How To Murder Time 2.39: Too many MMOs!

This week we’ve been playing games again. I know, big shock.

  • inFamous
  • Lord of the Rings Online
  • Age of Conan
  • Guild Wars 2
  • Everquest 2
  • Star Trek Online
  • Planetside 2
  • Fastwer than Light
  • Guns of Icarus Online
  • Assassin’s Creed 2
  • Grid 2
  • Puzzles and Dragons
  • Tiny Death Star
  • Proteus

This may not be a healthy number of gamers for two people to play in a fortnight.

10 thoughts on “How To Murder Time 2.39: Too many MMOs!

  1. Wish says:

    Tim’s description of the Moria coins seems to be like the Astral Shards in DDO: can roll the Daily Dice(essentialy the Hobbit’s Birthday thing) for them, reroll loot on chests, reper and buff equipment, even a Astral shard auction house. Would be intrested to see if anyone who plays Ashron’s Call has the same kind of thing. Do wonder what Turbine is smoking these days…

  2. FTL is a really great game and this week they announced that they are adding content to it early in 2014 at the same time as they’ll be releasing an iPad version. http://goo.gl/Gp26KZ

  3. mbp says:

    I strongly disagree with your complaint that Turbine are straying from Tolkien lore. I recently had the pleasure of taking an excellent University level course which examined in some detail the implementation of Tolkien’s Middle Earth in books, films and the game Lotro. Never having studied literature before this was a real eye opener to me and one of the most impressive things I learned was just how faithful Turbine’s implementation is to Tolkien’s world. Even rocks and trees described in the books are faithfully reproduced in the game. I never realised this as a player but if you actually ride through Turbine’s landscape while reading from the books it is absolutely striking. You have to remember that Tolkien envisaged an entire world and far more stuff was going on than just the adventures of Frodo and Gandalf. Even the war of the ring was a much bigger event than the familiar battles of Helm’s Deep and Gondor. Sauron’s forces ranged far and wide and there were major battles fought all over Middle Earth. I think most of us came to the game with only a hazy recollection of the detail in the books further simplified by Peter Jackson’s distillation of the highlights for his film trilogy and forget just how big Tolkien’s world was. You can read more about the Dunland here for example: http://tolkiengateway.net/wiki/Dunland

    The course I took came from Coursera and was given by a Prof Clayton from Vanderbilt University. I highly recommend it if it if it runs again. Here is a link: https://class.coursera.org/onlinegames-001/class

    On the other hand I do agree with your discomfort about Turbine’s hard sell cash store tactics. I fully understand the game needs to make money but I just wish they could be more subtle about it. Wait till you get to Rohan (mounted combat is really terrific by the way). You get this immensely powerful warhorse but the only colour on offer is the most generically drab grey. It is such an incredibly bland shade that it is hard to describe it as a colour at all. The only way to paint your horse is to buy colours from the cash shop at hefty prices.

  4. Akely says:

    Although I love exploring and generally just pottering around in LotRO I must admit that I hate the way Turbine are constantly sticking the collection box in my face. I find it a huge immersion killer.

    Nice also to hear we can use the Steam group to pimp other games. I think you know what I will pimp. Soon, when I get the time.

    • Stemline says:

      I totally agree. The feeling I get when I go into Lotro nowadays is that I’m being farmed.

      I want to go to Lotro to chill out in Tolkien’s Middle Earth, not in some giant shopping mall. Which is what it’s become. The clumsy marketing approach undermines what is still a good game with many good features.

      It’s not Sauron and his orcs who are a danger to Middle Earth, it’s Mammon, and the men in suits!

      • jonshute says:

        I’ve actually jumped back in to take a look so I can rant about it. Sometimes playing a game gives you 10 minutes of podcast content very easily :)

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