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Honestly – about that Star Wars MMO…

My old smuggler with her speeder.

My old smuggler with her speeder.

No, not Star Wars: The Old Republic. Too many question marks up in the air about that game and I’m not ready to herald it as the second coming of MMOs or the “World of Warcraft-killer” that some people will happily call it long before we even have a closed beta to poke around in. I’m talking about that other Star Wars MMO, the one that people seem to love to hate.

Yes, Star Wars: Galaxies. I’m going there. I might live to regret it.

I’ve been thinking about this for a while, but this post was ultimately spawned by Dub’s comment on Werit’s post about Death Troopers (be sure to check out the trailer, it’s awesome). Dub states that he looks “forward to SWG finally dieing [sic] out once ToR releases”. I’ve heard it said before, the hate against SW:G never seems to die out – the pure hatred that some people feel towards SOE’s controversial NGE-initiative is as alive and kicking today as it was when it rolled out in 2005.

But let’s be honest here. Is Star Wars: Galaxies such a bad game? This month the NGE happened four years ago, the game has had all that time to improve, there’s been a ton of updates and despite the server-merger there will still be a ton of servers to play on. Obviously the game is still alive, be that from subscriptions or Station Access.

I’ve played the game twice, never going past trial – not so much because I didn’t like it as I had tons of other games to play. I never tried it before the NGE, so I don’t have that to base my experience on. To me, SW:G felt like a solid MMO with lots of mission and sandbox options, with advanced player owned housing and cities and with a really good Star Wars-feel to it.

Isn’t it time to forget and forgive, perhaps take a look at it with a fresh pair of eyes? My current trial is running out, but I’m considering turning it into a full account and give it a proper go. If I can find the time between EVE, Fallen Earth, Ryzom and Dragon Age…

(I realise that this post might get no comments at all, or spawn a whole lot of flames. Please, keep it civil and don’t drag up old grudges. Try to stay as nice as possible.)

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MMO-quote of the day #2: Angry nerd is angry

I’ve been reading up a bit on Star Wars Galaxies and that game’s trials and tribulations lately, in an attempt to find out if it’s actually worth checking out. This morning I was reading Zenke‘s old SWG history lessons on Massively, when I came across this comment.

Agreed FNORD this article just about made me puke. Seriously…the game is still has 250k players less then it did during pre-CU. It sucks. Only SOE could fail at making a Star Wars MMO etc, etc. Ive said it all before. My only beef with Massively is that you suck SOE’s collective dick. They’ve screwed over more ppl the Enron. (source)

Wow, nerd rage really knows no boundaries. Yup, SOE deciding to go for the New Game Experience might have been a bad call, or an attempt to milk more money from the game at the expense of the veteran players, but comparing it to the Enron scandal might be taking it a bit far, no?

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