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#2351893 Will you play again?

Posted Haggus on 23 February 2015 - 11:03 PM

View Postilr, on 21 February 2015 - 10:03 PM, said:

I'm thinking no...  And it hurts to say that b/c Maguuma was my favorite zone in Gw1.   And what they're saying about Combat itself and how they're tentatively admitting that they completely DESTROYED the depth that Gw1's combat had ... is an important first step. But I completely do not trust them anymore to actually listen to the hard-cases in the community to fix any of it.   All they want to listen to anymore is the Fanboy Whale minority who would be happy with whatever they did anyway.  It's not like the days of Gw1 where you could (still today even: go all the way back in the Dev's archives of the Wiki and Guru to....) find them constantly working with the disenfranchised and hardcore audience to solve real issues.

Instead they had these heavily sanctioned little threads on their official forum where the Designers obviously just gave up not even 1/10th of the way into the discussions.  They've made it really clear time and again that they only want to do what they want to do and what they want to do is to never deal with any of the challenges ever again that made GW1 the complex game that it was.  They're simply not responsive.  They don't say what they're thinking.  They do everything they possibly can to avoid tackling real criticism. I see them now as being everything that's wrong with the new Overly-Politically-Correct Afraid-to-try-Anything-Dramatic WestCoast-Culture Cabal within the gaming industry that is passive-aggressively trying to take everything away that we loved about old-school gaming.  

It is impossible to trust them anymore b/c they made it abundantly clear that Transparency and Honesty are meaningless to them.  They embody the completely insular polarization and cronyism and corruption which is fueling the culture divide that the gaming community is at war with itself over right now.

Dude, you know we're talking about a GAME, right? Something you're supposed to do for fun.  Don't convert it into a treatise on society.  If you aren't having fun, fine.  Don't have a stroke giving a Rand Paul oration on the decline of gaming in America, as if people were dying because the devs didn't tell you what they were going to do.  

As for how great GW was...we seemed to remember the game differently.  IWAY, sabway, 6 shouting paragons and two healing monks owning Mallyx; "GTFO if not a barage-pet ranger" in Urgoz Warren; "LFG Healz" and "Show me your bar" the top two phrases uttered for missions; URSAN BLESSING!!!!.  SHADOW FORM!!!!!11!!!1!  These are just some of the tard moments that sprouted up in my mind.  Not the land of milk and honey you think it was. Oh, and all instanced with no y-axis or ability to cross bodies of f'ing water!
I won't even get into the ranger running like he had a stick up his butt.

#2354290 Stackable items suddenly unstackable?

Posted Thorfinnr on 06 April 2015 - 07:34 PM

Official response was this same work-around. The only thing it did not let stack are the LvL-20 scrolls from the first and second b-days...so who knows if that will veer get fixed...i did specifically list hat in my last update to my ticket...so we'll see...:)

#2354107 PC for GW2 ~1000€, advice?

Posted Quaker on 03 April 2015 - 01:36 PM

Well then, like I said, an Intel i5-4460 and a GTX-960 :)

I don't see any problems. Make sure the RAM is 1.5v (not 1.65v).

#2350720 Whats Your Magic In Guild Wars 2

Posted I post stuff on 13 February 2015 - 07:36 PM

View PostAlexei Hart, on 13 February 2015 - 04:23 PM, said:

It's interesting, this is pretty much the inverse of the experience that I had with the two communities over the course of playing the game.

I got started around the time that EOTN came out, when the meta was already in place but still open to new theories as new skills were discovered or rebalanced. Everyone was excited about the game and about finding the best ways to play and succeed, and this was necessary because the content was difficult and you couldn't win with just any strategy, or lack there of.

Because of good replayability, the winning strategies became commonplace and cemented for each location. But I didn't have the experience of gtfo if you don't know what you're doing. People were helpful and instructive.

In GW2, it is a foregone conclusion that Zerker wins all, and there is neither the diversity nor difficulty needed to break people away from that. There is no discussion about strategy or anything related to talent in the game, except in few-and-far apart cases like Teq and the old marionette. That said, when something goes wrong, chat does go in the direction of gtfo, probably because we're spoiled by constant success and easiness in this game.

