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Wednesday, March 28, 2007
 
LotRO removes IP blocking

Listening to their fans, Turbine reversed an earlier decision, and is now making it possible for people from all over the world to play on US servers. You need to import a US version of the game to do so, but you won't be blocked from playing based on your non-US IP address. This makes it possible for international guilds to play together.

Well, nice of them. But I'll go with their recommendation, quote: "However, we strongly encourage players to purchase and play the game in their region to receive the best game experience, connectivity and local customer support." As previous MMORPG not always had European servers, I have experience with playing on US servers from here, and it isn't all that great. Your ping is much longer, making anything that requires fast reaction more difficult to do. And even if you are in a very nice international guild (like I was), that doesn't solve the problem that Europe is 6 to 8 timezones ahead of the US. You rarely really get to play with your guild mates, unless you play during strange hours. Raid starting at 3 am, anyone?
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Just wondering though, would a game be truly an MMORPG if they only restricted the IPs to only one region? Say the US servers are only restricted to US/Canada and EU only to the EU nations?

If it weren't from players from other countries playing, doubt that WoW can hit the 8 million mark.

Mind you, I've haven't played a lot of online games although the only ones with many multi-regional versions (i.e. each region has their own version) outside of US, EU, China, Taiwan, Korea and Japan seem to be free MMORPGs. Seldom see subscription based ones have that many region versions.
 
YES!

That means I can buy my own copy, use it in the Philippines, and enjoy LoTRO fun! :D
 
3AM raid starts... funny you mention that Tobold. Brings back memories.

I'm from the Netherlands but have lived in Singapore and Hong Kong over the past five years. From June-December last year I led a guild and we turned fairly hardcore. From all green/blue gear and no raid experience we built a guild that cleared ZG/AQ20/MC/BWL and AQ40. Unfortunately we were cut short of Naxx before TBC arrived.

Since I have a full-time job and given the time difference I'd only raid during the weekend. Every weekend. Starting at 2am or (during Winter Time) at 3am till 8-9am in the morning. I won't deny it was fun, but after months it certainly caught up with me, haha. Now I'm pretty burnt out on WoW raiding and looking forward to LotRO. I'm afraid it's going to be the European copy again, since I like to play with some of my real life friends. But I wouldn't recommend it to anyone who isn't tied up like that!
 
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