This post really should be in the GW2 thread, but whatever. Are there things I don't like about lotro? Yes... Are there things I wish they'd improve? Absolutely. But even with that said, I will never leave lotro for another game. Or another MMO I might say. When I first started lotro, back in 2008 it was the 4th MMO I had gotten envolved with. No game, including PC, xbox, sega, Wii, or any console for that matter has ever captured my interest like lotro has. I am dam right addicted, and happy to be so. Do I think I'd enjoy GW2 or any other game? Sure I probably would. But the 4 hard worked years of things which I have done or accomplished keeps bringing me back. Do I want to start all over with something? Just because it's new and unexplored? No not at all. Because you know what? Every single one of you came to lotro because it was unexplored and interesting at one point and here you go now to move on. If you do it once, you'll do it again.. which leads to alot of money and time.. and money.. and more time. I'm not interested in playing 8 more future MMO's that haven't been created yet. This game offers me enough to stay entertained. The beautiful thing about this game, if you get bored of playing one toon, or grinding one thing... so many different options of things to do. Many times, i'll chose to do something which I haven't done in a long time, and more often than not i'll tell myself "hey I forgot how awesome this was." Also, the realism of the mobs and surroundings are a must for me. I can't stand fighting something which is 1/2 dragon, 1/4 lion, 1/4 tenticle, 1/8 human, 1/8 demon, and 100% fairy. I don't want to drag this on and on as I am, but there is one more thing. The main reason why this game is awesome, is beacuse of the people you play with. I don't care if you've been here for 5 years, or 1 year. You've made a couple friends along the way, and their company is what brings us enjoyment. Luckily for many of us.. some of the old timers have stuck around with us, and from time to time, can reminisce on good times. So until all my friends officially retire (which won't ever happen) and lotro nerfs my WL to the original SoA build (I pray will never happen) then I'm happy right here. As I'm sure some of you are as well. Heres to the good times, and the many more lotro shall bring....
Whoa simmer down Blood! While to me LOTRO has taken a downward turn the past year or so, this is still a great game. I enjoy this game mostly because of the people in it, and I still have fun every time I log in. I try not to talk too much about other games in these forums or publicly in game because I know it's a sensitive issue for some people. It annoyed me with all the SWTOR talk before that launched, so I try to not go off too much about GW2 no matter how excited I am about it. With that said, people are going to do what gives them the most enjoyment. I don't think it's fair of you to tell all of us who want to try another game what we are going to do and how we're never going to be happy outside LOTRO. You're better than that, I know it.
To be completely fair, Guild Wars has been around longer than LOTRO. I just received my 6th year birthday presents a few months back in the original (which has been out for over 7 years) . I don't think we should get into an argument about who was here first. Not that you were necessarily, but many of us excited about GW2 have been looking forward to it since they announced it years ago (been in production for over 5, the complete life of LOTRO). Passing it off as the next fad will probably rile up people who have been waiting for this for years, I know I have. The people who are excited about it aren't looking for the next big thing, at least I don't think so. This is like SWTOR in the way that people were looking forward to that for years because they were fans of the lore/franchise not because it was the next big thing (Aion, Rift) and a lot of GW2 players are going to like it simply because it's Guild Wars 2. Same with Guild Wars, it has a large following and this game has been a long time coming. It's really the same reason we all wanted to play LOTRO, we're fans of The Lord of the Rings and were probably all excited when we heard about this game. Most of us also enjoy this game "because it's Lord of the Rings", a similar sentiment shared among GW fans.
Still, with all that said it sounds like this hits close to home for you for some reason, for that I'm sorry. Maybe some good friends are moving on? I can only speak for myself, but GW2 not having a monthly fee is huge. It means I can play both with no further financial commitment or worry about which game I'm getting money out of or even worse, choosing between them.
You're a good guy, this sounds like it came from a place of strong emotions so I'm sorry if some of your friends are moving on. Don't let it get you down though, you're a great player, fun to talk to, and you sound like you really love LOTRO and I'm sure you will for a long time to come
Well I do think you have taken my post the wrong way to be honest. I was merely stating why I like Lotro and why I will stick with it until the servers either blow up, or are shut down. Oh wait, Arks already blown up recently... Friends come and go.. especially virtual friends over online gaming. I've been a kin leader before, and now current tribe leader.. I know what it's like to have people vanish... as I'm sure all of us do. But to be fair, I didn't say you'd never be happy outside of Lotro.. If you find enjoyment out of lotro, then my best wishes to you all. And I thank you for all the good memories. Again, speaking solely on myself and why I stay with what I got... It's like that Sublime song.. come on all you know the one..
