What the hell happened to having a bonafied nighttime in MMOs? Have I lost my mind, or didn't WOW actually get dark in Vanilla??? From my recollection, we only have EQ2 and LOTRO that present a full on night cycle in the AAA MMO arena. I don't know what started the trend of dusk substituting for darkness but I AM NOT A FAN. No one followed AC2's lead with actual seasons which was A-may-ZING! Can we at least have nighttime!?!
GW2 in particular, should have opted for an actual night cycle. There are things I've encountered in Tyria that only happen at "night". If you visit the Ascalon Settlement at night, and go to the area with the vista, you'll see the ghosts of fallen soldiers. How sad and simultaneously facinating. This was wicked cool the first time I ran across it.
I'd already done the vista and hadn't seen the ghosts but happened to go back to the area to farm and it was "night". I was like, "Wait a second, these people weren't here before. What gives?" Tilting my camera upward I realized it was nighttime. "Ah ha!"
It was neat little suprise but made me wonder all the more, why the hell don't they make it, you know, DARK since it's night? I find this trend annoying and disappointing.