My subscriber e-peen is bigger than yours…

No, really, it is. Because my MMO just released a vague number that’s bigger than the vague number that YOUR MMO released, so clearly, I’m superior to you. Right. RIGHT?
If that sounds a little silly to you, it’s probably no wonder. It seems almost weekly now, one MMO or other releases player numbers, which often appear vague. Inevitably, I’ll see in my Twitter feed a multitude of MMO experts exclaiming “See, I TOLD you the game was dead/not dead/on life support/THE BEST GAME EVAR.” Except – no one seems to be releasing the same numbers as anyone else. Active players? Registered users? What do any of these numbers actually MEAN?
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SWTOR – Guide For Inquisitors, Commanders and MMO Initiates

This guide is primarily written with friends in mind who have never touched an MMO before and are approaching Star Wars: The Old Republic solely to experience more BioWare storytelling. If you have been avoiding SWTOR because it happens to be an MMO and it seems like too much hassle to get into, this is the time to dive in and get all of the story with a minimum of the fuss.

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Visiting w/ The Netophiles

This week I was invited onto The Netophiles podcast to talk about guilds – the good, the bad and to exchange some old war stories.

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As always, Frank Sanchez and Kristen Fuller, which some of you may recall as community managers for Star Wars: The Old Republic back in the day, are great fun to hang out with and I hope you enjoy the podcast which you can find here.

Meet the Artist – Evolvana

Taking illustration to the outer limits of what is epic and grandiose – meet Evolvana, a gamer and visual artist from France who will woo you with grandiose views of Middle Earth or behind the Wall. Vana  has spent a lot of time in New Zealand and Japan before returning to France during which time she also journeyed in games and books from the Thrawn trilogy and Final Fantasy to Game of Thrones and Star Wars: The Old Republic. Join us after the break as we talk about her travels, her own dark fantasy project and the do’s and don’ts of in game romance.

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Sith Warrior Story Salute – (some spoilers)

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I am almost at the end of my Sith Warrior, Ardenn’s story in Star Wars: The Old Republic and it I’m dragging my feet every bit as much as I did with my Trooper. I don’t want it to end!

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From Mark Bazeley‘s melt-in-your-mouth voice that just crawls growling over your libido like fur and teeth and steel (he’s not going to read this right? – cough – ) to the strength of conviction and character, sheer un-movable stubbornness and no-fucks-given attitude of the Light Side story. Ardenn never bowed or kow-towed once to Baras or to any other scary Sith or Moff no matter how impressed they were with themselves and he never caved on his principles (well at least not where he was given any choice in the matter, it is a game after all and there are limitations) I am as proud of him as if he was my creation!  And the things you get away with saying to your master’s face! So many times I’ve giggled behind Ardenn’s back at his dry remarks and flippant responses:

Highlight for example:

On Voss (paraphrasing, I forgot to fraps it in my giggle fit):

Npc: I meditate for several hours a day to keep the insanity at bay!
Ardenn: It appears that your time could be better spent…

I have collected six of my favourite scenes with Ardenn below, where I think his hidden Light Side truly shines. There are also a few of the romantic scenes with Vette. If you don’t mind the spoilers ( or if this isn’t a spoiler for you!) watch my latest pixel fling in all his dry-mouth inducing glory:

I am going to miss you big time, Ardenn! And after the Trooper and this story where do I go next that won’t be something of a let-down? Lady agent perhaps? I have heard a lot about that Vector fellow. I hope he’s not as emo as he looks though…

Fantastic Spanish Mass Effect Cosplay

Tali’Zorah vas Normandy comes to life with this amazing cosplay and photography. Meet Nebulaluben and Erikku-kun who will go all out realizing the imaginations of their favourite game developers.

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