This is why variety and choices are good things. lotro is the ideal game for some people, but for me it's not.
It doesn't matter to me how much time I spent on my defiler, minstrel, or any other character. To me, it is/was just entertainment, like watching a movie but more interactive. That entertainment just isn't cutting it for me any more, and it hasn't been for a while. I like the moors, but I like gw2 pvp much much much more. I don't like lotro pve and haven't for a few years (and that won't ever change), but I love pve in gw2, including the mobs that don't have to fit specific licensing restrictions.
As I mentioned elsewhere, people who absolutely love lotro probably won't like gw2, and that's fine. Choice is good, and for some folks so is change. Regardless of whether people stay here or move on (or do both), people should do what they enjoy.
While I will miss regular interactions with people here, that's part of mmos and life in general. Friends come and go. Fortunately in this modern world there are ways to keep in touch even after people move on to other virtual worlds.
that other place: gassy.8975 -or- anonymouse.9053
Well said Blood Well said. True I know many people who are always biting at the bit to leave lotro, ( not you gassy my little dream boat). They make their posts about this game or that game they name their kinship waiting for so and so game. We hardly ever have a player to step up and said they love this game It is very nice to hear.
After 5 years of playing the same game I to have my complaints my dislikes and so on and so on. PVE is ok Ark never really took advantage of PVP stuff like that but I can tell you I love this game too. No matter how many times I take a break or say I will never go to the moors again bam in a couple of weeks I am out in the moors or leveling an alt or raiding in some way. This game took the story (Swtor) and the game play (WOW) and made something I love to log in and play.
So heres to you players of LOTRO heres to 5 years and to 5 more
I left for Rift for a few months until that game became stale. Why LOTRO is the game for me is because of the lore I really enjoy lotro lore and have since I was young. Its why no other game keeps me interested for more then a few months. The only thing that can ruin this game to the point its unplayable for me are the people responsible for bringing this game out in the open. Sadly its a bit of a catch 22 lol.
I've always found "the lore" to be one of the least attractive things about LotRO. Forces a certain linear play through the game, creates timing issues and gee, we know how this ends, don't we? Plus (gasp) I think Tolkien was a mediocre writer and Turbine's staff does nothing to improve the story. But that's my humble opinion.
GW2 will never be anything except generic fantasy to me and I despise most fantasy (sci-fi, yes, but elves and fairies, yuck). I read a lot of GW2 forum posts yesterday opining about the mediocrity of the personal stories there too - one poster said it was worse than Twilight.
LotRO is a lot like my house. Things are starting to show some $eriou$ wear and tear - I have a tree with roots threatening my patio, the exterior needs to be painted and I'd really like to finish the basement and remodel the kitchen. At some point I start thinking about just getting a different house. Especially if I could get a good deal. Of course I'd have to move to a new neighborhood, lose friends, buy new furniture, adjust to new crazy neighbors, etc. Just like leaving one mmo for another.
In the end, it all sounds like a lot of work. And I donwannawork, especially at having fun.
Plus I don't have warleader bubbles in that other game.
There's nothing wrong with staying with a game you've played for so long. Hell I can't seem to bring myself to quit after 5 years, but I need variety when it comes to video games. I can not play just one game. I need something different and it's no different with mmos.
I do agree with Gassy to a certain extent that it is just entertainment. Don't mistake my words though when I say that. The friends I have made here I consider friends but I know some feel the same way as I and get bored of playing one game all the time.
Will I ever quit this game completely? No, probably not. But with no desire to play my freeps as the pve content that side continues to disappoint me, I'm left with my creeps which is fine. I do enjoy my time spent in the moors and with my comrades but after a while I just need something else to play.
Even if I did play my freeps, the content comes out way too slow for me so I just get bored anyway.
I understand that some people may feel as though they get left behind when a new game attracts their friends(seems to be the main point of the post to me). Try not to take it personal. It is their money they pay to play these games and it's shiny new entertainment. Can't blame them, I don't anyway.
I'll continue to play lotro for years to come I imagine but am always looking to see what else is out there.
So my main point is variety never hurts. Play what you wish when you wish. And think for yourselves when it comes to this stuff. It's your money and your time. Friends are nice but don't let that decide how you spend said money and time.
Last edited by BladeofPurity; May 01 2012 at 05:06 PM.
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