So a new trailer was released for Shadow of War the other day:
This is pretty stupid. OK, it is totally stupid.
I kind of love it.
There is a thread on Neogaf at the moment, and lot’s of people are angry about this. A lot of debate revolves around the lack of respect for Tolkien’s original text. Obviously this shows no respect for the text at all.
Keep in mind a lot of people’s views are coloured by the various design choices added into this game. Loot boxes in a single player game for example. I agree it’s not a great look but there are shades of gray here, these things can be done well and not detract from the overall game.
Anyway, my question to you lovely lot, is this too far. Should we show some respect to the source material? How much respect is enough respect? As well as this example, are there any others you can bring to the table?
Personally, I would say this is so far removed from Tolkien’s work that it might as well not be associated. Sexy Shelob is stupid and far more worthy of scorn than a stupid promo video.
The films are revered but Tolkien’s son has distanced himself from them while making some excellent points about how venerable properties are treated. I honestly found the level of anger directed at this kind of funny and symptomatic of the gaming community’s tendency to tribalism. Company X is bad, Company X is good. Company X is against gamers, Company Y is for us etc.