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Posted: Sep 28th 2010 11:21AM (Unverified) said

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When did Shaq become a jedi?

Posted: Sep 28th 2010 11:22AM Larry Everett said

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Since he signed up for game testing.
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Posted: Sep 28th 2010 7:08PM Arsinek said

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WoW in Star Wars clothing, weeeee!
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Posted: Sep 28th 2010 11:32AM (Unverified) said

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I'm assuming it's NA only again, not a problem of course as it's still very early days for testing. After all Testing is testing and we all like testing because testing tests our willingness to test.
I'd love to see something regarding EU testing but I won't be expecting anything next phase.

Posted: Sep 28th 2010 11:32AM RogueJedi86 said

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Well BW themselves have said that you are allowed to say you're in the game testing and that it exists without breaking the NDA(though nothing else). Sure they can't say what the next phase is about, but they can say they're in. That at least would lend credence to the tips on more testing.

Posted: Sep 28th 2010 11:51AM Darkdust said

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With much love and respect: unless you're in the beta yourself, reporting what other people say about it doesn't mean you're breaking an NDA. That's what journalists do, after all. :)

Posted: Sep 28th 2010 1:13PM Larry Everett said

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True, but it doesn't stop journalists from getting in trouble. :-P
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Posted: Sep 28th 2010 1:46PM (Unverified) said

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What exactly was the point of this? Is telling us there are rumors really reporting?

Posted: Sep 28th 2010 2:20PM (Unverified) said

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Nothing like an implied threat to have someone self-censor. It's called a "chilling effect" in legal parlance...

I'm sure Massively wants to retain access to Bioware, which is why they are not reporting what they've heard, but its not exactly valuable jounalism...

However, I really enjoy coming to Massively.com, they do a great job in collecting various mmo info - just a little disappointed...

Posted: Sep 28th 2010 2:48PM Solp said

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Not sure what the point of this article is, other than to say "There might be testing but we're not sure but we can't talk about it because of NDA anyway."

Not taking a dig at anyone, but we already knew this.

Posted: Sep 28th 2010 2:39PM IveDefected said

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I like your choice of Picture :P

Posted: Sep 28th 2010 4:06PM Archebus said

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I tried to get signed up for beta testing way back when they first had the option to. But my computer's graphics card is hinky and their system scan couldn't find it and got hung up.

Now I'm a bitter, broken, shell of a man who has no chance of getting into beta.

I'm pretty sure this how Sith get started.

Posted: Sep 28th 2010 4:57PM Syesta said

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Yes, yes! Goooood. Use your anger. Let it flow through you.
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Posted: Sep 28th 2010 5:02PM Daelda said

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Part of why they can't report on any leaked info is because they don't want to be blacklisted by BioWare/EA/Lucas Arts. But another part is that swtor Forum members who read leaked information here, and then talk about it on the Official Forums, are then subject to sanctions - up to, and including being banned from ever playing SW:TOR even after launch (more likely though, just being banned from Game Testing).

Ticking off BW/EA/LA is one thing, but ticking off their readers by getting them warnings/bans on the swtor Forums is NOT a good way to keep readers.

Posted: Sep 29th 2010 6:54AM (Unverified) said

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Sorry, what?

You can't save idiotic morons from themselves. If a poster gets angry at Massively because of something they posted that got them in trouble on SWTOR.com, they have.... issues.

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Posted: Sep 29th 2010 8:04AM Daelda said

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Some people assume that things reported on by Massively are verified and authorized info, and not leaked/bootleg info. Thus, it comes as a surprise to them when they get a warning/ban for talking about it on the swtor Official Forums.

I would imagine that enough of them used that exact complaint to BioWare and to Massively that Massively decided that it was bad policy to post leaked info. Remember, people that have a good experience with a place will tell 1-2 friends about it (on average), but people that have a bad experience will tell 10 - 12 people (on average).

Massively doesn't require IQ tests, Common Sense tests and hasn't (that I have noticed) placed "This is leaked info and could get you banned for talking about it" warnings around its leaked info. Most game companies just aren't as sensitive about leaked info as BW/EA/LA are with TOR in my experience.

Massively isn't so stupid that they want to deliberately tork off or drive away their customers. Losing 100 customers who get warnings/bans isn't a major blow. Losing the other 600 - 2,000 of their friends who they complain to when it's just as easy to avoid it...*that's* stupidity. Not to mention the whole thing of losing any special access to exclusive interviews with people from BW/EA/LA....
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Posted: Sep 29th 2010 2:52PM Avick said

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Yes, because I know that when I have a bad experience on the internetz I tell all my friends about it.
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Posted: Sep 29th 2010 3:06PM Daelda said

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Actually, I was talking statistically, not about any one person. If people have a bad experience with a place/product, they mention it to their friends. Sometimes in passing. Sometimes via blogs, etc. And, when it comes from a friend, people are more likely to listen and put weight to it.

The author of this article already said that someone got in trouble for publishing previous leaked info. So I highly doubt future leaks will be hosted here. Of course, if someone *really* wants leaked info, there are plenty of other sites that will host it, I'm sure.
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Posted: Sep 29th 2010 6:31AM (Unverified) said

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Roomate got an invite, hope Im not breaking any NDA's by saying this, but the email had limitations of how he can play:

Sep. 29 to Oct. 1
Planet Hutta only
Only Human smugglers and impreial agents
Only up to level 10

Posted: Sep 29th 2010 4:18AM (Unverified) said

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I've been signed up for the SWTOR beta for ages though nothing's ever come about because of it. Just recently I updated my system specs on my account over there and still nothing from BioWare lol
Ah well there's other stuff to do

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