“…and they told me it’s coming out at Christmas” says SWTOR voice actor Paul Darrow

 In an interview with Shadowlocked.com, voice actor Paul Darrow may have leaked information about the release of SWTOR. But don’t start blocking off your schedule for long gaming sessions just yet because I’m not so certain this guy knows much more than the script they handed him to read. In fact, I’m quite certain you (yes, you reading this right now) know more about TOR than this guy. He couldn’t even remember the name of the game: “Actually I’ve just done another one for Lucas, about a month ago. Now what are they calling it…?” Moving along… next Darrow says, “Anyway, I’m a Sith, and they told me it’s coming out at Christmas. I was just doing some tops and tails, because I had recorded it about a year ago. I’m your guide – a Sith warrior.” So there you have it. While Darrow is the first NPC voice heard…

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You Control the Story in the Next Generation of Video Games

A story on NPR yesterday talks about the next generation of video games where story is of the utmost importance and gamers get to take the reins. This isn’t really a new concept, especially to game companies like BioWare who have been doing this already for decades, however, it’s nice to see mainstream media bringing attention to the matter.   Like most media pieces written by non-gamers, this article had some flaws, but nevertheless it was an informative piece that brings attention to the fact that games are just child’s play. There is a serious market for good games and video game developers know this which is why companies like BioWare are putting out great story-based games like the highly anticipated SWTOR.   Speaking of TOR and BioWare, the article makes a reference to it:   “Daniel Erickson, the lead writer of the “Star Wars” game, said the amount of…

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The Guild Sphere: Section Umbra

It’s Thursday which means time to have a chat with a new Guild. This time we had the pleasure to speak to a fellow Scandinavian about his role playing guild Section Umbra. Enjoy! Where did your guilds name come from? Our name is the core of our guild to be honest. We are a sub element of the Republic Intelligence, a special Section. And to name a special section which primary will gather intelligence and the likes, shadow usually have something to do with it. So, Section Umbra it became. Umbra is defined as many things, but a very short description would be “The darkest part of shadow.” Can you give me a quick 2-3 sentance description of your guild? Section Umbra is an guild based on the Galactic Republic Intelligence, our HQ will be found at Coruscant. The section was created for recruiting special units to serve the republic and their missions are various, though…

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SWG Shutdown Recap Video

FTW Broadcasting compiled a pretty cool recap video about the SWG shutdown and several of our articles are featured in the lineup. It’s a full 10 minutes recapping the issue of Star Wars closing down from the initial date the news was released through the petition, Sony shutting down the petitions and the eventual class action suit along with some comedy and parody and of course, the Goofygirl video that we brought you ourselves.  The video is a great way to catch yourself up on the full story about Star Wars Galaxies that has the community in an uproar.  When it comes to the gaming community a as a whole, the population seems pretty split. Some people agree with the reactions regarding the shutdown and feel like SWG players are entitled to something more for a game they purchased and have invested so much into.  On the other side of…

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SWTOR Beta Rant- Problems and Concerns from A Beta Tester

CaptainRAVE had a few things to say about SWTOR over on the Overclockers UK Forums. He has some positive things to say to start off with: “I’m currently really enjoying SWTOR, the advanced classes, companion characters and storylines breathe new life into an aging genre” Alright! That’s what we want to hear. However, this statement of praise is not much different than what other beta testers are saying about the game. But just give him time because CaptainRAVE then goes on to give us a full-on rant about his experience in TOR beta. He begins, “Bioware are falling down on some key MMO aspects among other things. Here are my complaints and possible fixes.” This is the intro to a nearly 2,000-word post of gripes and complaints about SWTOR. We don’t fault him because he uses decent grammar and nifty subheadings to make it easier to follow each of his…

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Blizzard lights a fire under Bioware with D3 beta?

