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#2341295 Is GW2 dead now or is it just the forums?

Posted Phineas Poe on 21 October 2014 - 07:55 PM

View PostVeji, on 21 October 2014 - 02:49 PM, said:

Maybe i'm wrong.  Maybe their demographic isn't just the "MMO player".  Maybe there is a more selective demographic that they are actually reaching, but i dunno.  WvW, from playing through the spring tourney, to playing through the fall tourney - i've noticed the population reduction and it sucks.

To put it simply, they've prioritized consumers over the community.

I don't mean consumers in the sense of people that buy things; we're all consumers in that regard. I mean the player-base that literally plays solely to burn through content and experience it, but isn't concerned with sticking around to talk about it or to repeat it. They're not simply casuals. These can be hardcore players too. People that play GW2 solely to obtain legendaries and ascended gear, to chase the carrot, fall under this group.

The group that plays the game to experience the lore, to come on websites like Guru and Reddit to discuss it, that share their experiences and enjoy reliving them---this is the community that sustains MMOs and keeps them around. These are the types of players that want things like guild halls, that don't really play solely to fill an objective but to build communities and participate with them.

The problem is that ArenaNet has been shirking us this entire time for the consumer base, probably because (1) it's more cost-effective creating cash shop items than creating community-driven content and (2) it's significantly more difficult overhauling GW2's theme park style content into something more sandbox-ish and player-controlled to support that community. This is in large part why we get bullshit like the Tournament of Legends and WvW seasons over real, genuine overhauls of this content.

It's the low-hanging fruit solution, but it's also the most immediately profitable. From a developer standpoint I understand why they do this, but from a gamer perspective it frustrates me to know that Guild Wars 2 could have been (and still can be) so much more.


#2341601 I get the feeling GW1 lore is incoming...

Posted Miragee on 25 October 2014 - 07:17 PM

You can't even see if he is wearing a mask. Could be tentacles proliferating from his had. lol


#2341607 I get the feeling GW1 lore is incoming...

Posted Miragee on 25 October 2014 - 08:35 PM

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Really? As I said, from your originally posted picture ou can't see a thing. You don't even see a mask. Now in your new one, the mask is certainly different from the one abaddon wore when we fought him in Nightfall. What is really telling is the six eye "slides", three on each side.


#2341550 I get the feeling GW1 lore is incoming...

Posted Mordakai on 25 October 2014 - 06:21 AM

Hard to believe people still get excited over rumors and datamines.

Show me a new profession, race...  hell, a new WEAPON and I may get excited.

Even if Abaddon shows up (and I doubt it), it will probably suck.


#2339544 Post Your Mesmer!

Posted Asternex on 17 September 2014 - 03:11 PM

This is my mesmer looks like at the moment:
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I certainly miss his old look! But hey! Who knows who a mesmer really looks like? He might even be female for all I know.

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#2341334 Thoughts on the September Feature Pack?

Posted Phineas Poe on 22 October 2014 - 09:52 AM

Reinstalled the game today to see if Halloween content was anything new. I have to admit that I like the new TP interface; it's much smoother and easier to find what you're looking for. It even applies class filters if you want to use them so you don't pull up weapons you can't use.

I've already got every class to level 80 so I don't know what the NPE is like, so I cannot comment on that. But I will say that the game feels more optimized and better performing, though that may just be because I was primarily playing ArcheAge the past month, which has the worst server stability I've seen in years.

Gem store changes are hilariously bad, where you can now only buy in fixed rates of 400 gems. Reminds me of Microsoft Points on the Xbox, where some game's DLC costs 600 credits but you can only buy in increments of 400, so you're always stuck with credits leftover. This was a fix that wasn't needed.


#2341376 The candy wrapper raffle...

Posted Phineas Poe on 22 October 2014 - 03:00 PM

I'm utterly convinced that GW2 is a cash cow for NCSoft at this point.

Wildstar was a failure, so GW2 has to carry that additional weight. If the second-half the LS2 fails to deliver, shit is going to get real.


#2341223 Is GW2 dead now or is it just the forums?

Posted Kovares on 20 October 2014 - 07:04 PM

I can only speak for me, but I literally just chimed in to look if they finally added something like new classes/skills/weapons that would provide fresh gameplay like they did all the time for gw1.

Apparently they didn't, hence why I'm leaving again to maybe check back in early 2015...


#2341217 Is GW2 dead now or is it just the forums?

Posted Veji on 20 October 2014 - 05:14 PM

View Postdavadude, on 20 October 2014 - 07:34 AM, said:

The active base on the Reddit during European peak hours is about 2,500 people today (you can see it in the right column by logging on during such peak hours), with 400 people on right now (during worldwide low hours).  This is during a time where, as Poe mentioned, we're at a drought for information and the GW2 hype train stands still at the station.  On Guru, during the drought between Gamescom announcement 2009 and new information release, these numbers were comparable (2,500 retroactive users is not something i've seen here, but it's quite proportional.  About a ratio of 1:6 during new information).

