Posts Tagged ‘Bioware Austin’

Disagreements Amongst SWTOR Players

SWTOR: Knights of the Fallen Empire will be out on October 27th, 2015.

SWTOR: Knights of the Fallen Empire will be out on October 27th, 2015.

The past few days of SWTOR news have brought out a lot of varying opinions and arguments amongst players. What’s more important? Who is right? PvP, story, RP, etc. People want to be right in their opinions, and sometimes this unfortunately leads to trash talking other players and undermining others for what they like.

I think the new changes look interesting and fun. When the new expansion, Knights of the Fallen Empire, comes out in October, it doesn’t really matter how I’m playing if I’m having fun with it. In the meantime, it’s only June, and there’s a lot of time in between to be patient, get more information, and possibly provide constructive criticism to the game developers, if it’s not too late.

Zakuul Skyscraper City View Concept

Zakuul Skyscraper City View Concept

When I go to community cantinas, it is very exciting to meet different people, regardless of how they play the game. I may ask what server they play on and what class, but I’ve never encountered or seen people that argue amongst themselves about their opinions of what should happen or be put into the game in person. It’s just fun.

Obviously, I know I’ve poked fun at people at cantinas asking inconsequential questions (Ex: “Will I get so-and-so color lightsaber?”) but it’s nothing like what you see on the internet. On the internet people are ruthless, calling each other bad names, saying nasty things, all because someone disagrees with something about a game they both like.

I have not really encountered any confrontational remarks (this week) about the new content, but I hope people will take into consideration what other people think, and not simply jump down their throats because they don’t like what they say. You can have friends with varying opinions, and that’s okay. I respect players that like different things in the game, even if it is not what I like or care about.

For example, my boyfriend also plays SWTOR, but we definitely have different opinions. He thinks the game is moving towards a single player RPG and less of an MMO and that it may not be good for the future of the game. Like I’ve stated before, I think it’s still going to be a fun game no matter what. I’m not going to argue to death with him about it! I’m not going to break up or say horrible, mean things to him because he cares about different parts of the game than me.

Vaylin under attack

Vaylin under attack

I think people should put into perspective the things they say and do on the internet. I know it’s much easier to be mean to others because of a sense of anonymity (or whatever the reason is people troll) but in real life if a friend, or even a stranger, had a differing opinion about a game, we’d likely be more excited they simply play the same game. We should all be friendlier to other players in the same game, because it’s a huge thing we have in common.

On that note, if you’d like to try out the game or subscribe again, please use my SWTOR referral link!

Corellian Run Radio Ep 145 w/ Nick Avola is Out!

Hello everyone! Episode 145 of my podcast Corellian Run Radio is out! In this episode, Jason and I talk briefly about some SWTOR news, and then we interview the new Assistant Community Coordinator at BioWare Austin, Nick Avola!

This is the first interview he’s done on any SWTOR podcasts, so if you’d like to get to know him a little better and hear why you haven’t seen him much on the forums, you should definitely listen!

I embedded the video here on this post, but you can also download the episode on iTunes or your preferred podcast app!

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GBYYotxtGk0%5D

How I Feel About SWTOR PvP

Yesterday, while waiting for Dreadtooth to respawn, one of my guildies challenged me to a duel! He beat me the first time, but I destroyed him the second time. He was in full PvP gear, and I was in my 192/198 PvE gear! He had also left the operation group temporarily, so we wouldn’t see each other in stealth.

He said, “You should really get PvP gear; you would be so good.” Or something like that. I need to pay more attention to conversations with guildies because they are all super funny and clever people.

I said, “I don’t like PvP.”

I said it. I hate warzones and arenas and random strangers beating on me, telling me I’m a noob or that I suck, or the opposite team trash talking. It’s unnecessary stress dealing with unfriendly, high-strung players, and for someone that plays games to relax, not the thing for me. Actually, it doesn’t even really matter what game the PvP is in; I just prefer PvE. I enjoy PvE, having fun conversations, working together with my guildies to defeat bosses, and practicing my priority rotation and positioning until it’s good enough to clear a fight.

However, that’s not the complete truth. I do like dueling with my friends. I like easygoing 1v1s. I like doing it for fun, not because I care about a ranking or how many goals my team gets in Huttball.

Honestly, at this point I don’t think PvP in SWTOR is a high priority for BioWare. While I feel bad for my PvP playing friends and have tried to help and spotlight the issue with PvP in the game, in the end, I simply enjoy flashpoints and operations and experiencing new stories when they are released. I think this is what BioWare is putting their time, money, and effort toward, and as someone that plays a few nights a week with a great guild (my operations team is 4/10 on the latest hard modes), I’m happy with the game.

(Note: BioWare Austin, if you’re reading, please still continue to work on GSF!)

Sharing The Love: Call For SWTOR Q&A Questions

leslie knopeI finished watching the television series “Parks and Recreation” and a while ago, and I loved it! If you are not familiar with the series, a woman named Leslie Knope (who works in the parks and recreation department in her city) works very hard to make her city a better place for everyone. Unfortunately throughout the series, she receives a lot of criticism and a lack of gratitude from the residents of Pawnee for the good things she has done. Eventually she works her way out of this and is very successful by the end of the series, but it made me consider a few things.

While I like most of people within the SWTOR community, I also have felt less passionate to talk or write about the game recently, due to some of the people I’ve run into. I would much rather just log into game and play with my guildies, who are fun, kind people. Although I can block and mute and avoid as much of the bad stuff as I can—and I do receive positive feedback—thinking about the bad, for me, overwhelms the good and makes me less happy to do anything. (FYI this is not about Facebook; I really like the Facebook people!)

