If you know anything about me, you’ll know I’m a gamer girl and a huge Star Wars fan. It isn't the technology, the sci-fi gadgets, or even the storyline. What draws me to Star Wars then? Part of it is the love story.
Yes, I am a sappy, girly, sucker for a good love story. And there’s never been quite another love story quite like Han Solo's and Princess Leia’s. There is simply something so compelling about the way they fight and love each other. And of course, Harrison Ford was my very first crush.
As I’m sure you know that Lucas Arts has sold the Star Wars rights to Disney. I cried for two days. Yes, I’m sappy. I already told you that. While I love Disney and have no doubt that they will do a fabulous job, there’s a sense of ending the chapter for me.
It could be because I met the love of my life in the mmorpg (massive multi-player online role playing game) Star Wars Galaxies. Nine years ago. There we are with our geeky selves. This was my very first online multiplayer game. Playing an online game and getting the chance to interact with other people while you play was an incredibly new, amazing experience.
Being new to online gaming I had no clue what ganking was. And for those of you that don’t know, it’s when one or more players kill low level players over and over again just to be bullies. It goes on quite a bit actually. So I was being ganked. I’d been killed at least ten times already until I was ready to log off in tears, when out of the blue rescue showed up. It really irks me that my first meeting with my future hubby would be of him rescuing me. He was a little blue Rodian riding a speeder bike that was about to blow up from a lack of maintenance. And he rescued me. Me! And he now rubs it in every chance he gets. But I digress. There you have it. That’s my romantic how-we-met story. Sounds ridiculous if you ask me. But I wouldn't change a thing. It’s been an incredibly fun. And though we've had some low times, the best part of our relationship is that he “gets” me.
I formed some wonderful life-long friendships through SWG. People I've met in a game became my best friends. I have a wonderful sixty-nine year old gaming buddy named Longstreet, who’s played every single video game with me since then. He looks like the skipper, doesn't he? A crude, rough-around-the-edges, potty-mouth friend, but he has a huge heart to go with that sailor’s mouth.
In SWG we had epic player-versus-player battles consisting of hundreds of other online gamers (until of course the server couldn't handle the lag and shut down.) We laughed until we were blue in the face. There were group adventures, fashion shows, creative contests to judge who had the most well-decorated house, dance parties, and even events that happened outside of gaming (yearly gaming conventions like GameCon.) And we've met several of our gaming buddies in real life. It’s always fun to meet someone you usually only get to chat with online. The great thing about gaming is the programs like Ventrillo that allow you to have voice chats with multiple people. It truly brings a sense of intimacy to chatting that you don’t have with texting.
But if you ever meet anyone who’s played Star Wars Galaxies before they’ll tell you that they've never played another game quite like it. Why? Because of the people. We weren't just gaming buddies. We were a community. Family. Over the years I've lost contact with a few of them. I still keep up with some but we've all moved onto other places in our lives, other games. But even if we played another game together, I don’t think I’ll ever find that sense of camaraderie that I found on SWG. So yes, Star Wars is special to me in many more ways than just being my favorite movie. It’ll hold a special place in my heart until my last breath. These are memories I will always cherish because it isn't the movie that makes it special. It’s the people. We were brought together by a single common bond: A love of Lucas Art’s Star Wars.
So I have to say Goodbye to Star Wars as I knew it. And I have to open my mind to perhaps something as good, or maybe even better. The next Star Wars movie Episode 7 is set to release in 2015. I’m looking forward to it. But until then I’ll leave you with a link to a funny youtube video of Star Wars Galaxies which was finally officially shut down on December 15th 2011. It really shows the creativity that some players put into this game. And a few of my favorite quotes from The Empire Strikes Back.
"Why you stuck-up, half-witted, scruffy-looking nerf-herder!" Princess Leia
“Who’s scruffy-looking?” Han Solo
“Laugh it up, Fuzzball.” Han Solo
“Will somebody get this big walking carpet out of my way?” Princess Leia
Is there a movie that has special, intimate memories for you? If so tell me why.