As much as we all believe the story of Star Wars to be concluded (Who really believes that?  Come now.) in 2005 with the release of Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (The title of which makes no sense, but don’t get me started on that.) thus closing the story and journey of Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader, that film only did end one small bit of the universe for all of us fans.

                Since then, there have been dozens of video game releases and novelizations covering more of the Expanded Universe (I believe Beatrice Blythe likes to call that Glorified Fan Fiction, which is exactly what it is, but no one seems to care anyway.) not to mention the plethora of fan fiction that has been published and spread all over the Internet. 

                There is one story, however, that I would like to address, and maybe rant about because it is worthy of more than just yet another online Jedi fighting game.  Yes, I am finally discussing something about Star Wars.  Imagine that.

                The game I’m talking about is a new one that is not due to come out for a little while yet.  For PC it isn’t due out until January of 2010 and I believe that is just a guesstimate.  The game is Star Wars: The Old Republic not to be confused with Knights of the Old Republic, of course. 

                Now I’m not a gamer, I’m a writer.  I enjoy games when I get the chance to play them.  Whenever my brother comes over to visit he brings his Xbox and we get to play Halo or Soul Caliber IV and we beat the crap out of each other with gravity hammers or mad kung fu skills.  That is the extent of my gaming abilities.  I’m sure if I spent more money and more time I would be quite the addicted proficient, which is why it is probably a good thing that I don’t.

                I am only discussing The Old Republic because A) It is Star Wars to which I am a dedicated fan no matter how much George Lucas tries to disappoint me; and  B) Last night my brothers showed me the trailer to this game and had I been wearing socks at the time it would have knocked them off!

                The Old Republic is the mother of all prequels.  It deals with the story of the Jedi and Sith wars, which, according to the history, the Sith would have won, most likely if they had not ended up destroying themselves in the end.  That is when the whole “Always two, there are.  A master and an apprentice.” thing came into play.

                As for the game itself, I would play it.  It looks fantastically awesome!  But I don’t know a lot about game play, environments and things to judge any game properly.  That is why another one of our lovely staff will most likely take on reviewing the actual game when it comes out. 

                What I would like to address is my slight irritation with Lucasfilm for this.  This story has the potential to be one of the coolest, and most awesome stories portrayed in the Star Wars ‘verse.  It is before Obi-Wan and Yoda, before Palpatine and his plot to take over the galaxy.  In fact, it is the basis for the original story of the films.

                So basically, we’re dealing with a story that has the potential to be more mind blowing than any previous Star Wars film.  (Well, I can’t really compare anything to what the audiences experienced when A New Hope was first released.  But you know what I mean!)  And yet, what do we get?  Another online game.

                This story would be able to create an entirely new Star Wars trilogy of films that would bring in new fans and that the old fans would definitely go see because it is telling another story in the universe that we already know but would LOVE to see!  With none of the original characters to tinker around with, it would be completely fresh, new, and AWESOME!

                I suppose that’s why I have a beef with this game.  The story is one of the coolest stories in sci-fi and yet only some will get to take part in it.  As I said to my brothers last night, I suppose we will have to wait until George dies and then you can bet your butt that I’ll be starting on screen plays or whipping out ones I’ve already written!  Just the idea of seeing something like this in the format of a film makes my head figuratively explode.  Some may disagree.  I know many have said that they’re sick of Star Wars movies and want to move on to other things but this would be so different that it would SEEM like a new thing – like the Star Trek revival of sorts. 

                The Old Republic looks like a good game but it would be so much more fun as an epic movie.  Especially, if George was credited as only a consultant on it.  I simply hate watching the idea of a good story not be brought up to its full potential.  Perhaps I’m being a little too wishful and nostalgic but that’s all I’m trying to say.