You might get your name mentioned on a gaming website if you are truly the first, but does reaching max level in a game that is not hard to level really an achievement? Does it compare to getting the kill screen in Pac-Man or a high score in Donkey Kong? I don’t think so…~J.A. Laraque
You’re not special for reaching max level anymore
Normally I would leave the rants to Obsolete Gamer’s infamous write Umar Khan, but I had to do this after reading an article about a Borderlands 2 player who played for 43 hours straight to reach max level. Now don’t get me wrong, if you are out for setting records because it is your thing for a world record we understand, after all that’s what Twin Galaxies is all about, but there is a difference between going for a world record and just rushing to max level, especially in an MMO.
Perhaps back in the early days of MMO’s like Ultima and Everquest reaching max level could earn you some props. Mainly because back then it was incredibly hard to level and no tricks, strats and early access to the game beforehand. Since then games have become incredibly easy to level in and yet there are always people trying to reach max level first.
Most are not going for an official record, it is just to say you did it, but what did you do. In World of Warcraft there would be guilds who would work in shifts to get one character to max level. In newer games like Guild Wars 2 people reached max level during early access and what do they win, nothing. Most likely someone else beat them too it and they missed out on the point of the game which is the journey not the destination.
You might get your name mentioned on a gaming website if you are truly the first, but does reaching max level in a game that is not hard to level really an achievement? Does it compare to getting the kill screen in Pac-Man or a high score in Donkey Kong? I don’t think so and for those who blew through the game and went without proper sunlight and hygiene and didn’t even become the first to reach max level are the true losers.
We have had enough people die from playing games and thousands more that really need to take a break and walk away from the keyboard. These pursuits might give one person some form of gamer rep, but overall it makes all gamers look bad. I almost wish for easy to level games we would not even recognize these people as those not officially going for records are often the first to complain about lack of endgame content or asking when the next expansion will come out 48 hours into the latest one.
Oh did I mention that Panda expansion is out, can’t wait to see who reaching level 90 first.