SWTOR: Interacting with the Lowbies
We play the game. We get to max level. We raid, pvp, do our dailies and run laps around the Fleet. With the exception of maybe leveling an alt or two, our interactions with the lower level players are pretty slim, considering they’re usually all off on various planets doing their quest chains and we’re on Belsavis, Ilum and Corellia.
So, with this world event on Tatooine, we have kind of a unique opportunity given to us to interact with the lower-level players. There are more than a handful of gaming personalities and play styles, as anyone who has ever played an MMO for an extended period of time can tell you. Personally, I’m not really one for leveling alts – just never really interested me, as I’d rather be playing on my main and continuing to knock out Codex entries or grinding valor. But as I go about my usual schedule – PvE dailies > PvP dailies > Raid, I honestly never really think much about the hundreds of players across various planets who are just scraping the surface of SWTOR.
Now, I like to think I’m a fairly seasoned MMO gamer. So when I pick up a new MMO, I know what to expect. I know I’m going to have to quest and grind xp until I reach the max level, begin building up my gear, pvp and raid. It’s the traditional MMO model and it works, granted there are variances per game – but same idea.
However, what I am asking is for people to begin reaching out to these lower level players. Even if it’s simply answering a question in general chat, making it a pleasant experience for them is something that is honestly priceless. The people leveling now could be people that sustain end-game server population in 2-3 months. Granted, they are not always going to be the most skilled or technical players around – but being a casual player, that’s expected of them. If we can make the effort to tolerate and to assist these players where possible, we can ultimately secure a stronger foundation for the future of the game. It’s also a great way to meet some new, up and coming players.
So basically, all I’m saying is while we’re doing our dailies and enjoying this Rakghoul world event on Tatooine, let’s make a conscious effort to interact with the lower level players in the area. Whether it’s answering a question, tossing them a rez, or helping them kill a quick elite near you, just try to do your part and make the game enjoyable for everyone.