I’ve been snarking about the over-use of dragons in video games lately. Dragon Age. Dragon’s Dogma. Skyrim. Guild Wars 2. WoW players recently finished off Deathwing in their Dragon Soul raid. Even LotRO recently put in another dragon raid with Isengard.
In WoW, you’re a scrub if you aren’t riding around on a dragon, and with the new revamp to Refer-A-Friend, dragon shape-shifting is still more in vogue (it was available before via the Archaeology hobby. Those poor archaelogists–they could have just referred a friend instead of spending hundreds of hours trying to get the Vial of Sands.)
I was recently looking at a video of a coming Asian action offering (the name escapes me) that shoe-horned dragons into their game in a way that made me flat out laugh.
Dragons are beyond the point of trite and overused. Rift is maybe the exception. Their big bosses are of course more dragons, but taken to an extreme of being extra-planar gods. You can’t argue with that being kind of cool.
When I saw the image above, I thought of another exception–an MMO that lets all players play as dragons. Something like that would be a mold-breaker. The point is to give dragons back their dignity. They’ve totally lost it as raid fodder and WoW mounts–whether rampaging or cute and tamed, they are still pimped for dollars. Even the dragons in Rift border on caricatures when you boil the lore and presentation down.
So. An MMO with a playable dragon race on the verge of extinction. A view from the other side with liberal irony and humor. Unfortunately the name World of Dragons is taken. The devs will have to think of something else (sigh).
LotRO has dragons. It just needs tattoos now. I support the suggestion threads on this. Criticisms tend to involve tattoos “not belonging” in LotRO, or “they don’t exist in Middle-Earth.” Both of those arguments are wrong.
The “not belonging” argument comes from a prejudice of tattoos born largely from the spectrum of modern American culture. I’m not a history buff on this, but I know full well that Japanese and some primitive cultures took a sacred stance towards tattoo, taking body modification into a level of ritual and rite of passage.
The primitive cultures of LotRO do have tattoos, including facial tattoos. I can’t remember if there was a quest text about them. So to those who say they don’t exist in Middle-Earth, have you played LotRO lately?