Where did all the bad kids go?!?

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As you know I started my little SWTOR project “SWTOR Reported” where I spend a very productive time in my stronghold on Dromund Kaas trading on the GTN and safe-guarding youthful eyes from abusers of the ToS. I think it’s possible that word may have gone around (maybe in the forums although I have yet to check) the SWTOR community that there is someone on DK who is randomly reporting players who break the ToS to EA Customer Support. Continue reading → Where did all the bad kids go?!?

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To all the SWTOR haters…

 

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There is a lot of hate for SWTOR. I’ve felt it and I’ve read it and I’ve become irritated by it. And the reasons for the hate vary; everything from the Cartel Market “ripping” people off to the content/game itself being bad or unplayable. Continue reading → To all the SWTOR haters…

Even the experienced can screw up

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Boy I made a stupid rookie mistake last night when I was putting items on the GTN for trading. I put an item that was worth 37 million credits on sale for 3.7 million credits… lol

I’ve never done that before so it took a while for me to get over the silliness of it all but it made me take heed. On the flip side, someone got a nice little present from me last night πŸ™‚

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 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.

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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 πŸ™‚

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.

SWTOR – The buying and selling of credits

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It’s been a while since I’ve blogged about SWTOR because I’ve been busy updating the fanfic and Tumblr and I was waiting for something worthwhile to blog about. If you’ve played video games online for as long as I have (10+ years), you’ll probably know that there are always ways to “pay to win” if you’re playing a game that is established enough. You may have read all about “gold spammers” or even experienced the email or message “spam” that you sometimes get in your in-game mailbox. Well, I can tell you from personal experience that gold sellers are no joke and whilst the “spamming” might be momentarily annoying, you can be sure that those spammers are earning REAL money from the gold/credits they advertise and people DO buy and sell online.

If you’ve been following any of my previous SWTOR posts you’ll know that I have amassed a large amount of SWTOR in-game currency totalling in the billions. To have that amount of in-game currency took a lot of real world time, effort and diligence to acquire, not to mention real money to acquire a portion of it. Most of the time I generate credits by running “mules” (these are NOT bots as I am actually playing them when I trade) that I trade with on the GTN either with items I’ve acquired via the Cartel Market or items I’ve made in-game. To gain credits in SWTOR consistently you need to consider various avenues of generating credits to do it successfully (in my experience anyway).

After a friend introduced me to a website where you can buy and sell online items and currency legitimately (so not by using stolen items or currency from hacked or stolen accounts), I have been considering selling some of my in-game wealth for real money. The way I see it is, if I have all these items and credits just sitting there doing nothing, I might as well try and recoup some of the real money I’ve spent in the game, right? I mean that makes total sense to me. And there are quite a few legit and well-established websites that have been working with online traders, buyers and sellers for years. This was definitely news to me. The only type of online selling I had ever been exposed to was via spam, gold sellers and online gaming forums. But it’s something I am considering doing in the very near future.

I’ll keep you guys posted on how things go. In the meantime, have any of you gamers out there experienced online gold selling/buying or spammers? Or even considered selling online yourself? Let me know, I’m keen to read about your experiences!