The End of an Era party (18/08/2012) kicked off in Ascalon City in all the International Districts. I happened to be in International District 1. It was so much fun to see all those players, it made the world seem so alive, so vibrant, an element that will definitely be present in GW2. In GW you could only get this vibe when you were in the cities or outposts because otherwise, in the wide world you were alone as GW is a heavily instanced game.
The party was hosted by GW-EN (Gaming World Entertainment Network). Players who couldn’t get to the party could follow the live feed (credit goes to GuildWars2live.com)on their Twitch channel, through their Facebook page or through Twitter. MALIBU Barbie was the DJ and entertained the party goers with an eclectic mix of songs, ranging from the 80’s, 90’s and to the present day. There were also trivia questions based on GW lore and prizes were given out both in-game and through their community sites. To make the occasion more special two very important ArenaNet employees made an appearance, Mike Zadorojny and Rubi.
Throughout the party Barbie read out memories of GW sent to her by some of those that were in-game as well as from those that were out of game. I haven’t been playing GW as long as most of those that were present, but I can try to imagine what lovely memories they must have. Seven years of playing a game is no joke. It’s a lifetime of memories, friendships and for some even loves. It’s strange when you think about it. MMOs are not just games, but are community networks, where people from all over the world get together to join in combat and chat and make new friends. The world no longer seems to be such a huge place. You can check what the party was like in this YouTube link.
I love virtual parties and I’ve been to many, but this is my first in a game such as GW and it was a blast! I enjoy commenting in open chat with the best of them. One comment I made, I must say, was quoted by Barbie herself. I asked “What countries are present at the moment?” and it was brilliant to see the names popping up in chat; Ireland, Spain, Malta, Croatia, USA, Canada and Singapore! MAGIC!
The finale was just as much fun as all the dancing! The players ran around the entire map of GW to the tune of Benny Hill…….now that definitely brings back memories! It was so much fun! I managed to follow them to Lion’s Arch and the Eye of the North, but then at one point I couldn’t catch up, so I shifted to the live stream. Honestly, I was breathless just watching them scoot all over the place, but it was so funny watching them running in single file to the Benny Hill theme. Hilarious!
Listening to all those memories and watching the players was a bit sad, but then again, to think a new era is about to begin and new memories are going to be made. I am so looking forward to the parties in GW2, we are so going to ROCK THE HOUSE!