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How Players Revived Star Wars Galaxies And EverQuest

I am standing in a place that shouldn't exist. It shouldn't exist because back in 2011 it was decided that this place and the countless others connected to it were no longer financially viable enough to warrant their own existence. Four years ago, almost to this date, thousands of players gathered where I am standing right now to witness the final moments of Star Wars…

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Viral Sensation: A Sloshing Syringe Of H1Z1 Footage

A quick primer for those who've been living under a rock: 1) SOE's making a spiritual successor to Star Wars Galaxies that is also a zombie game, 2) yeah I know, and 3) zombies have transcended mere fad-dom and become immortal cultural icons for reasons I'll never be able to fully comprehend. H1Z1's impressively ambitious within a very narrow lineage, though. Think DayZ or Rust,…

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Good Star(t): SOE On Next Game’s Star Wars Heritage

Star Wars Galaxies was a lot of things to a lot of people. A largely barren land of infinite possibility, a janky pile of half-finished bantha poodoo, a player-driven sci-fi sandbox, a nigh-directionless walk through an abandoned Star Wars theme park. Maybe it was a little of all those things when it first came out, but people (myself included) came to love its quirks. And…

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SOE’s Next Game ‘Dedicated’ To Star Wars Galaxies Fans

Back in my day, we played the original pre-NGE Star Wars Galaxies, and we¬†liked it. No seriously, we really did, and I think the tide of public (or at least, gamerly) opinion has started lapping at those same shores over the years. Sure, the MMO was a mess when it first tractor-beamed money out of thousands of wallets, but it tried to be legitimately different.…

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Star Wars Galaxies Is Over

There's always something a little melancholy about a game world being shut off for the last time, but this goes doubly for the ill-fated Star Wars Galaxies, which ran its last Kessel run yesterday. The MMO, which was first launched to much fanfare in 2003, was shut down as SOE's contract with LucasArts expired, and to make way for EA's The Old Republic, which is…

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If You Strike It Down… Galaxies Reborn?

Poor old Star Wars Galaxies will sleep the dreamless, eternal sleep in just a couple of weeks, not entirely uncoincidentally around the time EA's The Old Republic fires up its servers. For the valiant few who'd remained with SOE's bizzare, ambitious, messy, remarkable MMO, it will be an unhappy day. As if millions of voices suddenly cried out in annoyance and were suddenly silenced, then…

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TOR Was An Accomplice In Galaxies’ Death

There's been a fair bit of grumbling and grief about the upcoming closure of olden MMO Star Wars: Galaxies, with some players reckoning the decision makes no sense and wasn't necessary. I should probably insert some sort of Star Wars quote here, but I'm a 32 year old man - can't I stop doing that now? There's a petition against the closure, of course. There's…

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No New Hope: Star Wars Galaxies Closing

A long time (well, eight years) ago in galaxy well, right about here, SOE launched a Star Wars MMO. It was... odd. To say the least. It was also extremely beloved by a significant few, thanks to being something of a sandbox with complex and ambitious features such as player-made cities and pet Rancors. WoW and its many followers might be a whole lot slicker…

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Star Wars Galaxies Free For Lapsers

Anyone who previously subbed to Star Wars Galaxies will be able to play for free between February 1st and March 1st. This coincides with "Forces Under Siege", which is a hugely territory conflict add-on, which will allow players to contest for control of major cities. A captured city will confer benefits, such as quests and useful NPCs, to the controlling power. The Imperial types get…

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Star Wars Zombalaxies

No, you don't get to get away from the zombie culture-plague by playing a sci-fi game, because it only pops up there too. A Halloween zombie event for Star Wars Galaxies, inspired by the recent Star Wars zombie novel Death Troopers, is now live (undead?). Assuming anyone is still playing the over-hauled Star Wars game, it seems they'll be able to get involved in a…

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Ex-Star Wars Galaxy Designer Talks NGE

Ooh, this is interesting. I came across this mess when digging out links for the Sunday Papers. Dan Rubenfield is an Ex-Sony Designer, relevantly a veteran of Star Wars Galaxies. He's gone into detail about the story behind the New Game Enhancements - the infamous NGE - and candidly explained what was going on, what went wrong and why it was necessary. The one on…

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