To prove that I’m a legit geek…
Ha! Just kidding! I’m a man so I don’t have to prove that I’m a legit geek because my lack of a vagina means that the He Man Women-Haters Club isn’t going to question me… or threaten to rape me while claiming they’re doing it for the good of video games. What I’m saying is that the only people who can’t see that they’re frothing loons is them.
… my first video game system was the Atari 2600. Or was it the Vic20? I can’t remember it was so long ago. This means that I’m writing this from the perspective of someone who was old enough to catch Pac Man fever.
Anyway, I’ve been playing the not-actually-free-to-play Lord of the Rings Onlne… Let me tell you about that: They mean “Free if you want to repeat the first ten hours of the game roughly sixty times to grind Turbine Points to buy quests with.” It’s the same shit they pull on FaceBook. Such is modern video games.
I do think it’s a pretty game. Even if you will quickly find yourself in a position where you’ll have to bust out the credit card to keep playing it might be worth it just to walk around sight-seeing.
^ Sunset over Bree. Not shown: Damned swarms of bears. ^
As you get older, games seem to get faster and more unfair due to not being slow as your reflexes so you play less of them. Also, getting a job kind of cuts into your sofa time. I haven’t been as gamey as I once was, so I’ve moved into playing MMOs where you can just sort of stop and the game kindly remembers where you were for you.
For the most part these games are build around the idea that the average player is going to be moving only as fast as it takes them to move the cursor and click the “fight” button. Then you sit back and let the game take care of all of that stuff for you. It’s not nearly as spoon-feedy as your average FaceBook game but you don’t need to be some sort of reflex monkey to get through them. I like that because last year I tried to play The Legend of Zelda after two decades and I think it made me cry at one point.
^ Not-Link ^
LotRO is in that sweet spot between the really old school MMOs where you take six months to level and you basically have to treat them like a second job, and the newer games like Neverwinter which is just a Playstation game where you sometimes see other players buying potions. If you’re one of those people who only want to talk to others via idealized avatars, but you find Second Life too boring, LotRO will do you well. And if you’e like me and see games as a way to unwind after work and talking to other people is exactly what you don’t want to do, it’s great as well. You can’t play everything the game has without help. But you don’t need to play that stuff either.
I’d say that if you’re looking for a moderately-paced MMO with heaps of things for you to do, not-actually-free Lord of the Rings Online is a game you may want to look into.
Just be warned: Every Hobbit in Middle Earth is a lazy dumbass and you will be doing things like walking two meters to get stuff out of barrels for them.
^ Pictured here: A Hobbit waiting for you to wipe his bum for him. ^