MMO Week in Review: BlizzCon aftermath, LOTRO’s next big thing

    
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Doesn’t it seem as if BlizzCon was weeks ago? Nope, just one week. So over the last seven days, the gaming community has been mulling over the convention and where it went wrong. Probably not from their phones. Investors didn’t seem too pleased with the Diablo Immortal reaction or the company’s third quarter financials either.

Meanwhile, MMORPG Lord of the Rings Online successfully launched its first-ever progression server, seeing so much demand on day one that Standing Stone rolled out a second.

Read on to catch up with the very best of this week’s MMO news and opinions today as every Sunday in Massively Overpowered’s Week in Review!

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Sleepy

The LOTRO legendary server has reminded me why I started playing mmos. It makes such a difference seeing a world teeming with other players. We’ve gradually been pushed towards smaller, instanced, solo content over the years and I’d almost forgotten what a crowded MMO zone looked like.

It’s also nice to have the 40% slower leveling speed, you actually get to enjoy the content rather than racing past it. Someone still manged to hit 50 within a day though. I’m puttering along at 20 with my captain, just getting into the Lone Lands.

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J

The LOTRO Legendary servers seem to be going well enough. I have currently puttered around to level 18 on my captain. Its a very relaxing game for me to play, maybe a bit to relaxing at times. Even so, I got nothing else going on right now. So will probably keep slowing moving forward with it.

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Speaking of LOTRO… It was both sad and amusing seeing Standing Stone paying Shroud (one of the most popular FPS game streamers on Twitch and former CS:GO eSports player) to play LOTRO for a few hours on new paid server. Wasn’t as bad as Bethesda paying Ninja to stream FO76 with “Rick and Morty” voice actor but watching Shroud’s stream it was clear that neither he nor most people in his chat were really interested in this game.

I mean, if you want to promote your game like this – at least do it using streamers/youtubers who genuinely like this game or this genre (preferably someone who knows the lore behind the game and who can answer any viewer’s question related to gameplay). Don’t use streamers just “because they’re popular” especially the ones who clearly don’t care about it and won’t be streaming it once their agreement to stream it for certain amount of time expires.

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Sorenthaz

TBH I don’t think the Bethesda stream would’ve been as bad if they simply had Justin Roiland (Rick and Morty) playing because he seemed to be genuinely interested in the game and tried to interact with chat on occasions. But Bethesda was hardcore trying to grab as big of an audience as possible and the mix of folks just didn’t work well in the end.

Standing Stone paying Shroud to play LotRO though sounds awkward as heck unless Shroud used to love the game. Talk about a horrid mismatch.

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I dunno, I really disliked that whole “Rick and Morty” thing… It didn’t even look like the actor was playing the game (he was probably just sitting next to someone who was playing) and all these childish jokes really didn’t fit this game. I’d much rather see some popular Fallout-related streamer or Youtuber stream that. For example, they could’ve invited that Oxhorn dude from YT, he seemed mature and knowledgeable in few of his YT videos I’ve watched.
But then again, I don’t even like the cartoon itself ;-)

As for Shroud – he was pretty professional about playing LOTRO but it was perfectly clear he wasn’t really familiar with it (even though he claimed he used to play it 10 years ago) or was really interested in what he was doing. Plus he was being followed by few other players so he didn’t even have to do anything other than just following everyone and see them kill everything for him. You can actually watch him now, he is still streaming (most popular LOTRO streamer on Twitch right now).

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They should have invited Stephen Colbert and John Stewart: Stephen is Tolkien fanatic & John is a huge gamer.

But that probably wouldn’t be a good idea since they are now owned by Russians.