Diablo fans might be in for some interesting news. Apparently, they recently sent out some invitations to press and fansties for a July 27th visit to try out their latest Diablo 3 beta build. The lucky few selected will be able to try out the beta early and no visit to Blizzard headquarters is complete without checking out some cool stuff that no one else gets to see. They will also get to see the functionality of Battle.net 2.0, sit in on a developer Q&A and get information about the new features in Diablo 3. It’s a Diablo fan’s dream come true! Could Blizzard’s timing be just what is needed to light a fire under BioWare’s behind to push SWTOR to stay on schedule for a release before the close of 2011? The anticipated MMORPG of the year, Star Wars: The Old Republic is already set to be the major…

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New Game Mod Brings Star Wars and Call of Duty Together

Are you a Star Wars fan who’s into Call of Duty? This might be some of the coolest news you have ever read. German modding outfit, Black Monkeys have created an awesome Star Wars-themed mod for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. After 2 ½ years of development, the team is now ready to bring you Galactic Warfare a Star Wars-themed ‘mod’ for Call of Duty: Modern warfare. In fact, this is as good a reason as any to give Call of Duty a try if you have previously been on the fence about playing it. This awesome mod is a total conversion of all the environments, weapons and even the characters. It’s all re-skinned to fit the theme and story of the Star Wars universe. You can choose the Imperial Forces and become a trooper or be a solider of the Rebel Alliance. There are seven great maps to deathmatch…

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Species of Starwars: Gran

The Gran were a sentient species native to the planet Kinyen, though they had colonies across the galaxy, including settlements on the planets Hok and Malastare. Physiology They could easily be identified by their three eyes and their goat-like snout. Female Gran had three breasts. The Gran had excellent vision, able to resolve more colors than most species, and even able to see into the infrared. Gran had two stomachs, having evolved from herbivorous grazing animals who lived in herds on the mountains and highlands of Kinyen. Gran were also able to sense one another’s emotions and disposition by noting subtle changes in body heat and skin color. Society The peaceful nature of Gran society was a reflection of their homeworld, Kinyen. Kinyen boasted large and rolling grasslands, a dense and beautiful forest, and one of the longest and clearest rivers in the Sumitra Sector. The beauty of this planet,…

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Site updates July 2011

I know we haven’t been good keep you guys posted on what’s going on at the site, So I thought it would be a good time to keep you guys update on some of the new features we made on the side. First of all we have re-added the Forum. We took it down re constructed the site a few month back, and havenøt gotten around to put it back up. You can find it under the community menu as shown below: Hopefully we can get some great discussion and lot’s of fun there in the future. You need to creat an account to use it, but it’s super simple, and only takes a few minutes. Secondly we added  IRC Chat to the forum. We have chosen to joine the #SWTOR channel on Quakenet, since it’s the largest SWTOR Chat on all of the IRC networks. I go by the…

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The Guild Sphere: S.O.T.A.C.

This week I sat down with another Sith guild, S.O.T.A.C., a old Star Wars: Galaxies guild converting to SWTOR. Where did your guilds name come from? On SWgalaxies, we wanted to make a combat squad, I was aiming for a military division within the Empire. S.O.T.A.C. is an acronym for Special Operations Tactical Assault Command. Can you give me a quick 2-3 sentance description of your guild? A tight knit group of players that strive for a common goal, we are very competitive and enjoy the task of trying to be the best in any game we play. We are all about team work and making the experience enjoyable. How did your guild come about? SOTAC itself came about on SWG, but some of the members including myself played other MMO’s and games together, so when we jumped onto SWG it was a no brainer. We had seen how many other…

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ZAM opens new SWTOR Fan Site

Yesterday Stephen Reid twittered: “We’ve got a new #SWTOR site up and running today – say hello to http://tor.zam.com/” so I had to go and check it out, of course. The new SWTOR fan site packs some pretty big promises right from the start: “The Force is with us! With anticipation and excitement building for Star Wars: The Old Republic, we’ve created a brand new fansite devoted to all things SW:TOR. Complete with an expanding wiki, forums and robust news section, ZAM SW:TOR will cater to all your current (and upcoming!) Old Republic needs.” If it promises all things related to TOR, then you can bet we’re going to want to keep our eyes on it as well. The site offers forums ( have your checked out our forums yet? ) , TOR-wiki and of course, news and updates. They plan to cater to all of your current and upcoming TOR-related needs….

