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It has begun...
The fanboys say its all cool nothing is going on.
The drama queens start the shedding of the tears and the opera recitals.
I just love this game. Been a long time supporter. PLaying it and hope to continue to play, but something is stirring at a far alright.
It has begun.
This, if it goes on as rumoured, will be the undertaking and final journey of that hero, that bold and brave figure, always willing to go where no game has gone before, that hero "Manifesto" will soon meet his nemesis, "Mr. Old Formulae" and his terrible minions "mr. gear treadmill" and "mrs. dungeon gaping"...will he survive?
I cant believe that the same team that brought us the quality and assurance of GW Prophecies, Factions, Nightfall and EotN will sucumbe to the pressure of the moaning squad of this terrible generation of players, where eveything seems to be about geting the next tier of gear, the next cute little colorful pair of bits and bytes, to devour everything that is vertical in the game and forget about the pure joy of gaming.
im going to quickly translate a simple chat i add with a game friend recently, skipping some boring stuff:
Me: "I heard about this Ascended Gear thingy coming(...) dont understand. 3 months of life and already adding content"
Him: "Great. Theres nothing to do already. Need new stuff. New gear, new dungeon(...)"
Me: "Nothing to do? You finsihed the game already?"
Him: "The story yes"
Me: "well ok and all the maps?(...) done all meta events? theres some cool stuff out there"
Him: "Meta what?...yeah ive done the dragon and stuff."
Me: So you havent played all the maps, you havent done almost any meta events (they r around 50 i think)..so what have you done?"
Him: "Yeah lol WvW and stuff (...) got my gear in TA cant be bothered to do others. Its the same thing(...)"
Me: "Those dungeons are part of the games lore. they r fun to do. and some skins r great to have also"
Him: "Nah seen everything theres to see. Games lore what? lol dont care about that.(...) gonna do new dungeons and stuff. cool loot they say(...) ppl dont bother to go do old dungeons now(...)know a site with list of the new dungeon loot?(...)hey been here all day im at lvl 6 in the fotm dungeon (...)im bored gonna log. playing a bit in ---- now (...)
So this guy knows nothing of the games lore. He barely does any WvW or SPvP. He grinded the same dungeon over and over until he got his set and doesnt want to do the others because its "the same". He barely has the patience to stop at a given spot an admire the artwork, he doesnt listen to the games soundtrack. He rushes the game pace, devours 20% of the content and says "theres nothing to do". So he now devours the FotMs dungeons, grinding it away, moaning about the drops, ignorant to everything that this game has to offer, and its in the hands of people like this that i have to bow to in order to get a populated game???
I even commented that i was worried about this kind of progression creating ghost areas and dungeons, as it happens in every game with vertical progression, and the reply had words like "gear score", "LFG Queue system" yeah so players can sit their behinds all day in Lions Arch and Queue for every content in the game....what is going on??
So, the hero "manifesto" has its hands full. And it is not looking good.
Lets remind all of the "manifestos" powers and abilities. He does not have adamantium claws but he has:
“GW2 takes everything you love about GW1” – M. O’Brien
“We just don’t want players to grind in GW2” – C. Johanson
“The most important thing in any game should be the player” – R. Soesbee
“Otherwise, your MMO becomes all about grinding to get the best gear. We don’t make grindy games.”
- Mike Obrien, President of Anet
“We don’t need to make gear treadmills”
Colin Johanson on how ArenaNet measures success.
Can it be enough to destroy the ignorance of foul creatures and deeds?