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Letter from Executive Producer Rob Ciccolini (May 16, 2018)

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On 6/2/2018 at 2:28 PM, Almagnus1 said:

No, but I know that what he's referring to is basically a Sharia compliant version of women...

It doesn't seem so. While he may be throwing in heaps of hyperbole, there is a general underlying statement that many have made before about females in fantasy, nicely summed up with the "armour bikini" meme. Eastern modern fantasy is extremely guilty of doing that, while also adding in the whole furry/loli vibe for good measure. Even tasteful eastern fantasy, like Dark Souls, has Gwynevere ("amazing chest ahead") and Crossbreed Priscilla that have invoked rule 34 fairly easily. That was at least one of LotRO's good qualities: their representation of women (and men, really) wasn't so sexualised.

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1 hour ago, Doro said:

It doesn't seem so. While he may be throwing in heaps of hyperbole, there is a general underlying statement that many have made before about females in fantasy, nicely summed up with the "armour bikini" meme. Eastern modern fantasy is extremely guilty of doing that, while also adding in the whole furry/loli vibe for good measure. Even tasteful eastern fantasy, like Dark Souls, has Gwynevere ("amazing chest ahead") and Crossbreed Priscilla that have invoked rule 34 fairly easily. That was at least one of LotRO's good qualities: their representation of women (and men, really) wasn't so sexualised.

.... Have you not seen WoW?  Western games are just as five with that trope too. 

I mean if you really want to be a purist with that level of realism, stop playing video games and go join a Ren Fair.

That position is wholly indefensible, and you know it. Any that are trying to defend that position are either single digit IQ automatons or trolls. 

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44 minutes ago, Almagnus1 said:

.... Have you not seen WoW?  Western games are just as five with that trope too. 

I mean if you really want to be a purist with that level of realism, stop playing video games and go join a Ren Fair.

That position is wholly indefensible, and you know it. Any that are trying to defend that position are either single digit IQ automatons or trolls. 

What position is that, then? You seem to be imagining these stances being taken, so which are you applying here?

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6 hours ago, Doro said:

What position is that, then? You seem to be imagining these stances being taken, so which are you applying here?

Basically the stance that "eastern games are porn", which is a load of horse shit.

Also that western games somehow have the moral high ground because they're somehow more realistic with their depiction of women, yet completely falling to ignore that women of that era were basically property.

And it isn't imagined you idiot trolling mod, it's the exact stance psalm has taken. 

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4 hours ago, Almagnus1 said:

Basically the stance that "eastern games are porn", which is a load of horse shit.

Also that western games somehow have the moral high ground because they're somehow more realistic with their depiction of women, yet completely falling to ignore that women of that era were basically property.

And it isn't imagined you idiot trolling mod, it's the exact stance psalm has taken. 

Take that chip off your shoulder, prick. You're responding to me (and with nonsense about realism, western fantasy superiority, and indefensible positions not being held, none of which was even mentioned), so take the time to read what's being said instead of using your spasticated brain to merge everyone into a single amorphous mass.

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3 hours ago, Doro said:

Take that chip off your shoulder, prick. You're responding to me (and with nonsense about realism, western fantasy superiority, and indefensible positions not being held, none of which was even mentioned), so take the time to read what's being said instead of using your spasticated brain to merge everyone into a single amorphous mass.

While as a rule I raise my nose high and frown when mods swear, this time I am 100% on the side of the "user Doro" ;) . The problem with a couple of trolls here, is that they spout venom and insults gratuitously, without any sense. It was with deepest shock that I saw one of them entering a debate once, with reasonable arguments. He was wrong of course ;) but rational. Thank the Paragons, most of the time they just try to upset people in nonsensical ways. 

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5 hours ago, Jedy2 said:

While as a rule I raise my nose high and frown when mods swear, this time I am 100% on the side of the "user Doro" ;) . The problem with a couple of trolls here, is that they spout venom and insults gratuitously, without any sense. It was with deepest shock that I saw one of them entering a debate once, with reasonable arguments. He was wrong of course ;) but rational. Thank the Paragons, most of the time they just try to upset people in nonsensical ways. 

Better to be called a troll than be a pretentious asshat like this idiot.

8 hours ago, Doro said:

Take that chip off your shoulder, prick. You're responding to me (and with nonsense about realism, western fantasy superiority, and indefensible positions not being held, none of which was even mentioned), so take the time to read what's being said instead of using your spasticated brain to merge everyone into a single amorphous mass.

What part of "X-rated = porn" don't you understand?

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7 minutes ago, Almagnus1 said:

Better to be called a troll than be a pretentious asshat like this idiot.

What part of "X-rated = porn" don't you understand?

What part of "I'm not psalm" don't you understand?

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On Friday, June 01, 2018 at 8:32 AM, warspeech said:

I'm looking for a new game to spend time in, so I decided to resurrect my Guild Wars 2 account and see how it plays these days.  It seems like they're getting a mini-surge of new players lately.

