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Office Chat: Infinite horizons and limited vision


Another casual discussion from the Dtoid news room
Jan 16
// Conrad Zimmerman
Now arriving with an alarming consistency, I bring you the latest installment of Office Chat. In this episode, I'm joined again by Jordan Devore and Brett Zeidler as we address the controversy surrounding Star Wars: The...
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The DTOID Show: DmC, Sir Hammerlock, & Gay Star Wars


Plus: Chubby Kings
Jan 15
// Max Scoville
Here's today's Destructoid Show, in all it's fabulous, timely glory.  For starters, there was that thing about how they added a gay planet in Star Wars: The Old Republic, which of course went over like a fart in Church. ...
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Star Wars: The Old Republic and its new 'Gay Planet'


Peril of the Pink Planet
Jan 14
// Jim Sterling
BioWare wants to take you to a gay bar. Or rather, a gay planet. Star Wars: The Old Republic is being updated to include a rather inelegant solution to its lack of gay characters -- a planet called Makeb where all the homosex...
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Rise of the Hutt Cartel targets spring for Star Wars: TOR


Digital expansion up for pre-order now
Dec 18
// Jordan Devore
BioWare has announced Rise of the Hutt Cartel, a forthcoming digital expansion for Star Wars: The Old Republic. Available in spring 2013, this voiced story content will take place on Makeb and raise the level cap by five leve...
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Star Wars: The Old Republic can now be played for free


Update 1.5: HK-51 Activated goes live
Nov 15
// Jordan Devore
Today is the day that Star Wars: The Old Republic added its free-to-play option. While the game's eight classes are playable up to level 50, there are a number of restrictions that non-paying players have to put up with which...
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Star Wars: The Old Republic goes free-to-play Nov. 15


Meanwhile, WoW still going 10 million users strong
Nov 08
// Allistair Pinsof
Update: Current Old Republic subscribers now reflects the numbers on Electronic Arts' report. For a while there, I really bought into The Old Republic taking Blizzard's crown. But, here we are with BioWare's game going f...
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BioWare lays out specific SWTOR free-to-play restrictions


Life isn't easy in The Old Republic
Oct 17
// Jordan Devore
BioWare and Electronic Arts held off admirably, but implementing a free-to-play model in Star Wars: The Old Republic seemed inevitable to keep the player base from falling off. If you're looking to swoop in without paying a s...
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Bioware Austin win most awards at GDC Online


Hometown heroes claim four awards, Riot Games win three
Oct 11
// Allistair Pinsof
Despite having a hard time with employment and keeping membership afloat this year, GDC Online's judges sent Bioware Austin home with four awards for its Star Wars MMO The Old Republic. The developer won four awards in its si...
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The Old Republic brings the terror in update 1.4 today


Sep 26
// Fraser Brown
Star Wars: The Old Republic update 1.4, "Terror from Beyond" goes live today, with a slew of new features. Republic and Empire affiliates can travel to the furthest reaches of the galaxy to combat an eldrich evil created spec...
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The DTOID Show: Aliens, Zynga, Ada Wong in RE6, & PAX


Aug 01
// Max Scoville
Today's episode of The Destructoid Show is brought to you by a flock of magical falcons who carried it here in a net woven out of gossamer spider-silk. Okay, not really. I just wanted to write something interesting. Sega rel...
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The Old Republic launches update 1.3 today


Jun 26
// Chris Carter
Fans of The Old Republic have a lot to be excited for, as the newest content update titled "Allies", is landing today. First off, you have the heavily requested group finder feature, which allows you to search and join up wit...
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The Old Republic's 'hidden subscribers' are actually gone


May 08
// Chris Carter
It looks like a large portion of the player base in The Old Republic isn't just hiding -- they're full on missing. Rock, Paper Shotgun did some digging through EA's recent financial report and found that 400,000 subscribers h...
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The Old Republic spreads to 38 additional countries


Apr 26
// Fraser Brown
Star Wars: The Old Republic is launching in another 38 countries, starting today. From Afghanistan to Yemen, people can purchase the Standard Edition or the Digital Deluxe Edition from Origin. BioWare has provided a list of p...
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The Old Republic's lost players are just hiding


Apr 25
// Fraser Brown
Depending on who you ask, Star Wars: The Old Republic either did quite well and continues to succeed in an incredibly saturated market, or it's already peaked and now all it has to look forward to are diminishing subscription...
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EA blows off layoff reports following BF3, SWTOR letdowns


Apr 16
// Jim Sterling
Electronic Arts is alleged to be cutting between 500 and 1,000 jobs due to Battlefield 3 and Star Wars: The Old Republic performing below expectations. EA has downplayed the reports, though it wouldn't deny that jobs have bee...
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The Old Republic 1.2: Tauntauns for everyone


Apr 12
// Fraser Brown
I've sort of drifted away from Star Wars: The Old Republic, recently. After hitting 50 and reaching that end game grind I sort of just got a bit tired of it. However, nothing entices me back to an MMO like a big update. Game...
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EA defends itself against homophobic hate mail


Apr 05
// Jim Sterling
Electronic Arts has come under fire from right wing Christian groups for the sin of allowing gay-friendly content in its games. A letter campaign, seemingly spearheaded by the Florida Family Association, accuses EA of corrupt...
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Star Wars: The Old Republic Legacy System explained


Mar 30
// Chris Carter
Bioware designer William Wallace (amazing!) has just put up a hot blog post explaining (in great detail) some upcoming mechanical implications for The Old Republic's Legacy System. For those who aren't in the know, Legacy is ...
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The Old Republic accused of having too many servers


