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Re: Star Wars - The Old Republic
Sun Jul 24, 2011 1:03 pm
  • Too bad, you've got more awesome games to purchase, anyways. Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is coming out in November, and Mass Effect 3 is coming out next March. It's like, the greatest 6-month game release time frame in history. Seriously. I'm McLovin' it. :D
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Re: Star Wars - The Old Republic
Fri Aug 05, 2011 9:20 pm
  • looks fuuuun
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Thu Aug 25, 2011 9:31 pm
  • I'm playing, got my collectors edition pre-ordered. Pretty darn stoked.


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Re: Star Wars - The Old Republic
Thu Aug 25, 2011 10:10 pm
  • Gonna try to get a little sample of it tomorrow at PAX.
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Re: Star Wars - The Old Republic
Tue Aug 30, 2011 3:45 pm
  • My buddy in Portland got a beta invite.... what a fuck! I signed up for beta like 2 yrs ago and still have yet to get mine. I had the opportunity to go to his place and roll a Bounty Hunter and play for about 3 hrs. Man what a great game so far. He has a badass rig so all settings maxed, beautiful stuff. The install is 30 gigs, and there are over 200 hrs of dialog alone. The immersion into the game is incredible, you end up giving a shit about what you do and how you do it.

    Bioware is master at the story, and it is present in this game. I can't wait to play. From what I hear the developers are taking a note from Blizzard and making the game look great but still able to be played on lower end systems which is what tends to kill many MMO's is performance issues. Who knows how well the servers will perform once they ramp up beta but I believe the devs have the money to do what needs to be done to make this game a great experience. Count me in for a .net guild if you guys want to throw something like that together.
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Re: Star Wars - The Old Republic
Thu Sep 01, 2011 9:27 am
  • Does anyone know about the extras in the collector's edition? In particular the exclusive vendor. Trying to decide if it's going to be worth the $150.
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Re: Star Wars - The Old Republic
Thu Sep 01, 2011 10:13 am
  • Nobody knows what the exclusive vendor will have. Aren't all the collector's editions sold out already, though?

    Also, I've got a weekend beta invite for this weekend. Can't wait to get home Friday night and play with almost no sleep through Monday night. ;)
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Re: Star Wars - The Old Republic
Thu Sep 01, 2011 10:36 am
  • I actually went ahead and bought it. Turns out I had some Best Buy reward zone certificates laying around about to expire and that knocked the price down to $85. And I don't think they were sold out. At least not through best buy anyway since my order went through with no problems. Nice on the beta invite btw. Let me know how it goes.

    I signed up for beta seems like ages ago. 2 years I think. I've been in the process of rebuilding my comp and will probably have it finished in time for the game to come out although I could run it now if I had to. Just got my Radeon 6950 2gb pci card in today. Can't wait to put it in.
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Re: Star Wars - The Old Republic
Thu Sep 01, 2011 10:58 am
  • Yeah, my site registration date for my main account (I have two, one I registered the first week on in the middle of '09 and a main one I registered later) is January 2010.
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Re: Star Wars - The Old Republic
Wed Sep 21, 2011 10:08 am
  • Bioware/EA opened up the Guild Formation on their website.

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Re: Star Wars - The Old Republic
Mon Oct 10, 2011 9:49 pm
  • Just got done with my second weekend beta invite; all the first-timers were re-invited to the second one because the first had a number of game-breaking issues.

    Damn, this game is freaking amazing. Wish I could share details on here, but I can't. All I'll say is pre-order it now, and we're more likely to win 16 Super Bowls in a row than you are to regret making that pre-order. Just sayin'.
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Re: Star Wars - The Old Republic
Mon Oct 10, 2011 9:56 pm
  • They made you sign non-disclosure agreements?
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Re: Star Wars - The Old Republic
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Re: Star Wars - The Old Republic
Tue Oct 11, 2011 12:24 am
  • The NDA you agree to when you accept the beta invitation in your email is DRACONIAN. Absolutely brutal. Look at it wrong and they'll steal your firstborn - section three, article two. ;) Why do you think there is like, no leaked info anywhere on the web? They banned one guy because he logged into his beta account from work, and from home, lol.
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Re: Star Wars - The Old Republic
Tue Oct 11, 2011 10:16 am
  • Do they track your username, email and all alternate handles? Sounds pretty hardcore.

