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Possibilities of the Lacking Community

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Datamonger
03.28.2012 , 10:43 AM | #1
I made the following observation, mistakenly, in another forum, where it got lost in the middle of a flame war. So I'm posting my thoughts here:



"A popular argument against SWTOR is its lack of in-game player community. A popular supporting argument includes the lack of content promoting an active player community. Agreed, that is something that could be implemented. But let's inject some sociology:

I want to throw something else out there, as food for thought. Perhaps this lack of community stems from the time we live in. MMO's are no longer anything new, and games that are coming out these days are somewhat "a dime a dozen," in that as far as MMO's go a new one comes out every 2 or 3 months. Players are less willing to commit to a game, and therefore tend to express a kind of indifference to it when playing. They know in the back of their minds that they have dozens of other choices if they don't end up liking the game, even in the slightest.

So they're not as careful about making friends or socializing because, why bother? We'll just move on to the next game in a couple of months anyway, right? That just seems to be the mindset of it.

As far as earlier MMO's like SWG, I don't think a newer MMO will ever match the community it once had. It doesn't matter how much content you throw at it. The only way I can see it happening is if the game is mind-blowingly revolutionary in its design, and word gets spread like wildfire about this amazing MMO that is just beyond belief. But too many players are non-chalant nowadays for games to impress them like they once did."



I've never played SWG, but I can understand from how vocal its players are about their community. But if you had never played SWG, either, insert any early MMO you want, from the 90's to 2006-2008ish (release date).

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DarthAcerbus
03.28.2012 , 12:00 PM | #2
The biggest challenge to community is splitting up the playerbase into dozens of servers, then splitting those servers into dozens of planets. The closest thing we have to "hub" is the Fleet, and people really only spend extended amounts of time there once they hit 50.

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Datamonger
03.28.2012 , 03:48 PM | #3
Quote: Originally Posted by DarthAcerbus View Post
The biggest challenge to community is splitting up the playerbase into dozens of servers, then splitting those servers into dozens of planets. The closest thing we have to "hub" is the Fleet, and people really only spend extended amounts of time there once they hit 50.
Quote: Originally Posted by Datamonger View Post
A popular supporting argument includes the lack of content promoting an active player community. Agreed, that is something that could be implemented.
This.

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FunkBandit
03.28.2012 , 03:51 PM | #4
We dont even have server forums.

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Jett-Rinn
03.28.2012 , 03:51 PM | #5
I dunno I play I have friends here I meet new people...it's no different than any other MMO I played.
Remember kids say anything remotely positive about SWTOR and you're automatically labeled a Bioware employee.

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psandak
04.04.2012 , 11:25 AM | #6
Quote: Originally Posted by DarthAcerbus View Post
The biggest challenge to community is splitting up the playerbase into dozens of servers, then splitting those servers into dozens of planets. The closest thing we have to "hub" is the Fleet, and people really only spend extended amounts of time there once they hit 50.
There are a couple of things I can think of that could help with this:

1) Flashpoint access on level appropriate planets - right now if you never go to fleet you would never know flashpoints even exist. Since most of the quest givers for the flashpoints are droids who emit holoprojections, I would not think it would be that hard to inject them into each planet. Further, having the spaceport on a given planet have access to the flashpoint would give players an opportunity to look for a group and quest at the same time rather than basically having to choose one or the other.

2) a "galaxy-wide" general chat - right now general chat is limited to where you are. So unless you are at fleet during prime hours, that channel is all but silent (in my experience it is rare even in prime time to see more than a token LFG message in general chat on a planet). With a "galaxy-wide" general chat, the channel would probably be more active. Granted some find this annoying, but right now I think it is a necessary step.

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Gazzaho
04.04.2012 , 12:00 PM | #7
Most planets I'm on tend to have no more than 10 to 15 other players including myself, and there is little to no general chat whatsoever, now and again a spam for LFG or LFM but that's it. On reaching level 40 I tried asking on general if the speeder training was worth paying the credits for and no answer. I then whispered 2 level 40 or higher players politely asking their opinion without getting a reply, that's just plain anti social in my opinion. I whispered a third player and he was polite and said that for the speed increase he didn't think it worth the credits.

I may not respond to questions in general chat depending on where I am, in the middle of enemies for example but I always respond to a whisper, even if I have to look for a safe spot to do so, I feel it's rude not to.

I've played other MMOs and this one has got to have one of the quietest chat channels I've seen, on release there was a fair amount of chat on every planet, and over the months from then it's just dwindled to nothing. I've no idea as to why, perhaps because players are leveling and moving on to other areas, I've no idea, but I've noticed a definite drop in chatter of any sort.

