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Posted: Jun 29th 2011 9:10AM Eamil said

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SWG was never really my kind of game but its closure does still sadden me.

Posted: Jun 29th 2011 9:36PM Arsinek said

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@Eamil So far Galaxies seems more interesting to me then SWTOR.
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Posted: Jun 29th 2011 9:12AM DarthDan said

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It's good of SOE to respect the players enough to give an official response and let them know how final the decision is, instead of letting their fans get their hopes up for the next six months that the governor's phone call might come at the eleventh hour in December.

Posted: Jun 29th 2011 9:16AM Dunraven said

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Guess we are in for more SWG sobbing videos from that insipid girl, some folks on IRC said she had all the earmarks of being suicidal over it. I swear SWG attracted and harbored more nutjobs than any mmo ever.,

It's hard to defend being a gamer when we have these shinning examples.

Posted: Jun 29th 2011 9:34AM Space Cobra said

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@Dunraven

To be fair, those kind of people are in EVERY MMO, not just SWG.

It's nice that they felt moved/touched by it. Lots of personal stories have come out of this which I've read, but like most things, life goes on. You just got to respect those feelings and hope they can move onto something else. The essence of life is change and while I do appreciate and want the static things in life, it forever progresses forward.
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Posted: Jun 29th 2011 10:06AM Dunraven said

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@Space Cobra Maybe but it seems like SWG has more of them showing up on youtube, from Sobbing girl to that old fat guy who dressed up like Joker and threatening to bring a a bomb to Fanfaire a couple years back.

No I stand by my statement..I know there are nutters in all MMO but SWG was a magnet for the worst of the worst.
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Posted: Jun 29th 2011 9:18AM b3n said

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Their Star Wars license from LucasArts expired. To renew it would probably cost millions.

Posted: Jun 29th 2011 10:15AM aurickle said

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@b3n
I suspect renewal wouldn't be possible at any cost. It seems that LucasArts wanted to see attention focused on newer games like SWTOR.
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Posted: Jun 29th 2011 9:22AM lamentconfiguration said

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It saddens me, too.

What irritates me though is the announcement forum about the price drop for the station pass. They are still including SWG in the lineup, with NO mention of its impending closure. Total dick move, SOE.

Posted: Jun 29th 2011 9:22AM babywolfman said

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Perhaps some of those sad players will band together and start an emulator somewhere... Not that I'm encouraging or promoting misuse of a software agreement or anything.

Posted: Jun 29th 2011 9:24AM Kalex716 said

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I missed when all this news broke. Is it something Sony even wants to do? Or is this a situation where lucas has upped the value of the brand and is essentially blocking (over charging) Sony from keeping it going to make way for EA's new star wars game?

If anything the petition should be going to Lucas Arts right?

Posted: Jun 29th 2011 9:37AM Space Cobra said

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@Kalex716

There is a petition going out to LucasArts, too. It may bear fruit, but I doubt it.

Recently, one of the responders in another thread got me thinking EA may have something to do with this closure (and in light of the UO2 article with a link, I am getting more convinced EA may've had a say in this in Sony's ear. And EA will not care for petitions.)
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Posted: Jun 29th 2011 9:37AM TheCasualSadist said

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@Kalex716

My assumption is that LucasArts doesn't want two competing MMO's under the same flag.

It would be incredibly interesting to see if they sing a different tune pending a negative response from TOR.
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Posted: Jun 29th 2011 9:53AM Space Cobra said

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@Space Cobra

Meant to say EA may've had a say/word in LucasArt's ear, not Sony's.
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Posted: Jun 29th 2011 9:56AM willflynne said

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@TheCasualSadist

You can blame me, I was the one that planted that little idea in the other thread. LOL

I'm not sure if it'd be LucasArts not wanting the competition, because at the end of the day they'd be getting cuts of the profits from both games. Having two Star Wars MMOs out there is a win-win for them, so long as both make money.

EA, on the other hand, would be looking at losing some potential profits for a Star Wars MMO to an existing game. And even though the other SW MMO out there is an 8 year old game with a troubled history behind it, it's still competition for money. And if the rumors of the budget on TOR are anywhere near accurate, they're going to want all the money they can get.

Also, EA has never really been shy about doing whatever they can to eliminate competition. Their grab of the exclusive NFL license to keep other companies from making comparable licensed NFL games kind of proved that point to me. That's why I had to wonder if EA might have been buzzing in LA's ear at all.
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Posted: Jun 29th 2011 5:17PM smg77 said

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@willflynne

Having two *good* Star Wars mmos would be good for LucasArts. SWG:NGE isn't a good game and still garners a lot of hostility from the community. It was smart of them to shut down SWG and give TOR a clean slate for launch.
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Posted: Jun 29th 2011 9:52PM willflynne said

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@smg77

As long as people remember SWG, that clean slate is going to be hard to come by. Even with SWG gone, there will inevitably be comparisons between the two games as to what one game had that the other didn't. And heaven help EA/BioWare/LA if by some chance they have to do an NGE-level change to their game for some reason. Any sort of clean slate they gained would be gone if they did that.

Of course, I find the idea of TOR (one of the most hyped and anticipated MMOs on the horizon) needed a clean slate from other Star Wars games a bit odd. Seems as though they'd need a clean slate from all the hype that's formed around the game more.

I am glad that you put "good" in quotations, though, as it is a subjective term. After all, you might feel that SWG isn't a good game, but the efforts of those who are doing their best to make their voices heard say otherwise. They wouldn't be trying to save it if they didn't think it was good and worth saving.
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Posted: Jun 30th 2011 5:10AM Shadowhawke said

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@smg77

Except it won't be clean slate now, with what they've done. There was nothing smart about this.
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Posted: Jun 30th 2011 6:25PM Transientmind said

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@Shadowhawke
Nothing smart? TOR gains all the SWG players who want their Star Wars fix, no matter which game it's in, and that particular group is probably much larger than the number of SWG players who MIGHT have played TOR but now won't out of hurt feelings. (If they weren't going to play TOR in the first place because they were happy where they were, they're not relevant to the equation, see? Why do they want the goodwill of a bunch of folks who weren't going to be customers anyway?) It's a net gain for TOR. Smart.
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Posted: Jul 25th 2011 12:40PM (Unverified) said

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@Transientmind

Ummm, no. This SWG was looking forward to playing both games. Now, nothing could persuade me to play TOR - or any other Lucas Arts game, for that matter. I doubt I am alone.
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