GW2: Buying Shortcuts and Pay2Lose

Today’s insightful yet funny quote of the day comes from a MassivelyOP commenter Arktouros:

I think it’s less about turning a blind eye to it and more a difference in opinion on what “P2W” means. To me, you have to be able to show the “Win” part of P2W in order to make that claim. So a game that spells cash shop exclusive ammo/guns/gear that is better than what you can obtain in game allows you to win over those who don’t spend money is a clear case of P2W.

In this case, there’s literally none of that. If anything you could argue it’s a loss.

Emphasis mine.

The big bruhaha is about GW2 selling character-based waypoint unlocks, which seems to me like as much as a nonissue as Arktouros.

I dunno if I’d go that far with my definition of P2W – my personal one revolves somewhere along the lines of clear advantage between those-that-have and those-that-don’t, balanced playing fields and philosophical equivalencies with an additional porn-like you-know-it-when-you-see-it qualifier.

Like if it became an account-wide waypoint unlock, that might be a tide more unbalancing and ‘necessary’ in the eyes of most players to have.

But character-based waypoint unlocks to me seem like a big waste of money for not that much convenience personally.

I could just run around the zones with a raptor and unlock necessary waypoints in really short order, and if I wanted legendaries, I’d still need to map complete and criss cross those waypoints multiple times.

All this is besides the point: Arktouros is right, you could make a damn fine argument for it being a gigantic loss.

Let’s see:

a) A guy (or gal) who paid money to quick boost a lvl 80 and unlock all waypoints

b) A guy (or gal) who leveled their class up to 80 and played for long enough to unlock waypoints the old fashioned way

Who would you rather bring along with you in group content with a reasonable confidence that they can actually somewhat function and have a clue as to what’s what?

To know where, if not what, their skills and traits are, what weapons and gear they actually own, and how to chain them together in some semblance of order?

To know what their UI means, what dynamic events are, and so on?

If seasoned vets buy it, it’s a shortcut convenience they’ve decided was worth the price and none of our damn business.

For everyone else, it’s arguably a loss.