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  • BladestromBladestrom edinburghPosts: 4,941Member Uncommon
    Ps I love the legendary grind it's a real long term goal, not an 'epic' you get with 2 weeks worth of epgp points or a bit of luck.

    rpg/mmorg history: Dun Darach>Bloodwych>Bards Tale 1-3>Eye of the beholder > Might and Magic 2,3,5 > FFVII> Baldur's Gate 1, 2 > Planescape Torment >Morrowind > WOW > oblivion > LOTR > Guild Wars (1900hrs elementalist) Vanguard. > GW2(1000 elementalist), Wildstar

    Now playing GW2, AOW 3, ESO, LOTR, Elite D

  • AerowynAerowyn BUZZARDS BAY, MAPosts: 7,928Member
    Originally posted by grimal
    Originally posted by Aerowyn
    Originally posted by itgrowls
    Originally posted by eyelolled 

    But with GW2 and the open grouping system, people can still play together to acheive an objective, but there isn't a power struggle over who gets to drive the group. There isn't an abused newcomer, belittled and ridiculed.  There isn't a devalued dependant, who is looking for the next group to hide in.  There is just a gathering of players, working together to finish the task at hand. They are equals. They are valued and appreciated. They are heroes. 

    Not for long, along with forcing people to WvW and do dungeons, they'll be adding the new "feature" of requiring people to do guild events this month. So much for choose to play your own way.

    how are you forced to do dungeons? or WvW? or how are you forced to do the new guild quests they are adding? its all optional stuff to allow people to play in groups in a MMO.. Can you hit level 80 and not do a single one of those grouped things? can you get full set of exotic gear and not be forced into a group a single second?  do people even read what they write sometimes? you are seriouslly bitching about them adding more group content in an MMO? There is so much content you can complete in this game at the solo level some additional group stuff is very welcomed

    Hate to jump into the argument midway, but seems I am already doing it.

    I keep seeing you use this point, Aer, but there are many games that don't force you to do things you don't want.  Take SWTOR for example.  I am not forced to do any Flashpoints, PVP or raids.  I can level all the way to 50 without doing any.  I can even skip the main storyline and simply do side quests, or reverse. 

    So I fail to see how you can use this for GW2 as if it is some sort of unique aspect to the gameplay.

     

    OP - I liked your post.  I have to admit, I have not seen any comments like "noob" etc in-game in turns of my playstyle.  And if the mechanics are themselves pushing people to work together, that should be commended.  However, if this is true, I wonder how long it will last.  MMOs were a niche over a decade ago and it would be much more common to find others working together in communities back then...it wasn't until they became more mainstream and those type of players joined the space that we began to see this behavior as more common.

    If what you say is true, I can only think it will be a matter of time before that mentality becomes more common in this game as well.

    where did a say anywhere it was unique to GW2? i was stating you can play how you want in this game solo or group and get to 80 but like all MMOs there is plenty of content that is for "GROUPS" thats all and really not sure how people can get mad by that. Not sure why you assumed I was saying this was unique to GW2.. i  just found itgrowls statement very odd that it sounded like he is upset they are adding group content.. thats all

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  • nate1980nate1980 Evans, GAPosts: 1,829Member
    Originally posted by eyelolled

    There are lots of reasons to praise GW2, and by all means, I have no intention of mentioning them all in this thread. The one thing that really sets GW2 above so many typical mmorpgs, is how the game doesn't make player feel "under the thumb" of others. Players work together naturally, and the flow of the game contributes to players learning how to help improve each others damage, tanking, crowd control or healing. It's amazing watching the synergies between players grow as it progresses through a dynamic event chain.  People working together because they can, because they are seeing more ways that their own character can add to the fight beyond just dps or heals or just standing there taking hits. Things like a necro moving over to drop a well around a ranger, to add the cross-profession combo letting the ranger do more damage.  It's not only about maxing out what your toon can do, but helping to max out what other players can do too,and only because you can not because you have to.    

     

    Other games keep players of one role utterly dependant on another, leaving them with little choice but to submit to putting up with the irritations of their own group, in addition to the frustrations of opposing characters and such. How often have we heard the tank telling the healer how to heal, or the healer telling the tank how to mitigate damage.  The rage and frustration that game design leads to is absolutely defeating to newcomers. The learning curve is strife with abuse and beratement, and undoubtedly the greatest cause for the callous term "noob". And what choice does the newcomer have? They have to fill a role, because the game defines them as a dependant. They are forced to be reliant on the goodwill of others, and typically, too many  "others" don't let them forget it either. 

