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Old 29th May 2013, 11:27 AM   #1 (permalink)
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SO I haunt mostly Wildstar and ESO sites ATM, one thing that seems to a new trend is that neither of these games has a official Forum, they use social media mostly and fan sites.

These are 2 of the biggest releases set for 2013, is this a new trend to avoid over hype of there games or is it that fan sites are much better then they used to be and social media is bigger then ever ?
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Old 29th May 2013, 02:04 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Less time and money invested I'd think. Let the social media sites provide the bandwidth!
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Old 29th May 2013, 02:20 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Perhaps they have a beta forum where by only constructive posts are evident?
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Old 29th May 2013, 03:21 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Um ...

Wildstar: https://forums.wildstar-online.com/forums/ (all content hidden to people not in beta)
Elder Scrolls Online: The Elder Scrolls Online - Bethesda Softworks Forums (General Discussion area, presumably beta discussion also hidden)
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Old 29th May 2013, 04:22 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Wildstar Central is massive and recognised by Carbine

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Old 29th May 2013, 04:25 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Wildstar: https://forums.wildstar-online.com/forums/ (all content hidden to people not in beta)
Elder Scrolls Online: The Elder Scrolls Online - Bethesda Softworks Forums (General Discussion area, presumably beta discussion also hidden)
The Wildstar one is a beta tester forum from what I can tell, not a general discussion forum open to the public.

The ESO one gee talk about keeping it hidden from the general rabel no link from the main ESO page to it.
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Old 29th May 2013, 04:28 PM   #7 (permalink)
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The Wildstar one is a beta tester forum from what I can tell, not a general discussion forum open to the public.

The ESO one gee talk about keeping it hidden from the general rabel no link from the main ESO page to it.
Check out WildStar Central truck loads of activity, Im suprised you havent heard of it. Even the developers use it to hang out. The Forum admins were invited to Carbine to check things out.
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Old 29th May 2013, 05:19 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Check out WildStar Central truck loads of activity, Im suprised you havent heard of it. Even the developers use it to hang out. The Forum admins were invited to Carbine to check things out.
I've been on that one since it started, Was more just making a point that new Games seem to be steering clear of there own forums.
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Old 29th May 2013, 05:33 PM   #9 (permalink)
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They might open one up closer to launch or open beta. Still don't think there is a need. With social media, I hate it but it's here to stay, they don't need to rely on forums to put out announcements. Just put up a tweet and facebook post. Link those posts in the launcher and do patch notes in a webpage format.

Not only does it keep costs down but people don't go to the official site and see people crap talking their game. I would say less than 1/4 of the posts on most game forums are worth reading. The rest are people making a stink for lols or nerd rage. If the recognized forums are fan based then no one official needs to comment on why Jimmy got banned for being a d-bag.
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Old 29th May 2013, 06:14 PM   #10 (permalink)
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With GW2 which was published by NCSoft like Wildstar, they had temporary feedback forums during their betas which closed immediately after betas ended. The official forums began only after launch. And I'd agree that many games forums can have a pretty toxic atmosphere unless they are quite heavily moderated.
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