Ok I’m not entirely sure this post will make much sense to anyone else but me, but I’ve been reading again, Thanks to servers going down in SW:ToR last night at 11pm Est time, about various things, and I’m going to touch a subject that it seems everyone has an opinion on as of late. That subject is exactly what is an MMO or more precisely an MMORPG.
According to Wikipedia this is how an MMO is explained.
A massively multiplayer online game (also called MMO and MMOG) is a multiplayer video game which is capable of supporting large numbers of players simultaneously. By necessity, they are played over a network, such as the Internet. MMOs usually have at least one persistent world, however some games differ. These games can be found for most network-capable platforms, including the personal computer, video game console, or smartphones and other mobile devices.
MMOGs can enable players to cooperate and compete with each other on a large scale, and sometimes to interact meaningfully with people around the world. They include a variety of gameplay types, representing many video game genres.
Read the full article here, It may be outdated but still it says exactly what it means. Now we take into the RPG part of it, and that is well as anyone knows a Role playing game. Hence the “RPG” at that the end of an MMO, so there we have MMO, and then we have MMORPG.
Now most believe that since SW:ToR is an MMORPG that grouping up, and etc is a true requirement of the game itself. While many say no, many others say yes. When you think back to MMO’s you think back to WoW. Sadly most believe that WoW was the first MMO out there, but it’s not. There are more that predate back to the early 1990’s, so unless you’re an older generation player , like late 20’s and up. You really don’t get it that even though the internet has been around for ages, the true age of the “WWW” is still fairly young. Yes it is truly two different things, If you want to know more about the difference then here is a link for you to go read “How old is the internet“, and this one too, that was written a just year ago,”The Internet and the World Wide Web Are Not the Same Thing“, so yeah, as you can see there is a HUGE debate on all this still today. I remember when I first heard of being online and I was roughly around 16 years old. So yeah the first time I was ever online at a “WWW” was back then. I didn’t get into much of anything else until I was roughly around 21-22 years old. Eeeps. This topic now makes me feel old. But back then MMOs were just in their infantile stages. No one really knew how big they would eventually blow up, and how big the implact would have. Hell I was still happy with my Nintendo’s, Sega’s, Playstations, that I didn’t really care about a computer then really. Nor could I really afford High speed net. And then you had that infamous sound we all hated the most.
Now if you remember that sound. Yeah you’re like me. OLD. LOL
But back to this topic, the first true MMO was Neverwinter Nights that was just for graphical purposes , there was another that was just text based, and that one is called Legends of Future Past. Both of these predate anything someone says is younger. These are 1991 and 1992 , so yeah I never heard of either one, nor have I played them. Then again like I said, when the World Wide Web was introduced to me, I was still in that time frame that being outside was better then being indoors glued to a TV. Yeah I had my video game consoles, but I was still one of those ones that enjoyed being outdoors.
Now I found this listing, and I’m going to post it here
Now we come onto what SWTOR really is. It’s a Spiritual successor. The article on Wikipedia says it is this.
A spiritual successor,sometimes called a spiritual sequel, is a successor to a work of fiction which does not build upon the storyline established by a previous work as do most traditional prequels or sequels, yet features many of the same elements, themes, and styles as its source material, thereby resulting in it being related or similar “in spirit” to its predecessor.
Which here you can read the full article here.
I touch this one because everyone strongly believes that because of the characters in SW:ToR is based on Knights of the Old Republic. With all the talk about Knights of the Fallen Empire now being thrown out here thanks to Bioware, a lot more speculations are surfacing and what not. I am not saying it’s not good to get into speculating but I’m more of a person that wants to hear it from the Horses mouth so to speak. I’m not into a rumor mill of sorts. But back to the term Spiritual Successor. It shows that techinally while yes some of ToR has some character bases, stories, and so forth. It’s not a sequel, or even a prequel. ToR is in it’s own game.
Now here is even some more interesting facts that many do not know about Bioware and their baby SW:ToR. This is their first MMORPG ever. So while yes it’s got its bumps, and etc. This is their learning tool actually. Even though it does take place 300 years after Knights of the Old Republic, and more then 3,500 years before the SW Film series itself. It is still considered only as a Spiritual Successor. Nothing more, Nothing less. If you dont’ believe me, or want to read for yourself. SW:ToR on Wiki will tell you everything. Granted now I also tell you this, take what your read on Wiki with a grain of salt as it is written by people like you and me. That is why Wiki is often sometimes wrong too on some of their content.
The other truth be told part of this series is this. I’ve seen much debates around the forums and such, and everyone bases their classes off actual characters from the movies. HELLO people, this is all predated before Anakin, Vader, Obi, all these characters we grew up watching, or watched as we got older. Yes the Jedi Knight story shows a resemblance to a young Anakin and how he was a Jedi Knight that fell to the dark side, and the Sith Warrior is what he ended up becoming in the end. Doesn’t mean that’s who the story is about. So in short of all this. Well, yes when nothing to do, and not able to sleep well, or play SW:ToR. I research a lot of things that I find of interest. Some things will never be made into blog posts unless I add another blog or go back to my vampyr ones. Cause yes I do still research that character I created a long time ago and keep alive in memory only now.
If you’re truly interested in the databanks of the characters, and so forth on SW..Well Disney has a nice page listed for that purpose only. Starwars.com