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Faction lore: Galactic Republic

The Republic itself was formed in 25,053 BBY when the first “Galactic Constitution” was signed on Coruscant, after the Corellian Hyperdrive connected many worlds in the Galactic Core. Whether this means that Coruscant was the original homeworld of humans or simply the most powerful world at the time is still up for debate, and there has been little said about the event other than that it occurred. The Republic was made up of several hundred thousand worlds. The Republic, led by a Supreme Chancellor, had a supposedly democratic government that was able to sustain itself for over twenty-five thousand years. It is said that its complete history would “fill a thousand libraries”. In its latest years, it was a benevolent – though ineffectual – government tied up in layers of bureaucracy. History The Human Core around which the Republic was formed Formation The Republic was born with the signing of…

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Star Wars Galaxies Players to Sue Sony

SWG fans will not back down when it comes to their favorite game. It seems the big fat “no” they received in response to their petitions was not enough and they are now filing a class-action lawsuit against Sony Online Entertainment in an effort to keep the Star Wars themed MMORPG live and running. Lucas Arts and SOE announced earlier this month that the game would be shutting down on December 15th of this year. They blamed the closure on declining subscriptions and competition MMORPGs, one of which being the highly anticipated Star Wars: The Old Republic. But many SWG fans are saying “Screw TOR!” and they demand to keep their game. Just yesterday we wrote about how Sony shot down the petitions and reportedly, they also locked forum threads and banned players related to the petitions, citing that “promoting an online petition causes disruption within the community and does…

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Can SWTOR Be Farmed with Companions and Alts?

People are pumped up about SWTOR and while we wait for the anticipated MMORPG to finally be released, people are talking about what it will be like- both positive and negative. Lead Systems Designer Damion Schubert talks out in the SWTOR forums about the Companion Character mission system and how they will work with alts as well as while you are actively playing the game. One forum poster asks if he was logging in playing one character, if he could have another character’s companions out collecting resources at the same time. Schubert’s answer was yes, which stirred up some more questions about farming and exploitation of Crew Skills. Is it possible that people could farm with their Crew Skills and exploit the economy of the game? Schubert answers this by saying: “There are some preconceptions about the missions system, such as that it’s an infinite money machine. Quite the opposite:…

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Bounty Hunter Character Progression Video

Watch BioWare’s latest trailer to see this Star Wars: The Old Republic class in action! This week’s Star Wars: The Old Republic update is all about the Bounty Hunter and some of the many devices they can use to take down their opponents. Bounty Hunters are feared throughout the Star Wars galaxy and in BioWare’s latest class advancement video, you can see why. The video provides a look at the multiple advancement paths that players can choose from and by the end you’ll be asking one question – where do they get those wonderful toys? Check out the video embed after the break.

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Star Wars XXX: Interview with Grand Moff Tarkin aka Eli Cross

The newest porn parody from Vivid and Axel Braun –  Star Wars XXX – wrapped its filming a few weeks ago. Braun said he’s had fun shooting the movie but wanted to pay an homage to one of the most beloved sci fi franchise in the world. I caught up with Eli Cross script writer and producer of the movie for a short chat about the movie and Star Wars the old republic. First a few words about your self. How long have you worked in the industry, favourite projects etc. My stage name is Eli Cross. I’ve been in the adult industry for 21 years. I first ran the Castle Megastore in Arizona during it’s first expansion. Then, I was the editor of several adult magazines and I ran AVN, the adult industry trade mag, for 5 years. I’ve directed several big projects, but the three I’m proudest of are “Corruption” and…

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SOE Shoots Down Star Wars Galaxies Petitions

