The 19th of December marked exactly one year since I made my first blog post! So my blog is now over a year old. I was a bit late realising the fact due to the busyness of real life at this time of year. And what a year it has been!
A lot has happened in SWTOR and for me personally.
Real life and been fantastic for me, if you know me then you’ll know why. I’m not going to go into it here.
Things have changed a lot for me in SWTOR. I’m no longer the Guildmaster of my cross-faction APAC guild, just an officer. I couldn’t take the pressure, drama and bullshit anymore. Now I find my gaming experience much more relaxing, when I play. I still love playing Mercenary heals (I mainly play Imperial side) in PvP (don’t do ranked anymore, hate arenas) but now play a Carnage Maruader in PvE. I’ve really enjoyed DPSing in raids, for a change of pace.
As for writing this blog, well I’ve been quite sporadic at times especially as my enthusiasm for SWTOR has wavered. It’s hard to find the motivation to write about something when you’re not enjoying it or are disheartened by it.
I still enjoy playing SWTOR; when I have friends around to play with. On my own I get bored really fast. SWTOR, unfortunately, hasn’t done much to facilitate social, repeatable gameplay this past year. Instead, they choose to ‘revamp’ old group content that veterans have already done before without giving us something new to do to keep things fresh. Their focus on easy, not very repeatable, single player content in an MMO setting, has left a lot of people I play with and associate with, dismayed and pessimistic about the future.
It’s hard to find the right words to describe how I feel about SWTOR at is point. A year a go I was much more optimistic for the future and potential for SWTOR. But now, all my hopes and dreams for the game I have put so much time and heart into, have been swept away. I hang onto the game simply to hang out with friends. If my guildies stopped playing then I’d stop playing.
I never used to be such a socially inclined gamer. I always played games on my own. But when I started out playing SWTOR and saw that I should join a guild to fully enjoy all the content the game has to offer, by design, I decided to find one. I found an amazing guild, that I am still a part of to this day and met my significant other.
Playing SWTOR has really changed what I look for in games and what I enjoy in games. Social interaction in a gaming environment (and especially in a universe I love) has giving me a sense of belonging that I haven’t really felt for a long time. So the chance of losing that, given the state of the game presently, is very disheartening.
Perhaps I may yet find another game that has an enjoyable environment for playing and fostering social interaction. But currently, nothing else interests me.
Now that it is 2016, it will be interesting to see what becomes of SWTOR. Bioware may yet surprise us. But I’m not holding my breath.
At least The Force Awakens was an amazing movie!
Finally, I wanted to thank you all for your support of my writing, even though I’ve been very inconsistent and sporadic. I will likely continue to write but not sure how frequently. I’d also like to thank all my Twitter followers for being such an awesome bunch of people to tweet about SWTOR with and for all the fun shenanigans I see in my timeline so frequently!
Here’s to another year of blogging and shenanigans!