    Had two friends play over the weekend but they said they were having connection issues on Friday when everyone was trying to log on. One of them also d/l'ed the wrong beta client and had to start all over.
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Re: Star Wars - The Old Republic
Tue Oct 11, 2011 11:57 am
  • There is no way to download the wrong beta client unless someone from the previous beta weekend shared their download link with you which is a forbidden NDA violation, or you clicked the link to download it in the original email, which the new one specifically said not to do. They also stated flat-out that this was a completely new build and that you must uninstall the prior one if you were in the first weekend beta, and download the new one. This isn't the shack/PWR, so I won't denigrate your friend that downloaded the old client here, but...yeah. ;) Tell him to RTFM, haha.

    Nobody knows for sure what they track, but it's obviously a LOT. They do not want the general public knowing anything they don't specifically release.

    Also...they are really holding back on taking good screenshots. 99% of the screenshots on the www.swtor.com official site are mundane compared to what they could take in the game, right now. They're clearly holding back to release better stuff closer to launch, or just holding back period to let there be more surprises for purchasers of the game; don't know.
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Re: Star Wars - The Old Republic
Thu Nov 10, 2011 9:12 pm
  • I'll be participating in this weekend stress test. Can't wait!
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Re: Star Wars - The Old Republic
Fri Nov 11, 2011 11:02 am
  • I got an invite too for this wknd, already dld and ready to go at 3!!(well gotta run to store for a sixer of the hop czar....) My friend in SF also got one. We'll be rolling a BH and IA so we can start on the same planet.
    My user name will be "FAARCorbantis" hit me up in a tell if you feel like it..I'll PM the server I'm on at 3.

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Re: Star Wars - The Old Republic
Fri Nov 11, 2011 11:40 am
  • Good news to those that haven't gotten into beta, yet. You will.

    http://www.swtor.com/news/news-article/20111111-0

    ^ Confirmation that anyone who signed up for beta access before today will get into one before the game launches. Sweetness.

    @Smokey: I really like Hutta, the starter planet for Imperial Agents and Bounty Hunters. It's better than Korriban, IMO. Granted, they didn't have much artistic license with Korriban; they had to follow the lore and it's pretty detailed in books and such.

    Make sure you guys level to 16-17, high enough to get your ships.
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Re: Star Wars - The Old Republic
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Fri Nov 11, 2011 2:57 pm
  • Donk70 wrote:Can't log in till 6pm CT


    Not sure if you meant -you- can't or not; but it's 5pm cst and I'm pst, that's why I said 3. Bout to log in, I'll let you know what server I'm on.

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Re: Star Wars - The Old Republic
Fri Nov 11, 2011 3:00 pm
  • likewise... Anyone else absolutely annoyed with the "closed beta veteran" attitude on the forums?
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Re: Star Wars - The Old Republic
Fri Nov 11, 2011 3:08 pm
  • I'm going to Iron Citidel.
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Re: Star Wars - The Old Republic
Fri Nov 11, 2011 3:19 pm
  • i went shicha with buddy from SF if anyone cares.

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    edit: hmm, was able to create char on server; but having issues getting in game...my graphics card is subpar but think it has more to do with server loads and stuff...good luck all.
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Re: Star Wars - The Old Republic
Fri Nov 11, 2011 6:59 pm
  • I have a decent video card.. and it runs at like 1-10 fps at BEST...
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Re: Star Wars - The Old Republic
Sat Nov 12, 2011 1:33 am
  • Disable shadows, turn off windowed mode, make sure exclusive full screen mode is on, tweak other graphics settings. They have optimized it quite a bit this build, it plays decently. Shadows make a retarded difference, though.

