Do you even mean what the vocal minority is? The vocal minority is the small amount of players(from gw2 in this example) that want to express their opinions about the game on the forums. Often those are also the most critical users(whats the point of being critical without some1 to tell it). Point is, not everybody is going to like every update. If a WvW update comes out, PvE players are going to complain. If a pve update comes out, WvW'ers will start to complain. If a class gets toned down, people of that class will complain.
All the people that do that, are the vocal minority. That means you, me, and every1 else that is posting on this forum. And the difference between the vocal community and the actual community is huge. The normal GW2 player just wants to play the game. A new tier? Great, another feature. WvW update? cool lets do that again. They are not going to leave a game cus "QQ Anet broke their promise QQ", they will leave if they find the game getting boring or find something else to do. Just because the vocal community says something, doesnt mean its the general opinion(especially not on a fansite with a huge % of the communty comming from gw1)
TLDR: The vocal community is always going to complain about every update. Some more then others. Move on.
Just because we are vocal doesn't necessarily imply that all our views are only in the minority. As far as this ascended issue is concerned, I tend to think that most players in the game would agree with us and that we are a part of the vocal majority as far as this issue is concerned.
Again, instead of twisting words, if you don't believe our poll to be indicative, then feel free to supply your own evidence to support your view that most players in the game support ArenaNet's stance with the vertical progression and ascended gear grind. I am still waiting for that, from you.
If I do quit GW2, it won't be Anet driving me away,
It'll be this piss-poor community that's developing within the game.
Shit's dead because everyone would rather QQ about how the game isn't going in the direction they personally want than play it,
Honestly it's attitudes like this that make a "piss-poor community". You obviiously have some "u mad bro" issues and when it shows like this no one cares to deal with you. You are your own issue.
4) The holy trinity removal failed. I won't go into more detail.
I think this deserves more discussion than it has been getting. The absence of real tanks and healers hasn't broken the game completely, but I feel it has added absolutely nothing while taking away a lot of potential depth from what has turned out to be extremely bland and shallow PvE. I think the three roles simply belong in MMORPG combat and shouldn't be tampered too much with. If it isn't broken, don't try to fix it.
I lost all motivation to continue playing after I read the announcement that Arenanet will implement a new tier of gear with content gating mechanics, something they once looked down upon. I was pretty turned off by the ongoing rendering issue and the copious amounts of bugs in the game already, but the Ascended gear was the last straw. Honestly I just don't want to grind anymore, as I've done that enough to cover my character entirely in Exotics, and acquiring each Ascended piece seems like a pretty grindy process.
Now, I'm sure most of us knew Fractals of the Mist will turn much of Tyria into a barren wasteland as well as poison and divide the community, and I wondered whether Arenanet had these in mind as well before they implement the dungeon (and if they did, then they totally deserve to lose even more customers). Seeing that Arenanet didn't even bother to acknowledge the Ascended gear fiasco in their recent blog, I've lost all my faith in them, and thus I don't think I'll ever come back to the game or purchase their future expansions.
The game has died. They broke their manifesto, broke the "when it's ready" mantra and delivered a sub-par product. The only people that are left are playing because it has no sub. If it had one the game would be closing servers in a few months...
In beta weekends I found this charge to severly handicap my ability to solo areas beyond starting areas. They have reduced the cost for both of these at earlier levels so, at launch, I was willing to give it a chance to grow on me. But now that I am lvl 80 it is again too much. And before you WoW players chime in and say how much more it costs in that game for these two usless expenses, I have never played any MMO but Guildwars... and I expect there is a reason for that.
I work for 8 hrs per day so I can have a house and feed my wife and kids. I love my family and enjoy my house. In a fantasy world I would pay my mortgage, put food on the table and then have the rest of my money to use for hobbies, go on vacation, drugs, hookers... whatever I decide to spend it on. But in reality I have to pay taxes, pay for gas to and from work and pay insurance on my car and my house. I also have to pay a monthly charge on natural gas and electricity in addition to what I use (I live in Canada so I can't just cut it off and not use any).
The point is I get far to much reality in real life. I have yet to find a person that says they enjoy these extra burdens placed on us players. Sure there are those that say they are use to it and have learned to manage their funds but as I play this game more, this involuntary spending of my cash is going to be what drives me back to GW1.
I have my share of usless drops and lagged events but I can easily get past those. I Don't understand how other ex-Guildwars players don't rip Anet a new one for putting so much effort into taking the best aspects of all games on the market but failing to bring along one of the greatest things about their own game and, in fact, draging such a negative function into this game simply because all the other games do it.
Paying for travel and repairing armor sucks. If it wasn't for this I would love this game. I hope people don't reply to this with ways around these chagres like the travel to Lion's Arch through the mists trick or easy places to farm where you don't die. I am against ANY charge for travel and armor repair. It really hurts those of us that like to choose what we spend our money on.
There will be future upgrades in an upcoming patch (dunno when, maybe 15th?) that will require Politics lvl5. In our Guild we upgraded it just now, after finishing what we needed, as it gives nothing at the given point.
So, there is no reason to upgrade it now, but someday there will be some upgrades that require it.
IMO Anet should introduce a new mechanic into the game instead.
Dont ban botters!
Instead, whenever a botter has been identified, move their characters to the arena in the Black Citadel with no way out. Just place them there, permanently. The only respawn point they have access to is in the middle of the arena. And they would all be PvP flagged against each other.
Yep, I am unable to edit rank permissions, MOTD, ect. The buttons to edit these fields are currently greyed out and un-editable even though I am the guild leader. I also have a bank guild sitting here, and when I switch to representing that, I cannot change anything in that guild either.
I like not being "addicted" to an MMO and never feeling as if I NEED to keep playing or Im doing it wrong. The game designers arnt trying to stress me out, plunder my wallet, or make me feel like Im a bad player because I dont sink hours into the game. Its refreshing.
That said I can see where the OP is coming from, even if I disagree that GW2 needs that kind of stuff. So many games these days use the 'carrot on a stick' to keep people playing, much like a casino or slot machines, that many people just cant think on their own terms. I think with GW2 you need to set your own goals, and you should be happy when you achieve them for your own sake and not because the game pats you on the back for it. IMO.
Edit: Like earlier today I saw someone saying hes never running CM again because he didnt get as much XP/hour as he did in AC, and so he didnt have fun. Different strokes sure, but I think he missed the point and wont be playing GW2 for very long. I dont think that if you dont like GW2 you should just leave... but I also do not mind the majority of the more rancid WoW-hoppers leaving the game(not directed at the OP or anyone in particular, just generalizing).