Free to Play Feature updates :3

So, I was going through the Dev Tracker and stumbled upon a response to this thread. As I upgraded from the Digital Deluxe to Collector’s Edition a while back, it seems I will be getting an extra 250 cartel coins! Yay!

02.07.2012 Star Wars™: The Old Republic™ Collector’s Edition
12.16.2011 Star Wars™: The Old Republic™ Digital Deluxe Edition

Besides that…the Fan Favorite Reward (and thus, the winner) is… THE PARTY JAWA! WOO!

For those wondering, it says “!!Utinni!!” in Aurebesh~

Free to Play revisited

I briefly touched upon this before, but felt like talking a bit more about it again due to things I’ve seen. One thing I’ve noticed is people can’t seem to just enjoy the game without comparing it to a bazillion things. Who cares if it beats WoW or not. WoW is incredibly addictive–it was made that way. I, personally, never got into it, but I do know plenty of people who did.

Regardless, because people keep comparing it to WoW (and more often than not, things WoW didn’t come up with in the first place.), nobody is really looking at the game for itself. I’ve seen a lot of my friends quit WoW recently, expressing that the expansion seems “too cartoony” and a few people saying how they are heading towards Free to Play anyway. Just because they didn’t throw it on immediately doesn’t mean they’re not. And just because SWTOR did doesn’t mean it failed.

A lot of games have been going Free to Play. It’s not such a bad thing that is cursed or whatever. Many games have done even better due to it. But just like without being able to talk about the game with comparing it to someone else, people can’t seem to see Free to Play as anything but negative.

Personally, I’m fine regardless, but I wish people would stop being jerks about it.

As for the actual Free-to-Playness, I just hope there won’t be any obvious advantages or it won’t become a big thing of nearly everything costing Cartel Coins. I also hope they don’t do random boxes with special items (like mounts or pets) because I really hate those. v-v Hoping they come out with an unbind item feature though. So want these PVP Speeders out of my bank.

I know some people are thinking they are giving away too much which all 50 levels free…but we may have a level cap rise soon and I guess we’ll see how the unlock system goes.

SWTOR Going Free to Play

I’m mixed I guess? I don’t really care that it’s going free to play–I’m going to still be subscribed to it. I’m just kind of annoyed because of all the naysayers and obnoxious people who would go on and on about it and now they get to sit back and laugh and it’s just stupid.

I don’t think the game was doing that bad–I still saw a lot of people on and was having fun. I mean, Free to Play isn’t always bad–I’ve seen plenty of games do it well. On the otherhand, I’ve seen plenty of games get greedy too and seeing what EA did to some of my favorite facebook games (Pet Society T___T), I’m more than a bit nervous.

There is already one pet announced to be in the shop when it comes out–the Kowakian Monkey Lizard Pet:

Besides that, you can vote on a special reward for subscribers:

I voted for the Party Jawa which seems to be winning so hopefully it stays that way.

Anyway, items will be sold in the Cartel Market which will be coming this Fall.

Since I have the Collector’s Edition and have been subscribed since the game started, I will be getting a Heroes’ Banner (whatever that is) and a total of 2,450…possibly more depending on when exactly the Cartel Shop will be out as it’s 200 more from August onward.

Other Cartel Coin stuff are a Sith Meditation Throne and Lost Helm of Darth Nihilus, but I do not care about either so yeah.

Umm… I guess I really just don’t know how to feel. I don’t necessarily mind the game going free to play (like I said, I’ll continue to be a subscriber regardless), but I just…don’t want to hear certain people. I’m just kind of a bundle of mixed emotions right now and I really am not sure which to feel first.

I just hope prices are kept reasonable and not everything becomes Cash Shop only. I don’t mind buying pets, but I like being able to find pets too. I don’t want everything to suddenly be Cash Shop only. At least subscribers get coins every month though. That’s pretty nice.