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  1. So spinning this out from Server Population thread: Based on the current loss rate of players, when will LotRO population hit zero?
  2. I imagine a lot of it has to do with the sunk cost fallacy ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunk_cost#Loss_aversion_and_the_sunk_cost_fallacy ). When you've spent so much money on something, it's really hard to walk away (although a studio pulling a Diablo Immortal on you will definitely help).
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    What are You Watching

    Right now I'm working on Orphan Black (Season 3) and Star Trek: Next Generation season 3. I've got a bunch of stuff on Amazon Prime, Netflix, and Funimation that I'm working through, but simply don't have the time I used to =/
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    Another Attempt to Bump the Login Numbers...

    It's cause they need the festivals to compensate for bad quest design. From what I can recall, Budgeford was huge into making the quests actually good as MoL just isn't as good at the quests without Budgeford because you get into too much "it's this way cause I said so" writing.
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    Another Attempt to Bump the Login Numbers...

    I could see the appeal if you've got a couple of die-hard completionists, but years ago that grind got waaaay to absurd. At this point, it's prolly people that have far too much time on their hands that don't mind the grind. The great irony is looking at how FFXIV does their festival events (like the Valentine's Day one), which is basically "do the new story quests for this year, then run the holiday instance a couple of times to get most of the stuff" and you're done. No need to drag it out unless you really want the housing items, or like accumulating the consumables. Even looking into the events in Warframe, a lot of those (historically speaking) tended to be grindy because it was a competition between the clans that forced some of the grindiness (or there were materials that made doing it worth the time, like Plague Star specifically). When you take a look at the Skinner Box that are LotRO festivals... I wonder if an abuse case would be warranted.
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    Game Down

    This is what happens when you try to use a cheap VM and don't give it enough resources...
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    Laissez-les manger du gâteau

    My pleasure. It's nice to know that the French still surrender as easily as they always have =P
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    Has anybody seen this?

    Right, I'm forgetting the average player has the reaction time of a dead fish.
  9. Something you need to keep in mind: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/lifecycle/search?alpha=posready 2009 Come April 9th of this year, Microsoft will stop supporting POSReady 2009, which is based upon a fork of the XP SP3 source code. For all three of the people who enjoy having swiss cheese for security (XP has several fundamental security flaws), even Microsoft is finally letting this zombie die. And unlike XP, I wouldn't expect to see Microsoft extend support on POSReady 2009.
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    Has anybody seen this?

    Amusingly, not all of the newer MMOs are action oriented (as FFXIV has a lot of movement involved, but it's also got a 2.5 second GCD). In any case, the new LotR MMO would still attract enough of the younger audience that it'd prolly fatally wound LotRO as I think many of those whales aren't very nice people, and if you group a bunch of not nice people onto a server together... things will fall apart.
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    Laissez-les manger du gâteau

    They earned it, it's theirs. The government has zero right to take what's their's. That's what a communist country does. And they've a lot less people than Antifa has. Both groups are anomalies that gets a lot of press... and have almost zero practical effect on the country otherwise. Now let's talk about no-go zones in your country, mmkay? And besides, the only no-go zones we have in the states are largely inner city areas where gang violence has made it generally not safe to be there (which, amusingly enough, happens in largely Democratic leaning cities and generally aren't in the Republican leaning cities). That was true like 200-300 years ago. But not now. And we really should be blaming the British for the slave trade, as they're the ones that gave us that problem, and it was largely resolved by the late 1800's anyways (unless you're some fool that actually believes the tripe that the news media puts out and doesn't actually know the history). Also, since I'm a native born US citizen that means I'm not a migrant - which again shows your ignorance and uneducated viewpoint. And if you really want to get to that viewpoint, so is France (and most of Europe for that matter). Humans had to migrate into the land, and steal it from the animals living there before - and our ancestors likely had to commit genocide against the neanderthals to get it too. So an argument from like sixty years ago before EPA started cleaning up the corporate pollution is somehow valid.... Riiiiiggghhtttt........ What's that has been nation have to do with anything? In this case, you clearly need some education. No wonder Europe needs the US to bail them out (again) - they've all gone stupid.
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    The Missing 2019 Producer Letter & Severlin?

