I know I am.
There was such a warm fuzzy feeling to be had when playing the pre-NGE AND pre-CU Star Wars Galaxies, thats it's really hard to put into words. It was just there. Everyone playing the game at that time knew it and felt it. We knew we had something very special and unique sitting on our hard drives. It was the kind of game that made it comfortable sitting in front of your PC for hours on end, losing yourself in the Star Wars universe, and losing track of the time.
The community was very strong and supportive, and when you joined a guild or created a guild you knew that you were part of something special. People genuinly wanted to help and would take the time to do so. It didn't matter if you were Rebel or Imperial, you could always find someone in chat who would help.
The other element that is missing in finding our replacement for the old SWG is another true sandbox type game, where it didn't matter that you followed ANY given path or did a single mission. It didn't matter if you just wanted to explore the surface of Tatooine on foot, or just craft some Maroj Melon and sell it. The choice was entirely up to you. Housing, mounts, vehicles, pets, cities both player run and not, politics, in-game player hosted events and rolelpay - many, many professions (classes), the ability to multi-class - the list goes on and on...these are what I miss and look for in my search for the ultimate SWG replacement.
Some current games offer some of the above, but NONE of them have it all. SWG was unique and fantastic at the same time. I fear that there may never be a replacement for the old SWG, and that old Lovin' Feeling may fade forever. However, I've not given up on the genre at all. I still plug away at the many games that are offered and currently subscribe to several and enjoy them individually for what they have to offer. I hope that devs of current and future games, who know what I'm talking about in this blog post take into consideration that "lost feeling" of the old SWG and construct something unique again.
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