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Posted: Feb 14th 2011 7:34PM Graill440 said

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Wow, just grasping at everything they can to bring in cash.

Posted: Feb 14th 2011 7:53PM DancingCow said

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@Graill440

I wouldn't go quite that far but.... I would go some distance in that direction. Especially for what is essentially a basic database operation.

And I can't really imagine the demand being what they say they expect it to be. Possibly handy for someone who has had their account hacked. But at $20 a character and with multiple characters per account that's still gonna hurt.
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Posted: Feb 14th 2011 9:53PM exe973 said

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Yes it's a basic database service, but essentially so is a character transfer, a race change, faction change ect. Nothing other games don't have an issue charging for.
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Posted: Feb 15th 2011 3:21AM pcgneurotic said

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@Graill440

What an utterly pointless remark. /golfclap
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Posted: Feb 14th 2011 7:52PM Utakata said

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Blizz does that for free. Imagine that.

Posted: Feb 14th 2011 9:51PM exe973 said

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If by free you mean it comes standard with a subscription to the game. LOTRO is subscription free, I think it's OK to charge for a service. Why must every thing immediately be compared to wow?
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Posted: Feb 14th 2011 10:59PM Utakata said

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@exe973

Because when a game does something right, I tend use it as an example. I'm sure there other examples with other games as well. /shrug

But consider this, and setting aside the P2P vs F2P arguement...if your LoTRO account gets hacked into, you will have pay threw the nose to get your characters back if you lose them. Do you think that's fair, when it's something they could quite likely offer it for free as well? Something tells me that Turbine is nickle and diming you on your misfortune. Just saying.
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Posted: Feb 15th 2011 12:23AM Interitus said

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@Utakata

Lotro did name changes for free before going F2P. After going F2P a lifer won't get enough free turbine points in a month to afford a name change.
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Posted: Feb 15th 2011 3:04AM hami83 said

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@Utakata You pay 180 bucks a year for WoW and you can literally pay zero dollars for LotRO.

Do you still think LotRO services should be free too cause WoW does it?
You do know WoW charges for pretty much every other database service don't you?

WoW
Character transfer : $25
Faction Change: $30
Race Change: $25
Re-customize Character: $15
Name Change: $10

So really. REALLY!? You're complaining about a $20 undelete character saying WoW does it better when doing simple data changes in WoW like a faction change costs $20 on top of the $15 a month you pay?
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Posted: Feb 15th 2011 3:06AM hami83 said

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@hami83 $30 for a faction change I mean.
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Posted: Feb 15th 2011 3:37AM Dril said

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@hami83

Tell me, how far could you get without paying. North Downs, perhaps? Maybe even into Evendim or Forochel if you saved your points and used sales wisely, but not beyond that.

Also: I paid my life sub ages ago; I'm not going to be charged for a service that should, by all accounts, be free.
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Posted: Feb 15th 2011 10:19AM (Unverified) said

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@hami83
Can't really compare often game saving service of restoring deleted characters usually after hacked account to convenience service of re-customizing/transfering character...
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Posted: Feb 15th 2011 11:02AM Utakata said

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Thankyou for pointing that out. Although that should of been obvious from the start...but I knew the LOTRO/F2P apologists would conveniently overlook this. As I said, taking away the P2P vs F2P arguements over this...perhaps it's because I mentioned Blizzard.

@hami83

As been pointed out, we're not talking about cosmetic changes (stuff I actually disagree with in regards to WoW and do not use), we talking about a basic restoration service, that you seem all too happy to get bilked over. But save it...until you lose your character you long worked on to a hack, and spend months having to re-roll it. Or pay to the nines to have it restored (or a bunch of them). I suspect then you will have a different opinion about then. Good luck to you in the meantime.
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Posted: Feb 15th 2011 12:58PM Nerves said

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@Dril

A lot of people have unlocked all the content that they can without paying a cent. I wouldn't want to, but it's been done.
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Posted: Feb 16th 2011 3:52PM aurickle said

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@Utakata
By the way, how do we know that LotRO will charge if your account gets hacked? The announcement is all about if YOU have deleted a character. If you get hacked that becomes a customer service issue and it's entirely possible that Turbine would restore your character(s) for free.

They might not. But it's certainly unfair to condemn them because you assume that they won't.
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Posted: Feb 16th 2011 6:01PM aurickle said

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@aurickle
Actually, they will restore characters deleted from compromised accounts for free. All you need to do is read the service's FAQ.
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Posted: Feb 14th 2011 7:53PM Integral said

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Blizzard with do this for free

Posted: Feb 14th 2011 8:03PM Nottom said

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I learned my lesson. I never delete characters in a fit of anger. Anymore.

I have no intention of ever playing WoW again so I contemplated giving away all my stuff and deleting my toons but I know that I'd regret that someday so I didn't.

I can't see paying $20 to have one undeleted.

Posted: Feb 14th 2011 8:11PM (Unverified) said

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^ What those two said.

Blizzard do this for free.

Posted: Feb 15th 2011 1:01PM Nerves said

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I believe if you have a compromised account (hacked), turbine will offer this service free of charge. That's what the dev alluded to , in any case. There will be more info next week, when they announce the ability to roll back hacked characters.
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