Gamer Hate

Belligerently lacking in remorse.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Dear MMORPG Makers
I Am Sick of Fucking Grinding XP

Dear MMORPG Developers,

I have played many of your games. I grinded to level 60 in Everquest just before they raised the cap. Then I quit because I’d rather gouge out my own eyes than continue grinding xp in a game that takes it away when you die. Then I hit 50 in Dark Age of Camelot, and that was quite a feat. I got to 30 in City of Heroes and 30 in Age of Conan. I also hit 70 in World of Warcraft (60 with two other characters).

So then I picked up Warhammer Online, and I started grinding xp and questing. I think I got up to level 6 or 7 when I just got inexplicably pissed off. Now let me be clear. Nothing at all bad had happened on my screen. It was simply that I turned in a quest and my experience bar increased a bit. THAT is what set me off. That fucking experience bar. It’s followed me in every MMORPG I have ever played, and I fucking hate it.

I am so glad that Blizzard showed everyone that you don’t have to horribly punish everyone when they die by fucking with their hard earned experience, but when is a MMORPG going to show us that you don’t have to sit there for 4 hours a day for 2 months grinding and questing fucking experience points out of brain dead monsters in order to compete at the end level game in PVP? Look Mythic (the Warhmmer online creators btw), I understand that RVR (realm versus realm) is the big deal of your game. But no one wants to compete in RVR until they’ve achieved a level where they can effectively compete. So I say, cut the grinding right the fuck out of your MMORPG and concentrate on your strength.

We’ve done questing! We’ve grinded xp by killing shitty mobs in one area for hours at a time until we level and need to find a new place to grind out xp. It’s stupid! And while I can appreciate earning xp for killing other players, the sad truth is that if you aren’t already max level, you’re not going to effectively do shit out there on the battlefield except cycle die and fuck the game up for your team mates who all had the good sense to level to max before going to bat for your side.

Recently Wrath of the Lich King came out, and I must admit, they’ve got questing down. Leveling from 55 to 58 doing the Death Knight quests was hella fun. It was a new experience and thoroughly enjoyable. They make you feel epic. I want to feel epic! But now I’ve burned through that content and I’m back to Burning Crusade content. Content I’ve already done. I don’t want to do it again, but here I am grinding experience points out of stupid collection and kill quests that I fucking hate. Every level is like a slow death for me, and each one seems to take FOREVER. But I can’t pvp in the battlegrounds yet because I’d be a burden to the team and very few people play in the BGs for the lower levels (other than 19) and those that do have RIDICULOUS equipment that they’ve min/maxxed for months so that they’re nigh-unbeatable.

My point is, unless you are doing custom amazing content that has never been done before in an MMORPG to get you from level 1 to whatever the cap is, don’t fucking do it. Let me get to whatever level I need to in order to compete and have fun. If I have to spend more than 10 minutes killing random mobs to get xp, you have failed to entertain me. This is supposed to be a fun game, not my second fucking job.

So get over yourselves. You are not special or unique. Every fucking MMORPG out there has done kill quests and collection quests. They were fun once, in the first MMO we played, but only the first 2-3 times we did them. Then they sucked and they always will suck. Grinding xp is not new in a MMORPG and if you want to separate yourself from the rest of the pack, don’t put it in your fucking game. Find something new and different, because I am not going to fucking grind out another 40-80 levels in a god damn MMORPG ever again.

With Love,
-Commander Hate

posted by CommanderHate at 11:36 am  

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