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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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  11. For They Are Weary of Space Marines: Why Some Men Are Playing Women, and Why Game Developers Should Take Note

    Essay

    I spend a staggering amount of time thinking about video games. I’m constantly chewing on the reasons for the character choices we make and how people are represented within games. I’ve spent a lot brainpower mulling over that stuff from a woman’s perspective, and I confess that for a long while, I hadn’t dedicated many neurons to wondering how our brothers-in-arms felt about those very same things. I knew that there was a big difference between the groovy gamer guys I hang with and the snarling trolls that lurk elsewhere. I knew that some men do not speak for all men, and that male gamers are every bit as diverse as women gamers. But there was one point that I had made a rather mindless assumption on: that for most straight male gamers, the main reason for playing a female character was to have something nice to look at. I mean, if you’ve spent any time in a multiplayer game, you’ve heard the following phrase: “If I’m going to look at an ass all day, I don’t want it to be a dude’s.” Even the most egalitarian gentleman can enjoy a bit of eye candy (who doesn’t?), and surely the plethora of cheesecakey box art and booth babes meant that the industry knew it was a view that most dudes shared. But a few occurrences over the past few months got me thinking there was a lot more depth to the “target audience” than was being talked about.

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  12. So Maybe Including A Shock-Collar-Wearing Female Slave In The Old Republic Wasn’t The Best Idea?

    Essay

    I tend to think that I’m a nice person. I mind my Ps and Qs. I hold the door for people. I put spiders outside if I find them in the house. I don’t enjoy being snarky. And when I game, I always play the good guy. Well…most of the time. On rare occasion, I bust out of my Paragon mold and set the world on fire. I take the “RP” part of RPGs pretty seriously, so if I go bad, I go really bad. I am ridiculously over the top when I assume the role of the villain, in a mustache-twirling, ice-cap-melting-space-laser kind of way. So when my brother talked me into playing Sith in The Old Republic, BioWare's recently released Star Wars MMORPG, I knew it was going to be brutal. I was hesitant, at first. Sith? Me? I mean, come on, my housekeys are on a Rebel Alliance keychain, for goodness’ sake. If I had to play Empire, surely I was going to be the bounty hunter with a heart of gold, trying to subvert the system from the inside. But no, my brother was adamant. Sibling assassin team. Totally evil. No compromises.

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  13. Hilarious Bug in Star Wars: The Old Republic Prevents Damage When You Dance

    Yes, every single MMO nowadays has an array of dancing animations, but BioWare's venture into the kill-ten-rats arena, Star Wars: The Old Republic, is the only MMO where that simple, intended-to-be-benign dancing animation prevents a whole bunch of damage by consistently interrupting an enemy's casting. Not working as intended, as you may have guessed, and BioWare was rumored to be handing out bans for those caught abusing the exploit, but BioWare has responded to those claims saying that no, they aren't banning anyone.

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  14. Star Wars: The Old Republic Gets Dated, Priced

    What BioWare hopes to be the next big thing in MMO land, Star Wars: The Old Republic, has finally received an official release date and price. Announced at the Eurogamer Expo in London, the game will see release on December 20, 2011 in North America, and December 22, 2011 in European launch territories. For those in Australia and New Zealand, those launch dates have not been set as of yet, though BioWare isn't planning on region locking the game, but players outside of launch territories may experience lag when attempting to play a version of the game that has not officially released in their territory.

    Each purchase of SW:TOR will come with 30 free days of subscription time, with a one month subscription costing $14.99 (£8.99/€12.99); pretty standard fare for MMO territory. The game also offers a three month subscription for $13.99 per month, or a one time charge of $41.97 (£25.17/€35.97), and a six month subscription for $12.99 per month, or a one time charge of $77.94 (£46.14/€65.94). Those who pre-ordered the game can head on over to the game's site and enter in their pre-order code to be eligible for Early Access, which doesn't yet have a date for when it will begin, though BioWare assures everyone that there will be multiple days of Early Access. So, only a few months until everyone can play the MMO version of Knights of the Old Republic, only one of BioWare's best games.

    (via Massively)

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  15. Bioware Will Allow Same-Sex Romances in Star Wars: The Old Republic… After Launch

    So here's the order of events: Bioware announces a Star Wars MMO. Bioware announces that each player will get NPC companions, much in the same way that "Han had Chewie, Luke had R2-D2 — even Jabba had the cackling monkey lizard Salacious B. Crumb," and here, perhaps, is a place where Bioware maybe didn't pick the best canonical examples to highlight, because the player can also romance some of their companions. Because this is Bioware. But unlike many other Bioware games, this time the romance was to be strictly boy, girl, boy, girl, with no option to vary the seating arrangement, so to speak. That is until yesterday, when an announcement was made on the SW:TOR forums that homosexuality will be patched into the game after launch. And now we're not sure whether to facepalm because it wasn't included at launch or laugh with delight because we live in the future: where acceptance of homosexual relations can arrive via software patch.

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  16. The Game Critics Awards For Best of E3 Are In

    While every entertainment media outlet that ever covers gaming is sure to release some list of top picks from E3, the Game Critic Awards is the closest we come to a unified opinion. That is because it's merely a conglomeration of all the other reviewers. After carefully and meticulously assembling and comparing the opinions of the 21 participating news outlets, winners are decided. The process takes weeks. Those weeks just ended. Behold, the winners are chosen. Here they all are.

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