I was having this argument last night. ‘Mr. Meh arguing, surely you jest?’ Yes, an argument about WAR and some history. For the purpose of not having to read too far into it, I went right to the Wikipedia.org and searched Warhammer Online. It only took a second, but as I scrolled down, I quickly forgot what I was arguing about, because I spent the next ten minutes hurled over laughing.
Someone, I’ll let you guess who based on the absolutely pristine grammar and clearly objective listings, decided to mention the bloggers of WAR in the Community section of the Wikipedia article. Which obviously is needed as it was a big separation from the normal recognition in MMO communities. To not mention that WAR/Mythic took the community seriously and encouraged the bloggers would be ludicrous. It encouraged me to start a blog, specifically to join in the fun, and so I’m sure it did for a great many of us WAR bloggers. However, I would say that not only does this paragraph inaccurately display the intention of the purpose, but it is most definitely a very poor and shameless boast to the sad epeen of the not so anonymous author.
Below is an excerpt from the article, just incase someone feels the need to go and revise what I just saw tonight:
Warhammer Online also boasts a large amount of loyal bloggers. Some popular WAR bloggers include…
Gaarawarr who is known for his guides and personal relations with the devs. Ekaslime, who is known for his great ideas. And Thehealeroftru, who is known for his humor and his ability to persuade people to play the game. Among others.
Now while Gaarawarr is probably the king of WAR bloggers, with his massive guides and sexy dwarf calendars, I’m pretty sure we missed a great deal of the big names. Not that Ekaslime, doesn’t deserve mention for his massive in-depth theory crafting and well displayed suggestions, but there seems to be a very large gap in who I would put on my list of “The Popular WAR Bloggers.”
Bootae, Gaarawarr, Shadow-War, Werit, Grimnir, Keen and Graev, Stylish Corpse, Mykiel, Backseatdev, Taransula, Forjador; all major contributors. I would argue that the top 5 up there more than the rest of us. But then you have the entry of WAR Bureau, Blurring Shock, Mmmmm … Gud, Tome of Knowledge, OneShard, Supereffective, Bio Break, Overly Positive, Going Rancid, Slurms of Multiplaying, Blaq, KruelWAR, Skar with a K, Keagen, AriseChicken, WAR Aura, Zizlak, Krossus, Ekaslime, Jester, Wasdstomp and I would even mention Rikker as an honorary blogger, as he is basically on everyone’s comments for long enough to make a career out of being just that. Just to mention my small crap perspective and I probably missed about 20 other bloggers.
To whatever point, the last 2 years of WAR blogging has been extensive. Those that have come and gone, those that have moved on, those that still are going strong. I would say that we had a timeline in which we could trace the bloggers in this very specific area. Those that had been ready to go from the start and then with those that really got the movement for WAR specific blogging going in 2009. The end of 2009 through mid 2010 was probably the golden age of WAR blogging, much to the respect of game’s state. We gave the entire MMO gaming community a large share of greater and better writers to keep going in other directions, as means of floating our boats. Ultimately, I would say that the height of our era had quite died some time ago. And only those that still hold large names in the matter are being read at this point.
In any respect, I would evaluate myself on the bottom of the list for WAR bloggers. Terrible grammar, no writing experience, no industry experience, no creditials what so ever, it’s no suprise to be on the bottom of my imaginary list. Actually, my stride in WAR blogging, one and half years, I was only acknowledged in existance once by Mythic twice. And in one, they didn’t even link me, they hated me so. In my short time, I made some cheap laughs and more over upset a large set of people down this road. Mission accomplished for me.
“Warhammer Online also boasts a large amount of loyal bloggers. Some popular WAR bloggers include…
Gaarawarr who is known for his guides and personal relations with the devs. Ekaslime, who is known for his great ideas. And Thehealeroftru, who is known for his humor and his ability to persuade people to play the game. Among others.”
If this statement were to be translated in my eyes into an example of a basic history lesson for the world, it would go something like this:
“The history of the Earth boast a large amount of great personalities. Some of the more popular figures in history include …
Alexander the Great (Gaarawarr), who is known for his near conquest of world and developement of society and literature. Leonardo Da Vinci (Ekaslime), who is renowned for his contributions during the Renaissance as a painter, sculptor, scientist, musician, mathematician, engineer and inventor. And then there was Timmy Parson, the 3rd grader who could only figure out how to type in center justification with half thoughtout ideas related only to 2-year-old internet memes.”
Not quite how I want the internet to remember WAR bloggers,