ColoradoHoudini wrote on Feb 27, 2013, 18:05: I'm sure I'm alone
I'm sure that's sarcasm. Obviously you're not alone. You want what most people think they want because every mainstream MMO except the original Ultima Online has delivered exactly that. Which is also the point. Some of us both enjoy horizontal games as well as have the ability to see that it is a superior design in the long run. And GW2 was supposed to prove that by giving not only that group an MMO worth playing, but everyone a refreshed perspective on fun.
And then they failed their manifesto. Failed their loyal fans. Failed to show the merits of horizontal progression. And failed the mindless vertical gamers too by doing such a bad copy of the established MMO strategy.