When I created my beta toon, I didn't put a whole lot of thought into it. I've spent gobs of time with character creators before, and SWTOR's isn't revolutionary. I simply picked the green dude because the Muppet movie was coming out and I wanted to repeat "it's not easy being green" in my head several times. I found it quite hilarious in my own little world.
Color me surprised, then, when I felt a pang of loss when I considered that the character was being deleted. I had grown quite fond of the horribly green Luke Skywalker clone (seriously, I did the hair, too). Furthermore, I felt a bit sad that my sexy smuggler was getting wiped as well, and I'd only played her to level 2. What the hey-diddle-diddle? I'm no stranger to character attachment, but so soon?
Spinks touched on it along with some beta notes here:
"My overall impression is that the story emphasis has a much bigger effect on how involved players get with their characters than I first thought."Exactly! The voices. The attitudes. I just got a little taste and I was sad to see them go. On the flip side, had I rolled a completely annoying character, I might have been ready to nuke him/her into oblivion. I assume the lightsaber cuts both ways.
I also found some fair criticism from Gordon at We Fly Spitfires here. Just trying to be fair and balanced and all that. The game isn't perfect, and potential players should be aware of what they may or may not be buying into.
Finally, I wanted to give Targeter a proper shout out, since I know how he feels. It can be hard to face a game launch when you have high expectations, even when you've endeavored to keep them low. He's struggling with letting his secret (public) love fly. It's sort of like throwing a really juicy steak to a pack of rabid wolves after you've only had one bite. You know they're out there, and they're going to tear it to pieces. Plus, filet is really wasted on the lupine palate, isn't it? Hopefully there's enough meat to go around and the flavor holds up.
That about rounds up my last beta thoughts. Now comes the hard part: being patient for release. I even have a single vacation day that I saved all year so I could binge properly on the first day. (Not that anyone here would scoff at such a practice, but seriously it's the only "me" day I've taken this year. And we should all get at least one "me" day, shouldn't we?) Until then, remember that impatience leads to frustration, frustration to fear, fear to anger, anger to the Dark Side. Isn't that how it goes?