On a related note, you're very right about the lack of sandbox. This game is desperately in need of more skills to play around with.
Welp, we had different amounts of luck when it came to guilds then. Any decent guild I ever joined kicked players for messing up once or twice during runs. You really had to work hard to gain good enough reputation to get away with an occasional derp moment or a disconnect.

The instructions I saw being given out were always along the lines of "Go to that corner" followed by something along the lines of "... Seriously?". PvP was straight up never mess up or gtfo/sit in the sister guild forever. This was before YouTube was filled with guides for everything too. Basically people expected you to learn quickly on the go or leave.

If you talk about lesser guilds then yes, they were more noob friendly but also failed a lot. I joined them to learn how to do certain speedruns, then migrated to more HC guilds which had high success rate.

I agree that people rage in global chat in this game occasionally, especially during summer/weekends when the school kids are active but consider this, most things in this game boil down to not standing in a circle or not damaging a clearly visible mob that takes long enough time to kill to realise that a 100 people are shouting at you in all the languages imaginable. Either that or there is a guy on TS giving a detailed explanation about how things are done i.e. wurms.

As for dungeons and fractals I never saw anyone rage, and I did all of them daily. People didnt mind showing where to stand, where to go, when to damage, dodge etc. In fact this is how I learnt dungeons.

Another thing is that HC guilds are sort of pointless in this game and boil down to a constant pissing contest involving legendaries, because frankly there's nothing else to a HC in this game. Large guild mission/WvW guilds are mature and overall fabulous. I was part of quite a few SFR ones, enjoyed the TS and the fact that the average age was above 25 with minimal drama in the chat.

This game is just super chill, nobody gives a ♥♥♥♥ hence good community.

#2353354 Axe/Mace DPS Build for Dungeons and Fractals - 04/15/14

Posted Nikephoros on 18 March 2015 - 01:18 PM

Just an update for anyone who still reads this.  Going to have an updated guide soon, since I basically broke the warrior meta.

#2353066 Defragging Issues / Lagging in-game

Posted Quaker on 13 March 2015 - 02:09 PM

First of all, stop de-fragging so often. I don't know where you got the idea of de-frag ever week, but it probably does more harm through wear and tear than any benefit. Only if your HDD is seriously fragmented would you even notice any slow down - and slow down in file access is the only real problem with a fragmented drive. A heavily fragmented drive (and having gw2.exe split into 2 parts barely counts as fragmented) would not affect game performance - it would only affect level load times. It certainly wouldn't cause GW2 to crash.

From the sound of what you say, it's most likely that your computer is over-heating. Open it up and clean the dust out - particularly off the CPU and video card.. While it's open, power it up and make sure all fans are running properly.

Next, if that doesn't help, get into the BIOS/UEFI and "Load Defaults" to make sure nothing is running out of spec.

If it still doesn't work, report back with some info about your computer - particularly, what CPU and power supply (watts) you're using. (The crash report mentions 4Gigs of RAM and a 9500 GT video card).

#2352913 Graphics Issue! Please Help

Posted Quaker on 11 March 2015 - 03:18 PM

Well, it certainly looks like corrupted or missing files in your GW2 installation. Try running the launcher with the -repair or -image command.

Other than that, problems can arise due to conflicts with other drivers, so make sure all your drivers - audio, graphics, chipset, etc - are up to date.

Next after that would depend upon whether or not the graphics card works with other games. There could be problems with parts of the video card that only show up when 3D graphics are involved. That is, it could display a 2D desktop just fine, but crap out when using textures, etc, for 3D games.

#2352475 "Ultra Guardian" Support Guide - PvE & WvWvW

Posted OChunx on 03 March 2015 - 10:11 PM

View PostAge, on 03 March 2015 - 09:45 PM, said:

What is wrong with them tho. and already got fiery wrath in first slot?

