The Daily Grind: Do you start over in MMOs when your character or account is maxed out?

Over the last year or so, my six-year-old has been making his way through LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga on our old PS3. Yes, I know it’s not an MMO, but bear with me a sec. Last week, he broke 4B studs in the game, completely legitimately, which is apparently as high as it goes. We didn’t even know there was cap, but there it is. And my son was despondent. He wanted to nuke everything and start over because, as he put it, there was no point to playing if he wasn’t getting a score and racking up studs. He’d rather start over with nothing as long as it meant he had goals to work toward.

This is not at all how my husband and I play games, especially MMOs: Life is too short to worry about scoring; we play for fun, and if it’s not fun, we quit and find something that is. We don’t delete characters who hit the level cap and max out their gear, or abandon maxed out accounts, because the point wasn’t the characters but what we can do with them. And yet somehow, our kid has come to the opposite conclusion, which was an eye-opener to me.

Then again, I can see the appeal. I used to start over on fresh servers in Star Wars Galaxies just to see how far I could get with nothing but knowledge. There’s definitely amusement and challenge to starting over. (We did talk him out of deleting his saves entirely, at least!)

Do you start over in MMOs when your character or account is maxed out?

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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Minimalistway
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Minimalistway

Starting again have it’s own appeal in video game, because we can do that easily, in many MMOs i find more joy on the beginning more than the end-game.

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Arsin Halfmoon

I can’t even max out a character, so I guess I don’t know lol

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xpsync

Kinda an odd question for mmo’s, as a good mmo can’t be maxed and if it can, MOVE THE FUCK OUT OF YOUR MOM’S BASEMENT NOW!!!

So if i payed to level all my characters to max, are you asking if i’d delete them all and pay again? Hell Yeah i just love paying to max my toons and pay again, and pay again, and pay again.

Or are you asking if i painstakingly leveled all my toons like a real mmo player through questing and grinding my ass off all so i can delete them all without any hesitation, you know as if it was nothing? Hell Yeah i just love investing all that time, energy, love and care into my characters so i can turn around and delete them all and do it all over again. HELL YEAH!!! lol

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Duane_Does_not_check_email

Is the game worth playing if it can be finished?

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rafael12104

No. And, I don’t understand why you would. I mean, if the game is worth its salt, you should see new progression in whatever you like to do a few times a year.

Also, It is the social aspects of a game keep my playing anyway. I don’t play to max out my account and characters. I play to have fun and this most certainly includes friends I’ve made along the way.

I’ve only come close to maxing out once. In SWTOR I did reach a point when I maxed out my slots, capped most of my toons, and had completed all content including Raids. But it didn’t phase me in terms of reasons to play. Oh, and it didn’t last long as content drops kept coming.

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Weilan

I think if you ever max out it’s time to find another game. While MMOs don’t have a definite end, I like to believe the end of the game is when you max out.

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Utakata

I haven’t really given this a thought…maybe I should?

…as in WoW this will never likely be an issue with me. However, in Blade & Soul…when I only have 3 character spots left, maybe I should be thinking about this. :(

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rafael12104

You aren’t going anywhere. ;)

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xpsync

The one piece of advice a friend gave me when i started playing mmo’s was; Never Delete a character.

So many times i’d think nah I’ll never play that toon again, may as well free up a spot, even though i have free spots, but i didn’t and as many times as i thought about it, that advice payed off every time.

I have countless stories of toons i almost deleted making some sort of comeback or usefulness. but…

In the most extreme case was a toon i played at launch, left the game came back like 4 times and each time started a new toon each time, never played that original character ever again. Out of the blue a friend pulls me into the game again, like 4 years later, long story short that original character is now my MAIN.

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Utakata

Not planning to! But I would like to have more character slot though, so I can play other classes. It would be in NC’s financial interest for them to allow me to.

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Tandor

Guild Wars (not a traditional MMORPG) is the only online game in which I’ve ever hit the level cap, and that’s only because it was so low at 15 – and it took me a couple of years anyway!

I play for the journey, not the destination, and always find the low-mid levels far more entertaining than the high levels by which stage games are likely to have become a repetitive grind with little in the way of content. Hence I’d rather have 20 low-mid level characters than 1 level-capped character.

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Hirku

I haven’t had a maxed out character/account yet, but if I really enjoyed the game and had classes/factions I hadn’t seen yet, I’d probably start over. I wouldn’t delete one of my characters to make that happen, though.

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Toy Clown

I’ve never started over under those circumstances. Factor being is I’ve never felt like an MMO was “won”. That’s probably because I’m not a raider or PvPer and more of a roleplayer. I tend to chase roleplay before I’ll chase gameplay, unless it’s a means to an end to acquire something that can be used in roleplay. Sadly many modern MMOs have taken the fun out of that by putting everything on cash shops, which leaves me with little reason to level or achieve anything combat-oriented anymore. I mean I still do, just not at a devouring pace of ripping through content that many other players enjoy.