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Tolkien's Virtual World Takes Off


Sep 30 2007, 3:25pm

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Tolkien's Virtual World Takes Off

Jeff Anderson is not a nerd. The 40-year-old chief executive of Westwood (Mass.) video game developer Turbine is six feet tall, with the frame of an NFL linebacker. Nevertheless, he presides over a vast and rapidly growing virtual world of elves, orcs, dragons, and hobbits. In April, Anderson's company took the wraps off the Lord of the Rings Online, a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) for PC, based on J.R.R. Tolkien's classic books. The explosive growth of the game—players have created some 4 million unique characters in just five months—has vaulted the company into the top tier of online game design companies and made it the largest privately held developer of massively multiplayer games in the U.S.

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SandWitch King

Oct 2 2007, 9:46pm

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I play - It is FUN! {NT}


No wonder all writers want to direct: one still has to put up with a load of nonsense, but even if wearing two hats (writer and director), there is one under which one is not called a thief and then raped - David Mamet

Tol Eressea

Oct 3 2007, 3:43am

Views: 9134
I haven't

played yet, but I fully intend to purchase it, create my own hobbit, and roam til I can't roam no more!

What's the matter, James? No glib remark? No pithy comeback?"


Oct 3 2007, 3:54am

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I've been playing it a bit...

and do enjoy it. Good fun.

Do not meddle in the affairs of hobbits for we can bite your kneecaps off!

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