Posts Tagged ‘star wars’

[SWG] In Memory

December 16, 2011

Wilhem has a great post up about the final night of Star Wars Galaxies. Apparently it passed into history without too many people realizing it. SWG was the very first MMO I every played, and had it not been for the fact that I was knee deep in graduate school, was newly married, and found out my son was on the way, I probably would have had a lot more experience with the game. As it stands, I probably played for a couple of months. I remember the  experience fondly though.

It saddens me that the MMOverse doesn’t have enough room in it for both SWG and SW:ToR. I know that Galaxies had its ups and downs and wasn’t a powerhouse like it could have been, but there were a lot of people who still enjoyed the game. As much as I am enjoying SW:ToR, I wish it didn’t have to be one or the other. My sympathy extends to all the SWG faithful who just lost their pastime.

-Pid

[SW:ToR] Koona t’chuta, Solo?

May 27, 2011

If you haven’t taken the time, read the post over at Darth Hater about the topic of a solo end game for Star Wars: The Old Republic. Then come back here and the rest of this will make more sense.

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Ok, now that you are back:

So apparently there is a big to do about whether SW:ToR will have a solo end game or not. My guess is that it won’t, because most MMORPG’s don’t, but I really hope they prove me wrong.

If you read a lot of the comments and if you dare to wade into the 2500+ comments of the SW:ToR forum topics, you will probably hear this debate.

Soloer: I want to have an endgame that is fun and gives me something to do that doesn’t involve raids or group PvP. I have soloed the whole way to the level cap, why should it stop now? Why can’t I get really cool gear, titles, and achievements too?

Raider: Soloers should not be allowed to have über characters because clearly MMO’s are all about multiplayer content. It’s even in the name, Massively Multiplayer Online Roleplaying Game. If you don’t want to play as a group go play Dragon Age or the Witcher.

Soloer: I’m not asking for gear that will allow me to raid, I’m asking for content and gear that will allow me to progress in that solo content. Keep the raid gear for people who raid.

Anyway, as a predominantly solo MMORPG player, I can say that a number of the arguments that the grouper/raider people mustered really fired me up. I hate the fact that because they like group content and raiding and have an outgoing personality that they think everyone who plays these games should want to do the same thing they do. I mean really, the reason people can raid at endgame is because that is what the developers made for them to do. If they created more options perhaps people would enjoy doing something else. As it is now, some people like to do group PvP and not raid, does that make them wrong?

Why can’t there be content at end game that is for the soloer? Not just stuff like crafting (not that I think crafting is unimportant) but real adventuring content. Why can’t there be solo dungeons or exploration zones? Why can’t there be boss battles that are tough to live through; battles that require tactics and something other than pressing 4-3-2-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1? Why can’t the solo player work really hard and get some cool gear without grinding factions or daily quests?

The answer is plain and simple, there is no good reason.

If developers implemented solo endgame content it could just be another option players have to enjoy the game they want to play. Not the way the raiders/groupers think they should play. I am sick of reading about people telling me how I am supposed to play a game, what build I am supposed to use, or that I am going the “suboptimal” way to accomplish something, noob. Clearly people have me confused with someone else. I pay my $15 a month to enjoy the game however the hell I damn well feel like. Not that I do, but if I wanted to play the game without ever typing a word in the chat box, then that is my prerogative and you have no basis for telling me that I’m wrong.

As far as gear goes:

Should solo end game content give you gear that will allow you to be able to raid?

No

Should raiding give you gear that will allow you to get through the solo end game content?

No

Why can’t they be different?

There is PvP gear and PvE gear, why can’t there be PvE-S and PvE-G gear? Can’t the soloer have elite “Solo gear?”

Sorry for the rant folks, but at the end of the day I want to log into a game and do things when I want and how I want. I don’t want to have to worry about Bill being late for the raid or Cindy having to “AFK for a smoke.” If I have to stop because my wife got a phone call and my daughter kicked my son, I don’t want to interrupt anyone. I have very little free time and the last thing I want to have to do is fit it to a schedule, and even less to another player’s schedule.

Give me a reason to stick around in your game after I reach the cap and I will keep paying you every month. Do you as a developer really care if I am playing the game one way or another? I’m having fun, not bothering anybody, and putting your kids through college. Throw me a bone here will ya?

-Pid

Oh to be George Lucas

February 4, 2011

Here are a couple of Star Wars related items that I saw reading forbes.com today.

Slashfilm.com has an article about a swimsuit that will definitely be disturbing the force this year.

It appears that the force can sell cars too as VW is sporting this commercial (work approved) to try and hock its wares here in the states.

Considering Lucas gets a cut of all things Star Wars I can only imagine what his tax bills look like!

-Pid

GPS on the Dark Side

May 5, 2010

Now this is cool…or lame…I don’t know which. I think I am going to side with the geek in me and call it cool!

Check this out!

Now you can have Lord Vader himself give you suggestions on which route is the best to get to grandma’s house. I wonder what his response is if you miss a turn. Maybe he force chokes you into oblivion!

Speaking of Star Wars, I was thinking today about how to pronounce SW: TOR in a manner like WoW, WAR, or LotRO. I think I am going to pronounce it “sweater.” I don’t know weather it will be a warm cozy sweater or a scratchy irritating sweater yet, but if I make a bad joke about TOR and wool or a cardigan you will know where it came from. You have officially been warned!

-Pid

Picture sources:

starwars.tomtom.com/voices/

nolensvolensknitting.blogspot.com

Scorpion the TOR Bounty Hunter

April 23, 2010

As mentioned at Bio Break, ITG, and Darth Hater there is a new video out containing a bunch of footage about combat in the upcoming BioWare MMO, Star Wars: The Old Republic. It was about 12:30 AM when I started watching it. I had just gotten home from work and I was scarfing down a Southwest Turkey Salad and I almost had to wipe ranch dressing off of my monitor when I saw the Bounty Hunter’s ability to grapple their opponent. The only thing that came to mind was “Get over here!” as made famous by Scorpion from Mortal Kombat!

I’m worried that if I play that class I will spend most of my night saying “cummere” and freaking my sleeping wife out! On the other hand it does look pretty cool.

The devs were explaining how combat animations were really great and if you were a force wielder you wouldn’t just look like you were swinging a sword back and forth all day. While it did look like the animations were more complex than just waving the light saber back and forth, they didn’t seem that much better than any other game…at least to me. The game as a whole does look pretty cool though and the interactions between characters looked pretty synced up. I’m not sure if the video was displaying PvP or PvE, but if the PvP animations work that well at release I will be rather impressed.

I must give props to the developers though, they have made quite an effort to make the non-force using classes look appealing to play. The trooper has this massive gun that I’m sure will be the brunt of many an off color comment, the smuggler or agent (not sure which) has a portable shield generator that they can crouch behind for cover, and the bounty hunter has missiles! Let’s see Masewindoo or Yoduh deflect a missile with his light saber!

-Pid

Some Things are Best Said in a Comic

January 12, 2010

I came across this article today regarding the latest Star Wars movies (Episodes 1-3).

One word…

PRICELESS

-Pid

Say Yes Boba

January 4, 2010

In addition to the Wii, santa brought the newest dust collector for my home office. The Boba Fett bobble head doll! This is quite possibly the greatest Christmas gift I have ever received. Boba spent most of Christmas defending the crystal manger scene of my wife’s from interstellar threats, and now resides comfortably next to Darth Tater and Lego Y-wing fighter on my desk! Sweet!

-Pid