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Family Research Council Decries 'SW:TOR' Update Allowing Homosexual Relationships

Family Research Council Decries 'SW:TOR' Update Allowing Homosexual Relationships | TOROZ: Star Wars The Old Republic, Oceanic Style | Scoop.it
n what should come as a surprise to absolutely no one, Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council has decided that the latest update to BioWare's Star Wars: The Old Republic MMO is more than just added content; it's a strong political statement that must be stopped at all costs! After some players complained about not having enough relationship options in the new game, BioWare agreed to allow gay and lesbian couples to pair up in the Star Wars universe. This, of course, makes them homosexual activists seeking to destroy the bonds of the family through devious digital means. I'll let Tony put it in his own pun-laden words:

"In a new Star Wars game, the biggest threat to the empire may be homosexual activists! Hello, I’m Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. In a galaxy not so far far away, Star Wars gamers have already gone to the dark side. The new video game, Star Wars: The Old Republic, has added a special feature: gay relationships. Bioware, the company that developed the game, said it’s launching a same-sex romance component to satisfy some complaints. That surprised a lot of gamers, since Bioware had made it clear in 2009 that “gay” and “lesbian” don’t exist in the Star Wars universe. Since the announcement, homosexuals have been celebrating the news, but parents sure aren’t. On the game’s website, there are more than 300 pages of comments–a lot of them expressing anger that their kids will be exposed to this Star Warped way of thinking. You can join them by logging on and speaking up. It’s time to show companies who the Force is really with!"

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BioWare SWTOR post-mortem: it\'s more innovative than an FPS

BioWare SWTOR post-mortem: it\'s more innovative than an FPS | TOROZ: Star Wars The Old Republic, Oceanic Style | Scoop.it

Labelling Star Wars: The Old Republic competent but not innovative is "unfair", BioWare told Eurogamer - the MMO does more than today's FPS and action games to push its respective genre forward.
"It's been a little bit of an unfair characterisation," SWTOR game director James Ohlen remarked to Eurogamer. "Because if you look at other game genres, if you look at a Battlefield or a Call of Duty or a Gears of War or even a Half-Life - those games use the same tried and true interface and the same tried and true game mechanics of the first-person shooter genre that's been around for 20 years.
"If you look at real-time strategy games, they kept the same tried and true interface and the same tried and true mechanics that existed for 20 years. Same with adventure games, same with platformers, same with fighting games, sports games.
"I don't know why the MMORPG genre is not considered to be a genre," Ohlen shrugged. "It could be that World of Warcraft has dominated for so long that people just think of it as just a single game genre.
"But it is a genre, and we wanted to appeal to fans of that genre - we don't want to turn them away by making something that's radically different. And we wanted to take the lessons that have been developed in that genre over years and years and years and basically refine them, much like other companies do with other genres.

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‘Doctor Who: Worlds In Time’ MMO Game Now Open To Players

‘Doctor Who: Worlds In Time’ MMO Game Now Open To Players | TOROZ: Star Wars The Old Republic, Oceanic Style | Scoop.it

Sick of playing SWTOR? No, me neither, ut if you want something a little different, jump in the TARDIS:

"If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to be the Doctor’s companion, then wonder no longer as you can now undergo the experience yourself… at least digitally. ‘Doctor Who: Worlds in Time’ is a new MMO game from BBC Worldwide Digital Entertainment and Games and Three Rings Design which allows players around the world to enter the TARDIS and follow in the footsteps of the famous Time Lord while defending the universe from destruction.

The online game just went public yesterday and is still in the beta phase so expect a few changes along the way while in the preview period. Players can choose from four different races then personalize their avatar by choosing such attributes as hair color, skin color and facial features. Once you create an account, you can enter the TARDIS and join the Doctor."

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Amazon ships SWTOR pre-orders earlier: partial Oceanic joy - TOROZ

Amazon ships SWTOR pre-orders earlier: partial Oceanic joy - TOROZ | TOROZ: Star Wars The Old Republic, Oceanic Style | Scoop.it
TOROZAmazon ships SWTOR pre-orders earlier: partial Oceanic joyTOROZBy David | News Over the past 48 hours, since this update by Amazon, there's been some excitement that box copies of SWTOR will be in our hot little hands a little earlier.
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First SWTOR beta access? Then watch this

First SWTOR beta access? Then watch this | TOROZ: Star Wars The Old Republic, Oceanic Style | Scoop.it
With the big beta access weekend only a few days away, there'll be a lot of people playing SWTOR for the first time. If you fit that bill, spend half and hour watching this home made-beauty from a more experienced beta ...
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STAR WARS fans rejoice - 10 RETURN OF THE JEDI set photos ...

