WoWhead, you’re not what you use to be.
Last night I tried to help someone with the Death Knight Class Hall, and getting the additional followers. So of course all search results point you to WoWhead. Don’t get me wrong. There are great overviews of the Class Hall feature, plenty of links to click to take you to descriptions of what things are and do. But that was it. It was just a synapses of the feature. Sure there was a list of Champions. You could even click their name to pull up information, that they were awarded from a certain quest. But it was not much more than I could have found elsewhere. Most entries had a few comments that really did not give much information. The fact is I found more of an answer in the Warcraft forums than I did there.
Aside from an advertisement that filled my entire screen that had to play through before I could click continue to site. And yes I know. You have to report them, they are doing all they can to prevent it, maybe you should pay to be a member, yeah no. I was a fan of the site for a few years, but with the auto play commercials blaring in my headset, the shear amount of memory the site uses, and now the superficial content. I think perhaps your time has passed.
Anyone that has been around the Priest Class can recall how bad Shadowpriest. Com got. It was owned by an advertizing company. And the only reason it survived as long as it did was because of the players supplying information and policing it. I see WoWhead heading that way. The content is put together by players writing guides. I’m sure some stuff comes from Blizzard itself.
It may be just me. But I think the days of huge web sites may be coming to an end. When they are all competing for a dwindling player base for clicks, when people find the information elsewhere for free. When even the official forums have better answers. It’s a sad time.
Mention things like Thotbot, or Elitist Jerks, and those older players will nod in rememberance. Personally I think once you reach a point where a large company wants to get involved, it is spelling your doom. It was interesting to read that Zam owned Thotbot andpurchased WoWhead in 2007 for 1 million dollars. That really puts perspective on the level of money we are talking about when we think of MMO-Champion, WoWhead, Icy-Veins. Gamers are a commodity. It is in their best interest to make sure their web sites come up first in searches. That they receive millions of clicks a month.
I guess the irony is that sooner or later anyone that plays games will come to realize they can make some kind of web site, and that some will donate to keep it afloat, but then they put in just one banner add. That can’t hurt. And maybe a side bar. But then the site gets bigger, and they need more bandwidth, and they need to have more income, because now it’s a part time job. And then one day they see that maybe they can do it full time. They don’t need to work, look at all the money coming in. When times get tough they just ask people to chip in more. Maybe raffle off a pet, or some game time. Soon they are getting freebies to hand out, if they include an advertisement. Until one day a company like Zam comes along and offers a nice check. No worries. We will handle everything.
I don’t really know. What to think. I just wanted to look up some information on how to find some missing piece to the Class Hall process, and really didn’t find anything of value from what is supposed to be “The” place to go. Or at least that’s what Blizzard game masters will direct you to. Even their own items point you there. And that is a little sad to me.