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Awesomeness. The companions were to me the coolest part of the game, and the thing that every other MMO is missing as far as I can tell. I wish more of them included something like that, not just the animal companions that some classes get.
Sorry 'bout that. As you can tell, my area of expertise is the original trilogy era, and I've never played SWTOR (the railshooter aspect of space combat is a travesty of the highest order, especially when I'm used to playing X-wing).
Please can you don't be so self assured to call yourself an expert in front of others.There can always be a person smarter than you,and just because you've read a lot about original trilogy,it doesn't mean you know Star Wars better than anyone.Knowledge is a contradictory thing. And please,don't call SWTOR a travesty without even playing it bit.As for me,I've recently became an addict,and I don't like someone telling me this.First play,then speak your opinion.
Um, yes I actually *can* call myself an OT-era expert. There are always people smarter than me, but I am an authority on Star Wars in the OT era, as I've read nearly all the books (I couldn't get through The Courtship of Princess Leia and didn't like I, Jedi enough to finish it) and have researched the plot points on all the comic series except the Marvel-era comics, as there are too many retcons that cancel out much of that canon. I know or know of almost every OT-era character and am familiar with all of the starship designs ever produce in that era. I can name off the flight characteristics, armor rating, shield rating, armament, crew requirements, manufacturer, model number and make of every starship seen in a video game or the roleplaying game. For starters. And just why would my being an expert on the original trilogy era be a problem, anyway? Kira Carsen is an OLD REPUBLIC-era character!
That previous post, by the way, was my apology for not recognizing the character, as I had never seen it before. Frankly, your reaction was quite rude, as was this one.
Knowledge is a contradictory thing? What are you smoking? Knowledge is basically categorized fact, and facts are never in dispute unless they are things like historical fact and evidence based on witness testimony in a court case. Wisdom can be contradictory, as it is based on logic and conclusions based on fact, both of which may be faulty. But knowledge is never contradictory unless it's an opinion, which people sometimes confuse with fact.
And I didn't call SWTOR a travesty. It's superior to the previous MMORPG Star Wars Galaxies in many ways, such as the vastness of the universe you can explore. I called the flight sim aspect of it a travesty, which it, in fact, is. No self-respecting pilot would ever fly a starship if you can barely control its vector, and that was the deal-breaker for me because my favorite thing to do in any Star Wars game that allows it is fly starships and dogfight in them. Dogfighting is all about out-maneuvering your opponent, managing your power output, shields, and laser energy, as well as damage control if you have an R2 unit, not to mention knowing your ride well enough to know whether it would be wise to turn tail and run. SWTOR dumbed down the flight sim aspect to just the bare essentials, which isn't any fun for people like me. You may be an addict, but that doesn't mean your opinion is an absolute, nor does it mean you get to tell off people who don't like a game you happen to adore. I research games before I buy them because that's the smart thing to do. I watch videos of the game being played, read reviews of gameplay mechanics, ask people about specific aspects that I care about (like flight simulation), and make sure I want to play it before I spend money on it. Does it take time? Yeah. But it would be the height of idiocy to spend money on something about which you know nothing, sort of like buying a car without first test-driving it.
