Hey, did you hear that the latest expansion for World of Warcraft went live this week? Talk about coming out of left field…
Sarcasm aside, Wrath of the Lich King did indeed release this week, and like all of the other MMO expansion releases that I’ve played through, I’ve found some good along with some bad. New content, new areas to explore and new mobs to kill are always a good thing, but the flip side to that is how crazy people get over these releases.
Apparently, someone reached the new level cap of 80 after just 19 hours or so. Wow. Apparently it’s fun for some people to blow through content that’s been two years (or more) in the making. To each their own I suppose. Personally, I’ll never understand the desire to rush to the level cap, but that’s probably more indicative of my playstyle than anything. When my main character hit level 70 I got bored of him pretty quick. Even in my raiding days I was content to do a particular raid a few times, but couldn’t bring myself to endlessly repeat them. I suppose it helps that I’m more interested in the content itself as opposed to the loot.
What bugs me the most about the rush to the cap is how dividing it can be. I was in a great guild in EverQuest II which was very friendly and, to use the oft-quoted term, “very tight-knit”. Everything was just peaches when we were all 70 working on the same things, but as soon as Rise of Kunark released and the level cap went up to 80, the guild split apart. Those that could play all day stuck together and steamrolled their way to 80. Those eight to ten players left the rest of the guild behind to fend for themselves. It just so happened that those players formed the core of the guild leadership. It didn’t take long for them to grow frustrated at the “lack of progress” of the guild and they left for supposedly greener pastures. The guild subsequently disappeared.
I have yet to spend any time in Northrend at all, but when I do, I intend to soak in all the content the expansion has to offer. I’m told there’s a lot of lore and I’m going to make sure to read every single bit of quest text that I receive. I have no idea how long it will take me to reach level 80, but I’m in no rush to do so.