Reading Shintar's screenshot challenge about bugs made me think of bugs in Star Wars: the Old Republic in general. I only recognized a small portion of the (sometimes hilarious) bugs she mentioned. I could think of so many more... which made me feel like it's a wonder the game is still playable. That said, most bugs are innocent. These are my five 'favourite':
1) The leap bug
The top picture shows my guardian Ravalyn falling through the sky during the course of a Novare Coast warzone. People playing sentinels and guardians (or marauders and juggernauts for that matter) probably already know the dangerous combination of jumping and using the leap skill. I knew of its risks, but could not resist leaping to an opponent that was just out of line of sight without jumping. Instead, I fell endlessly through the sky and had to pay for it with my life (typing /stuck). Ah well, totally worth the surprising experience.
2) The chessboard Imperial fleet bug
Maybe you've already seen this picture: I posted it once before, because I was enthralled with the surrealistic view of this world-between-worlds. I ended up here instead of in the raid I was trying to get into. It looked much like a dream world: I could run around on this chessboard forever without getting anywhere. It is still the most visually appealing bug I've encountered so far.
3) The eyeless NPCs bug
Is it a twi'lek? Is it a killik?
This is one of the earliest bugs I encountered in the game. I was still leveling my first character, sage Ravanel, and this twi'lek quest giver looked like a killik to me, while she looked normal on Conrad's screen. It turned out to be a driver issue that I've since then solved. This was in 2012, so I don't know if this bug is still there, but I'll always remember the shock when I talked to this woman.
4) The no weapons bug
Do not step further or... I'll shoot you?
This is Conrad's vanguard after just logging in. He told me mostly scoundrels and operatives suffer from having invisible weapons. Figures I didn't know anything about it, playing those lightsaber classes all the time. I do, however, suffer occasionally from the opposite bug on my shadow: when I'm in stealth my lightsaber still shows. Well, that surely doesn't give away my location at all!
5) The edge of the world
Maybe not strictly speaking a bug, but at least something that was not meant to be seen by my eyes. While exploring I jumped on some rocks, following a path to what I naively hoped would be a datacron. Instead, I arrived to the edge of the world of Voss, with floating builders. It was tempting to jump into the void and see what it would lead to, but I was afraid my character would get stuck forever. Instead, I carefully jumped my way back into the normal, safe world.
I like blogging about bugsApparently. Doing a quick search on this blog, I found many more posts referring to bugs I've encountered in Star Wars through the years: some of them harmless, some of them irritating. I've added the label "Bugs" to them in case you'd want to see them all. Usually bugs are seen very negatively by players, some of them even leaving games because they get annoyed by them. I hope to have showed with this post that they sometimes bestow unique gaming experiences.
What is the most fun bug you've encountered in games?