Post-launch, these numbers were better around here.  After a few months, things went back to normal, etc.  Then, there was that time where every thread turned into "this is just for more gems, gem store everything" and the numbers dropped.  Interestingly enough, the people I spoke to on here who were fond of the game and disliked this had migrated to the reddit or to the official forums.  Just look at some of the topics on here during that time, from longer standing members.

A difficulty in making my case is that we switched between "post like" systems.  The old system not only had its data removed, but you can also no longer see names during liking (at least,  I can't).  The old threads had posts showing critique of the fact that everything had to relate to the gem store, and those posts would get >25 likes at a time, with names I still see on reddit today.  Many of those active posters either left the game, or left Guru.  Look at the names that were active post-launch.  Now look where they are.  Many of them are on the reddit, semi-active.  Others are simply gone, left the game, or left due to the current too-long running drought of information.

However, to quell the whole "nothing to discuss" argument, yeah, that's just here and that's the fault of our 2 month drought.  GW2 reddit just heard it's the second biggest MMO reddit in existance besides WOW.  It's also one of the more active, just check the "online now" numbers and compare it to the other reddits.

EDIT: Added a piece of information about reddit status in terms of MMO.

Have you seen the offical forums over the last few months?  Literally every other thread, if not every thread, is someone complaining about no content, lack of balance, poor loot tables...the list goes on.  I used to be an avid reader of the Diablo 3 and World of Warcraft forums over the many years, and yes, there was doom and gloom there, but i haven't seen people this angsty about an online game since vanilla D3, SWOTOR, and about a year and a half into WAR.

The signs are there.  Its seriously just a matter of time, if ANet doesn't do a complete 360 from how they are running things now.

I don't hate the game.  The game is awesome, but the management is sooooo bad, that it begins to create bias of enjoyment of the game.  THEY DID GOOD THINGS here, but they're trying to rest on their imaginary laurels that a great development cycle for a year or two of content is going to keep carrying them.  The LS lasts a whole week or two at best and then everyone is back at the official forums, complaining.

Its sad.  It really is.  BUT, as they reinvented WAR's RvR, i hope a better company comes along and reinvents alot of the great ideas they had in this game and manages it better.  When that day comes, i'll be a HUGE fan of whatever game that happens to be.  I wish more MMOs did server vs server modes like WAR's RvR and GW2's WvW.


#2340995 The Off Topic Thread Part iki

Posted Shadok on 16 October 2014 - 04:06 PM

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#2341178 Is GW2 dead now or is it just the forums?

Posted draxynnic on 20 October 2014 - 01:36 PM

View PostCube, on 18 October 2014 - 09:44 PM, said:

What I miss seeing is things like "show us your collections", "show us your titles", "funniest thing someone said in game", "how's the game treating you today?". You know, all those fun little threads people used to post regularly in. There's nothing to talk about when there's nothing that's fun, exciting, mystical, etc. I don't know, I just don't think GW2 is a lot to talk about.
There are similar threads on the official forums (I haven't been getting involved on reddit) - however, the official forums are also a lot quieter than they were a year or so ago. There's just... not as much to discuss, really.


#2341142 Is GW2 dead now or is it just the forums?

Posted Kattar on 20 October 2014 - 12:36 AM

View Postdavadude, on 19 October 2014 - 09:54 AM, said:

There is plenty to talk about.  Guru lost that part of the population when this place became the gem store conspiracy hub.  All those people, including myself, migrated to the reddit.  You'll find those posts there.
I love how you keep harping on that, especially when it's not entirely true.


#2341136 Is GW2 dead now or is it just the forums?

Posted Phineas Poe on 19 October 2014 - 06:14 PM

View PostCube, on 18 October 2014 - 09:44 PM, said:

What I miss seeing is things like "show us your collections", "show us your titles", "funniest thing someone said in game", "how's the game treating you today?". You know, all those fun little threads people used to post regularly in. There's nothing to talk about when there's nothing that's fun, exciting, mystical, etc. I don't know, I just don't think GW2 is a lot to talk about.

Not with the Living Story on hiatus and no expansion in sight, no.

I'm sure many people took the same route I did, to take a break until the LS started up again trying out other games, which is why things are fairly quiet currently. There's nothing to talk about when there's nothing going on. Even Reddit and the official forums are pretty bare on quality discussions these days.


#2339901 Sweetfx don't work

Posted Senatic on 20 September 2014 - 07:36 PM

GW2 added a folder named "Bin" and as such you need to move the following files to this folder for SweetFX to work.

d3d9.dll
dxgi.dll
injector.ini


This is the same with every game out there that has a bin folder, so whenever installing SweetFX you have to check the folder setup and make sure you place the files accordingly.


#2340998 Is GW2 dead now or is it just the forums?

Posted Robsy128 on 16 October 2014 - 05:42 PM

To be honest, I stopped playing a couple of months ago. I liked the new living story but after 2 years of almost no content change at all... it was just time to put the game down and leave it until it grew. The game is still very much alive. I logged in the other day to play some WvW and was pleased to see a healthy number of players roaming around. It's just sad that it's been around for so long and yet the developers haven't really given us much more to do towards the end of the game. My level 80 characters have become more like museum pieces than anything else.

Here's hoping they announce an expansion or a flood of new content soon! :)