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While Red Dead Redemption writer Christian Cantamessa and BioShock Infinite voice actor Troy Baker discuss how Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor is both an original tale and faithful to J.R.R. Tolkien's immense canon, a familiar, gangly, wide-eyed figure peers into the camera like a paranoid bushba...

July 11th 2014 at 6:30pm 0 Comments
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Some of us who are perhaps more deeply invested in particular game worlds and lore tend to have a strong reaction when meeting the more famous members of the NPC cast. Perhaps it's a big name from another game in the series, a character that was prominently featured on the box art, or even a person...

February 16th 2014 at 8:00am 0 Comments
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It's hard to believe that it's been 10 years to the month since The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring came out in movie theaters. It's even harder to process that Peter Jackson will be bringing us back to Middle-earth with the two Hobbit films starting a year from now. The Jackson trilogy...

December 24th 2011 at 12:00pm 0 Comments
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I honestly have no idea how many quests we're up to in Lord of the Rings Online at this point. Thousands, for sure. And as with many other facets in life, 90% of these quests are fated to be unmemorable tasks that blur together with all the rest. However, I've always felt that LotRO has a decentl...

November 5th 2011 at 3:00pm 0 Comments
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Last week Turbine released the concept art for one of its major bosses from the upcoming Rise of Isengard expansion: Draigoch. With it came a number of appropriate "oohs" and "ahhs," and no doubt raiders began thinking up uses for a giant dragon skull in their homes. But there was also a crowd th...

July 22nd 2011 at 3:00pm 0 Comments
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It's not uncommon for new players to come to Lord of the Rings Online with the full expectation that they'll be treated to a front-row seat of the Fellowship's adventures. The movies, the books and even other Lord of the Rings video games certainly feature Aragorn, Legolas and Gandalf practically...

April 1st 2011 at 10:00am 0 Comments
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When it comes to the lore of Middle-earth, players definitely remember the tale of the fateful meeting between Gollum and Bilbo Baggins. That's why it's only natural that players should be able to adventure to the spot where that first meeting occurred in Lord of the Rings Online and see it for the...

May 28th 2010 at 2:00pm 0 Comments
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The Digital Continuum: Five MMOs to watch out for in 2009Out of all the games coming out or possibly being announced in the coming year, which are the ones everyone should train their eye on? What games -- or announcements -- should be watched more closely th...

December 28th 2008 at 6:00pm 0 Comments
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Welcome to Know Your LotRO Lore, a new weekly column here at Massively showcasing the lore of J.R.R. Tolkien's world as it intersects with Turbine's Lord of the Rings Online.In this week's installment of Know Your LotRO Lore, we're going to cover one of the most popular non-Fellowship characters th...

December 23rd 2008 at 3:00pm 0 Comments
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You know, the DS Lite is a pretty affordable handheld, but it's slick design and glossy finish makes us so protective of our own. In fact, we'd say we're too protective. We only clean our screens with a damp 2-ply toilet paper. The extra ply is for safety.How do you keep your precious looking pristi...

August 5th 2008 at 9:00am 0 Comments
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The Lord of the Rings Online's Book 11 introduced Gollum as a character with whom players could interact. His cameo appearance was a fun addition, albeit a minor one. Turbine hasn't forgotten him, though; he's the subject of the Lorebook entry most recently featured at the official LotRO website.The...

May 25th 2008 at 9:00am 0 Comments
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On August 21, 2007, Book 10: The City of Kings was released and opened up the city of Annúminas was for players to experience. Unfortunately, the city had been invaded by the forces of Angmar, and players had to fight to keep certain points of the city friendly to them. If they failed, the e...

April 24th 2008 at 1:30pm 0 Comments