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Posted: Apr 17th 2010 8:49AM Minofan said

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I'm still quietly hyped, but my forum visitation has dropped from semi-regular to Fridays to just getting the Friday higlights from Massively now.

Obsessing over a game that is still ages away is really only fun for a weeks, then momentum simply fizzles out naturally - there's really only so much speculation forum folks can recycle, and of course (being the internet) much of it is delivered in such a way as to get annoying fast.

Posted: Apr 17th 2010 9:06AM (Unverified) said

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The Hype Machine for me is dead until closed beta invites come out. They announced it almost 2 years ago and they still aren't even close to CB. From the announcement of the CB signups and the rumors of CB last christmas its just been to long. yea i still check the updates but i don't know. Bioware has let me down a little.

Posted: Apr 17th 2010 10:44AM MrGutts said

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How do you know they are not in a real closed beta right now?
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Posted: Apr 17th 2010 9:08AM nathanb said

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SWToR is going to replace what I had for STO. I wasn't hyped for STO because I'm a uber geek trekkie (honest), but I want to play another space game. EVE has it's place, but I'm burnt. Well, needless to say, I was disappointed, so SWToR is now on my pedestal.
Another game that I am looking forward to is Earthrise, which looks very good to me. I also look forward to black prophecy, but I'm skeptical. Maybe I will give GA a shot. I tried Fallen Earth and was impressed, but not sure I really had the time. I'm looking for something light, unless it really hooks me.

Posted: Apr 17th 2010 9:09AM Crsh said

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I'm avoiding their forums and just about everything else than quick blurbs here; hyped-up games typically don't fare too well once they launch, the expectations are proportionally unrealistic to the amount of hype the marketing machine has generated.

I also burned myself with some MMOs in recent years, AoC, WAR and Aion to drop some names; I bought into the hype and was direly disappointed (WAR being the better one of that crop, but it's going nowhere right now).

I like Bioware games, they do great stuff, and I hope TOR will do well, but I'll leave it at that. Bioware now being an EA company is enough to keep me cautious.

Posted: Apr 17th 2010 12:53PM Seare said

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Who gives a @$#% about EA. DA and ME2 have both been released under EA's ownership and they are both a huge success. You have no evidence to equate EA with a lower quality product from Bioware.
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Posted: Apr 17th 2010 9:33AM Wisdomandlore said

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I'm still hyped...although a little less so since Tera came to light and FFXIV details have shown up.

Posted: Apr 17th 2010 9:37AM BaronJuJu said

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I'm still interested in playing but I wouldn't say hyped anymore. The steady trickle of info so far out from launch has gotten old. That's not to say I won't be pre-ordering this, but for now, I really just pop in every month or so to see whats new or if there is any truly "big" news breaking there (which usually there isn't).

Posted: Apr 17th 2010 9:51AM Birk said

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While I agree that Bioware may have begun a pre-emptive strike of marketing slightly too early, none can deny that people are excited about this game. However, I would encourage those of you that are saying things like ''Bioware let me down'' to think about all the half-baked launches of recent history, and rejoice in a little waiting.

Blizzard didn't release their MMO until it was completely finished, and while many people (including myself) are burnt out on that game, it has been the undeniable king of the roost for close to 5 years now.

To be perfectly honest, Im not really too excited for TOR, and believe me it's not because I'm skeptical! I think Bioware has the integrity and the talent to pull off something this huge, with all the polish and stability that we're hoping for. But truly, the things that got me excited about Star Wars Galaxies back in (what, 2002 or something?) were the open-ended, level-less promises.

Admittedly, I don't know how sandbox-y Bioware is planning on taking TOR. Im afraid, however, that we are going to be seeing a WoW in space with awesome storytelling and really innovative combat. That will be awesome for some time, but if the treadmill of level-and-gear persists I can't see myself sticking around.

Ohhhhhh I know there's going to be an unholy number of people lining up out the doors to run 25-man Mos Eisley Spaceport for sexy purples like Greedo's Wonky Blaster and a ''No Droids Allowed'' trinket, and I'll probably be right there too for some time. But it gets to the point where you've ridden Magic Mountain too many times and you're just on it for the free cotton candy they dangle at you when you get off.

That skepticism aside, we might see some new innovations like a truly great crafting system or player structure system. Both of these things were pioneered pretty well in SW:G, but this is a next-generation title and we're all expecting Bioware to hand us the next MMO standard.

If anything, I can only hope that there will be world PVP between the two factions encouraged by something other than gear-based rewards. And I hope that battlegrounds aren't implemented to the extent that they render dynamic PVP irrelevant. In old-school games, you killed your neighbour because he didn't look as cool as you and he smelled funny to boot. Nowadays, it seems if you can't grind out an efficient number of loot-bearing badges through less-than-5-minute queued battlegrounds where you fight a set number of players that you won't remember 3 seconds after the battle, then no one is interested.

