If you are an MMO (Massively Multiplayer Online) player this familiar term might either get you pumped up or sends shivers down your spine. For those of you who are not familiar with ‘grinding’ here’s a quick definition: grinding is simply performing a task repeatedly to achieve some goal.
In the context of MMO games grinding is generally a necessary condition to reach the highest levels of your character. To achieve this goal, you must usually kill AI enemies and complete tasks for experience points which in turn makes you level up. Leveling up may get you new content unlocked, new gear, new raids, and so on. After you level up, the next level needs more experience points than the previous one, so you need to work harder. Rinse and repeat.
So, as you can see, grinding is a feature intimately connected to the core game design of MMOs and many follow this recipe. The gaming community though is highly divided on this topic: some believe it’s a flaw in game design while other players think that pretty much all games feature grinding to some extent in the sense that you have to perform repetitive tasks to grow your character.
It Doesn’t Have to be Painful
Grinding is necessary but it doesn’t need to ruin your gaming experience. After all, we’re here ultimately for the love of playing, and if something is on the way of good gaming experience then it’s better to take a step back and reconsider why you’re doing that in the first place.
Nowadays the games themselves have addressed this issue and provide experience boosts for newcomers so they have a more enjoyable experience. Although you can’t escape the grinding aspect of the game, you can make your life easier by considering wow boosting services, which are alternative routes to the time-consuming standard approach.
So take your time to reassess if MMOs are the kind of game you enjoy and consider your options.
The Epitome of Grinding
The World of Warcraft (WoW) is the best example of an MMO that uses the grinding system. It’s also a good example since pretty much every major MMO after WoW was largely based on it.
In WoW (and many other MMOs) almost every feature of the game is related to the level your character is in, or in other words to how many experience points you have.
Although killing isn’t the only way to get experience points, it is certainly where you’ll spend the majority of your time to level up your character since map areas, quests, raids, dungeons, items, gear, and even content require a minimum level which means you have to constantly come back to kill enemies in order to get those experience points.
Wrapping Things Up
We’ve seen how grinding is an important and inherent feature to MMOs. It is important to have in mind that even if you enjoy the grind you might get tired at times and may consider leaving the game. Before you do that consider your options to other ways to level up without wearing yourself and losing interest in the game. And remember to always enjoy your time playing, otherwise, it isn’t worth it!