On a side note, this whole "50$ is the industry standard for expansions" argument leaves me baffled. I could spit on a bun and tell you that industry standard for burger is about $10, because that's what Red Robin sells them for, but I'd hope nobody would hand me $10. Not saying that HoT is that lacking, but I haven't seen anyone demonstrate that it is equivalent to a Blizzard expansion either. So the whole "industry standard" line of reason doesn't hold water. There's two sides of the transaction there, and an industry standard price should be matched by an industry standard amount of content in the expansion.
The argument that bothers me more is that it's still "the best on the market". I think of it like a public restroom you walk into with several different stalls, but each of the toilets are filled with urine and fecal matter that people can't flush away because only the janitors can do that. GW2 is like the stall with the least putrid bowl, the least amount of toilet paper on the ground, the least amount of splashed bile on the seat and rim, and the least sticky floor, and HoT is like an air freshener that the janitor tossed into the bowl instead of plugging it in.
Maybe it's the best stall you can go to, but you're still way better off holding it in and finding another bathroom. Some people still prefer to be controlled by their overactive bladder than get medicine for it.
I hope the forum outrage is reflected in pre-purchase sales.
Are you kidding? I expect the number of people who complain about or "question" the value of the purchase and buy any pre-order to be tremendous. ANet is no stranger to talking one way and acting another, or doing things whose effects are totally opposite from their perceived or claimed intentions, and their fanbase is riddled with people who exhibit the same behavior.
If you drop a medic, doctor, or a preacher into a battlefield, they will most likely help out those in need of care. It's not important if they agree on the conflict. What's important is for those who are innocent or promote peace to be protected.
I think Ventari would support the effort to restore peace, especially to save the maguuma jungle.
Ventari was neither medic nor doctor. The manner by which he promoted peace was his own pacifism and encouraging others to be pacifists, though he recognized the human race as being one "not capable of anything but war". When he was asked to help in the fight against the White Mantle, he refused to take either side. If instead he had acted in accordance with how he is portrayed as a revenant legend, he would have gone out and either subdued the White Mantle enemies himself or provided healing and protective assistance to those who would subdue the White Mantle, assuming that the Shining Blade are even those with whom he would have aligned himself.
The new lore of peace-through-power and the old lore of peace-through-pacifism do not match. The "effort to restore peace" is a simply war of the five major races against the dragons, and old Ventari would have had no part in that. If Ventari were alive to do anything today, he would most likely be stricken with immense grief for cultivating a whole race whose purpose were to be the minions of a war-hungry dragon.