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Posted: Jan 30th 2012 8:07AM Xile33 said

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I watch the cut scenes for the main story quests and the main quest lines on each planet. All the other quests are just the same old thing, over and over again.

Posted: Feb 2nd 2012 5:50AM gustave154 said

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@Xile33 yup me too.
i don't skip the side quests dialogue the first time though.
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Posted: Jan 30th 2012 8:07AM Vinzix said

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Side quests, yep. Main story, nowp.

Posted: Jan 30th 2012 9:05AM (Unverified) said

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@Vinzix

I do the same- I watch all the class quest but I tend to speed read the text on the side quest space bar through the cometary (unless its interesting)
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Posted: Jan 30th 2012 11:01AM (Unverified) said

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I like seeing the world quests both light and dark. However, I do agree that the world quests are less interesting than the class quests thou.
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Posted: Jan 30th 2012 8:14AM smartstep said

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When I did try Swtor during beta (I did not like it enough to play retail) I did NOT skip class quests. I did found myself to skip most of 'normal' quests.

I like dialogues in games, so I asked myself WHY do I skip?

There is no single answer but most important one(s):

1 . Cheesy , cookie cutter dialogues. I know Swtor is game for very wide audience, kinda 'family' game and well SW IP 'require' that - I just don't find it fun anymore.

Some of the dialogues are really like written for 12 year old and while this is not anything bad itself ,I am just not looking for another 'polite' story.

Same with most of romances - seriously who wrote those lines?!

2. Slapping dialogue onto "you're SO HEROIC but go kill 10 rats" quest will not make it interesting

3. Dialogue Wheel - seriosuly this dialogue system with 3 options always , feel very limited and it is where full VO through whole game show it's limits. Making very in-depth long / many option conversations is not an option with full VO through whole game cause it would cost too much - I understand.

Still it does not make me interested.

Make some text dialogue / voice dialogue mix instead of full VO but make it better - dialogue and 'in-depth wise.

Posted: Jan 30th 2012 8:17AM xenothaulus said

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I can read at least 5 times as fast as the spoken dialogue, and parse words better than noise anyway, so I turn on subtitles and skip ahead to the next lines.

Posted: Jan 30th 2012 9:14AM TheColonel said

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@xenothaulus That's exactly the thing. From the age of 3 or 4 as human beings we are taught how to read. Consequently when we hit a decent age we can read and fully absorb text incredibly fast. Being made to sit through hours of dialogue goes against this and quickly becomes tiring.
I have nothing whatsoever against Bioware spending X million dollars to record X million lines of dialogue, but I wish they had included a traditional text-only quest option.
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Posted: Jan 30th 2012 10:15AM (Unverified) said

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@TheColonel

Do you ignore the audio in movies and only read the subtitles? I think you are missing the point. The audio dialogue is meant to convey how the authors want to tell the story. There isn't always great dialogue, but there are some that do convey emotion. The storyteller wants you to understand the story from their perspective.

You aren't playing a newsfeed. So stop expecting that exact thing. If you don't like listening to dialogue, why on earth would you ever play a game which is solely based on just that?

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Posted: Jan 30th 2012 11:18AM Space Cobra said

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@TheColonel

And don't forget, audiences tend to love spoken or dubbed movies in large numbers over just reading subtitles. You also lose alot of visual cues in body gestures and even background with having to read subtitles. Of course, in these Bioware cut-scenes, there is admittedly not alot going on in those scenes in the background (like, we don't see NPC Wookies stealing cookie jars as our characters are having a convo).
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Posted: Jan 30th 2012 7:47PM Daeths said

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@(Unverified) AN MMO isnt a movie. If i wanted one id go and watch one
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Posted: Jan 31st 2012 12:33AM (Unverified) said

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@Daeths Good job on missing the point.
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Posted: Jan 30th 2012 8:21AM jealouspirate said

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I find myself skipping through a lot of the sidequest dialogue. I just skim it to get the basics. Honestly, they are mostly very bland and repetitive.

Posted: Jan 30th 2012 8:22AM Clemalum07 said

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On my main I didnt skip anything.... on my alts I have skipped all non Class/Companion quests.

Posted: Jan 30th 2012 11:28AM (Unverified) said

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@Clemalum07

Pretty much this. Class stuff I listen to intently, but if I've done the quest before (yes, Moff Whatsoyourname, I will crush the Republic on Taris, get on with it) I'll spacebar some of it. Not all the time, but some.
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Posted: Jan 30th 2012 8:27AM Lenn said

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I only occasionally skip dialogue for quests I did not too long ago on another character. Other than that, I listen to it all. Generally, they did an awesome job on the dialogues for SWTOR, even though there are a few lesser ones. I especially like toying around with different responses and often hit escape just to see what my character would say differently. I'm particularly fond of the voices for the male bounty hunter and smuggler, and the female Sith inquisitor. The latter is just so deliciously arrogant and evil, I just have to pick the dark side option every single time.

Posted: Jan 30th 2012 2:32PM JonBuck said

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@Lenn Pretty much the same here. I'll skip through dialogue for common quests I've done recently. I always listen the first couple times through.

I just wish the common quests let you use your holo to finish them up rather than having to trudge back to the quest giver every single time. Unless you physically have to be there to receive something, it would speed things up. They already do that for groups.
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Posted: Jan 30th 2012 8:27AM The Ogre said

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Will always read the first time. But I'll only listen if it's a pure cutscene that I haven't seen before or if the game doesn't give me any way to fast-forward through conversations (and death to, or at least very painful boils on the ass of, any MMO or RPG dev who has their NPCs wander around doing random shit just for the sake of making sure the conversation can't be sped through, no matter how fast a reader the player is).

Posted: Jan 30th 2012 8:34AM Greyhame said

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Generally no, simply because the NPCs react differently depending on your class (and sometimes race) to make it interesting to see the choices. I tend to skip the alien ones simply because I can read faster than they can finish the speaking in whatever alien language it is.

I don't tend to read the terminal quests at all though.

Posted: Jan 30th 2012 8:35AM Obext said

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If I have not heard it before I will listen to all of the dialogue. Occasionally I will skip if im pressed for time or obviously know what he/she is going to generally say. But to me its important to listen to each story as it gives me a reason for why im doing the mission. Whats the rush anyway?

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