Jul 082011

by Chris Logel

[Editor’s note: Today we welcome Staff Writer Chris Logel to the CRR team.  Chris discusses the importance of fostering social interactions between players and explains why he is hopeful that SWTOR will be a good environment for socializing.]

The MMO game genre is unlike any other in that a large number of people come together to simultaneously play in the same game space. This is naturally a very social gaming experience. Unfortunately, developers have not been very good at nurturing this inherently social space in MMOs. Their solution has typically been to do nothing and let social behaviors grow organically as an emergent result of the game’s inherently social features.

More “Creating a Sociable Game Space” and Comments after the jump. Continue reading »

Jun 272011

Dover from Darth Hater

Discuss this episode on the forums here.

We’ve been trying to get Dover on the show since we found out how fun he is in person at PAX East earlier this year.  The planets finally aligned and we met up to talk about SWTOR and how to handle people who annoy you.

FACT OR FICTION: Can you pick out the confirmed fact from the tall tales?  This week’s host challenge involves knowing your SWTOR biographies. Continue reading »

Jun 242011

Sony Online Entertainment and LucasArts announced to day that Star Wars Galaxies will be shutting down its services for the MMO and trading card game after December 15, 2011.  “The shutdown of SWG is a very difficult decision, but SOE and LucasArts have mutually agreed that the end of 2011 is the appropriate time to end the game,” reads the statement at starwarsgalaxies.station.com.

September 15th is the last day customers will be able to buy the game or the trading cards.  September 15th is also the last day to start new subscriptions or reactivate old accounts.  On December 15th, all services will be turned off.

Read the full statement here.  Official SWTOR forums discussion here.

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