Douglas Milewski (dacuteturtle) wrote,
Douglas Milewski
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Role-Playing and Lack Thereof in MMORPG

I browsed a bit of the Lord of the Rings MMORPG coming up. They have great ambitions of creating a LotR community. They have many ideas about play. And that all goes to hell when players come in, name their characters Tootsie Gr8tr, or In-Your-Face-Shtoopid, then proceed to optimize the solution to every problem.

Need special standing to trade with elves? Forget that, just buy elf stuff from an Elf broker.
Need a rare item for a quest? Hey, I've got twenty in stock!!!

Poor LotR will be a mess inside a year. Poor designers.
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