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AstralPhoenix777

Member Since 08 Nov 2012
Offline Last Active Dec 16 2012 02:03 AM

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In Topic: After playing GW2, I decided I'd prefer a sub fee over any cash shop

12 December 2012 - 08:06 AM

View PostGilles VI, on 11 December 2012 - 10:55 PM, said:

Economists =/= Bankers..

You're correct, but most mainstream economists still use the John Maynard Keynes theory of economics (advocating central banking influence in the free market, basically), which built up the economic policy framework for the bankers over the last 100 or so years. So fundamentally, both economists and bankers are to blame for the Crash of '08 and resulting depression.

But anyway, this isn't a political-economic forum. I've never spent a penny in GW2's CS, mainly for the reasons outlined by Kymeric. The CS needs more interesting skins for weapons and armour, and other miscellaneous cosmetic and fun items. We certainly don't want anything that moves towards a P2Win scenario. Right now though, the CS content is pretty weak and isn't making me want to part with my cash. Then again, GW2's game content is pretty weak and isn't making me want to part with my time right now, either; but that's another story...

In Topic: Linsey Murdock Unveils New High End Ascended Gear

14 November 2012 - 02:21 AM

View PostToySoldier, on 14 November 2012 - 12:45 AM, said:

Hehe thanks for the tip.  I found it cheapest to buy blue armor/weapons in BTP. They can all be transferred to my alts and friends. We have a bank filled with blue stuff from lvl 1 to 75.  We try to upgrade every 5 levels, but one pal is lazy and does it every 20 levels. No problem hunting at all for him.  Last he soloed 4 mobs 1 level above him in blue 20 levels below his lvl. Crazy guy.. and he is handicapped with 4 missing fingers on one hand.  Yay for him! :lol:  He's my hero.

Blue (fine) weapons and armour may be sufficient for lolling around PvE zones, even Orr, but if you come up against me wearing my exotic equipment, I have a full +25% armour rating over you, and my weapon does 25% more damage. You're dead meat; this is why gear-grinding is important, and shows how ANet really betrayed the more casual gamers (despite what their PR department spins).

Casual gamers are actually much better off playing the original Guild Wars, where you can reach level 20 and get max-stat gear within 20-30 hours easily...or can just buy into it with a PvP pack. By comparison, it took me 250 hours to get my full exotic equipment at level 80 in GW2. Sure, it can be done a lot quicker than that, but I was taking my time playing the game like I imagine most people do.

In Topic: Linsey Murdock Unveils New High End Ascended Gear

13 November 2012 - 01:45 PM

View PostLordkrall, on 13 November 2012 - 01:14 PM, said:

sPvP is in no way effected by gear changes in PvE.

Whoops, you're correct; major d'oh on my part. WvW is affected however.

In Topic: Linsey Murdock Unveils New High End Ascended Gear

13 November 2012 - 01:13 PM

Well, this move is interesting for sure. As with most things, there are two sides to this - the hardcore gamers really benefit from this, as they can now grind for even more powerful loot. It's also the start of power creep in PvE, but that's inevitable in any MMO really.

On the flip side, this move really shafts the casual gamers hard, as they will suffer an immediate nerf in sPvP/WvW without the ability to access ascended/legendary equipment as easily. They can always buy gold through the gem store I suppose, but I don't think they will be pleased to be hit in the wallet that way.

The only sensible assumption therefore is that ANet has realised that the majority of its income is coming from the hardcore gamers, and not the casual gamers that ANet was originally keen to include. Anything else means this is financial harakiri, as they've now made their max-stat gear even less accessible than it already was to casuals. Only time will tell if this move is a good one or not.

In Topic: The Lost Shores Page Updated

12 November 2012 - 11:52 PM

View PostPassive Aggressive, on 12 November 2012 - 10:26 PM, said:

Gem store weapon skins is awful. I would much rather have a small random chance to get something than have people spending RL money to buy skins.

Yet this is the only fair way for a non-sub business model to work...you'd prefer Pay-2-Win? Of course, it'd be nice if there was some (fairly difficult) way of getting the same skins in-game too.