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As for the OP's note, I think it's a stretch to think a 10year old game would still be pulling in the same amount of people as it did when it started. With no advertising I see 'I just found this game' over on the Steam forums all the time. Yes there are some people just getting into it, the more able to solo feature is there because there's not a lot of lower levels. Can't see how that make's it unplayable.chambordin said:Everything in lotro is monetized, little signs everywhere throughout every single interface window that you can purchase this or unlock that or upgrade this or boost that.
I just ignore them, so what they pop up? I'd almost rather see something telling me what I didn't have than rage quit because I couldn't do something. And I think you're over dramatizing it as the only pop up's come if you move to a zone you don't have (and yes those are annoying if all you're doing is going in and out an instance) or when you level up.
They have a slot machine called hobbit gifts that lets you waste mithril coins, an intermediate cash shop currency (it's a currency that you buy with cash shop currency, which this cash shop currency (lotro store points) you can buy with real money) it's like in game real money currencyception.
How? Not only do you have to click on the icon to get it to pop up (don't want it? Don't click on it!), you hit the free roll, take the item which 99% of the time get's sold as trash and play on. You can see the items on the list and there's nothing on it worth playing slot machine for. You make it sound like if they have a choice they'll always spend the cash. Sorry I don't buy that.