Posted on Sep 22, 2013
The Linker Program has allowed some creative Youtubers to add their latest Guild Wars 2 content to our library of videos. We put power into the hands of creators to post their content here and control how they promote their own channel in the description. This was great and our partners loved it. Unfortunately we'll be ending the program after September 30th, 2013.
We're taking some new approaches here on Guild Wars 2 Live, so this is just one of those steps. A huge thanks to those that signed up with the Linker Program, we never expected the library to grow as quick as it did! From here on out we'll be adding video content ourselves as we find them. Additionally, anyone may tip us on great content to add to the library via Twitter @GuildWars2Live.
Posted on Sep 13, 2013
We're looking into bringing life back to GuildWars2Live and we need some help. A lot of help actually. Shortly after the release of Guild Wars 2 the majority of our original team has disbanded for one reason or another - mostly because life happened. In the short time since we started, huge accomplishments were made and we would hate to see that eventually go to waste. Our regular viewers have no doubt noticed the decline in shows here, especially after the last holiday season.
As always, we're hoping to build relationships which will benefit GuildWars2Live, its community, and the individual streamers.
We're looking to gather a new team of streamers here to call GuildWars2Live their own. Steamers will have to stream according to a regular schedule for viewers to follow. We will figure out schedule times that work for each individual streamer. All levels of skill are welcome, as long as you do your best to enjoy yourself. You may continue to stream on your own channel as you please.
We may also require some volunteer moderators to keep chat clean and aid streamers.
I wish we could offer dental coverage. Instead, ad revenue generated from commercial breaks will be divided among streamers. There is ad revenue to be generated by highlighting Twitch broadcasts and uploading them to our Youtube channel as well. It will be pennies (and kinda rough) at the start, but we have some experience in growing a brand I think.
Of course, (we hope) that your love for Guild Wars 2 comes first before revenue! Honest passion for the game is the only thing we want to show our viewers.
Streamers are allowed to promote their own channel and social media sites, similar to Destructoid's Twitch format for those of you familiar with them. However as mentioned above, we really hope that new streamers embrace our channel and make it their own.
- You must have a microphone at all times and be able to respond to live chat on a second screen.
- A face camera is not required, but would definitely be a plus if you want attention.
- At the very least you must be able to stream at 720p (or close to it) at 25 frames per second.
- Other sources of music should be used at a minimum - and definitely not used to replace your own voice.
Please contact Peter at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tell me a little about yourself and include some information such as speedtest.net result and a link to your personal streaming channel.
Follow us on Twitter @GuildWars2Live and give us a tweet too! All of our streamers are on Twitter.
We'll update this news post with more information for frequently asked questions.
Posted on Aug 25, 2013
Congratulations to Guild Wars 2 for a great first year! A year ago from today you opened the doors to the public for early access and have since changed how gamers look at MMORPGs. What is an MMO without dynamic events and new experiences within every month with the option to not drop a single dime for it? We would not know without you. Happy birthday!
Posted on Jul 18, 2013
Colin Johanson revealed huge changes coming to Guild Wars 2. You should go and read it all now. Afterwards, sit back and think about what this all means. There is a lot of great news there and having that knowledge is going to affect how you play next time you log into the game.
Just to point out a few things, crafting will be expanded to 500 levels from 400. The extra 100 levels involves crafting items that can only be done once a day and include materials from all tiers. Correct me if I'm wrong, but this is turning Guild Wars 2 into Animal Crossing. There are quite a few mechanics already that encourage the player to log in once a day. For the hardcore, having more than one Guild Wars 2 account is no doubt beneficial.
On the flip side, there are plans to remove magic find from equipment and put more emphasis on using consumables and acquiring account side bonuses.
A specific way to build a precursor is on the way, though no details have been revealed. For many of us the means of obtaining a precursor safely has been to farm gold in all the various ways possible. While I don't think this news alone will affect the price of precursors, the revealed method will certainly impact something - so we can only hope that what we're doing now is the right thing. WIll hoarders prevail?
