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Posted: Jun 22nd 2010 12:12PM (Unverified) said

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♥♥♥♥ Not everyone is a big lore fan,
♥♥♥♥ so participation is completely optional

Heh, I find this part funny... but maybe ArenaNet is getting it... OPTIONAL... that's very important with MMORPG development. That's why EverQuest was such a compelling game. It gave players a level of freedom that wasn't experienced before... including languages.

I liked how you could team up with one of the other races and learn their language. It basically involved spamming text, but it was fun. It encouraged interaction. It covered three of the four basic types of MMORPG players -- achievers, explorers and socializers.

I still see this as a double-edged sword for Guild Wars 2. They're focusing a lot on the lore... the story... that means if you don't like the story, are you left out? For example, I didn't see Avatar because I didn't find the story (and the political overtones) compelling. It's the same with Lord of the Rings. If you like the story... you'll enjoy the trilogy. If you don't like that fantasy setting, watching the movie becomes less about enjoyment and more about an endurance run.

I was first interested in Guild Wars for technical reasons... no monthly fees, 50 vs 50 pvp, good fansite program, no tedious game play elements. Guild Wars 2 is promoted on content... artwork, lore and now even language... but is it going to be fun?

For players into this language stuff, this is probably very compelling to them... but for the majority of players, it probably means a visit to the Guild Wars wiki for a quick cheat around this content. It would have been nice to figure out the War in Kryta riddles, but the strength of an entire community figured out the puzzle before I even knew a riddle existed.

Posted: Jun 22nd 2010 12:56PM (Unverified) said

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COOL!!!

Posted: Jun 22nd 2010 1:02PM Its Utakata stupid said

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Now...there's an idea for a side profession: linguistics. :)

Posted: Jun 22nd 2010 3:13PM (Unverified) said

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Love it, GW2 is going great places!

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