Well, I don't think GTO has neglected a&a. Not sure when A&A started here but it took many years to turn that Hasbro 98 A&A(3rd ed) into what it is now at the war zone.
gto has improved the revised game over the years just as WZ has to 3rd edition.
I consider the 42 version as an upgrade as well.
There are some good points KBaldy about the lobby, being able to pm someone using lobby tools/pm. Being able to see how many games are going & who is in them. And that is not just A&A but rather the place as a whole.
A better rating system....Most of us know there is one available to use at http://axisandalliesworldclub.net
. You do have to be a member and the person you are playing as well for it to count. So it is an extra step but not much of one. It is set up for 3rd edition/war zone, but the juno db can be used for what ever rules, and you can even post ftf games.
Where gto offers the game of chess. One would think they would be moving in a direction to have a better rating system. I know gto has looked at aawc's system and had hoped there would of been More cross over to use that system and play here. Some of that blame is only on myself. By that I mean, I too love the game and will continue to play and am thankful for all the various places to play. Gto, aawc/war zone, triple A, aamc. and our local RockyMountain A&A meet up group to play face to face every two weeks. I have helped here and there at different times and places but never have had the time some are able to do for this game/hobby....to have made that cross over happen between aawc and gto for the ratings Many of us think would be a nice feature. I like to play when I have the time instead of fighting with old timers that aawc is a good option. selfish me.......but I have always been a player first helper second, then one to make things happen within A&A.
Sitting in on a game or viewing is a nice Option. It does need to have an allow or not option because of voice chat and people teaming up. At the moment, I would love to view the luka and El Rav game in the 42 playoffs. That would be a game I would like to "watch" not the everyday game though they can be good too.
I said it before someplace, A&A is a game that will be around for a long time. If you look at the other places to play(referring to A&A only) you should realize that gto is kinda the new kid. The difference is gto offers other games where the other A&A places are just that, A&A. I play here because Mostly for the versions of A&A and the interface. I dont think it is Far Superior but I do like it better the others. I especially like the pbem interface(this suits my life best) and do believe that is far Superior than writing everything down and double checking the other player though, that in-itself is a great way to learn the game.
My point of A&A, Gto and the Neglected....Sure, A&A did a lot for gto as the "New Kid" Also, gto did a lot for Us A&A lovers. So that is a two way street. Gto is run different than any other A&A place we have played. Even MSN from back in the day. GTO's numbers (no facts just guess work) are probably close to the 1998 MSN A&A room days. Gto markets, charges and has the Rights via the game owners to do so. Gto has improved the interface, has listened to us Lovers and corrected rule issues to make it better. Now gto has gone after a new market that has numbers that blow our voices away. My belief is gto could draw in more A&A players by bringing the 50th Anniversary and the new Global game to gto but by numbers the Rpg will pay for itself quicker. That said, those games are more "trendy" and constantly changing & probably require more time and effort over the long run where as A&A is a game that will be around "as is" for many years and by gto being here, I'd say, pay for itself in the long run.
So in a couple years......Ask me the question again and if Gto has done nothing to bring forward a newer version I would say sure, they have neglected us. Then as a user, I may play fewer games here and more where I can play Global, 50th either face to face or by old school email or at tripleA and stop spending my $$$$ here to play pbem for a version that is covenant but not the one I really want. That is the reason I moved away from 3rd ed. Though a couple weeks back I saw a ftf game of 3rd played at a MeetUp. the board almost looked like my 1960's risk board.
The point of edits is one that needs to happen. the savable games I think has been overcome by gto's pbem version though its not the same as Owning the 98 program.