One Time Only PostOctober 27, 2012 at 6:46 pm | Posted in Festival, Guild Wars 2, mmorpg, PvE | 14 Comments
Tags: Guild Wars 2, MMO, mmorpg
This post will be readable one time only to the people who happen to be around when it is posted. I’m not going to say why I’m doing this but it will be a big event! If you can’t be around to read my post at the time of posting hopefully you can read it later on youtube. Also reading it on youtube would spoil it for you, so I hope you don’t have to do that but you will since you are spineless nerds. I know some of you can’t be here when I post it but I’m doing this anyway. Yes, this sucks, but trying to accommodate everyone would suck more! I know reading my blog from someones fraps video isn’t quite the same as reading it on my blog but this is necessary to achieve…. some as yet unidentifiable dumb idea I had.
Okay, I ran out of steam at the end there, but this is the same reasoning Arenanet is using to justify why there will be a one time only event, “the pinnacle of the Halloween event (Act 3)”, in Guild Wars 2.
As some of you noticed, we have published the time of the special event which will occur on Sunday, October the 28th at 12:00 PM Pacific Time/19:00 GMT.
On the holiday team, we are fully aware of the fact that not everyone can be logged into the game at specific time. We’re also aware that people live in different time zones, and those times can potentially fall on different calendar days. This is why each act is a phase, or a period of time, rather than a moment in time.
The one major exception is the beginning of Act 3, which is something that I think most people will want to be around to see. The choice of 12:00 PM Pacific Time/19:00 GMT on Sunday was a very informed, calculated decision. It was primarily based on the fact that it’s pretty much the peak of our weekly concurrency, which means it satisfies the highest possible percentage of our users. It also means that it’s the same calendar date whether you’re American or European.
For those of you wondering, having the event at separate times for separate zones is actually one of the worst options. Whatever happens is going to be on livestreams instantly and then on YouTube about five minutes later. At least this way, everyone has a chance to experience it in the game, without having it spoiled by the rapid availability of video on the Internet.
One of the things I don’t like about this is how they don’t really address any of the complaints. They know one time events don’t really work. They know they’re upsetting large numbers of people. They know that timed events worked much better in the past with Guild Wars.
One time only events in MMOs are usually big disappointments. I can’t think of one that was a big success.
I honestly do hope this decision turns out well, I hope it’s a big success, and I know you can’t please all the people all the time, and far be it from me to tell Arenanet what things they can try and can’t try, but yeah, I will not be surprised if this doesn’t turn out well.
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