lol, so according to my friend's list in Guild Wars 2, I'm one of the only folks who have stuck with it since launch. With my army of twelve
characters I've managed to keep interested long enough to see the death of Scarlet, GW2's poster girl of insanity with an unoriginal Joker/Harley Quinn mentality, who ultimately wanted to bring peace and love to all the lands of Tyria by using large quantities of napalm and hallucinogenic drugs. Ever since she was indoctrinated into GW2's secret villainous society she had few admirers. Most folks in game chat wanted nothing more than to turn her into mulch, myself included. (I even said she was responsible for killing Dumbledore and writing the Twilight novels!) But then something weird happened. The more I played the game the more I thought to myself that Scarlet wasn't a terrible person after all and that maybe there was something more to her madness... aside from waking sleeping dragons. (Great cinematic, btw! Reminds me why I bought the game in the first place.)
With Anet's push to make the game more of a den for zerg content since late last year, not to mention the introduction of world bosses that require well-coordinated masses (aka large guilds) to defeat, folks who aren't Anet's blind fanbase tend to get the impression that they're secretly receiving the middle finger. And with its Living Story content forcing players to either shut up and play or miss out on new content, casual players might be right for thinking that the game is trying to alienate them. Sure, new content is always great, but when you almost always have a timer on said content you ultimately feel a little rushed and I've seen a lot of players I knew who used to play the game all say the same thing. They're burned out. They're tired of the zerg content, mediocre storytelling and I dare say some have even left because of all the bloody left-wing content that is being shoved into the game, blatantly or otherwise. I would say what said content is, but quite frankly I'm not in the mood for arguments and DA is rife with those who'd defend what really... well, it concerns me.
The thing is, despite all that Scarlet was, I was starting to like her near the end. I mean, the girl wiped out Lion's Arch and hopefully killed off a few NPCs who were stuck repeating lines for over a year like they were all suffering short term memory loss. (But by Ogden's Hammer, what savings~!) They made the game sound like it was a broken record rather than one showing life. Heck, after encountering pages of Scarlet's journal in her secret lair I even felt sorry for the poor, batshit crazy salad, so I suppose I should applaud Anet for creating a character that many folks loved to hate... and admittedly had secret urgings to ask her in private if there was a way they could enlist in her army so they too could stomp out all life in Tyria. (If only more salads were like her now... *sniff*) True, the final battle leading up to her demise was many levels of awesome and-- suddenly LESBIANS.Sadly, Scarlet took her life months before the final battle after knowing ahead of time the terrible script she had to work with... hence her use of holograms.www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFR5oZ…
lol, yes, Anet. Obviously Scarlet's death scene wasn't enough of a high note for players to witness. Throwing a somewhat lame side-story arc into the mix where two forgettable women admit their feelings for each other, while everything is blowing up around them, is something I'm sure some shameless B-Grade Hollywood porn director, with dreams of becoming the next Michael Bay, would love to buy the rights for. Nice job!
Eh, I guess I could always go back to WoW and brave facing off against armies of Pandas... *eye twitches*
... nah, too risky. I'll just keep playing Warframe instead. Less blood to be shed there.