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Cynomen
04.04.2012 , 03:40 PM | #8
What makes things harder is the lack of abilities to chat, mingle, or interact with others. Sure you can group up with people when on a planet or be in planetside chat/fleet chat, but there is a disconnect still.

I can have a player standing right in front of me and not really know he is talking because I need to look all the way up (or down depending on where you have yours) to see who has said what. Comment or chat bubbles make things a little bit more personal due to the fact that it is coming from the character just above their heads.

Another issue, which is nice in a small way, is there is no inter faction chat. Yes it cuts down on trash talk and all that but, we need an enemy in a game like this. We need a good natured rival who can talk to us. Especially in pvp, where trash talk is part of the game.

Additional problems is the lack of a server forum. How can we get to know anyone outside our circles without having a place to seen names and play with different personalities? Usually these places are great to see trading, events, and general comments that usually affect us since we are on the same server.

In short, we need to have crossfaction chat, chat bubbles, and server forums. These will help a lot in building a better community. Keep all the /ignore features and all that to safe gaurd against those who will be a pest, but allow us to talk to each other!

SWG was second to none in this area. No one will ever change my mind on that. This game has so much potential and it is still very young. Lets be positive and constructive to help out BW. We can help make things better.
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Kaphik
04.04.2012 , 09:22 PM | #9
Quote: Originally Posted by Cynomen View Post
What makes things harder is the lack of abilities to chat, mingle, or interact with others. Sure you can group up with people when on a planet or be in planetside chat/fleet chat, but there is a disconnect still.

I can have a player standing right in front of me and not really know he is talking because I need to look all the way up (or down depending on where you have yours) to see who has said what. Comment or chat bubbles make things a little bit more personal due to the fact that it is coming from the character just above their heads.

Another issue, which is nice in a small way, is there is no inter faction chat. Yes it cuts down on trash talk and all that but, we need an enemy in a game like this. We need a good natured rival who can talk to us. Especially in pvp, where trash talk is part of the game.

Additional problems is the lack of a server forum. How can we get to know anyone outside our circles without having a place to seen names and play with different personalities? Usually these places are great to see trading, events, and general comments that usually affect us since we are on the same server.

In short, we need to have crossfaction chat, chat bubbles, and server forums. These will help a lot in building a better community. Keep all the /ignore features and all that to safe gaurd against those who will be a pest, but allow us to talk to each other!

SWG was second to none in this area. No one will ever change my mind on that. This game has so much potential and it is still very young. Lets be positive and constructive to help out BW. We can help make things better.
WoW had plenty of killer server communities without any sort of in-game cross-faction communication. What killed the community was the implementation of cross-faction grouping solely to provide people with rewards, i.e. patch 1.12 and cross-faction battlegrounds. That was the beginning of the end, and once the whole looking for group tool was added that was the killing blow. The game went from playing with other people for a common goal to using other people to get you your shiny tokens to buy shiny gear so you can get your shiny tokens faster and with less effort so you get get more shiny gear.

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sinfulheart
04.04.2012 , 10:03 PM | #10
To put it simple SWTOR is nothing more than a 1 player mmo. Once you get threw your story you can do a little pvp and maybe a raid if you can find the people.So really once you have played a class to 50 you may as well roll a new toon.Also once you have leveled the classes you liked to 50 and none of the other story's interest you its time to move on to a new game.Look at the new patch coming out. Basically your going to get some new raids that you can try if you can find a group to go with and you get some new war zones.....hmm they are adding stuff like guild banks,legacy roll playing stuff basically junk that has no point. I mean wow I get a buff woo-pie doo or i can level a republic toon that's sith big deal I can make a sith on the imp side join a bg and leave and have all kinds of buffs. Its easy to see this game is lacking just by the way they do things. I mean no guild banks when game comes out.The gear looks like crap and the new sets look just as bad.Theirs nothing for a player who doesn't want to raid or pvp to do I mean theirs nothing hard for you to get or earn. For example if you wanted like say a rare light saber crystal you could farm fragments for it and that could take a long time to get. so it would be a rare reward to be proud of and it should have the stats to match. Then when your bored and cant find a raid and don't wanna pvp theirs some cool stuff to do.No where in this game Sept for the fleet do you really see other players.When this game was shown on TV i thought it was going to put me right in the middle of the war between the sith and Jedi lol what a joke.Their customer service had better start listing to you guys on the forms or this game is doomed.