guild wars 2

Get Guild Wars 2 Path of Fire
Official Site: Guild Wars 2
Studio: ArenaNet/NCsoft
Launch Date: August 28, 2012
Genre: Fantasy Hybrid Themepark
Business Model: Hybrid B2P (Cash Shop, No Sub, Paid Expansions)
Platform: PC

The Stream Team: Living it up in Guild Wars 2’s Lunar New Year

Firecrackers, racing, and a dragon ball? It sounds like a perfect time to Massively OP’s MJ, so she’s heading into Guild Wars 2 to take part in the Lunar New Year event. Besides, who wouldn’t want to celebrate the Year of the Dog? That does mean there will be puppies, right? Tune in live at 6:00 p.m. to join in the festivities (and check for puppies!).

What: Guild Wars 2
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 6:00 p.m. EST on Tuesday, February 6th, 2018

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Flameseeker Chronicles: My Guild Wars 2 goals for 2018

It’s the time of year for spring-cleaning and goal-setting, where we look ahead to a fresh start filled with plenty of days left for accomplishing all the things we didn’t quite get around to in the previous year. I love taking stock of my yearly MMO progress, especially in Guild Wars 2, and using that reflection to form some new goals to keep my focus and make things challenging in the year ahead. I’ve decided to share my 2018 GW2 to-do list with you all in the hope that it might inspire you to create one yourself.

In this edition of Flameseeker Chronicles, I’ll explain my 2018 goals. Some of my goals are far more ambitious than others, while a few on my list are simply continuations of goals I set for myself year-on-year. I never truly aim to complete my entire list, but it does serve as a fantastic point of reference for times when I feel a little directionless or restless and need some inspiration. Don’t forget to share your goals with me in the comments; who knows, perhaps some of your goals would be added to my list too!

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Guild Wars 2’s lunar new year patch is here with some big class balance changes too

Happy Lunar New Year! Guild Wars 2 has trotted out the requisite new year’s event in celebration of the year of the dog, though this year, ArenaNet has rejiggered achievement categories, added a new firecracker event and seasonal race in Divinity’s Reach, and updated Dragon Ball arena. Head to the Crown Pavilion in Divinity’s Reach for the festivities through February 22nd. Oh yeah, and zodiac weapons are back (plus the latest harvesting tool is literally a dog)!

Of course, today’s patch does more than paint the town red; it also patches in the planned alacrity and boon changes, boosts credit given to support players for supporty things, reimagines the Mesmer, and adds assorted buffs and nerfs (mostly buffs, actually) in the service of balancing the rest of the classes, particularly some of the unloved elite specs. I’m sure someone will find something to gripe about, but so far, the response on Reddit is more or less content.

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Guild Wars 2: Mesmer changes, the friendship contest, and the real identity of the Herald of Balthazar

If you missed Guild Wars 2’s Twitch stream this afternoon, and you probably did because it’s Friday and ain’t nobody got time to watch a few hours of Twitch in the middle of a work day, then you’re going to want to get caught up, as the devs outlined some of the new stuff coming over the next month. Lore-friends got an earful too, as it was confirmed that Devona – of classic Guild Wars fame – was confirmed to be the Herald of Balthazar in Path of Fire. Dun dun dunnn!

The community is still buzzing over the incoming alacrity (it’s getting a hefty nerf) and Mesmer meta changes too (phantasms and shatter skills are getting a revamp), in addition to the alliance system and WvW shakeup we covered yesterday.

Finally, ArenaNet is kicking off a new contest, this one for those folks who have a great Guild Wars 2-related story about friendship. Anyone who uses the hashtag with such a post will be entered in a sweepstakes, the prizes for which include merchandise, custom portraits, and a PAX West 2018 studio invite.

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Guild Wars 2 proposes massive overhaul of WvW with world restructuring and creation

World vs. world content has long been a sore spot for Guild Wars 2, at least as far as world PvPers are concerned, which is why the upcoming world restructure for that game mode will probably be a welcome one.

As explained on the forums yesterday, ArenaNet is apparently aiming to fix WvW by rejiggering the arbitary server boundaries that lock WvW players onto one server or another. That’s not worked properly in years, given that each server operates with different population loads in different time zones, and allowing players to choose hasn’t helped. The solution is to go through a “world creation” generation round at the beginning of every season, meaning the game will pick your side for you in a way that actually balances the teams based on your history, language, affiliations, and skill.

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Massively OP Podcast Episode 155: Pirates, progression, and patches

On this week’s show, the fate of Star Wars: The Old Republic is up for debate! In addition to sorting that out, Justin and Bree discuss the new Age of Conan progression server, Final Fantasy XIV’s big content release, EVE Online’s disappointing battle, and more.

It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, and gamer emails! And remember, if you’d like to send in your own letter to the show, use the “Tips” button in the top-right corner of the site to do so.

Listen to the show right now:

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Re-examining Asheron’s Call’s Shard of the Herald event on its first deathiversary

Although the Asheron’s Call series has now been dead for exactly one year today, it’s far from forgotten by fans. It was admittedly a cult classic, and as the youngest of the “Big Three” graphical MMOs, it was the easiest to ignore, especially as it used an original sci-fi/fantasy setting rather than, well, something with elves.

