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So I play Aion and I have been playing ever since China's one went in open beta. I will get back to that though, but let me speed things up. I'm now starting to think that many MMO's now becomes a grind only when a person makes it that way. There are tons of things to do to occupy time and get exp in Aion. I already know about 2-3 ppl in AION that rushed to get to level 50, some passing up fun opportunities to go PVP and group questing in our community. Well they want to see endgame, yet when I think about end game, end game is nothing without a community of people at the end. Now I'm not saying there is nothing to do at end game in Aion, but I don't go by word of mouth. A lot of gamers do and I have to experience something myself in order to get a true opinion for myself.
So I've had one guy grind out hard going to 50. He didn't gather, didn't craft, rarely participated in PVP, raids, Abyss, or with his own community. All parcrastanation. Now they get to 50 and expect to see light at the end of the tunnel when the end of the tunnel is PVP focused with PVE things to do too. So at that lvl your gathering should be maxed out or close to it. The gathering is at 0, so you can't even pick an apple from a tree in the first starting area and it is VERY TEDIOUS to get that up. To see some lvl 50 around in the lvl 10 areas gathering stuff that would result in about lvl 13-18 stuff is pretty funny. Crafting takes money and/or items and that takes up time too. That would be a bit more easier if you got money, but stil gotta be passed expert to make things for yourself and make profit.
So now they get sad and they get bored and they complain when everbody is about lvl 46-48 having fun. The community is having fun. The only few I see that is actually 50 that I know is forigen and do their own thing anyway. Then your 50, too high to do most things within the community and then ya still don't wanna strive in PVP, what's the use?
So sometimes I think people put themselves in these positions, because I only really grinded 2 levels and I've been having fun. This is just my experience in Aion of what I've seen with people complaining about a grind when they are not actually having fun, they pass up on community things and focus on getting somewhere as it's a job, and if that happens the job will get boring of course. Then again I don't speak for all MMO's but I'm sure many of you see where I'm going with this.
-In memory of Laura "Taera" Genender. Passed away on Aug/13/08-
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