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Guild Wars 2 Wintersday celebrations start Friday

Guild Wars 2 Wintersday celebrations start Friday

Ooh, aren't holidays with the family trying? Skip all that fuss by logging onto Guild Wars 2 to celebrate this secular period of colder weather in the Northern hemisphere. With its Wintersday festivities kicking off on Friday, ArenaNet has shared the event timetable and a new trailer teasing the treats to come.

Watch: Snowball fights! Asura Santa! »

"Hopefully this time there's gonna be an even harder jumping puzzle."
- Opticom    See all 4 comments


Guild Wars 2 team addresses gear grind complaints

Guild Wars 2 team addresses gear grind complaints

Guild Wars 2 developer ArenaNet has faced some scrutiny over its decision to introduce Ascended armor to the game. The company had previously promised the game would be free of gear grind, and some fans see the new armor type as crossing that line. So the company brass took to the Internet to address some of its harshest critics.

Read more: Reaction was 'definitively expected' »

"depends on the server your on. I don't see that issue on Jade Quarry"
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Guild Wars 2 details upcoming end-game additions

Guild Wars 2 details upcoming end-game additions

The Guild Wars 2 Lost Shores update is right around the corner, but that isn't all that ArenaNet has planned for the future of the franchise. In response to data collected from watching the game in a live environment, the developer is planning various tweaks to the end-game to help players enjoy themselves after hitting the level cap.

Read more: Agony, Infusions, and Ascended Gear »

"Well I don't mean go crazy with it, not even to the level wow has done, but just... some form of ..."
- drac01    See all 16 comments


Guild Wars 2 'Lost Shores' starts November 16

Guild Wars 2 'Lost Shores' starts November 16

The Guild Wars 2 "Lost Shores" update that ArenaNet teased last week has been given a release date. In fact, it's been given three dates, as the large world event will roll out in phases.

Read more: Kicks off Friday November 16, lasts all weekend »

"You shouldn't have too much to worry about I think. There is a big misunderstanding with these ..."
- proudlyhated7    See all 6 comments


Guild Wars 2 'Lost Shores' update teased

Guild Wars 2 'Lost Shores' update teased

Guild Wars 2 is apparently preparing a large update for November, but details are scant at the moment. The update is called "The Lost Shores," and involves a "one-time world event that will change Tyria forever."

Read more: More details coming after next build »

"I haven't checked but I bet they're still adding content to GW1. I wouldn't be surprised if they ..."
- kikilupo    See all 25 comments


Guild Wars 2 Halloween update hits October 22

Guild Wars 2 Halloween update hits October 22

Halloween has always been a merry time in Guild Wars, with the Mad King Thorn visiting the capital cities of Tyria to dole out tricks and treats. It seems he'll be returning in Guild Wars 2 as part of "the first major game release" for ArenaNet's subscription-free MMORPG, which shall also bring paid PvP tournaments and gobs of new stuff to see, do and kill.

Read more: Hitting October 22 »

"I love how they're pushing paid pvp tournaments when their pvp format is missing about a billion ..."
- pantsburgh    See all 46 comments


Guild Wars 2 Mac client beta launched

Guild Wars 2 Mac client beta launched

Surprise! A beta version of Guild Wars 2 for Mac OS X entered public beta today, for anyone who already owns the game to try out on their shiny white box. Delightfully, the beta version runs on the live servers, so Macateers can jump right into playing with their chums on William Gates' Windows.

Read more: Updates to be released simultaneously »

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Guild Wars 2 getting 'consistent free content updates'

Guild Wars 2 getting 'consistent free content updates'

Guild Wars 2 developer ArenaNet has again assured that, like its predecessor, the subscription-free MMORPG will receive "consistent free content updates" as well as more microtransaction doodads and, eventually, "large-scale" expansions. After players ummed and erred about running out of things to do, game director Colin Johanson stepped in to say all is peachy keen and new content updates are coming.

Read more: Hoping to make free content last longer than subscription MMOs »

"Wow. I've played maybe 60 hours and have one level 44 character. Looking forward to leveling ..."
- Peanut Fox    See all 75 comments


Field Report: Guild Wars 2

Field Report: Guild Wars 2

When I first encountered Guild Wars, it was creating a reputation for itself as one of the main alternatives to World of Warcraft, offering a similar experience without the crippling monthly fee. Guild Wars 2 represents a major step forward for NCsoft and ArenaNet, completely stepping out of WoW's shadow and firmly planting itself as the new standard for MMORPG's.

