LFG In GW2December 22, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Posted in Guild Wars 2, mmorpg | 16 Comments
Tags: Guild Wars, Guild Wars 2, MMO, mmorpg
I don’t find group tools to be very useful. I think this mostly stems from bad experiences with Pick Up Groups. Guild Wars did have a basic group tool, but does Guild Wars 2 need one?
I can’t recall if they’ve ever mentioned one.
I prefer playing with friends. If I stop playing your MMO it’s probably because I didn’t really connect with anyone in it. For that reason alone I’m sure most MMO studios seriously consider a Looking For Group tool.
Unfortunately every group tool out there is essentially a PUG, and PUGs suck. Whiners, bossy pants, negative nancys, leavers, and jerks make up the vast majority of these groups. It’s a theory of mine that since they can’t make friends of their own, they resort to PUGs.
Now from what I’ve heard, in WoW for instance, the dungeon finder tool has improved the atmosphere and there is much less time wasted. It is more convenient, less personal, (and therefore in WoW) treasured.
If Arenanet is right and you can play through a dungeon with 5 people of the same class, do you really even need a dungeon finder?
Certainly it’s their goal to make every class able to play every role. Putting that aside, how hard is it to find 4 other people? The group size of Guild Wars 2 is 5, whether that is for PvP or PvE. This already goes a long way towards ensuring you don’t desperately need a LFG tool, it’s just easier to find a group.
Admittedly, this doesn’t eliminate the need completely. But what about guilds? A small guild might have trouble fielding 5 people, but in Guild Wars 2 you can belong to several guilds. Pop into your secondary guild, maybe you belong to a guild called LFG which people join when they want to do dungeons. Maybe you’re social enough that you can recruit those other 4 people from 4 different guilds that you belong to.
Lets not forget that people of inappropriate levels are either scaled up or scaled down to be appropriate for the dungeon. This makes more people more able to participate in any dungeon you like.
And you know what? Guild Wars 2 is no longer instanced. If you want to do a specific dungeon, hop down to the zone it’s in, stand outside the entrance and ask in local chat if anyone is interested. Sure, it’s a pug, but it would certainly capture the attention of anyone with the same goals as you in the same zone. Not as convenient as a LFG tool, but already more personal.
I do have a couple of things to say that might suggest a LFG tool is likely. I’ll just rip them straight out of the reddit thread I read them in.
For one, if each class is as useful as another then a LFG tool would find dungeon groups more quickly than any other game.
The PvP menu could easily (by a bloggers standards, not a programmers standards) be converted for use by people looking for a dungeon group instead of a PvP match.
Finally, Arenanet have said here and there that they’re looking to expand options in Guild Wars 2, not go backwards. As I’ve said before, there is a basic tool in Guild Wars.
So does Guild Wars 2 need a LFG tool? Personally I don’t think it’s needed, it’s not essential. But I would welcome it as anyone welcomes something useful. More ways to meet more people in an online game could never be undesirable.
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