The GameSpot Star Wars: The Old Republic Holiday Special

GameSpot senior editor Kevin VanOrd invites you to join him throughout the holiday season as he plays Star Wars: The Old Republic.

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, Bea Arthur and Harrison Ford came together in two hours of television often referred to as the worst two hours of television ever broadcast.

Senior editor Kevin VanOrd has fortunately set his sights a bit higher. Over the holiday season, he will be live streaming his adventures in Star Wars: The Old Republic for your amusement. Visit this page to enjoy his exploits, chat with fellow Star Wars fans, and remind Kevin that those tentacles hanging from a Twi'lek's head are called lekku--you know, in case he forgets. Which he sometimes does.

Note: Broadcast will show previously recorded footage outside of normally scheduled live streams.

Watch live streaming video from gamespotkevinvanord at livestream.com

Star Wars: The Old Republic Live Stream Schedule

All times are Pacific Standard Time.
  • Wednesday, December 14: 7:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
  • Friday, December 16: 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 18: 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, December 20: 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Friday, December 23: 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 24: 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 25: 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 28: 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Friday, December 30: 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

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305 comments
harmonic01
harmonic01

Thanks for the stream. Was nice to get a look at republic side (Empire here). @TriumphantToad. I wish my experience was like you. I also ran in to nodes not working, enemies being right next to me but showing as out of range, combat sometimes not very responsive and animations are lagging behind actions (like cast animation starts half way through the cast). Cast animation doesn't seem like a big deal, but in a WZ I have a chance to interrupt and silence a player if I see him channeling something (someone not targeted). When animation comes in half way through the cast, I can't react as quickly. Sometimes WZ que isn't even working and just sends me to the character selection screen (rare, though). None of this break's the game, though, and I'm sure can be patched up.

TriumphantToad
TriumphantToad

I really enjoyed all the live streams. An awesome idea.

TriumphantToad
TriumphantToad

@iloveyourface I have honestly not encountered any technical problems at all...and I've played every day since launch.

Sorin14
Sorin14

really upset with this bought the game and now it says to do and a monthly subscription it says that when you buy the game you get 30 days of play but nothing that you need and the subscription crap

longestsprout
longestsprout

@iloveyourface You think it's typical for MMOS to have less technical problems than this at launch? These games are massive, if everyone went with a mentality similar to yours none of these games would ever launch. It's practically impossible to detect all the bugs and similar problems in a closed beta even if you have like 30000 beta testers. The circumstances between having that many players and about 350000 are very different. the fine tuning is usually done after the launch when there's exponentially much more players playing the game. This is probably one of the cleanest launches I've ever seen.

thereal-15-cent
thereal-15-cent

*Looks at the "Live Stream Schedule* Phew.... At least we don't have to worry that he didn't cover enough of the game before reviewing it!

iloveyourface
iloveyourface

this game deserves a 6.5, but it'll probably get an 8.0 - 8.5. too many technical problems. still should be in beta stage.

NidhoggII
NidhoggII

its been two weeks since the release of the game, and i just can't wait for the review anymore i want to buy the game so bad! i guess i will try to kill some time by attending at my school.....

ragnar320
ragnar320

hey for anyone who wants to know i asked kevin last week before new year about a review and he said early this week just fyi

R3NeGaDeAnGeL
R3NeGaDeAnGeL

I usually wait for a variety of reviews before purchasing a game, as being a poor college student makes me choosy with what I spend my money on. However, I just couldn't wait and bought this game anyways. I used to play WoW, but got bored of it and wanted to try something new. There are some balance issues, numerous bugs, and at times it does feel somewhat like a single player game(Mass Effect or KOTOR) since many worlds have a few "instances" of players, so you may not see a vast amount of people running around. However, the game is tremendously fun and I recommend it for anyone looking for something new and fresh. Making choices for each mission is perhaps the best aspect of the game, and it's fun to play an evil character(in my case).

rhcp199
rhcp199

Hmm January 3 and still no review, I didn't realize website video game reviewers work politician's hours.