     

    I suggest that this treatment is cyclical in nature as well, and that it creates a roll-over from one player to another. In cases of mental abuse it has been observed that as much as 70% of abusers were abused themselves.  There is no way to derive an accurate number of the counter point, but it's easy to assume that a large percentage of people that were initiated within dependancy role will become dependant upon the role structure in the future. 

     

    They become climatized to the role of  "be a good *** so nobody can complain" They develop a sense of  "in-game worth" in accordance to how others regard them. Left alone, they can't define their value. They have become dependant, on being dependant.

     

    But with GW2 and the open grouping system, people can still play together to acheive an objective, but there isn't a power struggle over who gets to drive the group. There isn't an abused newcomer, belittled and ridiculed.  There isn't a devalued dependant, who is looking for the next group to hide in.  There is just a gathering of players, working together to finish the task at hand. They are equals. They are valued and appreciated. They are heroes. 

    That's your opinion, but in my almost 13 years of MMORPG gaming, I've very rarely have been in a bad group, and even more rare than that has it been because someone was being a tool. I just haven't really run into the situations you illustrate in your post. I happen to like very rigid group roles like classic MMORPG's. It taught people how to work together and people got to know not only their classes very well, but the classes of the people who they played with day in and day out. 

    I gave GW2 a chance, fulling expecting to have fun, but in the end it felt like every class was essentially a dps/support character which is incredibly boring, not to mention not very effective for grouping...at least for noobs to the game.

  • VolkonVolkon Sterling, VAPosts: 3,788Member
    Originally posted by nate1980

    That's your opinion, but in my almost 13 years of MMORPG gaming, I've very rarely have been in a bad group, and even more rare than that has it been because someone was being a tool. I just haven't really run into the situations you illustrate in your post. I happen to like very rigid group roles like classic MMORPG's. It taught people how to work together and people got to know not only their classes very well, but the classes of the people who they played with day in and day out. 

    I gave GW2 a chance, fulling expecting to have fun, but in the end it felt like every class was essentially a dps/support character which is incredibly boring, not to mention not very effective for grouping...at least for noobs to the game.

     

    Pure "your mileage may vary" thing. You prefer hard set roles as to many others. In that case this won't be the ideal game for you, it's as simple as that. Personally,  I like the dynamic element to the combat where roles are dissolved and instead you use the attributes of your skills (damage, control and support elements) in the right situation for best effect. My only beef with your statement is that you left "control" out of "every character was essentially a dps/support". We're all dps/control/support at need. We also should keep in mind that we synergize with each other for added benefits (cross-profession combos). Simple example, one utility I carry is Null Field. Lovely skill it is... a target AoE field which strips boons off enemies and conditions off allies. That by itself is pretty sweet... but when I cast that lovely shimmering ring inevitably someone is firing projectiles through it adding stacks of confusion to the enemies. Someone else will use a stomp or other blast finisher and suddenly everyone in the area is sporting Chaos Armor. One spell, used right, does all this... especially when combined with other skills used right.

     

    Sorry... got to babbling there. Point being, we like what we're comfortable with. If a trinity system best suits you then it is what it is... there's no faults to you, ANet, WoW or the Invisible Pink Unicorn. Different people are different, after all.

    Oderint, dum metuant.
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  • Rider071Rider071 Utica, NYPosts: 318Member

    So ever since a poster replied that they had implemented the band-aid fix to the culling exploit using a TERA-like render of folk, I went and tried.

    Just got out of 6 hours of WvWvW, from Oceanic prime to 5pm Est. by that time I was just sickened.

    It was bad at oceanic prime, not gonna sugar coat it, but I figured I was rusty in seeing it and I read rogues and mesmers were changed, so I let it slide. After, for a couple hours numbers on the JQ/SoS/SoR match-up weren't that large so really couldn't get a proper gauge...

    but by Est prime, it was just sad. There was no low-res render, they was 3-5 folk and WHAM 50+ out of nowhere in your face or on your dead corpse.

    rinse repeat, rinse repeat.

    Either this is the game, or it's tactics (or both), but it's definitely not fun, and why I left the first time.

    Nothing has changed, nothing has been fixed, nothing is remotely better.

