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~Izzie

TalkTyria Guild Wars 2 Video Bonanza!

It doesn’t need to be said that since the first Guild Wars 2 beta weekend event, the floodgates, as they say, have been opened. And by opened, I mean busted down with a swelling tidal wave of chatter, media, rants, and raves. But most of all, media. In the lull between events, fans are eagerly devouring everything the ‘net has to offer to ease the pain (I know I am).

Our lovely resident videographer, LoremasterKaae (you may have heard of this fine lass before) was hard at work filming and editing some of her adventures over the weekend.

Thanks to her efforts, we’ve (finally) got some fun videos on our youtube channel. I thought I’d point out a few of my personal favorites for you guys to take a look at, if you haven’t already:

Guild Wars 2 Crafting – Leatherworking
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It Comes From the Heart

Pink Day in LA!

You may or may not have heard about Pink Day in LA, Mailbu Barbie, or the awesome team over at Gamers Giving Back, but let me tell you; these are people worth knowing and here’s why.

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On the Subject of Guild Loyalty

My initial reaction to the multi-guild news from PAX-Prime was pretty harsh, I admit. Anybody who’s run a guild knows how stressful and consuming it is, and we know how players can be. So for many past and hopeful future leaders, they’ve met this news with mixed emotions, and most of us initially against it are in the vast minority. I feel a lot of it has to do with statistics; a very small number of gamers have been guild leaders in comparison to those who are simply guild members or guild-less to boot. A smaller number still have lead competitive / progressive functioning guilds, so it might be hard to understand why we feel the way we do.

I know how it is to be on both sides, as a member and a leader, and so I understand the relief that the majority of players feel. The multi-guild system is an interesting shift in power from leaders to members, perhaps humbling, but is it necessarily a good thing? Like it or not, guilds within games are a system of politics, and politics have proven that a true democracy, one in which the people are all equal in power, rarely works out well. Imagine a military in which all ranking officers have equal jurisdiction. Imagine a school where the students have the same say as teachers.

When it comes to things like this, hierarchy & bureaucracy are needed and more often than not the ‘citizens’ either don’t understand or resent the system by proxy, without realizing why and how it works. Of the games I’ve played, the most successful guilds always have a strict system of leaders and members. Some even borderline tyrannical (not that I agree with that sort of system). Strong leadership and loyalty to a cause is needed for success. And that kind of brings me to the central point:

Guild Loyalty – What & Why?
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Guild Wars 2 September 2011 Desktop Calendar

And now for something a little different:

Enjoy! Good luck in the new semester, students!

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(sizes based on top resolutions via analytics. request a different size in comments)
(ps: we’ll try to get one every month. no promises XD)

Gamescon 2011 and Pax-Prime 2011 Guild Wars 2 Pictures

I’d like to point out how extremely thrilled and proud I am at the extensive coverage that our fabulous krewe and friends have provided us over the past few weeks. Namely, Karasu &  MeWulf for Gamescon and Elixabeth & Kaae for Pax-Prime. If you ever catch these fine ladies and gents at a con, be sure to buy them a round for their amazing efforts. Don’t fret: there is still more to come from PAX  and there are plenty of outlets for you to find the latest and greatest in information, media, and conversation about what was seen and learned these past 2 weekends.

I thought I’d post a few of my personal favorite images from the events and share with you guys are galleries for both. Also, be sure to check out our buddies over at GuildWars2PvP for extensive discussion on competitive information and GuildWars2Live.com for some amazing HD videos of gameplay, panels, and parties!

Check out our full Gamescon 2011 Gallery!
  
  

Check out our full Pax-Prime 2011 Gallery! (more pictures soon!)