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  SBFord

Associate Editor - News Manager

Joined: 6/28/10
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OP  10/23/13 7:22:38 PM#1

Bioware has announced that it will be retiring character names from free-to-play and Preferred Status players whose accounts/characters have been little used for a prolonged period of time. This will not affect subscribers and is intended to 'free up' names for current players.

Hello,

We wanted to let you know that in November we will be initiating a “Character Name Renewal” program for all of our Free-to-Play and Preferred Status players. As a Subscriber, this offers you the benefit of more character names available in the pool! We are currently in the process of identifying accounts that have been inactive for prolonged periods. If those accounts do not login to each of the potentially impacted characters within the required timeframe the attached Character names will be released back into the general pool.

This Character Name Renewal will have no effect on your character names. As a Subscriber you will keep your names throughout this process and benefit from the increased options released back into the pool post program.

Thank you for your continued support of STAR WARS™: The Old Republic™.

May the Force™ be with You!

Star Wars: The Old Republic Team

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  whisperwynd

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Joined: 2/22/06
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Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the priviledge to do so as well.

10/23/13 7:28:21 PM#2
 I guess the trend of name deleting has begun. Trion won't be the only one targeted in this then.  
  SuperXero89

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10/23/13 7:33:47 PM#3

With the games going F2P, devs are realizing that people who download the game, create a character, and play for 5 seconds are clogging up the number of available names.

 

I don't really take issue with this.

  Hokie

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Joined: 1/11/04
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Hey Devs, just so you know. The more you give us to play with, the more we play.

10/23/13 7:39:30 PM#4

Its a non-issue for those that are playing their characters.

In my opinion they shouldnt even bother to announce stuff like this. Its database clean up. And its not like they are deleting characters, its just the names.

"I understand that if I hear any more words come pouring out of your **** mouth, Ill have to eat every fucking chicken in this room."

  Ramonski7

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"A wise man has something to say, but a fool just has to say something."

10/23/13 7:54:17 PM#5
Chalk one up for BW to get media hounds to drum up login activity! Funny thing is, I still have no urge to login to keep my name secure. I guess all those welcome back, come back, see what's new advertisements still ain't gettin the job done to get players back...as if F2P would be enough already....guess not.


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  Elikal

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Joined: 2/09/06
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10/23/13 11:09:55 PM#6

I lost my names already! They merged servers and my lv 50 Chars lost their names because some lv 10 noob had the name on the new destined server, DESPITE the fact I had EXTRA preordered (the expensive edition for back then 210 Euro, given it was 150 Dollars), ESPECIALLY to have my names reserved.

Now 210 Euro, preorder, play from day one and investing TONS of money for almost a year subs and MUCH money into their items shop, I assume I spent 500-600 Euro on their game. If THAT is not enough to keep my fucking names, Bioware and SWTOR can rot in hell.

A forum is a place where people can discuss about different opinions. So what I don't get is, how people react offended when they come to a forum and then find... well different opinions. If a different opinion offends you, what are you even doing here?

  JeroKane

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Joined: 2/21/06
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10/24/13 2:03:31 AM#7
Originally posted by SuperXero89

With the games going F2P, devs are realizing that people who download the game, create a character, and play for 5 seconds are clogging up the number of available names.

 

I don't really take issue with this.

This.

  JeroKane

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10/24/13 2:10:01 AM#8
Originally posted by Elikal

I lost my names already! They merged servers and my lv 50 Chars lost their names because some lv 10 noob had the name on the new destined server, DESPITE the fact I had EXTRA preordered (the expensive edition for back then 210 Euro, given it was 150 Dollars), ESPECIALLY to have my names reserved.

Now 210 Euro, preorder, play from day one and investing TONS of money for almost a year subs and MUCH money into their items shop, I assume I spent 500-600 Euro on their game. If THAT is not enough to keep my fucking names, Bioware and SWTOR can rot in hell.

 

This has nothing to do With how much Money you spend on a game.

It´s sadly just the negative side effect of merging servers.

How do you know this Level 10 noob hasn´t invested the same amount of Money as you? Or even more than you?

Just because he/she has a Level 10 char With Your name, doesn´t mean he/she might have other higher Level characters too.

Just because he/she has a Level 10 character you have a magical foresight ability to see how much Money said person has spend on the game?

Come on now!  Unless you rather stay on an empty server With Your level50 characters collecting dust in an empty world?

I gladly sacrifice my character name to migrate for "free" from an empty server to a more populated server, if it means it will improve my game experience.

 
  Lunarpac

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Joined: 3/21/12
Posts: 48

10/24/13 4:25:50 AM#9
Originally posted by Elikal

I lost my names already! They merged servers and my lv 50 Chars lost their names because some lv 10 noob had the name on the new destined server, DESPITE the fact I had EXTRA preordered (the expensive edition for back then 210 Euro, given it was 150 Dollars), ESPECIALLY to have my names reserved.

Now 210 Euro, preorder, play from day one and investing TONS of money for almost a year subs and MUCH money into their items shop, I assume I spent 500-600 Euro on their game. If THAT is not enough to keep my fucking names, Bioware and SWTOR can rot in hell.

