How a server explosion – and two epic devs – help keep Classic Guild Wars alive

    
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Sometimes things going wrong lead in good directions. According to a new interview on Kotaku, there are actually two developers keeping Guild Wars afloat at the moment – the original one, that is – and they only started diving into that because the game’s power supply exploded. In the process of fixing that damage, they happened to uncover a minor technical limitation that was impacting ping rates… and as a result, it became clear just how many people still enjoyed the game and what could be done to improve it.

Obviously, there’s no new content planned for the game (both because there are only two people doing extra work on it and because the development tools barely exist now), but there’s still a lot of stuff that can be done within the existing game code to provide higher graphical resolution and better performance across the board – as ArenaNet has already done over the last month, to the cheers of older school gamers.

If you’ve ever wondered what it takes to keep a game running in its maintenance mode, the full piece is well worth a read.

Source: Kotaku

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Thomas

It still astonishes me that, of all the new games in development, no one has considered developing a “GW successor game.”

GW was, and remains, the best online game I’ve ever played.

GW2 is ok and certainly boasts many technical improvements over GW1, but in terms of core game mechanics — heroes/henchmen, skill system, dual classing, story line — GW1 knocks GW2 (and most other games) out of the park.

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Jeremiah Wagner

Still in the top 3 best mmorpg’s. Current mmorpg’s are a complete joke compared to this game.

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Veldan

It’s not an MMORPG though

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and because the development tools barely exist now

How in the world do you lose something like that?

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Dušan Frolkovič

They probably did not lose it.

Best guess, the tools are long not supported anymore, operating systems have probably changed a few times since then.

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Archebius

True story – at the rather large manufacturing company I work for, we had a specific application that uploaded the master controls into a box that sat on a piece of equipment. The equipment didn’t “know” what configurations it had without this control box.

Unfortunately, the application had been written 10, 15 years before in VB6, which Microsoft stopped supporting back in 2008. But they continued to include VB6 support on their OSs, so no one thought anything of it… until they announced that they were no longer supporting it, they were getting rid of the IDE for it, and everyone should have moved on by now.

This meant that the only way we had to update the application, which needs to happen annually to adjust for new configuration options for the equipment, was through the last surviving machine that had the development tools for VB6 – an aging Windows XP machine kept in a closet for this, and only this, purpose. Shiny new hundred-thousand-dollar pieces of equipment were rolling off an assembly line, and relying on a single non-compliant PC kept in storage to work.

This is one of those big issues that plague a lot of companies – stuff gets old, and it requires constant oversight and significant investment to keep everything updated and working properly.

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Mimo

I wish they made a sequel. (No, the sad disappointment also known as Guild Wars 2 does not count as sequel to the original Guild Wars.) I miss the lobby type of game in which you couldn’t be “helped” by everyone and their mother.

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Angel

I miss the real deck building the game had. I hate that it got left behind in GW2. Also there was a real fear in GW when came up against certain classes such as Mesmers and Necromancers. You had to be sure you had the proper skills to deal with it. I feel like in GW2 that is gone.

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Bruno Brito

You forego choices for balance. It’s a common trend now, and one i hate.

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Archebius

One of the reasons why I bounced off GW2 so hard was that the classes all felt so similar to me. They were all built for soloing, so they all had heals and utility abilities by default.

I remember the sheer number of skills available for a character deck in GW, and how different your character would feel depending on how you kitted them out… sigh.

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Now add jump and I will be happy. Not to navigate terrain. Just to calm the urge. :D

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Angel

I was impossible for them add jump if I recall, some sort of technical limitations with the game engine. But honestly I don’t care, GW was and is a great game in my opinion.

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I know, but just an animation just to make us feel better perhaps?

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zuldar

I enjoyed the game back in the day and probably would have logged in to see the graphics improvement if I could remember my login info. Good to see it’s still getting attention.

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I lost everything including the CD-Keys but they will work with you if you can trace back to even old addresses or such.

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Castagere Shaikura

I lost everything to but they couldn’t help me and just told me to buy the game again. That’s not helping.

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Then the CS person is not qualified. Tell them you know things like what bank, pet’s name. They can work with you. I lost mine and got it back.

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Castagere Shaikura

So what info did you give and who did you talk to?

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Just a CS, you have to find a good one, they’ll start with what info is most important, if you don’t have that they’ll work with you on other things a little harder like “what bank” “what were the last 4 digits” etc. etc. But if you have trouble with those they can bounce around other things until they have enough info from the “scavenger hunt”. You just gotta find someone there who wants to do their job, that’s the trick. Haha

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Veldan

This game was so amazing for its time. I don’t feel any urge to go back, because for today’s standards, it really isn’t anymore… but seeing videos / screenshots of it always makes me remember what it used to be like to play.

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Jeremiah Wagner

Today’s standards? Is that a joke?

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Today’s standards meaning drop boxes and game store?:P
I know there really are some better standard things now. I just, not meaning to sound like a jerk, don’t see as many as I do the downfalls.
Or maybe I am just at the pickled era of my gaming lifespan. LOL
Get your loot crates off my lawn. ;D

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Veldan

With “today’s standards” I meant stuff like movement, graphics, animation and just overall game detail and smoothness. I wasn’t referring to mechanics or, heaven forbid, cash shops and lockboxes.

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Archebius

Guild Wars was my first MMO. I’m glad to see that it’s still getting some love over at ArenaNet.

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I remember even before lip animations. Pepperridge Farm up in the house. ;)

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Thomas

“Love” is fine, but what this game really needs is a new, updated campaign (and perhaps a “2018 makeover”).

I’d drop anything else I might be playing in a heartbeat to play a new GW campaign.