In looking over my history with MMORPGs this year, one trend leaps out at me: In pretty much every old favorite that I returned to, I started over completely rather than pick up and play old characters. From SWTOR to Star Trek Online to FFXIV, I kept doing this over and over again.
Am I troubled? Am I addicted to that “new character” smell? Or is it what I keep telling myself, that to really get invested back into an MMO, I need to experience it from scratch? I’m not sure, but chances are that I’m going to keep doing this and very rarely make it to any max level and endgame.
Do you do this? Do you start over when you come back to MMOs rather than pick up and play old characters? If so, why?