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After 8 years, Star Wars Galaxies MMO ends (and guess who won?)

In 2003, LucasArts released a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMO) called Star Wars Galaxies … and last night, the controversial MMO ended. Cleverly, Sony Online Entertainment let the players decide who would win the game. And the rulers of the galaxy are …

The Rebellion. Take that, Imperial tyranny!

Eight years ago, the MMO started out with good reviews and a fan base eager to craft characters from more than 32 professions. But SWG’s numbers dwindled when players balked at how difficult and time-consuming it would be to become a Jedi. And then, in 2005, Sony simplified gameplay by cutting the number of character professions to nine. In addition, in what seemed to be a move toward competing with World of Warcraft, the game shifted toward more intensive combat, which meant players lost the ability to interact and fight at the same time. SWG lost players and never recaptured them.

Still, some players held on to SWG because they loved its “sandbox” nature, that is, the ability to go anywhere in the world, not bound by the limits of storytelling. Fans also enjoyed its crafting customization, player-made cities and its economy.

But the lack of players was only one of the reasons SWG folded. December 15 also happens to be the end date of a licensing agreement between LucasArts and Sony Online Entertainment.

But more importantly, SGW shut its virtual doors to prevent competition from LucasArts’ upcoming MMO from Electronic Arts and BioWare, Star Wars: The Old Republic. Based on the extremely successful (and absolutely fabulous) videogames, The Knights of the Old Republic and The Knights of the Old Republic 2, SW:TOR opens on Dec. 20. Early reviews say the videogame takes the best of Star Wars and mixes it with the best of World of Warcraft.

Best of all, anyone in SW:TOR who wants to be a Force user can be. SW:TOR is set in the days of the Old Republic, when Jedi and Sith were legion.

There’s a lesson in SWG’s ending here: if you’re an MMO based on a property as awesome as Star Wars, just be yourself and don’t try to compete with Warcraft.

Oh, wait …

For an emotional description of the end of SWG, please read Chris Thursten’s piece at PC Gamer.

(via Kotaku)

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5/29/11 – Nothing New from the Force

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Mindwipe and Walkie Returned For the Weekend Elite Force Podcast
As The Host Cover all the Top News thats Been Going on in the
World of Sci-Fi

Amongst This Episode Discussions

.The Master of the Star Wars World George Lucas is Looking
revolutionize motion picture…..Again Before a Star Wars
TV Show is going to happen Witch has Walkie and Mindwipe
Thinking what is going on inside The Mind of Lucas and The
Hosts Look at what Better Use he can do to Better Not Only
Star Wars but For Sci-Fi as a Whole.

.As Season 6 of Doctor Who is Coming to the Half Way Point
Walkie and Mindwipe Look at the News of Doctor Who and The
BBC Losing Executive Producer Piers Wenger and The Hosts
Look at his Work and what it Means for the Doctor Who.

.In what is Part 2 of what was talk about in the Midweek
Walkie and Mindwipe Welcome Baron Dixon for the 1st Ever
EFP Guest Monologue as Baron Talks about The State of the
Star Trek Franchise and what is Missing from the Franchise
and how the Abrams Crew need to use..

all This at this Weekend Elite Force Podcast

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Simon Pegg Talks More Star Trek + Does Star Wars Parody + Paul Premiere Video/Photos

Simon Pegg is still out promoting his new film Paul. We have more comments from the new Scotty talking about Star Trek, plus a new Star Wars parody video, and video and photos from the Hollywood Paul premiere. Check it all out below.   

 
Pegg on nerd thrill of playing Scotty and striking balance with […]