It’s been a few days, so I suppose I should let you know that after months of writing about the SWTOR Community Cantinas, and why you should go, and what they are all about— I should tell you that the one here in Las Vegas is scheduled for Saturday, November 15th, a week later than originally anticipated.
I will definitely be attending since I live here (and at this point people are expecting me to be there). However, for me, it won’t be as fun or as great an event, because my SWTOR playing friends won’t be there with me. Quite a few purchased plane tickets way in advance (as they should have), because the prospective dates for the cantinas were announced earlier this year, and so far, BioWare has never deviated from these dates. This is why people thought they could trust BioWare with the dates that were still “subject to change.”
Unfortunately, three weeks before a cantina, in a city that is specifically a tourist destination (AKA people must make their travel plans well in advance to come here if they’re coming from far away), the date was changed. I’ve been to a few cantinas, and I know that one of the questions they ask the crowd is “Who traveled here the farthest?” I had looked forward to hearing the answer to this at the upcoming cantina.
I haven’t spent any money on traveling, but I have very close friends who did, and I feel that is an insult to me to disrespect my friends who went out of their way to attend this event. I’m not sure why the date was announced so late, because people plan and reserve things like weddings a year out. I think the planning should have been done for this earlier, so that BioWare could keep their word on the original date range.
Perhaps the issue here is putting too much trust in BioWare. Personally, I won’t make plans to attend another cantina in the future, and that is actually pretty unfortunate, as I am someone that did like to specifically travel for the Community Cantinas.
Honestly, this situation made me think that I cared too much about the game. It feels like having a boyfriend (SWTOR/BioWare) who is friends with all your friends (other SWTOR players, members of the community), and these friends applaud and enjoy the fact that you are together (me writing/podcasting about the game). Unfortunately he doesn’t care about you as much as you care about him. Even though you know he doesn’t give you enough attention, you still continue liking him because he has control over your heart and mind, and you think you’re happy with him, and once in a while he throws you a bone to make you think he cares. One day, he does something that is not completely reprehensible but is still pretty bad. And while you still like him, it’s hard to trust or support anything he does in the future because he broke what you thought was a promise. He makes you feel like you should apologize and forgive because it is your own fault for being a victim.
(I know that was a really weird analogy. But, don’t worry about me, I don’t actually have a boyfriend that is anything like what I just described!)
Anyway, if you are still going to Las Vegas during the original date range set for the cantina (November 7-9), you can join me and my friends at the Ootini Cantina on Saturday, November 8th organized by OotiniCast! More information about that will be announced later.