Well, it seems those rumours floating around during the week of Jostiq’s eventually demise were in fact true. The whole chain of sites within the joystiq realm including Massively are to be shuttered in the coming weeks. Quite a few larger sites have now picked up the news so it seems to be legitamate and not the next step in the lizard crews plans for world domination.
I’m actually incredibly saddened by this, more so than i thought i would be after first hearing the rumours. It’s been a great resource for mmo news, opinions and rant material for a long time now. But it is more than that, its been a daily morning habit; make my tea, check the emails and downloads and then browse massively. It’s been an easy time waster when bored.
I feel for the people working there as, i dont know, the relationship feels a bit more personal than the usual news cycle sites. Over the years of reading you tend to get a good sense of the personalities and interests of those writing there. We have many differences in opinions too, differences I’ve ranted against but there is so much there that champions for the games i want to play. However i think it was mostly just their infectious love of mmo gaming that I’ll miss most.
I wonder where that leaves the industry now too. Are mmos truly dead now because that’s how I’m feeling. Yes there are a few other larger mmo sites but Massively seemed to be the biggest by far and the spot for interviews, thoughts and just general talk about this medium. It’s been a place that has constantly brought people together for the love (and hate) of many mmo’s and enticed new blood into the MMO cult.
Well, at least they still have the Massively yaught i guess, just sail it into international waters first… Archeage IRL WOOOOOOO….
Also…am totes in for a patreon campaign. And i used the word totes, thats when you know it’s serious.