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New 313.96 Beta drivers fixes stuff

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.

The Living Updated World

Posted on Jan 28, 2013

As of the 28th of January 2013 Arena Net has made many new additions and changes to the Guild Wars 2 world and client. This one gigabyte (1 GB) update adds in the new Flame and Frost Prelude which is the first entry in the multipart Living Story series which gives the world of Tyria that much more of a living ever changing world feel. The Living Story part of the update adds new Achievements, events and heralds to apprise adventurers of the events currently happening in the world of Tyria.

New Daily Monthly Achievement system is now in place where you will be rewarded in Laurels for completing the achievements and can be traded in for an assortment of rewards to better suit what you would want as a reward.

Transferring worlds now costs a gem fee which is determined by the level of players in the world you wish to transfer to. But for those that do not wish to leave their home server but just want to jump over to another world to play with friends in PvE can use the new guesting system.

The update also makes UI improvements, fixes, rebalances, and tweaks to polish stuff, which include changes to dungeons, the open world, fractals and dynamic events. A full list of whats in the update can be found here.

Flame & Frost

Posted on Jan 22, 2013

Guild Wars 2 will get it's first big update of the year on January 28th, this update is the prologue to a multi-stage narrative called Flame & Frost.

This teaser from the official website is a taste of the story to come.

Quote:
The sky falls and the ground shakes in the lands of the north. Charr and norn refugees crawl from the wreckage of their homes in the Wayfarer Foothills and Diessa Plateau, struggling to find shelter in the south. The call goes out for volunteers to assist the victims in this time of need, when earth and sky seem to have become the enemy...

Besides expanding on the plot of Guild Wars 2, the update also adds several features to the game.
From January 28th to the 4th of February, the regular eight-team/three-round paid tournaments will be replaced by two-team/single-round paid tournaments in the Temple of the Silent Storm map.

The Daily achievements will be update to feature a greater variety, and it looks like Arenanet also heard my prayers when I suggested and achievement tracker in the UI, so they are adding that as well!
The new achievement Laurels are also being added to the game. These can be earned by doing daily and monthly achievements and can be traded in for Ascended gear and Infusions as well as some new kinds of Ascended Amulets.

Last but not least Guesting is coming. Remember you can't guest cross region, so if you need to play with your American or European friends, it's time to switch server! From the 28th and forward server transfers are going to have a gem cost.

Read the full feature here: https://www.guildwars2.com/en/the-game/ ... uary-2013/

Guesting is on its way!

Posted on Jan 16, 2013

The long sought after feature is finally coming!
With an update on January 28th, server guesting is going to be implemented, but what does it really mean?

Guesting a server only gives you access to the PvE content of the server you choose to guest. Trying to join a WvW map will move you back to a WvW map on your own server.

More importantly, you can only guest servers from your own region, so if you want to change from European to American servers, or the other way around, it is a good idea to do it while it's still free.

You can read the full blog post on it here:
http://www.guildwars2.com/en/news/guesting-is-coming/

Guild Wars 2 in the months ahead

Posted on Jan 15, 2013

2013 has begun and ArenaNet has big plans for this year!

A blog post by Colin Johanson has revealed some of the plans for 2013, and here at GuildWars2Live we are very excited! The blog post is big, but doesn't go in depth with any specific part of the game, it touches on the various areas of the game and the improvements they will make for each of them.

First up are the live events. We have already experienced some of them with the Lost Shores, Halloween and Wintersday events. These are the events that play out a story in the world over a set amount of time many of them allowing players of all levels to cooperate. We can probably expect to see more of these events in the future.
This is not the only good PvE news though.

There are plans to revamp the Achievement system, so there are different daily achievements for each day, and the offer a new token reward system. They are still sticking to the non-treadmill gear progression, so in 2013 we won't see another tier between ascended and legendary.

The most exciting thing in the blog post to me was the talk of new “Guild Missions”. These are missions made for Guilds to complete together, and they will offer rewards for the guilds, so it looks like the “Guild” is finally coming back in “Guild Wars”.
For WvW they are going to try and implement some of these live events, as well as adding a new advancement system with some new titles and even WvW-only abilities.

sPvP seems to be getting a reward system overhaul as well, and a system that will match you against players of similar skill level. Of course they also mention custom matchmaking and spectator function which are going to be two crucial features if GW2 is ever going to be an eSport.

