I think that GW2 will be based around bringing Destiny's Edge back together to help fight the dragons in a next expansion or large update.
I've basically accepted the fact that I wont get in to the beta, I'll preorder the standard digital edition anyway, too broke for anything more.
Well beta clients have already been sent out. People are downloading them as we speak and they have access to the GW2 Forums in beta mode.
JUST SO EVERYONE KNOWS: I have not been invited to the beta and these images are not from me!
Maybe this beta is just to make the preorder beta better so people who preordered don't complain? (and thus is the only beta between now and prerorders). that would make me feel better about not getting in
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man it sucks i wont get into the beta, being a die hard fan for 6 years and all, and seeing these new players getting access....
are europeans getting into the beta or no? because thus far ive only seen americans?
Idk, I'm in the UK and I know nobody who got in. Maybe they are coming today? :c
This makes me feel a bit better..
and then there were NDA bans
Stop shitting up the thread with signatures, take that shit to fast threads or go to another forum.
Woo! You can interchange gold for gems (gems you buy with real money), and gems for gold!
Meaning without paying an extra cent, you can get the items and stuff that other players who buy gems, get too. Except without paying it's slower.
if its anything like other f2p player controlled markets gems will be way overpriced (in terms of gold). worries me that that could cause massive drops in the worth of gold and make auction house insane (gems only / ridiculous gold prices)
But that doesn't matter, you exchange the gold for the gems yourself, no need to talk to another player.
So no chance for stuff getting overpriced. Idk bout inflation, I don't think so, I mean, we would probably need ALOT of gold.
GW1 has been around for like 6 years, stil no inflation, and whoops gotta go to work.
I trust ArenaNet completely, I am not worrying about the gems and gold and all that stuff. I'm sure it will work out just fine.
The entire market of limited items has undergone near constant inflation since launch, while more readily attainable items have steadily plummeted over time. The only reason an armbrace or an ecto has a remotely consistent gold value is because they are used as currency, and players have an enormous amount of faith in their values. The amount of these you need to conduct high end transactions has been increasing by leaps and bounds for years. Mad king guards go for 200-300 braces, up from just over 100. A dedicated vizu is up from 100 braces 6 months ago to over 150. Any old school req 8 weapon with perfect mods goes for considerably more now then it has at any point in time in the past.
Don't confuse the value of braces and ecto in gold as having anything to do with inflation. They are used as currency, and as currency they buy far, FAR less than they used to on the high end market. Just because the low end market is slowly collapsing doesn't mean that there is a considerable wealth gap. A wealth gap that is growing at an astronomical rate.
Does it change the way the casual player interacts with the game and economy? Not really, but the gap is large, and growing larger. To say that there is no inflation is flat out incorrect.
All it takes is a few big players to shove their weight around and the entire market is at risk of shitting itself.
That's a bit worrying. The whole gem to gold thing. If people buy gems with real money they can basically buy GW2 money. Either way, it's still better than being spammed ingame by real money trading sites I guess.
I don't see much of a problem with buying Gems with IRL money and trading Gems for Gold.
Money for Gems
Gems for Gold
The main thing that's going to make this work correctly is how the currency is being handled. The users will be the ones that control the transactions. Even the Trading Post will have the options to sell/buy via Gems or Gold. Having the ability to purchase Gems with money is brilliant in my opinion. Especially for those people who don't have the time to farm things to get the Gold they need. I for example work full-time and will only have about ~10 hours a week to play this game.
Now I'm not expert on inflation and currency relations but I'm sure there are experts in ANet's team that have this all planned out to make sure inflation doesn't happen. Even so I'm positive they have back-up plans.
I hated how, in GW1, that the only way to obtain large sums of Gold/Platinum you would either have to be lucky or have a lot of time on your hands. Lucky in obtaining rare drops to sell for high prices, and time to farm things like Globs or Shards... Neither of which was me.
Now this way in GW2 there are two currencies and there are multiple ways to obtain them. You can still obtain it using traditional methods if you like. Also think about the Gold farmers/spammers. This will most likely (and hopefully) eliminate them if not completely!
You also have to remember that it's NOT THE GEAR THAT MAKES THE PLAYER!
Vanquishing and filling those books earned me enough money for 3elite armor sets, and i haven't even played the original That much, just some 800hours, IIRC. Doing one or two dungeons/missions per day doesn't take that much money/skill/luck, and in case of eotn ones you even get the manliest title of all (Slayer Of All).
I'm going to re-write that post because it's just a mess. So the main problem people are worrying about is whether or not people will be able to buy Gold with (real life) Money basically making the system Pay 2 Win (P2W).
First off think about what makes players 'Win' in this game. Is it their armor? Is it their skill? It's a combination of both, but the players skill is the most important part. You cannot buy skill. Also note that you cannot buy high-end armor and equipment with Gold either, it requires Karma!
Now think about people not buying armor or equipment but using Gold for materials or other items. What are the currencies used for?
Gold = Materials, etc
Gems = Cosmetic items (no attribute benefit)
Karma = high-end armor & equipment
There is not current way to trade either Gold or Gems for Karma (which is in turn the initial issue of P2W). ANet did their homework!
Those people who would pay (real life) Money to purchase Gems still wouldn't be P2W.
glad that they stuck with what they promised
I feel sick to my stomach, knowing that others are downloading the beta. It kills me to see people getting into beta when they just heard about this game like 2 months ago. I've been hyping since the PC Gamer article in 2007. Feels bad man.