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Posted: Nov 15th 2010 8:43AM Ocho said

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I like lore in my games... a LOT of lore. It is the true backbone of the game itself and why I play it... I played WoW for a LONG time because I loved the lore that came from WC1, 2, 3 and the expansions. I play LotRO (still Yay that it went F2P and I don't have to make an absolute choice about which game to play this month... but thats another article), which has a MASSIVE amount of Lore and although the game doesn't show everything, the devs have found great ways to throw that lore into the game and put tons of easter eggs for those really committed to it. Star Trek Online (and SWtOR when it drops) also have tons of lore to pull from for story ideas. Yes, give me lore, give me novels worth of it. I want to feel like I'm in a created, fully stocked world. If the game doesn't feel deep, then I don't feel immersed. Sadly, thats how WoW is starting to feel for me... the new storys and plots feel contrived, for lack of a better word, and just doesn't feel that deep anymore... but thats just my opinion...

Posted: Nov 15th 2010 6:06PM Graill440 said

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Any person with a brain and some creativity can write great lore, that and a spreadsheet, What i would like are titles to work as advertised according to the lore. Nothing out there, nothing does this. Maybe because the public cant handle it?

I will use LOTR as a great example, beautiful, but lifeless. There is no fight between good and evil, there is no fear, and no fighting npc's doesnt constitute fear as the ai sucks in that game, nothing npc hunts anyone in that game, thus nothing to worry about other than you being numbered properly for whatever epic dungeon instance your going into.

The elaborate LOTR lore as it needs to be but is not. The fight between good and evil. Evil stalks the land in search of...something, Players always on guard for they will never know when they may be attacked, if ever. Vast lands in which incursions into the free peoples lands or mordor have consequences or finality.

What LOTR lore is right now. Fight npcs in numbered dungeons as long as you meet the gear requirement. Once you hit a certain level and pay to access the ettens you can play limited pvp in a small area during certain times, anything outside and the areas will be empty.

You can play the ettens knowing the dev intent was to have the monster players out number the free peoples and fight to near draws in epic battles, one side barely winning, this never happens as the same people that have free peoples have monster players, one side steamrolls, then switches back, a dead pvp game, no lore flip flopping happens daily. dead, lifeless.

Again thats the best example of what not to do out there with lore, especially when its handed to you and you need only build around it.

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