When you think of casual gamer you picture someone who plays maybe a few hours here a few hours there and a couple of days not playing at all.
I probably fall into the moderatly casual gamer catergory. When I play, I typically play for 2 -3 hours sessions typically 11 pm to 2 am est every couple of nights. Yes I’am a night owl. In previous years I was mr hardcore gamer and I think that was primerily related to an addiction to a game such as Everquest = Evercrack. Now days RL puts a stop to that lifestyle.
So when Lotro plopped itself into my sticky little hands I thought hmmm fantasy (check), Tolkien (check), Mmorpg (check), level treadmill (check) Oh crap I can feel mr hardcore gamer rearing his ugly head ….
However real life need not fear as Lotro has broken that mold of mmorpg = addiction = hardcore gamer.
Yes I know addiction is based on each individual but mmorpgs are generally just one big skinner box. So what makes Lotro less addictive, more casual and yet still fun experince ?Personally I think its because:
There is not any real kind of endgame that I need to work towards.Its story driven questing as opposed to loot questing (re less equiment dependent)
Its less time consuming, that is to say that I can log in for a few hours and come away feeling like I have actually achieved something in a short period of time.
Its solo friendly especially consider the release of Shores of Evendim that fill up a solo gap in the 30′s.
and there appears to be no kind of competitive long term goals
Now this is just my personal views and I’m sure there are other games out there that also do this, however I have tried many mmorpgs and this one just seems to hit the ‘casual’ spot. The game looks beautiful: the quests are excellent: the community filled with nice people: characters, equipment, game play & mechanics are spot on.
What do you think ?