If you play there during odd hours (e.g. weekdays afternoons or after midnight), you would notice a difference.
I'll concede that. That is true in any MMO. Its why most other MMOs put a 'server time' up on the listing.
PST, CST, EST, Europe, Oceana/Asia. Or whatever.
I think it's a mistake on ArenaNet's to not do this for GW2. They simply have "America's" and "that other big rock on the other side of the planet."
- Which means you can find -some- level of solution if your off-time is about 10-14 hours out of sync with your locale... but otherwise not so good.
In my last year of WoW, I paid to move 10+ characters around between my horde and alliance servers - moving horde server twice - due to time zone issues...
So I get this concern.
They should also label the two RP servers as such... it would help prevent a -LOT- of potential and a few already existing conflicts.
(My two server jump horde wise was due to joining the guild for 'The Daily Kos' - a progressive political blog - which was on an EST server. I'm PST. They were huge, and told me they had people online all the time. While true... WoW is predicated on raiding, and the problem with huge guilds is you still can't field more than a few raids due to management issues, and I was basically tank number 5 in a guild with 2 raids... (Its so nice that we don't have to manage raid rosters here, they were constant drama in WoW)).
My Alliance server jump... from a CST to PST server because even being 2 hours out of sync with the server, which was medium - locked me out of raiding as all I could find were groups starting while I was stuck in traffic on my way home from work. The simple switch to a 2 hour different peak time opened up a whole slew of new opportunities for me and for a few months revived my interest in WoW...
ArenaNet could solve a -LOT- of what I suspect will be growing issues by simple putting a 'timezone' stamp on all its servers that went into more detail than 'Amercia' and 'europe' - and put this one folk's login screens, before free transfers end.
Edited by Kichwas, 03 October 2012 - 09:18 PM.