Making the World of Warcraft more trivial, one post at a time…

Usually, I quite enjoy listening to the WoWInsider podcast. It’s not as good as, say, The Instance, but it makes my long commute pass pretty painlessly. But not the latest episode. This morning it had me yelling at my car stereo in irritation.

Oh, WoWInsider Show, let me enumerate the ways I loathe you:

  1. The continued plugs for Massively. Yeah, yeah, we got that you’re doing an "all MMORPGs" blog now. Please don’t waste a minute of my listening time going on and on about it.
  2. Glossing over the Warlock and Druid nerfs for 10 minutes of Mike QQing in non-specific ways about the state of Shaman. All I learnt from that 10 minutes was that (a) Mike plays a Shaman and (b) he thinks that Elemental Shaman need a buff. No reasons why. No details on what’s wrong, or what could be done to address it. Just pure, unadulterated whining. And meanwhile, two of the most fundamental nerfs to classes in months go undiscussed, apart from some throw away line from Amanda about liking seeing Warlocks cry.
  3. Insulting people who had e-mailed in. Don’t do that. You’re
    insulting your audience. Even if the e-mails were complete gribbly
    nonsense, insulting people who e-mail in is not going to encourage more
    people to do so, now, is it? And the people you insulted? You probably
    just lost them as readers and listeners. Good job.
  4. Amanda’s statement that "everybody has more than one 70 now". No,
    they don’t. I have one. Many of my guild have only one. Not everyone
    has the time to level multiple toons.
  5. The fact that nobody Adam and Turpster had to point out that the
    amount of time it would take to grind enough Badges of Justice to buy
    big chunks of T6 level badge gear would be prohibitive – and that
    no-one pointed out that you can’t buy complete sets of gear – was just
    embarrassing for them.

So, let’s see: they waste their listeners’ time plugging their other paying gigs. They don’t know about two major developments in the game. They waste time ranting about their personal peeves. They look donw on their audience. They don’t understand their audience. And they can’t think through the implications of recent news.

And Mike’s co-lead of WoWInsider? Guys, well done. That podcast was so bad that I’m considering stopping reading WoWInsider, because you’ve destroyed any respect I have for your professionalism or knowledge of the game.

  • Exactly. I can’t believe they glossed over the lifebloom nerf as quickly as they did, considering how much time they spent whining about shamans. *sigh* I can ignore a lot of the Massively plugs and the pro-Alliance/anti-Horde factionalism, but this was pretty bad.

    Also, I realize this is probably nitpicking, but their production values are pretty poor for a commercial podcast. Maybe it was just my headphones, but the static pop each time what’s-his-name (Adam?) spoke drove me absolutely nuts. More Instance, please! 😀

  • Dan

    soooo true, They should’ve stopped and sorted out the poor quality of the 4th guy. I have to say that while I listen to this podcast, it’s never the first one I look out for.

    I personally couldn’t care less if Mike thinks the Shaman elemental specs need a buff, especially as he doesn’t even play Elemental. For a large podcast, I think they need to step back and check their personal baggage at the door a bit more.

    Turpster is usually good quality for a bit of comedic banter, but having seen TurpsterVision I just want to punch him in the face, a lot.

  • Pex

    I came to a similar realization about a month ago when Mike was extolling the virtues of yellow journalism since it was, after all, “just for fun.” I tried really hard to listen after that, since I used to enjoy it, but every episode after that one just made it worse. I just deleted the subscription today, along with all the other casts I used to listen to, with some sadness but a sense of the inevitable. Very sad.

    It’s kinda sad, too, since several of their writers are really cool. I like BBB a lot and I still read his posts, but I’ve found myself shifting to reading wowinsdier through my RSS reader and I always check the byline before I click through. Paranoid and a little sad, but I can’t help it.