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  1. I've maintained for years that Turbine staff post frequently on incognito "just a normal player" accounts in order to subvert the discourse and deflect criticism back onto unsatisfied paying customers. And without fail, the ones who are always the first to refute and deny this theory are the very ones whom I suspect are on payroll. One of them does it here whenever her name is conjured (I'm sure you know who I'm talking about). Half the bullshit she types could ONLY come from the mind of someone who is being paid to type bullshit. The only thing worse than a Community Relations Manager that doesn't even try to do a good job are the shills who prop him up so that he doesn't have to.
  2. He's been doing that since they pulled him off DDO and saddled him with a game (and a community) he demonstrably cannot stand. He has no interest in improving the game or in satisfying customers. All he wants is a paycheck that he doesn't even deserve.
  3. Cordovan's replies. Even the fanbois are beginning to see through his bullshit.
  4. https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?660351-Cord-of-the-Rings-Summarised-12-7 Incompetence is one thing. CONDESCENDING incompetence is quite another. It is as if they genuinely WANT people to stop playing.
  5. Christopher Tolkien retired from estate

    Fine by me. Modern culture is saturated with LOTR to the extent that I'm tired of hearing about it (same way I feel about Star Wars, Transformers, and super heroes). Kind of like punk bands that go mainstream, I guess. Tired of listening to millennials pretend like they've read the books when they obviously have not ("Tauriel is my favorite character from the books!!!"), and the hypocrisy of boomers who condemned the books when they were published but consider them classics today because it's now respectable to do so. Don't get me wrong, I like the LOTR films just fine, but The Hobbit films are just as terrible as the Star Wars prequels, and the level of fanboi hype those brought to the culture just really makes me ill. That seems to be the mantra of the world today; "Let's take something that was great, and make it not great so the lowest denominator can appreciate it too!".
  6. LotRO Dev Halt?

    At some point, the First and Second Age will be licensable, and licensed. Noldor, Numenoreans, Naugrim, Druadan, the Silmarils, Angband, Finrod Felagund, Turin Turambor, Beren and Luthien....content 100x the size of the tale of Frodo of the Nine Fingers and The Ring of Doom, and Mad Baggins. And I would like to think that there's a software company out there who could realize Gondolin without causing next-gen computers to lag and CTD simply by looking at it. I'm not even insistent upon an MMO. I'd be perfectly happy with an open-world sandbox (akin to Skyrim/Fallout/GTA/Just Cause) single player Middle Earth without shitty game mechanics and stupid half-ghost protagonists. I would only be interested in multiplayer if the Tolkien aficionados who initially populated LOTRO during the golden days of SOA flocked to it, and the feckless kewl dewds that destroyed the community when it went F2P stayed the shimmering fuck away. LOTRO had a terrific community early on, but that community is long scattered. Only a competent Middle Earth game (MMO or otherwise) would gather them together again.
  7. Agreed, I have very little sympathy for fanbois. Especially the vocal ones on the OF. They bear much of the blame for what LOTRO devolved into, and they've spent much of the past seven years bent over with a smile on their face while being reamed by the Horn of Gondor.
  8. LotRO Dev Halt?

