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Goodbye to Massively. Hello to MassivelyOP
I didn't stick around at the time though, and once i did start reading and commenting on massively for the first time and henceforth regularly i believe in 2012 in response to the ascended patch debacle in guild wars 2 that week, puremallace was long gone and no one wanted to talk about him except in hushed whispers or passing references. sort of like that egyptian pharoah who all references to him in tombs and hieroglyphs has been marked out for all time.
I was immediately struck at this time by the level of discussion taking place and the immediate feedback to my posts via livefyre's email notification spam system. and in the sort of social media points addition frenzy i was hooked! I was readily blogging and arguing and liking away like a mad man on a daily basis. and soon after was sharing links to articles and comments to friends in irc and on fb and on AS.
Since then AS has closed and we resurrected as nobodyplaysgames.com, the site you're reading now. We know full well the effects a site closure can have on a community and with any luck the community of massively will migrate over to the crew's start up effort massivelyOP.com, which will see a kickstarter in the coming weeks and with any luck a commenting system more reliable than livefyre while keeping it's charm and useability, if not improving on it's readability to people not involved in a particular discussion.
Community is perhaps what made massively special to a lot of us. I've made friends and foes there over the past couple years, had many arguments and amazing discussions and so on. I always felt like the majority of the active commenters could consider opposing points of views to their own, and consider arguments as things not to be won but as a demonstration of differing positions to raise awareness of what is on people's minds that are not ourselves. something we discussed a bit closer to the turning of the calendar this year including some great points by senior editor brianna bree2play royce on the topic of comment section arguments.
The staff in general were above board, sometimes deflating themselves in stature, often involving themselves in the community as regular posters, as opposed to talking down to us lowly reader commenters or mocking us. and their written material when it wasn't a paraphrasing of a press release (which often themselves could have some fun bits of snark or humour added) was often amazing, the kind of stuff that deserves to be paid for in a professional writing setting. Informative and insightful and often asking tougher questions than the other guys, almost always advocating for players rather than for the developers even while loving the genre, the culture and hoping the best for the outcome of any given game launch even sometimes despite all indications to the contrary. They certainly are not perfect specimans of the blog format journalist, but invariably above what myself and many others have come to expect from the blog format and even traditional format journalism of any segment or topic. I mean sure sometimes us readers would correct a factual error, or a spelling or grammatical error in the post. but as a rule I came to consider, in the face of multiple games journalism scandals, massively staff to be 'a man apart' from the wider gaming journalism sphere in the level of professionalism they brought to the segment.
While the news of the site closing down is indeed sad, it was not met with melancholy sorrow and qq, but rather with the community coming together to sing each other's praises even across rivalries and past drama, including long time lurkers and names we only saw in like notification emails. and as a smashing climax, the last article to be posted brought news of www.massivelyOP.com being made, the aforementioned kickstarter funded start up from the OG massively crew to keep doing the stuff they loved and we loved them for. Kind of like the rising of the phoneix
(no probably not like this particular phoenix)
Like the legend of the Phoenix
All ends with beginnings
What keeps the planets spinning
The force from the beginning
this is (not) the end.
see you soon space cowboys.