What if WoW never existed?
Since people are kind of blind when it comes to the industry and tend to focus only on their self-centered views/needs/desires, I suggest this video to everyone:
The entire video is very educational and informative, but if you want to jump straight to the point it's around 21:40
I was going to post this in the Xbox-Huge-Ascended-Gear-Argument-Thread but I decided to put it here as it's off topic from that one, yet still relevant to GW2 because people are complaining that GW2 is becoming a WoW clone.
This video is extremely informative and insightful on how WoW has changed the industry. Both the good and the bad. A lot of people don't actually realize that without WoW we probably would have never gotten GW2, or any other big "Triple-A MMO".
People always fall back on the default that "every MMO since WoW has been a WoW clone or failed or both". Which is true and false at the same time. The reality of the situation is that Blizzard showed investors how successful MMO's can be. Without WoW (or whatever would have taken the place of WoW), MMO's never really seemed that lucrative and developers were never given the necessary funds they required to introduce things like Story. Removal of "The Grind" for more meaningful content since grindy MMO's were the easiest to make. But the same argument can be made that Blizzard hurts other developers because of the hold they have on the MMO market.
Without creating a Wall-O-Text that no one will read, I'll simply leave it at this. Things will always get worse before they get better. GW2 may inevitably fail, as is the risk that all MMO's take (even before Everquest and WoW were ever a thing). But if people are going to fall back on the argument that "GW2 is turning into a WoW clone because they introduced a gear grind", then at least take the time to educate yourself on the industry and reconsider if it's worth it to you to hurt a game you love because they decided to introduce a new gear set with some higher numbers on it.
I mean that seriously. Is this one change really worth forsaking a title that most of you have played non-stop since release? Because if and when it turns into a "WoW-Clone", it will be the people that said "Yes" that helped push it down that road.