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Reloading... Do or Do Not

Posted Tue, Jul 05, 2011 by Ethec

Welcome to the 29th edition of Reloading…

“Because I could not stop for Death,
He kindly stopped for me.
The Carriage held but just ourselves
And Immortality.”
-- Emily Dickenson

My most heartfelt condolences to Neil Patrick Harris on the loss of his Grandfather.  G. Walter Scott was 95 years of age.

Everyone can use a feel good moment to start the day.   Let’s go with this…

It was March 16th, 2000 when an announcement was made that clutched the MMO community with both hands and thrust it firmly into the public eye.   LucasArts Entertainment, the driving force behind Star Wars was partnering with Verant Interactive, the driving force behind Everquest.   It was a match made in gaming Heaven.   How could this title not become a rousing success?
On June 26th, 2003 (I remember this because it launched on my birthday) Star Wars Galaxies went live.   I had played the beta (actually paying for the discs to be shipped by SOE) and had my reservations, but in the end it was Star Wars.   I would continue to play EverQuest, foregoing the opportunity to experience the Star Wars universe as a MMOG, but I always kept tabs on what was happening in the game that I thought would take me away from Norrath. 
Eight years have passed and SOE has published many other MMOGs.   Star Wars Galaxies has ridden through rough seas, not the least of which was the New Game Enhancement or NGE, which instituted such drastic changes to the game that may veterans left, never to return.   And yet, many players carried on and some new blood arrived.   The game moved forward, expansions were released and most importantly, the playerbase had fun.
  • Jump to Lightspeed – October 2004 – Introduced space combat.
  • Rage of the Wookies – March 2005
  • Trials of Obi-Wan – November 2005
 On June 24th of this year, almost exactly eight years to the day after launch, SOE announced that Star Wars Galaxies was being shut down.    Many players have been with SWG since launch.   Eight years is an enormous investment, both in time and in spirit, so it comes as no surprise to me that a portion of the SWG community is outraged that the hobby they have spent eight years enjoying is being taken away from them.

The Star Wars community, whether it be the gaming or movie community has always been vocal and the closure of the game has only made this more evident.   Every game, person or creature has a lifespan.   Was SWG terminally ill?   Was it time to cut off life support?   I’ll let you decide that for yourself.  Below are some links from the group rallying to save Star Wars Galaxies.
Send me your thoughts. As always, you can contact me a number of ways:
  • Email
  • Twitter
  • Telepathy (Just make sure it’s during business hours.  I hate to be woken by this stuff)
Until we meet again,
John “Boomjack” Hoskin
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Want to thank you for making an article that didn't focus on how lame SWG is and it's fans. For the past two weeks it has been the fans that have suffered the ridicule from media with incomplete and false reporting about the fans negative reaction towards the game's closure.

To my knowledge there is no pending lawsuit with SOE from any SWG players but last week Venturebeat posted a story stating 50 players have filed a class action lawsuit against SOE for removing forum post about the petition. Venturebeat quickly removed the story but damage was done and many other news outlets ran with the story. Later that day Venturebeat ran another story about how insane the players are in wanting to save the game and the rest of the news outlets ran with the same tone. A bit unfair I think to be so instantly bias towards SWG fans.

Last week SWG fans tried to make the record straight and I found comments on every website I found covering the news that the media is getting it all wrong and please tell the whole story but by the looks of a lack of coverage this week all the news outlets decided best to run from wanting the fans point of view.

The fans feel disenfranchised and ignored. All discussion SOE and LucasArts had about closing the game was done behind closed doors and now that they announce the closure the fans are being ignored by both companies with our questions. All we are asking is why must the game close when there are proven methods to keep it running and even to help it grow? Only answers we have gotten is silence from both companies and no one in the media is asking that question either. Only thing we are getting is "hey don't you know there's a new game coming with Star Wars in the title?" Well, the fans of SWG don't see it that way. Many of us would have played both games, many would have left SWG for TOR and many would not try TOR at all. Shouldn't that be up to us if we wanted to play the new game? Instead we are being told we have to play the new game if we want Star Wars in the title and when we ask why all we get is a cold shoulder.

I know I'm not very good at articulating what exactly is going on and I'm not begging for mercy. All I want is the whole story from the companies and the fans told. In those links for the petition and Facebook you will find story after story from the fans as to why we love SWG and why it can succeed if managed properly. I'm still waiting for a statement from both companies as to why they feel it can't and I will like to know why they are disenfranchising their fans.

Thanks again John “Boomjack” Hoskin for not flaming SWG fans and if you will like to get our side of this from someone that can explain it better then follow the contact information on the petition and or come chat with us in the Facebook page. Thank you.

Thanks for the comment.

I'm in Vegas this weekend, and if by chance the Big Smed is available I will certainly ask some questions.

Good luck on your quest. I never realized what a vibrant community played SWG.

Best kept secret on the net. As for me, I never minded all the bad reviews and press because it helped keep people out that would just give the community a bad name. That's what we are, a community. It's not really a game to us and by far we are adults playing this sandbox. If only we can keep the bulldozer off the grass.

Thank you very much. Your the only one I have seen anywhere writing anything that didn't amen the end of SWG.

I mailed you my reply, but wanted to Thank you again here! Yes, yes.....find Smedley for us! LOL


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