Completely agree with this thread's overwhelming distaste for medium armour sets. I play human females and it's either trench coats or skin-tight skinshow which is too stodgy and/or too impractical. Some of the NPC town clothes look AMAZING and could make phenomenal armour sets if tweaked a little bit. I mourn a game where the NPCs look better than I do and there's no way for me to change it.
I know this is supposed to be armour - I fail to see how trench coats make better armour than a nice, tight-fitting, studded breastplate and greaves or gauntlets, but for crying out loud, ArenaNet. Make some cool-looking, well-designed CLOTHES and then armour them up a little. Please!
3. Free-aim, either cursor or center-crosshair target (like Combat Mod).
iii) Something this game bafflingly lacks. ANet touts dynamic and fast paced combat and you can't even aim your skills where you want to. Combat Mod achieved this, sort of, so we know it's easily within the games capabilities. Currently if you see a Thief stealth you think, right, I'll use a skill like [Poison Volley] or [Split Blade] or pretty much any skill that isn't ground targeted, but you can't. You can't aim any of these skills. Oddly, [Split Blade] aims downward for some reason. Same issue with sweeping for portals. You can't even really aim at the ground you want to target.
Just for your information and that of anyone else who sees your post, free-aim does exist. By default when you have no target and are not using aim assist (which can be disabled in the options menu) your skills target the center of your screen and thus can be manually targeted wherever you like. The fact that we lack a first-person view makes using this feature difficult sometimes, but it does indeed exist. Always remember that targeting is optional. Now back to the topic!
I understand what you're saying - particularly in relation to the WvW entry queue, it would be better to have all players focusing on a given target rather than taking up a spot that could be used by someone more 'productive'. And in a fight, every player makes a difference, sure. But it's not your game. You make a stand with what you have. Man up. Be warriors. If you lose, then at least lose gracefully.
Otherwise, perhaps the PvE and puzzle content serves as a vector to get what could very possibly be an excellent WvW player into a sector of the game that they never knew they would enjoy. Perhaps the concept of banging on a gate for an hour is not tempting to people who believe that that's all that's in store for them in WvW - they've heard things but never really given it a chance. So think of it like a lure. Every veteran began somewhere. There are subtler benefits to this sort of content and I feel like you guys are ignoring them.
That said, I don't agree with the original post, either. I think it's fine the way it is.
This is a cross-post of my post to the Guild Wars 2 Facebook page:
Hi, guys. Your game is very good, and I've personally had a lot of fun playing it over the past few days. I've been a long-time fan and player of the original Guild Wars (since before the betas for THAT game) and have been waiting for this one since it was announced. I've spent a lot of time and patience gathering Hall of Monuments points, vanquishing mobs, clearing maps, and sitting on my hands in anticipation for the sequel but now I'm reading some troubling things.
I'm an intelligent adult of thirty years. I'm generally fairly quiet and try to be a reasonable person, and I haven't been affected by any of this personally, but I'm reading about the widespread banning for 'inappropriate behaviour' on your subreddit and it's making me pretty nervous. While most of your updates there (specifically those calling out the reasons for which specific people have been banned) are totally sound, there are also more than a few which sound like some heavy-handed people have got hold of the banhammer and have been making some hyper-conservative judgement calls.
In one specific instance, a person explained on the subreddit that their name is HalfGay, and your team explained that he was banned for that. In my personal opinion, this was an overly-conservative judgement call. As one person responded, if he had changed his name to HalfStraight, would this have been a problem? Was the immediate ban without warning really a reasonable response? You guys are working extremely hard right now, I'm certain, but taking away peoples' ability to use a product that they paid for (and in so doing agreed to a terms of service, admittedly) based on borderline criteria is scary territory. This specific instance doesn't qualify as hate speech, and it's assuming a lot of things, and it's overreacting to a word that could be considered a positive thing to a lot of people. And this is not the only instance described on the reddit of these sorts of eyebrow-cocking judgement calls.
I don't want to be alarmist, I don't want to sound like I'm whining, I know we all agreed to a terms of service and this is most certainly your game and your product to moderate as you will... but I have to ask you to please consider using a defter hand when it comes to your responses. Violent hate speech is right out, clearly, but these sorts of things are not that, nor are they wildly obscene or profane language.
Also, for simple profanity, it really seems (to me) that having a toggle button for the filter is misleading if people are going to be banned for the use of profanity in open channels. It implies that you can opt-in to profanity and it would appear that your policy is to disallow it on the whole - at least for public channels. Can you please do one of two things: mandate the use of the filter in public channels (so that the toggle only affects private channels like whispers and party/guild chat), or just totally remove the toggle and provide us with a list of unacceptable words which will be caught by the filter? I don't want to be censored, but I want to be banned less and as it is I am genuinely concerned about saying anything in public channels even with fairly tame conversation. I've spent too much of my life and money on your games to lose it all on some bad words. Please do something.
(Also, for the record, I have no relation to this HalfGay dude. It just seemed like an interesting example. One of several.)
TL;DR, I think the banning on what is being judged by the community team as obscenity or profanity needs to be relaxed somewhat, and perhaps the profanity filter needs to be modified in some intelligent way since its current implementation is fairly misleading. I feel pretty strongly about this. It's really affecting my willingness to continue to play this game. I'm sure a lot of you guys feel strongly too. Please let me know what you think. Thanks!
My assumption is that your apparently vast resources have been exhausted by this point, but if they haven't been and if you're still willing to help out an old Guild Wars die-hard, I'd love to lock up an Obsidian and a Vabbian armour set (as much for the looks as the points - Obsidian is one of the only ranger armours I really like, and Vabbian would look really nice on my assassin).
Over the years I've managed to acquire thirty-three ectos and twenty shards, but only one ruby. I don't need the Vabbian mask, so if you're sure you'd like to help, I could really use... seventy-three ecto, eighty-five shards, thirteen rubies, and fourteen sapphires. Everything else I can dig up myself, and I'll scrounge the cash together just by playing the game (I still have to vanquish the rest of Elona and Cantha and parts of Eye of the North and do the skill hunters). Of course any Tormented, Destroyer, or Oppressor weapons you may have lying around would be massively appreciated as well. =P
Even sans assistance, thank you so much. It's really nice to see generous people around from time to time. =)