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BioWare lead writer Drew Karpyshyn leaves BioWare

Beyond his brief stint in 2000 as a Jeopardy contestant, BioWare lead writer Drew Karpyshyn has spent the last 12 years of his life serving as a story lead on various BioWare franchises. From heading up writing on Jade Empire to creating the world of Mass Effect, Karpyshyn has shaped arguably the...

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Lego Star Wars sticking around for 10 more years

Lucasfilm has renewed its licensing deal with the Lego Group for 10 more years, meaning if you have a kid right now he can grow up with a guaranteed supply of Lego Star Wars video games and toys. If you don't have a kid any time soon, look at this as an opportunity to delay growing up for another...

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Dark Side 'Cause It Looks Cool: The Failings of Moral Choice in Games

This is a weekly column focusing on "Western" role-playing games: their stories, their histories, their mechanics, their insanity, and their inanity. Morality systems have become role-playing. Or at least, a significant amount of people have come to believe this. To take one example, this review...

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Star Wars: The Old Republic warps into more than 2 million households, 1.7 million active daily

It looks like Star Wars: The Old Republic is off to a decent start, with EA today touting sales topping 2 million copies since launch, 1.7 million of which are reported as "active daily users." According to CEO John Riccitiello, those sales helped to bolster the company's third quarter financials...

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SWTOR receives AbleGamers' Accessible Mainstream GOTY award

The AbleGamers Foundation, an organization focused on providing disabled peoples with information and technology that allows them to more easily enjoy video games, has awarded Star Wars: The Old Republic its 2011 Accessible Mainstream Game of the Year Award for launching with "colorblind friendly...

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Zeschuk: Coordinating on SWTOR 'like teaching elephants to do ballet'

The LA Times has put together a rather lengthy retrospective on the development of Star Wars: The Old Republic. Among the bullet points that we've seen before -- SWTOR has a lot of voice acting, it's a huge gamble for EA, etc. -- are a few noteworthy bits. Chief among these may be how difficult it...

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Star Wars: The Old Republic performance fears are overblown, says analyst

While Electronic Arts has seen its stock price dropping since the (somewhat rocky) launch of Star Wars: The Old Republic, at least one firm believes investor concerns are "overdone," reports Gamasutra. A new report from Macquarie Securities suggests that the concerns about SWTOR's sales numbers...

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SWTOR getting Guild Banks because BioWare is listening

Game director James Ohlen describes the changes coming to Star Wars: The Old Republic, one of which is guild banks for the thousands of guilds still playing. BioWare is also focusing on PvP, warzones, and convincing people that SWTOR is a good game....

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Star Wars: The Old Republic wins Guinness award for most voice acting

Star Wars: The Old Republic might not have picked up too many "Game of the Year" awards in 2011 (due mostly to the fact that it was out for about 10 days when the year ended), but that hasn't stopped EA from getting some awards declared for the game anyway. First, the company declared its own...

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Best of the Rest: Griffin's picks of 2011

LittleBigPlanet 2 How fitting that for my last contribution to Joystiq's Game of the Year list, I should learn the bitter sting of having my number one choice not breach the Top 10. LittleBigPlanet 2 improved upon the original -- already one of my favorite games of all time -- in every...

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