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  1. I'm fairly sure that a developer could go in and...

    I'm fairly sure that a developer could go in and manually hack values in the character database to get the character back into a recoverable state, just as a developer could probably figure out out...
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    Yes, of course. The high costs for MMO game...

    Yes, of course. The high costs for MMO game development and proliferation of MMOs in the early 2000s required them to broaden their appeal - to strive for "mass market". And yes, that means appealing...
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    It isn't. The calculus is really pretty simple....

    It isn't. The calculus is really pretty simple. Recent MMORPGs cost a fortune to make, which means they must be designed to attract a broad audience, which means they must make most of their features...
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    This isn't limited to those games, either. In...

    This isn't limited to those games, either. In ESO, they recently made this change (just 4 months post-launch), and the subsequent freak-outs from some quarters were entirely predictable:


    One of...
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    To be more blunt about it, I meant "finite and...

    To be more blunt about it, I meant "finite and almost certainly shrinking". They've now seen a couple of layoffs, and the one last year was significant. I went through that in the company I work for,...
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    There are lots of ways for people to interact in...

    There are lots of ways for people to interact in MMOs, only one of which is via group instance/raid runs. Nothing wrong with group adventures, but it doesn't need to be the be-all and end-all of...
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    The game runs smoothly for me most everywhere,...

    The game runs smoothly for me most everywhere, but I play solo or duo like 98% of the time. I've never once done a "12 man raid skirmish" in LOTRO, so I'll happily defer to your experience on that. ...
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    This is correct. All of it. Hard disk drives...

    This is correct. All of it.

    Hard disk drives are hugely slower than other system components, and that "stutter" you're seeing is the game having to load up game assets - not just for terrain (and...
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    This is incorrect. What's against the CoC is...

    This is incorrect. What's against the CoC is unattended macroing (aka "botting"). We asked them to clarify their stance on things like programmable gaming keyboards 5+ years ago now, and they said...
  10. Thread: Lack of groups

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    I've been designing software for 30 years now,...

    I've been designing software for 30 years now, and I can easily imagine that this would be "horrendous". As a simple example, the character database schemas are different enough between the NA and EU...
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    I believe there's a login ID which increments...

    I believe there's a login ID which increments each time someone logs in, so you can look at the rate at which it increments over time to get a login trend. However, that's not server population - we...
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    More purchasable shared storage, yes. Converting...

    More purchasable shared storage, yes. Converting over to 100% shared storage, no. Elder Scrolls Online is a game with the latter, and it's one of the least pleasant aspects of the game IMO. Two...
  13. Thread: LUA and XML

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    Yep, that vicious cycle is common. The products...

    Yep, that vicious cycle is common. The products my company sell go for $20-100K each, but even with that amount of money, we will obsolete features which only a small percentage of customer are using...
  14. Actually, it is explicitly stated. First in the...

    Actually, it is explicitly stated. First in the Prologue:

    There is another astonishing thing about Hobbits of old that must be mentioned, an astonishing habit: they imbibed or inhaled, through...
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    I think they're in "survival mode", trying to...

    I think they're in "survival mode", trying to make the best cost/benefit tradeoffs they can with declining resources. It's a painful place to be.

    The company I work for struggled with several...
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    As usual, Yula is spot on. I've been developing...

    As usual, Yula is spot on. I've been developing commercial software for 30 years now, and talking about "futures" in public is for masochists (or people who simply don't know any better yet). Several...
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    I played LOTRO continuously for 5 years...

    I played LOTRO continuously for 5 years (including 9 months before launch), and have come and gone since. Of course... that ease of playing when it's fun and feasible (and not playing when it isn't)...
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    Our personal inventory limitations are due to...

    Our personal inventory limitations are due to architectural constraints, not "monetization". People have been asking for more bags since before the game even launched, yet they did all sorts of...
  19. So you necro'd a nearly 6 month old thread just...

    So you necro'd a nearly 6 month old thread just to say that?

    OK... that's actually part of the point. MMO demographics have trended more casual since that data was collected for WoW (because...
  20. Really... about the only one of those examples I...

    Really... about the only one of those examples I could see them saying is along the lines of "Our plans for 2015 do not include raids yet. It is a subject to change though". Does anyone think that...
  21. I don't think they've "ignored" it. Sapience...

    I don't think they've "ignored" it. Sapience engaged on that issue last summer, and it basically set off a multi-month argument between players. It's clear that those who love raids are a passionate...
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    Best wishes and heartfelt thanks, especially to...

    Best wishes and heartfelt thanks, especially to those who were laid off... you're very talented and experienced, and I'm sure you'll land on your feet. This is far and away the longest I've ever...
  23. That cannot possibly be enforced, or Turbine...

    That cannot possibly be enforced, or Turbine would be tarred and feathered. And they're not going to offer massive numbers of players free transfers unless they can figure out a 100% fool-proof /...
  24. I'd guess he's asking for 3 different games: one...

    I'd guess he's asking for 3 different games: one that caters to hardcore raiders, one that caters to PvPers, and one that caters to casual/solo. There would be no point to having dedicated servers...
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    No, but I've seen Patience say that before, not...

    No, but I've seen Patience say that before, not too long after the game launched. No idea whether that's still the case or not, but back when I was testing the game during alpha they asked us to...
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