Posted by Sean on June 29th, 2011
When Star Wars: Galaxies was birthed into the online gaming scene, it wasn’t just “The Star Wars MMO”. It demonstrated that MMOs didn’t have to look and feel exactly like Everquest, and provided a suitable home for those of the opinion that Everquest was just too mainstream. It was a treasured sanctuary where hardcore Star Wars fans could live free from things like sunlight and interaction with the opposite sex.
But in an event that will forever live in infamy, Sony Online Entertainment gave their entire playerbase an atomic wedgie. The “New Game Enhancements” were designed to make the game more mainstream, in the same way The Jersey Shore is more mainstream than It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Nerds everywhere cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced (because they were out of breath), and the SW:G community slipped into a heartbroken diabetic coma from which it would never awaken.
Six years later, exhausting their last reserves of human compassion, SOE has decided to pull the plug on the vegetative MMO. The shutdown on December 15th probably has a lot to do with the imminent release of Bioware’s Star Wars: The Old Republic. Let’s just hope that Bioware isn’t a fan of wedgies.