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Posted: Apr 24th 2009 3:05PM (Unverified) said

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For some reason I expected more FREE updates, not commercial addons.

Posted: Apr 24th 2009 3:15PM Darkwood71 said

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Agreed. The lack of content updates and the vaporware that is GW2 has killed this game dead, dead, dead. It's sad that they can't seem to fix their cranial-rectal inversion, and do something that would revive this once fun and worthy title.

Posted: Apr 27th 2009 6:27PM (Unverified) said

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I don't know about dead. I still see alot of people playing GW, it might be dead for you but that is just you and not the entire community. I personally have no problem with the optional updates and am enjoying the actual free updates: extra bag space, Zaishen challenges have been a big hit from what I have seen, and the extras given out from Nicholas the Traveler can be pretty F-ing sweet; Gold Vampiric Dragon blade bad?

The way I see it you have one of two options:
1. Angrily complain and whine about the game and be a pooper or
2. Realize that it is just a game, and a fun one at that, and go with the flow.



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Posted: Apr 24th 2009 7:35PM (Unverified) said

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Same here =[

Posted: Apr 24th 2009 3:20PM (Unverified) said

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While I'm actually in favor of the whole micro-addon system, I think they should look at more of a iTunes model, and charge more in the $1 range. $10-$15 is fine for level expansions, but for a character makeover? Come on, NCSoft. You want people to shell out $10 for a virtual makeover in this economy?

Posted: Apr 24th 2009 3:38PM (Unverified) said

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If you've been playing Guild Wars for years, why wouldn't you shell out $10 to change your character's appearance? Unlike other MMOs you haven't been shelling out $15/month for 4 years just to play the game, and these prices are still in line with those charged by subscription games to do the same thing.

As to the lack of free updates . . . what exactly do you expect? Guild Wars' business model was based on the idea of paying for expansion packs to increase content rather than subscriptions. It's unfortunate that they haven't added any major content since the Eyes of the North campaign, but they've added vastly more content to their game over the last 4 years than has, say, World of Warcraft, and you've paid a hell of a lot less for it too.

Posted: Apr 24th 2009 3:52PM (Unverified) said

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Its unfortunate that so many people who I knew playing Guild Wars had the same complaints. I really wanted this subscription model to get popular and evolve into some sort of workable industry standard, but now developers are going more towards micro-transactions like this as opposed to a whole product to pay for once.

People have to feel like their game is evolving and going somewhere with some kinda of free patches and updates, otherwise most players will find it stale over time and move on to a more active developer.

Posted: Apr 24th 2009 4:16PM lloydv said

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I think some people are focusing too much on the fact that Arenanet is introducing paid "upgrades" together with the update. If they take a moment to look at what is actually being sold, it becomes clear that the actual, playable additions are free, as it always has been. What you pay for are the new optional additions to your account, such as storage and character make overs.

I think it's great that Anet has continued to grow Guild Wars. I'm looking forward to future updates and what new purchasable content they'll add to the in-game store.

Posted: Apr 24th 2009 4:23PM (Unverified) said

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People just need to stop thinking that just because Arenanet doesn't charge a monthly fee that everything else they do should be free as well.

Posted: May 3rd 2009 10:12PM (Unverified) said

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I don't think that way, I just think that name changes and stuff like that should always be free, no matter what mmo it is. Charging for name changes is just garbage.
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Posted: Apr 24th 2009 4:51PM TheJackman said

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this game need to retired and simple changes like a name need to be free!

Posted: Apr 24th 2009 6:10PM Minofan said

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I was sooooo delighted this morning to discover stylists were being added, and now my treasured Necromancer is finally free of his blue-tinted hair (there was no black available back in Prophecies) & generally weasel-ish features.

I'll be watching Professor Yakkington's schedule fantically for some time to come too, for the endless Cottontail Tonic must be mine one day.

Posted: Apr 24th 2009 11:44PM (Unverified) said

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I like the fact that the name and appearance changing things are overpriced. It keeps people from changing their name and appearance all the time while earning Arenanet a little more cash. I say if you're that desperate to make superficial changes to your character and are willing to pay for it with real money, then GW is as good a place as any for your cash to go.

The menagerie is a lot cooler than I expected. I love the NPCs placed everywhere that give you a run buff. It's much appreciated considering the area is bigger than I expected.

