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Death of a Game: Star Wars Galaxies




How and why Star Wars Galaxies died.

Commentary Start: 9:58
Combat Discussion: 13:13
Content Discussion (or lack of): 15:18
CU (Combat Upgrade Discussion): 17:25
NGE Discussion: 19:24
Rose Colored Glasses & The “Good Ole Days”: 22:59
The Jedi Conundrum: 27:39
Mistakenly Assuming the “Star Wars” Title = Success: 29:36
Conclusion: 34:28

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Sources Below:

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/in-galaxies-far-far-away/4/
http://www.gamespot.com/articles/qanda-soes-john-smedley-on-the-kinder-gentler-galaxies/1100-6140991/
http://www.escapistmagazine.com/articles/view/video-games/issues/issue_101/560-Blowing-Up-Galaxies

The rise, fall, and return of Star Wars Galaxies


http://www.ign.com/articles/2005/05/09/star-wars-galaxies-3
http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/star-wars-galaxies-sales-top-a-million-units

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  1. January 12, 2017 at 9:34 am — Reply

    Saw this on my list just ten minutes after logging off Basalisk (SWGemu).

  2. January 12, 2017 at 9:34 am — Reply

    Everytime a dev tries to casualize a game for the brain dead idiot gamers who only play Call of Duty that is usually when that online game is going to start to die.

  3. January 12, 2017 at 9:34 am — Reply

    I'm here to talk about the failure of the game. Failure of the game. Failure Failure failure fail fail fail fail.

  4. January 12, 2017 at 9:34 am — Reply

    I really miss this game, it's the only mmo to really suck me in, besides Runescape ;P

  5. January 12, 2017 at 9:34 am — Reply

    They had a franchise with a huge fan base with fanatic loyalty. It had a great premise and potential. They really had to work hard to make SWG such a legendary failure.

  6. January 12, 2017 at 9:34 am — Reply

    didn't have a computer at the time I was still a kid too so the game looked cool on star wars magazines I'd like to play galaxies just to experience it today, I've played swtor for about half a year and it just seemed like money grab by bio ware and the in game market seemed way to over priced and crazy, I met some cool people and guilds when playing swtor lots of cool experiences but too much paying to get good gear and upgrades. I play kotor and kotor2 now

  7. January 12, 2017 at 9:34 am — Reply

    why does this video sound like a high school final project. just give the info, dont tell us the info you are about to give

  8. January 12, 2017 at 9:34 am — Reply

    This is a trap and that guy doesn't know shit about pre-cu.

  9. January 12, 2017 at 9:34 am — Reply

    I really miss this game.

  10. January 12, 2017 at 9:34 am — Reply

    Thw biggest problem was when the growth charts changed in jump to light speed

  11. January 12, 2017 at 9:34 am — Reply

    You should do a Death of a Game about Earth and Beyond. A VERY short lived MMO from EA that was all about space travel and starship combat. It was a solid game but never caught on.

  12. January 12, 2017 at 9:34 am — Reply

    If SOE had just done the Combat Revamp proper instead of going totally nuts with the "Combat Upgrade" think the game would've fared better. The two biggest issues to begin with were the broken speed system and the mind pool being unhealable/hardest hitting. You'd think somebody with a bit of mathematical knowledge could sit down and balance everything out in a spreadsheet, but nope.

    That and Jedi with the hologrinding really killed the spirit of the game. Far too much time was spent trying to put Jedi in place when they never should've been playable to begin with. Those early months of SWG (minus the bugs) were an experience unlike any other. The original sandbox concept for SWG is still unmatched by any game I can think of.

    I'll never really like the CU/NGE. The CU meant well… but the flashy colors, choppy animation, more apparent levels weren't real welcome. Still I think if SWG had stuck with the CU it would've been alright. The NGE is totally unforgivable. Literally removing people's hard work with various professions is like giving a kid a basketball – then smacking it out of their hand saying they can't play basketball. While the NGE did add a lot of needed content it came far too late.

    Both overhauls really hurt the game population. Granted it was on the decline ever since 2004, but those two changes saw like tens of thousands of people quitting instantly.

  13. January 12, 2017 at 9:34 am — Reply

    So they broke things that didn't need fixing?

  14. January 12, 2017 at 9:34 am — Reply

    I was much in love with how it was pre-NGE system wise, they should have improved on it and fix the bugs and add content instead of wasting time on a WOW class style system. Sadly they never listened to anything we said and it was the real problem, no communication and straight out insults were dished at us when they sent words from above.

