This is my first ever post on the Guild Wars 2 forums (on any forums ever in fact), so apologies in advance for any mistakes I make posting this. It is quite rare to talk about Guild Wars so long after it has released with developers who worked on it so I thought it might be nice to ask a few questions, and share a bit of how Guild Wars 1 has affected my life : )
Long posts are really boring to read so I'll try and keep this short:
I grew up with guild wars 1 so it holds quite a special place in my heart, especially Kaineng city and the Nightfall maps. I am one of the (probably few) people who really enjoy exploring Kaineng (its my favourite part of factions) because like the concept artist Daniel Dociu I have also been pretty fascinated by Kowloon Walled City (a now-demolished settlement in Hong Kong which was very crowded and ungoverned and had inspired parts of Kaineng City). Another thing I remember is when I accidentally explored waaay ahead of the story and stepping through the Gate of Desolation. I was absolutely awestruck by how eerie and menacing it looked, and memories like that inspired me to a lot of my A-level art project on the environment of North Africa, its people and its history.
I've played quite a few other video games over the years now but nothing quite captures my imagination like the dated but gorgeous GW1 graphics (thank you to everyone who took the time to update them a bit by the way ^^). If it wasn't for guild wars 1 I wouldn't have found my passion for art and writing and that led me to apply for a computer arts degree in university. I don't know if I'll want to stay in the creative industry but video games have had such a profoundly good effect on my life that I really want to give that kind of impact to other people, and help to create something as incredible as the Guild Wars franchise!
So my question to any developers and players:
and also to anyone who can provide insight:
Thank you to anyone who took the time to read this or answered a question, and also to Gaile Gray and everyone who set up the Guild Wars 1 AFC!