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In Topic: Introducing the New Daily Achievement System

17 December 2014 - 04:11 PM

View PostKamatsu, on 17 December 2014 - 03:20 AM, said:

B. I'm personally sad to see the new daily system go back to the way the old daily system was - in that to actually achieve the daily & get your 10 AP... your forced to go all over the place, and can NOT finish it just by playing the game normally anymore.

Yet another indicator that there is a lack of good leadership at ArenaNet.  Since launch, they've revamped dailies a couple of times (including the first implementing of them), and they keep bouncing back and forth between a more transparent, immersive design and a heavy handed, checklist design.  IMO, the #1 problem with GW2 is the lack of a clear design vision against which they judge their "iterations" before implementing them.  Everything smacks of a reactive, rather than proactive development process.

Instead of leaders with a vision and direction for the game, they design around problems that pop up by throwing ideas at it in hopes that something will stick.  It should be "how could dailies fit into what we want this game to be?"  Instead it seems to be "login numbers are down, maybe we can patch that hole with a revamp of the dailies."

It's not that unusual for any of us to get stuck putting out fires instead of spending our time setting and working toward clear goals.  ArenaNet seemed, however, to be more vision-driven in the past, so it's hard to swallow that they've moved so far into reactionary development.

In Topic: Echos of the Past Patch Notes

04 November 2014 - 06:30 PM

View PostMiragee, on 04 November 2014 - 06:20 PM, said:

You are saying that they finally use DE's like they imagined them pre launch?

I remember when they first teased that Orr was going to be like that.  In the initial hints, it sounded something like WvW against waves of NPCs, with players slowly taking objectives across the zone.

In Topic: Is GW2 dead now or is it just the forums?

04 November 2014 - 06:21 PM

View PostPhineas Poe, on 30 October 2014 - 08:47 PM, said:

It really has more to do with target audience. You weren't a part of it at the launch of GW2 (or really at any time) so naturally you disagreed with many of us around here that were a part of that target audience. Unfortunately, they've ignored even us at this point, seemingly choosing instead to cater to new players rather than those that are already here.

This, IMO, is one of the biggest issues fueling player dissatisfaction.  ANet doesn't seem to have a target audience.  As far as I can tell, they're trying to please everyone, and their "iterative approach" and tendency toward big ambitious ideas means that they will develop the game for six months in a way that pleases one target audience, only to seemingly abandon it completely in favor of another big push for the next six months.  Pre-launch looked like the more casual, immersive player, a period of adding a new gear tier and revamping/adding dungeons for the traditional MMO player, another period with guild missions and world boss revamps for the large, coordinated guild types, periodic stabs at WvW and sPvP.

At some point any given player can end up on either side of "this just isn't the game for you" because the overall vision for the game, as far as I can tell from design priorities, keeps lurching between competing goals.

GW2 launch success might have been the worst possible thing for this game.  I fantasize about what it might look like if they had sold a fraction of the boxes they did, but still enough to keep the game profitable to continue developing.

View PostPhenn, on 02 November 2014 - 08:14 PM, said:

And I'll admit, when the gemgate thing broke, watching Vayne and LordKrall on the OF get after ANet for the change was nothing short of demoralizing. When some of the strongest white knights for the game and the developers have bad things to say...

Yes.  While I've felt like the game was going south for a long time now, seeing some of the really adamant defenders start to admit there are things they are unhappy about feels like the last nail in the coffin, so to speak.  Vayne has admitted spending significantly less time in game than in the past.


That, and Dulfy's comments on Reddit further drove the spike of despair through my proverbial heart. ANet is killing its player loyalty for New Players.

What is this referencing?  I tried googling, but didn't find anything.

In Topic: Is GW2 dead now or is it just the forums?

16 October 2014 - 07:51 PM

View PostRobsy128, on 16 October 2014 - 05:42 PM, said:

My level 80 characters have become more like museum pieces than anything else.

That struck a cord with me.  A week or so ago, playing GW2 with my son, I realized my thief was level 78 and had been for a very, very long time.  The ridiculousness of it struck me, so I hopped in EotM and ran around for two levels.  Went and bought him exotic armor.  Transmuted to a look I liked.  Then couldn't think of anything I really wanted to do with him.

I've been seeing him in that decayed pirate armor on my log-in screen for so long, I thought, "Hey, now he'll look as good as the other characters."

Your line I quoted captured something I was feeling.  Like my last goal left is to have a row of nice dolls in completed outfits to look at on the log-in screen.

In Topic: GW2: a true successor to GW1

07 October 2014 - 04:03 PM

View PostMiragee, on 06 October 2014 - 08:04 PM, said:

Well the gaming industry is still fairly young. What are 15-20 years compared to other business compartments? Sure it works now. But will it still work if the industry grows up? For the sake of the gamers I hope it won't...

I don't know, seems to me that the more mature, the more you will have tried and true formulas.  But there will always be innovators trying something new, too, and occasionally one will hit with the public and revolutionize the industry.

I'm thinking of movies, which are going on 100 years old.  Look at the vast amount of formula-driven, play-it-safe drek we are offered from Hollywood.  So many slick, soul-less movies designed to cash in on opening weekend and then disappear.  But creators are still out there trying to follow their vision, and every once in a while someone manages the backing and marketing to take off and influences the success formula a bit.  Of course, it's just a matter of time before they get swallowed up by the businesses that grew huge off of innovation but no longer innovate.

Recent breakout indie game titles give hope.  And the industry seems to be trying to find a way for the bigger companies to foster those indie visions.