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Posted: Oct 26th 2010 5:48PM Lenn said

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LotRO can be played in Europe as well. Your site is read in Europe as well (welcome to the Internet). How about some EU love in your articles? Landroval is not an official RP server. Europe actually does have official RP servers: one French, one German and one English.

Having said that, I agree with everything said in the article. It truly is a game for all ages. Be advised though that the game is not based on the movies, but on the book. No Viggo Mortensens or Elijah Woods in this game. Knowledge of the book is not a must, but it does make the game much more enjoyable. The attention to the little details that the design team put into it is admirable.

Posted: Oct 26th 2010 9:02PM alinos said

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My guess is the fact that they haven't gone free to play in europe i believe

so most of whats mentioned as a kinda come an play thing doesn't count there yet
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Posted: Oct 26th 2010 6:28PM Mr Angry said

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Let's add something about the community here.

In chat channels people with vulgar names tend to talk about very vulgar sex acts, drugs and the most disgusting acts with impunity. This is not just in the custom channels but commonly in the advice channel too. This can be referenced on the server forums, since the F2P influx, it's been on the rise and very little is being done about it. Trolling is seen to be the norm.

I will not let me children play this game until Turbine are serious about cleaning up chat. They can not produce a game for the teen market and not expect to police it, it's not reasonable.

I would say to other parents that this game is a lot of fun for teenagers, but please exert pressure on Turbine to deal with customer service issues responsibly, to police chat channels properly. While some may say grow a thicker skin, I strongly feel if they are targeting the game at youngsters, all content needs to be age appropriate.

From what I've seen the customer service team are not taking complaints seriously and people are free to say pretty much what they want. It might not be like this on all server, but the three popular ones I've been playing on, same problems throughout.

Over to Turbine to outline how they plan to fix this problem.

Posted: Oct 26th 2010 9:45PM Boruk said

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If you read the Bullroarer patch notes, they have addressed some of the issues by giving you an option to report this:

There is now a “report as harassment” option when right clicking your chat window.
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Posted: Oct 26th 2010 6:55PM DiscoJer said

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Yeah, as the above poster mentioned, some of the chat channels, GLFF in particular, should never, ever be visited by children. Well, anyone, actually. But while theoretically it's meant for looking for groups in practice it's the sort of horrible chat channel you find in most games...

Posted: Oct 26th 2010 7:08PM Graill440 said

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LOTR movies are bloody, and gory, were you commenting on some cartoon or alternate show, the Hobbit cartoon maybe?

The game however is indeed a very pleasant romp though the world of JRR. No evil, No feeling of doom if you fail, no watching your back as you enter darker lands, because you know the content will be beautiful and well made, the music choice and ambiance perfect for the setting and the feeling as cold and antiseptic as it can be, knowing for certain your group will triumph!

Perfect for children, not so much for true fans of the movies or the books as it is watered down to the point of all the monsters being "cute".

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Posted: Oct 27th 2010 5:41AM (Unverified) said

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I'm going to have to disagree with that opinion!
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Posted: Oct 26th 2010 8:47PM (Unverified) said

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Please note that you have the option of turning off specific chat channels. On your child's account you can turn off /ooc, /advice, /regional, /trade, what have you. I know some disable all channels except for their kinship channel. You can also block private tells from people not on your friends list. Of course, your kid could just as easily turn these back on, but that's another issue entirely.

Posted: Oct 26th 2010 9:28PM Xarnlen said

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One thing people are not doing is actually telling said people who are miss using the channels to behave, and if they do not listen report them. The GM's do look at channel violations and issues warnings/temp bans.

I am on Landroval and I have no qualms of speaking up and chastising usually from OOC chat in Advice/Regional or LFF to either move the chat to OOC or if they do not listen I report them.

See http://forums.lotro.com/showthread.php?361274-Community-Involvement-When-to-Report-and-When-to-Ignore for advice.

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