Category Archives: Lord of the Rings Online

Not-So-Massive-Blog-O-Steria: Turbine Drops the Ball

This past week has seen the release of the new free content for Lord of the Rings Online. Entitled, Book 8: The Scourge of Khazad-Dum, this update brings several new instances and one new raid to the game, as well as revamping the earlier content (in the 15-22 level range). That’s all great right? Well… [...]

Not So Massive Mini-Cast – April 24th, 2009

Jason rambles on about MMO’s, the NFL draft, and Twitter.

Massive Formulas: Spin that Turbine ’til it’s clean.

Author’s Note: After the failure of Age of Conan, Tabula Rasa, and Hellgate: London I decided to take a look at some of the successful MMOs we are playing today and see what went right. I’ll also take a look at some of the failures and see what went wrong. This actually takes a lot [...]

Channel Massive’s Electric Eye

Just a couple tidbits I’ve come across recently that I thought you would enjoy: Since we seem to have quite a few listeners who play Lord of the Rings Online, I’d thought I’d share this hilarious take on some of it’s lame icon art from The Ancient Gaming Noob. A very interesting look at game [...]

Fluff or Grunge? Beauty or Beasty?

So after 30+ years of gaming, it finally hits me.. the type of game I enjoy… Grungy with good dash of Beasty’ness.  I realized while romping around in LoTRO last night that one of the major reasons I am disappointed, is the graphics.  There is far too much fluff.  The game is gorgeous.  That is [...]

Whining about whiners

Mines of Moria has been out just under a month and the experience has been great for me, but not for all.  The forum trolls have returned with a vengeance and it seems this also relates to the Halloween zombie event of WoW.  Basically, a lot more pop culture references have been popping up in [...]

Listener Review — LOTRO: Mines of Moria

Julien (one of our long time listeners) has busted out a brief review of the upcoming Lord of Rings Online: Mines of Moria expansion.  Does he think it’s precioussssss?  Or does he think that it stinks like nasty hobbitsesss? Read more to find out! ***The following review does not necessarily reflect the views of Channel [...]

Episode 12 – Escape from The Shire

In this episode we discuss the Channel Massive LAN party, Jason’s departure from The Shire (LOTRO), and balancing parenting with gaming. Some notes to compliment this podcast: Quoted Stats: In 2006 there were 15 million MMO gamers in the world 1 20% of MMO gamers play over 30 hours per week 2 34.6% of U.S. [...]

Sandboxes and Theme Parks has a fascinating interview segment with NCSoft’s Thomas Bidaux (NCSoft Europe’s director of product development) about one of the publisher’s (and perhaps industry’s) core conceits of online games: sandboxes and theme parks.  Bidaux explains that online games, in order to succeed, must strike a tricky balance between open-ended, create-and-do-what-you-want sandbox gameplay versus proceed-through-amazing-linear-steps theme park [...]

Channel Massive LAN Party

Just some info for all the peeps out there… As we mentioned in Episode 11, Channel Massive will be delving into the worlds of City of Heroes/Villains and Lord of the Rings Online during our LAN Party this Saturday. We’d like to extend an invitation to our listeners to join us for some ale, pipeweed [...]

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