STAR WARS fans rejoice - 10 RETURN OF THE JEDI set photos ... | TOROZ: Star Wars The Old Republic, Oceanic Style | Scoop.it
Here are some cool new images from the set of Return of the Jedi. The pictures were taken by a group of Star Wars fans who stumbled upon a the Jedi set. Here is a description of the events from Blastr: In the spring of 1982, ...
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Dear EA, Star Wars Fans Have Very Serious Questions

Dear EA, Star Wars Fans Have Very Serious Questions | TOROZ: Star Wars The Old Republic, Oceanic Style | Scoop.it
This fan took to a Star Wars: The Old Republic questionnaire with a mission: rant about publisher EA's digital rights management policy.
One look at the company's friendly customer service droid, though, and rants give way to...questions.
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Star Wars: The Old Republic Revealed New Server Type RP-PvP - MMORPG News - MMOsite.com

Star Wars: The Old Republic Revealed New Server Type RP-PvP - MMORPG News - MMOsite.com | TOROZ: Star Wars The Old Republic, Oceanic Style | Scoop.it
BioWare just announced that there will be one more server type, RP-PvP.
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Imperial Agent progression video: Sniper for me!

Imperial Agent progression video: Sniper for me! | TOROZ: Star Wars The Old Republic, Oceanic Style | Scoop.it

Bioware have released their latest progresison video and it's a beauty..

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Star Wars: The Old Republic (SWTOR) Column: Spoilers Suck at MMORPG.com

Star Wars: The Old Republic (SWTOR) Column: Spoilers Suck at MMORPG.com | TOROZ: Star Wars The Old Republic, Oceanic Style | Scoop.it

Some interesting points from MMORPG.com on the issue of spoilers once the game launches. Given the story-driven content, I can see plenty of spolier pranks occurring....

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Exclusive Sith Inquisitor Interview with Daniel Erickson

Exclusive Sith Inquisitor Interview with Daniel Erickson | TOROZ: Star Wars The Old Republic, Oceanic Style | Scoop.it
Not too long ago, I wrote David Bass a request to answer some questions I had about the Sith Inquisitor. I had hoped to have the interview be done by our original class writer. But I must say, Dani...
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Story Matters in The Old Republic - PC Preview at IGN

Story Matters in The Old Republic - PC Preview at IGN | TOROZ: Star Wars The Old Republic, Oceanic Style | Scoop.it
Every time I quit an MMO, it's usually for the same reason: The sense of context eventually breaks down. The Old Republic is different.
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The Old Republic: PvP and Warzones - PC Preview at IGN

The Old Republic: PvP and Warzones - PC Preview at IGN | TOROZ: Star Wars The Old Republic, Oceanic Style | Scoop.it

IGN's view on SWTOR PvP - part of the media embargo lifting blitz!

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HeroEngine is the unsung platform behind SWTOR

HeroEngine is the unsung platform behind SWTOR | TOROZ: Star Wars The Old Republic, Oceanic Style | Scoop.it

Star Wars: The Old Republic is one of the most ambitious undertakings in video game history. When the game launched in December, it was the fruition of six years of work by as many as 800 developers and an investment of an estimated $200 million. One of the secrets behind the successful development of the game was the HeroEngine, a development platform for building online games that was created by Maryland-based Idea Fabrik.

The goal of the engine is to break down the barriers to good online game development by creating a free-to-use solution that lets creators take over and push the technology to the background.

The Star Wars game is the first gigantic title to use Idea Fabrik’s HeroEngine, which was designed to enable designers of huge multiplayer games, or massively multiplayer online games, to quickly add content or update existing features on a continuous basis. While the Star Wars game required a huge number of developers, the HeroEngine tools helped streamline the process so that those developers could work more efficiently and so BioWare, owned by Electronic Arts, didn’t have to hire an even larger army of game makers. With the HeroEngine’s technology, developers log into the HeroBlade client, where they can code, drop in art assets and build the entire game.

