a bit…
    So, yes, I believe the influences are there, but each person will approach it differently…
    My tastes are not your tastes or Tipa…

    But, we can hopefully find what we wish by seeing how others feel…it is a start eh?

    As to titles…I am watching what is coming, and as well, still enjoy my EQ2 time…
    And I actually did not hate Vanguard (unlike LOTRO which is super dull)…but, it needs more time to brew I guess…too flat of a beer for me

    thanks

  2. Me, I try to stay positive about the various titles that are out there. Sure, I didn’t like some of them, but I can also see the appeal even in those I found nothing fun in at all. It’s one reason why I tend to write about whatever game I’m playing at the moment, and about which I am presumably enthusiastic at that time. I also have a big enough ego that I absorb opinions that I agree with and dismiss those I don’t. :)

    But then, I do find that I have a tendency toward sympathy for the underdog, doubtless one reason why I’m so fond of Vanguard and why I’ve been so forgiving toward it.

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