It's another hump day (do people still use that term?) and I'm back to help you get through the week with another Wayback Wednesday recap. I'm also about to eat crow. A lot of it. With the impending head start launch of Guild Wars 2 (insert obligatory 3 days! comment here) on Saturday, I figured there was no better game to play last week than Guild Wars. Even though there are a lot of new features in GW2 that make it a very different game than the original GW it was as good a time as any to see where this hype train started at. All aboard.
I'm just going to come out and say it. I hated Guild Wars. I could not stand it. When I first bought it back in April of 2005 I had been playing WoW religiously sprinkled with some PlanetSide. There were not a lot of MMO choices at the time and my friends and I tried just about anything that was out there. One day at the PX we came across this game and thought the box art was nice so we gave it a try. The game didn't stay installed on my computer for a month. It was so foreign to me. A game that didn't have servers? How weird was that. No monthly sub? Man that has to mean this game is going to get no support. Henchmen? (Heroes hadn't been added yet). Well that just defeats the point of playing a MMO if you can get NPC hirelings. I never cared to know why I still did not like the game up until I last played but I knew that I did not.
I went into this Wayback Wednesday thinking, "This is going to be the first game I just really tear into." I had fully planned on it too, but then something strange happened. I liked the game. I did not mean to. I really did not want to. I wanted to tell all of you how terrible this game really was and how it was nice to see ArenaNet recover from this pile of crap and make a decent game called Guild Wars 2. Now I'm going to tell you how they made a nice game called Guild Wars. Crow tastes like crap by the way, it's a little too stringy for me.
Looking back I think that Guild Wars was just a head of its time in a lot of ways. Having multiple instances overlaid on the same server was a genius move. Why keep friends from playing together? You all know the answer to this one. You shouldn't. I was stuck with the Server vs Server mentality from previous MMOs which didn't fit the mold for this game. It does, however, fit the mold for GW2. I was naive and thought that just because you didn't pay a monthly sub the game was going to be bad, plain and simple. To me: subscription = quality, no subscription = poo. Just this past year ArenaNet has added free content to bridge the gap between Eye of the North and Guild Wars 2. I also appreciate the ability to have henchmen and heroes help out. The server has been pretty full lately and you can find groups to party with but if you are crunched for time you can just hire some npcs and go about your gaming. It is hard to hate on convenience.
I never really participated in Guild Wars PvP. Ironically that is another thing I did not care for. I felt the ability to instantly create a level 20 was the equivalent to cheating. It's amazing the difference that seven years can make in perspective. Now I just look at this as another way to remove barriers for people to play.
I really dreaded doing this Wayback Wednesday. I did not think I was going to have a lot of fun. On the contrary, I ended up purchasing Eye of the North and earning a few Hall of Monument points. What was only supposed to be a 2 hour jaunt in Tyria has turned into about a 20+ hour sojourn which has seen my character achieve level 20 and complete the Eye of the North Campaign. I'm circling back to complete Prophecies now. I hope I can reach 15 HoM points before GW2 releases but I doubt it. If you have never given GW a shot I would highly recommend it. When you watch the video you'll notice among other things the graphics have held up really well so it is not that hard on the eyes and I think you'll enjoy yourself.
There will not be an episode of Wayback Wednesday this week. Instead we will have episode 3 of Free Agents the Global Agenda show. I'll be joined by Gabe aka Hi Rez Mug and hopefully we can get in on some Dome Defense action. Hope to see you there! If you have any stories from when you played Guild Wars or you have any questions or comments please leave them in the space below. Additionally you can friend me on my Facebook or reach me on my Twitter. As always, thanks for watching!