Guild Wars 2 adds SMS verification, living world season one recap

    
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ArenaNet wants to make sure your Guild Wars 2 account is secure, and apparently just reminding gamers to stop using “PASSWORD123” for every website isn’t good enough because we’re idiots. That’s precisely why the studio is rolling out SMS verification later this summer.

“Once you associate a phone number with your account, if someone tries to log in to your account from a new location, we’ll send an SMS to your cell phone or call your landline to verify that it’s you,” explains ArenaNet’s Mike O’Brien. He argues that SMS is better for players than Google-style authenticators, as phone numbers are less ephemeral and less convenient for hackers.

Meanwhile, ArenaNet pushed a patch to the game today with new graphics options, new markers in Lion’s Arch, and some balance and bug fixes. There’s a living world recap too:

“Magister Ela Makkay of the Durmand Priory has been busy chronicling Scarlet’s War (known outside of Tyria as Living World Season 1). She’d like to share her research with you when you’re ready. Simply activate ‘Season 1 History Lesson,’ located under Scarlet’s War in your Story Journal, to learn more. (Note: You must use a level 80 character to access this recap.)”

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tominva2012
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It appears that speaking with Magister Ela Makkay, as mentioned in this article, fixed my “out of sequence” problem, so that I am now at the proper beginning of Season 2. Thanks, ArenaNet — (and MOP).

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I’m a bit puzzled by the Season 2 content, TBH. I purchased it through the in-game store, but it started with episode 6: Tangled Paths, with the other other parts listed as “not currently active”. It seems a little weird to me to offer story content … out of order … so to speak.

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dewdodu

password123 pssh…you deserved to get hacked if you don’t have a elite password like swordfish.

dragonwhimsy
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schmidtcapela The story to Season 1 wasn’t very good, all of the fun was because of the shared open world events. Even when they redo Season 1 for single player you won’t ever get that experience again. All you’ll have is a story without much depth. All of the interesting stuff happened in Season 2.

Honestly, you’re better off with the recap and just moving on. Its the same as when someone says “Yeah that show is good but the first season was really slow and you should just skip it.” 

You should just skip it.

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Nreff schmidtcapela  With logic like that you would make Vulcan blush .

You pay for the base game yes but part of the selling point of that base game is that it has free updates included and no subscription is needed . Hence they are part of that base game . 

Silly Billy .

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schmidtcapela Season 1 was crap and you can basically get all the rewards from the laurel vendor.  You can now see what happened  if that is a big deal to you, although Season 2 already filled in the gaps if you had actually bothered to play it instead of having a tantrum.

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Nreff schmidtcapela 
That is the risk of changing gears midway.
If GW2 had from the start implemented the Living World in a way players can repeat down the line I would likely still be playing, and would have likely pre-ordered the expansion; this week alone I did spend more in games than Heart of Thorns costs, after all.
But the first season is still content that I can’t play. Thus, I see no reason to go back to the game, to go experience the later parts of the story without being able to experience the earlier ones.

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Greaterdivinity TBPlayer2112 Most of the bugs are fixed now XD it’s safe to enter…the lightning one is hella sweet. The SMAA shouldn’t change much.

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bryanjturner RiccardoTavano Yep, but unluckily it’s a LOT of work…that for sure can’t be done now with HoT in the works at full regime.
We will probably see it in the future..but for now they have to focus on new content…revamping old stuff is just a lot of work for something fast to clear that won’t hold people for long…that’s why dungeons didn’t get revamped too in all this time too.

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RiccardoTavano bryanjturner While it isn’t playable which sucks, at least new players can watch an Animated short to fill in the blanks; I was worried about the eventual headache of explaining DE2 to my wife and where they cam from when I didn’t even know where half of them git in lol.