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SOE Podcast – Vzácný zdroj informací [CZ]

Oficiální SOE Podcast už dosáhnul 52. dílu. Nejnovější díl se zabývá sváteční tématikou, oslavami v různých SOE hrách (a že v SWG konečně máme pořádnou vánoční akci – Wookieeský Life Day), pár obvyklými (ale zábavnými) kravinkami a dalšími dvě rozhovory se zaměstnanci SOE. Už to bude víc než rok co tento podcast pravidelně poslouchám a zjistil sem, že je to nesmírně vzácný zdroj informací. Nejen protože znám většinu SOE her a proto mě jejich další vývoj zajímá, ale také protože je to často jediný způsob jak se k určitým informacím dostat. Jsou zde shrnuty veškeré důležité oficiální novinky ze SOE her a je nám poskytnut pohled do dění v SOE, do jejich pracovní kultury a vnitřní struktury. Rozhovory s různými zaměstnanci od designérů po game mastery (přes křečky pohánějící servery) jsou pro hardcore hráče nenahraditelnou zkušeností. Nikde jinde člověk nenajde tolik oficiálních informací o celém dění v SOE. Všichni známe SOE z venku a že to není zdaleka jen příjemná zkušenost… jejich podcast nám nabízí pohled zevnitř.

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The Jedi “uber” myth

An interesting topic on the SWG forums, that i replied to with this.

Not so many people have read the EU books. I think more people played the various Jedi games. That combined with the new trilogy creates a strong “uber Jedi” myth.

What i think about it all is that Jedi do have a huge power, but they need good concentration to use it properly and that power also comes with consequences. Also, theyre Jedi, THEYRE NOT LIKE US. Theyre not like “i have to kill all the bad guys”. The power of Jedi also comes with the mental change. The more power he has, the less he uses it for primitive tasks like mass killing. Because he doesnt want to, its against his teaching, but he also often doesnt have a REASON to do so.

That is like with many martial artists in real world. They do have huge power, but very often, the more power they have, the less likely are they to use it without a good reason. Theyre past that point where “uber killing” seems uber. My former Karate instructor was just like that. When he was attacked, he just parried and dodged the punches until the attacker gave up. Because he didnt want to kill or disable him, which he could do really easily. Of course not everyone is like him, and not every force user is a Jedi. If he was Sith-like, i can imagine he could play soccer with his eyeless head or something like that.

For example, even if Yoda was uber, he didnt go and kill a legion of Clone troopers, because what would be the point of that? If it didnt save another Jedi or solve anything? Even the point of “one legion of bad troopers less” might not be a reason good enough for a Jedi like Yoda. Maybe the only reason good enough for him to really go and fight was to “kill the Sith lord and end the war”. Any fighting with the mere servants of the Lord was pointless for him.

So, some of the Jedi maybe never unleashed their full power, because they never were in a situation where they could do it. And on the other hand, some Jedi failed in seemingly “primitive” skirmishes.

There probably really was such difference between their abilities. Some of them werent trained and talented enough to react so swiftly, a group of clone troopers was able to kill them, while on the other hand there was Yoda, who is (obviously overpowered) winning against heavily armored droid units in The Clone Wars Series (2008), episode 1. Was he in such a close connection to the force, that he had no hard time dodging all the attacks? Some of the Jedi might lose their concentration when under the stress of battle. Focusing on the Force is very important for Jedi, and if he fails at this one thing, if he fails for a second and one shot hits him, all his skill and training is lost because of this small failure.

The Jedi we play in various games either never lose this focus (if they do, we load previous save), or they can take some beating. If every other shot that hits me in a game was to kill me (like in the movies), i would die a long time ago. The single-player games give us a room to correct our mistakes. But the real Jedi never had that chance. Maybe they lost their focus in their first real engagement for a second and got one-shot killed. Theyre not cheating like we do in the games, they cant take much beating and they cant load a save.

No wonder some of them die quickly, i cant imagine how many times my Jedi died in these games while under my control. And Yoda has to be really good.

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Star Wars: The Old Republic announced! / ohlášeno!

There it is. And it looks… promising. Its not like Star Wars Galaxies, its not like World of Warcraft and not like any other MMOG. It is probably the first MMO to let players experience such a deep, complex and rewarding story, where player’s decisions will have huge consequences on his character. That’s what they are promising – the first really storytelling MMO, and from the Star Wars universe! However, thats all they said. Really. They spoke about it as if it were a “KOTOR with multiplayer” and not like about a MMO. “There will be raids, there will be RvR” is not good enough and they didn’t even say, what classes are there. Obviously, it then looks like “KOTOR with multiplayer”. But that doesn’t mean it cant be successful. Also, SWG representatives already said, that nothing bad will be happening to SWG and that the updates will continue into 2009 and further. Looks like i will have to pay and play two MMOs at the same time, once again!

Je to tady. A vypadá to… slibně. Není to jako Star Wars Galaxies, není to jako World of Warcraft ani jako jiné MMOG. Je to pravděpodobně první MMO, které hráči poskytne tak propracovaný a smysluplný příběh, kde jeho rozhodnutí budou mít na vývoj jeho postavy opravdový vliv. Slibují nám první skutečně příběhové MMO a navíc ze světa Star Wars! To je ale asi tak všechno, co jsme se dozvěděli. Mluvili o té hře jako by to byl “KOTOR s multiplayerem” a ne jako o MMO. “Budou tu raidy, bude tu RvR” nám nestačí a ani jsme se nedozvěděli, jaká tu budou povolání! Takže to orpavdu celé vypadá jako “KOTOR s multiplayerem”. To ale neznamená, že to nebude úspěšná hra. A zástupci SWG už se stihli vyjádřit, že s SWG se určitě nic zlého nestane a updaty budou pokračovat i příští rok a dále. Takže to vypadá, že budu zase jednou platit a hrát dvě MMO najednou!

