I am totally shocked at the amount of crybaby whining all over the internet about the dumbest things regarding the SWTOR launch this week. I’m following the hashtag on Twitter and it just amazes me how people are already complaining about every tiny little issue, error, or imperfection.
The first is, of course, the queues. Oh to be stuck in a queue of doom, waiting to play. Or in the case of today, stuck in a queue waiting to get onto the SWTOR website! I saw someone tweet in all caps that they were throwing away their newly purchased game box and canceling their account because they had to wait a few hours in a queue to play the game. D: Seriously!? And I admit, waiting for hours would suck… but this is the first launch of a game that had almost 1 million preorders and more who just bought the game on the 20th. If you follow their blog posts and tweets, you’d know they are trying their best to keep up with the extreme high demand… in the beta they did multiple stress tests but, realistically, they can’t predict everything. Cut them some slack! You’ll get to play and it is totally worth the wait I promise! :D
Also, for weeks – WEEKS – they’ve had info up on the website about how you will need to have an active subscription attached to your account to play the game. Duh, right? If you haven’t set up your subscription yet, even though you were told about the grace period then that is your own damn fault! Not the fault of customer service, the game developers, or anyone else. :P I think it’s lucky they even gave us a grace period.
And like almost every MMO before them, SWTOR gives you a free month (30 days) of play time, but you need to activate the subscription to start it. I saw someone tweet that this was “bad business practice”… really?! I think it makes perfect sense and I had no problem plugging in my credit card because it said right there on the site that I would be charged until my free time was up. Can people not read?! D: I’m going to be paying for it after 30 days anyway, so what’s the big deal in setting it up now?
On a related note, I saw a bunch of boohooing about how SWTOR is not free to play. Are you kidding me?! I’ve played MMOs that are both subscription-based and free and, personally, I would rather play subscription-based. An MMO is usually a constantly evolving game that is always being added to and updated… it has to be funded somehow. I’d rather pay a monthly fee in order to experience unlimited play and do whatever I want, versus having to be limited because I don’t have a “premium” account or be suckered into buying digital items. This isn’t FarmVille and I don’t want to buy fuel for my tractor (or spaceship, in this case) with real money. :P
I can see BioWare doing something in the future similar to Blizzard with the WoW Starter Edition, because that seems to be a good way to entice players to join. But gawd, at least give them a few years to get rolling! WoW has been around for almost a decade and, to be honest, the game probably needs to start offering stuff like that, considering all the competition lately. ;)
And really, $14.99 a month for a game subscription is not that much when you consider how much entertainment costs these days. Go see a movie in a theater and get some popcorn? Pretty much the same price, and that is just for a couple of hours. So many people subscribe to Netflix and Hulu (me included) and each of those are around $8 (for streaming) a month and that allows you to watch unlimited amounts! Why can’t that be ok for a video game? Especially one that is totally amazing right from launch and will soon be punching out updates consistently.
The final thing I’ve noticed is a ton of complaints about how SWTOR doesn’t have this-or-that feature that other MMOs have. Such as guild banks or tons of raiding content, etc. Oh em gee, heaven forbid a game doesn’t have EVERYTHING at first launch. Maybe most people don’t understand development cycles? You can’t release a billion things the first time around, especially if you want to uphold the quality of your product.
Overall, I have been thoroughly impressed with SWTOR. The launch has gone smoothly for me (because I’ve activated my subscription and gotten all my duckies in a row) and I’ve been having such a blast playing my Jedi Sage and experiencing the awesome story progression and voice acting! I haven’t been so into a game since WoW (years ago) and I’m proud to hand over my money each month to the game developers that will make it even more epic in the days to come. :D