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MMOSide Chat - What Is Your Favorite MMO Soundtrack?

Music that accompanies games, especially MMOs, go a long way to set the mood and feel of a world. Bradford takes a look at his favorite MMO's music - what's yours?

MMOSide Chat - MMORPGs On Streaming Services - Do You Want Them?

With ESO hitting Stadia this week, Bradford wondered if there was an ideal MMO he'd like to see on a streaming platform.

MMOSide Chat - Was There Ever An MMO Mechanic That Didn't Quite Work For You?

MMOs add new mechanics all the time to spice up the gameplay. Sometimes they are game changing, making the experience feel much better overall. Other times they are a detriment, or simply don't quite change the game in a meaningful way. Has there ever been a much-anticipated mechhanic that just didn't do it for you?

The MMOSide Chat - What's Your Fondest MMORPG Moment?

A fireside chat about our fondest moments in our time playing MMORPGs.

Is The Lord of the Rings Online Too Expensive For New Players To Enjoy?

On my last article discussing Minas Morgul's story, the discussion in the forums turned to how The Lord of the Rings Online has monetized its content over the years. This got me thinking: Is the cost of entry to truly experience Middle-earth too steep for new players to overcome?

I Really Want To Face LOTRO's Balrog Again

There are few encounters I remember really well than the Balrog fight in The Lord of the Rings Online. The reason isn't simply because facing off against a "Demon of the Underworld" is memorable. It's has more to do with how my Kinship seeming formed an enmity for the Balrog of Morgoth.

The Lord of the Rings Online Nailed Moria's Sense Of Scale

On our recent Elder Scrolls Online livestream, myself and some buddies did a dungeon which took place in a massive underground building, almost cathedral-esque. Shank audibly said he could not get over the scale Zenimax Online Studios was able to create within the Vaults of Madness. I quickly responded saying nothing in gaming has compared to the first time I walked through the Doors of Durin and stepped foot inside Moria.

LOTRO's Upcoming Race Changes Have Me Excited

This past week, Standing Stone Games announced some upcoming additions players can expect with The Lord of the Rings Online’s expansion due out later this year. Not only was a new race announced, Stout Axe Dwarves, but also announced is a much anticipated feature I’ve personally been waiting for since High Elves came out a few years ago: race changes.

LOTRO's Minstrel Is Its Most Interesting Class For All The Lore Reasons

One of the key balances the developers at Standing Stone Games (SSG) have to deal with is creating a fun and engaging game while also adapting arguably the most fully realized and beloved fictional universe in literature. As a result, adapting The Lord of the Rings to an MMO is obviously going to come with concessions.

Gaming Unscripted – There and Back Again a LOTRO Tale

Where do we begin? Where else other than the beginning. Lord of the Rings Online is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game that takes you to the world of Middle-Earth. It originally launched in April of 2007 during a time where you already had games like Star Wars Galaxies and World of Warcraft. It is based on the book sources and it gives you a much purer sense of what Tolkien’s stories were about. Turbine took the reins of the game and here we are 12 years later celebrating the world we love to visit.

Lord of the Rings Online: Legendary Servers Reignite A Legendary Community

The Lord of the Rings Online has been home for Tolkien and classic MMORPG fans for over 11 years now. Players have followed the story from humble origins all the way to Mordor and the destruction of the Ring. Now they have a chance to start that journey afresh with new characters on new Legendary servers. We’re there to share our experience with you. Here is our The Lord of the Rings Online Legendary server review.

Mordor Soundtrack Review - Epic Storytelling Through Music

The opportunity to listen and comment on Mordor, the soundtrack for the latest Lord of the Rings Online expansion, has been a great privilege. For over ten years Chance’s music has accompanied me on my journey through Middle-earth from The Shire, Moria, Rohan, and now to Mordor. I approached this piece both with trepidation and wistful nostalgia.

May the Orcs Be With You

While May the Fourth might be considered a Star Wars holiday due to the pun (“May the Fourth be with you!”), it's also the day that Lord of the Rings Online publisher Turbine intends on launching Update 16, titled The Ashes of Osgiliath. In preparation of this launch, Community Manager Andy Cataldo facilitated a livestream preview for the public. We were there and brought back this report!

The Curious Case of Lord of the Rings Online

Lord of the Rings Online is one of the more well-known MMOs, even given its advancing age. The latest expansion has come out but is time running out on Turbine's license? In today's Tourist, we take a look at LOTRO and implications for the future. Read on before heading to the comments to join the discussion.

Wayback Wednesday: LotRO Galore

In our first Wayback Wednesday of 2013, we take a look at Lord of the Rings Online, a perennial favorite around here. Rob takes a look at a few parting goodies the team let out there before heading out for the holidays. Find out what's in store for LOTRO players as 2013 gets underway. Leave your thoughts in the comments.