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Thursday, July 23, 2009
The Unbearable Longing for LOTRO
Have you ever gotten this urge to play a game so badly that there was this utter longing for that specific game? I've felt it many times over the years, whether it was Super Smash Bros. Brawl or Fallout 3, but this is the first time I've ever felt the longing for a game so badly that not being able to play is actually depressing me.
So, a night or two ago, I decided to visit random blogs online in the hopes of finding something new to occupy my mind and I eventually found myself inextricably drawn to Massively.com. I decided to check out Massively's coverage of Lord of the Rings Online and my interest grew in the game. So much so that two days later, which is today, I decided to go out and pick up a copy of the full game and its expansion just to try it out.
Now, in my country, there's only one store chain that sells original PC games en masse, and it's called Data Blitz. I went there at 10 am, sleepless and hungry for LOTRO action, only to find out that the game was out of stock in the branch I went to. They mentioned a rumor to me that basically states that someone bought ALL the remaining copies of the game from all the stores.
"That's obvioiusly preposterous," I thought. A phone call later to a nearby neighboring branch revealed that it also had no copies in stock. Upon going home, I called up three of their other branches, and each one had nothing to offer me.
Fast forward to earlier this evening. The game was in my head, taunting me to go and find a way.
It was enough to drive me to do something drastic: I went online and applied for a free 10-day trial and the subsequent digital download.
Except, I couldn't.
When I tried to create the trial account through Firefox, it said that an error has occurred. When I tried to create the trial account through IE8, it redirected me back to Turbine’s General Free Trial Area for LOTRO and DDO… it’s as if the submit button was the wrong link or something.
Fazed, but undeterred, I resorted to the last possible option: buying a digital copy and enduring the horrendously slow download speeds of my connection.
Except, I couldn't, yet again.
I tried using Firefox and IE8 to buy the game from the link posted on the LOTRO ad page that comes up prior to loading the LOTRO site. Thing is, every time I tried, after submitting the payment information, it said that it was unable to process the request, that I should verify my information, and then try again.
The proper term here now, is SIGH...
It's been six hours since I began my attempts to get an online version of the game to no avail. Perhaps the LOTRO site is borked, or maybe I'm just in the wrong region to download the game. I only wish I had an answer, not only to the question of why I can't get a digital copy of the game, but also to the strange, uncontrollable desire to play a game I barely know and whose source material I never fully read.