MMO AC converts I’ve met regularly said the game was more solo-friendly and more story-driven than Ultima Online and EverQuest, receiving monthly updates that felt like downloadable content before DLC was a common industry term. These weren’t simply automated addons but events that were often curated in a fashion that is similar to Game Masters in tabletop RPGs, meaning that those who built the scenario sometimes participated as their own lore characters, placing themselves at the mercy of their own game and community. While several events in both AC1 and AC2 made use of this kind of interactive story-telling style, none is better recalled than the first event: The Shard of the Herald.

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Guild Wars 2 makes SuperData’s top 10 list of ‘premium PC games by revenue for 2017’

If you want SuperData’s complete 2017 Digital Games & Interactive Media market brief, you’re… not going to have to pay for it. It’s free, or at least the “executive summary” is, assuming you’re willing to put in an address to get it. Here are some of the more interesting highlights from the doc.

  • MMORPG players, take note: Guild Wars 2 is included on the top 10 premium PC games by revenue for 2017. It’s at #8 with $87M.
  • There are a few MMOs on the top free-to-play games by revenue for 2017 list too, including Blade & Soul, MapleStory, and Roblox. (We’re not quite sure why World of Warcraft isn’t on either list.)
  • PUBG owned 2017 with $712M in revenue in less than a year – yes, more than Overwatch, Destiny 2, and Grand Theft Auto combined in 2017.
  • A third of the world plays free-to-play games. That’s 89% of the revenue of the mobile and PC markets.
  • Mobile isn’t dead; we spent $14 billion more dollars on mobile than PC last year than in 2016. Notably, a huge chunk of that money is funneled to just a handful of games – most of them in the east.
  • E-sports is only getting bigger, with $756M in 2017 revenue.

You can take a peek yourself on SuperData’s site.

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The Daily Grind: What’s the best MMORPG for a trio?

I’ve been considering this question ever since my husband and I upgraded our six-year-old’s Guild Wars 2 account with Path of Fire and we found that trioing there is actually quite a lot of fun (and frustrating because again, six-year-old, but also fun!). That got me to wondering which other MMOs we might consider once he’s a bit older and doesn’t need games that are quite as visually gore-free as GW2.

We’ve talked about great MMOs for duos before – along with the worst. Most MMOs with level or zone scaling are going to work, as will some MMOs with a sidekicking feature. On the other hand, some MMOs really don’t scale up to “one more person” particularly well; they have grouping systems where a trio is still one body short of the “real” content, offer sidekicking systems that work only for pairs, or limit rewards for doing regular game content with multiple people. Some are just a challenge to coordinate more bodies: I’ve really struggled playing Trove with him, for example, because it seems so hard to team up effectively and stay together in basic content there.

What’s the best MMORPG for a trio? Can you think of any MMOs that are particularly suited to trios over duos or groups of four or more?

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Perfect Ten: Major MMO expansions and updates to expect in 2018

Now that we’re almost 1/12th of the way through 2018, it’s probably about time to stop anticipating the year and start experiencing it. We have already looked at MMOs coming this year, multiplayer titles on the way, the current healthiest MMOs, MMO predictions, and the best value games on the market. So what’s left?

Expansions. Expansions and major content updates are what’s left. It might seem a little presumptuous to try to outline what’s coming this year, since many studios still have their long-range plans under wraps, but when we sat down in the MOP office to talk about it, we ended up with a much larger list than anticipated.

So here’s a look at the major MMO expansions and content updates we are expecting and anticipating over the course of this year. After this? You’re on your own, kid.

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Massively OP Podcast Episode 154: A Prime experiment

On this week’s show, Bree and Justin hit up a week of huge MMO news, including Camelot Unchained’s investments, RIFT’s new subscription server, Devilian’s demise, and more!

It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, and gamer emails! And remember, if you’d like to send in your own letter to the show, use the “Tips” button in the top-right corner of the site to do so.

Listen to the show right now:

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Trademarks, copyrights, and patents: What they mean for you and for video games

Has the pace of news moved so quickly that we’ve already forgotten about Brendan “PlayerUnknown” Greene’s statement that video games lack any IP copyright protection? Because that was really ridiculous. Especially since what he was referring to was not actually even remotely related to copyright, but covered something that would be handled via patent. And even that wouldn’t have worked!

Of course, you can’t really blame him. By which I mean you can totally blame him, but it’s a common misconception that turns up time and again. People talk about copyright, trademark, and patent issues in the same general melange of “this company owns this,” and the thing is that they’re related terms and concepts that nevertheless mean very, very different things.

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ArenaNet donates $3500 to Guild Wars fan whose game copy survived a deadly housefire

Howasabout another feel-good story? Let’s do it! This one comes from Kotaku, which covered a large donation Guild Wars 2 studio ArenaNet recently made to a fan.

According to the GoFundMe, which is still live and has surpassed its original $5000 goal, the family of Georgia resident Frances Hunsucker was devastated by a house fire; while all the humans escaped the blaze, two pets did not, and everything they owned was destroyed. Well, almost everything. Hunsucker uploaded a video of her classic Guild Wars Nightfall DVD case, which didn’t seem much affected by the flames.

“The local Game Stop people know me as the ‘crazy Guild Wars lady,'” she reportedly told Kotaku.

ArenaNet chipped in $3,595 toward the “crazy Guild Wars lady’s” fundraiser along with a swag bag, propelling the donations over the top and hopefully helping the fam through the first steps of rebuilding. Next time you say Thanks, ArenaNet, you should really, truly mean it.

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