“The annual Wintersday festival arrives next week! Participate in traditional festivities like Toypocalypse and Bell Choir, leap from snowflake to snowflake in the Winter Wonderland jumping puzzle, brave the Secret Lair of the Snowmen strike mission, and deliver gifts to orphans in Divinity’s Reach. We’ve got presents for you, too! Earn rewards for completing achievements and open Wintersday Gifts for holiday sweets and surprises.”
In other Guild Wars 2 news, if you’re bored and want some drama, YouTuber Wooden Potatoes has released a video addressing his status with the ArenaNet Partner Program following controversy earlier this week. The short version of the story is that WP got stuck in a match with hackers abusing a teleporting exploit during a tourney; in order to bring ArenaNet’s attention to the situation, he used multiple homophobic, sexist, and ableist slurs he knew would trip the game filter and summon a GM. The hackers then posted the edited screenshots of that without context, provoking uproar in the community and attempting to put his place in the program in peril – one more way to “fuck with Guild Wars 2,” as WP put it.
Reddit has busied itself shouting back and forth about it all, with some folks supporting him, others still upset about the slurs no matter why they were used, some concerned about the apparent ease of hacking in the game, and others… yeah, they’re just enjoying a pile-on and watching the world burn regardless of who’s caught up in it. As usual.