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Let's talk about the tech stagnation in this far, far away Galaxy...

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Let's talk about the tech stagnation in this far, far away Galaxy...

kepeskvaeri's Avatar

08.24.2017 , 09:54 AM | #11
I was thinking about when I was watching Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 this week. What would happen if the Star Wars characters was using that kind of tech. It would make for a really fun movie, the Jedi And the Sith would have to be really creative to survive in that kind of technological climate.

Most of the tech-level is probably because the writers of every story wants to keep at least some of the old Star Wars spirit. Pop-culture has come a long way since the first trilogy where the technology was amazing and new to the audience and to the sci-fy genre in general.
And if the normal folk was starting using cyborg tech from the DC comics the common day waepons of the Guardians of the Galaxy movies or the armor of the Warhammer 40000 space marines the Jedi and Sith would simply beome insignificant in the big picture.
Heck we see that for ourselfs what happens when a creative fighter use all sorts of tech in a fight with an experienced Jedi in the BH story so the technology is just a result of the writers being conervative and nothing else.

PS what do you guys think would happen if a wormhole or whatever opened beetween the galaxy far far away and one inhapited by other characters from pretty much any sci-fy genre would it be a fun story or just a boring meta-fanfic?

Spetulhu's Avatar

08.26.2017 , 03:36 AM | #12
Quote: Originally Posted by DarthDymond View Post
1) Technology is measured against itself - what constitutes a powerful blaster is measured against how powerful the available shields are.

2) Technological Plateau - until the younger races happen to figure out something akin to Rakata Teleporters, there just isn't anywhere else for tech to go, and that takes a quantum leap in development which just hasn't happened.

3) Dark Ages - A Republic Dark Age is part of the (Legends) continuity, and while I don't think any sources have gone into depth over what technological knowledge was lost or stagnated, it and other similar Dark Ages could account for a lack of progress.
Aye, the real world reason is certainly the need to make the game look similar to the films.

The three "in-universe" reasons all sound good as a way for our characters in different eras to rationalize it.

The plateau is real - we have hyperdrives that can take us across the galaxy in days (provided we can plot a course), guns that can wipe out planets and planetary shields to keep off a whole fleet. Making a significant advance on that is incredibly difficult. Tweaks and small improvements, sure, but nothing revolutionary.

Dark Ages also, or maybe our own sort of specialization? Very very few people actually understand the technology of anything but their own field. Hell, Uncle Owen needs a protocol droid to even TALK to his own farm equipment! Any thug can buy a blaster but few can service it. Anyone with the cash can buy a space ship but he'll more than likely need an astromech droid to keep it working. It's like us, really - we can buy anything but understand little of how it actually works.

And measuring too ofc, somewhat tied into the plateau. I recall reading some Han Solo books (EU) back in the day where everyone wanted to find the treasure of some legendary warlord or pirate, but it turned out to be a huge pile of blaster crystals that were now basically worthless since people had long ago switched to cheaper, better materials - better firing rate, less overheating, more firing before replacement etc. In the days of the warlord that treasure was the threat of outfitting a fleet and an army, once found by Solo it was like us getting our hands on a munitions stockpile from the US Civil War. Sure, the cannon balls have some curiosity value and if the powder is still good you can blow it up or shoot a cannon, but for actual use in war nothing.

AlrikFassbauer's Avatar

08.26.2017 , 11:48 AM | #13
Quote: Originally Posted by TalonVII View Post
On YouTube Boofire191 answered this. From the time of SWTOR to Bane creating the rule of two, the galaxy is in a CONSTANT state of war. It goes so long, half of Lord Hoth's army is using Spears and metal swords and the holonet is in complete shambles. Because noone was up keeping and improving technology.

That's why between SWTOR and the beginning of the series we know as Episode 1, nothing has really changed. It took a millenia to literally undo all the damage done to a VERY LARGE galaxy after 4 millenia of war.
Interesting point of view. It reminds me of several countries in RL.
Complex minds
will create
Complex problems.