The Daily Grind: What’s your primary reason for alting in MMORPGs?


Last weekend, I fell back into City of Heroes rogue servers as I do now every few months, and instead of making a beeline for my main characters, I found myself gravitating to the bottom of my roster. And I have a big roster – about 19 toons I consider active – and that’s something that City of Heroes encourages heavily, maybe even more than most other MMOs for sure. But it was the lowbies that attracted me, and I was trying to pinpoint why. They aren’t necessarily easier to solo (many are harder, honestly). They can’t go to as many zones. They don’t have as many powers.

But the lowbies level quickly, especially with double-experience activated, and I really enjoy the extremely fast pace. You’re getting a new power every couple of minutes, and by the teens you start to feel like you understand the character. By comparison, the 35+ leveling is a bit of a slog and powers are slow to arrive, which is just less fun.

What’s your primary reason for alting in MMORPGs?

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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