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  1. I have played SWTOR beta and to be honest once you get over the real voice actors and storyline it does feel like WoW with light-sabre's Yeah the first few days were great. It gave met he same feeling of 'WoW' when I first played lotro. After a few days when the Wow factor wears off I wanted more. When you look past the graphics and the real voice actors you are left with another WoW clone. All the usual class's are there, the same type of quests, there is nothing innovative. I got the feeling that both EA/Bioware wanted to play it safe to begin with, keep to the same model but with just little changes. Saying that I do expect it to be a huge, maybe not as big as WoW but certainly bigger then other MMO's. I also feel it will hurt lotro. Over the past 6 - 7 months I know of many people who have quit lotro and have moved onto other games. Few of them came back, played ROI for a days or 2 and left again. What Lotro need with ROI was something new and innovative, something to make Lotro stand out from the crowd, something that would make people say wow and come back as well as attract new players, instead it was the same old stuff we have had.
  2. If any MMO develop would develop this concept of Masquerade its CCP. Just play Eve for a few hours and you see that CCP love nothing more tears
  3. This guy is talking out of his arse lol. This has to be the worst post I have ever seen in regards to Eve. I fully suspect he got ganked in his hulk by a goon This happens quite a lot in Eve. People who hate PvP play Eve, stay in high sec thinking they are safe and rage quit when they are ganked. In regards to the numbers, here are the records for the PCU numbers. 63,170 pilots online at 20:23 GMT on 23 Jan 2011 60,453 pilots online at 19:53 GMT on 6 Jun 2010 56,817 pilots online at 20:15 GMT on 24 Jan 2010 56,021 pilots online at 20:44 GMT on 10 Jan 2010 54,446 pilots online at 20:48 GMT on 3 Jan 2010 54,181 pilots online at 20:26 GMT on 6 Dec 2009 53,850 pilots online at 20:29 GMT on 15 Mar 2009 51,675 pilots online at 19:52 GMT on 8 Feb 2009 48,065 pilots online at 20:17 GMT on 18 Jan 2009 47,207 pilots online at 19:54 GMT on 11 Jan 2009 45,186 pilots online at 20:41 GMT on 4 Jan 2009 43,697 pilots online at 20:25 GMT on 21 Dec 2008 42,711 pilots online at 19:51 GMT on 9 Mar 2008 As you can see the last PCU record was set this year. At the moment the average PCU is hovering around 45k. With the massive winter update coming I fully expect the PCU record to be broken over xmas as the announcements they have made about the up and coming winter update look fricking awesome !!!! Eve is very different when it comes to subs as you could technically have say 50k of players playing without any subscription. You can do this as many players use in game currency to buy PLEX which adds 30 days game time to your account. Many people who cancelled their subs during the protests carried on playing as they had enough isk to purchase PLEX, or they had months of game time on their accounts. Somebody asked "Was the drop in numbers that significant that over 2 months, they had to make that decision?" Yes it was. It was estimated that over 5k of players cancelled their subs in only a month during the summer. Most Eve players whilst being sad that we are losing dedicated Community Staff like CCP Fallout, are overjoyed that CCP are putting more time, resource and commitment back into Eve. As for Dust, well its innovative for sure, nothing has ever been done like this before. Why is it exclusive to the PS3, put very simply it could never be put on the xbox360 because of how Microsoft govern their servers. Dust 514 runs on CCP's own hardware (the same server as Eve runs on) using CCP's own technology. This is something that Microsoft would never allow. There are a lot of Dust 514 fan sites and a lot of people are looking forward to see how it works. I think Dust 514 could have potential to be huge, whether it is we shall have to see. In regards to laying off staff, many of those redundancies are people working on WoD, admin etc etc. After a bleak 3 months the Future is now looking very good for Eve.
  4. You are talking about the CSM. The CSM is a collection players who are voted for by the community who attend meetings in Iceland with CCP as well as regular meetings via Skype. However and this is a big however, like everything in politics the CSM do not represent the majority of Eve players. The CSM members are leaders and members of the large alliances and are regularly voted in via block voting. Most Eve players do not even bother to vote, i think it is something like just under 10k of players voted out of 300,000+ thousand in last CSM elections. Also the CSM was created because of the fallout of a CCP Employee giving items to an alliance in game. Most players believe that the CSM accomplishes very little. The issue wasn't that CCP were getting greedy, it was more that since they are developing WoD and DUST514 there had been a massive lack of development in Eve. Many players believe (and still do) that CCP are using the subs from Eve to pay for the development of 2 other games, which is fine, but not when development to Eve comes to a massive halt, bugs are not getting fixed and what little content that was coming our way was half baked and needed constant patching. Also they are using Eve as a test bed for new technologies for these other games in development, which wouldn't be a bad thing if it wasn't for the fact that the are riddle with bugs Throw on top that huge lack of communication between CCP and the players, the woeful introduction of the NEX store and the leaked emails and everything went nova. In regards to the game protests, as I said, it didn't accomplish anything. It was only until a Eve player produced a blog detailing the trends in the PCU numbers that showed a large number of players were leaving the game that CCP acted. We are talking 2/3 months after the protests. It showed that after everything, it was only when their profits were taking a hit they changed course.