  • VolkonVolkon Sterling, VAPosts: 3,788Member
    Originally posted by Rider071

    So ever since a poster replied that they had implemented the band-aid fix to the culling exploit using a TERA-like render of folk, I went and tried.

    Just got out of 6 hours of WvWvW, from Oceanic prime to 5pm est. by that time I was just sickened.

    It was bad at oceanic prime, not gonna sugar coat it, but I figured I was ruty in seeing it, so I let it slide, for a couple hours numbers on the JQ, SoS, SoR match up weren't that large so really couldn't get a proper gauge...

    but by est prime, it was just sad. There was no low-res render, they was 3-5 folk and WHAM 50+ out of nowhere in your face or on your dead corpse.

    rinse repeat, rinse repeat.

    Either this is the game, or it's tactics (or both), but it's definitely not fun, and why I left the first time.

    Nothing has changed, nothing has been fixed, nothing is remotely better.

    Hmm... seems better to me, and I spend a good many hours in WvW on JQ. A little weird to see friendlies fade out, but I can usually see the bad guys. Of course, there are those that use the thief stealth AoE to do what you mention, and that stings... but it happens.

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  • Gaia_HunterGaia_Hunter BristolPosts: 2,801Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by grimal
    Originally posted by Gaia_Hunter
    Originally posted by grimal
    Originally posted by mikahr
    Originally posted by grimal

    What do you mean for stats? As in gear?  Well, I don't know, to be honest.  But I am not forced to get max gear,  That I know.

    How convenient, you dont know. I bet you also dont know that endgame in SWTOR IS gear check, so if you want to play content you MUST grind your gear in a very specific way, be it PvP or PvE.

    Well, now you know.

    I am not forced to do endgame.  Isn't that what we are talking about?  Being forced to do or not do something?

    And what exactly is forcing you to do that grind?  The game itself?

     

    Edit: and why the hostile attitiude?

    You aren't forced to do end game, but if you want you will have to grind gear doing quests or dungeons.

    You aren't forced to get max stats, but if you want you need to do end game.

    GW2 changes that (now that Anet is sorting that ascended debacle) by allowing you to get max stats by doing whatever you want and allowing to enjoy whatever activities you want without a gear check.

     

    See, this is something I don't understand.  I get trying to get better gear to boost your gameplay experience for the journey...but the whole notion of getting max stats for the sake of it all just doesn't jive with me.  I just don't get it.

    The objective is not getting max stats.

    The objective is to remove the stats from the equation - once everyone has max stats it is all about skill.

    And how would do 5% more damage boost your gameplay experience? Is just numbers used in an equation.

    Currently playing: GW2
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  • aesperusaesperus Hamshire, NVPosts: 5,128Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by grimal

    What about the dungeons?  If I want to experience all that is GW2 I need to do the dungeons.  I hated the dungeon experience.  So call it "grind", call it "dungeons"...if you want to experience the entirety of a game, chances are you are going to experience something you dont enjoy.

    Sorry to jump in, but your argument is fairly flawed.

    You're saying that because you 'want' to do all aspects of the game (GW2), you are therefor forced to do all aspects of GW2. That's fairly contradictory, don't you think? Furthermore, that is NOT what a grind is. A grind is a form of gated content in which you are literally forced to repeat content over and over in order to advance within a game. If you've ever played games like EQ / EQ2, Lineage 1 or 2, FFXI, etc. you probably know what i'm talking about. The first, and most obvious form of a 'grind' is camping an area and killing the same mobs over and over again (for exp, loot, w/e). While you 'can' do this in GW2, it's entirely optional.

    As for dungeons, you are not forced to do dungeons, at all. You can lvl to 80 without doing dungeons. You can get competitive max stat gear (with the slight exception being ascended items atm) without doing a single dungeon. In fact there is only 1 thing (stat wise) that are limited to dungeons. The specific rune you get from each dungeon. Everything else is purely cosmetic / convenience.

    - In contrast, if you look at SWTOR, if you want to do dungeons, you NEED to have a certain lvl of gear or else it becomes impossible to complete the dungeon. This is especially true once you get into nightmare modes. With GW2, it's mostly skill based. There's people that have soloed many of the dungeons already. Just for fun, I've ran a few of the dungeons naked with friends (still using weapons of course) and managed to complete them. I can't do that in SWTOR.

