Guild Wars threw open its doors earlier today for those that pre-ordered … like I did, a few hours ago. (UPS, don’t fail me now!) The rest of you wishy-washy types will have to wait until the 28th to attend the noob meet and greet.
Unlike the Warcraft opening, lo these five months ago, there really hasn’t been a huge buzz among the super-secret player societies with Guild Wars. I’d like to think it’s because THEY (meaning, not me) learned a lesson about shooting their mouths off with: this will be different! this is Blizzard! Blizzard is god! Blizzard’s stuff is very polished!
Ya, it’s polished alright. Five months later and I still have a two-second cast time on my instant-cast spells … if I cast at all, that is.
Don’t get me wrong, I have concerns with this Guild Wars game. The important difference is, I have much lowered expectations this time. One could say, I have ZERO expectations even. The only certainty is that I’m out 80 bucks. (What can I say? The in-game collector’s-edition-only doodads sound cool.)
I look at it as I’m supporting the arts. If only gaming houses would organize as charitable entities — and from what I’ve heard, many of them should — my gaming budget would be considered donations. For the value I’ve received in return with some of these MMOs, I have a strong case here.
No names though. Today is an opening day, and opening day is always for the happy, happy, joy, joy, not for bitterness.
So, farewell for now, alt Warcraft character that I just can’t find the energy to shove through those final levels to 60, farewell level 60 rogue that, once upon a time, could mow down an entire fortress of orc, farewell crack-smoking Auction House sellers that spam their lowbie shit in the trade channel every two minutes, farewell choking loot lag.
If history is any guide, I’ll be back with even lower expectations for entertainment and a sense of virtual accomplishment. By my calculations, that would put the expectation level at negative 10 … reading the newspaper while endgame raiding.
Today, however, hope springs eternal and the quest for virtual world domination begins anew.