This argument is terrible. Considering that "Forumites" are the ONLY definitive representation of a games quality; many people who've never played, or prospect to play again will always go to a forum for the latest game information. They will then make their judgement.
Never state that point again, because it honestly makes you look completely unqualified to be a moderator, as well as even a basically trained debator.
Highly inflated opinion of oneself is not a good attribute for a serious debate either, y'know. Just because forum goers are visible does not mean they are the only voice by a longshot.
Forum numbers drop as games get older as it is. Just a nature of the beast. I can't really say for sure since I have no numbers or anything, but I would imagine forums drop at a faster rate than in game players does. Forumites aren't really the best representation of a game's players.
That being said, GW2's design lends itself to an ebb and flow of players and community interaction. The episodic content releases results in surges of activity. The game is alive for sure, but those surges are noticeable both on forums and in game. The megaserver makes it harder to see this than it used to be though.
All I'll say is that if you are skeptical, watch the video evidence.
Before we get started
A lot of people seem hate on Rangers, and this is most likely because of the average Longbow using Juvenile Brown Bear shitty pug that we all know and hate. When played correctly, Ranger is a ♥♥♥♥ing monster.
Sword - Primary DPS weapon. Very strong DPS, but it comes with a catch. You'll really have to practice to get used to the autoattack and the timing that the evades require.
Warhorn - Used for the Blast finisher, Fury, and Swiftness.
Axe - Primary supplement to Sword. Path of Scars is incredible.
Dagger - Swap to this if you need the evade from Dagger 4. Dagger 5 can also be used to aggro mobs from a distance. Swapping will also cancel your Sword chain, so you will get an evade on command. If you have high latency, this may not work as smoothly though.
Longbow - Yes, really. Lead off with Barrage and then Rapid Shot before swapping to Sword. DO NOT USE BEARS
Well, the feature pack is a bit disappointing, for sure, but it hasn't killed off my interest from playing. However, it is really sad to see how much of the community (at least at GW2Guru) has departed though. I really love this forum, but so many sections seem to have really died off since so many people have stopped playing.
Hopefully we see some meaningful addition in the future, but if there's not...well, EQ Next looks promising. =P
This is an example of explaining things in a way that best fits your bias instead of doing some research beforehand.
"I want to believe that GW2 is dead, therefore I'm going explain everything with GW2 is dead."
Back in GW1 days Guru was the main and only forum for the game. There were no official forums or GW2 subreddit, so if you wanted to discuss the game you had no choice but to use Guru. Your only alternative was PvXwiki if you were prepared to face tons of 4chan-esque autism. There was a nice site for guides too (forgot the name, they has a lightning shaped logo), but it closed down.
Right now there is a more accessible official forum and of course Reddit. I firmly believe that the former gives you STDs but Reddit is nice. Plus, there's Dulfy for the news, guides and tools.
That being said, Guru was always infamous for its long, pointless line by line arguments which digressed into topics completely unrelated to the thread. Given alternatives, I'm not at all surprised people don't post here much anymore.
I mean, when I made an account here there was a thread about Zerker gear that was dominated by an argument about what "cyclical argument" means. It went on for dozens of pages until the thread got nuked.
My primary criticism is that they're developing fluff changes to the game rather than tackle the bigger, more important projects. They're plucking the low hanging fruit.
I agree with you, but considering their team size is still 300, plus or minus five, and 20 people do LS, 20ish people do Feature packs, I cannot help but think some larger content is being worked on. SAB came out of nowhere, Fractals came out of nowhere, Southsun came out of nowhere.
Phineas Poe, on 30 August 2014 - 04:03 PM, said:
And it's not like re-designing fractal rewards so that you can buy weapon skins with relics is such a monumental task.
One of the developers on Reddit (I think?), claimed something as simple as a party votekick number change (in other words, kicking requires three or four players instead of two), was a big deal and was being worked on for the end of this year or 2015. With that in mind, the engine may be a bit more difficult to use than we think.
Change the CPU to a newer i5-4690K (it should be about the same price). For a cooler, a basic CM Hyper 212+ will get you all the overclock a Haswell can handle.
For best performance with the Haswell CPU you'll want a Z97 based motherboard, not a Z87
well if you like dungeons and raids, gw2 is absolutely terrible at these.
every dungeon there is some cheap tactic to use and most people just run through the dungeons, plus there are only 9 or so.
there is no end-game
Lies and slander. For one while there are nine dungeons total, each has at least four paths to take, leading to markedly different experiences. This makes for at least thirty-six different possible dungeon scenarios to play. As for end-game. No raids or endless gear progression treadmill, so if that is your narrow opinion of what counts as end-game than yeah, but obviously if there was nothing to do at max level nobody would be playing. So that is a boldfaced lie.