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Posted: Dec 13th 2010 2:35PM bylthe said

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Doctor Phil would have a field day with Gwen, He could write a book on her. LOL Anyone know when she is gonna be on the Oprah show?

Posted: Dec 13th 2010 2:55PM leareth said

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It's too bad you didn't mention the Gwen that visited us at the end of the beta for GW1.

"Mommy told me not to play with fire!"

"But Mommy's dead!"

Hundreds of Gwen's running around setting people on fire ...

Posted: Dec 13th 2010 3:37PM Channel84 said

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Frankly gwen is the most iconic character in the guild war series(imo)
Nice to see flameseeker chronicle paying tribute to her ^^

Posted: Dec 13th 2010 4:05PM Avernus said

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I remember seeing adult gwen for the first time. It had honestly, been 3 years or so since I'd thought about her, but one of my friends said that, 'once you get to the Eye of the North, you'll run into someone surprising.'
It was on a character I'd played from the start and it really brought back a lot of memeories from those years when I was playing to think that, according to the story, that all happened over 20 years or so of my toons' life. It was pretty cool, and I'm not usually an emotional kinda guy.

Posted: Dec 13th 2010 4:26PM yeppers said

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I'm leveling my 3rd character in GW1. 1st char was in Prophecies, 2nd was in Factions, and I'm now level 15 in Nightfall. I've taken a few breaks here and there. Every time I return, I'm reminded how solid of a game this still is -- despite its age!

So far I've only seen Gwen in Pre-Searing. Thanks for your post! I can't wait to meet up with her again.

PS... personal plea to ANet -- please don't let us down with GW2!!

Posted: Dec 13th 2010 4:28PM ZenJitsu said

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I love the continuity and investment that ArenaNet puts into their characters! I think it's just fantastic that as you progress through the story, the characters change and develop with it...even your hire-able henchmen. I loved some of the comments and stories they told at the end of the Prophecies campaign (although that's a relatively new addition) right before you exit into Droknar's Forge.

But back on-topic: Gwen's one of my favorite video game characters voiced by one of my favorite voice actors... Kari Wahlgren. I hope she'll be doing a lot more voice work as Caithe in GW2!

Posted: Dec 13th 2010 6:32PM GaaaaaH said

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But what about the trauma of becoming Gwen-chan?

Posted: Dec 13th 2010 8:42PM DevilSei said

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I always remembered Gwen as that odd, cheery lass who was crazy enough to follow me around as I hacked and chopped up monsters. She grows on you though, as she's about all you'd have for a companion at that time.

Then the Searing hit, and you hear nothing about her again, you're left either knowing you didn't do anything for her, or left with a piece of her, either way its a rather sad thing that I haven't seen in any MMO yet.

Then, she returns finally, and if you had that little cape or flute, she'll remember you in a way she wouldn't for those who didn't go through Prophecies, and asks you personally for help in getting back at her Captors. I thought it was awesome.

Posted: Dec 14th 2010 5:38AM pcgneurotic said

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What really burned he into my mind as one of the outstanding computer game characters ever was her animation. I came to GW close to launch with a raised eyebrow, unconvinced that the game would be able to capture me, esp. after a lot of trouble getting used to the (then strange) click-to-move system and invisible ankle-height walls everywhere.

Then, along came Gwen. Her animation was so varied and life-like, sometimes in my memory I impute her with movements she never actually did. But certainly, she was the most life-like, credibly animated character I'd ever seen in a game to that point, and possibly even to this day - and I've been a constant gamer since my first Colecovision!

Posted: Dec 14th 2010 8:21AM Taku said

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I think we love Gwen because she's Gwen. She was always there, skipping and healing, and then she vanishes for many years, and you wonder what happened to her. And Arena Net knew this. They took pains to help Gwen become the icon she is today. Without that, this game wouldn't be half as interesting.

Posted: Dec 15th 2010 3:49PM Valdamar said

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I like Gwen (strange, because I usually detest children as they are portrayed in games - and movies too for that matter), but in the early parts of the Flameseeker Prophecies Campaign I had much stronger feelings about Prince Rurik...

Stronger, in that I constantly wanted to reach into the screen and strangle the arrogance out of him - then we bumped into Dagnar in the mountains and afterwards, despite the cold climate, thinking about Rurik just gave me a lovely warm feeling of satisfaction instead ;)

Maybe it doesn't reflect well on me, but in games I'm far more likely to run into characters that annoy me than characters that I "love" - and yeah, I'm using quotes - it annoys me how the L word gets overused for feelings that really aren't that - I'd be quite worried about my psyche if I actually loved a character from a game.

I find MMOs don't tend to have that many strong recurring characters - I guess because the Devs don't want your character to feel overshadowed - so in that respect Gwen would probably be high on my list of notable+likeable MMO characters (she'd certainly be a lot higher up the list than Fusionette from CoH - at least Gwen doesn't get me killed :p ). It's not something I've really put much thought into before, though.

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