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Best-laid plans of Sith and Revanites…

 

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I started creating some images for my SWTOR Instagram account and I’ve been using Canva templates to create them. This is the first one I did but see if you can spot where the problem is in the image:

Instagram Character Sheet

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SWTOR Reported – EA “Support” Response

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If you’ve ever reported something to customer service “support” before, you’ll be all too familiar with the response template that’s anything but personal sent from the “Support” staff. Here’s an example of a reply I received recently after reporting inappropriate player behaviour: Continue reading → SWTOR Reported – EA “Support” Response

Instagramming on the Darkside

 

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I created an Instagram account just for Star Wars related content a while ago. I decided in my infinite wisdom (yes, that’s sarcasm just in case you missed it :P) that it would be better if I separated general Star Wars content from SWTOR content so I could run the odd giveaway for SWTOR gamers and generally focus on trading, trading tips, and general SWTOR in-game content. Continue reading → Instagramming on the Darkside

SWTOR Reported #01

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I wrote about SWTOR reported and what it means to me in terms of my existence inside the world of Star Wars: The Old Republic. Today I was (un)lucky enough to come across another moron throwing their weight around in general chat channel thinking they could get away with talking about “niggers” and what they’d like to do with one if they found one (extremely unsavoury and explicit chat followed).

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I decided to keep the responses from other players because some of them are golden! I also spent a few minutes explaining to another player how to use the report function as they were new to the game. Which brings me to my next point. This type of behaviour (unfortunately) is not uncommon in video game communities today. If you visit certain chat forums (as an example 4chan) you’ll see just how degraded some of the forum users can be. It’s the same thing with video games. Some gamers like to display their toxicity in general chat for everyone to read. I am not against a person wanting to express themselves (even if they are disgusting and demeaning) but there is a place and a medium for that and a general chat channel in a video game is not one of them. I am not entirely sure of what the “rules and guidelines” are for forums such as 4chan but I’d like to think that the people running it have a sense of decency to restrict access to these forums for the sake of the younger generation of gamers who like to be curious and explore.

Thought of the Day – Game of Thrones and Star Wars?!

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I spent a lot of money on Star Wars collectible stuff this weekend. Sometimes I wonder what will happen to it all if I die… like, if I don’t leave a will or anything, where will all of this stuff go? I suppose you could say that about anything right? Where would all the stuff … go?

Also *technically* this is my second thought about Star Wars today but what about the GAME OF THRONE writers Benioff and Weiss writing the new Star Wars movies? I love Game of Thrones so I am excited by this news. But I just went onto Twitter and read that not every star wars fan feels the same. Are you a fan and if so, what do you think about it? Let me know in the comments please and I promise I’ll reply 🙂

Also, sorry about the crappy image, I’ll add another when I get home 🙂 – edit: Updated!

SWTOR Reported Introduction

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It’s been a long while since I’ve blogged here. Much too long really. That said though, I’ve been thinking of better, more intereseting content for the blog whilst I was spending time on tumblr and Instagram and thought about writing this as a regular blog “article”. It’s focused on SWTOR – the game I just can’t quit but with a funny and sometimes not so funny twist (depending on the context). So, one thing I’ve often been unhappy with in any video game I’ve played is inappropriate player behaviour. If you’ve been a gamer for any amount of time, you’ve probably run into a player or two that rubbed you the wrong way. I’ve come across dozens in the many years that I’ve been both playing and working as a journalist focused on video games and I’m almost 99.9 percent certain that any video game that has a substantial community behind it will also have its fair share of idiots; people that are there to do nothing else other than piss you off. There are many names for this type of person – “griefers” seems to come to mind but I think I’ve found a specific “niche” of player in SWTOR that I’m going to focus on for this weekly/fortnightly rant; players who are purposefully going out of their way to be inappropriate.

Welcome to my new blog topic – SWTOR Reported!

So to clarify – I don’t report players just because they disagreed with something I did or said or started to give me grief for some other aspect of my gameplay. That would be kind of pointless because you will ALWAYS come across someone who will make their thoughts about you known in a video game, especially in a MMORPG where you play with hundreds of complete strangers. No, my focus is on one particular type of gamer, the type of gamer that thinks its OK to discuss topics such as bestiality, sex with family members, rape, BDSM and a myriad of other inappropriate content that is OBVIOUSLY against SWTOR’S terms and conditions or breaches one of their terms of service or rules of gameplay. Here’s a snippet taken from the SWTOR support website:

Behavior or content that is harmful, offensive, defamatory, obscene, harassing, threatening, hateful, degrading, intimidating, discriminatory, or otherwise breaks the rules in our User Agreement.

I haven’t decided whether or not I’ll disclose player names in my blog posts. There is a website that does something similar but it focuses on abusive behaviour towards female gamers specifically. My rant won’t be about sexism because I don’t really care if someone thinks “female gamers shouldn’t be playing video games and/or they’re all horrible at it”. I think that’s a topic that’s too common place in the gaming community today. But players who talk about raping their own sister in general chat… yeah, nah bro you’re outta here – I’ll report your ass just as fast as I can type it into the reporting form. And please, don’t bother coming back on another character because I’ll only report that one too 🙂

Also for those wondering if it’s worth doing, yes reporting players for inappropriate behaviour DOES get investigated by EA. Whilst EA cannot disclose the outcome to you after you’ve reported someone, I know for a fact that people I’ve reported have either never returned OR they decided to play on another character somewhere else. As long as it’s not in my gaming space, I’m content.

So if you think you can just log onto SWTOR and discuss (in intimate detail) how you wanted to sexually abuse someone you know or even an NPC in the game and get away with it… think again, my friend, think again.

So many possibilities – The Last Jedi

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If you’re reading this there is a very good chance you’ve had a crazy TLJ day just like I have. First the TLJ tickets drop and then the new theatrical poster releases and lastly, the trailer itself.

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