I really enjoy the podcast WowCast by Alachia. It’s unfortunate she doesn’t put out more of them. They are different from the “normal” podcast in that she examines and discusses topic about Wow as a social medium not just Wow news.
In her last show though she had one comment that caught me off guard. She said:
…I find a lot of happiness in Wow that is why I’m still playing the game. Although I do have my doubts about the Wrath of the Lich King. I will not lie. I am kind of one of those people you read about in the forums who’s just like “I don’t know if I can do this again”. Another set of level grinding, the whole who are we going to party with up to level 80, who’s going to be in the 10 mans instance with us, are we going to progress to the 25-mans…
Why is “leveling” considered a grind? Why can’t it be considered fun? Is grinding reputation or honor -more- fun than leveling?
-I- don’t think so. Aside from the fact that I haven’t yet done everything I wanted to do in BC.. I’m really looking forward to Wrath. And I don’t just mean the new endgame. I’m looking forward to new play styles, seeing the new areas, experiencing the new quests, learning about the new storylines. I’m also looking forward to the new dungeons and raids. But that’s not my -only- reason for buying the expansion. I enjoy the game in it’s entirety. Not just the last little bit.
I don’t want to rush those next 10 levels just to get to the next plateau. I want to savor the whole experience. Am I the exception?