    In PvP, you are literally screwed in SWTOR until you get your PvP gear. Players that have already grinded out their PvP items will dominate you, until you get enough marks to start getting your own. This isn't true for GW2 either.

    In summary: What GW2 does is offer you pleanty of options to play the game how you want. Many people mistake this philosophy with 'now i have to do all these things i don't want'. No one is forcing you to do something you don't want to. They are purely optional, and are there because different people like doing different things. No game can 100% cater to everyone, and GW2 is a game that is well aware of that fact.

  • aesperusaesperus Hamshire, NVPosts: 5,128Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Gaia_Hunter
    Originally posted by grimal

    See, this is something I don't understand.  I get trying to get better gear to boost your gameplay experience for the journey...but the whole notion of getting max stats for the sake of it all just doesn't jive with me.  I just don't get it.

    The objective is not getting max stats.

    The objective is to remove the stats from the equation - once everyone has max stats it is all about skill.

    And how would do 5% more damage boost your gameplay experience? Is just numbers used in an equation.

    This ^

    And I'd also add, that the objective is customization. By making max stats so easily obtainable, what the game does is open things up to players having multiple setups per character. Indeed, many of the higher-lvl players stock multiple armor sets for different builds. Many stock multiple different looks depending on how they feel like playing their character that day. It's all about options & choice.

    While GW2 does it's best to hide it, the game really isn't based around a traditional skinner-box model. And that's where the confusion lies. It has mechanics (like the mystic forge) which manipulate such a system, but at it's core it doesn't rely on any of those tools to be played.

  • aesperusaesperus Hamshire, NVPosts: 5,128Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Volkon
    Originally posted by Rider071

    So ever since a poster replied that they had implemented the band-aid fix to the culling exploit using a TERA-like render of folk, I went and tried.

    Just got out of 6 hours of WvWvW, from Oceanic prime to 5pm est. by that time I was just sickened.

    It was bad at oceanic prime, not gonna sugar coat it, but I figured I was ruty in seeing it, so I let it slide, for a couple hours numbers on the JQ, SoS, SoR match up weren't that large so really couldn't get a proper gauge...

    but by est prime, it was just sad. There was no low-res render, they was 3-5 folk and WHAM 50+ out of nowhere in your face or on your dead corpse.

    rinse repeat, rinse repeat.

    Either this is the game, or it's tactics (or both), but it's definitely not fun, and why I left the first time.

    Nothing has changed, nothing has been fixed, nothing is remotely better.

    Hmm... seems better to me, and I spend a good many hours in WvW on JQ. A little weird to see friendlies fade out, but I can usually see the bad guys. Of course, there are those that use the thief stealth AoE to do what you mention, and that stings... but it happens.

    It definitely has a long way to go (hence part of why they delayed the WvW update). Speaking of JQ, one of the tactics I see you guys using quite often is the bullrush tactic. Which basically entails stacking up large numbers of people in one spot, and then zerging an area before the game has a chance to render the accurate number of players. Often in conjunction w/ the stealth mechanic.

    It's fairly effective, but it does illustrate just how broken the culling is in this game at times. It definitely hinders the experience to say the least.

  • Rider071Rider071 Utica, NYPosts: 318Member
    Originally posted by Volkon
    Originally posted by Rider071

    So ever since a poster replied that they had implemented the band-aid fix to the culling exploit using a TERA-like render of folk, I went and tried.

    Just got out of 6 hours of WvWvW, from Oceanic prime to 5pm est. by that time I was just sickened.

    It was bad at oceanic prime, not gonna sugar coat it, but I figured I was ruty in seeing it, so I let it slide, for a couple hours numbers on the JQ, SoS, SoR match up weren't that large so really couldn't get a proper gauge...

    but by est prime, it was just sad. There was no low-res render, they was 3-5 folk and WHAM 50+ out of nowhere in your face or on your dead corpse.

    rinse repeat, rinse repeat.

    Either this is the game, or it's tactics (or both), but it's definitely not fun, and why I left the first time.

    Nothing has changed, nothing has been fixed, nothing is remotely better.

    Hmm... seems better to me, and I spend a good many hours in WvW on JQ. A little weird to see friendlies fade out, but I can usually see the bad guys. Of course, there are those that use the thief stealth AoE to do what you mention, and that stings... but it happens.

    only time I was able to stay alive during the zergs was using an arrow launcher, throwing arrows up at areas I felt they were, and low and behold, watching the damage register, on an invisible patch of land, though spells, all sorts being launched from it.

    otherwise, run into a fight, thinking facing 2-5 enemy, and yeah 50+ appear after the spell bombs light show, so many times, I just quit before I flipped my table. Tired of buying new tables because of GW2.

