I guess I'm going to disagree even though this thread is full of people jumping on the 'bash the fansites' bandwagon.
Trion does update the official site as well as any other company as far as I can tell, unless I'm missing something? The informaton on their site about classes seems fairly standard to me - now if you want a super level of detail and don't want to edit the community wiki I guess what you're asking is something along the lines of the official Guild Wars wiki, which has every minute detail on every topic (almost). Even then, there is just a ton of information - how is Trion to decide exactly what everyone wants to know?
What they do instead is release all the base information on their website that I'd have to think like 90% of people are fine with. The average person isn't going to get too fussed about the lore surrounding the paladin for a game that is currently not even in beta testing - so, there is some additional information/clarification i the forums - but I still don't see why that level of detail needs to go on the official site. Where do you draw the line? No matter how much they put up (unless you honestly expect the typical marketing/pr-driven website to cover all manner of minutia), they can't make everyone happy.
I do take offense personally that you decided to single me out just for asking the community what they'd like to know from Trion whilst I'm at Gamescom. What am I doing wrong by asking? Am I missing something here? I'm taking a lot of time out for no personal gain here, as does Ari for the podcast.
I think the information on the official website is fine and that people who expect all manner of minutia to be covered there are in the minority, as I stated above. All the important stuff does get added to the website, btw, it just isn't always at the exact same time as the PR-driven information releases.
Personally i have no problem with the method of information release, be it through fan sites, larger gaming sites, facebook, twitter or whatever. As far as i am concerned the further the info is spread, the more people will see it, the more potential subscribers it generates, and that can only be a good thing for the long term health of a new MMO.
What I however do have to agree with is that there also needs to be a degree of consolidation, and that there should always be either a news link/post on the "News and Anouncements" board right here in the forums, or via a news feed on the offical site so that everyone gets to see the latest info and it is easy to track back over old releases.
I understand your point about the missinformations, but on the other side we should not worrie about the Dev's who are making some clarifications on the forums. It's good for us because we get even more informations and some exchange with the Dev team.
Also I like somehow the characteristics of all the current active fan sites... we have some variety, this is a good source for creativity.
I was thinking the last couple days about a site which offers clearly all new informations from articles, videos, podcasts, interviews, Icq chats, ect.
It's a little bit different to the Rift Link Page or Telarapedia or our Extended Rift Guide. It more like an extended Dev Informations Tracker site.
It's more like an archive where you can user friendly oversee the date it was released, source where it comes from and the essence or short summery about the topics and a link to the full information and a good search function.
So... maybe this is for someone out there an inspiration to create such a site.
Last edited by Osho; 08-05-2010 at 10:06 AM.
Kudo's to you for taking the time to consolidate the data released, honestly your's is the only other site I look to for information. I just happen to believe that Trion should take a more active role in consolidating the information released, and not leave it up to third parties.
And no I'm not forced to listen to the podcasts. But show me one official release of beta information outside that podcast.
Me personally, I enjoy the Rift Podcasts very much. I like the way it is put together, and I like the content. If you don't like the podcasts, then choose one of the other available sources of information out there.
But, there's no reason to be crude about it. Stating that it is "45 minutes of two women chit chatting" is just wrong Ancient. There's no reason to be that way.
And, just a little note... ahem... You can always go check www.Pharone.com for info as well. I'm just saying.
Edit: The newsletter that you can subscribe to also has the official information that you need.
I'd be interested in building this but I don't have the time right now due to summer school. If anyone wants to jump on this idea or if Ayonyx wants to expand on his tracker I'd be willing lend a hand when I can.
I'd be up for searching for data, data entry, creating data sets, or some programming.
(Also the podcasts don't last as long as 45 minutes - the first one was 40 minutes long, since then they've been between 20 and 30 minutes long. And you can even do other things while listening!)
(Also, they're IRC chats, not ICQ chats.)
Last edited by starspun; 08-05-2010 at 10:26 AM.