  5. Its not so much that CCP care about its fan base more then say Turbine, Blizzard or EA, its more that the player base of Eve are not apathetic like most of the player base of other mmo's All the protests, forum rage, media articles changed nothing. Its when people starting cancelling their subs and continued over a couple months that CCP realised that they either changed their approach or kiss Eve goodbye The only way to effect change is a combination of the majority of the player base doing in game protests followed by accounts being cancelled. This is something that would never happen in Lotro
  6. The major advantage that Eve players have over other MMO's is that Eve has a player driven market as well as Open PvP. So when the protest was at it height 2 of the major market hubs were effectively shut down. This action made news on most major Internet Gaming sites, however this actually did not change anything. Players in Eve have the ability to greatly influence all aspects of the game. I suppose the only thing players could do in lotro is travel to the ettens in such numbers it crashes the node or reduces the performance to the point it is unplayable. Do this everyday on all servers and very soon people will take notice. I say the ettens because going to somewhere like bree / 21st hall wouldn't effect much do to layering. In a leaked email by the CEO to his staff there was a line which said "I can tell you that this is one of the moments where we look at what our players do and less of what they say" So the players took note of this and cancelled their subs in the thousands. This continued for approx 2 - 3 months to where the PCU levels (when you log into Eve it shows how many players are logged in) had dropped to 2009 levels, on average I would say they were down 5k - 10k per day. This is what has prompted the change in attitude and the blog. CCP watched as 1000's of players voted by cancelling their subs. We are in the now position where the players are saying "where we look at what CCP do and less of what they say" So far things are looking good and the next 3 months will be very interesting.
  7. As an Eve player let me shed some light. Over the past few months there has been a huge outcry from the community on the forums to in game protests and media coverage over how the game is progressing. There has been 3 main issues that caused the outcry. 1. People believing CCP are developing World of Darkness at the expenses of Eve as well using Eve as a test bed for new technologies for WoD. 2. The introduction of a In game store and the prices of those items 3. Extremely poor communication from within CCP to the players. Yes the CEO has made a blog in which he apologises for the big mistakes and the attitude towards the player base. Now this may be genuine or it might be just a ploy to stop the falling PCU numbers. Only time will tell. What people need to remember about Eve is that CEO is not just some guy who owns and run CCP. The CEO is THE GUY who thought of Eve and took it from a concept to the MMO that we have today. The best way to describe the CEO of Eve would be like me or you thinking of a MMO, designing it, creating it, coding it, building a company to support it and expand it. The wonderful thing about Eve is that it is completely different to any MMO on the market and I doubt that we will ever see another MMO in the same mold as Eve.
  8. You have to remember what is coming down the pipe line. The minute it was announced that SWG Server were to be closed in December you knew that the release SWTOR would be very close and a few weeks later you are now able to pre-order SWTOR. SWTOR has been one of the most anticipate MMO's for some years and regards of whether you think it will be good or not, millions will sign up simply because of the hype and because it is Star Wars. Turbine know they are going to take a bit hit in subscription numbers when SWTOR is released. A lot of players who join lotro when it when to F2P switch games very easily, they do not have a strong sense of loyalty if you will. We know this, Turbine knows this, hence the need to get every last penny from from them before they move on. I fully expect to see more and more only store only items which will give you boosts in game in the next 6 months. Once SWTOR is released I fully expect a big drop in player numbers and to be honest I don't see many coming back. I will put my neck out and make a prediction for 2012 for Lotro. I expect Turbine will announce server mergers with the EU servers being hit, the number of in store only items that gives an advantage in game to increase significantly.
  9. I was at Jita Protesting Would Lotro Protest, I'm sad to say most likely not. There are too many alternatives to Lotro, also I suspect that a good percentage of players are now F2P who would just simply move on. Eve is different as you train your skills in real time so you literately have to put years into it.