Star Wars: The Old Republic screenshots gallery

Interview o The Old Republic s vývojáři od Bioware / interview with Bioware developers

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SWG: City of the Skies – Čtvrtý datadisk?

Pro ty, co angličtině ješě tolik nevládnou, to tu mám i v mateřštině 🙂 Takže věc se má tak, byla krásná noc, hrál sem SWG, tlachal na Ventrilu a četl si fórum, kde jsem narazil na topic “City of the Skies?”. A ten obsahoval link na níže zobrazené video. Pokud bude z YouTube smazáno, pro jistotu jsem ho hodil na mmoscreens.com. A dal jsem tam i popisek z YouTube, který v podstatě vypráví o tom, že J. Smedley vyhodil právě čtyři vývojáře SWG a ti se mstí tak, že zveřejnili nedokončený trailer pro datadisk plánovaný na příští rok. Má to být poslední pokus SOE a LucasArts vytáhnout z SWG větší peníze, než přijde obávaný Kotor Online… Ale jestli KOTORO vubec přijde, to se dozvíme už 21. tento týden – Bioware a LucasArts totiž konečně odtajní ten dlouho utajovaný projekt. Jako ostatní v něj neskládám velké naděje… dobré MMO (které neni pro děti) je dneska fakt vzácnost. Tenhle trailer na City of the Skies je nejspíš podvod, ale klobouk dolů nad tím, kolik si s tím dali práce. A aspoň jsme se podívali do vnitřku nové budovy “Dinner”, které bude vydána jako loot karta tuto zimu 🙂



SWG: City of the Skies – 4th expansion?!

It was a night like every other. It was 2 AM and i have been playing Star Wars Galaxies, talking on Ventrilo with friends and browsing forums when it happened – i stumbled upon a topic called City of the Skies? It contained a link to a very fresh video on YouTube. Well, i think it is a fake, but a good one. We can only wish that SOE ever made an expansion like this. Bespin with Cloud City are ideal for an expansion. I will leave it up to you to see it, and to read it’s description, so here it is.

Oh and in a case that it gets removed, i uploaded it to mmoscreens.com, along with the video’s original description, which is:

“From: disgruntledsoe Added: 15 October 2008

Quick explanation – Last week, John Smedley sacked …

Last week, John Smedley sacked four of us at SoE using extremely unprofessional reasoning on his part. Basically he’s looking to trim the staff down of those working on SWG now that KotORO is about to be announced soon.

We wouldn’t of minded so much if he had just been honest about his reasons – but that isn’t John Smedley.

So basically, this is my way of being unprofessional back at him. He’ll never be able to discover which of the four of us snuck this out of the offices, so here it is John – your “careful timing” you are oh so precious about – ruined.

This is the project John Smedley has not been telling SWG players about. He’s known for about a year now that Bioware is working on the Knights of the Old Republic MMO, and him and Lucasarts have been busy thinking up ways to squeeze the remaining SWG playerbase out of one final cash lump sum before everyone jumps ship – and this is it.

Star Wars Galaxies – City of the Skies. The 4th Expansion.

It’s been in the works for the last 3-4 months, and basically is a mish-mash of material SoE has purchased from other Star Wars games with Bespin in it, to make the production process faster.

The ONLY part they are actually splashing out on is that they are really asking Billy Dee Williams and the guy who voices Kyle Katarn to do voices for it.

Smedley seems to think the idea of actually creating content from the era the game is set in, rather than more clone wars stuff is “original thinking”.

I’m sure that’ll give a good few of you a chuckle…”

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URNA párty #1

On saturday, september 13th, we’ve had the first URNA (Útvar Rychlého Nasazení) party in our city – River Camp, on the Chimaera server. We wanted to celebrate our guild, the progress we are making in the game and to meet and have fun. We are still a small guild of czech and slovak players, some of us are Star Wars Galaxies veterans (some even transfered from Eclipse to join URNA) and some of us are new players. Iam happy that URNA is doing well as it is the first guild that iam leader of. While i did not have much time to spend in game in the last weeks, members of URNA are enjoying the game and playing together, which is the goal of this guild. Now we are looking forward to Chapter 11 (Hoth – Battle for Echo Base) and to Game Update 6 (update for player cities and politician), as we need to get a shuttleport for our city.

Check the screenshots from our party!

V sobotu 13. září se konala první URNA párty v našem městě – River Campu, na serveru Chimaera. Cílem bylo oslavit naší guildu, její rozvoj, setkat se a pokecat. Stále jsme malá guilda skládající se jen z Čechů a Slováků, někteří z nás jsou zkušení hráči Star Wars Galaxies (několik jich i transfernulo z Eclipse kvůli URNĚ) a někteří jsou nováčci. Je to první guilda, ve které jsem přímo guild masterem a proto jsem rád, že se jí daří. I když jsem v poslední době neměl moc času, naše členy SWG baví a baví je spolupracovat, což je právě smyslem této guildy. Teď se těšíme na Chapter 11 (Hoth – Battle for Echo Base) a Game Update 6 (update hráčských měst a politika), protože potřebujeme pro naše město získat shuttleport.

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