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Solving Alt-A-Holicism

In the end, there's only two ways to be completely out of alt-a-holicism (the inability to commit to a single character in a MMOG):

1) Find a character that is perfect in every way that you could possibly desire.
2) Choose to be content with a character that isn't.

Naturally, option 2 is a whole lot easier to find than option 1. For that matter, for a person of complicated desires such as myself, option 1 likely just couldn't be met. All that's left to do is to choose and accept a role, which basically comes down to which shortcomings I'm willing to live with.

So, what role will I accept? What shortcomings can I tolerate? Under the perspective that I'm willing to accept shortcomings, it doesn't particularly matter. About the only real important preferences I have is that I'm able to solo and that I don't feel useless when I'm in a group. Just about all Archetypes can pull that off if played right. I might actually choose an hero that's less than perfect quite deliberately to continually remind myself that I should accept the shortcomings in whatever I'm playing to escape alt-a-holicism.

I'm resigning myself to a powerful bit of alt-a-holicism in that I'm sacrificing another couple of higher level characters, but given that I want to do the level 15-20 zone that my previous characters have outleveled, it really can't be helped. As a 12+ month veteran of the game, I can't believe I haven't managed to unlock the Kheldian in all that time, but my veteran status also determines that that City of Heroes has pulled a long term commitment from me... at least until Vanguard or Tabula Rasa come out.


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