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Guild Wars 2 Teases New Content and Drops the Banhammer

Posted Fri, Jan 04, 2013 by Martuk

ArenaNet delivered a double dose of news this week with a wave of bans for Guild Wars 2 players that engaged in the Snowflake Jewelry exploit over the holidays. The exploit was fixed but several players loaded up on Globs of Ectoplasm by crafting certain recipes and breaking them down for what was apparently a crazy amount of returns. Of course, some players are arguing that it wasn’t clear that it was an exploit, so ArenaNet Support Liaison Gaile Gray posted a response on the issue.

I’ve seen the numbers, and the damage to the economy could have been substantial, if the exploit wasn’t closed down and if these people were allowed to use their ill-gotten gains. People whose accounts were terminated were the worst offenders. I’m talking a lot of ill-gotten gains that posed a significant potential impact on the economy.

Any time you take one thing and can make two, and then four, and then sixteen… ya gotta know that’s just wrong. (I won’t quibble on the odds, but overall, that form of doubling was not outside the realm of possibility.) And to perform that action hundreds and hundreds of times? That’s call “exploitation,” and that’s against the User Agreement, the Rules of Conduct, and all that is holy.

I know the OP will disagree. But we’ve been more than kind, in the past, and everyone needs to own up to his/her errors and recognize: We all are part of the game economy, and those who exploit it are hurting the rest of us.

Exploit closed.
Worst offenders terminated.
That’s what has to happen to make things right for all of us.

In more positive news, Game Director Colin Johanson chimed in on another thread (check out this post too) to tease a little of what’s in store for Guild Wars 2 in 2013. In short, the team is working on new features for PvE, WvW, and PvP with the goal of expanding and strengthening the existing game world.

Hey guys,

Just to help provide some clarity on this, we’ll be releasing within the next couple of weeks a high level summary of our big plans for the first half of 2013 to help provide more transparency into our plans with the game going forward. This will include providing more details about our goals for the game, information about the stories and features that you’ll see in the Jan/Feb/March releases.

To set expectations accordingly, the January release will be a relatively small release that sets the table for the stories and features we plan to roll out with the Feb/March releases and beyond. Also, there will be no new race, profession, or new region with these larger Feb/March releases. One of our major goals with these releases is making our existing world as strong as possible, ensuring there are reasons to go to all the locations in the world we’ve already built, and strengthening the core game we’ve provided. In saying this will be an expansions worth of stuff in these releases, we’re talking about the number of new features that will be rolled out across PvE, WvW, and PvP in early 2013, which usually you’d only find in an expansion for a traditional MMORPG.

Johanson vowed that more specific details will be revealed in the coming weeks.

via PC Gamer
Sources: Colin Johanson Post, Gaile Gray Post

It is interesting when A-NET accuses players of exploiting a problem in the game, a problem that was introduced by the own A_NET developers, a problem based on a recipe issued by the game. This was not a 3rd party program, a hack or anything like that but a problem introduced by the devs into the game, no matter that thousands of players have asked many times to have a beta tester server where all the new things coming out could be tested to avoid glitches or exploits. Bad behavior by A-NET.

On the other hand A-NET has done the same thing since November's patch when they nerfed all the drops by mobs except in the Fractal dungeon. Everywhere you go now after November's patch you get nilch, nothing, the drops are a joke. There was a topic in the main forum with over 10K views and over 2K posts where players copmplained and complained about the nerf. One developer posted a half assinine comment basically telling players that we wre a bunch of dumb people and that we didnt know what we were talking about. The post was locked and buried.

A-NET has done worst to us the player base that whatever the player base has done to the game. The lack of moral and principles by the devs and authorities in charge of A-NET speaks volumes, I personally sent several e-mails complaining about this issue and I was treated by absolute silence and 1 answer that was some type of script to shut me the hell up.

And dont let me get started with Legendary weapons, going against everything they said before launch.

I would never, ever again buy any product by a company so full of crooks and dishonest people.

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It is interesting when A-NET accuses players of exploiting a problem in the game, a problem that was introduced by the own A_NET developers, a problem based on a recipe issued by the game. This was not a 3rd party program, a hack or anything like that but a problem introduced by the devs into the game, no matter that thousands of players have asked many times to have a beta tester server where all the new things coming out could be tested to avoid glitches or exploits. Bad behavior by A-NET.

On the other hand A-NET has done the same thing since November's patch when they nerfed all the drops by mobs except in the Fractal dungeon. Everywhere you go now after November's patch you get nilch, nothing, the drops are a joke. There was a topic in the main forum with over 10K views and over 2K posts where players copmplained and complained about the nerf. One developer posted a half assinine comment basically telling players that we wre a bunch of dumb people and that we didnt know what we were talking about. The post was locked and buried.

A-NET has done worst to us the player base that whatever the player base has done to the game. The lack of moral and principles by the devs and authorities in charge of A-NET speaks volumes, I personally sent several e-mails complaining about this issue and I was treated by absolute silence and 1 answer that was some type of script to shut me the hell up.

And dont let me get started with Legendary weapons, going against everything they said before launch.

I would never, ever again buy any product by a company so full of crooks and dishonest people.

As more and more people know Guild Wars 2, more and more players participate in this game, the fight become more and more interesting and exciting than before, don't you join Guild Wars 2 ?

What I want to know gallery of short hair styles is why I should care? I mean, not to say that what you’ve got to say isn’t important, but I mean, it’s so generic. Everyone is just talking about this man. Give us something more, something that we can get behind so we can feel as passionately about it as you do.

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