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I've read these forums for a long time, and used to watch for player feedback on all the new releases and try to make an educated judgement on which games I wanted to buy.
I've been hyped about GW2 for a long time, and I know what sort of experience I am getting from it and if it was worth it or not. As a player, I know how well it is running, and if the game is EPIC fail or EPIC win.
These forums have all sorts of threads saying both the best and the worst of GW2, and there is a definate truth to some of them. As a player, I know who's full of crap and who isn't, and being tired of the excessive amounts of bans that I get from trying to correct the trolls, I just block the people that are spouting falsehoods.
As I've watched my blocklist grow and grow, I am realizing that these threads (for all games) are probably filled with so many false accusations, that it really is difficult to gain any useful information. I played AoC and thought that the game deserved a bit more credit than it got, but a smaller title gets less attention. Aion had a pretty harsh reception, but as I didn't like Aion a whole lot, it didn't phase me either.
GW2 has attracted alot of attention and therefore alot of trolls. The trolls don't get banned for producing misinformation because it's difficult to prove and the site moderators would have all sorts of problems if they tried to address it proactively.
This is really starting to make me wonder what some of the games I passed up were actually like.
I realize now, that for me to make an educated decision on future game purchases, the forums (any forums) are not the place. I'll just stick to the new columns and leave the forums as a place where you don't find great info that you can trust.
This isn't just MMORPG.com forums, but forums in general.