    Beta weekend starts tomorrow for an actual game that has a trinity, voice chat, lfg system, and real combat. The first of a great crop of games for 2013. I really don't see GW2 hanging in there long even if they fix the issues (which they most likely won't). Might also be a major factor as to why NCSoft wasn't able to get ArcheAge, because they really have no interest beyond profit....starting to make EA look legit...scary!

  • Rider071Rider071 Utica, NYPosts: 318Member
    Originally posted by aesperus
    Originally posted by Volkon
    Originally posted by Rider071

    So ever since a poster replied that they had implemented the band-aid fix to the culling exploit using a TERA-like render of folk, I went and tried.

    Just got out of 6 hours of WvWvW, from Oceanic prime to 5pm est. by that time I was just sickened.

    It was bad at oceanic prime, not gonna sugar coat it, but I figured I was ruty in seeing it, so I let it slide, for a couple hours numbers on the JQ, SoS, SoR match up weren't that large so really couldn't get a proper gauge...

    but by est prime, it was just sad. There was no low-res render, they was 3-5 folk and WHAM 50+ out of nowhere in your face or on your dead corpse.

    rinse repeat, rinse repeat.

    Either this is the game, or it's tactics (or both), but it's definitely not fun, and why I left the first time.

    Nothing has changed, nothing has been fixed, nothing is remotely better.

    Hmm... seems better to me, and I spend a good many hours in WvW on JQ. A little weird to see friendlies fade out, but I can usually see the bad guys. Of course, there are those that use the thief stealth AoE to do what you mention, and that stings... but it happens.

    It definitely has a long way to go (hence part of why they delayed the WvW update). Speaking of JQ, one of the tactics I see you guys using quite often is the bullrush tactic. Which basically entails stacking up large numbers of people in one spot, and then zerging an area before the game has a chance to render the accurate number of players. Often in conjunction w/ the stealth mechanic.

    It's fairly effective, but it does illustrate just how broken the culling is in this game at times. It definitely hinders the experience to say the least.

    I'm on JQ, and SoS and SoR was doing the same thing, it's the game, no it's a tactic..imho it's an exploit.

    and it's a game ending bug for a game hyped as a pvp game.

  • mikahrmikahr ZagrebPosts: 1,066Member
    Originally posted by Volkon

    Hmm... seems better to me, and I spend a good many hours in WvW on JQ. A little weird to see friendlies fade out, but I can usually see the bad guys. Of course, there are those that use the thief stealth AoE to do what you mention, and that stings... but it happens.

    Thief AOE stealth hides only 6 people (thief+5)

    Mesmers Mass Invisibility hides 11 people (mesmer+10)

    Mesmers Veil hides unlimited number pf people

    Mesmers portal is most effective way of using culling (aka portal bomb)

    And best way to avoid being stomped and break tables is to stop running with /random zerg because youll get stomped culling or no culling and people you play with will know how to best avoid above mentioned methods contrary to /random zerg (which some posters clearly show. Me like eating /random zergs for breakfast :) they are best suruce of badges and lewt )

  • Rider071Rider071 Utica, NYPosts: 318Member
    Originally posted by mikahr
    Originally posted by Volkon

    Hmm... seems better to me, and I spend a good many hours in WvW on JQ. A little weird to see friendlies fade out, but I can usually see the bad guys. Of course, there are those that use the thief stealth AoE to do what you mention, and that stings... but it happens.

    Thief AOE stealth hides only 6 people (thief+5)

    Mesmers Mass Invisibility hides 11 people (mesmer+10)

    Mesmers Veil hides unlimited number pf people

    Mesmers portal is most effective way of using culling (aka portal bomb)

    And best way to avoid being stomped and break tables is to stop running with /random zerg because youll get stomped culling or no culling and people you play with will know how to best avoid above mentioned methods contrary to /random zerg (which some posters clearly show. Me like eating /random zergs for breakfast :) they are best suruce of badges and lewt )

    So let me get this right, you're big and proud because you like to exploit a broken mechanic in a pvp game and think that's skillz?

    really?

    Rock on, GW2 God!