They're running a sale on their expansions till June 8, you can get 30% off either one or both together with the promo code  "WelcomeToGW2"  Their twitter feed has the details and store link.   @GuildWars2

I'm going to try it this weekend and If it feels like I'd want to start playing this over the summer, I'll go ahead and buy them both on sale.

 

I'm enjoying GW2 a lot, so I went ahead and bought the expansions on sale today (standard versions).  

I logged in to LOTRO today to see what things looked like after the class changes, and I think I'll wait till the dust settles, people don't seem too happy with things and the classes I tend to play the most seem really messed up.

If I'm going to have to learn how to play a class all over again, I'd rather learn something completely new in GW2.

 

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4 hours ago, warspeech said:

I'm enjoying GW2 a lot, so I went ahead and bought the expansions on sale today (standard versions).  

I logged in to LOTRO today to see what things looked like after the class changes, and I think I'll wait till the dust settles, people don't seem too happy with things and the classes I tend to play the most seem really messed up.

If I'm going to have to learn how to play a class all over again, I'd rather learn something completely new in GW2.

 

1 - Expansions? How many are there now?

2 - Apart from RKs and Blue Hunters, no hatred seems forthcoming. I only had the time to play my Blue Guard in raid today - and it's not worse off. Sure, the over-reliance on Challenge and Warchant is a thing of the past, but I think I can compensate with more DPS. Rotation is slightly different, the other Guard went Red and did not complain. :)

3 - Funny thing about GW2 - I enjoyed it until on max level my Female Guardian was forced into a steel bikini.  That, and the constant rolling around on the floor... Now I have ESO, LOTRO, finishing PoE 2 Deadfire, will happily receive info on whether GW2 is worth coming back to. Still Buy to Play I assume?

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10 minutes ago, Jedy2 said:

1 - Expansions? How many are there now?

2 - Apart from RKs and Blue Hunters, no hatred seems forthcoming. 

3 - Funny thing about GW2 - I enjoyed it until on max level my Female Guardian was forced into a steel bikini.  That, and the constant rolling around on the floor... Now I have ESO, LOTRO, finishing PoE 2 Deadfire, will happily receive info on whether GW2 is worth coming back to. Still Buy to Play I assume?

Two expansions, Heart of Thorns and Path of Fire.  I got them both for just under $38, that price is good thru June 8 - check the GW2 twitter from last week for the promo code and the link to buy them.  You need to use that link to get the promo code to show up, at least that's how it was for me.  Still buy to play, no sub.  Don't know about the steel bikini, so not sure what to say about that. I'm only level 18 so far.  I got two level 80 boosts as part of the standard version of the expansions.

Lots of people around, the zone scaling seems to work really well, and if you're in an area that doesn't have a lot of people, they ask you if you want to go to a more populated version of the area and just zap you there if you want to.  There are mounts in the game now but I think that comes at the higher levels.  Chat is active, guilds are recruiting.

At the very least it'll be a nice change of scenery for me for a while.  

Yeah, in LOTRO two of my 100+ chars are blue hunters and I'm not up to figuring out all the changes.  Maybe later in the year (but probably not).

 

 

 

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On ‎6‎/‎4‎/‎2018 at 12:23 PM, Doro said:

What part of "I'm not psalm" don't you understand?

That doesn't matter to him.  You oppose him, so you're his enemy.  And you will continue to be so from now on.

Even if he 100% agrees with what you post, he will take a contrary stance just to try to gainsay and invalidate your thoughts.  There's something wrong with him.

I mean, he's defending THIS...…..

 

……..with his pants around his cankles.

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Star Trek Online just released its latest expansion today.  Now you can play as a Jem'Hadar, and all players get an extra character slot for free 

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18 hours ago, psalm8818 said:

That doesn't matter to him.  You oppose him, so you're his enemy.  And you will continue to be so from now on.

Even if he 100% agrees with what you post, he will take a contrary stance just to try to gainsay and invalidate your thoughts.  There's something wrong with him.

I mean, he's defending THIS...…..

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……..with his pants around his cankles.

I don't know what's sadder:

A.) You think a char creation screen is porn (you sick pedophile)

Or

B.) You somehow have interpreted my objection to your calling all eastern games porn as a defense of a rather bland (at best) MMO.

17 hours ago, cossieuk said:

Star Trek Online just released its latest expansion today.  Now you can play as a Jem'Hadar, and all players get an extra character slot for free 

That's good that STO is still kicking.  Does it have LotRO's technical issues? 

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On a related thought, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kawaii is relevant because Kawaii is so baked into the Japanese culture that the Japanese make this sickeningly cute things because that's normal for them, and that aspect of the Japanese culture has likely influenced Korean tastes because it's something that's just part of Easter culture.  For better or for worse, it is what it is.

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14 hours ago, Almagnus1 said:

 

That's good that STO is still kicking.  Does it have LotRO's technical issues? 

