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Posted: Dec 7th 2011 3:11AM DancingCow said

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They feel the need to reward players with special currency for using a group finder?

wtf?!

Posted: Dec 7th 2011 6:14AM Joburack said

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The whole instance rewamping lotro has gone through, has narrowed the game down to its cities. Here people can jump around on crates, stand afk in the AH, or surf the internetz.

You no longer have to travel to the instance, you can teleport to it from almost everywhere. And now, you will be able to join these instances without any single form of social skills or anything.

On top of that, you get rewarded for doing so...

Posted: Dec 7th 2011 10:14AM (Unverified) said

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Was WoW the first MMO to use such a system?
Anyway nice to see improvements in LotRO.

Posted: Dec 7th 2011 10:56AM Nucleon said

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People are have politicized the concept of dungeon finders it's impossible to have a rational debate about it. The argument goes: "People were social before dungeon finders!", "People were nice before dungeon finders." Have you pugged a raid lately (before LFR)? It's the same blend of good players, bad players, jerks, droppers, not listeners and takes forever to put together.

What is the difference between surfing chat looking for a random people and having a tool do it for me? The problem with dungeon finders is almost entirely due to anonymity and the lack of accountability.

There can be no solution unless those are addressed. Here's a couple possible solutions: 1) All of your characters, on all servers, share a last name, which you can not change (ever). Wanna escape your rep? Buy a new account. 2) A moderate reputation system that punished people who acted like jerks and rewarded those who don't. Online retailers and review sites survive on complex reputation algorithms which are hard to manipulate, WoW can't do something similar? 3) Remove all barriers which prevent any player from playing with any other player on the server. I should be able to group with anyone, on any server, in any context. If the whole game is my potential groupmate, people can't just use the argument "I'll never see this person again, so I'll treat them like dirt".

Instead of scrapping a system which works, lets fix it.

Posted: Dec 7th 2011 12:24PM smartstep said

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Well Lotro is failing yet on another level.

Game has changed so much in BAD direction that really I am speechless.

Posted: Dec 7th 2011 2:03PM Lenn said

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@smartstep And it only took you 21 words to say that.
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