Monday, May 14, 2007

the fun . . . um . . . or cool factor in LOTRO

I was just reading an article comparing WoW and LOTRO and the argument seemed to be stemming around what was innovative and what was fun about the two games. I borrow a couple of those ideas below. Anyway it got me to thinking about what y'all are finding fun in this game and what fun are you having here in this game, that you couldn't have in another game.

1- /Music—For me, I've been liking the /music command. I don't think I've ever seen that in another MMO. I haven't been going crazy with it or anything, but I think it's a cool idea. I wonder if there are any rare musical instruments out there for the /music command. That would be awesome.

2- The LOTR story elements—You're not going to find them anywhere else.

3- The titles—They come quickly and with a variety. It's just a fun option.

4- Built in VOIP—It was a smart move. I don't know how it implements in a raid setting, but it's a good step in the right direction.

5- Evil is evil—You know in WoW how if you came across a horde player, you'd type /wave and kind of run past them . . . and in EQ, iksars were just good buds with wood elves outside of their towns. In LOTRO, evil is evil and you can't play evil outside of the MP. Evil isn't just a misunderstood group of opposing races.

6- I don't know a lot of people—there's kind of an initial rush for me of trying to get to know new people without coming off as a complete freak. The people that I do know that are in this game already are great people from a previous guild I was in.

Other than that, I can go on any other MMO and find a quest to kill X amount of this or that or gather an amount of this or that and turn it in for xp and gold or items. I'm not sure if I've yet found the "coolness" factor in this game, though. There has to be something that really makes it sing, or this is going to be a short trip in this MMO for me. I need the coolness factor.

I have no idea what end game gear is going to be like. Hopefully that is where the really cool stuff goes down or that is where I will feel like I've been through or witnessed something amazing.

Please feel free to chime in if you have an opinion about it.


Bpaul said...

Finally got your blog bookmarked and set in my live feed thingy, and you're like a week ahead of my reading now. GAH.

As for the game -- MMO's were their own "cool factor" for me. The whole thing... the fact that there was another person across the screen from me, and everywhere.

I remember when I first started Everquest... I used to just sit for hours in cities and watch folks run around and dance and talk etc. It just tripped me out.

Now that that's gone... I don't know what kind of hook would work for me. I took my passel of friends from WOW and left, I keep the friends and the game can take a hike far as I'm concerned LOL.

Big Love,


stingite said...

That's a good point. I think a lot of non-fantasy fans are experiencing that MMO newness cool-factor in the game Second Life. Have you heard about that? It's really pretty cool conceptually. I hear some big businesses are actually encouraging their employees to go into the game and represent their companies there. Wild.

I actually did run into an MMO newbie last night. I'll have to put up a post about it.

Thanks for reading, B. You have the now dubious honor of being the first to respond to a post on my blog.

Rock on.

Bpaul said...

<--- dubious

*slinks away*