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12-28-2007 @ 9:06AM
Casual player, used to play on a PvP server, then tried PvE. OMG, PvE is so much better in terms of effective use of time.I can't tell you how many times when I was on the PvP server, logged in to get some quests done and perhaps level, only to be repeatedly ganked by players 20 levels higher than me. Session usually ends up being a complete waste of time, and end up walking away from the game.For those that don't want to spend hours on end trying to get simple tasks done, PvE servers are so much better. You can actually start your session with an idea like, "I'm going to finish these 5 quests, level up then train." And be able to do it in a reasonable amount of time. Those of us that are more "casual" want to use our limited time effectively. As for skill, I have found the average PvE server player to be much more skilled than the average PvP server player. PvP servers seem to foster the idea of "every man for himself", and "If I can kill you I am better than you." These kinds of ideas are horrible when it comes to group and higher level content. No teamplay and coordination. So many players getting an each others throats. I've been in many PVP server groups where people start bitching at each other, then comes the "STFU noob. Come outside and duel me. I'll kick you a$$". Sorry, but dueling someone does not determine your ability to play your class in a group setting.
12-28-2007 @ 9:32AM
I really have to disagree with this, as a recent convert to a PvP server (I play about..12-15 hours a week). It actually just makes it more of a challenge to plan an effective route through what you're doing. ie, you can't say "I'm going to finish THESE five quests," but you need to have several zones in mind where you could get some work done. If you end up getting ganked at one of them, move to the other, etc. Your analysis of skill in PvP vs PvE also doesn't hold up if we take as metrics of skill progression and/or battlgroup/arena standings. It's entirely possible that your experience differs, but on aggregate I think most people would agree that the skill level encountered on PvP is a notch higher. Additionally, I think your every man for himself analogy doesn't hold up against the majority of other posters here - quite on the contrary members of a faction are far more willing to go out of their way to help each other precisely because of the PvP aspect. People know each others classes / skills / abilities much better because they're far more used to having to work with them in fast paced do-or-die situations.
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