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Guild Wars 2 is a very fun game, and I've clocked a couple hundred hours in already. I believe I can live with mostly solo questing with random group members coming and going, since the dynamic events are, for the most part, entertaining.
But at the end of the day, I'm still all alone. I've joined guilds, but they are not the guilds I want to be in. In fact, the only way I found out about them was either they recruited in a local map chat, or sent me a private tell, "Hey want to join our guild, we do lots". No they don't do lots and they aren't the guild for me - they just wanted me to represent so they can get their influence points.
So how can I actually find a guild that does stuff? A guild that goes places I want to go?
In WoW I could use a /who command to see what guilds were currently in a particular place, like a raid dungeon. I could then look at the guilds who did them over the course of a week and actively try to become an initiate with one of them. With Guild Wars 2, they is no character search commands that I am aware of. No /who. So I don't really know who is ACTUALLY doing what and on what time frame they are doing it, like evenings for me, or late night. There is just no way of knowing anything .. ANYTHING about other players in GW2. There are no raids in GW2, but what dungeons or end zones does a guild fancy, and at what times?
I have a feeling ArenaNet put search restrictions in to prevent people learning too much about the number of gamers currently playing the game. They might have learned something from SWTOR, where the /who command in conjunction with every zone could prove that only 500 players exist on a server to be labeled as "Heavy" (big embarassment). This masking of numbers might help their business hide true numbers, but it also hurts players. I want the tools to search guilds, players and occupants of current zones.
This game is brilliant in most aspects, but the social tools are severely lacking. So the perfect MMORPG as it stands, it not really GW2, but some features of GW2 + some features of WoW + some features of EQ + some features of SWG + some features of many other games. There is still yet to be the best MMORPG of all time - take note developers.
I hope ArenaNet can shape it up to be the best game all around, and not just the best in some areas. As it is, this game feels very limiting.
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