Episode 140 - "BioWare Q&A Call" of the Darth Hater Podcast is now live. Check the bottom of the post for the stream and download links. Podcast notes after the jump.
BioWare Q&A Call Info
Developer Dispatch: HK-51
ChaseHazard: Yes! Yes! Yes! And in conclusion, yes!
There need to be places to play Pazaak in cantinas, the Fleet, and your personal ship (legacy/cartel market unlock) … there should be legit games with limits on betting in these places, but in the seedy underground of Nar Shaddaa there should be some no-holds-barred betting.
Swoop tracks should be all over Hoth and Tattooine by default – and maybe even a special course through the ruins of Taris — again, allowing non-racers to bet on results in the cantinas, etc.
I don’t think we need a matchmaking system, but I wouldn’t cry if they put one in as long as the mini-games are playable ;)
Akerfeldt: It was such a big mistake to not include these. When TOR was announced, I had visions of players meeting in Cantinas. I saw server wide leader boards of the best Pazaak players or the best swoop race times. I saw all these little side distractions and fun mini games that only enhanced the game world. It gave variety.
It’s one of those things where you wish you could go back in time and be the head of this project and make sure certain things were in game at launch.
Mireleni: I’ve been wishing for more ship customizations and reasons to hang out on your ship and visit friends’ ships. So my thought was to allow players to purchase a table for playing one of a few choices of mini-games (e.g. pazaak, dejarik, sabacc). You could play practice games against your companions (i.e. the computer) on your ship, but also invite friends to play with you as well, especially nice if they have a different game on their ship. Certain cantinas should also have these mini-games available, but the difference could be that those require a buy-in and betting of credits, whereas games on your ship can be credit-free “friendly” games, so you can do it for practice or just for fun.
TheOtherTed: If the minigames supplement the experience, I’ll all for ‘em. If they’re a replacement for content, no thanks. I know that doesn’t answer the question, but I lost interest in another title in large part because it started to look more like a collection of unrelated Zynga games than an MMORPG.
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