    Far as I'm concerned, that's when LOTRO DID end. What you're playing now is a soulless husk, propped up by trust fund babies with disposable income and extremely low expectations. And I'll be glad when it's gone, and someone else can take a crack at a Tolkien game that stands a chance of not being thoroughly sabotaged by the people developing it.
  9. Well, let's use Pokémon cards as an example (although it's no different for Magic). Years ago, I paid $120 for a factory box of dozens upon dozens of packs of Pokémon cards. The rarest card from that particular set was a Dark Raichu, that was selling for hundreds of dollars. Out of that entire set, I landed one Dark Raichu, that could have actually paid for the entire factory box, and then some. I wasn't in it for the money though, I was just a collector, and the card didn't make me more competitive or give me an advantage over other players (in fact, I used a cookie-cutter deck called "Ferocious Commons" that consisted of cheap, ultra-common cards--the gimmick was that they were all basic Pokémon whose attacks could be unlocked with a single energy card, allowing you to get the first hits while your opponents were still trying to gather energy cards, often defeating them before they could even attack). I wasn't gambling, I was just blowing money. I wasn't expecting a Dark Raichu, I was simply pleasantly surprised when I opened it. The distinction is clear to me, but it won't ever be clear to people who spend hundreds or thousands of dollars on loot boxes in video games. The difference is that with trading cards, you receive a commodity. Something tangible. Something you can hold in your hands and, more importantly, resell, even if at a loss. In the case of Battlefront II, you're not paying for a commodity, or anything tangible. You're paying to simply function at a competent, competitive level in the game you already paid $60 for. And if you choose to not participate in pay-to-win, you are punished. It's tantamount to extortion. That's the reason for all the backlash. Now, is LOTRO that bad? I would say not. It's certainly annoying, and I've personally always resented the existence of lootboxes. And in SSG's defense (can't believe I just typed that), loot boxes and keys each drop in game, plus premium/VIPs kind of sort of get them for free via Hobbit Boxes. But when you pay extra money in order to unlock extra lootboxes........THAT is gambling. And people were poised to spend thousands in Battlefront II just to unlock and power up Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader, something that would have taken MONTHS of gameplay otherwise. Now, on the other side of my own argument, there WERE and still are people out there who mine factory boxes of trading cards for super rares....very similar to computer techs who buy computers just for the GPUs so they can mine for potential bitcoin. Buying 500 packs of Magic cards with the specific goal of scoring a Black Lotus would HAVE to be defined as gambling, although in that case you will have scored enough rares and very rares to more than recoup your expense, though it would take time and effort to do so. It's more about the mindset, and whether you have any control over your actions. But in EA's case with Battlefront II, you were left with absolutely no choice, and your own self control was irrelevant. You HAD to pay for more lootboxes, because the natural progression in getting them was too slow in order to compete with the whales who were always going to pay as much money as possible to become competitive first. Meanwhile, back in LOTRO, the simple fact of the matter is that lootboxes are keeping the game from being cancelled, and few can even attempt to argue with that. That's SSG's primary source of income. My own personal issue with this is the following; I would rather a game stand on its own merits than have to rely on the community's lack of self control in order to stay afloat. Without lootboxes, all those fanbois and shills will open their eyes and see how shitty LOTRO has become, and they'll stop subbing. And you know what? That's exactly what I want to see happen. Because these gaming studios need to be reminded that what gamers want is GOOD GAMES, instead of shitty games propped up by trust fund babies with disposable income and no self-control.
  10. Won't help. Too much bad blood. So many guilds left servers to get away from other guilds (not so much per competition as toxicity), and now they'll be forced to put up with them again, along with hundreds of other toxic sub-communities. All compounded by the fact that SWTOR was torpedoed by EA in much the same manner Turbine/SSG torpedoed LOTRO. Today, SWTOR is a single player game with optional multiplayer content tacked on. Sound familiar?
  11. It most certainly does. Getting to max level faster = taking advantage of the initial zerg to gear up with all the powergamers; finding groups of "competent" (i.e. players with tons of plugins and keybindings) groupmates quickly, spamming instances/raids in that brief window of where what's left of the powergamers fully gear up. Once that window has closed, players are doomed to slog through the same instances and raids with players who don't know their own asses from a hole in the ground, and progression is bottlenecked by a lack of interest in running the content once all the "kewl dewds" are already geared up. Leveling as fast as possible is the ONLY way to be competitive in such a small, insular playerbase. XP scrolls are absolutely a pay-to-win advantage. Lootboxes are most certainly gambling, yet as EA is getting bent over by the world right now.....LOTRO has been doing it for years. Where is the oversight and accountability on Turbine/SSG? Where is the outrage? It's a rhetorical question. LOTRO's playerbase is way too small to warrant public outrage and scrutiny by the media. They couldn't even be bothered to report SSG's false advertisement re: Mordor. The producer letter is just a pile of bullshit. He didn't address a single one of the compounding issues that has been tanking the game for years (poor engine optimization, unfinished premium classes, skills that have not worked correctly in years, if ever at all, the premium player race that was advertised as included in the latest expansion that is still gated behind a paywall, just to name a few)....and certainly nothing about the hot topic that no one ever asked for, and that no one wants (except for the whales, whom SSG depend upon to keep LOTRO operational). That letter wasn't meant for us. It was meant for the shareholders and the mouthbreathing fanbois. Nothing more. My only other comment on the matter is this. Cordovan is one of the biggest assholes in gaming, and he has absolutely no business interacting with the community. He better enjoy his power trip while he can, because once the SSG gravy-train ends, gaming studios aren't going to touch him with a 10 foot pole. https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?659957-SSG-what-is-the-date-for-the-games-closing Yeah, it's a stupid thread, but the CM's ONE JOB is to say "We have no plans to shut down LOTRO", instead of being a massive cockmaster in an attempt to amuse the shills and fanbois. Answer the fucking question and don't be a douche to your community members. Is that too much to ask from a COMMUNITY RELATIONS MANAGER? Anyway, loot boxes will disappear once they're either against the law or cost more to license than they could possibly charge for them. It will almost certainly cripple SSG's revenue to the point where they have to shut down LOTRO, if not their entire studio. Good riddance to bad rubbish, I say.
  12. Christopher Tolkien retired from estate