It seems the force wasn't quite with you. :/

  SpottyGekko

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Joined: 9/26/04
Posts: 2956

10/24/13 5:15:39 AM#10

As long as they are only deleting the character names, it's pretty insignificant. In modern MMO's, your character name is only important to you, there's no such thing as "being known on your server" anymore.

 

Besides, even if some other player did get to "know your name", it's only really significant for the 4 to 6 weeks that they're playing the game...

 

/whine

  TribeofOne

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Joined: 7/10/05
Posts: 978

10/24/13 5:30:38 AM#11
i like how they left out just what the "required timeframe" is. from now to Nov? within the last 6 months?
  maxima29

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Joined: 9/30/13
Posts: 241

10/24/13 6:50:54 AM#12
Originally posted by Ramonski7
Chalk one up for BW to get media hounds to drum up login activity! Funny thing is, I still have no urge to login to keep my name secure. I guess all those welcome back, come back, see what's new advertisements still ain't gettin the job done to get players back...as if F2P would be enough already....guess not.

 

Ah yes we have one of the BW/ea conspiracy theorist here.  Everything they do has some secret deceptive plan.  Are you over on Rift forums drumming up the same conspiracies over there too?  Do you play?  If not I understand you claims cause the servers are fine groups forming, guilds recruiting etc etc.  There is nothing wrong with Swtor or rift doing this.  I received an email from rift saying come back before you toon is deleted did I run to their post and start making wild accusations why they are doing it?  Nope sure didn't.  

 

Everytime Swtor releases some news these conspiracy theorist really get worked up.  It doesn't help that this site makes another post (already have one active post on the subject on here).  

  Sovrath

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10/24/13 6:54:38 AM#13
Originally posted by SuperXero89

With the games going F2P, devs are realizing that people who download the game, create a character, and play for 5 seconds are clogging up the number of available names.

 

I don't really take issue with this.

I agree.

 

  jesteralways

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Joined: 3/17/13
Posts: 636

10/24/13 6:57:05 AM#14
I support this completely. I say that if a player did not play a character  for 3 months that character name should be deleted. what kind of brain dead person would create a character to hog a name when s/he will never be playing this game? delete away. 

i want an open world, no phasing, no instancing.i want meaningful owpvp.i want player driven economy.i want meaningful crafting.i want awesome exploration, a sense of thrill.i want ow housing with a meaningful effect on my entire gameplay experience, not just some instanced crap.i want all of these free of cost, i don't wanna pay you a cent, game devs can eat grass and continue developing game for me.
Seems like that is the current consensus of western mmo players.

  erictlewis

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Joined: 11/08/08
Posts: 3058

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over while expecting different results.

10/24/13 7:03:25 AM#15

I got that email yesterday, and it was like hey you log in.  Well I had 5 level 50 toons,  So even though I not played in months they are not going to touch those names, and quite frankly I had to rename all of mine the first server merge.  

So they got a lot of folks coming and going, and I guess naming is an issue with thousands of dead accounts using names.  

I guess the real question is are they deleting these toons, or just changing the name to abc123 or something like that.

I still had no urge to log in,  

 

  strangepowers

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Joined: 1/18/08
Posts: 605

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10/24/13 7:10:19 AM#16

Hell I lost my name long ago to server merges, totally negated the benefit of pre-order and early access.

This current move is understandable, it goes to reason that if someone is not playing they don't really care.

The scary part is one day the world will be run by adults who were never spanked as kids and got trophies just for participating.

  Asamof

Apprentice Member

Joined: 9/19/04
Posts: 728

10/24/13 8:05:34 AM#17

Thanks a lot Rift for starting this new gimmick.

 

Too bad these MMO's can't get players back through well designed content, and have to resort to scum tactics like this.

  Lord.Bachus

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10/24/13 8:08:22 AM#18

I allways take breaks from a few months before returning and playing another character...

 

Just let them stay away from my names, or i will be anoyed...  When and how often should i log on to this to prevent my names from being removed...

 

 

A character name is the holiest part of a character

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  Nitth

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10/24/13 8:28:34 AM#19
Originally posted by SuperXero89

With the games going F2P, devs are realizing that people who download the game, create a character, and play for 5 seconds are clogging up the number of available names.

 

I don't really take issue with this.

If i spent x dollars on microtransactions for a character, ie clothing and cosmetic items. then my my name is then removed because of inactivity that kinda voids my purchase in the first place to make a unique character..

 

 


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  Lord.Bachus

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10/24/13 8:30:52 AM#20
Originally posted by Nitth
Originally posted by SuperXero89

With the games going F2P, devs are realizing that people who download the game, create a character, and play for 5 seconds are clogging up the number of available names.

 

I don't really take issue with this.

If i spent x dollars on microtransactions for a character, ie clothing and cosmetic items. then my my name is then removed because of inactivity that kinda voids my purchase in the first place to make a unique character..

 

 

True... very true... I think they would loose that in any court

 

But wouldnt that be the same for my characters that have very unique drops?

Best MMO experiences : EQ(PvE), DAoC(PvP), WoW(total package) LOTRO (worldfeel) GW2 (Artstyle and animations and worlddesign) SWTOR (Story immersion) TSW (story) ESO (character advancement)

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