Bioware finally sent a decent number of invites for the beta testing of Star Wars: The Old Republic this weekend. In case you haven’t heard, EVERYONE who signed up for beta testing prior to November 11 on swtor.com got an invite to participate.

Of course this being the beta and all, there’s bound to be some issues. Most common one that apparently thousands of players are having is the “blue spinning cog” issue, preventing them to play at all. Fortunately there’s quick fix available for that, courtesy of SWTOR forums:

Start the launcher, login, press play, once the launcher disapears disconect internet keep it disconected until the game gets past the loading screen. It will try look for servers none will load up. Once that has finished connect internet back wait a minute or two and servers will appear, select the server your want and your in the game.

If you’re having this endless loading problem be sure to try fixing it with the above guide. It worked for most players and hopefully it will work for you as well. Now go forth, level up your characters, try some crafting skills (my recommendation if you want a ton of credits: slicing), and enjoy. You might not want to wait as the next chance you’ll get to play The Old Republic might be on December 20 when it’s officially released.

I’ve been closely keeping track of Rift for the past few months and been anticipating its release for what feels like forever now. I even preordered the game to gain access to headstart, but for the past 3 weeks since the game went live I haven’t even logged in.

I’ve fallen for the hype too! A ton of players are enjoying this game however and I’m actually quite surprised I haven’t read any bad reviews as of yet. Typically when MMORPGs come out we start hearing about their cons and lack of endgame content, but that’s not the case with Rift — yet.

I’m wondering if this game actually is as good as it seems. I lied when I said I didn’t log in though: I did try during the headstart, but the servers were full, and when I finally got past the queue I got greeted by a completely empty world due to 70,000+ latency. I’m guessing it’s fixed, but it kind of cooled me off for this game, despite it apparently being good.

So what are your thoughts on Rift, are you having fun or not? Can you see yourself playing this game 6 months from now, or will you move on to SWTOR or whatever else comes first?