Mea Culpa from Space

For months I have been telling everyone that SWTOR is going to be a bust. End-game is dubious, the graphics are cartoony, and themepark MMOs are so 2009. Plus, I’m not a huge Star Wars nerd. This game, I declared once, is not for me. And I still could be entirely right about all those things, but what I didn’t account for is that it would also be a wagonload of fun. I’m not saying it’s the greatest MMO ever, or...

Disclosing SWTOR Beta Information!

I realize that I am in the middle of a three-part post series, and I do intend to get back to it, but something happened today that demands attention: Bioware has dropped the NDA for last weekend’s beta testers. I’m a might unprepared to talk about this, so let me just throw out a few quick points. (No story spoilers.) I played the beta for about 8 hours over the weekend and levelled a Jedi Knight to 10, including picking...

Recruiting for SWTOR: creating your marketing message

It is almost exactly a month until the first people will be let in the pod bay doors for the launch of SWTOR. All my trepidation about level-capped content aside, the game is undeniably going to be incredibly popular. Storefront pre-order numbers are rapidly approaching one million, and while digital pre-orders are not publicly tallied one can safely assume that they’re equally enormous. Suffice to say that a whole lot of people...

Not Disclosing SWTOR Beta Information!

There was an SWTOR beta this past weekend, and I was in it. That’s all we’re allowed to say according to EA/Bioware’s ongoing totally stupid Non-Disclosure Agreement. Seriously, Massively is currently giving away 75,000 beta keys in ADDITION to all the folks who signed up on the official SWTOR website for beta, and we’re still not supposed to talk about it? It’s almost a social experiment at this point to...

Managing Expectations for SWTOR, part two

As we get closer to the launch date, I get more and more nervous about SWTOR. I suppose I would be less worried if the game wasn’t already being lauded by many as the savior of MMOs, one game to rule us all. Don’t like the current popular MMOs? That’s okay — SWTOR is coming! Think that the concept of community in a game is dying? Wait until you see SWTOR! The overly devoted fans are working nonstop to explain...

Mo’ Games, Mo’ Problems

Just a few quick notes today as both work and play are kicking my butt this week. Tyrande Whisperwind finally got a makeover! I think most if not all of the other female major lore figures in WoW have been freshened up before now, and Tyrande and her Mooncloth Robe were certainly overdue. Blizzard is typically pretty bad at powerful armor for women, and this is no exception. (Seriously, check out Azshara’s pasties.) One of my...

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