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Star Wars: The Old Republic highlights upcoming Kaon Under Siege flashpoint - Joystiq

Star Wars: The Old Republic highlights upcoming Kaon Under Siege flashpoint - Joystiq | TOROZ: Star Wars The Old Republic, Oceanic Style | Scoop.it
MMOCrunchStar Wars: The Old Republic highlights upcoming Kaon Under Siege flashpointJoystiqAs BioWare ramps up to release the update, it wants its fans to be getting excited for it as well.
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'Star Wars: The Old Republic' Is Off to a Very Good Start

'Star Wars: The Old Republic' Is Off to a Very Good Start | TOROZ: Star Wars The Old Republic, Oceanic Style | Scoop.it
Star Wars: the Old Republic already has a million registered users, and momentum seems to be picking up a week after the game's launch.
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Star Wars: The Old Republic - the Business in the Beta - Forbes

Star Wars: The Old Republic - the Business in the Beta - Forbes | TOROZ: Star Wars The Old Republic, Oceanic Style | Scoop.it
VideoGive me that old-time Republic (Thanks to Benedict, the eagle-eyed reader who noticed that Dr Greg Zeschuk was, due to a typo, describing an experience that is Depp and goes on forever - shades of Being John Malkovich.
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The Launch Day SWTOR Patch – How Big Do You Think It Will Be?

The Launch Day SWTOR Patch – How Big Do You Think It Will Be? | TOROZ: Star Wars The Old Republic, Oceanic Style | Scoop.it
Not that I have any reason to be pondering the SWTOR patch process *cough* but I have been thinking about it over the last 24 hours.

Launch day for Star Wars: The Old Republic, pegged at Decembe...
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Star Wars Music Video Festival – Get Your Sith On | nerdbastards.com

Star Wars Music Video Festival – Get Your Sith On | nerdbastards.com | TOROZ: Star Wars The Old Republic, Oceanic Style | Scoop.it
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Amazon.com: The Art and Making of Star Wars: The Old Republic (9780811875004): Frank Parisi, Daniel Erickson, Penny Arcade: Books

Amazon.com: The Art and Making of Star Wars: The Old Republic (9780811875004): Frank Parisi, Daniel Erickson, Penny Arcade: Books | TOROZ: Star Wars The Old Republic, Oceanic Style | Scoop.it
Amazon.com: The Art and Making of Star Wars: The Old Republic (9780811875004): Frank Parisi, Daniel Erickson, Penny Arcade: Books (RT @Warizz2011The Art and Making of Star Wars: The Old Republic [Hardcover]
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SWTPR: Server types and PvP rulesets

SWTPR: Server types and PvP rulesets | TOROZ: Star Wars The Old Republic, Oceanic Style | Scoop.it

Over on the official forums, David Bass has provided a nice summary of the server types that will exist at launch. The structure follows a well trodden and successful path:


PvE (Player vs Environment) – Players will have to manually flag themselves if they wish to engage in PvP outside of designated Warzones and Open World PvP areas.


PvP (Player vs Player) – Players are automatically flagged for PvP outside of the designated 'safe' areas (such as Origin Worlds, Capital Worlds, and the Republic/Imperial Fleets; see below for more info).


RP-PvE – Players are encouraged to roleplay and act ‘in-character’ while playing on an RP-PvE server. Players must manually flag themselves if they wish to engage in PvP outside of designated Warzones and Open World PvP areas.


RP-PvP - Players are encouraged to roleplay and act ‘in-character’ while playing on an RP-PvP server. Players are automatically flagged for PvP outside of the designated 'safe' areas (such as Origin Worlds, Capital Worlds, and the Republic/Imperial Fleets; see below for more info).


I think I'll be boring and go the bog-standard PvE server, although if I'm ever going to get involved with a RP server it'll be on this game - how about you?

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Pre-Launch Guild Program: Phase 3

Pre-Launch Guild Program: Phase 3 | TOROZ: Star Wars The Old Republic, Oceanic Style | Scoop.it

Phase three of the Pre-Launch Guild Program is underway. Grab the details below

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An End to an Embargo, and Fanfiction is still Red-Headed

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