Where is the Community?
The title to this post is rhetorical. I’ve figured out where the specific community in question is. As regular readers know, my first MMORPG was The Lord of the Rings online back in 2008. It had back then an active blogging community, which still exists today to a degree. The official forums are active and continue to be useful for information, but for me the primary source of news, guides and general analysis of the game is written content that is maintained by individual players. There are also lots of active streamers and video on You Tube, but I find I can locate and digest the information I require far quicker when it is presented as text. I guess I am simply a product of my generation and prefer the written word as my primary source of data for most things. However, more recent MMOs have developed communities around different platforms. As a result, it can take a while to determine where they are and get used to their habits and ways.
I also play Star Trek Online and have a lifetime subscription. This MMO has an active official forum but the biggest community associated with the game is based on reddit. There are several individuals who regularly post STO related content to You Tube, although the majority are focused upon ship builds and DPS parsing. Sadly, the game does not seem to have a major blogging community. Yes, there are some but that is not where the major interaction and discussion around the game takes place. So, if you want to stay abreast of developments in STO and keep an eye on community opinion, then you have to embrace the appropriate sub-reddit. And therein lies the rub. I don’t find this platform especially useful. It’s greats for informal discussions, but not so good at collating and indexing detailed content in an easily accessible fashion. I often have to tab out of the reddit and use Google to search it effectively.
Blog posts broadly have the advantage of being clear and unambiguous “chunks” of information. Reddit by its conversational nature tends to explore a topic in a very episodic fashion. You have to sift a thread to remove the irrelevant and superfluous and then try and collate and distil that which is left for the detail you require. Plus, although, lore and wider aspects of the game are discussed, the STO community is very much fixated upon the prevailing meta, builds and number crunching. I have a passing interest in these subjects but would like to see more material based around player experience, lore and general community activities and such like. Or is it a case that these elements are simply not what most STO players want? Is it a game that is predominantly driven by the intellectual property and player min-maxing? I’m still not entirely sure, so I’ll continue to look. Perhaps there are still STO blogs to be found, out there in the “final frontier” beyond reddit.