Posts Tagged ‘MMO Juggling’

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LOTRO — No Regrets

April 28, 2010

A sweet deal was offered on deals.woot the other day — the Lord of the Rings: Siege of Mirkwood Complete Digital Download with a free month of play for ten bucks! And so I did it, I went ahead and bought it. It was an offer I couldn’t refuse, even though my Minstrel is still a puny lowbie and it won’t be a while ’til I even reach the content offered in Mines of Moria let alone Siege of Mirkwood. But as far as MMORPGs go, it’s moments like these that don’t make me regret my re-sub to LOTRO one tiny bit.

To be honest, I was a little worried before this. The only reason I started playing LOTRO was because I saw the retail box on sale at EB Games for $4.89 (and that’s in Canadian dollars too!) last winter. I mean, damn, I’ve seen people buy cups of coffee that are more expensive. And with a free month in the bag as well, I figured it couldn’t hurt. So I played until Star Trek Online came around to suck up all my gaming time, leading to the cancellation of my LOTRO sub which, because of the circumstances, was a relatively guilt-free decision.

My re-sub to the game recently, however, brings the number of my concurrent MMO subscriptions up to 3, which is something I’ve never done before. I know my limits, and juggling games is NOT my forte. But I’ve been lucking out so far on good deals for this game, and I was heartened by the fact Turbine is known to throw out free content to their players on a regular basis (and I’m hoping this won’t change too much under the new Warner Bros. ownership). In any case, I feel like this is the least I’ve ever paid for an MMORPG with this much quality content. I’m not beating myself up for feeling like I didn’t log in enough this week, or scrambling to try to get the most bang for my buck. As far as I’m concerned, I already have.

What a great game. I’m still making my way through the Bree-lands right now, and am on the epic quest to meet Tom Bombadil. I have a feeling I’m about to express an unpopular opinion here, but I absolutely hated Tom Bombadil in the books and I was glad they skipped him in the movies. I’m sorry, but I don’t care how merry you are, anyone prancing up to me speaking in nonsensical songs will receive nothing but a swift kick to the ‘nads. But props to Turbine for managing to make his in-game persona actually likable, at least from what I can remember on my first time through this area on my Elf Champion. Maybe it’s the awesome music you hear in his house that did it for me.

Oh, Tom Bombadil...you scare me.

Creepy jolly forest-folk notwithstanding, I’m having fun in LOTRO so far. If anything, this is the first game that has ever made me play with the idea of getting a lifetime subscription. Last week marked the game’s 3rd anniversary, so it has proven it can stand the test of time.

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I Fail at Juggling

February 9, 2010

Honestly, every time I start up a new MMO, I think I should just drop any and all others that I have on my plate. Looking back at the last week and a half, Star Trek Online has taken up most of my gaming time. The fact that it’s new and shiny probably has a lot to do with it, but I also have the tendency to throw everything I have into something I enjoy. Yes, that’s correct: despite all the controversy surrounding this game, I do find it genuinely fun to play…at least for the time being.

This is why I’ve never had more than two MMO subscriptions at any given time. Trying to juggle MMOs is virtually impossible right now, with STO having staked a claim on my already limited attention. My Lord of the Rings Online account has barely been touched since the STO head start, and I’m pretty sure my poor elf has already been evicted from her hobbit house due to lack of upkeep payments.

I find that times like these are great for evaluating what I’m playing and the reasons behind it. If I’m playing a game just fine until something else comes along to make me completely forget about it, then I want to know why. And that answer’s pretty obvious right now: space combat just trumps swords and shields. LOTRO is still a great game, but after years of dabbling in the fantasy genre, I suppose it’s just time for something different.

While I’ve been known to play several MMOs concurrently (and I realize I bounce between them like a crack addict between dealers), my gaming priorities will always be what entertains me most. In that sense, I guess I’m really a one-game kinda girl. It’s a wonderful time to be an online gamer right now with so many available options on the market, but time will forever be the limiting factor. Even if I do let myself get engrossed in more than one game at a time, I can still only put aside so many hours for gaming per week.

So it is with great sadness that I must say good bye to my LOTRO sub now before my STO one kicks in, in about a month. Until the Trek hype dies down, my characters will always be waiting for me in Middle-earth.