I will be playing the Old Republic at launch. Though I’m not sure that I want to. I have a policy of not playing games at launch or buying full price games. However, with that said I have loved Star Wars since I was a child. In the end my love of Da‘ Wars overcame my gut feeling that this game will be bad.
Star Wars as a franchise has ben ploughed to the point of satire and any respectability the franchise had as a master work of cinema and story telling has been pissed away in the for of Jar Jar Binks plush toys and bad RTS games.
As you can see above on DVD alone I have given the Star Wars franchise much of my money, I also have it three times on VHS and soon Blu-ray as well (please ignore ‘Easy A’ I don’t own that movie, its a trick of the light)
A few years ago I was thrilled at the sudden influx of random Star Wars merchandise. you could get just about anything with a little Star Wars logo on it. I even had an R2D2 egg cup, Darth Vader straw, cup and fork. I once saw a full size replica of a storm trooper helmet that doubled as a CD player.
Then ‘it’ happened to me on the 27th of August this year, I remember it well. I had Just been to the Birmingham Comic Show where I had been surrounded by tributes to star wars like cute Ewok paintings, Chewie as Winnie the Pooh. Awesome and epic hand drawings of the battle of Hoth, all mixed in with the superb art and comics of every other genre. Later I found myself standing in my favourite comic shop Nostalgia of Birmingham and I saw a little area for Star Wars. I looked at the Mini Heroes that looked like cartoon storm troopers and realised that it had gone far enough. The core of Star Wars as a story about good and evil has been overshadowed by the toys and trinkets. My childhood fantasy of saving the Princess and training to be a Jedi was shattered by the harsh reality that Star Wars is an industry now and as an industry its soul is gone.
I still love Star Wars and occasionally see one of those trinkets or toys and know that I simply must have it, but in the case of the Old Republic being developed by a monolith like BioWare and published by a company like EA that has more in common with the empire than the republic I am saddened. When I saw those first in game moments a long time ago now I saw WoW in Space and all I felt felt disappointed.
I love the Star Wars that is discussed in the movie Clerks, I love the passion that those characters had for it. Now I see children with lightsabers thinking its about jar jar and voice changing Vader heads forgetting that its about love and freedom.
I miss the Star Wars that I had when I was a kid, but that mind set and culture has been marketed away.
I will play ToR and I will probably love it as a well build MMO that’s based on the universe I loved. It won’t be star wars as I know it but its probably going to be a superb game.
Go and watch the original trilogy again, forget the market machine and watch the movies. I don’t know about you but for me, that what Star Wars is about.
[I did have a Beta invite, i decided not to participate, better wait until its ready i think]