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5-06-2010 @ 9:49AM
"The game begins at level 80."I really hate this statement every time someone uses it.The game begins at level 1. You are selling yourself, and the game, way too short if all you think about is grinding to 80 as quickly as possible because people keep saying that's when the game really starts.While there are different opportunities available to you at 80, there's still plenty of fun to be had from 1-79, so you might as well enjoy it.
5-06-2010 @ 10:17AM
I used to think this and still do to some degree but, in all honesty, whilst the game does not truly "begin" at level 80, a lot more possibilities open up at 80. So I agree and I disagree.This is why I believe the game can "begin" at 80: Quests I haven't done I can still do at 80, I can choose to solo content and old raids for a "challenge" (and I do), I can PVP at a ranking which is the most balanced, I can do Arenas and much more Battlegrounds, I can raid and do Heroic Dungeons and get the best of the best gear, I can actually "help" in events like the upcoming Gnomeregan and Echo Isle events and actually feel like I done something, as well as other things.This is why I don't: I enjoy levelling myself, not for the quests or for the exploration but mostly because it's always there. I am a massive altoholic, I have a lot of alts at all varying levels for when I get bored of one character. I have friends I enjoy levelling up with who have alts as well, exploration WILL become one of the reasons come Cataclysm and sometimes I regret levelling certain alts before the expansion (but oh well, I'll do it again anyway, lol).Levelling is also a reward in and of itself. I enjoy levelling up and I enjoy getting new gear because this is what "progressing" feels like to me. I play the game a lot but I am by no means a "hardcore" raider. I have my main that raids but he is not as geared as many others on my realm. This is for a number of reasons and to compensate for that I level up, it's just my cheap way of feeling like I've accomplished something, in a sense. Some of the more mundane achievements are also nice (like rep grinds or The Insane). It also requires ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to begin. Gold and easy bags from my mains makes it easier but aren't necessary, heirlooms are nice but again, are not necessary.Being level 80 is fun but depending on your playstyle or how often you play, you can't do all the things that level 80 has to offer. Levelling and alts can be a good substitute for this. I believe many things start at 80, but not the entire game. I think it's extremely ignorant to state that as well and, if you think that, then as Cetha said, you're selling the game short.Remember folks, this game has A LOT of stories to tell from 1 to 80. Ever tried reading that quest text every once in a while? Some of it's pretty interesting.
5-06-2010 @ 10:21AM
I agree with Cetha. The game does not begin at 80, it's ridiculous to even say that. The game begins at 1, as soon as you see your newly made character in the starter zone.
5-06-2010 @ 10:25AM
+1The Grind starts at level 80I'm not saying it's not fun, but it's not the game per se. At least not for me.A lot of people seem obsessed with leveling as fast as possible - "don't spec X, spec Y it's faster to level," "That zone has the quests closer together, although they are boring" ... - and not about having fun. Then you reach 80 and madness comes at full throttle "tank? you should DPS until you have enough equipment," "plate-wearing DPS? you should tank for shorter queues," "full 187 ilevel? not enough for the easier heroics, go farm emblems."And all that just to end raiding (if you are "lucky" or good), farming, collecting achievements... in a word: grinding.I'm not saying that raiding is no fun, but it might not be what some people want to do. I'd rather quest, win fights thanks to wits and friends and watch how the world evolves, but being (a rather well equipped) 80 means that I'll overpower anything on my way. No thrill on that, and it's a shame.I'd love to have a "Top level special WoW" were everything is max level and so nothing is fully trivial.
5-06-2010 @ 10:48AM
Agreeing muchly with Cetha here. First toon I rolled a friend of mind begged me to rush through content to 80 saying the game starts then. I got to 80 and just didn't get it. I had no idea how to play my class (getting ran through dungeons). I was told I had to change specs (aff lock to destro lock) and didn't enjoy the game one bit. Second toon I rolled I didn't tell any one about. It was my "escape" from all things guild drama and I took my time, read quest, explored pretty much everything and had a blast on my way to 80. I understood more of the ins and outs of my class and really enjoyed the whole ride. That 2nd toon is now my main and my lock just collects dust.
5-06-2010 @ 1:34PM
I agree completely. I got my main to 80, did heroics until they've all become rather boring, and I don't really raid often... When I got my DK up to 80 and I was pretty sure I wasn't going to be doing raids of more roics, I looked around and said "now what"? ... And rolled another new character.But, different strokes, as they say. My coworker just calls levels 1-79 "training".
5-07-2010 @ 12:05AM
I used to hate that statement too, but then I realized something:-The game begins at level 80.-Life begins at graduation.I think both are very similar in intention and truth. Sure, you've been living for 17+ years, but life outside of school and home is so completely different in a way for the majority of years you live (hopefully) that it can really be said that Life as the average experience of how you go about your day does not begin until after you graduate.Similarly, if you intend to stick with this game, the majority of your gameplay with your main character is devoted to a variety of objectives different than the previous 79 levels and really those levels merely taught you the basics just like school.The difference is, of course, that I can level an alt to become my main while I will never go back and attend high school again no matter how much I want. Still, you have to admit there is some truth to the statement in this light.
5-07-2010 @ 1:09PM
The game does NOT "begin" at 80, the game merely has the option to CHANGE at 80.I personally really enjoyed the leveling process, and its return is one of the reasons I look forward to Cataclysm - not for the new Level 85 content, but for the 1-85 leveling content. There will be a LOT of new quests and storylines in Azeroth!I find raiding boring, repetetive, and monotonous. Yes, it advances the storyline - ONCE. After that, it's like reading the same chapter of a book over and over and over.... I do raid, but I vastly prefer doing other things. I am trying to finish as many quest lines in Azeroth as possible before they are gone. I was saddened when I completed Loremaster as I realized I don't have a lot of questing options left. On the other hand, the ones I do have left are very involved and time-consuming. And I have yet to find them monotonous. The stories are very important to me. It's what makes the game pull me in and keep me around. I always have to laugh (and then sigh) when I hear about hardcore raiders that have absolutely NO IDEA why they are running what they run, because they never read any of the quest text in their rush to 80.Just because you hit 80 doesn't mean you have to stop questing. You just don't level anymore doing it. There are new quests that only open up at 80; there are old quests that become solo-able. The game does not change, but you can change the way you play it at 80 (if you want).I feel like this is a support group meeting. "Hi, my name is ___ and I like questing and leveling."
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