Only just started again after a bit of a break, but nothing to bad.  Ground combat is still rubbish but the space combat is fine.  Queue times for group space battles are short.  Also the Jem'Hadar start at level 60, level cap is now 65, with some decent gear, so you can start the new story line right away

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I've read this forum for a number of years and knew idiots like Sapience frequented here just to spur his anger to muster up the courage to go on his mass revenge bans. I also knew his minions were here too, keeping him informed of any new dissent. And so it is the tradition still holds true. Just a different idiot and different minions. I rarely log on to the dungheap that is LotRo and when I do its mainly to talk with friends who still play. The remainder is to laugh at all the ocd idiots who feel LotRo gives them a sense of purpose in their empty lives. Those players who think the game is ever enduring even in the face of facts and statistics that clearly show the game is in a slow constant decline. Those players who know very well the story and its climax has passed, yet they wish the game to continue to the end of time. Bring this fact up on the forums and they get triggered and fire off their repeating rifle in the most fastidious of manners all the while ignoring the obvious.

By posting here and displaying my character names and server has served a purpose for letting the minions do their work. In turn giving them even more validation for the useless purpose in life. So it is I have a new badge which I have no use for other than to provide even more meaning to such as previously mentioned. The Funberry types can thank me later at some other junction in their life when they require something more to sustain. Just for the record it is a very bad signature just screaming for attention of some level I cant fully comprehend.

To show my thanks and just for a brief giggle I will be sending a package to the idiot supreme from here. https://bagofdicks.com/  I'm not sure which product to send. The one with the singing theme that won't stop for two hours looks appropriate. I'm up for suggestions. Tbh I was always wanting a reason to send such a gift and this seems the right moment. See I enjoy having fun and can even laugh at a prank played on me. What is life for if a person can't laugh along the way, so I hope this one can be taken in stride and appreciate the light hearted thank you from me when it arrives.

The only question there is left for me and the readers is can the Funberry types kept it a secret and enjoy the humor or will they run to the idiot supreme and beg for some when they arrive, because you know when one sword swallower knows another will get some tonsil massage they get jelly. If in case its the latter, you'll have to hurry cause Sev will likely have bought some over priced ditchweed from Cord and both will have the munchies. Don't fret, since I haven't paid "my logo is a big dick" games a penny in years I can afford to send some more to those minions as well. If interested just ask here and I will oblige.

 

For some time my only interest in LotRo beyond what I already mentioned is PvMP as a creep. Why? Because I know when I kill the OP side, for those ocd types the kill causes them real pain. They spend endless hours chasing the carrot only to find all the effort when they enter the Moors is all in vain. They spend untold dollars to be the hero just the be corpse jumped and /ruded by my BA. The more the balance is skewed the more I enjoy the challenge and its reward.

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Long time lurker. Just made an account to say that I agree with @psalm8818 about the female designs in Bless and other modern MMOs. It's not being an "SJW" to object to such cynical objectification. It can reflect a socially conservative perspective or, as I should hope, a commonsensical perspective. I suspect the other user is a troll. 

Anyway, I hope Lotro dies. It lingers on in a dilapidated state, but it's been dead since the Great River update for me. I think at this point Turdbin *ahem* Standing Still Games will do nothing (because they have no money) and then shut it down when it becomes literally unplayable. 

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15 hours ago, Smitty said:

Long time lurker. Just made an account to say that I agree with @psalm8818 about the female designs in Bless and other modern MMOs. It's not being an "SJW" to object to such cynical objectification. It can reflect a socially conservative perspective or, as I should hope, a commonsensical perspective. I suspect the other user is a troll. 

Or maybe comments like these just reflects the cultural ignorance of the poster and little more....

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11 hours ago, Trisswyn said:

Most asian type mmos have sexualized characters, including child looks. No need to deny what's evident.

Yeah, it's just a cultural difference =/

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On 6/25/2018 at 12:48 AM, Smitty said:

1 -  I suspect the other user is a troll. 

2 - Anyway, I hope Lotro dies.

@1 - They both are!  :)

@2 - Why? If some people enjoy it, let it be. There are so many MMOs I don't like, I never thought about wishing them to die. 

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On 5/24/2018 at 12:43 PM, Jedy2 said:

Looks like Runescape to me... 30 dullahs for cheapest Beta??? Try ESO instead - for 27 quid I have ESO + Morro + Summer. Decent game. Too many Elves of course... :(

 

http://massivelyop.com/2018/06/28/legends-of-aria-has-a-huge-graphics-upgrade-in-store-for-closed-beta-as-it-kicks-off-a-community-scavenger-hunt/

 

I'm still watching this game and I continually like the direction. ESO? Meh, no thanks

Sandbox with open world pvp all the rest are extras imo. The dev player feedback loop looks functional and I do like that. The changes and implementation are fast. The company seems open and far more transparent than say SSG. I will continue to follow their progress.

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On 6/28/2018 at 5:38 PM, Jedy2 said:

Why?

Because I want to see if another developer take a shot at the IP. And I don't approve of the continuing manipulative practices of Turdbin. 

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