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Posted: Aug 17th 2011 9:38AM Irem said

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Thank you!! I completely forgot they'd be demoing it. :D
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Posted: Aug 17th 2011 10:05AM Lenn said

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@j1083 Sliders! Custom colours that stay with you even if you get another piece of gear! Love it!
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Posted: Aug 17th 2011 10:38AM j1083 said

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@Lenn I'm very happy with what we've seen so far. I want more presets and more sliders and I'm a little concerned that they didn't demonstrate selecting an eye color, but it's miles and miles ahead of most MMORPGs I'm used to.
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Posted: Aug 17th 2011 11:29AM j1083 said

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Posted: Aug 17th 2011 11:31AM Irem said

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@j1083
They warned us that they weren't going to have everything available, so I'm not worried about the amount of options yet.

...Okay, I lied, I -am- worried, but only because in GW1 there were very few male hairstyles that didn't look either very fussy or like a modern art sculpture.
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Posted: Aug 17th 2011 1:01PM Utakata said

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@Irem

I had noted their character creation mechanics are similar to GW just with more variety. The coloration of armor was particulary reminiscent of that. This is not a bad thing, instead copying many of the original simplistic systems will go along way for making it intuitive. Because it's still very familar. The added features and sliders are a really nice touch instead.

I also suspect that they limited character creation on their demo inpart so players don't spend City of Heroes hours developing and tweeking their characters, but encouraging to actually play the game instead in a limited time frame. :)
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Posted: Aug 17th 2011 9:29AM (Unverified) said

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If my experience with awesome videos is anything to go by...

... Wait till release.

Seriously; everything Arenanet has said about the game; the fantastic videos we've seen of it running at different expos just leads to a gigantic bout of "must have!!! nnnngggggahhh!" which can lead to enormous disappointment.

This game, should, if done right; cause a massive splash. With a b2p model that encourages the development of quality content in order to make the moolah and the innovations being made in the combat and questing departments as well as the non-linear dungeon content we should have a monstrous success here.

But if it's not implemented correctly or there are important areas neglected or non-existent we're going to have a Lionhead scenario where we were promised the second coming and got a decent carpenter instead.

It should be great; but I'm going to have to play it first.

Posted: Aug 17th 2011 9:58AM Irem said

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I have confidence that the product ArenaNet releases will be a wonderful game. It won't do my dishes for me. It won't wash my car. When I install it and fire it up for the first time, dragons won't leap out of my screen and start a dynamic event in my living room. It probably won't blow my mind so severely that I forget that I'm playing a video game, or even that I'm playing an MMO. There will be things I don't like, and there will be bugs, and there will be work to do.

Expecting it to do -anything- but be a wonderful game that's worth your time and money is setting yourself up for a disappointment. That's all anyone can expect for their $60ish. If enough people decide that it's a wonderful game, the other stuff will follow, but I see a lot of hand-wringing over whether or not GW2 will be a massive industry success, more so than whether or not it'll be any -fun-. And while we can't really predict whether or not it'll be the second coming, and its arrival might not be heralded with trumpets and choirs, we -do- have information to support the idea that it'll be fun (like yet another crop of demo reviewers coming out to say that they didn't want to stop playing it).
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Posted: Aug 17th 2011 10:43AM Snichy said

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@(Unverified). Yeah, there is a lot of hysteria over this, with people above laughably saying how polished it is. Apart from a few short gameplay videos and pre-rendered videos, no one knows exactly how good it will be so people need a reality check.
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Posted: Aug 17th 2011 11:43AM EMH said

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@Snichy

I must agree here. There's a lot of flashy advertising and other things, but we don't know just how well the systems will work. It's the only that's been concerning me about this game, really. I just don't see how Arena-net can do this, considering the fact that they have only made one game in the past- the original Guild Wars.

I'm sure it will be great, but I'm not hopping aboard the "revolutionizing the MMO genre" train just yet.
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Posted: Aug 17th 2011 12:10PM (Unverified) said

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@Snichy

I agree on the polished comment. Polish comes from things like lack of bugs and stuff like that. Since most of us haven't played it at all, there's no way to tell just from videos whether or not it's polished.
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Posted: Aug 17th 2011 12:14PM j1083 said

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@Snichy Since I can't help but notice the reference to my comment, I can't help but mention I noted the polish in terms of proximity to a beta test, not how good the final product is or how "revolutionary" it may be.

Sniping at other people is fun, but it's even more fun when doing so serves a purpose beyond being snide.
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Posted: Aug 17th 2011 12:14PM Ehra said

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@Snichy

Someone seem to be forgetting that there have been multiple playable demos. People, in fact, CAN know how polished or unpolished the game is, since there are people out there who have had first hand experience with it.
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Posted: Aug 17th 2011 9:38AM Irem said

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@Ren54
The system requirements are reportedly fairly low (they've been working on the game on graphics cards that were out of date at the time they started, just to make sure, and apparently if you can run GW1 on medium settings you can run GW2), but there's no way in hell I'm not upgrading for this anyway.

Posted: Aug 17th 2011 9:42AM Tizmah said

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Can I play?

Posted: Aug 17th 2011 9:46AM wufiavelli said

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@Irem dang beet me to it.

Posted: Aug 17th 2011 9:57AM Balraw said

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yikes .... that looks very very impressive.

I just hope that when its eventually released into the wild (so to speak) that it remains just as impressive. If so it is going to be a big wake up call to many current and future mmo developers.

Posted: Aug 17th 2011 10:26AM Nepentheia said

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*huge smile on my face*

Ahhh, I can not wait to come home again! :-D

Posted: Aug 17th 2011 10:58AM Bramen said

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This game looks like a must try game! No sub so I guess it's one to always keep in your arsenal in the eternal fight against being board!

Posted: Aug 17th 2011 11:16AM Valdur said

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I'm lost for words right now,so I'm going to watch it again and again :)

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