The Academy -“How to Take Great Screenshots and Videos”

It’s time for another episode of The Academy and Swtorista covers a great topic this time: How to Take Great Screenshots and Videos. Gamers love visuals. You can also see that from all the videos and pics we share here on the site and on our Facebook page. If you want to learn more about how to take screenshots and video from the game, how to share them, and even how to edit them to make them look better then this video is the one for you. It’s under five minutes long and as usual, she does a great job of laying it all out for you so you can easily give it a try for yourself. If you really want to learn how to take awesome screenshots, you should also read her screenshot guide. There are so many great places within the game to take pictures, find awesome backgrounds for…

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The Academy – “How to Transition to Preferred and Tips for Playing Preferred”

You know how we like The Academy around here if you’re a regular visitor. We’ve been writing about episodes since the series began. Swtorista is doing a great job of teaching new people about the game and even bringing more interest into the game for existing players. It’s very well done and we love that each episode is available on YouTube to make it very easy to view and listen. If you’re not familiar with The Academy, it’s basically a series of videos that started with a podcast that all explain aspects of SWTOR, with new players in mind. Although it has new players in mind, all of the videos are good review for people who have been playing for some time and they’re also great if you are a veteran player who wants to help a new friend, or invite a friend or family member to play. If someone…

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The Academy: How Does the Chat System Work?

“How does SWTOR chat work? Chat channels, group, operations chat and lots of tips and tricks to make chat more enjoyable.” Here in the latest episode of The Academy, we can learn more about how the chat system works in SWTOR. We’ve talked at length before at how awesome The Academy videos are for new players and even as refreshers for existing and veteran players. Here’s a great one that goes over all the chat system functions for you. How do whispers work? How can you reply to a whisper? How do you change the channel you are typing in? What chat options are available to you? There’s more to it than just how to talk to people, or which chats you see. It also talks about ignoring other players, how ignore works, and more. It’s important to note that if you ignore someone, you won’t get grouped up with…

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SWTOR: The Academy, Ep 15 – “Codes & Creeds”

It’s that time again – time for another episode of The Academy. This one, episode 15, will tell you all about codes and creeds. There are many codes and creeds in the Star Wars universe so you will also see them throughout SWTOR. One of the first you will hear in the game is the Jedi Code: There is no death, there is only the Force.  There is no emotion, there is peace. There is no ignorance, there is knowledge. There is no passion, there is serenity. There is no chaos, there is harmony. There is no death, there is the Force. They then go on to tell you the code of the Sith, which is basically the opposite of the Jedi Code. Peace is a lie, there is only passion. Through passion, I gain strength. Through strength, I gain power. Through power, I gain victory. Through victory, my chains…

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The Academy, Ep 12 – “How Do Conquests Work?

So you want to know how conquests work? The latest episode of The Academy has got you covered! Created by SWTORISTA on request of the viewers, we have Episode 12: How Do Conquests Work?  If you’re new to the game or have a friend or family member who has just started playing, this is an invaluable tool to helping you understand all the ins and outs of SWTOR. As we have already said before when covering these episodes of The Academy, they’re great for new players but even existing players who know this info can find them entertaining. They’re really well done and entertaining. They might also provide you with a refresher if it’s been awhile since you were a new player. Even if you don’t personally find them helpful, you need to know these videos exist. You can share them to other new players or just help support Swtorista…

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The Academy Ep 10 & 11 -“Gearing and Stat Optimization in 4.0”

Gearing and stats can be a confusing concept to a new player. This is just one more great benefit to follow The Academy series from swtorista. In the latest episodes, 10 and 11, she talks to us about these specific points. These are great episodes that delve more deeply into important aspects of enjoying SWTOR. If you know someone who is new to the game, or thinking of picking up SWTOR, we highly recommend you point them in the direction of the Academy. Even if you’ve been playing for a long time, you might still appreciate these videos so go ahead and give them a watch/listen.  Here’s what these two episodes are all about. Gearing up your character can be one of the most daunting tasks in the game. The first half of this episode talks about how to mod your gear, and the second half talks about stat optimization…

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The Academy, Ep 5 -“How Do Companions Work?”

Another episode of The Academy is out and this time we get to learn about companions. I’ve told you before how  much I love these videos. They are actually recorded from a podcast and then set to video which is why especially in the first few, you also hear another voice talking with her or saying “mhmm” now and then. But anyway, they are really great, useful videos for anyone new to the game. If you have a friend or family member you’ve been trying to get into the game, or someone you know who has just started to play SWTOR, you definitely want to turn them on to these videos. So here in Episode 5, Swtorista talks about one of the most unique features of SWTOR – the companion system. Companions can do a lot for you in SWTOR but if  you’re new to the game, you might have…

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The Academy, Ep 4 – “Which Class Should I Play?”

We told you about this upcoming episode of The Academy and it’s a good one, especially for new players (the intended audience). This one is all about what class you should play. So if you’re new to the game, or know someone who is, this is a great video to watch before picking your class. The real bottom line is that every class is unique and good in its own way, so there really are no right and wrong choices. However, the class you choose when you’re just starting out may affect how you appreciate the game and if you want to stick with it long term. Different people have different player styles. What works for one person may not work for another.  If you try one class and you’re just not feeling it, it’s easy to just make a new character. We agree with Swtorista that you should try…

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The Academy Ep 3 Tells Us How Hardmode Flashpoints and Operations Work

Swtorista has a new episode of The Academy out for your viewing. This is the third video in the series that is a part of her being a guest on Ootinicast’s weekly podcast. It’s all about roles and ops and will cover all the basics you need to know about doing these group events in SWTOR. It’s simple and straightforward and it contains all the basics you need to know. In the interest of keeping it short, she doesn’t go fully into details of everything but it’s definitely a great foundation. “I want to do a hardmode flashpoint or operation. How do they work?” The Academy is a series focused on the basics of SWTOR. If you want to listen to more, tune in to Ootinicast’s latest episodes. She says the next video will be about class and which one you should play. And next they will be recording one…

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The Academy: How to Make Your Character Look Cool in SWTOR

There are many reasons to love MMORPGs and SWTOR has all of these features packed into one great Star Wars themed game. Of these, character customization is an important one. Sure, there are many other important elements, such as those that affect gameplay, but when it comes down to it, looking cool is important to many players. When you’re rolling characters in a role playing game, there is usually a part of you that wants to get into the character you’re playing. You want your character to reflect parts of your personality or of the personality you are role playing. Now if you want to learn how to make your character in SWTOR look cool, this great video from SWTORista’s Academy series will help you. In the video they explain the outfit designer, which is a pretty cool feature. I remember when WoW first got a feature like this. It…

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