Still Positively ExcitedMay 7, 2010
A light update from the Star Wars: The Old Republic website today — a new installment to the webcomic, Blood of the Empire #2. But that was already known from a forum announcement yesterday (and next week will be a developer blog), so I thought I would take this opportunity to contemplate my current feelings towards this game.
To be honest, my excitement for SWTOR waxes and wanes each Friday, depending on what we get for the update that week. My interest, however, is a constant. And on days like today, I realize just how much I’m looking forward to it. The webcomics, though not everyone’s tastes, are decent enough but I can’t help but feel this hunger for more. Like, hunger as in E3 can’t come soon enough for me (news on playable species, pretty please?).
Anyway, it’s no secret that SWTOR has the potential to be a very good game, and I certainly have high hopes for it. I just know I’m going to love it. But it seems like every time you say those words, someone feels compelled to jump in and warn against the dangers associated with too much hype. Fair enough; after all, who likes the feeling of disappointment or the prospect of not having their expectations met? On the other hand, I have to ask myself: “Is my optimism ‘blind’ or deluded in any way?”
Personally, I don’t think so. In fact, I know I’ll like this game because of the fact I don’t expect a lot from it. Okay, maybe that didn’t sound quite right. To put it another way, most of the time I’ll have a general idea of what I want from a MMO — but I remain realistic. It’s futile to expect a single game to cater to all my personal wants and needs. Preconceptions are what’s dangerous, not anticipation and general excitement. And so long as my interest is still there, I’m not going to ruin it by making a wishlist of my “requirements”.
What can I say? I’m an indiscriminate gamer, and anyone who reads this blog with any frequency will probably know by now that I like keeping a positive outlook. Call me naive, a pleb, or whatever, but I’ve always been pretty laid back. It’s not like I’m incapable of ever forming a negative opinion, but I’ll try my best to see a silver lining and I’m certainly not averse to giving something a shot or a second chance.
In any case, it’s still way too early to pass any real judgment on gameplay or features when it comes to SWTOR. Every Friday we’ll get a little bit more information, and every week I’ll just roll with the punches. For now, I guess I’ll be off to read some more about Teneb Kel.