SGollasch
SGollasch

@Kevin VanOrd Thanks a lot for your outstanding commentary and insights into the industry. Totally love it! Particularly your minute observations on instancing had a profound impact on our discussion of our own game design. This leads to one conclusion for a potential SWTOR design for PvP past lvl 50: a PvP war encompassing all planets in the game, at the same time open as well as highly structured and guided by a story by smart use of instancing. Battle flashs and crucial battle instances (tipping points) can provide the room to draw every player in, with the logical connection and transfer of successful/defeated players to other instances providing structure. Ranking can determine who participates in the most important battles. If Bioware doesn't already plan this, you could highlight this potential to them. Instancing can be used to realize different time lines (players progressing, e.g. the beginning story line) as well as the bleeding edge of the conflict that determines its outcome. Throw in resources, logistics, available space ships and a real war of attrition can span the galaxy. Hope for another live stream of SWTOR. Quantomas

Jtoon
Jtoon

What no review yet!!! Just joking. Thank you again for the live streams.

Albaficas
Albaficas

zami_pt see u in more than 3 years then.... If u think this game will go free in a year or two then KEEP DREAMING

petes114
petes114

just got this today...i played WoW for the trial n didnt like it but ive really got into this. how many people play just mmo's? it would be way cheaper if i did that perhaps i can do it with this, spent way to much money on games last year

bledsoe45sbc
bledsoe45sbc

agreed , how can they review before its completely played (or as much as you can )

GamerLegend10
GamerLegend10

@Kevin-V I actually dont mind waiting for reviews as i much prefer a well thought out review over something which has just been thrown out with little consideration (which would completely pointless). Besides you deserve your holiday as does everyone else. Hope you have had a great Christmas.

Gizmofather
Gizmofather

looks like time another MMO with just StarWars skin/mod on... meh. Like KoTOR multiplayer. Pass on...

Kevin-V
Kevin-V moderator staff

A review will come when it comes. GameSpot is still on holiday; I streamed over the holiday to provide some insight and entertainment prior to the review. We don't rush reviews. When I am prepared to pass on a verdict, I will.

zami_pt
zami_pt

I play! When become free....but by the streamings it is very good. Kev keep playing!

townsforever
townsforever

okay all this is really cool and I appreciate it. Now how about a review?

mdboomer
mdboomer

Quit the streaming and lets get a review.

CyberLips
CyberLips

it looks really good! but i'll have to buy a new pc because mine is getting old!:P

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DudeSomething

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desperadoxd
desperadoxd

Kevin, stream is working fine, keep playing!

Godkatana
Godkatana

this is the game y want to buy next year cause the force is strong in my pocket :D

Albaficas
Albaficas

march202002 go back to your 1 pixel game farmville..enjoy your hello kitty expansion

Albaficas
Albaficas

dg3215 my ship is working fine....dont have any issues yet

Albaficas
Albaficas

roganth try more wll you.... If u didnt play the game i suggest u to shut it kkthxbb

roganth
roganth

Doesn't even look particularly star warsy - looks like wow only more boringer.

kozzy1234
kozzy1234

Game is awesome, not been a fan of many mmo's but this is great.

dg3215
dg3215

Thought that I read something in known issues about queueing for pvp in your ship not working right but I could be wrong.

K-prince-X
K-prince-X

How do i get a livestream account :) ?

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

Sounds like he had too much Indian food....

alfaresalasmar
alfaresalasmar

@Zaazoue unfortunatlly the ps3 version of ffXIV will be released about a year from now!!!

Zaazoue
Zaazoue

when the hell is final fantasy xiv gonna be released for the ps3.. we've been waiting for a long time now :@

Elann2008
Elann2008

@maxguevera I don't think it's making anyone's GOTY list, although they do like the game. It's just that you have a game come out in the last month of the year.. of course people are going to feel incredibly excited about SWTOR and say GOTY... many said the same of Skyrim and look at it now.. almost forgotten. Let's face it... people have short attention spans and hype up most recent games, and GOTY that until something else comes up.

maxguevera
maxguevera

Looks like this game is being well received as it's already making people's 2011 game of the year lists.

Albaficas
Albaficas

Kevin u should do more streams like that lol its always a pleasure to watch u play and chat with us xd

Albaficas
Albaficas

Marctheflink i think they cancel it..