Okay, so the other day I noticed that amazon stopped selling all digital SWTOR items. That means game time and cartel coins. I noticed some weeks ago, they stopped selling 180 day game time and now its everything that is digital that they are not selling.
For me, its not a good thing. That means I have to reshuffle things around. For a while I was paying through paypal to pay for my sub, but I ended up changing over to amazon about a year ago. It has always worked perfectly for me. I get gift cards on a regular basis and that was the best way for me to fund my SWTOR subscription. At least I have a month to prepare and plan for it. Still, its a big blow. I still will be getting amazon gift cards, but they will be used on other things that I may need or want.
Just so you know what was funding me with gift cards which are:
Something I was thinking about. Its a scary thought and there are times I have what you may consider a crazy idea. I was thinking about MMOs and not everyone is lucky to have good internet or that the latency to the game server is terrible to where you are lagging constantly.
A lot of MMOs these days are story driven. If you are a type of person who loves the story part of MMOs, that won’t be so bad to go this route.
The reason why I was thinking about this is because of what recently happened with SWTOR and that some people were negatively impacted by what they did with the servers.
Why not have a standalone version of SWTOR or any other MMO? For SWTOR, they could still do story, solo flashpoints, herorics, grabbing mats and crafting and any other solo activity. How could this work, you still would have to download the character from the character select screen and the character would be saved both locally and back onto their server. I know it may feel lonely, but at least it would be another way to play the game without having to give it up entirely.
Not everyone is lucky to have decent internet and there has to be some sort of workaround for the ones that are left in the dark but still would love to experience the game.
I knew before server mergers were announced last month that they would eventually merge the servers. We have less than a week to go now til they merge the servers to only 5 servers. A lot of us have been used to the servers we have been on for years now. Some of them are more busier and some are more quieter. It may be a name, but its the servers we are used to. They were our home for many reason so there is a bit of a nastalgic feeling to it.
For me, I will have characters on all 3 English speaking servers, but most of mine will be on the Star forge.
This week after server maintenance this week, they let us know that they had moved the West Coast Servers to the East Coast Data Center. I see things from both sides of the coin. I see why they did it, but the way they did it was not a very good thing to do. Even if they let everyone know ahead of time, the same end results were going to be. People will be upset and that is a given. People will threaten to stop their sub and so on.
For me, I am in the Central time zone, so I am not impacted at all by this change. I played on servers on both sides. There was only a 20ms different between both sides. I have even played on european servers and the server lag was in the 100ms range. I really never seen much a difference no matter what server I play on. I know some people may not agree with me and I don’t have to agree with them, but I can see their point of view.
I will say this much, I am a bit of a competative person so getting into PVP has always been my thing in every MMO that I do play. This game was no different and this was my 2nd MMO at the time when I started playing this game. The first two years of this game, all I did was PVP. I may have done story in between but I kicked ass no matter what server I was on and I know that the people hated me in PVP. Back when sage force wave was a 360 knockback, I used to knock people off constantly in huttball which was my favorite thing to do 🙂
My point is, at least for West Coast US players, it should not make any difference that they moved the datacenter to the East coast. At most, you are getting about 100ms server lag. That really isn’t a whole lot and you still be competative. For Apac people, I understand where they are coming from. They are a case as to why the servers should not have been moved though.
I see why though that they moved the servers as California is one of the most costly states when it comes to paying for anything. I am sure that it cost way more than what it cost for their east coast data center. There is really no good situation here. Someone always looses out. The only real solution for the Apac people at least is that they move the servers back to west or give them back a Apac server.