Mar 26
// Chris Carter
Forum threads like this one have been sprouting up like weeds on Bioware's official Star Wars: The Old Republic forum, causing mods to quickly open new ones due to the overwhelming amount of responses. The basic idea of ...
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Star Wars: The Old Republic is free to play this weekend


Mar 14
// Patrick Hancock
Starting this Thursday, March 15th, non-subscribers will be able to play Star Wars: The Old Republic for free until Monday, March 19th! For all of you people who have been saying "I'll wait until it's permanently free to...
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Star Wars: The Old Republic 1.2 update on the horizon


Mar 09
// Chris Carter
After a ton of hullabaloo, The Old Republic's heftiest update yet is about to hit. In the update, players will find improved UI customization, more refined visuals, and a few other tweaks. Content wise, there's a new Warzone...
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Economic shifts and a splash of color in SWTOR 1.1.5


Mar 02
// Fraser Brown
Republic and Imperial news services are a buzz with information relevant to any economic minded Star Wars: The Old Republic players. Balmorran transport company, Korrealis Corporation has ceased production of the "Sovereign",...

BioWare writer's vagina versus the Internet

Feb 20 // Jim Sterling
Everything came to a head a few days ago. Hepler decided to join Twitter, but within fourteen Tweets she has already asked support if she can delete her account. It seems that gamers caught a whiff of her Twitter presence, and everything went to shit.  Hundreds of messages have been sent to Hepler, as a simple Twitter search shows. Many choose to attack her writing and ability to craft characters. A staggering number focus on her physical appearance, choosing to call her such delightful names as "fat bitch" and "obese cunt." Some want to know why she's "obsessed with shoehorning homosexual relationships down gamer's throats." Poor Hepler did not exactly help her case, publicly stating: "I just figure they're jealous that I get to have both a vagina AND a games industry job, and they can't get either." Unfortunately, that opened the doors for even more spiteful commentary, because everybody knows you can't defend yourself on the Internet -- especially if you mention that you have a vagina.  Everything seemed to come to a head with studio GM Aaryn Flynn getting involved. After one user called Hepler "the cancer that is killing BioWare," Flynn retorted by calling him a "fucking moron." So now BioWare is accused of treating customers disrespectfully, and the moron in question is going on a crusade and talking about his hurt feelings. Nevermind that he started the insulting tone of the conversation.   Because that's what gamers do, if this behavior is to be believed. Attack individuals en masse, forgetting they are people, and then acting betrayed when their victims have the nerve to bite back. It's all very well expecting "professional conduct" from a developer when a customer is angry, but when anybody's being demolished by a rampant tsunami of abuse, I don't think there's any amount of professional expectation that makes it unacceptable to lose one's cool and say something in return.  It is the height of entitlement to believe you can say whatever you want, as hurtful as you like, and expect not a word of a retort. Those gamers now acting butthurt because Flynn and Hepler responded to the abuse are as cretinous and pathetic as one can get. The fact that this surrounds BioWare -- a studio known for making more adult games -- makes it all the more sad.   Whether you like Hepler or not (I've not been a fan of most of BioWare's stories, period), this level of treatment towards a single person is never warranted, and it should make the gaming community utterly ashamed of itself. This is the kind of behavior that justifies the FOX News stereotype of the basement dwelling, antisocial nerd. This is the kind of behavior that makes the Spike VGAs look like the perfect gamer show -- because it's crass, immature, and it sports the emotional depth of a wet paper towel. That's how gamers look when something like this happens.  You know what, though? Having a vagina and an industry job is a pretty sweet two-punch. I'm pretty jealous myself.
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Jennifer Hepler is hated by people on the Internet, as Destructoid reader Ben recently informed us. That's not unusual in itself, as there are few public figures who aren't hated by a significant cross-section of the online p...

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Star Wars: The Old Republic spreading to more regions


Feb 14
// Jordan Devore
BioWare is officially bringing Star Wars: The Old Republic outside of North America and Europe next month. On March 1, 2012, the game will launch in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, and Singapore. If you live in one of thes...
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The Old Republic's Ilum still having issues


Feb 08
// Chris Carter
All is not well with the galaxy in The Old Republic. Evidently kills on the world PVP planet Ilum (one of the few things you can do post level 50) aren't registering for a lot of folks, meaning they can't complete their daily...
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BioWare announces the first SWTOR Guild Summit


Feb 01
// Fraser Brown
BioWare has invited Star Wars: The Old Republic guild leaders from around the world to the first SWTOR Guild Summit in Austin, Texas. While invites have already been sent out, there is still some space for other guilds to app...
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FRC: The Old Republic is full of homosexual activists


Jan 30
// Jim Sterling
Star Wars: The Old Republic will definitely turn all of your children gay, according to right-wing Christian lunatic group, the Family Research Council. FRC president Tony Perkins recently criticized BioWare's MMO for being f...
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SWTOR getting more updates and even more rakghouls


Jan 20
// Fraser Brown
Hot on the heels of their first content update, BioWare have revealed their plans for the future of Star Wars: The Old Republic in a new video. The last update -- Rise of the Rakghouls -- was only the first part, and players...
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SWTOR's first content update is Rise of the Rakghouls


Jan 12
// Jim Sterling
I hate Rakghouls. Horrible little monkey bastards, they are. I welcome a fresh update that allows me to kill more of them, and it seems that Star Wars: The Old Republic is going to give me what I want with Rise of the Rakghou...
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SWTOR's first major patch bringing bosses, anti-aliasing


Jan 09
// Jim Sterling
Star Wars: The Old Republic is getting its first major patch very soon, bringing fresh content and the long-awaited support for official anti-aliasing options. The update was recently unleashed on test servers, so we know all...






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