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Good Company, Episode III

I keep meaning to do some form of podcast, or force someone I know that makes a podcast have me as a guest, but Good Company is as close as it gets I suppose. It’s like a podcast in video form, featuring me and Andreas (producer and camera guy at GRTV), and this time we let it run for almost 30 minutes… Might be a bit long for video, but if you tab away you can listen to us talk about Star Wars, instant action in games, more Star Wars, Skate 3 and more Star Wars.

But yeah, podcasting. Should really look into that, because babbling is fun.

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Don’t cry for me, Dantooine

Laugh! Now!

Laugh! Now!

After browsing around on the official Star Wars Galaxies forums, I’ve realised what you need if you decide to try it out. No, it’s not only patience to deal with bugs or with the sometimes twitchy combat. It’s not putting up with the kinda dated graphics, or the questing/mission running to get to level cap.

What you need is a sense of humor, or at least the ability to not take yourself too seriously. Not being prone to go into fits of nerd rage probably helps too.

If you’d decide to pick up SWG, one of the first things you might see when you finally get off Tansarii Station is a wookie with small wings on his back. There’s one on my server standing at the starport in Mos Eisley, giving out Chronicle Holocrons (quests he made himself through the Chronicles system). He looks hilarious. I have no idea how he got the wings, I’ve seen them on other players as well, but there’s just something about a 2.5 meter tall wookie wearing them. It’s awesome.

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If you’re lucky, you might catch a glimpse of the adorable, flying, mini-Ewok pet. It’s disturbingly adorable. I want one, but I believe it’s some form of award from an in-game event I’ve missed. And even though the New Moon Festival, SWG’s version of Halloween, ran when I first started out, I’m afraid that I missed getting the Jabba backpack. Better luck next year?

If your right eyelid is twitching from Star Wars-fueled nerd rage from reading about a flying mini-Ewok, then SWG is probably not for you.

I guess it’s understandable, though. If you came to Star Wars Galaxies, hoping for a 100% perfect Star Wars-experience, then…well, you might be out of luck. Personally, I came to SWG looking for a fun game and a world second, with the Star Wars-universe being a nice backdrop. I don’t even mind all the Jedis running around (hey, I’m playing one), something I understand gets under the skin of a lot of people (let’s not get into how hard it is to market a Star Wars-game without playable Jedis, shall we?).

Relax, put your feet up, come watch the Twi’lek entertainers at the cantina, buy some blue milk or Correlian wine, dance with a Jedi and pet your mini-Ewok. If you can’t do that, due to SOE not strictly following the lore, you might want to stay away.

In the eternal words of Malaclype the Elder  – “the human race will begin solving its problems on the day that it ceases taking itself so seriously”. Don’t be so glum, chum!

How far are developers working on license-MMOs able to go? How much creative freedom should we allow them? What comes first? The license, the game, the marketing, the world? Either way, I want a mini-Klingon in Star Trek Online.

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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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