I won't ask you why you care i guess i understand, we simply have a completely different view of computer games and what they are about. I'm not sure if you are into E-Sports, but i figure you would like them for the same reason i hate their guts lol.This is a heavy sigh moment for me. . .
I'm that guy who keeps making posts about the "integrity" of games.
Well, Hobbit presents stripped a lot of the integrity from the game for me. And I thought I was finally done. I took a long break.
But after a few months, I thought. . . okay, the sting has worn off, I'll come back for Helm's Deep. So I started goofing around a bit at a time. Even just this morning, I took two of my toons to the Brown Lands to kill Easterlings for a rank of Virtue.
And then I see this. . .
I was hoping I'd enjoy Helm's Deep for a bit before the next big chunk of this game's integrity was excised. But it appears to be set to coincide with Helm's Deep.
So, once again, I'm just stuck with the feeling that I'm playing a "game" that isn't even a game anymore.
And I can't help but shake my head at all the "I hate it, but it's okay because others won't". . . I'm all for living and letting live. But this is a game. The rules and structure of a game have to be honored by its players, its officials, and even its spectators. That is wholly lost under this business model. Now, everyone's so enamored of playing "their game" their way, that the game itself has lost all semblance of integrity.
How does it affect me if I never use it? Because. . . it's there. For my level 1 WRD and my level 35 RK, it'll be there, making the journey to level cap seem all the more arduous and pointless. In much the same way the achievement of scaling Everest would be cheapened and demeaned by the folks who build an escalator to the top or offer you helicopter rides to the summit every hour on the hour. Even if I make it the old-fashioned way, the achievement is necessarily diminished by the fact that there are now ways to get there instantly without all the hub-bub.
One of the defining characteristics of a game, especially MMOs, was that we all had to endure the same trials and challenges while achieving the game's goals. Just as a marathon runner actually has to run the course to arrive at the finish line. That is now fully out the window. We're now fully engaged in bribing the officials to not only speed us via mo-ped to the last mile of the marathon, but also deck us out in new running shoes. And nobody sees much of a problem with it.
Honestly, I don't even know what to do now. I was excited to start playing LotRO again in earnest. Now I'm just sitting here wondering if I'll even want to do so upon HD release. But I'm even more troubled by how untroubled this community now is about these types of developments. It really does seem like it's all over. We now accept this as just the way it is without even a modicum of resistance. Which means there will only be more of this, at ever-shortening intervals.
P.S. If someone is still tempted to ask me why I care if I won't use this, sorry, I can't help you understand. I've explained it until I'm blue in the face. Some people just won't see it from my perspective. Just as I can't fathom theirs or how they can't see this as a cheapening/diminishment of the game.