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In Topic: Medium armour... Any good looking sets?

26 October 2012 - 06:05 PM

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!

In Topic: The great big "Oh dear I got banned" thread

30 August 2012 - 10:09 PM

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.)

The reddit I refer to: http://www.reddit.co...iate/?limit=500

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!

In Topic: Hall of Monuments & You

22 August 2012 - 04:40 PM

Hey, Jenn.

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.  =)

Here's my Hall - main character is Jun Kibagami - http://hom.guildwars...AAAAeUcYQAAAAAA

In Topic: Beta Hands-on | Beefjack

27 March 2012 - 07:30 PM

Raveous said:

List an mmo where your skills are based off of what weapons you use.  List another AAA mmo without a subscription.  That's Right, GW1 did it.  So it is NEW, because they invented it.  

GW2 is not a free to play game.  It's buy to play.  BIG DIFFERENCE.  You're so eager to bash this game, yet you give no examples of where other mmo's have done what I listed.   That makes anything you say moot.

Do you mean games in which you can only use certain skills with certain weapons?  Practically every one (this system is not unique, it's simply presented in a different manner).  High production value games with no subscription?  Dungeons and Dragons Online, Lord of the Rings Online.  There are lots more solid games without subscriptions.  Allods is very good, or would have been if they hadn't jacked up the cash shop.  Even Runes of Magic could have been a good game if not for certain cash shop and aesthetic woes.  I would have said Guild Wars if you hadn't specifically excepted it, but okay.

Let's be clear.  I've said this several times.  I think Guild Wars 2 is going to be a great game and certainly superior to the ones I've just listed.  I don't come here because I want to learn about and discuss something I hate.  I'm not even in the same 'meh' category as the writer.  Otherwise, my points have been made.  Genuinely hope you all enjoy the game as well you expect to.  Cheers.

In Topic: Beta Hands-on | Beefjack

27 March 2012 - 06:59 PM

Raveous said:

This was just one false statement in your enormous wall of text.  I'll elaborate on this though:

Raveous, I know all of this.  I've been following the game for years  just like you probably have.  I'm as avid a reader and consumer of Guild  Wars information as anyone here is.  Frankly, none of these mechanics are new.

Of course, Guild Wars 2 appears to be putting it all together fairly  well.  Like I said, I personally feel that this is going to be a great  game and we couldn't have a better dev team, but your response to my  post just proves my point.  It's clear that you haven't played the game and you're overblowing your expectations along with those of everyone else who takes a passing interest.

I know it's not going to happen, but I just wish we'd sort of slow-burn this a little until the game is released.  Too many people are going to pick this up and find it hasn't actually changed their perceptions of the genre, and I think that's what too many of us are looking for.

Volkon said:

The big thing though is that he stands alone.

He doesn't stand alone.  I'm personally agreeing with him based on my experiences with the game.  Obviously the demos are not the same as the beta which will not be the same as the release.  My hopes are high, but my expectations are not.  Or, at least, they're not as high as they were before I played the game.