Contains Moderate Peril Episode 85: Crazypants Hobby Horse

Recently the Contains Moderate Peril podcast has become a little erratic in it’s publishing schedule. As of this episode, Brian and I are back on a weekly cycle with a Monday release day. In this weeks show week look at the ongoing beta test for LOTRO Update 9. Once again Turbine has managed to shoot themselves in the foot and the focus has shifted from all the good work, to an ongoing row about a new store item. Namely, The Hobby Horse provisionally priced at 5000 TP ($50). Does this issue mark a milestone in the decline of community relations? Is this matter indicative of wider problems?

We also discuss the progression of your personal story in Guild wars 2. It would appear that the final chapter is gated behind group content. We also explore the wider issue of what to do in game when you reach level cap. Should ArenaNet rethink the community’s request for a dungeon finder? What will be the outcome if these issues are not addressed?

Also is the IMDB removing all user reviews of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, from the New Zealand première? Is there a news embargo until the general release date?

Here’s a breakdown of this weeks podcast.

LOTRO: [Starts 02:17]

  • Localisation for DDO ended on 24th November. Is LOTRO next?
  • Update 9 Beta. Revised Bree, open tapping and dynamic quests.
  • The Hobby Horse debacle and its effect on community relations.
  • Is LOTRO facing financial issues? Is this five year old MMO coming to the end of its lifespan?

Guild Wars 2: [Starts 23:05]

  • Guild Wars 2 ticket search facility on forums shows a lot of problems (such as players making charge-backs) and does not reflect well on the community.
  • Is your personal story gated? We look at the obstacles players face when at level cap.
  • Is Guild Wars 2 endgame sufficient to keep players engaged? Should ArenaNet reconsider the community’s request for a dungeon finder?

The Hobbit: [Starts 48:08]

  • It would appear that IMDB is removing all advance reviews of the movie or comments made by those who attended the première in New Zealand.
  • There is also an increase in seeded reviews on the site per se.
  • Who will the public look to for honest and hopefully hype free appraisals of the movie?

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

Roaming Free by Chance Thomas

Shaemoor by Jeremy Soule

Over Hill by Howard Shore

Operation Smash (Reprise) by Morton Stevens

Voiceover by DJ Ric Santos

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