Star Wars: The Old Republic

Wednesday, November 25, 2009 | 11:10 am
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Another in the long line of Star Wars games.

Well, that’s how I’ve heard it described by some. Me? I don’t think that’s how it is going to be. With the amount of time that this game been in Alpha, it’s shaping up to be an awesome game…. at least that’s what I’m hoping. Bioware has had this game under development now for almost 6 years. I’m beginning to think that it’s just another “mythical” game. You know what I’m talking about. All the games that many of us followed for years, waiting with bated breath on it’s release, only to get the news that it will never be.

Hopefully, the Force willing, this will not be one of those games. And I don’t think Lucas Arts will let it become that.

“Why” you ask? Well, namely because SW:TOR is now the only saving grace after the NGE (New Game Experience) that came to Star Wars: Galaxies. Many left and ridiculed the game after this, and many loathed LA and SOE.

star_wars_the_force_unleashed_2 LA did have the hit console game “The Force Unleashed.” This was a semi-saving grace for LA. I’ll admit, I had thought about buying an Xbox360 solely for this game. The graphics and utterly awesome physics engine behind this behemoth is simply amazing. But I’m getting off point.

SW:TOR is, by all the preview videos and screenshots that I’ve seen, shaping up to be an awesome game. Even in alpha, the graphics look amazing and the content already seems amazing. The scope and level that cooperation between players and classes, thus far, is taking gaming to a new level. The complete holding of conversations and true (and realistic) interactions with NPCs is simply stunning. Now, the pessimist in me is saying, “Yeah, but that is all probably staged and edited to the hilt to make it look unbelievable awesome.” I’m hoping this isn’t the case. I want to believe that the videos I have seen of the development and testing of the game is true and, to a point, unedited.

All in all, I really can’t wait for beta to begin. And I think that is the one thing that bugs me more than anything else. Others and myself have been following this game now for almost five years and the game still hasn’t gone into any beta phase. Even with all the complexities that will obviously go into this game, it’s sad to see that it still hasn’t gone to beta, yet. It seems like Bioware is living up to its reputation of in-house over-testing before they even go to beta. I believe this is a heinously bad approach. Beta is a time for new and old gamers to come in, test, explore, and, yes, break a game. But it’s also a time for when those gamers get to gather info for that day when the NDA is lifted and they can spread the word of the game.

In the end, Bioware will go to beta and we will all finally get to see the new additional to the Star Wars family of games. Let us all hope that it’s not later, rather than sooner.

New look

Sunday, October 11, 2009 | 2:10 am
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Well, as I tend to do, I got bored with the old (new) layout. It was only about 4 months old, but I got tired of it kinda quick. So, I’ve spent the last couple days doing up this new look. Hopefully the navigation and overall look of the site is better for everyone… and my sanity.

There is a little less screen-space to use, but I was able to make sure everything fit into place without being cramped. But don’t worry, all of goodies that have always been here are still available.

Reset

Sunday, September 27, 2009 | 4:08 am
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Reset Ok, so I’ve decided to get back into doing comics. Bare with me as I journey back down this way, since it’s been close to a decade since I’ve drawn anything from scratch. This probably explains why my first attempt in years is nothing but a simple black outline toon strip, lol!

I’ve been a tech guy for over 15 years. I’ve been the family wiz-kid with computers, I’ve been tech support at multiple companies and I’ve been the go-to-guy for anyone that was a friend, friend-of-a-friend or some stranger on the street when it comes to computer issues. So, in celebration of this fact, this little gem was born of my many years of tech support…

*Note – No actual monitors were hurt in the making of this comic.