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power is the ability to get someone to do what they would otherwise not do
my question to the mmorpg community is, when you play a game... do you want power? even though you suck at a game, if you put in enough time do you want to have power over someone that's newer? do you feel like the voice of a veteren player is superior to a new player?
it's really interesting to me how people put in hundreds of hours into a game to be the best, but it's just superficially being the best, and people are willing to pay real money to skip ahead of the grind and hit this all powerful carrot that is dangled infront of them from the start.
and then there's games that are pure skill, like league of legends, chess, counter strike, quake, or minecraft (a different kind of skill for minecraft). even if the person who pumped in the most hours to these games and were to start over from scratch with a new account, he would kick ass because he's genuinely good at the game. league of legends you're actually getting better instead of superficially being able to hit a higher number witth your purple gear and shiny skills (runes and masteries do allow this superficialness to an extent, but are reasonable for everyone to get without paying real money).
i guess i'll start off the conversation. i do want power, i want to be able to go into a niche community as just some guy, and then genuinely get better than everybody else. i hate when i go into a game that's already been established, and the people who have been there from day 1 are superficially better than me. maybe that's why kickstarter mmorpg's are going so well, because people want to be that guy who can be all nostalgic and say he's been there from the start, and have power over any future players who join the game... say... 3 months after release.
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