When you start something by calling it The End of an Era, it usually has some significance, but unfortunately not this time. Well, for me it did. I am talking about the end of the Star Wars: Galaxies MMO. The last day was December 15, 2011 and Sony just posted a memory book, some 253 pages of pictures and stuff for those people who played it. Let me tell you, having played the game for almost 4 years, it was really a very touching tribute for something that had such a large part in my life.
It was the first on-line game I played, and I played it a lot. Every night for two years, then every other night for two more years. Every moment I could. I remember sneaking away from work to go play for 30 minutes to an hour; staying up until 3 in the morning, getting up early to go on adventures. It sounds crazy now, and it sounded crazy then, but I had never seen anything like it. The scope of the game was huge and there were people everywhere! I remember meeting up with random players, hunting animals on planets, fighting rebels, and just living the Star Wars life. It was an amazing time and, looking back, a wonderful time.
The game changed over the years and controversy and the advent of World of Warcraft refined my taste, but I never lost the urge to return to Tatooine. I re-entered the game on a few occasions, but it got easy and silly, and the cities were empty, the taverns were dry, and what few players remained were too busy fighting each other for Jedi skills then to go back to the old way of hunting, crafting, and killing rebels. With sadness, I left the game for good.
So, as I looked through the memory book, I raise a glass to the people from Sony Online and Lucasfilms. Thanks for the memories, and may the force be with you..always.
The Star Wars Galaxies memory book can be found at http://starwarsgalaxies.station.sony.com/index.vm