There was a loud shout from the study this evening and, knowing that the The Hublet was sitting at the computer, I wondered if he had found the slightly creepy folder of photos I had taken of him while he was asleep (thankfully no, I remain a good, normal, balanced Wifelet). He came running into the living room and announced to me, with the same reverence and excitement that I expect he will announce to the Hospital Waiting Room the birth of our first child (although we haven’t even raised a potplant together yet, so we’re a reassuringly long way down on the hierarchy leading to children: pet rock → potplant → venus fly trap → goldfish → chickens → kitten → puppy → babysitting children → child of our own) that he had been selected for the SWTOR Beta Testing weekend starting this Friday at 5pm.
This is a game that has been in the works since Bioware announced, back in 2008, their intention to tackle a MMO for the PC platform to rival the other big boys (think WoW, Entropia Universe, Runescape, Final Fantasy XI, Guild Wars, the ultimately disappointing Star Wars Galaxies and so on), so since 21st October 2008 gamers and fanboys alike have been working themselves up to a state of giddy excitement. There have been a lot of false starts, a lot of hopeful yet deceptive rumours, and many became disillusioned, however a game of this size and scale is going to take a lot of work and development, so it’s no wonder that they’ve only recently announced an official release date of 20th December 2011 for the game, over 3-years after their initial press release.
The Hublet had signed up for Beta Testing way back in 2009, and was a little disappointed to not have his magnificent gaming skills called upon for the recent spate of Beta Testing weekends, and annoyingly one of his friends was invited to partake and so The Hublet had to endure the ribbing and teasing that followed. Until a few days ago when things changed and Bioware had clearly realised they’d missed him out for random, inexplicable reasons known only to them, and so all weekend plans have been cancelled, all arrangements undone. The last few hours have seen a huge amount of giggling, squealing phone calls between The Hublet and his fellow gaming buddies as they arrange for a chosen few to come over at the weekend and watch him carry out his test, the level of hormonal excitement making it feel as if he’s arranging a some sort of teenage slumber party. All I know is that I’ll be able to play Castle Crashers and Death Spank uninterrupted over the weekend without the usual bullying to let Him play CoD or GoW, and once the weekend passes I’ll be able to more accurately update my review of SWTOR found in the Gaming tab.