There's more stuff in the actual blog post I haven't mentioned here, so go read it if it caught your attention.
https://www.guildwars2.com/en/news/coli ... ths-ahead/

Guild Wars 2 is not a perfect game, but with the improvements ArenaNet keep bringing to the table it certainly improves on what's already a fantastic game!

Second Anniversary

Posted on Jan 11, 2013

Woohoo, happy birthday to us! GuildWars2Live.com is two years old today (as of January 11th). To celebrate we're giving away one copy of DirectSong's Guild Wars 2 soundtrack, signed by Jermey Soule! To enter, be sure to follow us and let your friends know it's our anniversary by tweeting at us @GuildWars2Live today or over the weekend (between January 11 - 13)!

We'll announce and message the lucky winner on Twitter shortly after the weekend.

Happy 1326 AE

Posted on Jan 1, 2013

We party as the year of 1325 AE (aka 2012) ends and we move into the next with drinking, brawling and all around merrymaking. It has been a good year for many thou some never lived to see the change of dates. We have lost a number of good souls in the fight against the elder dragons but with the year of the dragon having passed and we now welcome in the new year of the snake, things can only get better.

Expect new battles and new places along with new challenges as we enter the New Year, as things are ever changing in the lands of Tyria. And, while we enter the new year partying and thinking back on the year passed, please remember to take it easy and not party too much, no one likes a mean drunk, or to fish one out of the drink. So drink responsible andů

Happy 1326 AE!

Wintersday has arrived

Posted on Dec 15, 2012

Wintersday has arrived and while it may have the longest nights (or days) of the year. Everyone likes an excuse to party and Wintersday is no exception. With toys, games, food and drinks this Wintersday will be a blast. Join in the festivities for some snowball fights, or try your skills at the Winter Wonderland jumping puzzle, or if you're feeling a little musical, then join the Bell Choir and ring those bells. These just so much to do and gifts too.

Tixx has also arrived in his giant flying wondrous workshop and has made his first stop at the Grove bringing toys for all but needs a little help in the Infinirarium as Skritt have been messing about. If you help out in the Infinirarium you'll get your own toy, some assembly required.

So join us this Wintersday and blast the nights away.

Baldness Pandemic In Tyria

Posted on Dec 9, 2012

Tyria officials announced that a baldness bug has been hitting people indiscriminately. It is not known if it is the prolonged use of hats and or helms, but reports have been coming in that it is not only limited to males. Females have also been losing their hair proving this isn't some new kind of male patterned baldness and has caused people to start panicking about their looks.

We interview a merchant about this matter who said “Sales have gone through the roof, I've never sold so many wigs and hair tonics like this before”. Every merchant we talked to assured us that merchants all over Tyria have supplies of wigs in all sizes, and varieties are well stocked. Also merchants have increased supplies of Self-Style Hair Kits and that a new tonic to fight this onset of baldness is available all across Tyria.

Durmand Priory officials have also assured us that research into this new plague of baldness is being investigated and will post their findings on their Owlfeed. The Priory has also advised that people using hats and or helms for long periods should take care to clean them often and to not use them indoors if possible.

Wintersday is coming

Posted on Dec 7, 2012

The festivities of Wintersday have been a long tradition in Tyria and despite the threat of the elder dragons Wintersday will continue. Tyrian officials have said that they wish to give people a break from the hardships the elder dragons have pushed onto their lives and have commissioned the Asuran toymaker Tixx. “Before Tixx arrives in Lion's Arch in his massive airship toy workshop, he'll visit every major city in Tyria to deliver Wintersday toys and holiday cheer” said the Tyrian officials and this has help build excitement and anticipation as Wintersday draws near as more and more have being asking, "What would you like for Wintersday?".

"I want a quaggan plushie" said one youngster who loves the cuteness of the quaggans. Others have asked for toy golems, Edge of Destiny figures, Elder dragon figures, candy, new cloths and many other many things. So with many making lists of things they would like and others preparing decorations and parties we will ask you, what would you like for Wintersday?

On a side note we can't forget about those doing it tough just as this youngster who said this "My friends have been having a tough time because of those big nasty dragons and those four legged guys so I'm giving my toys to them". So with all the gifts you receive this Wintersday, please don't forget to give something back.

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