    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"?
  13. Amazon: Lord of the Rings for tv?

    I can remember a time not so long ago (well, at least it feels to me like not so long ago) when the works of Tolkien couldn't have been further from the public zeitgeist, when all we Tolkien fans had besides the books was a handful of really bad animated movies and a subsequent line of action figures, a high-concept music album, some references by Led Zeppelin, and a handful of interviews of the Professor on 8 mm film in the public library. Today, you can't walk 3 feet without someone referencing LOTR or the Hobbit. And you know what? I'm sort of over it. It's exactly the same way I feel about superhero movies, Transformers, and Star Wars. All the things I absolutely loved as a child...remade, rebooted, reimagined....all with a dark and gritty sensibility reflective of my generation's pessimistic, warped and twisted outlook on the past, the present, and the future. Today, I look upon those absolutely terrible Tolkien animated films with a fondness that not even the LOTR trilogy can match (akin to The Star Wars Holiday Special, the Super Friends, and the old Transformers TV series). Yes, it all makes a ton of money for a couple dozen corporate suits, but what has it done to our culture? There is nothing new anymore. No new ideas. It's all just rehashes of whatever toys some executive played with as a child. Eventually, that bubble is going to burst. Then what? Dark and gritty reimaginings of the Teletubbies? Dora the Explorer? Pokémon? Extremely Angry Birds? Firby the Conqueror? It's just a complete oversaturation of Generation X into popular culture, without any of the fun, the wide-eyed excitement, and the hopefulness that defined the times. And as much as I love the world of Middle Earth........I could go a long time without a multimillion dollar exploration of ancillary or made-up characters capitalizing on the greed of Saul Zaentz and Tolkien Enterprises. I couldn't give a toss about Belegus son of Weenus, or his illicit love affair with Vushkar the half-orc shieldmaiden. And if they tread on the tale of Bilbo and Frodo yet again....what's the point? Brought to you by the same people who thought doing a remake of Ben Hur was a stellar idea.
  14. Can't even Access LOTRO Website - Help Please!

    Did they ever respond? (he asked, expecting the answer "no").
  15. This has to be deliberate. No developer/coder/community relations manager could possibly be THIS stupid. They have to be aware how many subs this is going to cost them, and how they have no chance of recouping the licensing fees. It's been one shithsow after another since the launch of Morder (aye, it started long before, but that was the brave new flagship of the rebranded studio). There's no way it's not on purpose.
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