Feedback talk:User/Necro Shea mo/Guild Emblems

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There are a few problems with having a fully customizable emblems. One "big" problem is that offensive imagery can be used. Unless the image is looked over by a real person, it's possible to bypass any safeguards to prevent anything pornographic, racially charged, sexist, or overly gorey, or otherwise offensive from showing up on capes.

On top of that, not every image that would be uploaded for use on a guild cape would be aesthetically pleasing. Uploading an image of, for example, a photograph of a raven will have a lot of "noise" when used as an emblem. Even programs that attempt to "vectorize" a photograph make many mistakes, which end up looking quite terrible and need a lot of tweaking. The emblem will also need to be monochromatic in order for it to properly take color.

Space would also be an issue. Uploaded emblems would have to have certain dimensions and would also have to be under a certain file size, although this may be easy to check. These images would need to be hosted on a server and would be constantly called and downloaded, unless a "cache" sort-of thing was built into the game client (similar to how files are downloaded when you load into a new zone in Guild Wars). This will increase bandwidth usage and can be problematic for players who have bandwidth limited on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis. This will also increase the cost of running the game.

Staff would need to be hired in order to check submissions for cleanliness and inoffensive imagery, and as such when you submit a design for a custom emblem there will be a significant delay before you will be able to use it. Also, how then would you be able to change your cape? The emblem would need to be tacked to a "custom" option after being approved, but that might not be possible or may be difficult to implement.

Unless the custom emblem was available as a microtransaction, there is no guarantee that Arenanet would have enough money to hire the necessary staff to keep wait times low. If they are available as a microtransaction, custom emblems might be considered mandatory, which would put guild leaders who do not have a credit card (or other valid form of payment) at a "loss" when it comes to recruiting new members. Guild leaders may feel that they'll need to pay someone in-game gold for that person to apply a custom emblem to their cape, which can result in scamming and, because of the delay, will not necessarily result in all parties being happy. This can increase the number of support tickets due to scamming, on top of support tickets for "My custom emblem looks terrible, can you fix it?"

In short, I don't think it'd be possible because of the requirements for an acceptable emblem and the amount of staff that would be necessary to ensure that emblems meet those requirements. This will lead to long wait times before your emblem is approved and put guild leaders without access to a custom emblem at a disadvantage. There can be an increase in scamming due to this perceived (albeit inaccurate) disadvantage, and as such support wait times may increase, reducing the quality of life for other players. ♥ suns (talk & cont) 23:19, 24 August 2011 (UTC)

Easy. Same as inappropiate naming of characters, if a guild cape is offensive...delete the entire guild.Yoshida Keiji 08:45, 5 December 2011 (UTC)

What about if ArenaNet were to run a monthly (or quarterly or yearly according to time constraints) competition through the website, inviting people to submit ideas for guild emblems - and why they think their guild deserves a unique emblem. The winner's guild would receive exclusive use of said emblem and a mention on the official website, similar to Guild of the week. To prevent a flood of submissions, the emblem would have to be submitted via a form on the Guild Wars 2 website, which you would first have to log into with your NCSoft / GuildWars account - before being able to submit the emblem the system would first check if you are in a guild, and if so, how long has it existed? How many players are there? Has the guild attained any credible achievements in the game... etc. When the submissions are collected in, and a winner - based on the quality of the emblem and the reasoning as to why they think they deserve it has been chosen, an ArenaNet artist would take the emblem suggestion and make sure that it 'works' in the game world and that it doesn't look out of place. An in-game token for a free cape change would then be given to the guild leader, who could then select the new emblem and adjust the cape to match. Jarak 13:34, 27 August 2011 (UTC)

Aion had capes that the guild leader could upload their own image, and it created alot of very very well designed capes, and the game was so small that anything offensive was banned within a day. I'm not sure if something like this would work for a huge game like gw2. Alot could go unnoticed for weeks, depending on the size of the gm staff i suppose. But, it did create some completely unique and really artistic player made designs.--Obsidiancat31 06:54, 2 September 2011 (UTC)

NCSoft have been using that in both Lineage 1 and 2 as well. - Ander01 04:49, 13 September 2011 (UTC)
Customizable emblems should be a must for GW2. Jarak's idea of a competition is ridicule. suns (talk & cont)'s worries about sizes could be solved by a "re-sizeing" automatic feature.Yoshida Keiji 08:45, 5 December 2011 (UTC)
It seems to me that, though the offensive image thing is bad (not sure why that's a worry though-true some people are immature, but, guess what? banning their guild/cape works wonders.) there doesn't seem to be any huge worries...--User Necro Shea mo signature.jpg Necro Shea Mo 20:57, 5 December 2011 (UTC)