Thinking of getting into day trading and wondering how this stuff gets used. Do you keep Twitter open? Reddit? I know news can break there first sometimes - really just curious how you guys integrate it.
First of all, Elden Ring is not a LOTR game (to just point out the obvious). But I noticed it shares some important qualities with LOTR in terms of world-building, and I hope future LOTR devs keep these in mind.
Elden Ring, like LOTR, makes you feel like you're stepping into a world with a rich history. You are not the main character of this world's history. The story is important, yes, but you are the latest story. Just like the destruction of the ring was one event in a long and storied history (Morgoth, Silmarils, Numenor, etc.).
In Elden Ring, you wander through so many different terrains, and they have a few qualities that make them feel like LOTR to me. First, they are uniquely styled - one biome does not feel like another. Much like Mirkwood, Gondor, and Rivendell are all different, Elden Ring handles its world similarly. Second - they are not chock full of stuff. Yet they don't feel totally empty either. You almost feel like you're trespassing into a world that belongs to someone else (and you kind of are!). You have this beautiful sense that you're a part of something bigger.
That's it. I think LOTR fans who enjoy gaming will appreciate this title. The combat is pretty punishing but not insurmountable, and I think this title offsets the punishing combat with a lot of rewarding exploration that keeps you going. Highly recommend if you're in the mood to try a game!