Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Swamp of Sadness

Most of you have probably heard that SWTOR was hit with some layoffs yesterday.  No real insight on how severe they were, but one casualty looks to be Stephen Ried (community manager).  He seemed to be the primary communication outlet, so I am sad to see him go.  Why they chose him, considering it makes the situation look even worse, I don't know.

The Swamp of Sadness scene from The Neverending Story is one that has stuck with me ever since I was a kid.  Poor Artax just couldn't pull himself out of the mud.  The Internet, and bad MMO news especially, often reminds me of this scene.

Layoffs are pretty negative, and that is something maladjusted people on the Internet love.  Lets face it, we're surrounded by them so it is very easy to start feeling like Artax and just keep sinking.  Is this good news for SWTOR?  Of course not.  It's also not the end of the game either.  The future just isn't as bright as a lot of people hoped.

We've been through this with WAR and a number of other games.  I handle the mud by just focusing on the here and now.  I like playing SWTOR, and I will continue to do so until I don't.  The future of the game does not really matter, so long as I am having fun right now.

In the end it's a video game, not a life commitment.  I play games for entertainment and getting drowned in negativity is not my idea of fun.