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  • DirtyDan.4759DirtyDan.4759 Member ✭✭✭

    @Aridon.8362 said:
    In regards to the raids I just wish there was a raid guide in game, also some backstory as to what's going going on and why. And a small strategy guide on boss mechanics, I mean you know it's senseless for heroes to go fight a boss without a plan.

    I still to this day do not know why we kill the things we do in them. WvW just needs to stop trying so hard to be an RTS and more about warfare/pvp.

    For wing 1 lore enter the Spirit Vale and talk to the guy with the orange icon on his head at ground level. He will brief you.

  • Can I just pipe in and say IMHO the real barrier to raids is not that "there is a giant leap in difficulty between raids and other endgame content". While this may be true, the average casual gamer is usually competent enough to figure things out. The real barrier is time. A lot of people just dont have the time or desire to group with 10 other people for the duration of a raid. If you want to understand why people dont raid, ask a sample from the whole population of gw2 and dont just talk it out amongst yourselves and the players that want more raids. Thats a biased bubble.

  • Svarty.8019Svarty.8019 Member ✭✭✭✭
    edited January 20, 2021

    @Ikya.2469 said:
    The real barrier is time. A lot of people just dont have the time or desire

    • You just said it's time, but then you hit the REAL reason ... DESIRE.
    • If I desire raids, I'll play "That Blizzard Game". That's the raid game. They specialise in raids, they've done them for over 15 years.
    • I don't want to raid, that's one reason I'm here and not there.
    • How hard is this to understand?
    • This game has OTHER unique features that attract me. I get it, it's easier/less risky/cheaper to be a follower than a leader, but you don't become a business owner if you're not into gambling. I guess this is what happens when the business owner isn't anywhere near their end product.

    This post contains my opinion.

  • Ikya.2469Ikya.2469 Member
    edited January 21, 2021

    Although I'm sure there are some that like to raid here I suspect the majority of people dont. The game industry is filled with the corpses of studio's that tried to copy "That Blizzard Game".
    I just read an article about their [bliz's] CEO getting 35 mil p/a, firing staff and increasing prices. Frankly their product isnt worth the value and I suspect gw2 is about to start getting an influx of new players ;)

    PS: I dont blame them [gw2] for "wanting to have a go" at attracting more people to raid, its just that it most likely wont work and will detract from resources better spent on their core model.

  • AliamRationem.5172AliamRationem.5172 Member ✭✭✭✭

    @Svarty.8019 said:

    @Ikya.2469 said:
    The real barrier is time. A lot of people just dont have the time or desire

    • You just said it's time, but then you hit the REAL reason ... DESIRE.
    • If I desire raids, I'll play "That Blizzard Game". That's the raid game. They specialise in raids, they've done them for over 15 years.
    • I don't want to raid, that's one reason I'm here and not there.
    • How hard is this to understand?
    • This game has OTHER unique features that attract me. I get it, it's easier/less risky/cheaper to be a follower than a leader, but you don't become a business owner if you're not into gambling. I guess this is what happens when the business owner isn't anywhere near their end product.

    I happen to agree that WoW is a better game for group PvE content, in particular raiding. However, I also agree that time is a factor for a lot of people. But more than that there is an implicit obligation when you must rely on 9 other players also committing their time. One thing that defines "hardcore" play for me is not so much time spent playing, but that obligation.

    Current and former raiders from any MMO can probably relate, but sometimes it can begin to feel like a job. Ever been in a guild that has the latest content on farm, you're equipping alts you never play, and you show up for hours each week basically just so the guild doesn't kick you before the next big raid release? Would casual players ever tolerate anything like that?

  • Touchme.1097Touchme.1097 Member ✭✭✭
    edited January 21, 2021

    Hi Andrew, thank you for choosing to communicate with us gamers, I hope this will be the beginning of a regular communication between the studio and the players. We are all committed to make GW2 a better game as much as the studio does, the only things we can do, however, is writing feedbacks and discussions. I am glad to know you are very interested in delivering a good raiding experience, this is one of my favourite modes at the moment but it feels very hard for new and casual players and because there is no difficulty scaling in raid like in other MMORPGs I can see a lot of improvements you can do to make it more popular. Fractal scaling could go up forever like mythic dungeons work in WoW for example with slightly better rewards and a challenge worth for the very experienced gamers who like hard challenges. Have a good day and I hope to read more from you.
    Take care

  • Randulf.7614Randulf.7614 Member ✭✭✭✭

    @Touchme.1097 said:
    Hi Andrew, thank you for choosing to communicate with us gamers, I hope this will be the beginning of a regular communication between the studio and the players.

    Just in case you hadn't seen it, Andrew's post was dated almost exactly 12 months ago.

    What sleep is here? What dreams there are in the unctuous coiling of the snakes mortal shuffling. weapon in my hand. My hand the arcing deathblow at the end of all things. The horror. The horror. I embrace it. . .

  • Touchme.1097Touchme.1097 Member ✭✭✭

    @Randulf.7614 said:

    @Touchme.1097 said:
    Hi Andrew, thank you for choosing to communicate with us gamers, I hope this will be the beginning of a regular communication between the studio and the players.

    Just in case you hadn't seen it, Andrew's post was dated almost exactly 12 months ago.

    Thank you for pointing that out. I am a man who can't live without good hopes. So hopefully someone from the studio reads my message and can spread the love.