Character progression has been pretty boring, admit it. Especially if you only enjoy playing a few characters out of the 8 professions and personal storylines aren't cutting it. Finally new skills and traits are coming. We always hope that this kind of thing would add enough confusion to the game to provide a false sense of balance and more focus on personal play style. I don't believe in balance, so I don't complain about it either - personalization for the fun!
There's more to the story, so again, read the official article and look forward to change.
Posted on Jul 4, 2013
Finally comes the time to harvest the sweet labor of all those hours put into Guild Wars 2!
In the upcoming release we will be able to spend our achievement points to unlock new and exclusive rewards:
Exclusive armor and weapon skin unlocks - including Radiant armor, Hellfire armor, and the Zenith weapon set.
Permanent account bonuses - permanent boosts to Magic Find, experience from kills, karma gain, and more. Earn achievement points on any character and get rewards for all of your characters.
Currencies - gold, gems, karma, and laurels.
PvP Rewards - skins and glory boosters.
WvW Rewards - use Badges of Honor and siege blueprints to help push your server to victory.
Utility Items - Instant Repair Canisters, Revive Orbs, powerful boosters, and more.
Unique Titles - show off your dedication to your fellow players.
Along with this they are also revamping the Achievement UI, so we cant wait to see what impact this will have on the game!
(Source: https://www.guildwars2.com/en/news/new- ... -incoming/ )
Posted on Jul 2, 2013
Yesterday on July 2nd, news came out from ArenaNet on what we can expect from Guild Wars 2 in the coming months. It was presented in a blog post and a video where Colin Johanson talks about the Living World and what we can expect from updates.
ArenaNet has been incredibly good at putting out a constant flow of updates for the game through the living story these past few months, with a small team working on these new small events to test out different ideas. But now they are turning up the flow of updates to an update every two weeks!
As they say themselves.
“To make the world of Tyria feel alive, first and foremost it needs to frequently update and change. We're excited to announce we have adopted a two-week major release cadence going forward for Guild Wars 2.”
We can expect updates to include both new content in new areas as well as updates to old areas. Old content will be refined and events will be created that will change the old landscape of the game as we know it.
I think the goal of what ArenaNet is trying to do with Guild Wars 2 right now is very noble. No other MMO has ever put out this much free content so fast! But I can't help to think quality over quantity. Colin Johanson addressed this a bit in the video himself, by stating that they now have four different teams working on individual content instead of a single team working to put out content once a month.
I am not going to lie, I have personally been pretty unsatisfied with the content put out the last few months, the Living Story never had much appeal to me, and the Dungeons were rather unimpressive. Finally here came the Sky Pirates and the Aetherblade Dungeon, but here I have run into trouble as well, with my game starting to drop more frames than usual. I can't help but think this is because of the lack of time to optimize these new instances since designing and optimizing levels take quite a long time. Many game developer companies have whole QA teams assigned to optimizing levels, and with the small teams working on Guild Wars 2 content right now I fear for the quality of the updates. Also seeing my Achievement menu being packed with all these achievements I will never get because I wasn't around for a certain period of time makes my OCD go crazy, it's just a small thing, but I hope they do something about it.
Of course there was a mention of more permanent content added to the game, and I am hoping to be proved wrong in what I said here, and that we will see some more immersive storytelling and some new impressive content coming out of the new updates.
One thing is certain, and that is the next few months in the world of Tyria will be exciting for us all. Let's see if the devs can keep up with what they promise.
(source: https://www.guildwars2.com/en/news/livi ... ld-wars-2/)
Posted on Jul 2, 2013
So instead of buying 3 booster packs of Pokemon cards, you can complete your tool box of farm-all-nodes with the all new Chop-It-All logging axe available in the gem store for $10.
Striking these living organisms with your shiny new axe causes a discharge of electricity from mother nature which further empowers your axe. At press time, Evon Gnashblade said that the new axe never really touches the wood.
Source: GuildWars2.com - New Items and Packages in the Gem Store!
Posted on Jul 2, 2013
We've barely had a chance to fight pirates in the sky and ArenaNet has announced the next upcoming content for Guild Wars 2.
