First time poster here. Been listening for a good while now.
First with regard to the forum assault. I have seen the Tor forums get nasty over the almost 2 years since I joined to the point I barely read any thread except for the Dev posts and weekly update. The amount of hate and bile I see coming from the forums is staggering. I do enjoy the fact that there are still some threads that are troll free. http://www.swtor.com/community/showthread.php?t=144462
is 1 example. Yes its a shameless plug for a thread I co-wrote but it also encompasses your discussion on PVP. Yes the flaws with this idea is the lack of a 3rd faction that makes this style so exciting and rewarding. But even with a 2 faction system the idea that this idea is fluid, not guard camping like in WAR, and not instanced, timed like we see in WOW, on the PVE servers would feed the hunger of all the PVP junkies.
Anyway I like the fact that Bioware does not want to take the WOW members away, that might lend itself to a better in game community as well, or the way BW is doing the game, I am hoping will not make the game a gear centric Epeen fest like WOW. Now yes I KNOW there will be gear upgrades in this game. All MMO, for the most part, have some form of gear progression, whether it be implants that make you stronger like we see in Anarchy Online, or other games where you get gear for rewards from quests or playermade. Also as long as the highest gear isn't given out for free like we saw in WOTLK then we should see less people running around being D-bags about the whole thing. I have been playing these kinds of games since 2001/2002 shortly after DAOC launched.
I am by no means a leet player. I am the guy who is normally playing catch up, level and gearwise. 1 thing I do well tho is play my role in the group, whether it be tank, healer, or dps. So the remark about the guy who asks others why they can't play their character right or learned their character is not really trolling or leetist in nature I think. If more people knew their rolls and how their power output worked we wouldn't have a need for the extreme amounts of mods we see in WOW today with regards to DPS meters or threat meters. So I see that as being a good thing knowing how to play your character and have had no problems in the past booting people or seeing people booted or being booted myself for an off night, or just not playing their character correct and pulling mobs off the tank or being the tank and not being able to hold aggro.
But I am old school and have been told for a while to take my rose tinted glasses off. That I am a dinosaur...etc I just laugh and rock in my chair and remember when MMO were all niche and not spoon fed.
Anyway I enjoy the show. Keep it up and make more episodes.