SWTOR Devs suck at social media. Yea, I said it. Just like that. That's a pretty bold opening sentence Mae, you may think, but every other opening I wrote just sounded...well...fluff. And since I’m probably going to annoy any Dev that actually reads my blog (oh wait, none) I might as well just cut to the chase. SWTOR Devs suck at social media. It doesn't take long to skim the posts across the Top 3; Twitter, Instagram, and that relic to the past Facebook, to see there is little to no effort put into managing those accounts. This is 2015, social media has to be in someone’s job description, right?
Change is inevitable and whether you think it’s good, bad, or simply are along for the ride, it’s gonna happen. That’s a good thing though. Things can’t get better if they don’t change, and everything the same makes for pretty boring, pretty quick. With the first quarter of the year soon to end, we’re starting to see some of the changes SWTOR has been promising us since the beginning of the year. And some changes we didn’t see coming.
Playing games online means one has a fairly high chance of encountering a Toxic Gamer. It’s a harsh reality of our online age that anonymity = idiocracy and self loathing = lashing out; resulting in individuals turning the the games we’re meant to play for fun into something darker. As gaming and esports continues to grow in popularity and prominence, Developers are having to do more and more to patrol their users and maintain a positive gaming environment. This process is constantly changing and being redefined, and is one of the hot topic issues in gaming right now.
Operation Failed? Thats how many are feeling today with the announcement that the ESL partnered speedrun competition, Operation Victory, has been cancelled. While many were waiting with anticipation for the official rules of the competition, slated to start tomorrow, Eric made the following posts this afternoon taking most of the community by surprise.
While the name may remind you of a covert American Military mission, this competition is one of the best announcements from the Devs...ever! I can't wait to see how many people participate and what strategies they use!
I also think for the finals it would be neat if the Dev's got "commentators". That's how other E-sports do it and I think it will lend excitement to the event. SWTOR needs more hype, broadcasting and advertising the competition as an event will make it more badass.
I'm personally ok with it not being a PvP competition. There are many balance problems with PvP, and also a logistics issue, that a speed run was probably just easier to get off the ground.
There may also be a demographics aspect to this decision. Maybe the Devs felt participation would be higher with Story Modes being the battlefield. There are some concerns though with current bugs in game affecting the outcome of the race. We shall see whether those bugs affect the outcome or not.
And I don't want to say that I've been constantly commenting on the lack of "Official Competitiveness" in SWTOR...but I have. Lots of people have actually. It's good to see them responding. Hopefully we'll see PvP and fan submission events in the future.
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3.1.2 on the PTS
Sorcs/Sages, Sins/Shadows, and Mercs/Commando are all up for balance changes on the PTS. Make sure to check out the proposed changes and let the Devs know how you feel. There are some really great items coming in Cartel Packs! Also some really...interesting...hairstyles.
Data Mined Info
Over the past week I’ve been asking around in both the SWTOR and WoW communities about Players’ alts. How many they had, how many were max level, how many they actually played, and why they had them? It was really interesting to see the ranges of difference, and the similarities between the two games. Many ideas I had were confirmed by what I found, but I was also really surprised by what I found too. Are you an Altaholic, or just the average?
There were a few disappointed SWTOR fans on Friday when the Producer’s Road Map we’d all been waiting for wasn't posted soon™ enough. I’ll admit, I went to bed last night a teensy bit grumbly that we were going to have to wait a whole week for Bruce’s puns and the inevitable twitter discussions...but what Monday morning magic did I wake to? Not one, but TWO major news updates from Bioware. Obviously that one fanfic I read on reddit where Jeff tied Bruce up in his office on Friday when Eric came around looking for the Roadmap was true...
Something new I've been wanted to do is write some SWTOR based fanfics about my characters. I started with Maylstrom because she is close to my heart and I feel like I have the best grasp on her character. Hope you guys enjoy it, and if you do, I'll write more!
Since I’m now a casual in SWTOR, I’m taking the opportunity to branch out and play some different games. I did some ARAM, leveled some in WoW, and practiced my FPS skills in this random Flash game. Meanwhile, my friend Adam had been pestering me for weeks over whether I had tried Hots yet, because he loved it. Now, I’ve been waiting to get back on the Blizzard Band Wagon for a while. I’m pretty sure WoW is going to be my “competitive” PvE game, and I know I have a nerd chubby for Overwatch, but Hots hadn't really jumped out at me with needing to play it. Adam wouldn't stop bothering me about it though, so I gave it a shot. One week later I’m level 20, sunk some money into a unicorn mount, and am pretty much addicted.