  15. January 12, 2017 at 9:34 am — Reply

    Crusader Inc… Ruled the Bloodfin economy (06-07) for just shy of a year. miss this game

  16. January 12, 2017 at 9:34 am — Reply

    I was going to comment on just how awful SOE was, and then you touched on the nerd rage bit. Sums it up pretty well. I was thankful Sony sold the company, but it seems Daybreak is just fucking things up in an entirely different fashion.

    We had a few fun names on my EQ server: Fuvi who was later Fusoe, and a Halfer named Bleep N'verant, then later Bleep N'soe

  17. January 12, 2017 at 9:34 am — Reply

    i played this game when i was 9 years old man. i barely spoke english. and each week i would get a new free account. good times

  18. January 12, 2017 at 9:34 am — Reply

    I loved this game

  19. January 12, 2017 at 9:34 am — Reply

    would love to see a video on Stargate The Alliance

  20. January 12, 2017 at 9:34 am — Reply

    star wars game without ships and space sir you need to play a couple star wars game befor you say that

  21. January 12, 2017 at 9:34 am — Reply

    it's been so long but still the best mmorpg ever made

  22. January 12, 2017 at 9:34 am — Reply

    How not to talk to the fanbase and ruin your MMO in ten steps or less

  23. January 12, 2017 at 9:34 am — Reply

    How not to talk to the fanbase and ruin your MMO in ten steps or less

  24. January 12, 2017 at 9:34 am — Reply

    For ME personally it was the golden days. But it was my gameplay style i was ok with it being boring i didnt want exciting i just wanted to live in the world you know.

  25. January 12, 2017 at 9:34 am — Reply

    NO for me the CU was fucked up becuase i busted my ass getting to were i was i was making droids left and right i grinded that stuff and that took time. Why should you have to be any level to wear armor its stupid. Or profession. Its an object it doesnt care what its on. It sadly killed the game for me i was in a guild with other people out in the middle of no were but after i could no longer get to my miners. There wasnt a point to play. I like crafting.

  26. January 12, 2017 at 9:34 am — Reply

    Years of betrayal by a few fucking idiots. then by lucas himself when he sold lucas arts. this series is cursed at least per Lucas's and disneys decisions.And heres the reason as you explained that people shouldn't put much stock into mmos's  – because at any time some soulless entity and of douche bags can pull a Disney-infinity and make some retarded decision and damn years of peoples money and time by a mere off-switch – and players and their dollar have nowhere to turn to, they've invested in an online stock market.. essentially who are left fucked in every sense of the word while the company execs get to part ways with loads of cash. what a joke mmo's in those peoples hands are..

  27. January 12, 2017 at 9:34 am — Reply

    man i liked when it was boring and i could wear my plasteel armor and it would protect me i was rich. Then the next day i couldnt wear my armor so if i went by something in a speeder a creature would stop you and then attack then with no good armor because im just a engineers means im dead.

  28. January 12, 2017 at 9:34 am — Reply

    i fucking loved being uncle owen ya know. I liked going around and getting all my matterials and making droids. I loved it and hte guild part was great.

  29. January 12, 2017 at 9:34 am — Reply

    not sure if this was talked about but in the beginning there were NO MOUNTS. those came along later and at first those were just animals, the bikes and speeders came along months later. lol I remember this game all to well. it literally killed my PC by over heating the graphics card I had at the time.

  30. January 12, 2017 at 9:34 am — Reply

    awe man the CU killed me i could no longer wear my armor and collect me materials

  31. January 12, 2017 at 9:34 am — Reply

    Great video! SWG was my childhood..

  32. January 12, 2017 at 9:34 am — Reply

    I guarantee some stupid executives tried to rush this out way to soon, it could have been amazing but they never polished it and tested it enough before they put it out, the additions later only angered existing players or confused new players, a classic example of haste makes waste

  33. January 12, 2017 at 9:34 am — Reply

    Do Lego universe!

  34. January 12, 2017 at 9:34 am — Reply

    There was a beta period for the NGE, I was in it and we gave a ton of feedback that was 100% ignored. Granted the beta for the NGE was only run for about 30 days before release, but there was zero QA input from the customer side taken into account.

  35. January 12, 2017 at 9:34 am — Reply

    Bitch I want to be Uncle Owen the moisture farmer lol

  36. January 12, 2017 at 9:34 am — Reply

    man i miss this game was my first mmo

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