The single worst aspect of the entire celebration is how they're giving away the "free" storage. Their Web site has been completely unable to handle all the traffic, making it almost impossible to get the upgrade. It's dumb that they basically used the incentive of free storage as a plug for NCsoft's online store when the very store they're pushing can't even handle the load.

Posted: Apr 24th 2009 11:57PM Darkwood71 said

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It's not the cost of the changes that bother me. It's the fact that these changes are superficial and cosmetic. I'd be happy to pay for content additions if there were any, but that doesn't look likely. I'm willing to bet that GW2 doesn't see the light of day at this point. Feel free to prove me wrong NCsoft. I'll be playing WoW in the meantime.

Posted: Apr 25th 2009 5:58AM Tom in VA said

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^^ This, more than anything, is what frustrates me about Guild Wars. All of the updates since Eye of the North have been, essentially, fluff and more fluff and fluff you can pay for if you like. Superficial, powdery fluff. A new hero (Mox)? Geeze. We already have 85 bazillion heroes. More storage? Sheesh. Not exciting. And now this ability to change my avatar for a fee. It looks to me like NCSoft is trying to milk every last drop from a dying cow.

Nothing substantial and game-improving (like substantive new content or the ability to use more heroes) has been added to this game for ages.

Each time Guild Wars announces a "big new update" I check it out, but I have been consistently disappointed by them. It's a shame, too, as Guild Wars has (had?) so much potential.
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Posted: Apr 26th 2009 6:22PM (Unverified) said

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^^It's a common misconception, but I'd like to remind everyone that Guild Wars and Guild Wars 2 are developed, marketed, and released by Arenanet, which is owned by NCsoft, but ultimately better than NCsoft. Their devs are very good with talking to the community, and are a whole lot more likeable than NCsoft's. If NCsoft was making GW2, I'd be worried. But Arenanet can get through ANYTHING. (I'd also like to note that the entire update was made by an extremely small team consisting of about four people and maybe a few programmers. Only three of those people are still working on Guild Wars full time. Everyone else at Arenanet is mostly focused on Guild Wars 2. It's amazing they made any kind of update at all.)

Posted: Apr 26th 2009 8:01PM (Unverified) said

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You have to remember that the Arenanet employee's have to get paid and with their business model this probably is the most logical thing to do. Everything can't be free.

Posted: Apr 27th 2009 5:24AM Sam not Spam said

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I have no issue with this at all. Optional stuff being paid stuff to help keep the game up and running? Fine by me. Guild Wars has been an interesting experiment in revenue models, and I hope they can keep on going with GW1 and GW2. I don't have anywhere close to the same expectations of GW as I do for a $15/month MMO, and I like some of the resulting design decisions the revenue model brought about (particularly with how the game doesn't waste my time like some paid subscription games do).

Posted: Apr 27th 2009 10:56PM Darkwood71 said

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Meh. I'm not angry, and I'm not really complaining either. I'm just stating what seems to be obvious, to most of us who have played through all 3 campaigns, EotN, and have gotten bored grinding in hard mode, the game's lack of content updates (which I'm more than willing to pay for) make this a dead game from a PvE perspective.

Evey now and then, I log in myself, and I too see a lot of people playing. So, my conclusion is either, they're new (and haven't gotten to grind hell for monument titles), or they enjoy grind. More power to them in any case, and I'm glad they they're enjoying themselves.

However, the GW2 vapor (and we won't go into the TR closing fiasco), has crippled my trust and belief in NCSoft's ability to deliver a great game. Superficial and cosmetic updates do little to change that.

So call me a pooper if you must, but I feel justified in my opinion here.

Rest assured though, if GW2 ever sees the light of day, I'll be front and center waiting to try it out (and have been for a year). Maybe NCSoft will prove me wrong. Only time will tell.

Posted: Apr 29th 2009 4:37PM (Unverified) said

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Guild Wars isn't free it has never been. You can divide expense of buying original game and expansions per month and calculate from there. It surely is less than wow but then you can't unsubscribe after 1 month. Also if you spend more time than casual player in game you'll find out fast that getting those extra money updates is pretty necessary to "stay on top".

So yeah it's not free.

I would say guild wars has gotten pretty boring after they announced they're making guild wars 2. The game is obviously getting a bit old too. In MMO you want to develop your character and stuff but when there's incertainity if game is going to continue how long you don't really want to put much effort on it...
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