Then I thought of The Princess Diaries. If you are unfamiliar, it is a book series and a movie in which a teenage girl named Mia Thermopolis discovers that she is a princess born out of wedlock to her prince father (who has died) and artist mother. She is not a genius nor is she extremely charismatic—simply average. And at first she does not want to be a princess. There was too much responsibility, she didn’t want to let anyone down, and she didn’t think that she could do it. However, her friend Lily, who runs a fairly unpopular public access television show discussing politics and social issues, says that Mia has a huge opportunity to make a difference in the world, whereas someone like herself tries very hard to do so but has no clout or people listening to her message.

princessdiaries

I’m certainly not saying I’m a princess, but I am saying that I have somehow made my way through the SWTOR community, and I do have a voice on Corellian Run Radio, on my blog, and whenever I’m not busy on Thursday nights to be on The Republic. I have an opportunity this weekend to bring questions directly to the developers of the game, and I know that players have many things that they would like to ask. It would be a shame if I let something like a voice go to waste because of “haters,” and I would still like to help people as long as they let me or would like me to.

If you would like me to bring a question with me to the Anaheim SWTOR Community Cantina and any other opportunities where I can speak to a developer, please leave a comment here, tweet me @Heather_PLS, or e-mail me heather@prettylittlesith.com.

Corellian Run Radio Ep 142 is Out w/ Tait Watson

Hello! This past Sunday I recorded Corellian Run Radio with my cohost Jason, and we interviewed SWTOR Community Production Coordinator Tait Watson. We asked a few questions to get to know him as a person and also about his job! We specifically asked about the best way to report bugs and the process in which developers put them on their priority list. You can download this episode on iTunes or your favorite podcast app, but here is the video of the episode as well! Click here to read the full show notes on the Corellian Run Radio website. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYkqTSX8WYM&w=560&h=315%5D

Upcoming Tait Watson Interview + Life Update!

Hello everyone! I am alive! I have so much going on in my life right now; it’s unbelievable. I’ve been preparing to move to my new house, which has almost completed construction. I’ve been searching for the perfect dog to adopt (no adorable cats unfortunately, because my boyfriend is allergic, and apparently cats don’t love you the same way?!). I’ve also been working really hard at work and at the gym. And my grandma is visiting from Hawaii, and I’m so excited to see her, along with my boyfriend who is visiting in a couple weeks! Plus Easter with my family last Sunday, my nephew’s huge birthday party this weekend, Brian from Bad Feeling Podcast coming into town…. On top of that, I am not playing SWTOR any less!

Conquesting With <Despair>

This week my guild <Despair> is going after Belsavis AGAIN because for some reason we have not gotten #1 on this planet yet! I’m glad there are many opportunities to get points with operations and flashpoints (my favorite things to do because I am a carebear). On Tuesday I did quite a lot of both with my Assassin and even played with Vengeance Juggernaut a bit!

Upcoming Tait Watson Interview

Also, I wanted to let you guys know that on Sunday, April 12th at 2:00pm PST, Community Production Coordinator Tait Watson is going to be live on my podcast, Corellian Run Radio! We will be streaming live on Corellian Run Radio’s Twitch channel.  I would like to emphasize that this is an interview to meet and get to know him—not a SWTOR Q&A. That blog post about asking serious game questions will come sometime after the Star Wars Celebration Community Cantina in Anaheim, which I will be going to next weekend! (On that note, if you have any questions you would like me to bring to Anaheim, please let me know!)

Eric Musco Interview Video

In the meantime, I realize I never posted about the interview I did with SWTOR Community Manager Eric Musco, so here’s the video! You can also listen to it directly on CorellianRun.com or download it on iTunes or your favorite podcast app!

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2sB-ZblGmEY&w=560&h=315%5D

I love my readers, listeners, watchers, and followers very much, and I love contributing to the SWTOR community. I have a few very special SWTOR things coming up in the next few weeks, so stay tuned!

Corellian Run Radio Ep. 140 is Out ft. Snickerr and Upheaval Gaming!

Corellian Run Radio

This week on Corellian Run Radio, Jason and I talk about SWTOR news from the past two weeks, including patch 3.1.1, class changes, community cantina announcements, and win-trading. We have a guest on the show, streamer and progression raider Snickerr from world first guild Zorz and a Guild Ready Check spotlight on the Upheaval Gaming guild!

I think this is a fantastic show! You can download it via iTunes or your favorite podcast app, listen to it directly from the CorellianRun.com, or you can watch the video here:

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7iXXnNWcD0%5D

BioWare Austin Assistant Community Coordinator Opening

Courtney Woods and me at 2014 Las Vegas Community Cantina

Courtney Woods and me at 2014 Las Vegas Community Cantina

A few weeks ago when Courtney Woods was promoted to a Writer at BioWare Austin, her position became available, and an Assistant Community Coordinator position was listed on the EA Careers website.

I was extremely tempted to apply for it, since I thought I met the qualifications. To me, the job sounds like a dream and something very similar to what I am already doing in the SWTOR community. I love meeting and talking to players, spotlighting guilds and streamers and promoting community content contributors. I thought it would have been so much fun, and an absolute dream if I had that job, working for BioWare, and being in the gaming industry.

However, I did not apply, though I debated it for quite a few days. I think I have a spectacular resume and cover letter for the position but no one is going to see it! I realized that it would be extremely difficult to make such a huge life change considering what I currently have going on in Las Vegas (great job, new house). I am very happy with my life currently, but I wanted to tell you all that I didn’t apply, in case anyone wanted to ask or was speculating if I had.

I want to wish a huge amount of luck to a friend that applied, and I hope that we will get a great new Assistant Community Coordinator!

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