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We all know the great stories about people gathering at the campfires in the wilderness of Tatooine. People who didn't knew each other, but came to be friends. The noob question that lead a veteran to befriend a novice. The waiting at the starport which people spent making funny emotes or cracking jokes.
My question is this: Was Pre-CU more social than other MMOs out there because everyone was not quest-crazy/group-crazy? Sure we had to grind a hell of alot, but we had the freedom to socialize at any given moment of our choosing. WoW, for instance, "locks" players - once you're grouped you are commited and can't wander off, raids are even more strict in this matter. It seems there is no time in "modern" MMOs to just sit down and have a friendly chat with the stranger that noticed your campfire or battle with a ferocious beast. I sorely miss Pre-CU not for the game mechanics as much as for the socialization that went on at that time. The spontaneous call to arms at AnchorHead, the funny jokes and friendly faces at the buff line in Coronet or just the friendly face beneath the twin suns of Tatooine *sigh* good times, good times