In fairness, Rubi and Shawn are at the core just fans like the rest of us. We're actually the ones putting them on a very high pedestal, which I don't think is entirely fair. That said, they do represent Massively who publishes articles on MMO's and Rubi is their resident expert on Guild Wars. Perhaps the viewers expect more from someone who has lot of demo playtime (as Trise pointed out), who's been conducting lots of interviews, writing lots of articles, visited the ArenaNet HQ ... BUT!
... I don't think it can be stressed more, that it is a lot easier to do a write-up, than it is to appear in a live chat (with video
) knowing that you're being recorded and knowing that we, the very passionate Guild Wars 2 fan base, will analyze and scrutinize each and every bit of information.
Nobody is turning on anyone here. We love Rubi. We love and respect her work to the highest
possible level. She (and the crew at Massively) have set a very high standard, which is unfortunately coupled with very high (sometimes inhuman) expectations from the fan base. Shawn and Rubi knows this and they know how to deal with it.
You know, I actually blame a lot of the hostility going on here sometimes, on what seems to be a horrible imbalance of information and non-information. The Guildcast touched on it - the extreme starvation of information from ArenaNet for long periods and then .. BOOM ... floods of information ... and then complete black-outs again, like we're having now. It's in the dry periods people seem to be way more on edge.
Perhaps when ArenaNet get into actually marketing the game (whatever the hell that means ... gosh I don't know anymore), maybe we'll get something in the lines of a "Guild Wars 2 Thursday" or something, like they suggested in the Guildcast. I think it's a wonderful idea for ArenaNet to bring out a worthwhile, weekly publication on Guild Wars 2.
Sorry this came in after:
-snip- So, I'm very sorry we angered you guys to such an extreme.
Rubi, there is nothing to apologize for. It's a very passionate fan base, as you know and I think any kind of annoyance comes out of a sense of care more than anger. We could never, never be angry at you ... not in the way you might think. I don't know you, but I do believe you're strong enough not to be discouraged by, what seems to be, somewhat hostile feedback. It's so easy to lash out at someone you love, it's crazy. Just know that your work is very, very much appreciated and that I sincerely hope you'll continue your work with the same passion and vigor in GW2, just like it is with Guild Wars 1.
I know this sounds fan-boyishly creepy, but I guess sometimes it just needs to be said. :)
Edited by Makovorn, 07 January 2012 - 10:18 PM.