Playing MMOs puts you on a certain power trajectory, one that curves forever upward. Over time, you gain more and more power and abilities. That’s the nature of the genre, allowing you to become stronger over time as you continue playing. But even though you might be more powerful than you were when you first started playing, feeling more powerful is rather a different prospect all around.
This, for example, was one of the things that bugged me for a long time in Final Fantasy XI before it received many changes. If I started my career in the game fighting beetles, crabs, and bats, and forty levels later I was fighting beetles, crabs, and bats… well, there’s a word for how that feels, but “powerful” isn’t it.
But there’s a lot of ways to convey that feeling of power. Taking down a big and powerful boss for the first time in World of Warcraft. Taking on superior numbers in Fortnite and winning out against other players. So what moments make you feel powerful in MMOs? What moments make you feel like your time in the game has made you stronger?