GW2's story has plenty to offer both longtime GW veterans and newcomers. Set a thousand years after the events of the first GW, the land of Tyria is under siege by hellish dragons and their army of undead minions. To save the continent, multiple races must band together to overcome the common threat. The story introduces new narrative elements, while also building on much of the lore from the first game and its expansions.

Read more: An involved personal story »

"How does picking up WoW cold compare to picking up GW2 cold? I played WoW for 2 months several ..."
- pantsburgh    See all 4 comments


Guild Wars 2 dev talks about rethinking end-game content

Guild Wars 2 dev talks about rethinking end-game content

MMORPGs tend to follow a pretty standard pattern. Fight monsters and do quests to reach the end-game, then start playing high-level content. But according to ArenaNet, it was important to change that dynamic in Guild Wars 2. The developer shared some thoughts on how it rethought the concept of end-game content so players could enjoy that feeling throughout the game, even before reaching high level caps.

Read more: Didn't want to require 'entirely new subset of the game' »

"The idea of raiding isn't bad in of itself the problem is the level of time requirements and ..."
- TheEmissary    See all 15 comments


Guild Wars 2 has sold over 2 million copies

Guild Wars 2 has sold over 2 million copies

Though the days of plain old WoW-alike subscription MMORPGs seem numbered, Guild Wars 2 is proving you don't need to go fully free-to-play to find an audience. ArenaNet's subscription-free MMORPG has sold over two million physical and digital copies, publisher NCsoft announced today, and hit a peak of over 400,000 concurrent players.

Read more: Hit shortly after resuming digital sales »

"I remember reading about that now, something like that could definitely work."
- one random winner    See all 43 comments


Guild Wars 2 diary: Dungeons of dragons

Guild Wars 2 diary: Dungeons of dragons

With my Sylvari Mesmer finally at level 30, it was time to begin exploring the Guild Wars 2 dungeon scene. A level 30 dungeon known as the Ascalonian Catacombs was located in the middle of the Plains of Ashford, home of the Charr race. Getting together with my experienced guide, a level 35 Human Elementalist named Ziva no Najwa, we threw out an open call for a party of five to begin what would undoubtedly be an arduous quest.

A helpful Charr named Rogg Ironlight, a Norn named Sabnir Stonepaw, and a human named Kookielea soon joined our ragtag group and we walked through the front gate. The Ascalonian Catacombs were filled with restless spirits of Ascalonian soldiers that were killed by the Charr. Rytlock Brimstone, the Story Mode's Charr representative, would act as our NPC guide and provide backstory in various areas.

Read more: Dungeons are no easy affair »

"This was in reply to rythex's post mostly, replied to wrong person."
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Guild Wars 2 online sales reopen

Guild Wars 2 online sales reopen

ArenaNet has finally reopened online sales for Guild Wars 2 on the official site after a strong influx of players during the first week of the game's release forced the developer to suspend purchases and try to find a ways to combat high player "concurrency" rates.

Read more: More servers and customer support personnel added »

"Just to get this straight, You are saying that you don't like what a game developer does without ..."
- CrazyRussian1989    See all 49 comments


Morning Caffeinated! -- Guild Wars 2 hacks and Mists of Pandaria prep

Morning Caffeinated! -- Guild Wars 2 hacks and Mists of Pandaria prep

It was a bad weekend, Shack. Not that I should have expected any different from my perennial losers of sports teams. As a long-suffering Cleveland fan, my Browns and Indians lost late, and I fully expect my Cavaliers will regret choosing Dion Waiters with their first overall draft pick this year. The good news is all my teams should have high first round picks in their respective drafts next year. Cleveland would probably have better luck in Madden NFL 13, NBA 2K13 or Major League Baseball 2K12. I'm just so disgusted.

And now for some real gaming news.

Read more: Which World of Warcarft class should I play? »

"I have a lot to catch up on. I have 5 85s, but haven't played since the first content update ..."
- Keefinator    See all 21 comments


Guild Wars 2 hack impacts 11,000 accounts

Guild Wars 2 hack impacts 11,000 accounts

It may be time to gird your loins and beef up your passwords again, as yet another online game's security has been compromised. Guild Wars 2 has received more than 11,000 support requests for hacking, but it appears that the game itself wasn't targeted. Rather, ne'er-do-wells gained passwords from other sources like fan sites, and matched them to Guild Wars 2 accounts.

Read more: 'Many apparent breaches of other games and web sites' »

"I can't say I have had the same problem. I only logged into one computer prior to verifying my ..."
- SunnyTelight    See all 42 comments




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