Well,I don't doubt the thing that you read a lot,and I didn't mean to be rude.I just pointed out my opinion.And I know she is an Old Republic character,you shouldn't have known about her. Well,flying isn't SWTOR's main aspect.But as I know,there are Star Wars games where you can have more extended controls.As for buying,yes,I research the product before buying it,but I don't entirely trust those people who write the reviews,as my opinion might be different.I first research,then I give it a try.Because what other people say may not be what I think.And the thing that they're more proffesional than me doesn't mean I have to listen to them without questioning.They might have their opinions,but I first an foremost listen to my own thoughts. I'm not smoking,I like a healthy lifestyle.And don't you offend me this way just because I think a different way.Yes,knowledge is a contradictory thing,and,unlike you say,facts are ALWAYS in dispute.It always depends on from which side do you look at them.And as easily they proved,as easily they are contradicted.Let's look in history.People used to think that every cosmic subject spins around the Earth just because they saw it this way.Until in medieval scientists dared to contradict it.They were considered heretics and executed.But now the system they discovered is official,everyone thinks the Earth spins around the Sun.Yet.But what if in some future someone also dares to contradict it?Would you call them mad and put them in a mental asylum without even considering what if they're right or wrong?And what if many years after you did it this person's theory would be proved by science?Would you try to apologise to them(which is unlikely,because they must be either dead or totally insane by that time,because mental asylums tend to break people's psychique),would you try to contradict it,or would you try to call them heretics?Many great inventions started with a contradiction,and what many people thought were facts now are just false human assumptions.You're not God.Your opinion is not absolute,nor is mine.So never think of it as of an absolute opinion just because you were influenced by professionals.No mortal person's opinion is absolute. I guess our opinions are so different because we're two different types of people.People like you always stick to the rules,do as others say,and never question the majority.They have a very quiet life,nothing ever happens to them.They avoid everything that contradicts the thoughts that were put in them(because they're not their own,they were influenced by others).But as for me,having a quiet life without a single major event on it is boring. Another kind are people like me.They're rebellious,they always question everything,and live listening to their own hearts.They listen to other's opinions,but they never take them as their own,as they think they have the right to have their own opinion,in which they have faith.People either love them or hate them,and they spend a life in a constant fight for their ideals and opinion.That's what's for me. You can't deepen your knowledge of the world if you only use your mind in you research,and think only of the facts.Facts can be wrong.Open your heart.Unleash your imagination.See a larger view of the world,as it's much more interesting and exciting than the one-sided one your brain sees.Some years ago,I was just like you.I followed the rules,I trusted only facts.And I felt I had the most boring life in the world.The routine was like a burden for me.Until I realised it doesn't have to be this way.I don't have to follow any rules,as they're as imperfect as people are.My opinion doesn't have to correspond with the others'.And the main,I don't have to be a realist,there is nothing wrong about imagination.Reality has many sides,it all depends on which side do you want to see.And I started to feel that I always have a backup if I fail.No one can take it from me,no one can give it to me.It can be a weakness,but it can also be one of the most powerful things in the world.It can help me if something happens,it can also help me see the things in reality others can't see.It gave more colors to my acceptance of the world.That thing is my imagination.You can call me crazy,you can call me mad,you can say I need to see the doctor.Many people think the same.But does it mean all of them are right?Majority can also make mistakes.
Pointing out one's opinion is just fine. Pointing it out in a rude manner however creates tension and ill feelings from the other party.
You've been rude to me from the first post exchange.
I complimented your character model, and you admonished me to look her up in Wookiepedia (without so much as a thank you, I might add). I apologized for my ignorance, and you accused me of being arrogant and self-assured. I explained that I'm not impressed with the flight aspect of SWTOR and you lectured me on how wrong I was to dislike the entire game. Then you start in a passive-aggressive criticism of me by implying that I'm stuck in the rules based solely on my lack of interest in a video game?
That's truly astounding.
I'm a second-year engineering student. My future profession depends on me bending the rules, sometimes outright breaking them, in order to create new and innovative ways of solving mechanical problems. Do you honestly think I would choose this career if I were not someone who was capable of breaking rules? I also used to be a very conservative Christian who always voted Republican no matter what. Now I'm more moderate and analyze people and my own behavior against universally accepted moralities. I've even come to accept the Big Bang Theory as a possibility because my own observations of the universe support such a notion based on sound science that has been demonstrated beyond a reasonable doubt time and time again. That's hardly the attitude of someone who you seem to be implying that I am.
Facts like those you mention are certainly in question, but then I didn't say all facts were absolute. But take a few science courses and mathematics classes and you'll see that there are, in fact, many absolutes that cannot be undone. Unless you're prepared to explain to me how radical negative one can happen, electromagnetic fields can be monopolar, atoms can coexist in the same 3D space, etc.
