The Daily Grind: Do you buy max level MMO characters?

    
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The recent news about Lord of the Rings Online’s insta-95 struck me as odd. Not only is LotRO’s endgame pretty crap, but if ever there was a themepark MMO about which the old journey-is-more-important-than-the-destination cliche rings true, it would be LotRO, due both to its source material and its wealth of content.

So, while I’m usually all about skipping MMO grind by any means necessary, in LotRO it seems rather silly. What about you, MOP readers? Do you buy max level characters, in LotRO or elsewhere? Why or why not?

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Authurious
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Authurious

No, I play the game for the leveling experience, more so than the end game since I just don’t have time to raid.

Neo_Wolf
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Neo_Wolf

Remianen Neo_Wolf crackfox Actually its a really good analogy and here’s why.  A book is broken into three parts.  A Beginning – which establishes the characters and introduces them to the world (just like character creation and tutorial zones in MMOs), they also have a Middle – which tells the story of those characters (just like the main bulk of all MMO levelling story content and quests) and finally they have an End – which wraps up the story with either an ending or a setup to the next installment (just like MMO endgame which wraps things up or keeps things rolling until the next update/expansion).

Am I wrong to be baffled by the notion that people may want to skip the beginning and middle and jump right to the ending.. which in game terms is skipping creation, learning your class and role, enjoying the story and its content which makes up the bulk of the game in favour of jumping to the monotonously dull repetive grind that is your typical MMO endgame?  I don’t think so.  For me to do that is just utterly unappealing.

Is my analogy of likening it to skipping to the end of a book bad..not at all, indeed it is very apt as explained.

The reason a book is engaging the whole way throuhg (ideally) is because typically people don’t just read the first thing that comes into view they instead find a book that appeals and read that.. increasing the likelihood they will in fact enjoy the entirety (although not guarunteed) and in the same way people don’t just typically stumble onto MMO’s they pick the ones that appeal, they read the reviews, they beta test them, they watch twitch stream and youtube videos etc..etc.. increasing the likelihood they will enjoy playing them.
To then approach such a game and go meh..I don’t want to play it, well not the 90% that makes up what is the game and its story anyway I just want to go to dailies, and raids and random pvp in whatever form it is presented is likely to appeal only to a minority I would imagine ( i could be wrong), because for most of us (I would expect) the enjoyment comes from playing all the game not just the poorly designed and far less interesting bit at the end.  
Most of us (I would expect) don’t just want to jump to the last page we want to read the whole book, even if its a book we’ve read before ;)

But as I say its each to their own it holds no appeal to me to buy a pre maxxed character in order to enjoy the poorest, worst designed and most unappealing part of an mmo, me i’d sooner make another alt and work it up myself and have the satisfaction and pride of having done so on the back of my own hard work and effort and be more attached to the character at the end of it for doing so.  Others may not, but I would be UTTERLY amazed if a majority felt that way rather than a very small minority, I really would.

sam_for_short
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sam_for_short

If the game was so bad I’d want to pay to skip content, I wouldn’t be playing it, let alone supporting the developer by spending even more money on it.

Remianen
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Remianen

Neo_Wolf crackfox Bad analogy. A book is engaging the whole way through (ideally). MMO leveling typically isn’t (unless you’re playing an MMO for the first time, it’s all pretty much the same). Some games are old enough that once you’ve done that grind a time or two, there’s no real appeal to doing it again. EverQuest probably did this best with their heroic characters. Not max level but high enough so you’d at least see people in level appropriate zones. From 1-80 or so, you’d be playing by yourself (or with your merc).

crackfox
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crackfox

johnwillo My thoughts exactly. I see it as a tourist pass, nothing more.

SwobyJ
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SwobyJ

LMAO no.

Craywulf
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Craywulf

If GW2 sold it, I would buy it in a heartbeat. I absolutely detest leveling and I think it’s the worst mechanic in video games since the invention of sliced bread.

Estranged
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Estranged

Charging so much is double dipping. Why shoujd I pay for the broken leveling system? Why should I pay for an uninteresting leveling experience?
Once you have one max level character, should be able to create another with a built in tutorial to teach you mechanics. This is the cash grab you guys harp on so much. DLCs are not the cash grab, neither are cash shops. Making people pay to leave dead servers, name changes and to escape boring leveling? That is the predatory cash grab.

DigitalQ
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DigitalQ

When WoW offered the first level up toon a while back I actually used it on a druid I was enjoying..(was I around lvl 60?..was the proffesions thing tied in?)..i think it came with the WOD pre purchase?… anywho…it ruined the toon for me..i lost all connection to it..and like a TRUE Altoholic…I Deleted it..and …yup ..rerolled from lvl 1 lol…and was so happy I did. that was the only time.

So the answer is No..I will never lose out on the experience of taking the journey with my toon again.

Nordavind
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Nordavind

Where the frak is the fun in that?