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Posted: Dec 5th 2009 11:24AM Platypus Man said

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The cancellation of Tabula Rasa affected me a little more deeply than I would prefer -- from a video game, at least. I'd made some great friends in the game and had really enjoyed my time there - we were just in the process of trying to resurrect the roleplaying community there when the cancellation was announced.

For all its flaws, it's one of the most fun games I've played. I still kinda miss it.

Posted: Dec 5th 2009 11:27AM synrg023 said

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It would have to Phantasy Star Online on the Dreamcast. Getting online for the first time ever with a console using NetZero's free 40 hour / month dial up lol. Experimenting with feeding my MAG and watching the end transformation results was possibly one of the best parts I enjoyed doing.

Posted: Dec 5th 2009 11:58AM jpo said

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Vanguard.

I tried so hard, and so many times, to like that game. On paper, it was everything I dreamed of and it just never made it.

Posted: Dec 5th 2009 3:28PM ultimateq said

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Amen. A-freaking-men. I love Vanguard, I was really torn between VG and EQ. The game is just so great, but for some reason I just can't stick with it either.
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Posted: Dec 5th 2009 11:58AM Loki1 said

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"Emotional questline", how droll.

Yeah i always get emotional when im collecting rats' ears and testicles.

Posted: Dec 5th 2009 12:12PM (Unverified) said

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My heart goes a mile a minute when PVPing in Asheron's Call. It's a lot more fun when you have something to lose.

Posted: Dec 5th 2009 12:11PM Hambone Hamlet said

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Dark Age of Camelot ... it was my first MMORPG. I had no idea what I was getting into when I brought the game. In my mind, its the GOAT (Greatest Of All Time) MMO because all the first time experiences I had and all the friends I made (and still have) playing that game.

Posted: Dec 5th 2009 12:18PM (Unverified) said

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From the MMO world I got that kind of feeling from playing Dark Age of Camelot. I also had very strong emotional ties to SW:KOTOR2, All Warcraft , Starcraft, and Diablo. They really played a large part in shaping who I am as a person today. I figured my love of the Warcraft universe would directly translate into a holy experience while playing WoW. Sadly, it was only fleeting.

While playing through KOTOR2 it was all I would do is play it or sleep. While sleeping I would have these amazingly vivid dreams of living the Star Wars universe. It was truly a complete immersion.

I had one of the largest emotional bonds to the game Kingdom Hearts. I grew up with Disney and square Enix content and seeing them merge really melted my heart. I cried a lot at the end. Still have not played #2.

Posted: Dec 5th 2009 12:56PM (Unverified) said

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SWG definitely. I had joined an Imperial Navy guild. Although it was a RP guild on the Eclipse server, we mostly just ran missions and hung out. We ended moving to a player run city. I can't remember the name but those that ran the city were really into it. There was a mayor, a city council, zoning laws, the whole gambit. More red tape than I have ever seen in a game.

I had a shop in the industrial part of town and after a few months, a "gentlemans" club opened next to me, complete with virtual dancing and the adult themes common with that sort of place.

On a fling I thought it would be fun to have a droid positioned outside my house and spam religious warnings to customers entering the club. Not because I'm religious, I just thought the idea of a virtual strip club in a game where you couldn't actually strip was a little silly. To each their own though, I just wanted to have a little fun with it. If they were going to roleplay a city and a strip joint, then you need to have a foil. So I placed the droid just close enough so they could hear it going in, but not affecting those inside. Soon, the city police came and told me to shut down my droid. I complied but put in a petition with the city council complaining of the heavy armed tactics of the police and infringments on the freedom of speech.

I won the case and my bot went back up which did not please the mayor. Mediation was attempted. Finaly, it was too much for the mayor and she quit. This left an opening for mayor that no one wanted to fill. Our guild leader, a General in the Empire, told the city that he would fill in until someone stepped up.

Things went smoothly until we placed a shop without going through the zoning council. The mayor decided that the red tape was infringing development and dissolved the council. The city council protested then we decided that democracy was failing here, just like it had over the entire system, so we declared martial law and dissolved the city council.

People were really upset. It was some of the best drama I have ever seen in a game. It was as close to living Star Wars as I could get.

RIP SWG.

Posted: Dec 5th 2009 2:34PM (Unverified) said

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This kind of stuff is what was so great about SWG. We had small rebel guild that was part of a greater "alliance" if you will. If the call went out to defend a city or a cluster of bases we would get the word through the alliance mail system. Same for offensive operations.We had a spy placed in our guild with out our knowledge for a long time, he would relay all information he got to his superiors in the Imperial guild. Man when we found out the shit hit the fan, but they got us pretty good and reduced the effectiveness of all of the rebel forces on our server, the imperials were dominant for most of the first few years due to this operation.

this was on Ahazi btw if anyone remembers any of that (Cobin, Semperfi, the ONE guild etc.), this was some of the best times I have ever had in game and probably the most upset I have got over a game at the same time lol, god i felt like a dipshit forgetting played like that.
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Posted: Dec 5th 2009 3:43PM ultimateq said

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Those are some fantastic stories. I played SWG for quite a while, I never quite hit that amount of drama, but the game still had a huge impact on me. Looking back at it now, it may have actually been the best MMORPG that I've ever played. It was so in depth, that it was staggering.

