Contains Moderate Peril Episode 79: Right Turn Clyde

Welcome to the 79th Contains Moderate Peril podcast. A week can be a very long time not only in politics but also in an MMO. After spending a considerable amount of time playing Guild Wars 2, both Brian and I have found that we are warming to the game. It would appear that Yoda was right and we had to unlearn what we had learned. The key to enjoying Guild Wars 2 is to ditch the old school MMO mindset. We endeavour to explain our change of mind. We also turn our attention to Riders of Rohan once gain. The new LOTRO expansion is close to launch and seems to have improved greatly over the course of beta testing. Turbine have already teased the player base with a great video showcasing the epic story. Yet controversy is never too far away. The experience disabler with its provisional 700 Turbine point price tag is causing some consternation. Furthermore, what will be the future for LOTRO if Riders of Rohan is not the success that Turbine hopes for?

Here’s a breakdown of this weeks podcast.

General chat: [Starts 01:53]

  • Star Trek Online had a media player built into the GUI. Why didn’t any other developers include this feature?
  • Multi-tasking and playing MMOs.
  • The pleasure of dual monitors
  • The Secret World is discounted for three days and why we miss SWTOR (sort of).

Guild Wars 2: [Starts 14:19]

  • “You must unlearn what you have learned”.
  • It’s all about the map.
  • Playing according to your mood.

LOTRO: [Starts 31:00]

  • Experience disablers provisional priced at 700 Turbine points on Bullroarer.
  • Do Turbine have internal disputes about their own policies?
  • What happens is Riders of Rohan does not sell so well or simply doesn’t have enough to hold players attention?
  • Warner Bros. are developing free games for the new Hobbit franchise, rather than big PC based titles.

The podcasts are intended to be broad in content and casual in their nature. They are fun to record and are intended to inform and amuse. All opinions offered are our own and do not reflect any official view held by the game developers or film studios whose products we discuss. There is some strong language used occasionally. To listen to the show you can use the embedded media player below, directly download the MP3 file or alternatively use the iTunes store.

Musical Credits:

Operation Smash by Morton Stevens

OP40 by Sean Murray

Captain Scarlet Sting by Barry Gray

Shaemoor by Jeremy Soule

Aunt Flo by Derek Griffith

Operation Smash (Reprise) by Morton Stevens

Voiceover by DJ Ric Santos

3 thoughts on “Contains Moderate Peril Episode 79: Right Turn Clyde

  1. Douglas says:

    Your podcast insipred a blog post on Lotro and a Hobbit themed expansion, you can read it over at my blog, I would be very interested to hear what you guys think of this idea:

    http://middleearthchronicles.wordpress.com/2012/10/02/new-lotro-expansion-an-unexpected-journey/

  2. Oort says:

    Nice blog. I got Guild Wars 2 recently and will be trying it soon.

    As for LOTRO, I never wanted an XP disabler for my alts. Usually I want alts to level up faster since I’ve seen most of the content before. But on my main char that first experienced the content, I did want an XP disabler because the game pushed me out of regions before I wanted to go. I constantly outleveled areas that became trivial, and so I had to move on, leaving questlines unfinished (and most landscape content is already a bit too easy when done on-level).

    I’ve always assumed that Turbine delayed the XP disabler for so long (it has been requested by players for years) because they really don’t want players using it. Maybe their financial dept has decided that their main profit comes from expansions, and so they want to rush players as fast as possible to higher levels to buy expansions and more regions before those players quit to play a different MMO. So maybe the only XP disabler the bean counters would agree to is a fairly useless one from the store with a one-week duration.

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