Shut Up About SWTOR vs. WoW Already
Here, let’s end this before it begins: If you’ve never played Star Wars: The Knights of the Old Republic — if by some sad coincidence you’ve never even heard of it — then your opinion about Star Wars: The Old Republic is void and we don’t want to hear it.
I’m talking to you, World of Warcraft fans who have no idea what they’re talking about.
The qualifier on the last sentence is everything, because during the last couple weeks of extensive time spent in SWTOR, I’ve heard some absolutely idiotic things. Many of the complaints center around the things that SWTOR “took” from Warcraft — my favorite being when someone barked in the general chat of my server, “They took factions from WoW.” I hope that I we don’t have to explain the fact that there are fundamentally two sides in Star Wars and that they’ve been at war for, apparently, thousands of years.
Anyway, the idiocy doesn’t stop there. A fairly on-point discussion on the SWTOR forums points out a number things players are complaining about in SWTOR — mostly, features that WoW has and SWTOR doesn’t. As the writer points out, Blizzard has been adding to World of Warcraft for nearly a decade, and there’s one other important thing: The Old Republic is not the World of Warcraft.
Now, I can understand the natural penchant of players to size up the new kid in town against the reigning champion of MMOs. It’s impossible not to do it. Many players in SWTOR right now are there at the expense of WoW, sizing up the game, deciding if it’s worth their time, and perhaps, passing judgment on the fate of their WoW subscriptions. There’s a lot riding on these opening days with both games. Adding up pros and cons, similarities and differences is a natural part of that process.
I’m okay with that. What’s annoying me is picking out things that prove you’re missing the fundamental purpose of both games.
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