On Guild Wars 2 and Codes of Conduct

NOTE: Sam’s laptop is named Gigi. Alanah’s laptop is named Caesar Augustus aka Oggy. Also, they have a friend named Mike.


[9/22/12 6:07:34 PM] sam: So in Guild Wars earlier
[9/22/12 6:07:39 PM] sam: I was doing this thing


[9/22/12 6:07:51 PM] sam: and people have been talking about some “fire elemental” for the past two days
[9/22/12 6:08:02 PM] sam: and I had no idea what they were talking about
[9/22/12 6:08:13 PM] sam: well
[9/22/12 6:08:15 PM] sam: I met it today
[9/22/12 6:08:35 PM] sam: I died like 5 or 6 times fighting the thing
[9/22/12 6:08:46 PM] sam: along with the other 15 or so people who were fighting it with me


[9/22/12 6:08:48 PM] alanah: lol!
[9/22/12 6:08:51 PM] alanah: dang
[9/22/12 6:08:53 PM] alanah: well
[9/22/12 6:09:05 PM] alanah: is it like, humanoid?
[9/22/12 6:09:13 PM] alanah: is it a being or more of a force?

[9/22/12 6:09:40 PM] sam: it basically just looked like a giant mobile column of fire

[9/22/12 6:09:48 PM] alanah: dang
[9/22/12 6:09:52 PM] alanah: sounds mean

[9/22/12 6:09:57 PM] sam: yes
[9/22/12 6:10:02 PM] sam: it just spits out fire balls
[9/22/12 6:10:09 PM] sam: and then the floor catches fire
[9/22/12 6:10:26 PM] sam: and if you get hit you take around 900 damage…and no one has much more than that
[9/22/12 6:10:37 PM] sam: but then you’re also on fire…so you’re basically dead in one hit
[9/22/12 6:11:37 PM] sam: it sucked…
[9/22/12 6:11:51 PM] sam: but i got lots of exp. and some cool items
[9/22/12 6:14:33 PM] sam: i can’t decide if I want to keep leveling my Asura tonight or create my Sylvari…
[9/22/12 6:14:50 PM] sam: she’s gonna be an elementalist i’m excited

[9/22/12 6:15:00 PM] alanah: sorry
[9/22/12 6:15:06 PM] alanah: im still stuck on “and then you’re on fire”

[9/22/12 6:15:10 PM] sam: I told Mike I felt the need to apologize to him for every day i’ve ever picked on him for playing an MMO
[9/22/12 6:15:10 PM] sam: lol
[9/22/12 6:15:17 PM] sam: yeah…

[9/22/12 6:15:19 PM] alanah: hahahahaha

[9/22/12 6:15:25 PM] sam: pretty much the entire room…was on fire
[9/22/12 6:15:32 PM] sam: …it was a big room
[9/22/12 6:16:40 PM] sam: GW2 is kind of like a revolution in MMO-ness though
[9/22/12 6:16:48 PM] sam: there’s no monthly subscription fee
[9/22/12 6:16:54 PM] sam: otherwise I wouldn’t be playing it

[9/22/12 6:17:06 PM] alanah: oooo
[9/22/12 6:17:09 PM] alanah: whaaa?

[9/22/12 6:17:33 PM] sam: for like WOW, and Diablo and…other MMOs
[9/22/12 6:17:45 PM] sam: you have to pay like $15 a month to play it
[9/22/12 6:18:02 PM] sam: and the original Guild Wars I guess…not sure
[9/22/12 6:18:18 PM] sam: but with GW2, you just buy the game and you can play it for forever
[9/22/12 6:18:52 PM] sam: and it’s not like there are never going to be updates or anything, like they’re planning on introducing new lands and races and professions eventually
[9/22/12 6:19:00 PM] sam: so it’s pretty fantastic
[9/22/12 6:19:23 PM] sam: i was worried about how it would run on Gigi, but it’s been ok

[9/22/12 6:19:31 PM] alanah: thats pretty friggin coolio

[9/22/12 6:19:35 PM] sam: The fire elemental was almost too much for her though
[9/22/12 6:19:44 PM] sam: the frame rate was like…dead
[9/22/12 6:19:51 PM] sam: it wasn’t even low…it was dead
[9/22/12 6:20:22 PM] sam: so i’m worried about later monsters, because some of them are like…ungodly huge
[9/22/12 6:20:32 PM] sam: the elder dragons…i’ll try to find you a picture
[9/22/12 6:20:34 PM] sam: they’re impressive

[9/22/12 6:20:51 PM] alanah: hm…

[9/22/12 6:21:11 PM] sam: posted file imgres.jpeg to members of this conversation

[9/22/12 6:21:25 PM] sam: i don’t know which one that is…
[9/22/12 6:21:39 PM] sam: but you can see the tiny little characters…and the big frakkin dragon…

[9/22/12 6:22:04 PM] alanah: um.
[9/22/12 6:22:05 PM] alanah: um.
[9/22/12 6:22:09 PM] alanah: thats terrifying
[9/22/12 6:22:11 PM] alanah: TERRIFYING.
[9/22/12 6:22:13 PM] alanah: frak
[9/22/12 6:22:15 PM] alanah: FRAK.
[9/22/12 6:22:21 PM] alanah: seriously. frak.