The Bazaar of the Four Winds is gathering- merchants are converging from all corners of Tyria to sell their wares. But this time it's not just shady characters and risky trades; this year, the mystical, flying Zephyr Sanctum has landed, bringing their magical crystals and amazing movement skills to savvy traders and daring adventurers alike! What a joy it will be to experience the thrill of the trade-and the race. Let's go!
Developer Livestream - July 8
First and foremost, don't miss an inside look at the latest content live delivered by ArenaNet on Twitch.
New Mini-game: Belcher's Bluff - Begins July 9
"Put your Omnomberry Juice drinking skills to the test in this new, permanent mini-game." I am fully expecting a reality food network TV show to come out of this. You will travel across Tyria to learn signature skills from drunken masters. Something like that.
Sanctum Sprint - Begins July 9
Mad King's Tower wasn't a jumping puzzle. Nope, it's not. It's just that most people have forgotten how to play those reverse Crash Bandicoot levels. Precise reflex and a good memory is the name of the game. The same will probably apply here too. Sanctum Sprint , is a competitive race that will send you leaping over barriers and flying through the air. It is described as a "dizzying obstacle course". Is your body ready?
Lessons from the Sky - Begins July 9
More reach-to-reach places. Surely we can all agree that ArenaNet has reached maximum evil, on the Z-axis.............................................................
Start rolling that d20421337! Compete in the Sanctum Sprint for a chance at one of these
three special Aspect Back Items, representing the Aspects of Wind , Sun,
Home instances will gain a Personal Quartz Node which will be used to craft new recipes! Please don't make us craft in a toilet ArenaNet!
Upon completing the Lessons from the Sky achievement, you'll be awarded a miniature Zephyr Sanctum Model which will allow you to view the ship at any time, even after it's flown away. Honey, bring out the shrink ray.............................................................
Account Achievement Reward System
I knew it! Though my prediction was that achievement points would be the new currency of Guild Wars 3 to piss people off in LA map chat.
From now on, you'll be able to unlock rewards like exclusive new armor skins, weapon skins, and permanent account bonuses as you earn achievement points on your account. These rewards will be retroactively awarded for any tiers of account achievement rewards you've already earned on your account.
New and Improved Achievement Panel UI
ArenaNet is going the extra mile to make achievement hunting a little more approachable by improving how you track them and now to include tips.
New PvP Map: Skyhammer
Quake III Arena The Longest Yard + CS Glass Floor
World vs. World Build and Repair Mastery
To build faster, or repair faster? Lately my experience in WvW has spurred the desire to be able to repair faster. It's not at the very top of my list in terms of spending those rank points, but a defending squad could definitely hold out better with this!
Posted on Mar 4, 2013
Finally it's time to announce our winner for the signed Collector's Edition of Guild Wars 2. Again our team would like to give huge thanks to ArenaNet for showing continued support for fan sites like ours. The CE box is certainly one of a kind having really too many signatures to count on all its sides. I certainly think that the box is worth more than the contests within.
If you missed it, we asked our readers/viewers to submit 3 screenshots from Guild Wars 2 and explain why that location would be somewhere they would take their date. Assuming that most if not all of our readers already play the game themselves it would certainly be a nice gift to another friend or loved one to join you in the Guild Wars 2 universe.
So our winner for this fabulous prize is... Contine reading...
Posted on Feb 12, 2013
The awesome folks at ArenaNet have sent us a signed copy of Guild Wars 2 Collector's Edition to give away! The CE box is covered in signatures on all 4 sides and then some. Now is your chance to enter in our little contest to win this for yourself or another friend.
We figure that our followers are already Guild Wars 2 players and we want this contest to be as open to everyone as possible, so we're holding a screenshot contest with a bit of a spin!
Posted on Feb 2, 2013
If your like some of us who love to see Guild Wars 2 in the best possible graphics and have an Nvidia graphics card(s), then you'll be happy to know that Nvidia has been working to fix a couple of graphics issues with Guild Wars 2.
If you've seen "Corruption is seen when launching the game with Ambient Occlusion enabled" or "Ambient Occlusion effect disappears at different camera angles and when using supersampling" then maybe you should try the new 313.96 Beta drivers.
If your interested in what other improvements these new Nvidia drivers have then check out their release notes.