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Lord of the Rings Online DX10 Support

Turbine announces that Lord of the Rings Online will be the first MMOG with DirectX 10 support, which may be a reflection of slow DX10 take-up by game developers as much as anything. Word is:

WESTWOOD, MA – January 7, 2008 – Turbine, Inc. announced today that The Lord of the Rings Online™: Shadows of Angmar™ has become the first massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) to support the Microsoft DirectX® 10 API and NVIDIA GeForce graphics processors for stunningly realistic imagery. The Lord of the Rings Online, named the 2007 PC Game of the Year 2007, now offers gamers with DirectX 10 graphics cards the most immersive online experience available today.

Players can now experience Middle-earth™ like never before with major improvements to The Lord of the Rings Online’s graphics, including upgraded shaders for water, particle effects and lighting for distant terrain. Players will also be treated to new levels of immersion with the new DirectX 10 exclusive dynamic shadowing features which render realistic real-time shadows in the vast outdoor environments of The Lord of the Rings Online.

“Turbine has a history of pushing the graphics envelope so we can deliver state-of-the art immersive virtual worlds,” said Fernando Paiz, Director of Game Technology at Turbine, Inc. “We began working with NVIDIA very early in the development cycle so that we could fully leverage DirectX 10 technology to achieve our goal of creating the most complete and authentic recreation of Middle-earth. The results speak for themselves as The Lord of the Rings Online has set the bar for what persistent online worlds can be.”

“The FPS genre has long dominated the race to better graphics but with this major update from Turbine, The Lord of the Rings Online players can enjoy graphics as good as or even better than many FPS games. This is an outstanding achievement and the whole Turbine team should be rightly proud of what they have produced,” said Roy Taylor, Vice President of Content Relations at NVIDIA. “This deserves the attention of the entire video games industry and all MMORPG players everywhere. It points to a future where we will see increasing blending of genres and deeper, more immersive PC gaming experiences. We are delighted to have been able to support this work.”

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64. Re: No subject Jan 8, 2008, 09:26 Slink
 
Johnny5,
If you're so smart, why do you type like a fucking teenager texting on a cell phone?

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63. Re: No subject Jan 8, 2008, 09:19 Fibrocyte
 
On LOTRO:
LOTRO deserves to be second MMO to WoW (as I think it is? this is just an assumption). It is not a bad game, really, but I'd rather take the dated graphics in WoW coupled with the superior gameplay/content.

On Vista/DX10:
I've been running Vista on 3 different home PCs for over half a year with little to no issues. It's not a bad OS if you take the time to give it a chance.

On LOTRO+DX10 causing crashes:
After being in BETA for so long, that's kinda sad.

 
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62. Re: No subject Jan 8, 2008, 08:46 DedEye
 
I played LORTO for a few weeks and really wasn't impressed outside of the nice graphics. The "oh geez, I'm playing in teh middle earth" wore off pretty quick too.

/pass

 
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61. Re: No subject Jan 8, 2008, 01:53 FreonTrip
 
Both Vista and DX10 are complete busts.
"Translation: I HATE CHANGE!! WHAAAAAAAAAAHHHH!!!"

On the contrary. I'm willing and eager to embrace change when it's an improvement over what came before it. But in my experience, Vista doesn't qualify. Dramatically higher resource consumption, pointlessly "pretty" functionality that hasn't been fine-tuned, lots of minor and niggling interface changes that annoy rather than improve what XP offered, new under-the-hood components that haven't been battle-hardened by years of patching and polishing, achingly obvious "me too" attempts to keep up with Mac OS X, pointless market segmentation, removal of useful functionality (remember hardware-accelerated audio?), broken compatibility with lots of applications, artificial constraints on technologies which should (and could) work on earlier versions of Windows (hi, DirectX 10!)... Change isn't always good, and my experiences with Vista are awful enough that I'm going to give this entire product generation a miss. If Windows 7 isn't horrendous I may consider going back, but for now XP Professional and Linux do everything I want.

As for the other: DirectX 10 seems more like a revision of DirectX 9 than anything. Most of the new features are evolutionary improvements of functionality that can be performed in DX9 in one or two more passes, and the aggressively new, exciting stuff seems to be sufficiently complex that it will take at least another full respin of the hardware before it can be used adventurously. Even some of that functionality can be simulated using clever tricks on DirectX 9-level hardware at a lower performance hit. Artificially restricting it to work solely on Vista pretty much keeps me from taking it seriously.


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60. Re: POOA SS HER!! Jan 7, 2008, 22:00 nin
 
LOTRO is not worth a 56 comment thread


Nor is shitty assed HellGate, but it gets the posts just the same...

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59. No subject Jan 7, 2008, 21:14 Cholma
 
I have no interest in downgrading to Vista from XP, but LOTRO is definitely a pretty game. Looks great in DX9. The night sky, the forever horizon, real reflections in the water. Hell, last night I noticed that even the moon was clearly reflected in a lake. Very awesome.

