Guild Wars 2 ….YEAAA…….Ohhhhh maybe not.
For those that may be wondering why I have not been playing GW2 lately, I will explain.
When they first announced they would not be doing a new expansion for GW but instead apply their efforts into a new game GW2 I couldn’t wait. Years went by with little to no word about it from Anet. Finally they announced a release date. This was amazing news.
Before I tell you I feel I should explain something up front. I came into this game with the highest hopes and the greatest respect for Anet and their work, I played this game day in and day out for months and months and months in the hopes that I could work through this. Thinking maybe it would grow on me and it was just because it was new , that I was having an issue with it. I still love the rest of the game but unless they make a change to this area, I do not see myself playing it very much at all. Ok well here we go.
The skill system in this game is absolutely horrendous. There is no flexibility in it at all. It is designed to be nothing more than a “set your monkey in front of your keyboard and spam” play style. I feel like they took GW and dumbed it down so even your pets can play. Oh and before I start hearing the “there was only a few great builds in the system in GW. The rest was just crap” bullshit, I have this to say. For people with the inability or drive to actually want to learn their class to the best of their ability, only want to ever use what they can find on PvX etc. or are just too fucking lazy to actually make an attempt to see if this is true (which it absolutely is not) before just spouting off…….save your bullshit for someone that doesn’t know any better.
GW actually required talent to play and survive and succeed. Sure you had your fuckin’ “so dipshit proof a moron could do it” farm builds but when it came to actual questing/playing the game, each area had to be approached differently. You had to stop, think about what you were going to be fighting, plan your skills and your strategy on how best to use them in the coming fight. You couldn’t just run through the game with the same build, spamming the same skills from beginning to end and if you did ( and I am sure some fucktard will claim they did) then you probably only were able to because of people you were playing with who were actually using a wide base of their skills, doing the adapting for your lazy ass and making up for the dead weight that was you. I really feel that skill/combat wise GW2 as taken a serious leap backwards. They have stupified game play to a level as to appeal to the lowest common denominator and until I See this change I don’t see myself returning to it with any excitement or thrill that I had every time I logged into GW. Then again if this isn’t improved upon I may not see myself returning at all. I waited years and years for this game. I tried so hard to love this game like I did GW. I just can’t fool myself any longer.
So I spent all day trying to get Guild Wars working with wine and then cedega . I installed and uninstalled it a whole bunch of times, tried tweaking the settings in both wine and cedega and nothing. I just kept getting a black screen, then my mouse would be trapped and the only way to get out of it would be ctrl-alt backspace.
In the end what worked and I mean just quite simply worked was Play On Linux. I had actually given up on trying to make it work, I downloaded Play on Linux and just wanted to check it out, and was surprised to see guild wars on the list. So I said What the Hell and decided to give it one last try. I clicked the install, and a little window popped up asking me if I had a dvd, I was slightly discouraged as I didn’t I had a CD. So I clicked no then it asked me if I had a cd (ah ha I thought) so I clicked yes. POL then asked me to put CD 1 in the drive, and I did. Then it asked me where the CD was located giving me three options to choose from.
I chose cdrom0 as that’s where my disk was, and POL proceeded to copy files. Then we went through the same thing with disk 2. After that was done the guild wars installer popped up and POL’s window asked me to click next or ok when the installer asked me for disk 2. When it came to that point and the installer asked me for disk 2, I was slightly confused as the guild wars installer has an “OK” button, which I attempted to click a few times at first but that didn’t work. finally I decided to click the forward button on POL, then the installer happily continued on it’s way to completion. During the final bit of installation I took note of the fact that the POL window told me to close the game to continue once it automatically popped up. (Guild Wars opens Automatically upon install completion). So once the game opened up I had a complete black screen, but due to my previous attempts I had found a forum post at the cedega forums, which said to try pressing ALT+enter to switch to window mode, this worked and I was now able to see the game. So then I closed it and finished the task of deciding whether I wanted Icon’s on my desktop, menu or both (I chose menu only as I like a clean desktop).
Play On Linux was simple and easy, and even gave me a nice update button so I didn’t have to wait for the game to update once it was loaded. I also was able to play in window mode which I like. I spent several hours tonight enjoying myself in Guild Wars!
So that’s my success story for the day I hope this post in the least has entertained you, or at the most enlightened you to a very handy piece of software.