[9/22/12 6:22:58 PM] sam: i know right???

[9/22/12 6:23:01 PM] alanah: also
[9/22/12 6:23:08 PM] alanah: this splinter is going to kill me
[9/22/12 6:23:13 PM] alanah: like, im going to actually die
[9/22/12 6:23:15 PM] alanah: death

[9/22/12 6:23:17 PM] sam: oh no!

[9/22/12 6:23:22 PM] alanah: if i cant get this splinter out
[9/22/12 6:23:24 PM] alanah: like
[9/22/12 6:23:31 PM] alanah: all i wanna do is cuss at it
[9/22/12 6:23:34 PM] alanah: i hate it
[9/22/12 6:23:37 PM] alanah: so
[9/22/12 6:23:38 PM] alanah: much

[9/22/12 6:29:32 PM] sam: :C
[9/22/12 6:29:47 PM] sam: stupid tiny pieces of wood!!!!

[9/22/12 6:30:11 PM] alanah: seriously
[9/22/12 6:30:17 PM] alanah: screw this.
[9/22/12 6:30:20 PM] alanah: im getting a needle

[9/22/12 6:30:45 PM] sam: so there was this big issue when GW2 went live with people making up non-PC character names and stuff
[9/22/12 6:31:31 PM] sam: a lot of them got banned for 72 hours for like causing undue stress and discomfort to other players
[9/22/12 6:32:01 PM] sam: it’s like, do I want these people online with me? no
[9/22/12 6:32:38 PM] sam: should they be banned from playing a game they obviously wanted to play because they have a childish and rude character name? I don’t know…
[9/22/12 6:32:58 PM] sam: especially since they were given no prior warning

[9/22/12 6:35:20 PM] alanah: hm
[9/22/12 6:35:21 PM] alanah: i dunno
[9/22/12 6:36:17 PM] alanah: i mean, because of the nature of the game, you have to interact with others, and if the game makers decide that there is a code of conduct that should be adhered to, then they have every right to enforce that for people using their product
[9/22/12 6:36:38 PM] alanah: i mean, yes, you paid for it, but you pay for the privilege to play, not for the freedom to act however you want
[9/22/12 6:37:47 PM] alanah: and if these people were being racist or hateful, even if it was only in text, i think it makes sense that the game makers can exclude them
[9/22/12 6:38:02 PM] alanah: if theyre gonna act like bad children, give them time out
[9/22/12 6:38:25 PM] alanah: i mean, really, to make your offense with your name is pretty brash
[9/22/12 6:38:40 PM] alanah: its the banner that hold the first impression and identity of you for the game
[9/22/12 6:39:07 PM] alanah: every interaction you have false under the banner of that name, and you are branded with it

[9/22/12 6:39:30 PM] sam: yup

[9/22/12 6:39:39 PM] alanah: i mean, its not like the gamers are kicking them out
[9/22/12 6:39:44 PM] alanah: its the game makers
[9/22/12 6:39:49 PM] alanah: so i dont think im bothered by it

[9/22/12 6:40:03 PM] sam: and then some of them have to act like little babies and be like, this game sucks anyway
[9/22/12 6:40:23 PM] sam: when they shouldn’t really have a reason to be upset unless they were enjoying themselves in the game to begin with…
[9/22/12 6:41:08 PM] sam: that’s part of the reason i’m still a bit wary to get into the social aspects of the MMO world
[9/22/12 6:41:18 PM] sam: I mean i’m in my brother’s guild
[9/22/12 6:41:36 PM] sam: but like I don’t talk to people…I think I asked for help once?
[9/22/12 6:42:09 PM] sam: i’m just a little Asura…keepin to myself…chillin with my blood fiend that i raised from the depths of hell

[9/22/12 6:42:23 PM] alanah: that makes sense to me
[9/22/12 6:42:36 PM] alanah: i mean, i think id be wary of other players
[9/22/12 6:43:07 PM] alanah: the same way id be wary of any stranger when im on a quest of some kind in an alternate adventure earth

[9/22/12 6:43:54 PM] sam: yup

[9/22/12 6:44:05 PM] alanah: i mean, they could be secretly evil
[9/22/12 6:44:09 PM] alanah: or out for blood

[9/22/12 6:44:11 PM] sam: i mean if you just happen to be killing the same evil creature I would like to kill then yay!

