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Holocalls - why always standing?

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Holocalls - why always standing?

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NRieh
03.22.2012 , 05:39 AM | #1
A question that bothers me a bit. Why each and every holoconversation happens while standing only? Through all the game I can't recall anyone accepting my holocall, lets say, siting at the table. And even on my ship I used to accept holocalls in a special place and also standing. Are there any known lore-like reasons for such a thing, or is it just a side effect of in-game mechanics? Though, in films I don't remember any "siting" or "lying" holochat either.

I can't imagine how anyone in the galaxy (even FFA) would invent and implement communication system that is so inconvenient to use.

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nimiz
03.22.2012 , 06:25 AM | #2
i don't know about the game but in Ep. V, in the holo-call between Vader and Sidious,
Vader kneels, that's not exactly sitting but i think it serves the point.
although you make an interesting point, until now, every holo-call i had in the game was
a standing one and it made sense.

possibly, its a matter of respect, for example when you vid-call to someone (in real life)
you will make sure you look decent out of respect, same here, possibly standing conversation
is just the norm.

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TaekwondoJ
03.22.2012 , 06:35 AM | #3
In episodes I-III several non-present jedi councel members were sitting as if on chairs. I think Its posible, but 3,000 years before Vader the tec just wasn't advanced enough.

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NRieh
03.22.2012 , 06:39 AM | #4
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in Ep. V, in the holo-call between Vader and Sidious,
Vader kneels
I think remember this scene you're talking about, but not clear. He kneels before the STANDING holo, right? It's just I can't remember who was accepting a call in that case. And if I remember it right...do you really think Sid (Emperor!) would stand up and still just to accept\make call and hear what his subordinate has to tell him?

And also - being polite is ok. But when my smugllady reports her job's done - they always stand, and those are busy people. So either they really had to stand up, or...idn what to think.

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Verasmis
03.22.2012 , 07:54 AM | #5
In the Jedi starting area, when you are summoned to speak with the Jedi council, some members are on holocall but sitting in their council seats.
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NRieh
03.22.2012 , 08:17 AM | #6
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some members are on holocall but sitting in their council seats.
So, jedis have enough Force not to stand up still while talking? Or are they not polite? C'mon, even Satele and Orteg appear standing while holocalling....oh, well...Orteg is not a good example, may be... And all of "bad guys"...
Let's take Malgus. In FP he appers standing (talking to his subordinate Kilran). In all of his Ilum chain his holo is standing(afair). Why would such a person bother even to lift a finger while "helping" to the "republic ****"?

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swliner
03.22.2012 , 10:00 AM | #7
Social convention makes the most sense to me. Basically you're in whatever position you would be in if you were physically present with the person you're talking to. Reporting in/getting a briefing? Standing. In a long meeting, like the jedi council? Sitting.

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NRieh
03.22.2012 , 12:21 PM | #8
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Social convention makes the most sense to me. Basically you're in whatever position you would be in if you were physically present with the person you're talking to.
Somehow evil guys break this idea, imo. Mentioned above Sidious, Malgus, smuggler's class vilians. I can't imagine those lifting their rear parts just to say "hello, my servants, kill them all" or "hello, I hate you, you will die".

Risha (smug companion) appears standing when in "lightspring" (smug class mission). And there's also an interesting moment, by the way, where she tries to avoid old man touching her holoimage, as if he realy could touch her hair.

Another class-related bad guy (name in spoiler) was also always standing, though it's very unlikely in few situations that he had no other things to do (in context of the story), and it's the last person in the galaxy who could show any politenes to anyone, and my char was out of his "be polite to those ladies" list anyway, due to many circumstances.
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DarkDiva
03.22.2012 , 05:14 PM | #9
Because even the NPC's are allowed to sit in only three chairs in the whole galaxy
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Darth_Vicente
03.22.2012 , 05:19 PM | #10
Because seeing them sitting in the holograms would look stupid.
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