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 really think this little upcoming MMORPG from Bioware you’re surely heard about called Star Wars: The Old Republic is going to fail. Here’s why…

It’s too early to speculate whether it’ll be a good game or not. We don’t even know the release date yet: supposedly sometime this year. My guess is October or November, but who knows. Bioware is probably under a lot of pressure to release it anyway so I doubt the release date will be pushed back even further, but you never know.

Since the game is in closed beta (again, without any word when open beta might actually begin) it’s hard to tell whether it’s even good or not. We’ve all watched the gameplay videos and whatnot but they can’t really tell you whether you’ll be enjoying the game or not. So that’s yet another thing we’ll have to wait and see.

But, the reason why I think SWTOR will fail is because everyone and their grandma expects this to be the best game ever. As you can guess from what I wrote in the above two paragraphs, we basically don’t know shit about SWTOR. We don’t know much about the classes, ships, combat, instances, crafting, and the most important thing, endgame content. (In)frequent nuggets of info we do get are all from the official channels, therefore they hardly tell the whole story.

A lot of MMORPGs failed because players had too high expectations, and the same thing IS happening with SWTOR. We both know you’ll buy the game regardless, but buying does not equal subscribing. Kick it down a notch people, this game won’t kill WoW. It might be good, but if you expect a miracle you’ll be in for a nasty surprise.