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Simple question. Which is harder? Grouping in an MMORPG or playing Solo?
For some clarification, we are talking about games in existence today, NOT some imaginiary game not yet released.
Examples would include UO, AC, EQ, DAoC, WoW, Lotro, AoC, CoH, and other popular P2P mmorpgs (sorry RMT players this doesn't apply to you) that have managed to stick around for over a year.
I think this may be the crux of the biscuit, why I can't understand solo players, and they can't understand my position. I think solo players actually think what they are doing, playing the game solo, is HARDER than getting a group together and maintaining it.
If that's the case, then their arguments suddenly make sense. I'm doing something HARDER than what you are doing, so I want more rewards than you. I should make xp just as fast or faster, and get just as good loot or BETTER, because I"m doing the hard thing, and soloing the game!
My position is that grouping is 10x harder than playing solo. YOu have to travel to meet each other, if you have an existing group you have to arrange meeting times, you have to wait on bio breaks, players going link dead, negotiate where to go, what to do, split loot, AND you have to work as a team. It's not just important what I am doing, I also have to pay attention to what you are diong and the rest of the group. You also have to adjust what you do, depending on the size of the group. If we get one more party member, we can go there, if we lose one we can't stay here, etc. The solo player never worries about that, just goes where they can solo, and that never changes.
The hard part is in managing the group. I think solo players are approaching the discussion as if there was an instant "group" button, you push that, and then mow through mobs, but grouping in reality doesn't work like that.
This may be the sticking point. You'll never convince me that playing solo is easier than grouping, and if I'll never convince you that grouping is harder than playing solo, there's no real common ground for discussion, since we are approaching the topic with two completely opposite views of the facts.