  • ZorgoZorgo Deepintheheartof, TXPosts: 2,226Member
    Originally posted by eyelolled
    Originally posted by Rider071

     

    I say this because, if you chat in GW2, you die. The game does not make it easy nor possible to chat and play.

     

    Ahh, so you prefer a game that is so slow paced you have time to type out a long winded speech during play.  Do they make turn based mmorpgs for people such as yourself? 

    I remember the people I played with from EQ as friends, who I got to know, specifically because of downtime chat.

    I remember no one from subsequent games with faster paced combat.

    Take from that what you will.

  • gaeanprayergaeanprayer Somewhere Out There, PAPosts: 2,320Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by hpisti

    Have to agree that the way people play the game has changed a lot in the past months.

    Dungeons, for example. I stopped running dungeons around end of October because it was all about die-rez at waypoint-have one person kite the boss while everyone runs back. Seemed strange, not a lot of fun.

    However, I've been running dungeons for the past 3 weeks, and it's a blast. People actually know what they're doing, they know the boss mechanics, signs to look for, how to rez others effectively, how to use combos.

    As for the lack of trinity making everything just a numbers game... I dunno. This is definitely not true in dungeons (especially with the new patch). I know, supposedly all dungeons can be cleared with any class combination, but having certain classes in there is a definite plus. I've even seen people post "LF guardian" messages...

    The LF guardian thing is not really about a specific class, rather a specific mechanic that's easier with that class. Guardians can reflect a lot and help remove status conditions party-wide fairly easily and consistantly. My Mesmer, for instance, can do the same thing (as can my elementalist, though she's more fragile), but my reflection is target on an enemy and my condition removals require ground/party targetting as well, plus has longer cooldowns. That said, I can and have taken a Guardian's place in a group effectively. This doesn't really change until you hit the 30+ portion of fractals where the Agony starts getting out of control even with high AR, at which point you'll want heavily defensive characters in your team and Guardians are just too delicious to pass up. You can get by without them, but it's really nice to have them there.

    So you're half on it, class combos are a plus, but it's more because certain classes can do things easier than others, even if 'better' is debateable. And yeah, people are playing much better these days. Did a fractal run at level 12 yesterday, got dredge, harpy and swamp fractal combo + bonus. We finished it in 40 minutes, no wipes. This was a PUG group btw, snatched them off gw2lfg.com. Likewise I level my alts in dungeons and people are doing really well there, as well. I think the combination of balance patches and time have helped people better understand and work within the bounds of gw2's combat.

    "Forums aren't for intelligent discussion; they're for blow-hards with unwavering opinions."

  • ZeroxinZeroxin LondonPosts: 2,521Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Zorgo
    Originally posted by eyelolled
    Originally posted by Rider071

     

    I say this because, if you chat in GW2, you die. The game does not make it easy nor possible to chat and play.

     

    Ahh, so you prefer a game that is so slow paced you have time to type out a long winded speech during play.  Do they make turn based mmorpgs for people such as yourself? 

    I remember the people I played with from EQ as friends, who I got to know, specifically because of downtime chat.

    I remember no one from subsequent games with faster paced combat.

    Take from that what you will.

    Funny, I remember the guy I bumped into whilst trying to unlock a door to a yeti hiding a chest. We both got talking and he told me about a cave nearby where we could go find some chests. Funny enough that ended with us fighting 2 bosses and finishing a jumping puzzle. Friended that guy.

    I also met a few guys who were looking for one more person to go into a dungeon with, we finished the story mode of Ascalonian Catacombs and we did it so smoothly (these guys were new) that we all friended each other just so we can do more dungeons. We finished two explorable mode dungeons the next day.

    I think this statement is appropriate here; "To each his own".

    This is not a game.

  • VolkonVolkon Sterling, VAPosts: 3,788Member
    Originally posted by aesperus
    Originally posted by Volkon
    Originally posted by Rider071

    So ever since a poster replied that they had implemented the band-aid fix to the culling exploit using a TERA-like render of folk, I went and tried.

    Just got out of 6 hours of WvWvW, from Oceanic prime to 5pm est. by that time I was just sickened.

    It was bad at oceanic prime, not gonna sugar coat it, but I figured I was ruty in seeing it, so I let it slide, for a couple hours numbers on the JQ, SoS, SoR match up weren't that large so really couldn't get a proper gauge...

    but by est prime, it was just sad. There was no low-res render, they was 3-5 folk and WHAM 50+ out of nowhere in your face or on your dead corpse.

    rinse repeat, rinse repeat.

