I was shocked at how sad I was to hear that Star Wars Galaxies was shutting down on December 15, 2011. I have not seriously played SWG for about 5 years now but it was the game that introduced me to the world of MMO’s and some great people I still keep in contact with today.
This is a little walk down memory lane but I remember first getting introduced to SWG at my friend Ted’s house one afternoon when our game of AD&D happened to get canceled. While we were hanging out he mentioned he just got a great new Star Wars game and he wanted to show it to our friend Bob and I. After watching him wander around for about 2 hours out side Coronet just exploring I was sold. To join him would require me to buy a new computer and purchase the game, both I accomplished in under a week (man those days when I had disposable income, now I would have to budget for a few months!). With my new system running Dago (Ted) and Gutvik (me) set out to explore the vast universe! Shortly into our adventure we ran in to a very charismatic individual named Octavious and he invited us in to his budding guild named A New Hope (ANH) and we agreed, it turned out to be one of the best decisions I have ever made in my years of MMOing.
Over the next three or so years I spent many hundred hours with these amazing people batting, exploring or just hanging out in our player city on Dantooine (I think thats where it was). During that time there are great memories and some ones that put in perspective how addictive and destructive MMO gaming could be. I remember the day our guild mate Weasley had to quit SWG due to the fact that he was spending to much time in game that is was affecting his home life with his wife and little one. It kind of hits home now thinking of it with a wife and little one of my own.
Here is a list of some of my better memories from my time in SWG:
* Having to create my own weapons because the economy had not developed to allow weapon smiths to specialize in their trade.
*Exploring a whole planet on foot. A few of friends and I spent an evening exploring some planet on foot looking for Points of Interests and just spending time joking around (speeders were not introduced yet).
* Being in Coronet after the addition of Speeders with a small bug that didn’t make them disappear when got off them. The city was full of speeders that almost brought the city to a halt due to lag. I wish I still had the screens shots!
* Just being a Master Smuggle, splicing weapons and dealing spice!
* Sitting it the cantina just relaxing with my guild mates.
I truly wish I was smart enough when I picked up my new computer to transfer over all my old SWG screen shots.
I think this game has ideas that new developers could learn from. The ability to build and run your own player city and have your own houses is amazing, I spent hours just hanging looted weapons and pictures on the wall making my home my own. Character customization was also more developed then most current MMO’s. With the ability to have another player change your appearance in game offered lots of options if you decided to give your character a newer look. Lastly the ability before NGE to mix and match your skills and create unique and individualized characters might never be matched.
I would like to thank all my guild mates in ANH and RGU for all the great memories. Thanks Freckles, Inremos, Dago, Apollo, Octavious, Aby and so many more I cannot remember now. I have to admit you guys set the bar so high that I have never found a guild that has matched for friendship or general game enjoyment since.