Guild Wars 2, You Tease

Arena.net has decided that they will not do a Guild Wars 2 Beta this year. That makes me a bit sad. Not so much because I will not get to play GW 2 untill next year. That I can live with. The reason I am sad is that I remember my time with the GW 1 beta as being a lot of fun. Because they let you play such an early version, you got to see the game grow and evolve into the game that it is today and maybe even shape that game a little. It was also at that time that our guild was first formed.

I also don’t like their reason of wanting to show a polished product because fan expectations are so high. It feels like they don’t trust us enough to realize that a beta is not a final product.

Actually, come to think of it, a lot of the current players would probably thinkt that a beta is a finished game and complain about it incessantly…

Ok, so maybe you have a point Arena.net but I still refuse to like it.

Back. Just… Back

And loving it, in my own very subdued way. Played Guildwars for 4 hours and my first reaction is that it is a bit slow. I have no idea about any story yet, as an example.

Also I have missed pandora so much. I never realised how dependent I am on that website for my music needs while working. It stopped working for the last couple of days on the Memoria production and I had to use Radio Blog Club, but it just isn’t the same. It demands to much attention. And normal radio just won’t do anymore.

CE In Tha House

And It has actually been here for little over a week now. Had I written this back then, it would have been close to an inside scoop.

Guild Wars Factions: Collectors Edition Review:

The Box: Similar to the first on, only white. Ok

The Calender: A CD case with some cardbord inlays. Not very inspiring.

The Poster: Standard paper folded, comes with magazines kinda poster. It has the map on the backside (or frontside, in my case) which you can’t really use to navigate, but at least you can hang it on the wall if you are afraid that people don’t think you are enough of a geek already.

The Mousepad: Very glittery (in the tacky way) but otherwise decent. And it sticks to the desk.

The Soundtrack:
Haven’t listened to the CD yet, but from what I can tell ingame it’s good. Comes in a cardbord slipcase, which isn’t.

The In-Game Dance: Is unfortunately just the classes standart dance, with two spirit backup dancers who follow your moves. I don’t like it.

The Sticker: Meh

The Collectable Game Activation Card: Meh*2

The Unique Ritualist Cloth Picture: I was really hoping for one of those really nice big wall-scrolls you can buy (one can always dream), but this is just ridiculous. It’s barely the size on a CD case with the already well known render of a female ritualist.

The Artbook: Saving the best for last, or at least late, this is everything I had hoped for, bar the format. Unlike the first book, it’s done in “landscape” format so the two books won’t match up on the shelf. Other than that the artwork and quality is excelent.

The Game: of course. But this review I will save for another day.

The Minipet: A Kuunavang dragon. It’s not really in the CE, but is a special gift from arenanet to the CE owners because of all the trouble with CE availability the first couple of days/week. It’s brilliant and I won’t sell mine for all the gold I could carry.

All in all worth the wait, mainly because of the Artbook and the Minipet. If you don’t care for either Artbook or Soundtrack it a harder sell, but you could probably sell the Kuunavang for a fair deal of ingame gold so that’s worth getting aswell. Providing that there are any CE’s left to buy…