  10. You purchase PLEX for RL money. At the moment you can purchase 2 PLEX for $35. 1 PLEX will give you 30 days game time or you can sell your PLEX in game. They are currently selling for 375 mil isk. You can now also trade in 1 PLEX for 3500 Aurum to spend in the in game shop. So that is £35 for 7000 Aurum The average cost of the items are between 4000 - 8000 Aurum with on item costing 12,000 Aurum. As for playing for free, you still need somebody to purchase the PLEX and sell it. The price of PLEX is set by player demand as with all items in eve. Now over the last week a shit storm unseen in any MMO ever has happened. You think the threads we saw when it was announced that Lotro was going F2P was something, well they don't even come close. Just check a number of Online gaming sites and you will see. Now its not so much the cost that has upset people but the threat of Non Vanity items being introduced. Eve is different from every other MMO because it has a player driven market and it is a open PvP sandbox. Everything is created by the players and the market is driven by players. All PLEX does is introduce isk, nothing more. You still need players to collect materials and create the items to sell and buy. Aurum simply introduces items out of thin air. It removes the whole player production cycle. Now the upside to this whole mess is that players can have an effect on developers. Allegedly over 5000 accounts have been un-subbed, Most of the major online gaming sites have ridiculed CCP and as a result CCP have called an emergency meeting of the CSM (A council elected by the players base to speak on their behalf) and are flying them to Iceland. We are hoping for a positive out come in the week or so but it is good to when a community of players get together that they can make the develop stop and listen.
  11. Now I am not a fan of MT Stores and the introduction of one in Lotro was part of the reason why I no longer play (other then the odd few hours here and there) Well as a Eve player I have had a bad 24hours. They have introduced a new MT Store with the update with 8 virtual items. This is how they have done it. The way it works is you have a new currency called Aurum Aurum is gained by trading in a PLEX at the game store. A PLEX is essentially 30 days of subscription as an in game item. You can either exchange 1 PLEX item for 30 days game time, sell the item in game (currently selling for up to 400mil isk) or exchange it for 3,500 Aurum You can purchase PLEX for $35. For this you get 2 PLEX items. With this you can work out the RL cost of the items... Ready for this? Most clothes cost 3,200 to 4,400 Aurum per piece and the Eve equivalent of a eye patch costs - monocle costs 12,000 Aurum. This means most clothing items will cost you $18 in rl money and the monocle will cost you over a staggering $70 !!!!!!! Hopefully this will make people who were against MT in Lotro feel a bit better as it could be sooooo much worse.
  12. Again.. just to make sure everybody understands, I do not condone hacking, stealing, publishing people private data etc etc. However, its all well and good saying that if there were not hackers then not data would have to be encrypted, if there were no burglars then we wouldn't have to lock our doors and windows, but there is, so we take measures to try and ensure that our possessions are as safe as we can make them (to a reasonable degree). If your house is burgled and the police find that you left your doors and windows wide open with your possessions just lying around, whilst a crime has still been committed but how do think they are going to treat you? How do you think your insurance are going to react? So if we take sensible measure to ensure our homes are safe then why shouldn't companies take the same measures? I'm sorry that the world isn't the utopia that some people think that it is, until that it is then people need to take sensible measures such not using one password/username combination for everything, like companies encrypting ALL personal user data or is that too much to ask?
  13. What about the companies who appear not to care about security and leave your personal data open to attack. Do they not also share your scorn? Sega have admitted that their servers were compromised and that personal details were taken but that the passwords were encrypted. So is it okay that the passwords were encrypted but the rest of your user information such as your full name, address, username were not? My own opinion is that ALL Customer personal details should be encrypted not just passwords, but hey, it only seems to be a minority of people who think this way and the majority that think companies can do what they want and its the hackers who are to be blamed for everything.
  14. Sorry but I entirely disagree. The only thing that will get these companies to spend money to take the required steps to tighten security is a highly publicised security breach. Lets use Sony as an example. They were storing customer details on unencrypted files. Are you honestly saying that they needed to be told that this was very dangerous? I do not agree with hacking and publishing users details, never have and never will, but all the blame can not be targeted at just these hacking groups. If history tell us anything is that these companies will only ever change the way they operate if it affects there profit, nothing else. Sony paid a very heavy price for their lax security and there unwillingness to change. The attack on Sony should of been a warning to every other company to tighten their security yet we see breach after breach. Personal Details stored on unencrypted files in easy to target servers, well known glaring security holes on websites belonging to multi million dollar organisations that can be hacked by anybody with a basic understanding of how to use google. I am more angry at these companies then at the hackers because these hacks that are being used are not complicated sophisticated hacks being employed by intelligent, professional, very knowledgeable software engineers but by a bunch of sad lonely script kiddies.
