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  1. What to say? https://www.cnbc.com/2021/10/06/twitch-hack-amazons-video-site-breached-exposing-future-product-plans.html KEY POINTS A hack hit Amazon’s Twitch on Wednesday, exposing information on payouts to content creators and an unreleased Amazon Game Studios product. The anonymous hacker said they were releasing the information to “foster more disruption and competition” in a post to the anonymous message board platform know as 4chan. Amazon’s video streaming service Twitch was hacked Wednesday in a breach that included details on payments to content creators and an unreleased product from Amazon Game Studios. The anonymous hacker said they were releasing the information to “foster more disruption and competition” in the online video streaming world, and called the Twitch community a “disgusting toxic cesspool” in a post to the anonymous message board platform known as 4chan. Twitch confirmed the hack in a tweet, but did not provide details on the extent of the hack and what data was obtained. “We can confirm a breach has taken place,” the company said in the tweet. “Our teams are working with urgency to understand the extent of this. We will update the community as soon as additional information is available. Thank you for bearing with us.” The hacker took more than 125 gigabytes of data in the breach, according to the 4chan post. The data also reportedly include Twitch’s source code and mention of Amazon Game Studio’s plans to launch an online store for computer games, which would be a rival to industry leader Steam. A representative for Amazon Game Studios did not reply to a request for comment. Amazon bought Twitch for almost $1 billion in 2014. The site is primarily focused on videos and live streams for video game enthusiasts.
  2. Makes one wonder whether players approaching 120 may just buy this Valar for the weapons.
  3. This cost 4995 LP back then. Someone on the OF did the math and figured it would cost 52,000 LP to max 2 weapons. This Catch-up Box would be a drop in a bucket. No, I expected max weapons - and I already wrote earlier in this thread that, seeing the expense, this will not happen. SSG will want to mask the costs by offering upgrades in bits and pieces, for mithril and with offers such as just linked. What I have found with SSG is that they started out with better offers (example: tripple bonus LP) and then don't have that return to the store. I think it's the same with this offer.
  4. What keeps coming up in the Forum threads is that the grind may be very daunting for new players. When it's daunting a trip to the store may be more easily made. https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?685689-The-new-Imbued-LI-grind-plan/page4 It doesn't matter to SSG/DayBreak/Whoever that a player spending tons of cash doesn't know how to play the (end)game. Only thing that matters to them is that you spend muchos $$ in the store. This is an interesting question: https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?685657-What-is-the-total-cost-to-level-a-Legendary-Weapon So for 2 LIs it is around 52,000 LP = around US$470. You are probably right, FundinStrongarm, complete weapons may not come to the game. This 'breaking up off the cost' in bite size pieces is what masks the real cost and is the 'perfect' way to monetize. And that's already fully functioning.
  5. Despite, by now age old and repeated, promises of SSG and its precessor that the legendary grind is under consideration, SSG, in its infinite wisdom, has decided to make the legendary grind even worse: https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?685661-I-don-t-know-about-the-new-scroll-of-empowerment-grind I therefore expect that SSG will announce in the near future that it will start selling expensive endgame weapons in the store. Some players will be very relieved to be able to bypass the excessive grind. Others will be maintain that 'the grind is doable'.
  6. And it's over!! Lockdown here, so no Boxing Day crowds. Moving on to the New Year!
  7. Turbine/SSG has always benefited from being purposefully vague, esp. because it led the defenders to preach about 'protecting the existence of the game'. Example: 'I bought the most expensive expansion because the company needs money'. Cognitive dissonance. They really used the division they created within the player base to their advantage. Many never understood that Marketing wasn't making 'dumb choices' but (experimenting with) profitable ones. I wonder how often people behind Turbine/SSG have laughed their asses off over the years. There is a distinct difference between making a fun game that people want to support and creating a game as a means to make as much money as you can wring out of folks. Their ethics are not my ethics. However, didn't Nietzsche write in Beyond Good and Evil that what is 'good' in the eyes of the masses is something different from what is 'good' in the eyes of the rich? Turbine/SSG will think it is doing stuff right = being ethical. Just as they think that applying for that loan is ethical. In Canada we have many long term care homes, where many old people died, that applied for government support and then funneled half of the tens of millions they received into dividends for their shareholders. That money didn't go to the workers and it didn't go to improving services/better protection. I can see EG7 and its investors being delighted with free government handouts. I also know that in Canadian families with 6 figure incomes that didn't take a hit this year, second earners who were laid off etc. applied for government support because 'they could'. The government failed to put an upper limit on combined household income to qualify for that support. Just as the USA government failed to have companies 'show them the numbers' before they were approved. It's even more interesting... SSG giving away its content for free saw indeed a dip in revenue from content sales? Does that justify the loan then?... In this respect, this world, including our beloved fictional gaming worlds, can be (or rather: is) a very rotten place.
