I always had a hard time motivating myself to go through legacy raid content in World of Warcraft for appearances. It’s not a matter of not wanting the appearances, it was the simple fact of not wanting to put in the effort to slog through old content (and for some of that content, to find a group willing to do so) for some appearances that I may not ever use on a given character. But that’s all changed now in Legion; I find myself eagerly going back through old raids because even if one character doesn’t want the look, someone might. Every single thing I get is an investment in future appearances.
Account-wide unlocks definitely drove some of my motivation to collect appearances in Star Wars: The Old Republic, as well. But they never motivated me to do much of anything differently in Guild Wars 2, and they flat-out don’t exist in Final Fantasy XIV – and I find I’m just as motivated to do old content and farm for various appearances there. So what about you, dear readers? Do account-wide rewards in MMOs make you more likely to do specific content? Or are they largely irrelevant to you?