Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor
Gaming Uber Alles, Year Three

The Escapist Staff | 8 Jul 2008 12:35
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In response to "The Dark Side" from The Escapist Forum: I actually, literally, laughed out loud while reading this article. It was only for a few seconds, but for me, that's a lot. At one point, I almost felt sorry for you, Mr. Spanner, but then I realized that your parents were the real victims of this particular money-grabbing, opportunistic, merchandising phenomenon. The way these things target children, who have not yet developed enough common sense, is truly insidious.

Well written. Thanks.

- Finnish(ed)

I first discovered Star Wars with the Special Edition release. Since then I have managed to collect over 115 of the books (I am missing the Junior Jedi Knights series and four of the early release books as well as two of the newer books. A grand total of around 13 books.) This has been going on since I was 14, and over the last 9 years, I have invested every cent of my allowance as well as up to 1/6 of my paycheck (As recently as 14 months ago, I spent over $100 in one day on books) collecting them. I know the books, even the entire collection, will probably not be worth the $2,500+ I spent on them, but they are priceless to me...

- Darth Mobius

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In response to "A Disturbance in the Force" from The Escapist Forum: Interesting...I'd kinda spaced on the consistency of the books and films a while ago. I always preferred the fiction and games that didn't involve being a Jedi for some reason. The original Dark Forces was my favorite FPS in the series because Kyle is just a merc with a gun fetish. My favorite books was the Rogue Squadron series because it was just complex space battles and the crew's personal relationships.

Its been pointed out in forums and other disputes before...but the Force as a concept starts to get a lot more complex once you dig past the surface. Why is me shooting lightning at someone inherently evil? Why is regenerating a wound inherently good? Even the fall into darkness is something far more complex than Kyle's petulant "Should I stab this ridiculously evil person" decision in Dark Forces 2. No one wakes up evil, as Sweeney and the other Bioware authors seem intensely aware. Bane had an abusive father, Revan had to stop the Mandalorians, and your own character in the game faces complex issues that drives you to either side of the Force.

And once you enter that realm of moral complexity that the Force really needs, you start to go past lasers and space ship battles. You start to need to real caliber, real character development, to make that moment happen. Some writers can do it, some writers can do space ship battles. Finding one who could do both is where the consistency gets tough to find in Star Wars.

- L.B. Jeffries

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