With this Author Exchange, we’ve paired with Guild Wars 2 Hub to bring you an original editorial from outside of our regular authorship. The Author Exchange is intended to bridge the gap between existing Guild Wars 2 communities and websites to bring a new set of opinions, ideas and content to readerships that might not necessarily know one another. In this Author Exchange Lewis B from Guild Wars 2 Hub brings you an editorial on how he will miss the buzz and excitement of the Guild Wars 2 beta.
After nearly fives years of waiting, it’s surreal to think that I’ll soon be playing Guild
Wars 2 on a permanent basis. The Beta weekends that have formed the back bone
of my months will become a thing of the past and yet I can’t help but feel a pang of
sadness that the Beta experience will in fact come to an end.
I wrestled for some time about whether or not I would even play the Guild Wars 2
Beta after being invited to take part quite some time before the pre-purchase access.
Walking the fine line between spoiling content and attempting to experience it, so I
could write about it, proved incredibly difficult. By taking part in World versus World
and Structured PvP, almost exclusively, it allowed me to insulate myself away from
most of Guild Wars 2’s content and still provided enough of a foundation to know that
this game was something truly special.
Where my pang of sadness stems from is the thought that I’ll no longer get the
buzz I’ve had for all these months, waiting for the announcement of the next Beta
weekend date or those minutes before the servers open where you and friends
excitedly chat about what you’re about to do over the next three days.
Over the past few months, I’ve spent the entire build up to each impending Beta
weekend event theorycrafting, researching and writing, eagerly anticipating the
changes ahead. Yet all this will be lost, in some form, when the game finally
launches, only to be replaced with a more personal experience as all the games
content lies within reach.
I’m making no suggestion to prolong the Beta experience, as like every other avid
Guild Wars 2 fan I’m desperate for the chance to be able to log in every day. But
there is something unquestionably attractive and special about a product you can
only play once a month in such a rigid and controlled environment, knowing that
once that 72 hour period has elapsed you have to wait once more before you can
return to Tyria.
Absence makes the heart grow fonder, or so they say, and this couldn’t be more
fitting of the Beta weekends. They’ve served to whet the appetite of hundreds of
thousands of players in such a way that the anticaptionometer burst several phases
back. Unlike other Beta events I have taken part in for countless other MMOG’s,
where developers choose to leave servers open 24 hours a day, Guild Wars 2 is the
first that I have experienced so little and yet adored every single moment of it.
When the final Beta weekend draws to a close later this month I’ll be sad to know
that the level of excitement will only be replicated on the day Guild Wars 2 launches
and in future expansions. Everything either side of this will unquestionably be fun
and will see me revel in all that Guild Wars 2 has to offer, but I know I’ll secretly
miss the agony of waiting, randomly loading the game client to stare at the moving
background or leaving the office early on a Friday to do nothing but wait for the
servers to open. I can’t be the only one who feels like this, can I?