I know that there are plenty of posts about SWTOR, bioware, media-hype, marketing ploys, day-1 DLC, on and on and if I was Garrison Keillor or Martin Luther King in his "Letter from an Alabama Jail Cell" or whatever, I would wax eloquently about it all, and sum it up nicely. The world would cumulatively read my post on gamespot and we'd all hold hands and change. But since I'm really just lucky to have made it through another year, I will say this.
I tested SWTOR and didn't play it. I'm doing the free-to-play thing and do enjoy it. Does level 1 and 2 of a Sith Warrior compare to the melee combat action of the opening raid of Witcher 2? Hell, no. It's an MMO.
Was it insane to pump as much money as Lucas Arts / EA / Bioware did? Probably. Was the gaming community's visceral reaction to the game (WoW clone or whatever) completely over the top? Yes. It was.
It's a fun game. I am glad I have the option to play it. It makes me sad if they lose money on it. Being a gamer, I'd like them to do well.
Maybe we've all been trained to buy, buy, buy but reality has closed in on us and now we can't, can't, can't. Rather than save our money and not play SWTOR, we rail against it!
We love games so much that we crucify developers who didn't sleep from 2008 to 2010 to bring us "Kotor 3 to 8". But then we "Like" on Facebook a game critic like Yahtzee Croshaw who excoriates every game he touches (which at first is refreshing but) then tells you how the d-mn trilogy will end right there in his review (not fine/bordering on do*chbaggy.)
SWTOR is a good game. Perhaps the MMO pay as you go model doesn't work in a down economy when we all have a boatload of free multiplayer games all over our PCs.
Update: Correction...I may have spoke up a little too soon on this. I didn't buy it after beta and still haven't spent any money or even been playing it passed a very early level. Combat does feel dated I realized after unlocking more powers. When I'm wrong, I admit I'm wrong. I feel better now.