    Ctrl-Shift-F to get in-game FPS meter.
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Re: Star Wars - The Old Republic
Sat Nov 12, 2011 7:29 am
  • yeah, I had done all that prior to posting. I think my HD is going bad... I meet all the min requirements plus some... so either my RAM is on the edge, or my HD is about to crap out.
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Re: Star Wars - The Old Republic
Sat Nov 12, 2011 7:30 am
  • despite the absolutely horrid FPS, I managed to get to level 9 before I CTD'ed this morning... what should have taken a max of 2 hours took nearly 15.... brutal.
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Re: Star Wars - The Old Republic
Sat Nov 12, 2011 9:49 am
  • Damnit, I can't even play. Finally got into a server with no wait, rolled up a smuggler to play, and it froze on the loading screen. Guess that's why they beta test. :|
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Re: Star Wars - The Old Republic
Sat Nov 12, 2011 3:07 pm
  • unplug your computer from your router after you click play at the launcher. plug it back in after the blank server screen loads. Should fix your problem.

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Re: Star Wars - The Old Republic
Sun Nov 13, 2011 12:36 am
  • Trying to play but there are no servers to select from after I log in... hmm...

    *EDIT* figured it out.
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Re: Star Wars - The Old Republic
Mon Nov 14, 2011 1:28 pm
  • so my computer goes up in smoke saturday night. literally the PSU shorted and zapped the MB.

    So I go out and build a new computer yesterday to attempt a login and sure as shit, servers are down.

    Not once did I get to play anything resembling a game... it was a lot more like watching a picture slide show at .7 fps or less. took the entire weekend to manage level 10.




    I just gotta say, I wanna slap the shit outa most of the "regular beta testers." The superiority complex is astounding, considering they were completely randomly invited...
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Re: Star Wars - The Old Republic
Mon Nov 14, 2011 4:15 pm
  • Lol, ouch. Galen - unfortunately, much of the human race is full of jerk-offs, but I think it was amplified because the regular testers had to wait in multi-hour queues to get on because of the weekenders.

    You will, however, get to play again in a week or two; whenever the final test weekend is. They've already confirmed everyone who has ever signed up for beta testing prior to 11/11/11 will get into it, regardless of whether you've been in one before or not. I know that doesn't help for the weekend that just passed, but it's better than nothing.
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Re: Star Wars - The Old Republic
Tue Nov 15, 2011 3:46 pm
  • Oh, it bothers me not. I have done more MMO alpha and beta testing than most people, so its their turns I guess. It is only the superiority complex that pisses me off. You can understand how someone saying "can't wait till you weekenders are finally gone so I can get back to doin my thing" spewed by dozens of teenagers all weekend was annoying. And you can't tell me that a good 3rd of the beta group is under 18. Nowhere did they require any sort of age verification. It amazes me the NDA has held strong this far.
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Tue Nov 15, 2011 4:23 pm
  • They've made a lot of effort to not let stuff slide. I agree, regardless, however - it is an impressive feat, the lack of leaks. They've made examples out of people on the private beta forums, though. Like I said, one guy even got a permanent ban from it for logging in from work and home, lol. There's a fantastic cracked.com article that points out that it's really only fear of reprisal that keeps most of us from being raging dickheads:

    http://www.cracked.com/article_16239_5- ... oomed.html

    Sounds like the absurdly strict threats worked for BioWare. :)

    (That really is a great article, by the way; read it, IMO.)
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Re: Star Wars - The Old Republic
Tue Nov 15, 2011 4:53 pm
  • Thanks to prior commitments, i was only able to play for a half hour. I rolled up a Sith Inquisitor.

    However, I already registered for the next Beta weekend event.
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Re: Star Wars - The Old Republic
Tue Nov 15, 2011 7:29 pm
  • How did you register for the next one?
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Re: Star Wars - The Old Republic
Thu Nov 17, 2011 7:22 am
  • There was a website that was offering free beta keys if you registered.

