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Zinn’s Secret Underground Lair / Laboratory - The Falls in Maguma Jungle, Guild Wars 1

Zinn was one of my all time favorite NPC’s in the original Guild Wars. His interactions, especially with G.O.X. always made me laugh. After completing the new Flashpoint achievement to find all of his recordings… I couldn’t resist popping back into the original game to pay him a visit. 

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this was the first youtube video that I ever watched

A quick nostalgia post of the character that started my friendship with Guild Wars over 10 years ago. Shrii Mahrbre my Dolyak loving Necromancer. 

I get pretty emotional every-time I log onto my original account. Guild Wars has been a huge part of my life for a decade now. I have met some of the most amazing people because of it, who are still some of my best friends today. Many of them who are now married with kids of their own who are getting into GW2. 

GW helped me get through some of the hardest times in my life, by letting me break away from reality when I needed an escape.

Thank you everybody who helped create Guild Wars - along with everybody who is keeping the history alive with Guild Wars 2. 

<3

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Guild Wars ½ Screenshot Comparison

Something I’ve always found interesting, playing Guild Wars 2, is how consistent the art style “feels” with Guild Wars 1 in many respects. Walking around the GW2 Charr areas, I often feel a sense of deja-vu, having played through the same area multiple times as “Pre-Searing Ascalon” from Guild Wars 1.

This made me think, when you put them side-by-side, how much do the locations in GW2 reflect their origins in GW1?

Well… It’s a mixed bag, as you can see above. Left is GW1, right is GW2, and these are the areas:

  • Lion’s Arch (GW1) and the sunken ruins of Old Lion’s Arch (GW2)
  • The view from Camp Rankor (GW1) and the view from Rankor Ruins (GW2)
  • The Ascalon Catacombs (GW1) and the ruined structures in the same location (GW2)
  • Droknar’s Forge (GW1) and Sunken Droknar (GW2)
  • Ascalon City (GW1) and the closest matching area (GW2)

Now, GW2 is meant to take place over 250 years after GW1, and many areas are supposed to be very different (for instance, the previous Lion’s Arch and Droknar’s Forge were destroyed, in-world, by a massive flood) but I’m surprised about how much the architecture differs to big setpieces like The Great Northern Wall in Ascalon City.

That being said, what’s more interesting is that I didn’t really notice this very much until I took the screenshots, which I guess is a testament to how the second game preserves the spirit of these locations, if not their actual appearance.

I have a few more, but I’ll save those for another post.