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April Fool's Day inflates craniums throughout Guild Wars 2

When those embroiled in the eternal conflict known as Guild Wars 2 log into their favorite online roleplaying game on April 1, they'll notice something a bit odd about their characters - specifically, each inhabitant of the game will now feature a gigantic head. The momentary alteration has no...

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Guild Wars 2 dodges subscription fee in China

ArenaNet announced that it will not institute a subscription model or introduce free-to-play elements when its MMORPG Guild Wars 2 launches in China this year, subverting the region's dominant time-based, pay-to-play trends for online games. Guild Wars 2 will launch in China as a one-time...

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ArenaNet extends Guild Wars 2 sale, free trial

Developer ArenaNet has announced that the ongoing Guild Wars 2 free trial will be extended through next week. Instead of ending today as initially planned, European and American players will be able to experience the MMORPG free of charge until Monday, October 7 at 3AM EST. ArenaNet is also...

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Retro-inspired Super Adventure Box returns to Guild Wars 2

Super Adventure Box was created as an April Fools' Day joke, but thanks to fan support, the virtual "virtual reality simulator" has made a return to Guild Wars 2. Within the MMO, Super Adventure Box is described as a training simulation designed to educate young members of the industrious,...

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Guild Wars 2 gets a retro 2D platformer, thanks to an April Fools' joke

ArenaNet, the developer behind Guild Wars 2, has released a 2D platformer called Rytlock's Critter Rampage, available to play for free in your browser. The game's derived from an '80s-style commercial the company made as an April Fools' joke earlier this month. The commercial itself was for a 3D...

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Time, space and Guild Wars 2

This is a weekly column from freelancer Rowan Kaiser, which focuses on "Western" role-playing games: their stories, their histories, their mechanics, their insanity, and their inanity. I suppose that people wouldn't complain about massively multiplayer RPGs all seeming the same if they didn't all...

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Stiq Flicks: Guild Wars 2 and Stand By Me

Stiq Flicks – from film and video game industry freelance writer Kevin Kelly – examines video games and attempts to pair them with matching films. It's like wine and cheese, but with more aliens. Guild Wars 2 seeks to revive the MMO genre that has been long-served by the now-aging...

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JoyStream: Watch the Guild Wars 2 beta 'stress test' [updated with replay]

For a limited time today, developer ArenaNet is putting its upcoming online world, Guild Wars 2, to the test with a four-hour beta event. Joystiq, having recently discovered the joy of yelling into a microphone while readers watch editors fail at video games, will be streaming the tail-end of...

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'Hundreds of thousands' have already bought Guild Wars 2, played beta

The Guild Wars 2 beta opened the weekend of April 27 to anyone who had pre-purchased the title, free from NDAs or embargoes, and "hundreds of thousands" of people signed on to test it out, ArenaNet president Mike O'Brien writes. ArenaNet couldn't handle all of the potential players, but as any...

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Exploring the beta and beyond in Guild Wars 2

In a time when all MMORPGs charged a monthly subscription fee, Guild Wars was the shining light that said a monthly payment wasn't the only future for the genre. For enthusiasts of the first game in the series, ArenaNet didn't need to change much in Guild Wars 2, but the upcoming title adds upon...

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