Tuesday, 3 January 2006

It’ll never work... Indeed, how could it ever work?

Listening to:

Then I kissed her, The Beach Boys.

They (you know, them) are apparently planning a Massively Multi-Player Online Role-Playing Game based on The Lord of the Rings. I don’t know what stage of things they’re up to with their development, but there is a home-page where you can read all about what is to be.

How this is supposed to work in a way that retains any of the books’ flavour is completely beyond me. Surely the game will become an arena containing a lot of people running around with stupid names, behaving in typically juvenile fashion. “Endie” nails it nicely with this post (one rich with typical MMORPG jargon). The longer article he links to on the Terra Nova blog is also worth a read if you have the time.

This is not to knock the idea of MMORPGs in general. Indeed, I have become a contented player of World of Warcraft, a game that doesn’t take itself too seriously (the players can be another matter), is peopled by characters drawn in a rather cartoony manner, and strives to succeed as a game rather than as a meaningful work of embodied literature.