In a timely fashion, SWTOR Spy has come through for us all and churned out a talent calculator that reflects the PTS patch 2.0 changes. F2P players and subscribers alike can now start sharing Rise of the Hutt Cartel build speculations.
Cameron Tofer of Beamdog and Overhaul Games is offering up one copy of Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition (Mac OS X) on Beamdog to a random lucky winner who follows him on Twitter and retweets his giveaway message. See his Tweets Win giveaway page for more information. You have a little less than 3 more days to enter.
I noticed the other day that RendolpheGamer, who regularly posts Ranked Warzone match videos, is looking to start a PvP show on Youtube for Star Wars: The Old Republic. As someone who regularly plays ranked and unranked warzone brackets and open world PvP on multiple classes, he seems to have some insights to share about the state of the game. And with this show, he wants to feature highlights with interesting plays, instructive clips and more. Read More
Through the end of February, Walls360 is offering Mass Effect themed wall decals for 20% off with checkout code SHEPARD. They carry an assortment of decals featuring the iconic Shepards, Mass Effect logos, art prints, and comic book covers.
Imagine my excitement when I saw the announcement for the SWTOR Public Test Server Patch 2.0 release (Rise of the Hutt Cartel preview). Imagine my disappointment when I found out - after dealing with the usual launcher issues, downloading 20GB of PTS client data, and having one of my characters copied over to the PTS - that F2P players are ineligible to log into the "open" PTS server. I guess F2P players not being allowed to post in any of the official forums, including the PTS forum, should've been my first clue. Current guestimates peg the expansion/2.0 launch window anywhere between 5-8 weeks from now.
Although not specifically Mass Effect themed, this free two-minute track that composer Sam Hulick (Mass Effect soundtracks) uploaded as a holiday gift to his fans has just been reposted to Mediafire. Help him test out his new file sharing account by downloading "The Dark Corners of Space." Read More
The long-awaited Mac OS X port of Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition has finally gotten a release date, and it is February 22, 2013. It will initially be arriving at Beamdog, where you can already begin preloading the game, and coming soon to the Mac App Store. If you're a stickler for getting game patches as soon as they are released, history with both the Windows and iPad releases suggests that you should get the Beamdog version. There is always a delay in deploying updates through Apple's app stores due to the additional approval process. Steamplay for this title is highly unlikely right now, considering the publishing/updating situation with the current Steam version of the game, although never say never.
Amazon's PC digital downloads "Farewell to February" sale features the Mass Effect Trilogy with its lowest pricepoint thus far: $23.99 - 25% discount = $17.99. Use promo code CAGROCKS at checkout to apply the 25% discount, which will work on one qualifying game per customer, so make your purchase wisely.
FUNimation has the Blu-Ray/DVD combo bundle for the anime movie Mass Effect: Paragon Lost in its February Sale at Amazon listings for $18, which is an all time low price for the title. However, according to CamelCamelCamel, the stable price has been about $20 since September 2012, so you can probably imagine my confusion about whether or not this implies that the price will jump back up to list value (unlikely), or jump up at all (a possibility), at the end of the month.
Dragon Age 2 and Mass Effect 2 are a part of Newegg's current 50% off sale on select pc games - physical copy with free shipping. An additional $5 discount is available for both games when you use promo code BTEXVWM29, dropping the total price of each game to $5. (U.S. only) Thanks to seamoss@CAG for the deal info.
Here's another update to my Star Wars: The Old Republic Mirror Skills Translator. The biggest addition is an auto-suggest lookup box, which allows you type in a partial skill name or acronym and have it suggest abilities that match that phrase. Read More
The second installment of ticktockbebop's Controlz Sniper PvP video series showcases many of the things I love about a good SWTOR PvP video. Plenty of people have compiled highlight reels of their most glorious moments playing just about any class, but very few of them actually take the time to include commentary or annotations their videos, and thus teach by example. What a regular player like me wants to see - beyond the basics of gearing, specs, and stats talk - is a solid grasp of class gameplay mechanics and objective-oriented gameplay: ideas on how to use your class effectively to win a fight or match, especially against the odds and without a pocket healer. Read More