    I forget the name of the website. If I can find it, I'll post the website here.
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Re: Star Wars - The Old Republic
Thu Nov 17, 2011 8:48 am
  • ahh, just make sure you don't do that if you've already participated in a weekend beta.. it could cause an error and prevent you from participating... as per their sticky on the beta forums./
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Re: Star Wars - The Old Republic
Thu Nov 17, 2011 4:34 pm
  • Just got an email from Bioware saying that I've been picked for this weekend's beta... which is funny because I have never registered for it.
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Thu Nov 17, 2011 5:06 pm
  • whats the dates on the email say?
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Re: Star Wars - The Old Republic
Fri Nov 18, 2011 4:39 pm
  • The NDA was lifted, so people can talk about SWTOR and post pics/vids/etc. now. :)

    http://www.swtor.com/community/showthread.php?t=630104


    Today's Friday Update was a video for a level 16-ish flashpoint called The Hammer Station. To date, it's my favorite flashpoint for one reason; they cycle the best part of the Episode 1 Droid Invasion music through it occasionally, and that makes it feel epic as hell.

    Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eYgc-kKhEnU From about 30 seconds in to 1:40 in you hear that play probably 6-8 times while in the flashpoint, and it's just like, AWWWWW YEAH, I FEEL EPIC JUST RUNNIN' DOWN THIS HALLWAY!

    Rofl. If anyone has questions about anything, I'll answer 'em now that the NDA is toast.
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  • Ok, anybody who chooses a lot of dark side options (Republic or Empire side) gets dark side corruption effects on their character's face. Pure win. Here is my level 30 Bounty Hunter Powertech after he finished the first class story arc and has Dark Side rank 3. One pic with light shining on him, one without. (There are 5 total ranks, with the effect growing more pronounced at each rank.) Thumbnails embedded, with full HD screenshots at the links here: http://www.somethingdarkside.net/dark1.png and http://www.somethingdarkside.net/dark2.png.

    Also, one other thing - the armor chest piece my guy's wearing in here is poorly textured right now. Most of the armor in the game looks very detailed, (for an MMORPG; this isn't a single-player game, you can't have the kind of detail Skyrim has in an MMO) and looks good; but yeah, not his chest at the moment.



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Sun Nov 20, 2011 9:18 am
  • Galen96 wrote:unplug your computer from your router after you click play at the launcher. plug it back in after the blank server screen loads. Should fix your problem.

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  • I have the feeling I'm going to hate SWTOR.

    Don't get me wrong, I'm almost assuredly going to buy it. It will probably even be fun.

    But WOW was the same way. I just hate it because it killed every slight-sandboxy MMO out there, and then for 5 years games can be broken into two categories "Polished WoW Clones" and "Unpolished WoW Clones" (aka turds). I just have trouble really getting into Theme Park MMOs, even though I think SWTOR will be the best Theme Park MMO out there.
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  • Snohomie wrote:I have the feeling I'm going to hate SWTOR.

    Don't get me wrong, I'm almost assuredly going to buy it. It will probably even be fun.

    But WOW was the same way. I just hate it because it killed every slight-sandboxy MMO out there, and then for 5 years games can be broken into two categories "Polished WoW Clones" and "Unpolished WoW Clones" (aka turds). I just have trouble really getting into Theme Park MMOs, even though I think SWTOR will be the best Theme Park MMO out there.


    Well, we don't really know how content is at 50; but the fact that you can realistically level characters playing frequently for a year before you get one to level 50 for every advanced class surely is worth something. I'm looking forward to simply even leveling alts, whereas in WoW, that was a suicide-inducing job; haha.
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  • Got another invite to SW:ToR. Site is getting hammered and I can't login correctly due to some dumb security question that won't pass.

    No clue if it's a weekend thing or unlimited... hopefully it's a little longer.
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  • Just the huge, final weekend beta. Their site's definitely getting hammered at present, though I wouldn't think the security question's related to that; unless by "won't pass" you mean it's timing out or having a technical issue, versus being answered incorrectly. ;)
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  • It won't accept my answer to the security question.

    In my e-mail it didn't mention anything about it being only for the weekend but I can't verify without logging into the account.

    *EDIT*

    Systems all kinds of borked...

    It's asking me security questions I didn't fill out and it randomly gave me access even though I kept answering the same.
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