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Posted: Jan 1st 2009 3:27PM (Unverified) said

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I'll leave lotro so fast it'll make your head spin.

Total bull.

Posted: Jan 3rd 2009 8:27AM (Unverified) said

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It could be good for your little black book and your complexion. RTM could set a ton of people free from their time sink. :)
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Posted: Jan 1st 2009 4:05PM Softserve said

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I think it's extremely unlikely that they'd work this in to any existing game. They do have other things going on and honestly I wouldn't be surprised if this happened for anything they do in the console space.

Either way, I think it would be smart for most any MMORPG-centric company to have an employee that understands this system and can keep track of it for them.

Posted: Jan 1st 2009 8:21PM (Unverified) said

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Actually with all the RP outlets in LOTRO (houses, music, outfits) makes sense for RMT items.

Posted: Jan 1st 2009 9:20PM Lateris said

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Umm...no/ does everyone in America have be so damn greedy, stupid, and trendy?

Posted: Jan 2nd 2009 12:29AM (Unverified) said

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This site ran an interview with Jeff Steefle (CEO of Turbine) a few months ago where he was quoted saying that he wanted to do away with LotRs monthly sub.

New fiscal year....

Surprise, get ready for the Visa based loot.

Posted: Jan 2nd 2009 9:03AM Tom in VA said

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I always love to see the "Chicken Littles" come out whenever microtransactions are mentioned.

If Steefle really wants to eliminate the subscriptions via MTs, I say it's worth considering. If LotRO offered special armors, mounts, etc., for a price in an MT transaction, I see no harm in that.

People who play in families are looking for ways to play games concurrently (i.e., via multiple accounts). Subscription-based games are just too pricey to do that. MT-based games, however, allow players to pick and choose what they pay for.

Ideal MTs are "add-ons" that they game should be perfectly playable without purchasing, an example might be paying $5 to allow your characters to do the mount quests at level 30 instead of 35 or the purchase of extra character slots or additional vault space, etc.

I don't see MTs coming to LotRO any time soon, but I do not fear them -- as long as they are handled in the right way.
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Posted: Jan 4th 2009 11:54AM Lateris said

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If this happens the game will loose half its population and never recover. The LOTRO customer is not the same as the mere consumer market. They are making a huge mistake.

I now see Turbine taking the same route of SOE if it is true. And their sense of integrity will be damaged. This market is more trendy and frail than the music industry.

They should not do this with this game. This is what an investment of 40 million does. It screws over your customers.

Well done... let the Visa loot begin.
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Posted: Jan 2nd 2009 3:35AM ReijMan said

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If its more then RP-stuff, I'm out of there, lifetime subscription or not..... But on the other hand, I kinda trust them with LOTRO, they've been doing nothing but good.. imagine:
- 10hour full-account buddy code for €1
- uploaded textures (clothing paintings in house)
- uploaded music (music system² or in house)
- guild-forum / website
- phone chat-interaction with kinship-channel

Let's wait and see...

Posted: Jan 2nd 2009 9:50AM (Unverified) said

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I got a survey by email from Turbine recently, and it focused pretty heavily on my reactions to adding micro-transactions to LOTRO. I made my thoughts pretty clear to them, but I don't know. Kinda looks like they're going full-steam ahead with this terrible capitalist idea.

Greed. For shame.

Posted: Jan 2nd 2009 6:29PM (Unverified) said

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This makes 100% sense for DDO and Asheron's Call. Lotro I dunno.

Posted: Jan 2nd 2009 9:35PM (Unverified) said

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Oh please, no!
I think that buying ingame items for real money would be like buying gold from a goldfarmer -> something that I dont do! Now if this is required to advance in the game, then how is that playing a game anymore?
It is more of a "the one with the most money wins". Thats not fun to play and I will go elsewhere (not sure where right now because right now there is not much, I heard Age of Conan is kinda OK meanwhile though).
I dont have to play MMOs though, there are other ways to waste my time with.
I also think it would come close to betrayal over their lifetimes subscriptions, since the actual value of the subscription would be signifficantly reduced that way. That is just my personal opinion though.

Posted: Jan 3rd 2009 8:25AM (Unverified) said

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WoW does RMT but they do it with a Real Life Card game. They don't add any weapons or buff items in the sets of course. I am sure those who pull out LOTRO will live life better for not having to waste their time in an MMO they wouldn't enjoy because someone has the money to get something better then themselves. I mean after all why try to inject a way for a live experiment on social and economic values be placed in a game that is fantasy, Right, Right. You can go back to your D&D games if all else fails, or if that doesn't work, after all you know the Sun and friends are waiting for ya, you know, outside. Don't worry so much about RMT, in the long run you could get a nice tan and get back to the mall and spend money on real life buff items or clothing that makes your rump look smaller ladies or for you guys enlarge your weapon, if ya know what I mean :P. When you look at the possibilities, and believe me they are endless, go head, go outside, don't worry the radiation from the sun is much better for ya then the indoor pollution from your computer and dust partials that randomly fly about.

Posted: Jan 4th 2009 10:05PM (Unverified) said

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Of course WoW doesn't sell armor and weapons using an RMT model. Why would they? You can AFK in battlegrounds and arenas and magically get epics. That f'ing game is so ezmode it's ridiculous. Yes, I played it for 4 years before leaving in disgust.
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Posted: Jan 3rd 2009 9:39AM (Unverified) said

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Posted: Jan 4th 2009 12:39PM Lateris said

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Lesson learned for me. Here is is his thread- thanks man.

For what it is worth, one of the LoTRO devs frequents the EU forums and had this to say about it.

http://community.codemasters.com/fo...r.php?u=2944962


I think everyone in this thread that is distraught / angry / confused just needs to take a step back, and relax. Different transaction models are sometimes looked at to provide an alternative to the different type of gamers out there. I think our lifetime subscription was actually quite popular in Europe and in North America, but that sort of model would never work over in a place like Asia, where micro-transactions are the standard.

When people look at articles like this, you would think doomsday is coming and everyone should pack their bags and run.

Seriously people, we are not going to be selling the [sword of a thousand truths] for $50 that allows you to one shot all our or raid bosses, even if we decided to go with micro-transaction in the first place.
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Posted: Jan 5th 2009 10:13AM (Unverified) said

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Western players of MMORPG's are not going to accept "Macrotranscams" and a $14.99 sub fee.

And with SOE doing this at least they will do it badly and fail.

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