The Daily Grind: Do you like being ahead of the curve or behind it?

    
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Not today, old man.

When I play Final Fantasy XIV, I like to be… not on the absolute bleeding edge and rushing through everything, but I want to know what’s going on. I like going into new dungeons as they come out, and they come out with reassuring frequency. I want to be pretty much up there in the forefront. By contrast, I’m content to hang back in World of Warcraft and let the rush pass, then swoop in and do my thing when people have already sussed out the strategies and approaches and so forth.

Being on the forefront of new content means that you get to experience it before others, and you get to be in the front lines of figuring it out… but it also means that you have to deal with not knowing what’s going on, making it naturally more difficult to clear the content. Which do you prefer? Do you like to experience new stuff on the day it’s available, or do you like to get to it after there’s already a healthy dose of player understanding?

Every morning, the Massively Overpowered writers team up with mascot Mo to ask MMORPG players pointed questions about the massively multiplayer online roleplaying genre. Grab a mug of your preferred beverage and take a stab at answering the question posed in today’s Daily Grind!
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Doran7
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Doran7

I like being early but not the absolute first.. I like raiding with at least one person with some idea of how to proceed..  Otherwise it just takes too much time.

schlag sweetleaf
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schlag sweetleaf

Les Grossman for the win!

melissamcdon
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melissamcdon

schlag sweetleaf that was an awesome scene.  it’s hard to truly dislike Tom Cruise after he did that role.

melissamcdon
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melissamcdon

somehow the question confuses me, so I would answer most honestly, “i like to play when/where the game isn’t empty and a ghost town.”  I think maybe that’s the core of it for me. 
Doesn’t matter if I’m ahead or behind, just don’t let me be all alone.

yocraigst
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yocraigst

I just like to be on it, somewhere, and I’m happy!

SwobyJ
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SwobyJ

Only on/ahead of the curve for questing content.

Boo to everything else.

TierlessTime
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TierlessTime

I like being on the edge of it watching is move.

ApathyCurve
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ApathyCurve

Far, far behind it.  My regular gaming group ranges in age from 45 to 55.  Just being in the vicinity hyperactivity gives us all a headache, so we wait for the anxious children to move on before moving in.

Dystopia
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Dystopia

Its very hard to decide for me. On the one hand, i love running fresh new content with all the other “noobs” at this point. These are the most exciting moments in games for me. On the other hand im not able to compete with others gaming schedules anymore. And thats the reason why im stumbling at lvl 55 in Heavensward while my whole guild is waiting at lvl 60 for their precious guild tank :) Im not in a hurry

ZenDadaist
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ZenDadaist

If there’s space enough for all then I like to be at the forefront riding the crest of the new thing. But most of the time there’s a huge player bottleneck, such as the new quest to get into the new zone or whatever that means you’re stuck waiting and camping for ages behind everyone else who also wanted to go and play with the new shiny thing. That’s just plain frustrating so it often ends up that I hang back and wait for the initial rush to pass. If there’s onstanced or otherwise new stuff to explore that’s not limited by direct competition with other playres then I’ll be all over that.