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Gabe / on Wed, Mar 13 2002 at 1:31 pm

Listen up Lucas Arts!

It’s a good time to be a star wars fan. Far be it from me to complain about a how many star wars games there are. I have already told you how excited I am about Knights of the Old Republic and Star Wars Galaxies. However Lucas Arts refuses to make the one game that I really want to play. I understand that they are making these episode one games to tie in with the movies. However they are overlooking the books which could provide them with games that are about a hundred times cooler. Anyone who has been following the star wars story line into the New Jedi Order books will tell you that the galaxy is in the middle of a shit storm the likes of which it has never seen. Seriously would you rather play a game set against the backdrop of political intrigue that is the episode one/two universe or the galaxy wide war against an unstoppable foe that has already brought the republic to it’s knees as in the New Jedi Order? For me the choice is a simple one. Drop me into an x-wing cockpit and send my ass out against the Vong. That is where I want to play. Put me in the fucking trenches of a war that has already cost the lives of some of the most cherished characters in star wars history. Not killing wave after wave of mindless droids from the safety of some spotless chrome starfighter. Someone at Lucas Arts needs to grow a fucking brain and realize that they are missing out on what could be some of the best games to ever use the goddamned license. I know you don’t accept un-solicited creative ideas from out side the company but maybe you should. I mean come on, Obi-Wan, Battlegrounds, Power Battles or Star Wars fucking Demolition? You guys obviously aren’t coming up with winners on your own. Why not look to the fans for some inspiration. We know what kind of games we want to play. One survey would have told you that no one wants to play a demolition derby set in the star wars universe. A DEMOLITION DERBY SET IN THE STAR WARS UNIVERSE! This is the kind of shit we get but you won’t let us play a game set in what is arguably the most dramatic period of strife the star wars universe has ever seen? Please Lucas Arts, I am begging you. Pick up a copy of one of the New Jedi Order books. Give it a read and see if it isn’t screaming to have a game made out of it.

The Penny Arcade PSO weekend is set to take place this weekend. I had a lot of questions in my e-mail about it and I figured I would answer them all right here for everyone to see:

Q: What about PSO ver2 players? Can we kick it old-skool with you guys or are you version one players too good for us?

A: PSO ver2 players are welcome to join us. You might want to keep in mind the fact that we will be starting new characters though. We will be starting on normal mode so bringing in your level 150 HUmar might not be a lot of fun. Also if you drop a ver2 item and it gets picked up by a ver1 player it will revert to a ver1 item. So you may accidently lose some special stuff if you drop it. Other than that please feel free to join us.

Q. I already have PSO-2. Why is PSO-1 good and PSO-2 Evil?

A: Ver2 is not evil. However it does require a monthly service fee. PSO ver1 is totally free and that is why we chose it to play this weekend.

Q: If I lost my web browser disk how can I get a new one?

A: Browsers can be purchased by calling: 1 900 260 9000. The charge is $ 5.99.  You can also go here to get more information.

Q: If games in PSO only allow four players and there are four of you PA guys how will anyone join your game?

A: All four of us will never be in the same game together. We will probably hang out in groups of two. Right now the plan is to play on ship Miranda in block 4. We will be moving around to different games with PA or PA related stuff in the name. If we see spots open we’ll try and jump in. You can also check Penny Arcade over the weekend as we may decide to create a game and we’ll give you the name right here. From the mail I have received it looks like there should be plenty of PA fans there to play with so it should be a good time.

Q: How will we know it’s really you guys and not some dork using your name?

A: I will create a PSO weekend forum thread that will stay at the top and we will use it to announce the name of the game we happen to be in at the time.

I think that about answers all the questions I have gotten. If you think of something else let me know. Otherwise see you all there this weekend.

Oh and one last thing. I got this today from my source inside Nintendo:
“I just read today’s post about the gba-cube link and it is possible to use it as a controller, no titles use it yet, but it IS possible.”

While I can’t tell you who this guy is I can tell you if anyone would know, it’s this guy right fucking here.

-Gabe out


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