I like turtles!Yeah, me too. Especially ones on beaches!
I spent about 2-3 hours per day for 3 weeks playing WOTLK beta to gather enough information to write a preview. Then another 3 weeks, at about 3-4 hours per day, playing the game after it went live to gather enough information to write a review. This was for a expansion and on a character that was level 70 Warlock going in and level 55 Death Knight. Based on experience nine hours is barely enough time to review an expansion let alone a brand-new MMO.
...Am I the only one who's really tired of class changes so sweeping that it doesn't feel like the same character when you log in after a patch? It's happened more than once that I've run a character all the way to cap only to have them change it into something I didn't enjoy anymore. I just don't want to do that anymore.
I don't know anyone that takes back / sells used computer games, console or otherwise. Even my weaker purchases I keep until they are obsolete just like my regular games, though now with Steam I don't have to worry about shelf-space and manually downloading patches any more - if Steam was around back in the day I'd still be able to play Tie Fighter, Shadow Of The Comet or Dark Forces if I wanted; unfortunately I chucked them long ago, mainly because they wouldn't work with XP or Vista.Lots of people trade in used console games. That's the biggest reason people shop at GameStop instead of other places. Most of the console gamers I know that buy lots of games, buy them with the intent to take them back and trade them in for credit when they're done with them. They keep a handful of favorites long-term, and that's it. It's not at all uncommon when I'm at GameStop myself to see someone come in with a stack of games to trade in.
Raymond E Feist has done a far better job of expanding his world and continuing to tell stories while tying up most plotlines every three books or so.Completely agree. Although Feist as well did have a short dry spell where he turned out 3 or 4 books that were mostly not worth reading.
...but I have little faith in EA, and even less in a brand new studio with no pedigree.I in turn share your pessimism. (Or is it really pessimism if it's well-founded?)
Huh? So it's Tolkien's fault that today's world wants fast paced, little description spoonfed fantasy? You realize it was written between 60 and 70 years ago, right?Apparently we have very similar literary tastes. I've thoroughly enjoyed every Tolkien book I've read and reread, and more or less didn't like the movies or the MMO at all, because they didn't accurately represent the books.
I find Tolkien's style to be fantastic, but the book is simply a product of a different age.