Let's hope that that studio of innovation known as Bioware can have us playing games again because they are FUN, not because there's a carrot on a stick at the end that appeals to the micro-achiever inside of us. At this point, everyone is convinced the developers are going to hand them Jesus in a box on a cupcake, so they need to have the integrity to innovate for the industry's sake, instead of letting it stagnate for the purpose of artificial player retention.

Posted: Apr 17th 2010 10:02AM Matix said

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I'm still hyped and I'm on the SW:TOR forums regularly.

What gets me is how often Massively seems to be writing on SW:TOR--basically about what we think i.e. about jack-diddly-squat--the past few weeks.

Come on guys, I'm amped up for SW:TOR but no more "isn't having no game awesome to talk about!" articles. Seriously.

Posted: Apr 17th 2010 10:29AM jpkustra said

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@Matix
I totally agree with you about Massively continuously speculating on games. There are so many current MMO's worth writing about right now yes we constantly seem to see "what do you want in the game?" or "what do you think it will be like?" articles.
How about Massively focuses more on games that are out and supplies news about upcoming MMOs rather than speculating or having the readers speculate on what they are going to be like. If there really isn't that much to write about maybe the site needs to cut back on staff or seriously look what they are really providing to the readers.
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Posted: Apr 17th 2010 10:17AM jpkustra said

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I'm not hyped anymore but I'm definitely ready for SW:TOR. So many MMOs have disappointed me in the past couple of years so I'm hoping that Bioware can pull this game off like they do their single player RPGs.
Time will tell but I can safely say that this is the game I have the most confidence in to be a winner.

Posted: Apr 17th 2010 10:21AM swarmofcats said

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A bad thing about us MMO players, we're always looking forward to the next big thing. With all the let downs over the past couple years, though, I've gotten good at not thinking too much about stuff until it's available on the shelves.
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Posted: Apr 17th 2010 10:36AM jpkustra said

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@royale
I was reading your statement and I thought "you're right". While I was thinking about though I also had the realization that we keep looking forward to the next big thing because... we can :) In MMOs developers have a lot of good examples of what and what not to do with games so, ideally, the games should just keep improving or at least diversifying.
Only time will tell though and I'm back to enjoying AoC for another few months.
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Posted: Apr 17th 2010 10:14AM Jesspiper said

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I was until EA and then (ugh!) Mythic were dragged into the mix. The only thing I'm hyped about these days is GW2.

Posted: Apr 17th 2010 10:21AM swarmofcats said

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Not that I'm sick of hearing about it, but I don't bother to read the articles. Like Diablo 3, I'm looking forward to it but until there is a release date announced... why bother?

I'm more interested in cool stuff that is available right now that getting worked up over something I can't play. ;)

Posted: Apr 17th 2010 10:56AM (Unverified) said

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Haven't really been paying much attention to it like I did when the site first came up. I know some new planet just got detailed, but only because of the MMO report. It's Star Wars, so I'll definitely be giving it a try, but I think they started the hype far too early.

Posted: Apr 17th 2010 11:07AM (Unverified) said

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I'm more hyped to Cataclysm to be honest, have some expectations about the AOC Godslayer and kinda forgot about SWTOR. SWTOR actually doesn't raise my expectations as according to what we can see from the game till now it isn't showing too much actually, except it's graphics, the classes and that it aims at the single play or a cooperative play at best. This is what I see now.

Posted: Apr 17th 2010 11:16AM Tom in VA said

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Still hyped here. I was very impressed with Dragon Age: Origins, and that game left me feeling hopeful with regard to SWTOR.

I have to say, however, that the Awakenings Dragon Age expansion was a letdown. There was too much price for too little content, imo, in the expansion. Worse, some of the charm of the original game was just ... absent.

It kind of makes me wonder, just a little, whether SWTOR can last long term.

Even so, as I said, I am looking forward to SWTOR and GW2, as I think both games will be story-intensive and casual/solo-friendly, which is pretty much where I am at these days in my gaming.

Posted: Apr 17th 2010 11:19AM NeoWolfen said

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Im hugely excited still, I just wish its release wasn't so far off heh

I would have played it anyway, but the one statement that has me incredibly excited still is this "across the class there will not be a single repeated quest". i.e if I do a quest for Jedi it wont turn up for Sith.

One thing I have always hated about existing MMO's is repetition across one race or class to the next, which as a self confessed Alt-o-holic can be something of a mixed blessing.

Not having to deal with a great starting area, and follow up area before all classes merge into the barrens and have the same quest path from that point on as an example will be awesome. Effectively every class will be a full version of the game to itself.

Huge, HUGE appeal to me that.

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