    Either this is the game, or it's tactics (or both), but it's definitely not fun, and why I left the first time.

    Nothing has changed, nothing has been fixed, nothing is remotely better.

    Hmm... seems better to me, and I spend a good many hours in WvW on JQ. A little weird to see friendlies fade out, but I can usually see the bad guys. Of course, there are those that use the thief stealth AoE to do what you mention, and that stings... but it happens.

    It definitely has a long way to go (hence part of why they delayed the WvW update). Speaking of JQ, one of the tactics I see you guys using quite often is the bullrush tactic. Which basically entails stacking up large numbers of people in one spot, and then zerging an area before the game has a chance to render the accurate number of players. Often in conjunction w/ the stealth mechanic.

    It's fairly effective, but it does illustrate just how broken the culling is in this game at times. It definitely hinders the experience to say the least.

    Which map were you in? I'm wondering which guild(s) that may have been. FIRE doesn't really bother with that for example, but I can't speak for others. Of course, the same argument could be made for the other two servers as well. I've seen the entire Agg zerg run behind a wall, wait a moment, then run back out to take advantage of the delay in loading. It'll be nice once ANet cleans that up more, I admit.

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  • AutemOxAutemOx Fullerton, CAPosts: 1,704Member
    I have not played a ton of GW2 but I have not experienced this culling thing except for when i first log in to LA sometimes but it goes away after a few seconds.  Is it something that affects certain players more than others?

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  • mikahrmikahr ZagrebPosts: 1,066Member
    Originally posted by Rider071

    So let me get this right, you're big and proud because you like to exploit a broken mechanic in a pvp game and think that's skillz?

    really?

    Rock on, GW2 God!

    if running around like headless chicken is your thing, knock yourself out.

    It works both ways.

    Adapting to a situation and intelligent reaction to a situation are sure sign of something...or you can break tables...its also sure sign of something. To each his own.

    And you can conside culling as just another tacical challenge, and thats exactly what smart people do.

    And, with your style of play, you would get stomped anyway by some a bit more organized group, culling or no culling. /random zerg gets stomped 99% of the time, numbers dont really matter there.

    Originally posted by Zorgo

    I remember the people I played with from EQ as friends, who I got to know, specifically because of downtime chat.

    I remember no one from subsequent games with faster paced combat.

    Take from that what you will.

    i remember people from any so called "solo MMO" i played.

    But then, people you get to know in so called "solo MMO" are much more valuable because they arent FORCED to group with you.

    OTOH i remember lot of anonymous people from forced grouping games who were there just because they were forced to group to play.

    Originally posted by wormywyrm
    I have not played a ton of GW2 but I have not experienced this culling thing except for when i first log in to LA sometimes but it goes away after a few seconds.  Is it something that affects certain players more than others?

    The worse cumputer you have the worse you are affected. So the first step was "model placeholders" so even bad compters can actually load models in the first place.

  • Rider071Rider071 Utica, NYPosts: 318Member
    Originally posted by mikahr
    Originally posted by Rider071

    So let me get this right, you're big and proud because you like to exploit a broken mechanic in a pvp game and think that's skillz?

    really?

    Rock on, GW2 God!

    if running around like headless chicken is your thing, knock yourself out.

    It works both ways.

    Adapting to a situation and intelligent reaction to a situation are sure sign of something...or you can break tables...its also sure sign of something. To each his own.

    And you can conside culling as just another tacical challenge, and thats exactly what smart people do.

    And, with your style of play, you would get stomped anyway by some a bit more organized group, culling or no culling. /random zerg gets stomped 99% of the time, numbers dont really matter there.

    1. The zerg was elsewhere doing it's own thing, I was taking back a heated control point needed for resources for the purpose of testing.  My purpose was to find the effect of culling and if it was fixed, being amongst a zerg would not have helped that test. So take your stereotypical zerg-fest projection and place it onto yourself where it belongs.

    2. Again, real pvp players will not waste their time playing a bugged pvp game, much less brag about using that bug as a tool to win.

  • Rider071Rider071 Utica, NYPosts: 318Member
    Originally posted by wormywyrm
    I have not played a ton of GW2 but I have not experienced this culling thing except for when i first log in to LA sometimes but it goes away after a few seconds.  Is it something that affects certain players more than others?

