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Star Wars: The Old Republic

  1. Things We Saw Today: Leonardo (The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Variety) Meets Magritte

    Things We Saw Today

    Leonardo returns to his classical roots with this Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle/René Magritte mashup by ben6835. (via Geek-Art)

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  2. The Hutts Slither Their Way Into Star Wars: The Old Republic’s First Expansion

    It looks like the conflict between the Galactic Republic and the Sith insurrection just got a whole lot more complicated now that a third party has been thrown into the fray -- and, boy, do these guys know how to party. This coming spring, Star Wars: The Old Republic will be getting its first expansion entitled Rise of the Hutt Cartel, centered around the hedonistic Hutts staking their claim in the galaxy and keeping everybody under their grimy, pudgy thumb. The expansion promises plenty of new features to heighten your gaming experience, as well as present players with an interesting, and admittedly enticing, opportunity.

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  3. Star Wars: The Old Republic Is Going Free-To-Play Next Week

    We knew it was coming, but now we know when. BioWare's attempt at a Star Wars MMO, Star Wars: The Old Republic, will be going free-to-play starting next week, Thursday, November 15. The game released on December 20 of last year, and a little less than one year later, is making the move to a free-to-play model, like most of the rest of the MMO market. Makes you wonder why any MMO developers think their game can launch without a free-t0-play option nowadays.

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  4. You Can’t Purchase A Red Lightsaber Unless You’re Really, Really Evil

    I will make it legal!

    You ever wonder why the default lightsaber for evil Star Wars characters is red? That's how the stores sell them! Take a look at Vendors: Episode 1. It's a new animated series based on Star Wars: The Old Republic. YouTubers TheWarZone show us what the process is for purchasing a lightsaber in a galaxy far, far away. We already know Darth Maul would be able to buy one because he's totally evil, but let's see how this gentleman fairs. (via Topless Robot)

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  5. Things We Saw Today: The Borg Assimilated A Wedding Cake

    Things We Saw Today

    That poor fondant never stood a chance. (via When Geeks Wed)

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  6. Star Wars: The Old Republic Finally Goes Free-to-Play

    It has finally happened. Electronic Arts and BioWare have come to their collective senses and announced that Star Wars: The Old Republic will be going free-to-play in the fall. Never fear, however, if you really want to give them your money. Non-paying players will only be able to advance to level 50, whereas those that continue to subscribe will earn other benefits. Even so, it will now officially be free to the masses.

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  7. Stephen Fry Defends Electronic Arts Against Anti-Gay Controversy

    And All Was Right With the World

    Video game publisher Electronic Arts has been in the news a lot lately and the news hasn't been good. Their BioWare division has been receiving a lot of flack about the ending of Mass Effect 3 (causing them to create a whole new ending for the fans who complained) and the company as a whole has had to defend itself against thousands of letters complaining about same sex relationships in their games. Now, British actor Stephen Fry has taken it upon himself to not only give a huge vote of confidence to EA, but also promote All Out's campaign to help them combat the letters with a petition. Hit the jump for what he had to say. 

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  8. EA Responds to Hatemail, Stands By The LGBT Characters In Its Games

    While Bioware is off not standing by its ending to Mass Effect 3, EA is making it clear that it does stand by the presence of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) characters in its games, most notably Mass Effect 3 and Star Wars: The Old Republic. This progressive, sticking-to-its-righteous-guns move comes just after EA was awarded the Consumerist's Worst Company in America award of 2012. For the past few weeks, EA has been receiving thousands of letters complaining about the games' same-sex options and now, perhaps at a calculated moment, EA's made a point of telling dissenters exactly where they can shove their complaints.

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  9. Public Service Announcement: Star Wars: The Old Republic is Free-to-Play This Weekend

    If you are on the fence about giving Star Wars: The Old Republic the old college try, you'll have less of an excuse to give into the dark side and possibly succumb to a new MMO, as SW:TOR will be free to play this weekend. As part of the Weekend Pass Free Trial, SW:TOR will be opening the game up to all players without a previously active account from Thursday, March 15 starting at 12:01 AM CT, to Monday March 19 at 2:00 AM CT. There aren't limits to the freeness of it all, but there are limits to the progress free players can make, though the game is opened enough to give players a pretty good idea if they'd like to continue playing the game via subscription.

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  10. A Video Game Starter Guide for Total Newbs

    Essay

    Yeah, I know, a lot of you out there are already gamers. You’ve got raiding schedules and encyclopedic knowledge of voice actors and DPS formulas good enough for publication in academic journals. For this, I salute you. But some of you aren’t gamers. I’ve had comments from and conversations with folks who have an inclination to game, but just haven’t given it a try yet. I understand why. Knowing where to start is tricky. Being intrigued by games and actually choosing one to play is a little like following up the statement “I’d like to learn to read” with strolling into a bookstore. To make things easier for the Potentials, I’ve put together a handy starter guide just for you (and if you’re already into comics or SF/F, all it’s going to take is a tiny nudge). Chances are that the activities and fandoms you already enjoy have have primed you for a happy life of questing and leveling up. (And veteran gamers, do stick around. I’m going to need your help at the end.)

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