Endo wrote on Mar 21, 2012, 17:04:
There will be a lot more available from the GW2 cash shop than just cosmetic items. They've already said as much. Here's a quote from the blog post:
"[Players] should also be able to spend money on account services and on time-saving convenience items."
The "time saving convenience items" is a big giveaway here, and the fact that they're actually telling us that much is a big indicator that it's going to be more than that too.
But then there's also this: "..it’s never OK for players who spend money to have an unfair advantage over players who spend time."
What's interesting is how vague that statement is. He didn't say it's not ok for players who spend money to have any advantage over players who spend time. He also didn't say that it's not ok for players who spend money to have all the same advantages as players who spend time. And he said nothing about how much time he's talking about here. For example, he didn't say that it's not ok for players who spend $10 a month to have some advantages (as long as they're not "unfair" advantages) over players who spend 200 hours a month grinding for the same stuff.
Unless the gems are useless (in which case, why put them in at all?), then yes there will almost certainly be an effectively unlimited supply of in-game gold available for purchase with gems. Take Eve, for example, where they have the PLEX system. You can buy PLEX with real money, and sell them for in-game credits. There are ALWAYS people who have fairly competitive buy orders active for PLEX. Sure, you can possibly get a bit more for your money if you're patient, but you can ALWAYS get a nice amount. A grand in US dollars will let you buy PLEX which you can immediately sell at any hour day or night for in-game credits, (I never checked specifically, but I'd be willing to bet the market would support selling even 10 or 100 times that much PLEX at any given moment) and then buy pretty much whatever you like. The same was true in every other MMO I've played that had similar systems. Expecting it to play out differently in GW2 is absurd.
But let me reiterate what I've said before, just so there's no misunderstanding: I don't think any of this is bad. I think it's just a different way to collect the revenue they need to keep the game running and keep ongoing development funded. And I like it, because it gives each individual player the choice of exactly how much time and/or money he wants to invest.
Krovven wrote on Mar 21, 2012, 12:46:InBlack wrote on Mar 21, 2012, 10:42:
Well its a F2P MMO what the hell did people expect?? No Grind at all?? Or maybe no Pay2Win??? Dream on...
F2P != no subscription. It's not F2P, it costs $60 as the price to play.
Clearly it's become P2W, but I'm sure people will defend it, because "it's not Diablo 3".
Cutter wrote on Feb 25, 2012, 16:24:Fion wrote on Feb 25, 2012, 15:28:
They are doing GW1 style 'beta weekends'. With GW just about anyone who signed up eventually got into a weekend so I can hope it's the same with GW2.
Well, I know we'll get in eventually but you and I want in sooner than later. What pisses me off are the jerks that sign up with like 20 email accounts. It'd be cool if they could filter those out from identical PC information being submitted and then ban them from the beta entirely!
Verno wrote on Jan 24, 2012, 15:32:
There are some things I miss from BC2 - the squad UI was much better and the mappers generally did a better job overall (in particular with the destruction feature). That said BF3 has some pretty large scale improvements and it's vehicle combat is better balanced. The movement code in particular is really cleaned up. The newer version of Frostbite blows the BC2 version out of the water.
Jeklor wrote on Jan 20, 2012, 00:46:
BioWare is in the wrong business. They should be making movies, not video games. The intro for SW:TOR alone should get them funding for an animated Star Wars feature film.
xXBatmanXx wrote on Nov 27, 2011, 17:42:
I had to contact Amazon support this week for a game, they responded in 20 minutes. Unheard of.
DangerDog wrote on Oct 14, 2011, 21:40:
I'm not seeing anything that looks epic in the map lineup, Caspian Border is the only non gray/brown looking map. I hated the fence trench, a very annoying obstacle - you couldn't even effectively drive vehicles through the fence.
nin wrote on Oct 9, 2011, 20:12:Creston wrote on Oct 9, 2011, 20:00:Calwen wrote on Oct 9, 2011, 14:31:
I don't think I've ever been so disappointed when a demo ended. It was also the first time a demo ever motivated me to unlock the full game immediately, only to find out the damn game isn't even out yet.
Go go Tuesday!
What game are you talking about?
I'm assuming OMD, but after reading his post and getting excited about it being Tues and not Wed, steam shows Wed for me.