Monday, February 20, 2006

SWG: Stealth Modded Clothes on TC

These are the items issued from the frogs on TC. Items on Live may vary.

These are the items issued from the frogs on TC. Items on Live may vary.

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Oh boy.

Well, after burning out on SWG's Test Centre testing and trialling the new Spy stealth enhancements I hadn't logged in to Live since P27 went from TC to the production servers.

I'd seen a few, ok, a lot, of comments on the boards about people finding their hair had gone white and, while on TC I'd experiences some halacious ping rates which COULD have been down to the world being filled with PE from the flamethrowers or could have been down to 'improvements' that the devs said they had made to my family of gfx cards.

Other issues to do with the dev attitude to TC and R5's 'com link' posts outlining future publishes had lef tme thinking I'd not be logging to SWG again. But, greed and curiousity got the better of me and I spent this morning patching....

White hair, craptastic ping, 2fps animations... I barely got out of my house before giving up. Tipped my 'main' toon from my other account, so that's one account that'll not be getting renewed come March.

PS I've updated the gfx drivers, knocked all gfx settings to their lowest, switched texture baking on, or was that off? and generally have the machine working at it's very lowest settings and things are still looking grim.

Bloody annoying thing is that the same machine runs EQII, CIV4, SW:EAW, BF1942 perfectly well, and at far higher screen res/quality settings.

le sigh

Friday, February 17, 2006

Uncle Owen, RIP.

"We really just needed to make the game a lot more accessible to a much broader player base. There was lots of reading, much too much, in the game. There was a lot of wandering around learning about different abilities. We really needed to give people the experience of being Han Solo or Luke Skywalker rather than being Uncle Owen, the moisture farmer. We wanted more instant gratification: kill, get treasure, repeat. We needed to give people more of an opportunity to be a part of what they have seen in the movies rather than something they had created themselves." -- Nancy MacIntyre.