[9/22/12 6:44:13 PM] alanah: or just a creeper

[9/22/12 6:44:19 PM] sam: but i dunno…yeah

[9/22/12 6:44:21 PM] alanah: yeah sweet
[9/22/12 6:44:25 PM] alanah: thanks for the help
[9/22/12 6:44:34 PM] alanah: but we’re not like, companions or anything

[9/22/12 6:44:40 PM] sam: i mean you don’t have to worry about them hurting you, cause that’s all done in Player vs. Player land

[9/22/12 6:44:51 PM] alanah: maybe a quick lay, if youre the right species

[9/22/12 6:44:55 PM] sam: lol
[9/22/12 6:45:27 PM] sam: i don’t think you can even do that in GW
[9/22/12 6:45:33 PM] sam: you can in some other MMOs
[9/22/12 6:45:35 PM] sam: …

[9/22/12 6:45:36 PM] sam: ugh

[9/22/12 6:45:51 PM] alanah: ….
[9/22/12 6:45:55 PM] alanah: youre an asura tho
[9/22/12 6:46:01 PM] alanah: you pretty much always look like a child

[9/22/12 6:46:02 PM] sam: especially since the male/female ratio of players Has to be incredibly skewed…

[9/22/12 6:46:03 PM] alanah: …..

[9/22/12 6:46:11 PM] sam: well yes, but for now i’m just around other Asura
[9/22/12 6:46:32 PM] sam: most of them are taller than me though…

[9/22/12 6:46:33 PM] alanah: multiple children-esque beings having sex is even worse than one sam
[9/22/12 6:46:34 PM] alanah: geez

[9/22/12 6:46:39 PM] sam: lol
[9/22/12 6:46:45 PM] sam: oh!
[9/22/12 6:46:53 PM] sam: did I tell  you the best part about the Asura?
[9/22/12 6:47:04 PM] sam: the really cool one that’s kind of like my mentor
[9/22/12 6:47:07 PM] sam: her name’s Zojja
[9/22/12 6:47:14 PM] sam: and she’s voices by….
[9/22/12 6:47:17 PM] sam: waitforit…
[9/22/12 6:47:21 PM] sam: Felicia Day

[9/22/12 6:47:58 PM] alanah: EXCELLENT

[9/22/12 6:48:22 PM] sam: posted file guild_wars_2__zojja_by_yeewu-d3kjgfh.jpeg to members of this conversation

[9/22/12 6:48:26 PM] sam: that’s her
[9/22/12 6:48:28 PM] sam: she so cool
[9/22/12 6:48:42 PM] sam: she has a golem named Mr. Sparkles…

[9/22/12 6:48:46 PM] alanah: ah
[9/22/12 6:48:50 PM] alanah: XD

[9/22/12 6:49:49 PM] sam: i think i’m gonna end up with one of each race
[9/22/12 6:49:56 PM] sam: except maybe human because…lame

[9/22/12 6:51:16 PM] alanah: psh
[9/22/12 6:51:18 PM] alanah: jah
[9/22/12 6:51:21 PM] alanah: humans
[9/22/12 6:51:26 PM] alanah: who wants one of those

[9/22/12 6:51:44 PM] sam: There are big scary cat people
[9/22/12 6:51:55 PM] sam: they’re kind of like a mix between a cat and a bull
[9/22/12 6:51:57 PM] sam: they’re called Charr
[9/22/12 6:52:18 PM] sam: and they’re pretty BA

[9/22/12 6:52:49 PM] alanah: um
[9/22/12 6:52:56 PM] alanah: that sounds frightening

[9/22/12 6:53:05 PM] sam: yes
[9/22/12 6:53:09 PM] sam: they are pretty scary
[9/22/12 6:53:19 PM] sam: big on the warfare
[9/22/12 6:54:23 PM] sam: posted file imgres-1.jpeg to members of this conversation

[9/22/12 6:54:34 PM] sam: Sylvari elementalist
[9/22/12 6:54:39 PM] sam: totes looks like a pirate
[9/22/12 6:54:48 PM] sam: i love it

[9/22/12 6:56:51 PM] alanah: sexy!

[9/22/12 6:57:22 PM] sam: if i ever make a female charr she’s gonna look like a white tiger…i’ve decided…

[9/22/12 6:57:43 PM] alanah: lol
[9/22/12 6:57:50 PM] alanah: naturally


2 thoughts on “On Guild Wars 2 and Codes of Conduct

  1. I was mentioned!

    Side note as to gw2 being a revolution in mmo’s, the first guild wars was obviously also the same way, buy once and play forever, with micro transactions for luxury items being a primary source of money for developers but it also wasn’t the first to do so by any means, there is an entire genre of free to play mmo’s as in no cost to buy no cost to play that then sell micro transactions in the game. They tend to be a trap though since you either pay a fair amount for the luxury items or end up wasting all sorts of time to compensate. Also Diablo is an arpg not an mmo, and has never required a monthly fee.

    In defense of mmo communities though, if you can find a mature guild (difficult but not impossible) interacting with them is easily the best part of the game.

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