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Why do we hear so much recently about the grind in games? is it game design or just a lack of imagination by us the players?
I have grown up reading fantasy lit and playing RPG's. from shining force on the mega drive through to my first MMO, Everquest until recently WAR. the last 2 years i have been active of various forums and most threads i read always come back to "same old, same old" GRIND! But i ask myself..do i ever grind? i supose yes when i am alone. but generally i play with friends, friends who like the same things i do. We go to soloseks eye and work our way as deep as we can..is that grind? No, a little bit of imagination and were an adventure band happening on a recently discovered dungeon. My point is simple....i like rpg's i also like mmo's...put the two together and we get mmorpg's! now if i wanted to just level..then why play a rpg? where does roleplaying come into levelling?
It's simply a mechanic of a game style that i like! it should never be something that i scutinise. So is it the games or is it us? what makes us grind in a game? surely if the games boring and that is all there is to do, then shouldnt we be questioning ourselves and asking why were still here?