Over the years I would say I have toyed with several computer games like Kings Quest, Flight Simulator, Leisure Suit Larry and some of the movie based LOTR games. After considerable thought and an assessment of how much time I am likely to spend on it - we purchased the new Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar and installed it last night on the computer (warning: when you first load it in there are lots of files to be updated - took about 4 hours). It is quite amazing (and that's only after an hour or so on it). I created an Elvish Lore Master named Golubedir (Sindarin - Golu - wisdom/ Ped - root of speak/ir - masculine ending) and he is currently fumbling his way through a training area of Middle Earth around the Ered Luin
This game is called an MMOG (Massive Multiplayer Online Game) that allows us to interact with computer generated and online players (not sure yet how to distinguish one from the other). Think Middle Earth meets Second Life!! There are over 3,000 places and 1,500 people to meet as well as opportunities to go on quests, fight and become monsters, etc. More to come on how I fare. Be great to hear comments from anyone else currently taking a vacation in Middle Earth.
Just look out for Golubedir - a somewhat clumsy Elvish Lore Speaker who may be looking kind of lost!