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Posted: Sep 28th 2010 5:34PM Solp said

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Am I the only person who doesn't see the big deal of outside-the-game apps?

Posted: Sep 28th 2010 7:39PM Valdamar said

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No you're not. Personally I don't see the point either, but then I don't see when, where or why I'd use such an app.

I don't commute far (and I drive), I've never had tea/coffee breaks at any office jobs I've worked (drink tea/coffee while working), lunch breaks tend to be filled by working lunches or stuff I can't do outside office hours (like shopping, dental appointments, etc.), and trying to do anything not work related during the working day would just lead to a disciplinary/redundancy (I'm amazed when people say they surf the net at work during the day - I'd like a job where I could slack like that!).

Besides I'm not sure that I could really accomplish anything useful with my playstyle without being inside the game itself - plus I'm not sure I want MMOs intruding on my non-gaming time and distracting me.

I'm sure there are some people who find these apps useful, maybe even necessary, but I'm not one of them - but then I don't find web apps like WoW's Armoury or EQ's Players website that useful either.

Heck, even if some useful 3rd party app that I do use (like the Mids Character Planner for CoH) was available and actually worth using on a phone (i.e. things wouldn't take 3 times longer than just using it on PC when you got home), I still don't see when I'd use it, unless I had time to kill waiting for an appointment, which is rare.
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Posted: Sep 28th 2010 8:26PM Solp said

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On the flipside, I'm not all that busy and have ample opportunities to access these types of services. The point was made very well by yourself: Why would we want to be connected to the game when we're not playing? Surely keeping in contact with people on a mobile is easy enough without a GW2 app?

I'm not saying this app is stupid and pointless; certainly, a lot of people will find a use for it, it just almost seems like a waste of resources for something that's not really THE game.
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Posted: Sep 28th 2010 6:09PM Qehb said

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I think it's one of those things which seem useless at first but once you get it you can't think of being without it, like teevo or a microwave oven.

Posted: Sep 28th 2010 6:54PM Its Utakata stupid said

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Maybe they're throwing the writer a bone...since she was complaining about ArenaNet being too quiet the other day...

...to that I say, make more noise about it! :)

Posted: Sep 29th 2010 6:25AM Graill440 said

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One thing i am assuming is the "extended experience" is actually (aside from the entertainment) new ways for the title to create revenue. Nowhere did it state that most of the tech would be free. Apps usually cost money, not much, and other additions outside, made by third parties under licsence certainly wont be free, so the extended experience is also a money generator? Thats what i am seeing.

Posted: Sep 29th 2010 7:21AM Trippin said

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i do remember that its announced this service is free for all guildwars 2 players if i remember correctly. And so what if its a money generator? as you dont pay any subs for this game i dont really mind spending a few bucks for extra's like these.

you could also play Wow, pay a monthly fee just to play the game, and then pay2use stuff like mobile apps on top of that.

i like the idea of chatting with guild-mates on my android-phone, see what they doing and hop ingame if i like what they are gonna do. I lost count of times i logged into a game and stopped 10/20 minutes later cause no one was online or no one wanted to help each other. This should be a good way to see if you want to get online as casual player.

Posted: Sep 29th 2010 10:27AM (Unverified) said

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I hope Steve rejects their apps for not supporting Mac! Just kidding...kinda.

Seriously, OS X has been x86 for years now. Its not that difficult to port.

EVE does it, CoH does it, Warhammer does it, and of course WoW/Blizzard has released PC/Mac simultaneously for years, even when it was PowerPC.

Shipping more units and getting more players into the game might be a better use of funds than iPhone apps that will be niche at best among the player base.

Posted: Sep 29th 2010 9:02PM Vrazule said

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I have no desire to use phone for facebook apps for my games. As long as it doesn't detract from resources that would ordinarily go into the game itself, I could care less what they do. So far, the game looks like it will be top notch, so I'll reserve judgement on wasted resources.

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