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Okay, usual disclaimers out of the way. A lot of people have critical things to say about IGN. They live on their knees for the big companies that pay their bills. I get that, and I agree.
Which makes this editorial all the more surprising. Really no way to finesse it. Even IGN, who makes a living off of being a sycophant to big game companies (glowing review for DA2 anyone?), and they can't spin it positively.
It also helps that they are pretty much dead on. Now some people will say "who cares, this isn't a pvp game!"
I say you should care. When an approach to PvP is done so sloppily, their QA standards aren't that high. The same bad decisions could just as well effect the PvE realm of things as well.
Bioware also made a bet: we know this is unbelievably broken, but hopefully people won't hit 50 in masses. By the time they do, we will have a fix. BAD IDEA. In today's youtube age, it only takes a few people to post a video and light up the gaming world with bad mechanics on display. Much as I used to love SWG, I honestly wonder if it could have survived the social media craze was as big now as it was in 2003, back when only a few college kids used facebook, and a tweet was an annoying sound some birds made.
Not to mention, number one rule of any MMO: grind is not an effective gate towards something. People will grind, and they will make mincemeat of your content.