RIP SWG
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Posted: Dec 5th 2009 9:43PM (Unverified) said

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RIP indeed. I hate to be that guy who pines over a lost cause but I genuinely miss it. best gaming experience for me hands down

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Posted: Dec 5th 2009 11:05PM Samael said

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Man hearing these kinds of stories makes me wish I played that game. I played it post NGE and I did not like it at all. I know SW:TOR will not be something like this, although it will more than likely be an awesome game in its own right. But I would have really liked to experience this. That would have been awesome.

For me it has been LoTRO, and single player games really. I remember I had trouble playing FEAR for a while cause it scared the shit out of me (this was right after I was The Ring for the first time). Then games like Baldur's Gate and KoTOR, I really got attached to my characters.

I haven't had much proper experience in MMOs, I was always a casual player. I always had fun with my guilds. One of them was for WoW, a guild where I think I was the youngest member, it was so much fun with those guys, even if we were doing nothing but just jumping from places and dying. Never was really part of guild drama, its fun to read from the outside but from the inside I don't know if I would like it too much.
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Posted: Dec 5th 2009 2:03PM (Unverified) said

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Zelda: Ocarina of Time

I have always liked the Zelda games even though each one is almost the same as the previous. I loved Ocarina because I remember spending a lot of time at my friend's house trying to get everything and do everything. Used to play endlessly and couldn't wait to play again.
It's likely the innocence factor. Today I can rarely play a game that same way because I'll get 'bored.' I never got bored as a kid, everything was so exciting. Zelda was a princess that I was going to rescue. It's like I was some hero.

Sounds kiddy, but back then I loved it, and would do it all over again.

Posted: Dec 5th 2009 2:16PM (Unverified) said

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While it wasn't emotional at the time, I still get misty-eyed when I look back on my early days in EQ. I never got far in the game since I was pretty young and it didn't hold my interest for long, but I remember helping to form a guild, which became fairly close-knit. I remember it fondly. Fleeing in screaming terror through Befallen... Fleeing in screaming terror from griffins... Fleeing in screaming terror from Hill Giants... And I don't remember what the zone was called, but I remember spending some time killing mobs along a shoreline populated by Aviaks.

The first time I actually got emotional over a game was SWG. Even before the NGE, I was part of the biggest Rebel guild on Intrepid which was actually run by a RL friend of mine. It fell apart and that was pretty sad.

Then the CU and NGE came, which filled me with rage.

Posted: Dec 5th 2009 3:12PM (Unverified) said

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Yeah - I can never figure out why other games haven't picked up on why SWG was so awesome. The player housing, player cities - it added a HUGE element of immersion into the game.

If EVE ever went with walking in stations with player owned housing - EVE would change dramatically over night. All the EVE elitist are against this because the game is simply about killing and making money to them...what they don't realize is that it would bring a whole new element to the game and plenty of new players that will be easy pickings for their piracy.

Posted: Dec 5th 2009 3:23PM J Brad Hicks said

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It's not even close: Warhammer: Age of Reckoning. (I don't think I'm the only one, either.) It cuts both ways. I've never been more emotionally invested in a character. I've never been more emotionally invested in PvP fights. And not even what Sony did to Star Wars Galaxies made me as angry as what Electronic Arts and Mythic did to WAR when they went into cost-cutting mode.

Posted: Dec 5th 2009 3:26PM (Unverified) said

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Everquest on Tallon Zek (Team PvP). I don't think I've ever been quite that invested in a doomed project before. ;) The early days were glorious... but by the second expansion the race war game that I'd been playing was completely eclipsed by the raid grind, and the small family guild I'd been a part of was gone.

I think because of all that, I intentionally limit my emotional investment in MMO's. SWG's NGE was upsetting, but I was able to walk away with a minimum of angst.

Posted: Dec 5th 2009 3:47PM ultimateq said

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You're name is similar to a fellow I used to know on TZ, though I doubt you're him I'll still try anyway. Grickus?
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Posted: Dec 5th 2009 4:18PM (Unverified) said

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I remember being with a small squad of stormtroopers on Tattoine. The stormtrooper armor was weaker factional armor (a big mistake on SWG part - don't know if they ever fixed it - for Stormtroopers, the stormtrooper armor should be the best armor.) We were standing over a huge canyon on Tattoine and I remember looking down and far below, a hawk was flying around the canyon. With the twin suns blazing down on us and the epic Star Wars music by John Williams, I remember thinking - this is one hell of a game.

I also remember getting into philisophical discussions of the failure of democracy being based on the Jedi's meddling and desire for a theocracy in some Cantina while Entertainers danced, giving buffs to those who could pay.

What a great class that was too! The entertainer : )

Another great memory was a royal ball that we attended on Naboo. It was packed and everyone was wearing their best outfits. There was a band there (What other game has bands?) Those of us in the Imperial Navy wore our dress mess and hung out in the balconys like a clique in high school. Then some animal trainer brought out a rancor which took up the whole room.

Writing it down makes it all sounds a little queer...but the immersion into the characters and life made the gaming elements of SWG even more fun.

Speaking of the animal trainer. I remember when SOE got rid of that class because only "1% of the population picked that class". I heard they brought it back but I'm still blown away by the aweful decisions SOE did regarding that game.

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