Revenge of the Fallen creates a moral hazard problem. You never want to be downed, so why make it better for you to be downed and create that mindset that it's less bad? In essence, it's a wasted trait that isn't utilized most of the time for skilled players that don't get downed, creates bad incentives to be downed, and has a negligible effect even when you are downed.  

As for Radiant Retaliation, retaliation does very little damage overall and given the sources of damage for guardians, you would presumably have very little condition damage as well. I'm assuming the entire point of you taking this trait is to increase your damage, but let the math stand that Right Hand Strength provides magnitudes more damage than the poor scaling of retaliation's already poor base damage.

Finally, it should be stated that condition damage simply doesn't scale well on guardian because guardian has very little outlets to apply condition damage (no bleeds, no poison, no torment, no confusion). Because burning doesn't stack in intensity, the damage that burning can apply is extremely limited. Trading off going power for condition damage has no upsides because you aren't any safer either, you simply do less damage. So I would recommend changing both traits in the Virtues line as well.

#2352580 Mastery Spoilers

Posted kalendraf on 05 March 2015 - 05:26 PM

The Exalted may be a branch or faction of Mursaat.  Exalted could also be a new title the surviving Mursaat were bestowed by the descendents of the White Mantle.

#2351746 How are these traits?

Posted Nikephoros on 22 February 2015 - 12:47 PM

View PostAge, on 21 February 2015 - 09:59 PM, said:

I know but when those that were having a little problems in GW they got help from The Guru Monk forum.I reset my traits to the first set of Obal said but kept the skills the same.

People are happy to help, but I suppose its important to know what kind of help you're looking for.  If you want to have the best guardian build for pve, thats one thing.  If you want to roleplay a monk better, thats another.  If you're looking for weird mix of roleplay and effectiveness there isn't much advice anyone can give you because no one but you knows where the line of "acceptable" is in your head.

#2349022 Statistically irrevenant

Posted Satenia on 30 January 2015 - 08:24 PM

How can you choose stats at this point already even though there are no information about traits and skills available? Other than to continue your laughable anti-zerker crusade even though you are ignorant (or intentionally choose to ignore) basic game mechanisms?

#2351332 I’ve been playing GW2 wrong, and loving it.

Posted I post stuff on 19 February 2015 - 07:58 PM

How is what you run any different? You can take hits, don't need to know where to stack or what to cc. It's much easier if anything.

#2351158 How are these traits?

Posted Satenia on 18 February 2015 - 08:43 AM

About those Valor traits:

A degeneration decrease while downed doesn't look that much appealing to me. Why not trying to prevent it from happening? I would take SiN (IV) instead or even (I) if you really want to look into meditations, but I'll come to that in a moment.

Secondly, why mace mastery when you're using a sword and a scepter? Screenshot at least shows a scepter and the trait allocation suggests a sword.

Lastly, monk's focus with only one meditation skill and that one being the heal? If you are looking for more raw healing, I would simply take another healing skill? Or when traiting for meditation, at least take the corresponding adept trait and then place more meditation skills on the bar. Though I don't think they are overly great in the first place...

Personally, I would just drop most - if not all - of the valor line...

#2350277 How are these traits?

Posted Obal on 10 February 2015 - 02:09 AM

If you plan on keeping sword scepter go with this for general content where you need support.

4 - II, IX
6 - VI, X, XI
4 - VI, I or X or IX depending on what is needed for the content

If you don't need support from virtues master traits.

4 - II, IX
6 - VI, X, XI
2 - VI
2 -  I or VI if you need a lot of wall uptime for an event and flip it back when you don't

If you go with two 1h weapons then you can maximize dps by taking torch along with your focus.  Torch #4 does a lot of damage and you can work in 3 of them by the time both focus skills will be off cooldown so put it on whatever you use more often.

#2350354 How to talk to players in the game?

Posted Mystika on 11 February 2015 - 07:33 AM

Type /s for local, /p for party, /g for guild, /m for map. Right click a person's name to whisper and type /r to rely to a whisper. Welcome to GW2!