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Posted: Dec 1st 2011 9:40PM J45neoboy said

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Wish I played this sometime....sad to see it to come to an end without playing it.

Posted: Dec 1st 2011 11:31PM Azules said

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@Hookan91 This. I really hope people who want to experience SWG all know about the emulator projects out there. They're not even illegal provided you own the game itself.
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Posted: Dec 2nd 2011 12:40PM Yukon Sam said

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@Azules

Maybe legal, maybe not, depending on jurisdiction. Definitely exposes you to lawsuits under U.S. law, and there's no question whatsoever that the company would win.
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Posted: Dec 2nd 2011 1:21PM Daemodand said

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@Yukon Sam Really? Can you point me to a legal decision that successfully brought criminal or civil penalties to the players of an emulated MMO (not the operators, but the players)?
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Posted: Dec 2nd 2011 3:02PM (Unverified) said

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@Azules

The EMU folks are ignoring a litany of copyright issues, but honestly, I suspect SOE will give them a pass. LucasArts may be another story, but it HAS been operating for some time without LA knocking on their door, so who knows.
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Posted: Dec 2nd 2011 3:53PM Ehra said

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@Azules

I haven't looked at it myself, but I HIGHLY doubt that a SWG emulated server wouldn't be using SWG art assets, in which case their claim that "Nothing belonging to SOE is being used." is completely false.
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Posted: Dec 2nd 2011 4:44PM SnarlingWolf said

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@Daemodand

Um... Blizzard won a lawsuit against server emulators a couple of years ago. Other companies have used the law to shut down many other MMO emulators.

Why on earth people think that running a server emulator is legal is baffling. I'm not sure how people can't obviously see that it is illegal.
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Posted: Dec 1st 2011 10:12PM Rammstein said

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As my very first MMO, and one that is 'the bar' I hold other MMO's to, in terms of community, camaraderie and, with the unique skill-tree system, player-housing and player-cities, gameplay; you shall be missed.

That is, of course, the first two years before the Combat Update and definitely before the New Game Experience.

R.I.P. S.W.G.

Posted: Dec 2nd 2011 2:59AM smg77 said

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So sad considering that if they had just fixed the original game and hadn't wrecked the game with the CU and the NGE the game would be going strong right now. There still isn't a sandbox game as good as the old SWG.

Posted: Dec 2nd 2011 10:21AM (Unverified) said

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@smg77

Truer words. As many people always say that the casual games are gaining more speed, this game was super casual as well. You could always log in and do a little gameplay and log out with ease.
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Posted: Dec 3rd 2011 7:42AM RogueJedi86 said

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@smg77

You and I both know that SWG's shutdown has nothing to do with its subscriber numbers and more to do with TOR. Whatever numbers TOR has had these past few years, it was enough to keep the game from being shut down sooner. I'm excited as hell for TOR and even I can see the timing for SWG's shutdown and TOR's release aren't coincidental. LucasArts just hopes that the SWG fans will flock to TOR once they don't have their SWG to hold onto anymore.
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Posted: Dec 2nd 2011 4:25AM jimr9999us said

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It's weird. I'm really looking forward to TOR but the fact that its arrival means the end for an amazing community makes it arrival bittersweet.

Please keep this coverage coming Massively...a 1-1 Galaxies-TOR story ratio would be only fair the last 2 weeks imho.

Posted: Dec 2nd 2011 6:27AM dudes said

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Good luck rebels!

Posted: Dec 2nd 2011 7:52AM FrostPaw said

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Wayback when it was announced this game was shutting down I said SWTOR would launch the day after and funnily enough....

14th December SWG Shutdown
15 December Early Start for SWTOR pre orders begins!

Still...shame it has to shut down before its lost its subscriber base, there might still have been players who wanted to stick with SWG rather than try SWTOR.

Posted: Dec 2nd 2011 10:00AM mmogaddict said

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@FrostPaw
Timing is everything :)
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Posted: Dec 2nd 2011 10:45AM (Unverified) said

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@FrostPaw

Actually, I suspect a number of players would have played both - certainly I would have, as would my boyfriend. Now, we will play neither and frankly, I cannot imagine I will ever play another LucasArts game.

If LA thought this move would bolster TOR numbers, I think they were sadly mistaken. TOR did not need to kill SWG to do very, very well - but it did lose them some subs from SWG players like us who feel pretty betrayed by LA.

RIP SWG - you will be missed.
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Posted: Dec 2nd 2011 5:41PM Amlin said

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@(Unverified) I've been hearing that a lot around the net, I for one and waiting till the dust settles on swtor's launch and see how many swg players actually played let alone stayed subbed. That would be an interesting read if I say so myself.
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Posted: Dec 2nd 2011 6:20PM (Unverified) said

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@Amlin

TOR is a completely different game than SWG. Not saying its a bad game - it is simply NOT a sandbox game, as SWG was. Those of us who played - and loved - SWG since launch will not find any comfort in TOR's pretty cinematics or gimmicky (imo) voiceovers. I want to inhabit a virtual SW world where I can tell my own story, not select between dialog choices and watch little mini-movies, however nicely done they are.

Meh - there will likely never be another game like SWG, and that is too bad. It had its ups and downs, to put it mildly, but up until the premature announcement of its death, it was still going strong and still the best sandbox out there. I suppose it is petty of me to hope LA chokes on the money it makes from TOR, but there you have it.
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Posted: Dec 2nd 2011 9:22AM Pasha said

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SWTOR start on next day after SWG shutdown. It seems LucasArts planned to boost SWTOR with ex-subscribers of SWG.

Played SWG back in 2003-2005. It's sad to see new game missing some of professions (like entertainer) and features (player housing and cities + massive craft system) of SWG. Also as beta-tester of SWTOR I'm ashamed with graphic of my toons on screenshots and didn't show them to friends. Low-res character textures combined with 7 years old DX9 doesn't look anywhere near "cool" or "good" terms...

Posted: Dec 2nd 2011 9:58AM (Unverified) said

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As much as I wanted this flaming pile of shit to finally hit the fan...

It's still saddening. I absolutely loved the game pre-NGE, and even enjoyed the CU.

I don't think I'll ever find a game where I could literally hunt other players (Master BH).

Or travel worlds looking for that one special baby to tame, and watch it grow in strength and power (Master CH)

Or throw multiple grenades at people and watch them get diseases and poisons as they run away and die (Combat Medic)

This game was a diamond in the rough, and I will always been fond of that. If SWTOR can't keep my interest, I may go over to the emulator.

To all those still playing, I hope the next 2 weeks are as enjoyable as the years of enjoyment I got from the original.


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