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Posted: Apr 27th 2010 8:13AM (Unverified) said

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Buying Crashhammer on release day.

Posted: Apr 27th 2010 8:31AM (Unverified) said

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I can comment on my lowest point rather easily because i feel that it's right now.

Two months ago my WoW guild disbanded, all my friends were there and they had been my home since i came to the server. I applied to the server's top guild and was accepted hastly. I raided with them through the harder hardmodes in ICC25 getting a server first or two i was enjoying the new challenges and new friends, however one day i decided i had had enough. The same day my game time ran out.

I've not played since that day, i haven't told my guild, i haven't told my friends, just a few select real life friends know. I don't know what's happened to my 5 year old character; i've likely been kicked for failing the trial.

Anyway this experience has been liberating, it's easy to forget that it's just a game and you can just stop any time you like without any real major conciquences.

Posted: Apr 27th 2010 8:39AM Caerus said

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Low point would be... Hmm first thing that comes to mind is the title system in GW. That game was so open and exciting in the early days but now all anyone does is title-related stuff, which is universally a grindfest. GW was supposed to be all about skill, not time invested. Made me sad when that philosophy died.

High point was definitely in the past few days when Blizzard realized 10- and 25-man raids shouldn't be treated differently. As a strictly 10-man raider (11/12 HMs) it's nice to see some parity where it is so clearly deserved.

Posted: Apr 27th 2010 8:43AM Birk said

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Highest point of my MMO history?

Well now; would have been about...4 years ago? A good friend of mine and I barricaded myself in my house and played the hell out of WoW. We had two copies, and two crappy computers...and in 2 weeks we managed to get to level 46.

Level 46? you might ask. Seriously? 2 weeks of serious playing? (Mind you, I still had classes to go to, but I had no job at the time). But yes; we played WoW in a way that I havent played an MMO since. Exploring, taking our time. Walking around the zones, finding monsters that were too hard and too big for us to kill. Attacking allies in Tarren Mill. Running BGs and dungeons.

It was the golden age of my WoW career, before max level, and raiding strategies, and rep grinds.

But even those things pale in comparison to the disgust in myself that wells up whenever I think of how many heroic dungeons I ran, over and over at level 80, to gear up. Its like, the definition of schizoid. Lowest part of my MMO career so far, bar none. I really couldnt get past the fact that at a time when Blizzard had made 10-man raiding easily puggable (cmon, who cant find 9 other people? Its lunacy!), that running old raids like Ulduar and Malygos was largely pointless...raids that still posed something of a challenge, even to geared out 80s.

Hell, most of the people on the server had NEVER cleared Ulduar...maybe made it to a few keepers or something. But there was literally no point in doing so; all of the gear was largely irrelevant, and even if you managed to squeak a few pieces out of one of the later hardmodes, no one wanted to do it because the time/reward ratio didnt shower you with as much gear as chain running heroics that you could decimate with a stiff fart.

*shudder*

Posted: Apr 27th 2010 9:03AM swarmofcats said

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You got it, man, we're in total agreement. I hate how Blizzard has removed any value from entire tiers of content in favor of having everyone run the same boring, easy and overplayed heroics over and over and over and over...

The fact that people would rather do Nexus or Violet Hold instead of Ulduar or Ony because the rewards are better is just stupid. My 30 days with the random dungeon finder are definitely a low point of my time with WoW and the main reason I can't get into the game right now.
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Posted: Apr 27th 2010 11:24AM (Unverified) said

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To Royale:

It's still better than the alternative: Making the gear valuable enough you have to run Ulduar repeatedly before you're allowed to play any of the new stuff.

I think the focus on collecting pets, mounts and achievements is a good move. It lends value to the content without the risk of making it mandatory to farm each instance for the best loot.

-SirNiko
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Posted: Apr 27th 2010 5:18PM Graill440 said

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Living a socialist/communist experience would run anyone into the ground. WOW is the pinnacle of this.

Trying to find a game that centers on individuality first, groups second, this has indeed been a low as all current MMOs have folks brainwashed into a set playstyle and expectation of communism/socialism. Folks have been brainwashed into thinking MMO means mandatory raid content or mandatory guilds. Me? i use folks when i need them and then discard them like i do any implement, those i find very useful online i put in my friends list and use in the future, manipulating as i see fit, that was asherons call (a semi high) though and aoc for a short time.

I would not call it a low spot not having an MMO to play right now (last few years, other than retesting a few), at least i am not being a socialist pig and pandering to devs giving them cash because i "need" to play an MMO.

*chuckle*
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Posted: Apr 27th 2010 8:49AM Idle said

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My low point would be the dawning realization that I was too into WoW and I needed to stop playing because it was in no way enhancing my life. Quitting that shallow monster would be my hight point, but....

My high point was getting married to a beautiful woman and discovering together that she would enjoy playing an MMO. We started playing DDO some during our weekend downtime and have had a blast. All in serious moderation, though.

I agree with Tom. Breaking away from the false reward engine that is WoW is a very liberating experience. Now, games are a minor form of entertainment as opposed to a lifestyle.