  8. Going from a male dwarf to a female elf with a name change.... 7500 LP..... Imagine regretting this after a day or two. Makes me wonder. If you go from female elf to dwarf, is there no gender change because there are no female dwarves? Not going to try that out lol. I have been subscribing to Runescape for a few years now, with the yearly package. Costs me $6.60/month. I have 99+/all skills (which was super easy to finalize with all those boosts/double xp weekends etc.), and can't be bothered with going for 120's. So only log in to do some dailies and some (nostalgic) stuff I enjoy. Never ever thinking about 'having to pay to play the game' or 'too much grind'. They have 'yak track' on a regular basis, which consists of more or less grindy tasks with rewards, which can be fasttracked with $ purchases. Finished that 2 times, now only do tasks until I am fed up. The rewards are 'meh', so don't have the desire to do more than I want to. It's really interesting to me how Lotro and Runescape deal with monetization differently and my internal response to that. Even though I can play Lotro for free, because I own all the content and have unlocked all benefits, I can't log in anymore because I hate what the game has become. Used to still enjoy the Yule Festival and that too has stopped because of the introduced grind.
  9. Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha
  10. ..... SSG was already owned by Daybreak. SSG didn't want to admit it to its playerbase, lest it dampens spending. Daybreak was therefore called 'publisher'. Now Daybreak is sold and Severlin writes the above... no.... you are a piece of carrot in the soup that is called Daybreak which is being eaten by EG7. Face it.
  11. Therefore Mordor was the last thing I bought.
  12. You are not alone. The following is pathetic. VIPs are complaining that this 'mini whatever' should have been included with VIP. What does SSG do? They add a 'War of Three Peaks map table with teleporter' as a (gated behind purchase) VIP quest reward to a vendor. And what do the VIPs do? They are excited and forget they paid at least $20 for something that used to be included in their subscription. https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?&postid=8042654#post8042654 What did Paiz say again? 'You can throw them anything and they will keep paying'? He was right.
  13. https://www.gamespot.com/articles/microsoft-acquires-skyrim-fallout-dev-bethesda/1100-6482406/ Microsoft Acquires Skyrim, Fallout Dev Bethesda Microsoft has announced that it has acquired the parent company of Bethesda's game studios including those behind Doom, Elder Scrolls, Fallout, and more. Microsoft has announced a $7.5 billion deal to acquire ZeniMax Media, the parent company of Bethesda and its many studios. Those studios are behind some big video game franchises including Doom, Fallout, Elder Scrolls, and more. In an Xbox blog post announcing the acquisition, Xbox head Phil Spencer outlined that this deal includes the studios behind franchises like The Elder Scrolls, Fallout, Wolfenstein, Doom, Dishonored, Prey, and Quake, along with unreleased games like Starfield. It also mentions that Bethesda was early to support Game Pass with offerings like The Elder Scrolls, and that moving forward Bethesda's library will be added to the service. That will include launch-day Game Pass releases for future projects like Starfield. Game Pass is a key factor in the acquisition. "Like us, Bethesda are passionate believers in building a diverse array of creative experiences, in exploring new game franchises, and in telling stories in bold ways," Spencer said. "All of their great work will of course continue and grow and we look forward to empowering them with the resources and support of Microsoft to scale their creative visions to more players in new ways for you." Separately, the announcement from Bethesda offers some further explanation of why Microsoft seemed like an appropriate match for the company, including their long partnership of working together. "So why the change? Because it allows us to make even better games going forward," Bethesda PR and marketing boss Pete Hines said. "Microsoft is an incredible partner and offers access to resources that will make us a better publisher and developer. We believe that means better games for you to play. Simply put - we believe that change is an important part of getting better. We believe in pushing ourselves to be better. To innovate. To grow." "Like our original partnership, this one is about more than one system or one screen," said Elder Scrolls and Fallout producer Todd Howard, in a statement. "We share a deep belief in the fundamental power of games, in their ability to connect, empower, and bring joy. And a belief we should bring that to everyone--regardless of who you are, where you live, or what you play on. Regardless of the screen size, the controller, or your ability to even use one." It's important to note that the deal hasn't officially gone through yet, although that process may be more of a formality than anything else. In its press release, Microsoft said it expects the deal to close in the second half of its current fiscal year, which would mean that will happen sometime between January and June of 2021. This is one of Microsoft's pricier acquisitions, coming in far above Mojang ($2.5 billion) and Minecraft and roughly equalling the amount it paid for GitHub. And, while a much different sort of deal, it's also far more than something like Disney's Lucasfilm deal, which was worth $4.05 billion. The ZeniMax acquisition includes eight new studios in all (plus publisher Bethesda Softworks), covering a wide array of franchises: Bethesda Softworks Bethesda Game Studios id Software ZeniMax Online Studios Arkane MachineGames Tango Gameworks Alpha Dog Roundhouse Studios It's unclear what this could mean for planned PlayStation-exclusive titles like Deathloop and Ghostwire: Tokyo. In the past, Microsoft's acquisition has not necessarily impacted third-party support or deals already in the works. According to Bloomberg, these two games will still see their arrangements honored, while future games will be evaluated for third-party console releases "on a case by case basis." This announcement is notably coming just one day before preorders go live for Xbox Series X and Series S. For more details, check out our Xbox Series X and Series S preorder guide.
  14. An example of a 'mission': quest 1: fetch a bucket at X, travel via a,b,c to quest 2: fill said bucket at Y, travel via d,e,f to quest 3: deliver said filled bucket at Z? I hope it's not going to be as bad as that. Also, I don't expect an epic book or so. I wonder what the 'goodies' are at 59/99.
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