The Audacity of WoW Power Leveling
By a loyal Yeh! for Games customer
I’m a level 70 (very soon to be level 80) Paladin in the World of Warcraft, and I use a power leveling service. /gasp you say? Well hear me out folks. I work hard at my career, make a decent living, and when I come home I just want to forget everything and unwind, change into my comfortable clothes – and snuggle up to some WOW??? No, not quite. I’m not looking to ride around on my mount and enjoy the scenery, or pass my gaming hours mindlessly killing monsters for gold and xp. What I really want is to login to my decked-out character and mess up some stuff! I want to engage in intense animate combat 1v1 or 2v2 or even monster vs. monster against worthy sentient opponents sitting at their computers across the wable from me with their adrenaline pumping just like mine, with senses and brain engrossed and skills of quick thinking, reaction, and strategy engaged. Sometimes I want to go ballistic in the Battlegrounds, hitting multiple targets with my Consecration spell and bubbling up in the front lines to absorb all damage for my group, with fellow Americans like myself working together in a maybe not unpredictable but at least natural people dynamic fashion against other real Americans, not bots with a predetermined action sequence. Sometimes I want to play the arenas with my Chicago friends and outmaneuver the opposing scheming, organized, and practiced team through our skill, teamwork, and communication, coordinating every strategic move on conference call for maximum efficiency, shouting when the heat rises, celebrating when we win, groaning if we lose, and fine tuning our strategy with each exhilarating battle. And sometimes I just want to hunt people down and kill em. Now that is quality entertainment. When I get home from a stressful, boring, or just normal day at work this is exactly the kind of outlet I need, entertainment engaging enough to relieve any restrained psychomotor agitation. This is why I play WOW – and this is why I use WOW power leveling when my character needs leveling or when I am outgeared by everyone else.
I remember when World of Warcraft first came out, and it was actually fun to do some quests, and discover new territories, and kill a couple hundred bears or murlocs or what have you, and get all excited when you got a new level and got to pick new skills or talents, or finally got to wear a wizard hat or get a mount. But come on, how many times can you really do that before it gets old. No one is fooled, Blizzard. There are like 5 quests that get repeated over and over, just with different beasts to kill, items to gather, etc. I just made my Death Knight, and I played for only a couple hours, doing some quests, testing my spells, before already getting bored with the leveling process. And this is with a brand new expansion and an obvious effort by Blizzard to make the quests interesting, like the Eye of Acherus and the stealing the horse ones. Yeah those quests were kind of cool. Enough to make me want to quest for hours and days until I get from level 55 to 80? Nope.
Many laugh and look down on my shameless use of WOW power leveling services. "Duh, you would actually pay someone to play a game for you? LOL." My answer: Duh, yes I would, and I do. See for me it’s just logical. I love WoW. Do I love it enough to grind or quest for endless hours, staring at the XP bar out of the corner of my eye the whole time, the highlight of the whole ordeal being when I go back to town and turn in a few quests at a time and actually get to see the thing move more than a millimeter? Definitely no. I got better things to do with my free time. Like running a country.