I think it's another minor content patch designed as a padded experience with grindy mechanics and achievements. Oh, and don't forget the new gem store items! We couldn't go by a patch or two without incentive to buy those Black Lion Chests/Minis/Finishers/weapons skins/infinate gathering tools/lame ass armor skins/boosters/keys/and godknowswhatelse.
Seriously, is this what we have to look forward to for years to come? We're almost 1 year into the LS now and I'm starting to think - what do we have to show for it 1 year later? Some improved boss battles(nicely redesigned for sure) and... what? Nothing really, cus it's all gone. No new zones, no new weapons, no new races, no real story, no proper difficult and rewarding end game content. We have a big ball of nothing, but it's okay cus Anet is revamping the blood witch, an event nobody in the game cares about and that is so completely irrelevant I can't for the life of me even begin to imagine the reason for. What, anet wants their players to spend their endgame as a downleveled lvl 20?
I don't mean to start a flame war, but my opinion good and short is that it's not gonna be anything that improves the game in any significant way and 2 weeks from now we won't care about it anyway. I think about how much work must have been put into these content patches that are now just gone and I think to myself, what if all that work had been put into some form of meaningful end game content for the game that permanently improved the enjoyment of the game and then I feel sad for the devs who wasted so much time working so hard probably putting everything they had into temporary content nobody cares about 2 weeks after it was launched.
I posted this map when they first revealed that GW2 would be using a classic level system. Then I posted it again when they revealed that they would scale levels because we all know that since it's a reward driven system it makes no real difference.
Now I ask you. Take the time to look at this map. Really look at it.
Shiftedgw2, on 19 September 2012 - 06:24 PM, said:
Honestly there is nothing in PvE that drives my attention at 80, dynamic events in Orr got old fast, dungeons get repetitive and their rewards are so far away, they don't entice you to put up with the grind; exploring is somewhat fun but with no real incentive to do it, it's really not a good enough motivator to keep me outside Lion's Arch.
I don't know why so many of you rushed into level 80 then complain that there is nothing else to do. I have been taking my time leveling in different areas and leveling all my alts at the same time, so I am not even close to level 80. Dungeons? I haven't even done a single dungeon and I already play this game too much!
There is A LOT to do in this game from my perspective.
You have no rights whatsoever with regards to GW2.
That is insane and completely wrong. I have paid, multiple times, for not only the finished game but also certain perks and services relating to it. If these things are denied me I have every right, as a paying costumer, to some form of compensation. That said, like it or not, official or not, finalized or not, Arena Net did say that name reservations will be done through the Hall of Monuments. As that location can only be accessed with the Eye of the North expansion; a paid content expansion, I and many others have effectively paid to be able to reserve our names.
Was that the sole reason? No. But it was a contributing factor. This whole misconception nonsense and saying those remarks were not official is ultimately the same kind of BS Martian tried to use on me through a privet message once, and it won’t fly. Arena Net employees don’t walk around with disclaimers floating over their heads, and without unrestricted access to their internal documentation we have no filter to judge what they consider official or not. As far as we are concerned, as there is no other way to go, anything said by an Arena Net employee regarding Guild Wars 2 through any media outlet that does not specifically say it is unofficial is official. Period.
It is like that whole open beta BS from a while back. The fact remains that Arena Net employees said there would be an open beta, repeatedly, through several media outlets and direct communication with their fans. There was no disclaimers, and no contradictory context. No one said “this is my opinion” or “this is not confirmed” or “this is not official.” It was said. Period. Coming back later and saying “that wasn’t official” is a copout. It is a way of avoiding responsibility when they stick their foot in their mouth. Frankly, no matter what you think of Arena Net personally or professionally, or whatever, the simple truth is they are pathetically inept when it comes to communicating with their consumer base.
They’re either ignoring legitimate concerns as they pat their own backs on twitter, trying to save face after some mistake, or failing to provide necessary context to their remarks. I doubt it is malicious on their parts, but at this point I am beginning to think it would be wise to simply never trust a word they say about anything. It is getting near impossible to judge what is real information and what is just some random developer or writer or artist talking out of their ass.
Yes I believe they did say it though I can't go source hunting right now, but one thing is certain that they DIDN'T say: We're screwing you after 24hrs.
'Your name will be reserved' is the specific quote on the official site. (FAQ)
Not 'Your name will be reserved IF you prepurchase, or for 24hrs after headstart'
Not 'Your name will be reserved for lauch day'
'Your name will be reserved.'
I wonder if "Forgetful Was Uhhh" will be released?
There is a very good side to this for me: there are some names I've wanted in GW1 that were already taken... I might keep a couple of free slots to see if they are still taken after launch!
People are already circling like freakin' vultures to steal names, which ANET said they would prevent from happening. Now they want to play semantics and act like they didn't imply something more than what they've said today, (still think they did more than imply, but I'm at work and can't search well now) and regardless of the mechanic, regardless of "Through HoM" or not, *they said they're reserved* and now maybe they are and maybe they aren't, depending on your choice to prepurchase or not, or your availability for a one-day period. It's the absolute bare minimum they can do to say "we did what we said we would."
It's a lot like a Warranty that says "We'll fix it...unless it's broken." or "This is the price...unless you want to buy it. Then it's more."
But aside from all the people who can't make it for launch day because of work or vacation or RL emergencies or any of the billion RL reasons a person can't make it for one day, I'm far more concerned with what happens when someone can't log in because the servers are flooded because it's FREAKING LAUNCH DAY and things have a tendancy to go badly, and now we find we couldn't get in on launch day and poor "forgetful" gets robbed for being clever.
Its a 100% shitty decision, it goes against what they said, and it needs some iteration.
And whoever decided it needs a smack upside the head, cause it's just plain bad.
Wait so does this mean that you have to be in the headstart or launch day only?
So meaning -I can't reserve a name for a character I'm going to create after launch?
Seems pretty bad especially because I don't think that everyone is going to start playing at the headstart or at launch. One day later and your name is taken-I think that crying isn't a bad option here.
I'd give 2 weeks for everyone to get the reserved name thing ready and even then I don't like this idea.
It took me more then a day to create all my gw1 characters.