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Same Old Heroics: Alt-A-Holicism Cracked

I don't have too much to say this entry, but hey, since when did that ever stop me? I just wanted to write a little something about City of Heroes.

After a protracted playing session from about 7pm - 12pm today, Max Power - my horribly named new Assault/Electricity Blaster - is now up to level 12. In the process, I gained the Spelunker Badge and both the flight pack (see screenshot) and the jump pack from the first two safeguard missions. I did about an even portion of soloing and teaming, enjoying both worlds. I even made a few new cohdemo files: two of me soloing a safeguard, and one of an eight player successful safeguard mission.

However, at the end of the day, I have to wonder if I could have better spent those 5 hours.

Reading the official boards earlier today, I realize that there's not all that much wrong with my Scrapper or Controller, really. Relatively speaking, all my established characters have versatility and a respectable rate of damage, as I wouldn't have settled for anything less.

Yet, lets say I did stick with one character and I got to level 50. Then what? Sure, I can start a Kheldian, but what's the point except to get level 50 for that too? Should I be trying to get level 50 for every archetype? Why?

Put in this larger perspective, It doesn't even matter what character I'm playing in City of Heroes: the point is to have fun. Right now, with whatever character I'm playing.

So the next time I'm confronted with the City of Heroes character screen, I don't know what I'll play. Maybe Max Power again. Maybe my already established higher level characters. It doesn't matter if I ever hit 50, so long as I'm having fun.

So it is that I may have found the ultimate answer to the alt-a-holcism puzzle, and that is that there is no puzzle. If only I never questioned the faults of my current character or hunted for improvements in other ones; if only I never asked myself, "Is this the best character for me?" Then I'd have been level 50 several times over by now... or simply moved on to more enjoyable pursuits.

Ah, but I don't think I'm quite ready to put down City of Heroes for good yet. It really is a pretty cool little game. I might mix my pleasures a bit, though - perhaps regain the progress I lost in Jade Empire or Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion when I accidentally formatted my hard drives last week. (Also, I really should get in the habit of prioritizing my homework better, but that's a little too close to RL for this Blog.)


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