    I'd say truth... but sure, let's go with what you said instead...
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    Laissez-les manger du gâteau

    I'm not going to pretend that the US doesn't have problems, but: Upward mobility I'm not taxed to death We don't have to deal with the real Antifa and live in fear of them Our governments aren't trying to replace us with (supposedly) easier to control immigrants that's causing a slow warping of our the country into something unrecognizeable to the natives Our national park system (especially in the west) is amazing to go be in nature Our air is generally cleaner than most other places in the world I can truly get away from everyone, as it's not that hard to be many miles away from another human soul in the West I doubt any country is truly perfect, but life in the US is still a damn good life. If that fits your definition of a "shithole", then we'll just have to agree to disagree on that point =P
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    Has anybody seen this?

    My read is that SSG is critically understaffed and underworked on a product that is bleeding income. That environment just causes errors and puts everyone in essentially a meat grinder as it's crunch time 100% of the time... rather than crunching occasionally (and even then, crunch time is usually a sign that management screwed up).
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    Laissez-les manger du gâteau

    Hopefully y'all can extricate yourselves from this mess without losing your countries in the process. And I hope that Europe has a much better understanding of why Americans want to build that damn wall.
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    gaming laptops and noise

    So yeah, you can get a gaming laptop... but the biggest problem they have is that they don't have the space to properly do a quiet cooling solution like a desktop. And honestly, don't buy from the stores unless you can get a good deal, but it straight from the manufacturer as you are able to (usually) get a better warranty that will often include accident protection (so when you spill a cup of coffee on the laptop you're not screwed).
  17. You know what's funny about that term? It perfectly describes WoW's current state XD
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    The Missing 2019 Producer Letter & Severlin?

    He might have gone back to the DDO side of things, as had a stint over there IIRC.
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    Another Attempt to Bump the Login Numbers...

    Yeah, I can't see the Legendary Server experiment going to completion... I'm gonna guess it's gonna fail out by about Helm's Deep, as that's when the leveling content really takes a dive.
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    No plans for PVMP on LS

    ... You ever wonder if we've been interacting with SSG staff that haven't let us know if they're SSG staff?
  21. Go read it here: https://forums.warframe.com/topic/1052232-psa-minimum-supported-specs-changes-in-february/ DirectX 9 and all x86 clients will stop being supported by another major game.
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    No plans for PVMP on LS

    Sadly, that's the OF in a nutshell, as very few there are actually worth interacting with these days.
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    No plans for PVMP on LS

    Well, logically, I realize you're right... and yet... I still kinda wish it would come into existence. Does that make any sense at all?
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    No plans for PVMP on LS

    If you want a good read for the level of delusion over there, go read https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?654668-Re-Scheduled-Server-Downtime-on-the-21st (which started oin June 20, 2017 - that date is relevant btw) as it shows just how... bizarre... some of the reasoning there is, as it's a thread where I was bringing up the fact that SSG is still supporting XP and Vista despite: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/lifecycle/search?alpha=Microsoft Windows XP Professional XP EOL was April 8, 2014 https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/lifecycle/search?alpha=vista Vista EOL was April 11, 2017 There's more technical stuff here (including an amusing hack of XP) that's relevant to this issue, but stuff like this is why I think the x64 client will never happen as the SSG dev team comes across as technically incompetent. I imagine most of us that work in the tech sector can see that, while the armchair devs and the sycophants in the forums whitewash everything SSG does as good. And yet, part of me will still holds out hope that I'm wrong on that assessment, mostly due to how much time I've sunk into LotRO.
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    No plans for PVMP on LS

    Careful, if you use too much logic you might get banned for it.
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