As I was driving to work yesterday something profound hit me as I was thinking about Guild Wars 2 and that is the morale lesson and value in the game. I often think about Guild Wars 2 and about how I can help the community through my website but yesterday it dawned on me that in this game there are no alliances fighting each other or light side or dark side. There are no player sides that are good or evil, just different.
The game has 8 different races (Human, Norn, Asura, Sylvari and Charr) that are trying to coexist in the world of Tyria. The overall story of Guild Wars 2 is that there are these ancient dragons that have been asleep for a very long time yet without warning have awoken. Now awake these Elder Dragons cause cataclysmic damage to the land that threatens the lives of every living creature in Tyria. Many of the races have tried to fight the dragons alone only to suffer horrible defeat. The only way Tyria will be rid of these monsters is if the races can put their differences aside and work together for a common good–the survival of Tyria.
Living in peace on one’s own terms is what drew settlers and immigrants to theAmericas. It is still an ideal that we hold dear to today and we are willing to fight to defend that right. There are many different types of people in the world but none of them are inherently evil they are just different. Sometimes we can vilify certain groups because they think different and yes, there are times when individual people are evil but racial groups are not evil, just different.
The story in Guild Wars 2 is about working together and what a great way to practice that moral lesson than in a game. ArenaNet went to great lengths to foster community with its focus on co-operative gameplay. Working together is the only way the inhabitants are going to have a better tomorrow and the same goes for us in the real world too. Sadly we don’t get to experience the joy and passion of working together that often as we are usually to busy with our own little bubble of existence which I am guilty.
The one time in my existence that I felt we were truly united as a people was on September 9th, 2011. I watched in horror as the towers fell. This stirred emotions in me that I never have had before towards my country and its people. I was hurt, sad, but at the same time I felt a connection to my fellow American that I never felt before. As I watched the volunteers helping people in need I thought to myself this is the Human Spirit in action. When things are bleak we as a people are quick to help those in need. It is sad that we must experience such horror before we realize how precious life is no matter how different.
The moral value in Guild Wars 2 is that of community, working together and friendship so lets put aside our differences and fight for a better tomorrow!
I would like to dedicate this article to the memory of those that lost their lives in 9/11 and to those that selfishly gave in its wake. May God watch over the souls of the 2,977 innocent lives taken that day and forgive those that committed such evil.