(By the way, yes, I would commit a person who ever insisted that the planet does not, in fact, orbit the sun, unless he came up with a *very* good reason not to believe it)
I also find this statement by you incredibly amusing:
"(people like me) listen to other's opinions,but they never take them as their own"
in light of how you demonstrated the exact opposite character trait when I mentioned that I don't particularly like the flight simulation aspect of SWTOR and then you took offense at it. At least, that's the only explanation I can come up with as to why you chose to lecture me on the importance of not judging something before trying it based on a five-word phrase written by me in the most off-handed way possible (travesty of the highest order I think is the term I used).
Aristotle said, "It is the mark of an educated mind to listen to someone's opinion without accepting it." You didn't even fully comprehend what I had typed before you chose to begin lecturing me on the virtues of SWTOR. You just assumed that because I said I didn't like the flight simulation aspect that I thought the whole game was crap. I don't. As I said, many aspects of it appeal to me. But that was the deal-killer because I prefer absolute freedom when flying, either in real life or in a computer game (and believe me, there is no comparison between flying a Cessna 150 and a roller coaster). But did you hear that? Of course not. You heard, "I hate SWTOR," which is completely untrue and baseless.
I'm an old-school X-wing player. I am used to hopping in a starfighter or space transport and then using my machine to its fullest potential to outsmart and out maneuver my opponents in a hair-raising dogfight worthy of the silver screen (or the LCD screen of a computer, anyway). I've also played railshooter games, and while they have their place, they're just not my cup of tea when it comes to dogfighting. So when I researched SWTOR and discovered that the flight sections were basically a railshooter, I decided to forget about it. Flight and dogfighting are the most important aspects of a Star Wars MMORPG to me, ever since I played Jump to Lightspeed in SWG and got to fly for the Galactic Empire, so this was the thing that killed SWTOR for me. I will not enjoy a game that takes me out of the universe by force and basically spoon-feeds me starfighter combat.
Back to the point, you may not mean to be rude, but judging someone and then criticizing them for perceived character flaws based on a couple of message exchanges is very insulting, especially when it's precipitated not only by a simple misunderstanding that a little forbearance would have prevented, and especially when said misunderstanding is based on something as utterly trivial and meaningless as a computer game set in a fictional universe.
I've been pretty patient with you up till now. But you insist on acting obtuse and holier-than-thou with me, and it's getting tiresome and irritating. I don't regret complimenting your work, but I do regret making the assumption that you were just as reasonable as I am.
I'm sorry i sound rude,I may not understand some aspects in English.And the model is not mine.Look carefully at the creator's nickname.Sorry I misunderstood you about SWTOR,in fact,I expexted the option you expected as well.Just I thought you called the entire SWTOR a travesty,not just the flying aspect.I guess now we can leave this behind. Well,don't think I'm some primitive uneducated person just because I live in a poor God-forgotten Ukraine(I know,we still have a low level of life,but I really hope there once will be a worthy person to rule it,who will do a better thing to our country instead of just stealing public money and buying a 10th yacht).My education is quite good for my age and country.I'm an A-grade student(even more,I'm considered one of the best students in my class),last year I got awards in English,Geography,and Biology contests,got an ESOL examinations PET sertificate in English(despite I don't understand some words as you see,I'm still going to perfect myself and try to pass FCE next year).I have Science and Math classes.Yes,some facts SEEM to be undone,but that's what your brain sees.And the world is not only about brains.Use your instincts as well.Sometimes they can help you where brain can't.They helped me in my experience. I don't know you personally,and I haven't seen your job personally.You might be capable in bending the rules,but your thoughts are based solely upon logic.I saw it from our previous talk (I don't know if you remember me,but still we had it).And I don't think of a religion as of a brainwash.In fact,the time I mentioned I used to be an atheist myself,believing only to what science proved and what I see.But later I chose to return to Christian religion my parennts follow.Nobody influenced me(well,they tried earlier,but gave up on it later),it was a concious decicion.I don't judge you for believing or not believing,it's your choice.But I chose to be Christian and i don't think it's like giving up my freedom or something.In fact,I partually support the views of my religion,but I also have my own. P.S.I think we work in the areas I think are similar in some way.I'm a hobbyist 3D modeler,and also a programmer a bit(well,I mod and hack Sims 2,as you can see it in my gallery,and I did some renders).