Are you saying GW2 isn't a quality game or just could stand to improve its quality of customization and its depth?
Sad how? Anet didn't focus heavily on character customization it seems. I wish they did and hopefully they will, but the amount of effort directed towards improving a gameplay element dictates the end result. If an android developer went all out on character customization and anet didn't would that make anet a bad developer?
By what standard is GW2 "a complete failure"?
The comparison of the times you spent playing WoW and GW2 is an unfair and invalid comparison. First of all GW2 has been out for a few months and WoW for years making the comparison laughable from the get go, but beyond that the circumstances surrounding your willingness to play and your means are unaccounted for.
Shallow. Just shallow. Why do I have to compare it to any other game in order to conclude and state that the game has no depth or any interesting mechanics? It's not a contest. But fine: shallow compared to PS2 (PS2 has way more room for tactical play and character customization, has interesting mechanics, and it's a FPS for the love of God), shallow compared to Far Cry 3, shallow compared to WoW (although, once again, I stress that WoW is a real let down ever since WotLK), shallow compared to many other games too probably, GW2 really doesn't have much to offer.
I am saying GW2 isn't a quality game, yes. It's also regarding quality of customization and depth, it's very connected. If GW2 was to be redesigned in such a way that it allows much more customization, more skills, more in depth interesting mechanics - it would THEN be a quality game. Aren't those the important ingredients?
GW2 is a complete failure by my standards. After all, we can all judge only from our personal point of view. It might be awesome for you, I'm not arguing that.
The comparison of times between WoW and GW2 aren't tied to their existence. It's tied to the time they were able to hold my attention. WoW managed to do that from it's very release date to 2010. while GW2 lost me after 2 weeks. And GW2 was in advantage here, being that it's a much newer game and had all the time in this world to learn from other games, even from WoW. GW2 has INCOMPETENCE written all over it.