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  1. 2 points
    Infinitely worse. Christopher is the only human being alive that can read his father's handwriting from 80 years ago, so no more unfinished works with any semblance of integrity to the author's ideas, so prepare for wave after wave of shitty fanfic-quality novels (think Jackson's Hobbit screenplays, but written by Stephanie Meyer). Without a Tolkien at the reins to provide QA and prevent idiots from being idiots, we're only a few years away from a Michael Bay-directed Shadow of Mordor film featuring jacked, shirtless dwarves and elf maidens in bikinis. And I've already voiced my thoughts about a Middle Earth TV series in another thread. Unless they plan to explore the gnomes, the druadan, Tom Bombadil, Numenor, the Far Harad, the Blue Wizards in the east, or Valinor, it's just rehashing what's already been done to death. Do we really need a third version of Odo Proudfoot shouting "Proudfeet"?
  2. 1 point
    Cordovan's replies. Even the fanbois are beginning to see through his bullshit.
  3. 1 point
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  4. 1 point
    They have a dedicated percentage of whales playing the game that thank them for everything they do. "Thanks oh benevolent lords of Lotro for bestowing upon us a huge waste of money." I've bought things over the years that some people would consider a waste of money. However, I like to get value for my dollar and no digital release is ever going to be worth 130 bucks. Other companies charge those kind of figures but at least they give you tangible items you can display.
  5. 1 point
    When you've got so many wet-blankets as customers, you can be as blatant with your scam as you like.
  6. 1 point
    I agree with you and berry. I think they really believe that being the only Middle-Earth MMO lets them get away with anything. In fact they pretty much confirmed that that's their attitude when they talked about the "ultimate fan" edition of Mordor. Look for the video of that stream if they still have it up, it's amazing how upfront they are about it.
  7. 1 point
    They should have sticked to a subscription only game with a store for fluff. Same with games these days. I pay 60 euro's for them and only have a part of the game. I'd prefer to pay 80 euro's and have the complete game.
  8. 1 point
    I feel the same way. People were way off when they thought that not being on WB's boot was going to be the saving grace of Lotro. They just traded one publisher for another who is even more nefarious in their ways of gouging the customer than WB was.
  9. 1 point
    As much as I love lotro, I don't care about the fate of the game or the company who runs it cause I don't feel like they were being honest with us or treated their fan base with fairness, I know many will disagree with me and maybe it's not true, but this is the way I feel about it.
  10. 1 point
    Then there's the entire debacle over Battlefront 2 and lootboxes which is going to cause issues with gaming because (so far): EU is probably going to ban lootboxes Hawaii is looking into this issue, and will probably classify Battlefront 2 as a gambling game due to loot boxes (which means other US states are soon to follow) EA so badly screwed the pooch that it now has has Disney mad at EA because of the damage done to the Star Wars brand If the keys for the lootboxes and mithril coins for hobbit slots are a significant chunk of the LotRO revenue... that's a really bad thing for LotRO because another company's stupidity is going to hurt LotRO. It's one thing when they do it to themselves, it's another when (how did Warframe put it... oh yes) "A Cult Worshipping Money" does it to everyone else.
  11. 1 point
    Microtransactions are not the problem, the problem is the gambling nature of those loot boxes. On it's core the loot boxes provides a temporary and short excitement and it meant to get people addict so they will use this again while spending money. If a gamining company wants to turn their game into p2w it's one thing, but what we witness right now is the gaming industry is slowly turning into a casino.
  12. 1 point
    Microtransactions in general are an issue entirely separate from in-game gambling that is rooted at real-world money and leads to any kind of potential reward. Regardless of whether the reward is real-world or in-game. If it starts at real money and there is a large chance to lose the money it is gambling for money. I don't think anybody can expect the latter to stand up to scrutiny in jurisdictions where gambling for money is regulated. LOTRO is just too small to go after them with the attorney general here in MA.
  13. 1 point
    Loot boxes need to go away, period. I don't mind micro-transactions. WoW and FFXIV have them but they're all fluff really--mounts, cosmetics, housing items...the fact that those items are on the store doesn't bother me because it's a direct, honest purchase. There is nothing direct or honest about a loot box.
  14. 1 point
    Yeah, the entire microtransaction stuff needs to die.
  15. 1 point
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  16. 1 point
    And a lot that can be raped. Just look at how badly Shadow of War has handled Middle-earth. As much as I would like to see genuinely good interpretations, it will likely come at the cost the vast majority of adaptations being shit, and I'm not sure that's a cost/benefit I can handle.