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SWTOR Reported Introduction

SWTORREPORTED

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

SPOILERS – DON’T READ IF YOU’RE AVOIDING THEM

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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Anti Reylo vs … Me?

 

Anti Reylo vs Me
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I’ve started using Instagram as a way to connect with fellow Star Wars fans. One of the posts I made on Instagram seemed to really get up someone’s nose regarding the whole “Reylo” relationship that Kylo Ren and Rey fans are hoping will happen in The Last Jedi. I will reiterate that I AM not a supporter of either group in this – my support goes to the Star Wars fandom as a whole, not any particular group. It wasn’t my intention to do or say anything that would offend people but I guess if you post something, anything online you’re fair game for criticism whether you welcome it or not.

 

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Tales of the Jedi – Golden Age of the Sith

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I’ve started reading all of the Old Republic comics. I decided that if I want to understand as much as I can about the Star Wars universe, I might as well start at the beginning. These comics also have relevance to SWTOR (the game that I play) and it’s actually pretty cool getting to see who all of the important characters were and what their roles were in the SW galaxy as a whole. Now I can look at the armour sets in the game and know the background behind the characters that wore it.

My Star Wars addiction knows no bounds it seems. I have now become a member of the Marvel website and I am subscribing to read their comics. I’ve actually always been a huge comic and manga fan so I am happy to be going back to my “roots” so-to-speak.

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Anakin Skywalker vs Darth Vader

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The inner conflict between light and dark is a constant theme used many times in the Star Wars universe. Why do we enjoy watching someone struggling with their “inner demons” so much? I think it’s because it’s much safer for us to navigate the darker side of the psyche with fictional characters.

In Anakin Skywalker’s story we are able to see how the inner conflict of one character can influence so many others; Padme, Obi-wan, and even the Jedi order itself. I have always revered the way Anakin suffered for so long without giving in until the conflict was finally too much to bear. Think about it. Whilst we may not face the same kind of struggles as Anakin, we are constantly exposed to situations in life where our choices influence not only our own paths but the paths of others. We are both Anakin and Vader every single day. From this post on Instagram. Image Credit.

The Balance

This ideology of Good versus Evil, Dark versus Light. Does it really need to be there? If I decide to paint myself White and act with cruelty and malice, would it make any difference if I was painted white or yellow or green? No, it would not. And the opposite is also true. Therefore, for me, it is beyond the dark and the light and goes deeper. The Eastern principle of Yin and Yang fits the Star Wars characters so much better than light and dark. One cannot exist without the other, a person cannot be whole without both influences present and a star cannot shine without the darkness. Taken from this post of mine on Instagram. Image credit.