Stand in Tuckborough and look north towards Bag End during the day. Stunning view.

Oh yeah, I think there's some gameplay in there too!

 
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58. Re: 4GB!!! Jan 7, 2008, 21:07 The Half Elf
 
Jonny5 on behalf of most of us, really just STFU already, nobody cares and if it's that big of a deal to you, go post it on your MySpace page.

 
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57. Re: POOA SS HER!! Jan 7, 2008, 19:54 Grounded
 
LOTRO is not worth a 56 comment thread

 
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56. POOA SS HER!! Jan 7, 2008, 19:07 POO ASS
 
HAY GUY WAHT UPS@!! POOAS S IS HERR TO TALK ABOUT IT THE GAMES AND TEH JONNSIES 5.

TEH GAMES OF LORD RINGS ONLINE IS A GOOS GAMe i like it play it a lot now wit the friend and soemtime it with PUG groups. graphick is so nice but I NOT DX110 yet but stil nice funs and game!

JOHNSO5. stop be so means. tihs is internets. nobod care about anyting u say man!!! live and paly game is my moto!

POO ASS OU T! !!!

 
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55. Re: No subject Jan 7, 2008, 19:02 psalm
 
Maybe it's just me but while the landscape looks nice in DX10 (and DX9 too) the characters really aren't very impressive... This is one of the winner screenshots:

http://lorimages.level3.turbine.com/files/69/89/18/25/2053.jpg

It looks 2 years old to me *shrug*

ps. I'd be interested to hear the specs on the computer that can run this game in dx10 with all options maximized @ 1680x1050 - 50fps


 
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54. No subject Jan 7, 2008, 18:47 D4rkKnight
 
You have to see the way the light shines thru the leaves

This is a neat effect, and I remember it being done to the same extent in games before DX10 came out. Of course, now that DX10 is out, you must have it to get the effect in todays games...Makes perfect sense eh.

 
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53. Re: Screenshots Jan 7, 2008, 18:35 nin
 
Just so we can actually have something constructive about this news

Whoa, we need more posts from THIS guy!

edit: And those shots do look rather tasty...I'm almost tempted to try the game again. Wish I had THE TIME!




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52. Re: No subject Jan 7, 2008, 17:56 sir
 
Jonny5 seems like a particularly annoying variant of the Internet Tough Guy: http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=internet+tough+guy

Edit: It also seems rather ironic that he is telling others to get a life when he made several posts on BN on Christmas Day and New Year's Day. What's the matter Jonny, does even your own family hate the sight and sound of you?


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51. No subject Jan 7, 2008, 17:31 Cabezone
 
Have they fixed DX10 performance at all since Hardocp did their benchmarks? They got a 55-65% FPS loss from it compared to DX9.  
"Pants! Pants! Pants!"
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50. No subject Jan 7, 2008, 17:28 Cabezone
 
Just to be clear...Jonny5 is not only a genius, or very smart, graduated college at 19, is quite wealthy(most would say rich, but not him), and is also a titan of such gigantic proportions he strikes fear into the heart of all who lays eyes upon him.


Does that about sum it up?
 
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49. Screenshots Jan 7, 2008, 17:27 Strumiker
 
Just so we can actually have something constructive about this news, here are some links to the "DX10 Screenshot" Winners.

Week 1:
http://forums.lotro.com/showthread.php?t=103922

Week 2:
http://forums.lotro.com/showthread.php?t=105145

Week 3:
http://forums.lotro.com/showthread.php?t=106619

Week 4:
http://forums.lotro.com/showthread.php?t=108203

Final Week:
http://forums.lotro.com/showthread.php?t=109401

All in all, the game looks better and good for them adding support for DX10 people. I'm sure in a couple years if the game survives (which it should have no problem doing), more people will be able to make use of the extra eye candy.

 
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48. Re: No subject Jan 7, 2008, 17:19 Krovven
 
I'm sorry Jonny5, but I can't comprehend what you are saying when you have your giant e-penis stuck in your mouth.

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47. Re: No subject Jan 7, 2008, 17:16 Talisorn
 
Both Vista and DX10 are complete busts.
Translation: I HATE CHANGE!! WHAAAAAAAAAAHHHH!!!

Oh .. and Jonny5. While I agree with most of what your saying, just put a sock in it! Just remember that arguing on with people in the internet is like running in the Special Olympics; You may win, but your still look retarded. Just let it go and who gives a fuck what other people think .... unless you enjoy the trolling.

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46. Re: No subject Jan 7, 2008, 17:12 Cabezone
 
Dude, you can't even copy and paste properly.  
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45. Re: No subject Jan 7, 2008, 17:09 Jonny5
 

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