You know, for all the fun of going back and curbstomping low-level enemies, that doesn’t make me feel powerful in an MMO. What makes me feel powerful is when I barely scrape by.
That might seem counterintuitive, but it’s something that I’ve realized in Final Fantasy XIV. Absolutely rolling over a boss makes me feel like myself and the rest of my party is strong, but that sense of really powerful is when I’m watching other members of the party get walloped by mechanics even as I’m dodging by razor-thin margins and taking down the boss. Seeing it finally drop with the feeling that it was a close match? That makes me feel downright powerful.
But the distinction might not be universal. Heck, I know that some of my friends in the game feel powerful when they look at retainers flush with gil after all of their items sold, or when they log on to a chorus of greetings from enthusiastic friends. So what about you, dear readers? What are the moments in MMOs that make you feel powerful?