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07 July 2008 @ 10:20 am
on MMORPGs  
greg and I decided this long weekend to try Lord of the Rings Online's free trial. It's kind of fun, but sadly it crashes on greg's machine often enough we can't even enjoy the trail. It's got me thinking about why I liked WoW (which I started playing again this week, now that June's over.) LotRO has a lot of the features of WoW, but lacks a lot of the polish, but I think the real reason I played WoW after beta, other than my friends, was because of the silliness. I still remember in beta how I spent all the money I had (a whole 74 silver) for a mechanical squirrel as the infernals destroyed iron forge. My hunter, Gihr, was rolled solely to be a maker of mechanical squirrels.

Now I say this because I find I often don't read the quest text, so I don't get emersed in the story. It's a really horrible habit of mine, but it's a game, so I'm allowed to play it however I want.

Now I'm not saying that LotRO doesn't have a sense of wimsy. I've already got a feathered had that proves that they're not to serious, but WoW isn't afraid to be completely silly.

(Someone came up to Gihr, who was small because he'd used the world enlarger. The person said. "what's happened to you?" Girh linked the item and said, "Nothing's happened to me. It's happened to YOU!"
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Bryantbryant on July 7th, 2008 02:59 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that's a big difference between WoW and LOTRO. Which is somewhat funny, given that Turbine is the company that stuck a Tardis into Asheron's Call. Plus a spell of Camping Mastery. Plus cow tipping.

But Tolkien Enterprises takes the seriousness of the lore very, well, seriously...
just a guy made of dots and linescrs on July 7th, 2008 03:04 pm (UTC)
Dang, I still have my shrinkwrapped copy of LotRO waiting for someone else I know playing to break out... I should advertise that louder, I guess.