Some people just don't understand and I have no idea why. There were 3 kinds of people that bought GW2. The GW1 veterans like me, the casual players who were turned off by the gear grind of other MMOs (this is the majority), and the WoW fanboys that thought it looked cool. The WoW players quit instantly because they raced to the end and found it had no traditional "end-game". The GW1 vets never cared about end-game and just wanted to play the series they loved. The casual players (once again, the majority) took their time playing and enjoyed everything the game had to offer. Now, when ANet brings in a new tier of gear to keep the WoW slaves playing, they alienate the majority of their playerbase who only bought the game for the exact reason that there would be no gear grind. Is that entitlement? Absolutely not. Those casual players were promised a different, more casual, kind of MMO. Within 3 months of the game's launch, ANet already went back on that promise. I don't understand how anyone can even attempt to justify this.
All the finger pointing that has gone on since release has become irritating and is a virus to any MMO community itself. This is exactly why I don't have any urge to play GW2 lately even with the recent patch. Not b/c "omg grind" or b/c it's a gear treadmill, but because of the community who have their heads up their butts and are so stuck up about everything.
All I ever hear is "me me me" from casuals about this freakin game. Why does it have to be all about you? It's about everyone, the game isn't ONLY for casuals or ONLY for hardcore gamers. It's just frustrating to even read comments these days.
When you got ppl worried about joining guilds cuz they are scared everyone is an elitist and will force them to play a certain way you know their is a huge problem in mentality and understanding of MMOs in general. If you are so depraved that you think all MMOs are all boring grind and everyone is an elitist but you who play it then their is an issue with you, not the game.
If you know MMO gamers you know people don't nicely fit into categories like this. Not everyone is the same and don't all want the same things based on 2-3 categories of gamers. Not everyone is either hardcore or casual in fact their are many things between the 2 and many who fit into both categories at the same time. It disturbs me people actually believe this stuff and still want to assume they know everyone and everything about MMOs. I don't know everything about MMOs either but I know for a fact MMO gamers aren't the scum of the earth so many on these forums believe they are.
Not just the WoW players quit, many players who never played WoW quit as well. I had a group of people I became friends with and they all quit, none of them played WoW and none of them were all that hardcore players. Casuals don't always see the bright side of things, hell if you know about gaming you know casuals can also be the first to quit if something is relatively "too hard" or not their style.
If GW2 only focused on the casual audience then the game wouldn't last that long at all. Stop acting like they are the only audience that needs appealing to if they want this game to be successful.
Edited by Zero_Soulreaver, 17 November 2012 - 07:36 PM.