ArenaNet is having a five hour live stream celebrating the midnight release of the first Guild Wars 2 expansion Heart of Thorns. I'm an old man and will probably be asleep before it launches, though I will be gliding around the jungle before work, I'm certain.
I have a weird relationship with the Guild Wars franchise. The first game took up a lot of my time - I would take my desktop and monitor to a friend's house and a group of us would play Alliance Battles or do story missions all weekend. We drove an hour and a half to an NCsoft event just to meet Gaile Gray (and back in 2005/2006 I can't think of any game company where I was aware of an individual employee who worked there). The three years since Guild Wars 2 came out have been full of ups and downs but it has always been something I could turn to a a stress release. Sometimes I would play hours a day and sometimes I wouldn't play for a few weeks or months. But I would always keep up to date arms would often put streamers on in the background, even if I wasn't playing.
Now, after 3 successful but rocky years, Guild Wars 2 has hit a mile stone. I'm excited.
All aboard the Hype Train.