i'll be honest, when i heard that the GW2 "relics" were just nifty looking weapons with identical stats to the relatively easy-to-obtain top tier weapons, I had two thoughts.
1. Thats a really cool idea.
2. I have no interest in getting one of those.
On the other hand, I re subbed to XIV one month before shutdown just to level my Dragoon up to cap and get full AF only because it looks cooler than any armor in any game ever. So apparently cosmetic rewards do motivate me, but only when they aren't supposed to be cosmetic rewards. If that didn't make sense, its because i am about to pass out on my keyboard.