Posted: Apr 27th 2010 9:17AM Birk said

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Alright everyone, together now;


....awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww
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Posted: Apr 27th 2010 8:57AM (Unverified) said

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i have an infinite amount of mmo highpoints, i do have one definitive low point, buying my 2nd client of Darkfall for the USA server launch.
gagggg :(

Posted: Apr 27th 2010 9:21AM (Unverified) said

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My biggest low? Hmm, in Guild Wars it's perhaps the time I did the Snowman's Hideout dungeon like ten or twenty times in succession to farm enough Deldrimor reputation for Dragon Gauntlets. Though that wasn't exactly very low, the dungeon is easy, has a large number of low-level opponents and can be done in a few minutes. The whole farming can't have taken more than two hours, though it did get pretty tedious after some time...

I have a number of highs in games. In Guild Wars, my biggest high is still the very first time I did The Deep. It's an elite mission, one of the hardest challenges in the game, and I did it back in the time when there weren't powerful PvE skills or the Normal Mode/Hard Mode AI revamp. Three warriors shielding, behind them monks to heal them, elementalists to kill the hordes of high level enemies, and a necromancer to... Uh, actually I don't know what the necro's role was. Nowadays the mission has gotten a bit easier thanks to new builds and PvE skills, but it's still very hard, even on Normal Mode. I still do it occasionally, but no matter how many times I bash Kanaxai, the first time I did gave me a feeling of victory that I have experienced only a few times.

Another high was the first time I conducted any kind of PvP in EVE Online. My corporation was at war at the time, and spotted an enemy ship in a system a couple of jumps away. They got a whole war fleet running to hunt that player down, and I joined them. Even though I was only in a frigate and the damage I did was neglectable, the sheer experience of joining up with your corpmates to bash on your enemy is an experience unlike most others. Too bad the guy managed to dock to a nearby station before we managed to pop him...

Posted: Apr 27th 2010 9:30AM Snichy said

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Seems to be a lot of WoW related stories here - coincidence? :)

My story also revolves around WoW - I was a casual raider in a casual raiding guild which fell apart due to important people leaving - this was the second time it happened in a few months and I had tried so hard to make friends and be a active member in both guilds and when they ended it broke my heart as I really had some good times there (like cracking Naxx for the first time which was a massive achievement for us). I quit soon after and now 6 months later I look back with embarrasment at how important I thought that game was and how I had stopped enjoying it about a year before I quit but just couldnt step back and see that objectively...!

Posted: Apr 27th 2010 9:59AM Potajito said

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My highest point is probably in Eve, like the first 20 or so pvp encounters were really engaging, the highest one probably was my first successful ransom as a pirate.
I also really enjoyed the first time we "won" (i don't remember what is called) GW ascent.
I can't really think of a low, maybe when I left EVE, because I realized that I was logging in just to chat and I was too afraid of risking my t2 shit in pvp.

Posted: Apr 27th 2010 10:12AM (Unverified) said

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My highest point i most admit was from SWG befor NGE.

I remember standing on a top of a mountain far away from civilization minding my own business in peace..
And from nowhere i see a character swoosh by me in incredible speed on a bike.. it was a jedi..
i remamberd i chuckeld for a few seconds becaus it was so rare seeing one thous days and i was asking myself what he was doing so far away in the wilderness.
And then i saw an army of 30 + empire player chasing him..
that was amazing.. the whole thing was like 10 seconds..
and i will never forget that moment.

Posted: Apr 27th 2010 12:40PM (Unverified) said

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A High was in pre NGE SWG i found a group doing FT tuskin , We had to walk there from Mos Espa , as we were going we keep having group members getting killed as the Mobs there were Dangerous ,This was pre mounts and speeders. After we got there we took out the hole place and it was not easy , After we were done we had several members of the group stand on a cliff for a screen shot talking about how much fun that was . Funny thing in a MMO was the Speeder Bike parking lot at all the space ports when speeders were introduced they would not go back into you data pad so they were everywhere around the start ports it was funny .
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Posted: Apr 27th 2010 10:23AM Cepaqua said

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Highest - Being part of the world's first DAoC keep raid.

Lowest - The day they cut the Hammerer career from WAR.

Posted: Apr 27th 2010 10:24AM (Unverified) said

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Highest point was in Shadowbane, when I found a great guild (who I am still friends with) and we had some great times.

The low points have been the various times I realised that it was going to be a long and boring slog from 15 (or 20) to level cap. I have yet to find an MMO to capture my imagination since I got fed up with WAR.

Posted: Apr 27th 2010 10:29AM Askgar said

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Low Point... Hellgate London Lifetime sub (enough said).

High Point... Last week going into a Wormhole with a few friends and coming out with some decent loot and narrowly escaping a group coming to kill us (they warped to us as we warped to the wormhole) after we tried killing their scouting party. Was excellent fun.

Posted: Apr 27th 2010 10:30AM Lateris said

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High=Gate camping in Eve Online and getting my first bounty kill when I was totally broke with 100 ISK left in my account. Plus it was my first PvP XP.

Low= Lucas arts decision with SWG and how it went down for the NGE. But I then moved on to better things in Eve Online, LOTRO, and now AOC.

New Low=reading the news that Turbine has sold their souls.

Posted: Apr 27th 2010 10:46AM (Unverified) said

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High: Stealth capping the Mids power Relic as an Alb (Scouts FTW!)

Low: Buying Burning Crusade and realizing that this is the same thing I've done the past 60 levels only with a different paint job.

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