Aug 21, 2011

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Wild Space: gamescom 2011

It’s a big galaxy our there, and Wild Space can be a dangerous place. Worry not, explorer – each week we’ll navigate you safely through the lost hyperspace routes of the Deep Core and track down the great articles and entertainment from around the SW:TOR fan community, all in less than 12 parsecs, of course!

You may have heard that there has been a huge gaming convention going on in Germany (which ended today) and SW:TOR has been a big part of it. This week, I thought we should take a look at some of the coverage coming out of the show thanks to some great community members.


You will be familiar with our first feature due to his dedication to and involvement in World of Warcraft. Yes, the Cynical Brit himself, TotalBiscuit, has released a few game play videos of SW:TOR from gamescom. You may have seen the first video, which includes an interview/play through with Stephen Reid. As of Saturday morning, two more videos have been released (with hints that more might be on the way). The first video (or is that second?) was a great interview with he-of-many-titles, Gabe Amatangelo, the Lead PvP, Flashpoints, and Operations Designer. Operations and PvP were the topics of the interview (surprise!) so check that out! The second video that TotalBiscuit released was a 16-minute play through of the Smuggler class on the origin world of Ord Mantell. Providing some of the highest quality gameplay video of the game we have yet seen, TotalBiscuit also brings his trademark commentary to bear in the video. Be sure to check out his YouTube channel for videos not just of SW:TOR, but all kinds of games.


TORWars has been featured in this column before, but I had to give them another shout out for their great gamescom coverage. One article that particularly caught my eye was “Exclusive Gamescom Report: Eternity Vault Hands-On“. This article was particularly interesting to me since it was written by a regular gamer and not a fansite contributor or game journalist. The writer, Ben, was chosen randomly out of the crowd to come up and play the Eternity Vault operation on the main BioWare stage. They were able to get through the first wave of baddies (assault droids and two defense turrets) before wiping to the huge Annihilation droid. BioWare gave them another shot and they ended up defeating the encounter! Congrats to Ben on his “World First” achievement! Check out the article on TORWars for the full write-up.

The Forums!

Last up are the community contributions of some truly awesome SW:TOR official forum posters. I know what you’re thinking, that wretched hive of scum and villainy can’t even use proper capitalization let alone post some worthwhile information. Most of the time you would be correct…but in this case you are dead wrong! For the last several conventions (including SDCC and E3), GamewizX has been writing the official unofficial convention threads, but due to some real life commitments, he passed the reigns to Celwinn for gamescom 2011 and boy did he step up in a big way. The thread is basically a list of every article, video, blog, picture, review, preview, and opinion that has to do with SW:TOR at gamescom 2011. Organizing all of the information from all of the SW:TOR fansites and gaming media in one place makes it incredibly easy to find that one article you missed or video that you have been dying to watch and since it’s been stickied on the official forums, it makes it easily accessible to SW:TOR fans. A huge thanks to Celwinn for keeping this thread up to date! Be sure to checkout the post on the official forums.

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Aug 16, 2011

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Blue Milk & Cereal: What Do You Hope To See From gamescom?

No day would be complete without the breakfast of Jedi: Blue Milk & Cereal.  Every morning, the team at Ask A Jedi will get Force-induced thoughts coursing through your head with delicious issues from around the galaxy! Join in the discussion below to make your voice heard!

Since gamescom 2011 kicks off today, we thought Blue Milk & Cereal should stick with the theme!

In just a few short hours, Electronic Arts will hold their press conference in which they’ll demo the latest and greatest of their upcoming wares. According to BioWare Senior Community Manager Stephen Reid, the Battlefield 3 trailer is nothing less than jaw-dropping. But for readers of this site, we also know there BioWare will show a demo of the Eternity Vault, the first Operation (raid) in Star Wars: The Old Republic.

But beyond that, what else do you hope or think we’ll see come out of gamescom? Maybe it’s PvP info? More crafting info? Perhaps the final Holonet tab unleveled? Or maybe James Ohlen’s final “big thing”?

We can only include so many options in the poll below, so let’s here your thoughts i the comments!

What information do you most hope/think will come out of gamescom 2011?

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