Sep 2, 2011

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Friday Update: Gamescom Highlight Video!

After a whirlwind of information and conventions over the past two weeks, this week we’re treated to a relatively low-key update of a highlight video from Gamescom! Of particular note are the fan reactions, which were positively ecstatic and gushing. Of course, this weekend’s beta testers will possibly say the same…grumble, grumble…

New Assistant Community Production Coordinator Courtney Woods (that title is a handful!) had the honor of posting today’s update. A belated welcome to her from all of us at Ask A Jedi!

We had an incredible experience at this year’s GamesCom, with Star Wars™: The Old Republic™ winning the 2011 GamesCom Award for Best Online Game as well as being a huge hit with everyone that attended! The air was electric from the excitement as fans and journalists filed through our booth to get some hands-on time with both Origin Worlds and Alderaan Warzone PvP! The reaction from the fans at the show left us feeling incredibly grateful for having such a passionate and dedicated community.

Knowing that not everyone could make it to Cologne for the show, we wanted to share our experience with all of you. Thank you for all of your continued support and enthusiasm for the game!

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Aug 24, 2011

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gamescom 2011: Trooper PvP Gameplay From TotalBiscuit

TotalBiscuit is really making a name for himself on the TOR scene, and that’s a good thing –  because he’s awesome!  Not only is he intelligent and entertaining to listen to, he understands the importance of gameplay video to fans!

Without further adieu, check out 16 minutes of 1080p HD Trooper PvP gameplay lovin’!



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Aug 24, 2011

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gamescom 2011: Gabe Amatangelo Interview was able to corral BioWare’s Lead End-game Designer on Star Wars: The Old  Republic Gabe Amatangelo to ask him a few questions during gamescom last week.

Gabe talks about operations and even Crew Skills during the piece. Again, it’s a must-watch for the TOR faithful!

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Aug 23, 2011

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gamescom 2011: Emanuel Lusinchi Interview scored an interview with BioWare Associate Lead Designer Emanuel Lusinchi during the recently held gamescom in Cologne, Germany.

It’s a nice, refreshing departure from the usual type of interview you see. Emanuel is open and honest and very relaxed in talking about some design decisions and gameplay mechanics that are very relevant to the MMO player. This 16 minute interview is a must-see if you’re a fan of TOR (and we know you are ;)

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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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