Jun 5th 2010 4:31PM I have canceled my 3 month recurring subscription as I despise cash shops.
I love the lore and have been playing the game off and on since it was released. The game had finally won me over from WoW full time over a year ago. The free to play announcement completed changed that and I canceled my sub the afternoon they made the announcement.
We've essentially been paying Turbine for them to switch their model instead of paying for new content. I was very close to getting a lifetime sub but I'm glad patience won out as I'd be stuck. I'm disheartened as the community is the best in any MMO, imo.
On a side note, it seems Turbine is putting all their eggs in one basket with F2P. I thought it would never to come to LOTRO so they could stay diversified. I think as more and more newer F2P MMOs come out and newer P2P blockbuster MMOs come out the weaker F2P games will suffer and die off. Will that happen to DDO or LOTRO? Who knows but there is definitely some risk.
Best of luck to Turbine.
May 18th 2010 2:31PM "The reason that it's pointless to be making something else dedicated to TOR is that it's redundant. Those who like TOR already know the latest info before it's updated on Massively. "
The main flaw with your argument is the assumption that everyone is like you and doing what you're doing. They're not. Hence the value of this article and those like it. See next section for further clarification.
"Those people not doing that have less of an interest but may be turned off my being bombarded"
It's not a lack of interest that is an issue but the lack of time. This is where Massively excels, especially for people like me who are short on time. I can quickly come here and find quick info about the MMOs that I like and ignore the rest.
"I mean it's starting to feel like Massively it's trying to convince people that TOR will be amazing."
I'm not sure where you're getting this from. Massively is just doing what they advertise: reporting on MMOs. I haven't even seen an editorial or opinion piece done for TOR on this site. Besides, I don't think Massively has to try and convince anyone of TOR being amazing. Why shouldn't it be? The amount of money and time Bioware is putting into this game, especially in the face of their EA overlord, should be commended.
"Couldn't Massively be providing information on something that at least has a release date.. or a game which gameplay we can at least talk about without half of it being guesses and assumptions based off screenshots"
Huh? Didn't you just finish criticizing Massively for posting redundant information? Besides its up to Bioware to release information about their game not Massively.
Again, hype can only affect you if you let it. And if you let it, don't go around making illogical arguments and complain about hype.
May 17th 2010 7:44PM What kills me is how people talk about hype like they can't avoid it.
Don't like hearing about SWTOR?
1) Don't click the read more link, let alone make a post complaining about it.
2) Don't subscribe to the twitter feed.
3) Don't go to the TOR website.
Easy. Have some will power and self control.
May 11th 2010 2:58PM Actually, just went to their FAQ: http://us.battle.net/realid/faq.html
"Battle.net's Real ID system is a new, optional layer of identity..."
"Real ID is a system designed to be used with people you know and trust in real life -- friends, co-workers and family -- though it's ultimately up to you to determine who you wish to interact with in this fashion."
So this system is not like an STO global identity system to keep in touch with your online friends. It's for real life friends. This context of of the article is very deceiving.
I'm all for global identity systems like xfire, which allow you to expose as much or as little personal information as you wish, to track you across multiple games. I have a great time with online friends but there is a limit to how much personal information I expose without really knowing someone.
I'll definitely use RealId as I do play Blizzard games with a couple of coworkers but it will be limited to just them. My WoW guildies and online friends will not be on this system.
May 11th 2010 12:53AM I don't get how people are deducing that Massively is being impartial or having a "tone" from this 200 word article? The majority of the article is just stating news that has been released. This is an MMO news site. I don't play STO but I'm always interested in what they are doing.
May 1st 2010 9:08AM My second chance MMO has been LOTRO. I tried it back when it came out when I was deep into WoW. I rolled an LM and quit by level 14 when I hit the GB area. I couldn't stand that the game didn't really have mods or much control over the UI. I came back when MoM hit and rolled an RK. I had a blast and came to appreciate the lack of mods and also really enjoyed the mature community. I've been playing ever since.
Oct 14th 2008 5:00PM Slow can be used on bosses, while it doesn't actually slow a boss it does put the debuff on him so that TtW can work. At least it did at one point in beta.