If you were a Star Wars Galaxies fan signing the petitions to keep SWG and make it free-to-play, Sony Online Entertainment has offered an official reply to your demands:   “Regarding the Star Wars Galaxies petitions, we first want to thank everyone for taking the time to organize such an effort. As always, we appreciate your feedback, and I can assure you with 100% confidence that your feelings have been heard. No one is more disappointed than we are to cancel Star Wars Galaxies; however, we are confident that this was the only decision possible. This was not an easy decision to make; Sony Online Entertainment and Lucas Arts spent months deliberating, and in the end we had to make the hard choice. We are extremely proud of the ground we broke with the launch of SWG, its growth and evolution since launch, and most especially, the community. We would…

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Facebook Image of The Week #18

Today is Thursday… But yesterday was Wednesday, which means BioWare gave us another new image on The Old Republic’s Facebook page! An enterprising young Bounty Hunter conducts business with Nem’ro the Hutt, a powerful and influential crime lord on the foul world of Hutta. If your not already following Star Wars: The old republic on Facebook, go do so here

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The Guild Sphere: Followers of Palawa

Where did your guilds name come from? The Followers of Palawa is an ancient Order found within the expanded universe. When I began the guild two years ago I knew that a profound name would be needed to allow our members to truly immerse themselves within The Old Republic. Can you give me a quick 2-3 sentence description of your guild? Our guild’s philosophy has always revolved around a foundation of both quality and guild chemistry. What makes us unique is our cross faction feature, which will allow members to enjoy all of which TOR has to offer along side a great group of like minded individuals. How did your guild come about? Back in October of 2008 a group of friends decided that their paths would lead them to a galaxy of upheaval and strife. What began as a group of mundane friends soon flourished into a maturity community…

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Birth and Evolution of the Lightsaber

We previously brought you a story about how lightsabers work but when it comes to filmmaking history, you probably have no idea how far the light saber has really evolved. It’s really interesting to look at the birth of the lightsaber and how it evolved into what we know it as today. In this article by Rianne Hill Soriana, we see an explanation of the lightsaber concept: “According to filmmaker George Lucas, “Star Wars” had influences from early pirate, adventure, and romantic films of the 1940s. With its basic premise centering on a romantic fantasy, it was inspired by the great romantic traditions in the mythology of “King Arthur” and the adventurous spirit of “Robin Hood.”” She goes on to describe the look of the lightsaber itself and how this look was pulled off in film technology, even many years ago, helping to create the legend that is Star Wars…

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EA: 200 hours of play per SWTOR class

When it comes to SWTOR, many would-be players are asking about its playability. EA has helped clear up some of the confusion by revealing there will be 200 hours worth of gameplay for each of the six playable classes. This whopping amount of game play will come from the questing and storyline itself and will not include crafting, raiding or the “multiplayer” aspects of the game. They say it’s a “gigantic” game and if what they’re telling us is true, then it sure seems to be. We’re talking endless possibilities in terms of what to do in the game. With that much playability, SWTOR will be well worth its cost for the game and any subscription fees.     Gamers of all types, particular MMOers, are looking for more from their games. Technology has come a long way and while snazzy graphics and interactivity are cool, many of us still…

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The Old Republic Forums “Walkthrough” Episode 1: The Phantom Dumbass

The SWTOR Forums are a dangerous place, a murky place where men fear to tread (and rightly so) and trolls amble free through the threads. As with any online community, there’s a lot of drama to be had in there, and there are moments of genius hidden in amongst the more banal of conversations. Taking advantage of that mine of good material, Youtuber RussellW218 (or Russell Wilson, AKA Spikey on the forums) has added some simplistic animation (via XtraNormal) to one such conversation, to quite wonderful effect. So here we have it. A battle of wits, between an increasingly disgruntled, and ever-s0-slightly sarcastic Forum Moderator/BioWare representative, and his arch-nemesis – an infuriating n00b who sways between ludicrous questions and idiotic suggestions as to how the game could be all sorts of genius. Rather wonderfully, the n00b has literally no idea about the essential fundaments of RPG playing, criminally, and hilariously…

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