I cant help but feel a bit annoyed when I go through this thread. Partly because I myself hope to one day be a game developer but then its clear that people just arent willing to be open to ideas.
I see people talk about legendary and ascended and being confused about legendary stats being upgraded to ascended when they said ascended was the mid way tier. What they mean by this is that, right now in GW2, one can acquire a full set of exotics incredibly easy, there is no denying this, I max geared in 5 days and yet even with my same pace I never even managed to max gear in swtor or Tera over the course of a month and more. GW2 gave exactly what it promised, easily acquirable gear to keep everybody on the same playing field. We have spvp which gives you free access to EVERYTHING, and anything you need for WvW is attainable in a time span under 20 hours which is nothing.
They realized that the crowd who enjoys pve couldnt acquire legendaries because they were just too far up there, so they needed to give an intermediate GOAL. Not an intermediate stat tier, as ascended will indeed be the highest it can be. Fact is a ton of players complained about a lack of goals aside from skins, so they put an one additional tier of gear because by their own metrics they felt the need to do so.
My question is, what is the damn problem? They said there will be no more tiers and this will be all they introduce. They said it will eventually be attainable through WvW, and they have plenty of time to implement that because the ascended "armor" is not going to be in the game yet and may very well take over a month to implement. So there is no gear treadmill, and you arent being forced to pve.
All I can conclude is one single complaint left. That those of you who feel like you are a loyal fanbase feel betrayed. But by what exactly? Did you not have to work for your exotic tier gear in the first place? I know what the answer will be, it will be, "yes I did but I was told this was enough and now they have made my efforts redundant and useless".
Here is the simple answer, all this patch will make you do is have to put in a few more hours, maybe something along the lines of 10 hours, to acquire a few accessories and a back piece. You have done it before so surely you can do it again no? You all say you are a loyal fanbase, but you would be unwilling to put in a few hours to keep yourself competitive and continue your enjoyment for the game. Sure the small percentage of WvW players (maybe 50k out of 2 million purchases+) will have to put a small, minute amount more effort and in return Anet will be able to retain a larger playerbase, fuel drive for the cash shop, which will in turn fund this game so that you may all continue to get future content for FREE, not even in the form of a paid expansion.
Honestly Anet has given you everything they promised, there may have been bugs and short comings but they didnt cheat you out of something. Every game demands a small time investement to enjoy. When I first played LoL, I was told it was balanced pvp. Then I qued with my level 30 friend and I faced enemy laners who had runes which I didnt giving them early game advantage. So what did I do? I leveled up to 30 and bought the runes to compete. I put in that minimum effort and got it done so I could enjoy more in the future. I am sure you so called "dedicated" players can farm 1 set more of gear so that the game may sustain its playerbase, its a small sacrifice to support a company.
In the end it truly does concern me how difficult people are to please. But in the end what you do is your choice, no one will take that away from you and you are free to do as you please.
- Yours truly, somebody who played GW1 pvp for 6 years and is probably the biggest advocate of pvp on an even playing field.
P.S to see what dedication means check here: http://www.teamquitt...p?f=128&t=31207
Player organized leagues 7 years after the release of the game. So please, dont tell me how you were dedicated players after playing 3 months lol
Edited by Jackiepro, 15 November 2012 - 02:10 AM.