Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;
The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads;
Though I did not sleep, oh perish the thought,
I smiled, admiring fondly the lightsaber I just bought;
It hummed like an engine, purring with glee,
For soon the red, running blood of Jedi it would see;
I called to my companion, her lekku flowing care-free,
Vette, get back to the ship and make a piece of armor or three;
I cannot go with you, Vette, you must travel alone,
For there are hordes of ‘pubs on tonight that I must pwn;
Suddenly, what is this interruption I hear,
Why, it is the sound of my loved ones speaking in my ear;
“It’s time for bed, you’ve hogged the computer long enough, damn it!” they shouted with cheer,
“Fuck out my face – I still have to finish this quest chain on Ilum!” I responded to those I held dear;
So they acquiesced and left me to play,
Going back to bed, turning around just long enough to say – “Oh for fuck’s sake! Fine! Keep playing for all I care!”;
So I continued my blood bath, and smiled in delight,
Merry Christmas to all – I said as I stabbed a Jedi in the neck -, and to all a goodnight!
As if you couldn’t guess what this post is about, a funny thing happened to me on my way to the office today – I found out something awesome about a game I’ve been following for several years *cough*SWTOR*cough*. I won’t tell you which game -*hack*SWTOR*cough*- it is, but I will-*cough*SWTOR*wheeze*-allow you to-SWTOR-watch this video to see which game I mean.
Pay very close attention to the last 9 seconds of the video (1:55-2:04).
Did you see what I saw? You know you did.
That’s right, ladies and gentlemen. After 5 long years, after weeks, months, years of anticipation, the day has finally arrived:
Star Wars: The Old Republic – FINALLY – has a release date.
The Force Will – officially – Be With Us on December 20, 2011 (December 22, for the EU).
As I sit here typing this, the news is no longer fresh. I am several hours removed from learning about this for the first time, and that has given me enough breathing room to really take all this in.
That said, the excitement hasn’t worn off; not one damn bit.
People, almost 4 years; I’ve been waiting for this game for almost 4 years… Some people have been waiting for longer than that – all the way back when all we knew was that BioWare was making A MMO; no details about what that MMO would be, just that they were making one.
For me, for those people, this is like V-J Day (but not nearly as significant – R.I.P. Grandpa, and all the other vets from the greatest generation). This is the day we always hoped would arrive, but probably, somewhere in the back of our minds where we chased the thought to, wondered if it ever would come.
There’s only one thing to do now.
No commentary, no nitpicking, no over-analyzing.
The only fitting thing to do at a time like this is: CELEBRATE – and get ready.
December 20, folks; that gives you three months.
Plan those vacations.
Get your holiday situation in order. Start cataloguing all the acceptable excuses you can feed your family to explain your sudden absences while you steal away to the computer to play a little more SWTOR;
If you haven’t pre-ordered, DO IT! DO NOT DELAY! SWTOR‘s launch is staggered, folks (that means there is a limit to how many they will let in before they close the gates).
Don’t be caught on the outside looking in while we are all inside enjoying the wonders of Hoth & Tatooine.
Be next to us while we duel by the Sarlacc and try to knock each other in.
Other than that, it’s time to celebrate all things Star Wars, baby. Get up, get busy, get moving, whatever your voodoo, do that voodoo that you do so well, or get left behind.
May the Force be with you all!
(Sorry folks, I cringe everytime I see Hayden Christensen in that celebration – so I posted one that cut off beforehand. I’ll post the full music below.)
(Props to a friend for sending the two kitten links.)
(Seriously, lightsabers make EVERYTHING better.)
And one more for the road.
Arguably, the most iconic sound in film history.
See you all in a galaxy far, far away this December.