Proof At Last

No one can argue that Turbine has some extremely talented artists and designers; arguably, they’ve released some of the most engaging and beautiful content of any MMO to date.

However, I’ve long been a believer that Turbine’s designers also have a terrible secret, hiding in plain sight of all LotRO players. I believe that, at some point in the initial development of the game (probably an alcohol-fueled company party) several designers came together and made a bet – to see who could come up with the most horrendous piece of fashion that players would accept. And I finally found proof; an item so ugly that it is an affront to humanity, so gaudy that it must be part of some conspiracy (or just a sick joke…).


Names have been changed to protect the innocent…

And it’s probable inspiration:


Courtesy of Walmart

If he (an alt of Dagrin of Vilya) weren’t in the Rift at the time, I would say he’s part of a killer holiday party, and had been hitting the Perry’s Porter and Longbottom Leaf a little too hard.

Granted, it’s not the worst hat in the game, but it comes darn close. And it is proof that someone at Turbine has a very interesting sense of humor.

4 responses to “Proof At Last

  1. If you think that’s bad, you should check out the elf robe from Celondim (or maybe Dulliondl. The #1 worst piece of cosmetic in all of lotro.

    • LOL. I think I’ve seen that one! The hat was just what pushed it too far for me…I saw him put it on, and had to grab a screen and post it…too funny!

  2. Hey, my Guard wears that hat!

    Ok, true what you say and I’ve made a point of collecting every bad hat I’ve found. One day I’ll publish all the screenies when I feel the internet is ready for the full horror 🙂

  3. Pingback: The Road to Mordor: A conspiracy of hats « Geek City

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