Alright. I just read the entire AMA and here is what I honestly think:
About the game:
I just typed /age on Gw2 and it says "587 hours and 6 minutes". It is true that I have not been playing that much, sometimes I go online play some WvW or sPvP, and I was there for the Lost Shores, other than that I'm not playing much simply because alot of other games caught my attention like AC3, Hitman and alot of the Steam Autumn sales stuff. Of course some hours are AFK hours, but my main character is level 80 fully exotic geared and he has 50% of the map.
About the WvW:
I can agree that WvW was "left" out of updates and should at least have more news of the plans for it. But I disagree regarding the AoE or zerg stuff or even PvE stuff in it. I do think there is a lot to be done beyond any doubt (across the whole game too) but..
(Ill answer towards the points you raised Bovinity but just because you brought them all up in a good manner)
- AoE cap altho could be handled differently is something I actually like making the AoE less Boss (and we all know it is boss and bring problems in every game) the only thing I would prob do differently would take the cap out and make it less powerful, but Im no dev.
- Zergs, yes you are "encouraged" and they do get results and if you try is way more fun than mindlessly karma farming at Orr. But also it's up to you to break it off with a small group and play special task, I love it, and honestly it's part of the war. I already defended keep by myself on a ranger and I almost won against 20 invaders and I think it was just epic and I was the one building stuff (meaning nothing was already built for me) I killed over half and they broke in, killed one or 2 more and reinforcements got there but too late. I know you said about the strike force, but Idk what planet people are living, a ghost operation to get a supply camp that DOES help the team with 3 people is not only fun (which common is why everyone -should- play it) but do you expect to take over a castle by yourself?
- Travel time, it sucks when you die and run back and at times I think "I dont want to run back" so Ill just do something else. But I think that's something good for the game, makes me fight for my life way harder even run if I have to.
- Pve stuff. Yeah, I do think it's wierd at times but I often find a few souls doing the events and it does seem fun. I dont really see why not, I'm pretty sure all the sides of the battle have a portion of PvE lovers doing that stuff, and it's been a while since I got queues for WvW maybe for EB but didn't take too long. Some events even help the realm so why not? I sometimes feel like people don't see more than 1 side of the coin which is inevitably a goal for the devs and the best part is....in a "persistent" world finding a group of centaurs somewhere is not only cool but makes it feel real.
This is just a story that happened to me in WvW. We were battling in front of a keep small groups, and it was pretty even and fun people going down, people helping people up and all all of the sudden a few quaggans and a vet show up on our side. The result was that only 2 of our team survived and a quaggan that kept pushing alone to the keep. It was pretty hilarious to be honest and I spoke on team and I found the lost soul who "recruited" them haha. We obviously didn't get the keep but it was a fun battle with a cute turn.
I have to agree with Gray Matter.
The game has flaws? ALOT. But it's like any game that recently launched.
Does some of devs decision leave us with a bit of a "fear"? Yes, like any other game you ever played with content updates.
Did the AMA serve for something? Not much
Now I ask everyone of you (and I'm sure it will be just the ones with negative answers that will actually answer lol)
You are not paying it monthly and I dare you to post your screenshot /age here. You payed 60 bucks for it nothing more. I played skyrim for 60 hours and I was done with it and payed the same ammount and I think it was damn worth it.
The AMA was vague of course and how could it not be? The game is full of flaws that require fine tweaking, tweaking that can only be done with extensive research of the data POS-Launch. And I for one thought that he actually was pretty humble (unlike many other companies) to accept their faults and say "We are working on it, I did a bad call and it was my fault". As a player I do feel like there is a LOT to be done, and alot of "promises of near future" that doesn't help us".
Most of The AMA questions were about a misconception about the Ascended gear. The Pvp/WvW stuff is another area he couldnt answer, but If I'm not mistaken soon there will be a post/ama for that. Reading posts all over you can still see people are trying to play other MMOs upon Gw2 which leaves to obvious frustrations. I can't say anyone can win from all those facts.
It's rather easy to be an expert of what should change on the game, but it seems no one cares about the impact it would turn overall. I have my strong opinions on classes/builds and PvE that are "heavy concerns" but I'm not worrying about it like most seem to do (Hell, I'm still paying monthly for 12months sub of a game I don't play and that's all for a game (that despite every single design seemed and still is very good) that didnt work well togheter for some reason which I maybe played 40 hours). The new vertical progression is far from havoc people are bringing in, the scaling difficulty for the more devoted too. People get offended that they put this stuff in when it's less than 1% of the game. I think they are doing a good job catering for everyone without making the others angry but everyone still thinks they are entitled to feel angry about that. It's hard to please and get us, people.
So TLDR: I feel like everyone should actually look down a little bit or in a mirror maybe. I feel like the Halloween stuff and Lost Shore updates were awesome for a subless game so fresh (Specially the new dungeon, so cool. Its a classy better cavernsih of times). And along with it there were major flaws, the 1 time event, loot, the fragmentation of the players with the scaling difficulty and the grind mats part. But I still (for some reason) believe in it and I think the next few months they need to improve it for SURE! But I do think the community is very wishy washy and everyone loves complaining alot, let them do their job, the game is new, you are not paying more than you should after more updates we can sit and discuss.
(this comes from someone who is not optimistic nor the opposite. Im very picky/critic and realistic and I do see the player side alot, I am one.)
Feel free to eat me alive now
Edit: Hahah you can use the TLDR by just reading my bold part. That wasnt intentional XD