As this is the last Contains Moderate Peril podcast of 2012, we’ve decided to make it a bumper Christmas edition. Brian and I start off this weeks episode with a review of 2012. We look back at some of the interesting and curious events that took place in the last 12 months in the world of MMOs and genre cinema. In the second part of the show we revert to the usual format and consider some recent developments. First off there is the exciting news that FunCom have dropped the subscription model for their MMO The Secret World. We also look at the lack of mounted combat from any of the new instances coming with Update 9 for LOTRO. When we recorded this section of the show, Turbine had stated they had no currents plans to include this game mechanic. A decision they recently “clarified” by saying they are under long term consideration. Either way we won’t be seeing them soon. Finally, after finally seeing The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey I discuss my thoughts on whether Peter Jackson has managed to successfully bring Tolkien to the big screen a second time.
Both Brian and I would like to take this opportunity to say thanks to all our listeners. We greatly appreciate the continued support, comments and iTunes reviews. We would also like to say a special thank you to our fellow contributors Lisa and Jonathan (Baldy) as well as all the guests that joined us on the show this year. We’ve had a great time recording them and we hope you’ve enjoyed them as much as we have. The Contains Moderate Peril podcast will return on January 7th 2013.
Here’s a breakdown of this weeks podcast.
CMP review of 2012: [Starts 01:03:27]
The Secret World: [Starts 01:03:27]
- No subscription required.
- Action combat versus static combat.
- A grown up community?
- Will buy to play become a common business model?
LOTRO: [Starts 01:17:30]
- Brian returns to Middle-Earth.
- Should mounted combat be more than just a sideshow in LOTRO?.
- Major changes are coming to the Turbine store. Over 2000 items are to be replaced.
- What next for LOTRO in these uncertain financial times?
The Hobbit – An Unexpected Journey: [Starts 01:45:41]
- This discussion does contain some mild spoilers so please be aware.
- So how bad was the bunny sled?
- Is it possible to please both purists and casual viewers alike?
- How long is too long?
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.
Christmas in Hollis by Run DMC
OP40 by Sean Murray
The Secret World Theme by Simon Poole
Roaming Free by Chance Thomas
Over Hill by Howard Shore
Christmas in Hollis (Reprise) by Run DMC
Voiceover by DJ Ric Santos