Jan 13th 2012 6:59PM @(Unverified)
Ridiculous. Any brand new level 6 player can spend an hour farming light hides in the Shire and walk away with 1 gold for their efforts - more than enough to purchase a couple pieces of crit-crafted gear on the AH, which at least on my server, would sell for no more than 200 - 300 silver each.
Jan 1st 2012 8:20AM @DarkWalker
Blizzard has confirmed that there are MORE "former WoW players" than current ones, so yes.
Jan 1st 2012 8:11AM @Nenene
I guess they had to give it something. And to read the comments here, fanboys are surprised it didn't sweep every award.
Jan 1st 2012 7:53AM @Alph
Yeah, this was the only one that truly made me shake my head in surprise. LotRO players (and I was one) *know* this expansion was released unfinished, and were severely disappointed by it.
Dec 30th 2011 8:09AM I started 2011 intent on splitting time between friends in WoW and my significant other in LotRO. That didn't really to according to plan, as I burnt out completely on WoW finally after 5 years of playing it, and haven't logged back in since January. Turbine/WB also pushed me to the limit with their F2P/cash grab nonsense, so instead I migrated over to Rift.
2012 resolution? Asura Mesmer. As soon as humanly possible. C'mon ArenaNet, don't let a girl down!
Dec 28th 2011 11:37PM @aurickle Yep.
I was also in favor of LotRO going F2P, and defended it vigorously. Boy, have I been shown the error my ways. The game these days absolutely reeks of cash shop and cheap band-aids covering up very serious problems. WB/Turbine just doesn't care enough now to actually make their loyal long-time customers happy. It's all about grabbing a quick buck off the F2P crowd before they too get fed up and go elsewhere.
Dec 28th 2011 8:44AM @Miffy
Not all the money from box sales goes back directly to Bioware.
Dec 27th 2011 9:20AM @comps
Agreed. Perhaps all the complaining about LotRO slayer deeds (deeds I actually enjoyed doing, most of the time) is due to the "required" nature of them. You basically HAD to do the ones that unlocked your desired virtue, regardless of how much you liked or hated grinding. But as a totally optional feature...bring on the grind. Those that enjoy them can do them, and those that don't, won't.
Dec 27th 2011 7:46AM @(Unverified)
I played with a lot of fantastic people in WoW over the years, and I can only hope as many of them as possible migrate to GW2. And as far as influencing how the new community is going to turn out, the best thing we can all do is set the bar high by being kind and helpful ourselves, instead of demonstrating a "us versus them" or "go back to WoW" attitude. Lead with kindness, be patient and welcoming. That's mainly how the outstanding LotRO community withstood the mass influx of F2P players and still held on to its good reputation. The same thing should work for GW2.
Dec 21st 2011 8:12AM Marry: GW2. I can't even remember how long I've felt like this was the "one" for me. It was probably love at first sight. I'm looking forward to wedded bliss in 2012...hopefully.
Kiss: Rift. This is the MMO currently keeping me sane while waiting for GW2. It's diverting enough at present, but I know there's not enough substance to hold my interest for the long haul.
Kill: LOTRO...sadly. The game was fun enough (and their crafting system is awesome), but I feel like Turbine let me down in a big, big way. Their F2P practices focusing on a quick sale over really making a respectable game (including fixing some quite broken features) are what led me to eventually pull the plug on this relationship. I just lost all respect for them.