This is exactly why I KNOW GW2 will succeed, this is why I know it will surpass WoW (at the very least equal it). They werent competing, they werent comparing themselves to Wow, they wanted to make a new game that they felt was fun, they wanted to take what worked. They are on the same optimistic footing as Blizzard was when they treaded into this new territory.
The reason why this game will succeed is because they are not trying to reach the hights of another games success, this is why every mmo so far since WoW has failed their original design plans, because they were designed to topple WoW. Arenanet thought differently, and decided to IMPROVE on what WoW already accomplished, and they are trying to remove what they think was the problem in previous MMO games.
Innovation is like evolution, survival of the most creative and adaptive to consumer demands.
Yes OP, I have the same feeling, I felt this feeling in the winter of 2004, I now feel it again in the winter of 2011-12
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