Monday, January 30, 2012

Your Thirty-seventh Assignment: Making Demands

I want it all, Cypher.

All of what, Kaliyo?

Everything.  Now.  I demand it.

I'm afraid you're in for a disappointment then.

Lock and load, agents.  Short post today.  This morning we're going to have a little talk about the value of patience.

The internet is a wonderful tool.  It allows the exchange of information in real time.  It stores millions upon millions of valuable services.  It has tools that make all of our lives easier.  It provides entertainment, knowledge, respite, and a voice.  It even allows nobodies like me to write silly articles about a game.

But, for all the wonderful things the internet has done, it has introduced a certain element to our psyche.  It has made us all impatient.  We're so used to everything being given to us at a moment's notice, only a click away, just a quick search is all it takes; we've lost our sense of patience as a community.

This lack of patience, this drive for 'now now now' is rather evident in the blogosphere.  I've lost count of the number of writers that have proclaimed that The Old Republic is surely doomed because of a rocky start (in their opinion).  Conversely, I've seen bloggers wax poetic about how Bioware has completely reinvented the MMO genre.  Opinions on this issue are divided so deeply that I don't know if there's any fixing the issue, at least not immediately (now who's being impatient?).  I can only hope that, as the game matures, cooler heads will prevail.  Bioware needs a bit of time - in five years, we can be far more impatient than we are now.  Bioware isn't Blizzard (and thank god for that).  Let's give them a bit of time to collect their thoughts and rally the troops.

Haven't they earned that?

Fly safe, shoot straight!  For the glory of the Empire!


  1. I concur - even more so after reading the forum comments on the dev post about improving performance (and in doing so, breaking rule #1: never read the official forums).

    1. The official forums are a wasteland ... if possible, I believe they are worse than the WoW forums. And that's saying something.