Originally Posted by Aeana
The Highlights theme is really nostalgic even if I don't understand what it has to do with the game.
The short version: I was looking for something fun and interesting to do instead of the usual Community OT, and while wandering around google looking for inspiration I noticed there's a TON of jungle-themed coloring / activity books. It appealed to my dark sense of humor to contrast the in-game events (The combined military might of the world was just violently destroyed in like 20 seconds and an entire race of allies was revealed to be minions of the expansion's villain that can turn at any second)
with the bright and colorful themes. It was different from anything I've done before creatively and I wanted to give it a try, and it ended up being really fun to make.
When it came time to make the OT for the expansion launch, I decided to carry the concept forward with a few changes. GW2's moment-to-moment gameplay reminds me so much of the games I grew up with (one GAFer made a very apt comparison to old-school brawlers like Golden Axe and I haven't been able to not see it since), and the developers have specifically mentioned both Zelda and Metroid as inspiration for the new progression mechanics. I felt like the Highlights reference and catalog clipping both fit comfortably with the same brand of nostalgia as coloring books and old-school games (and how could I pass up that iconic "H"?).
I guess the theme really only applies in so far as I wanted something unique and visually interesting but not so image-heavy that it becomes impossible to read, but I wanted to convey the kind of excitement I'm feeling for the launch, the kind I had when I was a kid and completely hyped for stuff like Mario Bros. 3 and such.
Originally Posted by Ferrio
I keep trying to get back into this game, but as much as I like it I don't really wanna spend the huge amount of dedication MMOs require. Even so, still tempted to buy the expansion.
See this post here;
Originally Posted by Retro
It really doesn't have as much of a time investment as you'd think; because there's no gear treadmill (and no level cap increase with the expansion) you could have started playing 3 years ago at launch, gotten full Exotic-tier weapons and stopped playing this entire time. You'd be able to log in and pick up right where you left off, the only thing you'd have missed was the huge amount of content they've added.
You can pick it up and play it when you have free time and never worry that you're falling behind everyone else or missing out on whatever's new. Heck, you can even replay the Living Story (they add a bunch new content in episode-format every two weeks during each "Season") on your own time now, for free if you remember to log in when each episode is live.
Originally Posted by ViciousDS
oh dear heavens.....I forgot my character isn't on stormbluff because....I wasn't apart of GAF when the game launched.....welp there goes more money lol
No worries, as long as you're on a North American server you can play with GAF in every game mode except WvW (which is restricted since it's server vs. server play).
Originally Posted by Ferrio
Ya it is the most friendly but still requires quite a big timesink, especially when I'm the type that has to have the best shit in an MMO.
edit: Question: My character has a bunch of shit gear, how friendly will the new content be to me? Does it offer exotics naturally through the new content?
If you had gotten full exotics a month after launch, you'd be in the same position you'd be now; capable of doing all of the existing content except high level fractals (Ascended gear is needed, but it's a long-term goal).
To answer your second question, Exotics are perfectly fine for the new content, I imagine they tuned it to be doable in rare (yellow) or even masterwork (green) gear. This isn't the usual MMO expansion where everyone's work is immediately invalidated by new gear tiers, so you're all good.