  15. Anon and Lulzsec are different in so much as Anon goes after political targets and lulzsec.. well there in it just for lols. Lulzsec have just released their manifesto. Such accounts are impossible to verify, but LulzSec has apparently been stung by the response to its antics. Its new manifesto admits to having "a mass of enemies, albeit mainly gamers." As for the release of unencrypted usernames and passwords, hey, it's funny: Yes, yes, there's always the argument that releasing everything in full is just as evil, what with accounts being stolen and abused, but welcome to 2011. This is the lulz lizard era, where we do things just because we find it entertaining. Watching someone's Facebook picture turn into a penis and seeing their sister's shocked response is priceless. Receiving angry emails from the man you just sent 10 dildos to because he can't secure his Amazon password is priceless. You find it funny to watch havoc unfold, and we find it funny to cause it. We release personal data so that equally evil people can entertain us with what they do with it. Most of you reading this love the idea of wrecking someone else's online experience anonymously. It's appealing and unique, there are no two account hijackings that are the same, no two suddenly enraged girlfriends with the same expression when you admit to killing prostitutes from her boyfriend's recently stolen MSN account, and there's certainly no limit to the lulz lizardry that we all partake in on some level. But LulzSec says that those upset at the data releases have missed the point. LulzSec is bringing attention to real security issues; other hackers are doing the same things to the same sites, but they're keeping the information private, and probably preparing it for more nefarious uses. Do you think every hacker announces everything they've hacked? We certainly haven't, and we're damn sure others are playing the silent game. Do you feel safe with your Facebook accounts, your Google Mail accounts, your Skype accounts? What makes you think a hacker isn't silently sitting inside all of these right now, sniping out individual people, or perhaps selling them off? You are a peon to these people. A toy. A string of characters with a value. This is what you should be fearful of, not us releasing things publicly, but the fact that someone hasn't released something publicly. We're sitting on 200,000 Brink users right now that we never gave out. It might make you feel safe knowing we told you, so that Brink users may change their passwords. What if we hadn't told you? No one would be aware of this theft, and we'd have a fresh 200,000 peons to abuse, completely unaware of a breach. Or perhaps LulzSec is engaged in a philosophical game, holding up a mirror to Internet culture and its love of memes, scandal, and trivia. Do we not, as Internet users, demand to be entertained? And is not LulzSec providing that entertainment? We've been entertaining you 1,000 times with 140 characters or less, and we'll continue creating things that are exciting and new until we're brought to justice, which we might well be. But you know, we just don't give a living fuck at this point - you'll forget about us in 3 months' time when there's a new scandal to gawk at, or a new shiny thing to click on via your 2D light-filled rectangle… This is the Internet, where we screw each other over for a jolt of satisfaction. There are peons and lulz lizards; trolls and victims. If you want to blame someone, blame human nature—not the individual humans actually doing the hacks, leaking the data, and then logging into other people's accounts. "Nobody is truly causing the Internet to slip one way or the other," says the statement, "it's an inevitable outcome for us humans." The sad thing in most part they are right. If anything hopefully people learn that it is not wise to use 1 password for all of their accounts and to exercise more caution. What I do find sad is that the media in general as well as many people have aimed there total anger at Lulzsec and seemed to have forgotten that these Multi Million Dollar Companies that we in trust to hold our personal details in a secure environment and to employ safe guards against these attack are not quite clearly not doing so. A group of script kiddies should not be hacking these companies with such ease and our personal details being held on unencrypted files. So by all mean aim your anger at groups like lulzsec but please do not forgot to also aim your anger at the these companies as well.
  16. The issue with DDoS attack is that they are mainly used as a diversion to a real hack as Sony found out to their cost. It can be days after the actual DDoS attack that people find they have been indeed hacked. On a another note LulzSec have just release a text file containing 62,000 username and passwords they have obtained via their hacks over the last few weeks. I will admit that I download the text file as I have used some of the site they have hacked and was happy to see that my details are not listed on there although judging by the many tweets many peoples details are there.
  17. As a Eve player I was watching Lulzsec twitter feed last night. They called it "TitanicTakeoverTuesday" They attacked Eve, Minecraft, Escapist Magazine and League of Legends. They did not "hack" these site, it was DDoS attack.. (yes it is different ) Minecraft was only down for a short amount of time. The CCP decided to completely take down all their servers as soon as it was aware of the attack. Everything was back online at approx 3am. Whilst many people are against what Lulzsec is doing, they are proving a very important point in so far as the security that many companies are employing is very very poor. The attack on Sony showed that they were storing user details in unencrypted plain text files. They recently performed an attack on the NHS and the same thing again, however they did not release any of the information and instead gave advice to the NHS on how to beef up their security. The have hacked a couple os sites but not released any info and advise them how they did it. Personally I am not bothered about the actions of lulzsec, but how easy they have found it to hack into these sites/servers and obtain unencrypted data. That is what people should be worried about.
  18. Also its not just the CM Lotro Forum, its all of the CM Forums
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  20. Validoom


    Hey all Just want to so thanks for the forum and hopefully it will have a long and productive life
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