    Culling occurs in WvWvW the most often, and as we find from some of our most vocal defenders of GW2, it's actually used as a tactic to win in WvWvW.

    You won't see much of this in PvE if at all, maybe in a dragon raid, but culling is primarily a pvp issue that shouldn't be occurring in a promoted RvR game.

    The game has a problem rendering multiple PC after 5 in a radius around you (it can lag up to 3 seconds before rendering). Add to that the brilliant tactic of using thief and mesmer abilities to hide groups and entire zergs, and well what occurs is an extended cull, beyond that 3 second window. If they are really good, they can keep the cycle up infinitely. Thus you never actually see your targets, just their spells or combat effects. This is more apparant if your using seige. You can use an arrow cart for example (I did this yesterday), launch it onto the area of culling you think is taking place, and yup....you'll see the numbers float from damage, and your allies, but won't see any signs of the enemy, just the damage you are doing.

  • Jean-Luc_PicardJean-Luc_Picard La BarrePosts: 3,544Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by grimal
    Originally posted by Jean-Luc_Picard

    TSW puzzles definitely don't require the trinity at all. I don't even now why he posted that, it's totally irrelevant.

    I jumped in the argument halfway and was just responding to the point of 'naming a trinity based game with difficulty'.

    So, TSW is trinity game and does have some difficult elements.  Just pointing out that fact.

    And amusingly, as already observed in a previous post, that difficulty is in no way related to having a trinity or not.

    Thanks for making HIS point... ;-)

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  • Jean-Luc_PicardJean-Luc_Picard La BarrePosts: 3,544Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Zorgo
    Originally posted by eyelolled
    Originally posted by Rider071

     

    I say this because, if you chat in GW2, you die. The game does not make it easy nor possible to chat and play.

     

    Ahh, so you prefer a game that is so slow paced you have time to type out a long winded speech during play.  Do they make turn based mmorpgs for people such as yourself? 

    I remember the people I played with from EQ as friends, who I got to know, specifically because of downtime chat.

    I remember no one from subsequent games with faster paced combat.

    Take from that what you will.

    I remember no one from my EQ days. All my friends, which include people I only know online but also real life friends, come from UO, AC1, WoW, LOTRO, SW:TOR and now GW2. AC1, from which I have real life friends I know for 10+ years, was just as fast paced as GW2, if not even more.

    Mileage always varies depending on the person, some people manage to socialize without being forced to by more or less boring game mechanics. Thing is, people always blame the game without wondering if the problem doesn't actually come from themself... and if one can only socialize when forced to, in my opinion, there is a problem.

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  • Rider071Rider071 Utica, NYPosts: 318Member
    Originally posted by Jean-Luc_Picard
    Originally posted by Zorgo
    Originally posted by eyelolled
    Originally posted by Rider071

     

    I say this because, if you chat in GW2, you die. The game does not make it easy nor possible to chat and play.

     

    Ahh, so you prefer a game that is so slow paced you have time to type out a long winded speech during play.  Do they make turn based mmorpgs for people such as yourself? 

    I remember the people I played with from EQ as friends, who I got to know, specifically because of downtime chat.

    I remember no one from subsequent games with faster paced combat.

    Take from that what you will.

    I remember no one from my EQ days. All my friends, which include people I only know online but also real life friends, come from UO, AC1, WoW, LOTRO, SW:TOR and now GW2. AC1, from which I have real life friends I know for 10+ years, was just as fast paced as GW2, if not even more.

    Mileage always varies depending on the person, some people manage to socialize without being forced to by more or less boring game mechanics. Thing is, people always blame the game without wondering if the problem doesn't actually come from themself... and if one can only socialize when forced to, in my opinion, there is a problem.

    No one was forced to socialize, the games you have mentioned, and EQ had the tools to do so. It was part of the game. Part of the game that defined Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game.

    In GW2, it actually is a hindrance to do so. You can do better ignoring chat completely, and just do your own thing. Taking your own analogy, you do not see a problem when one is forced to not socialize in an MMORPG? Do you not think that would form some anti-social behavior in players?

    A simple solution would be an in-game voice chat and an lfg system, but since they don't exist in-game, the game lacks a basic form of community shown to exist in all the other games you mentioned above, and EQ.

    Also a game you didn't list, but should be very apparant that you should, a game with a huge focus on community and chat...GW1.

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