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My Thoughts of Grinding in Games

Introduction

In massively multiplayer online role playing games (also known as MMORPG's or MMO's), grinding is something that we experience quite often, although sometimes only a little bit of it at a time. This is due to the process of westernization, as players from the Asian countries enjoy grinding more, as you can see from games that were primarily released in Asia, such as Lineage II and Aion versus games that were primarily released in the US, like Rift and World of Warcraft. In the former games, grinding takes up a large portion of your time while leveling, and in the latter leveling is handled mostly by doing quests and other tasks.

Different people have different opinions here on the whole grinding aspect of games, but I would like to share my opinions and also hopefully break the negative views surrounding it, as a lot of people do not realize that in most cases, quests themselves are also a grind.

What is Grinding?

The first thing you need to do is understand what grinding is in games. This is the action of killing mobs over and over for the purpose of gaining experience from them. It does not necessarily have to be the same mob types, either. Even if you go from one area to another clearing out everything in sight, that is considered as mob grinding.

Usually, people will differentiate between a straight grind and questing by saying that if you are killing some mobs for a quest, even if it is a lot (say, a hundred of them), that it is not grinding but rather questing. I disagree with this idea because the way I see it, if you are killing mobs for a quest you are still killing them for experience. The only difference is that you are earning what you can consider as bonus experience from the quest.

Which is Faster to Level?

Between grinding and questing, grinding is almost always the fastest way to level. There are a few times when it is not, but in the vast majority it really is. The only problem with this is that it is repetitive and players can get bored pretty quick. For those of us who are used to the serious grind in Lineage II, where at a high level ten mobs would only net you a fraction of a percent of experience and took forever to kill, the massive amount of grinding is nothing. For those that got their start in games from something like World of Warcraft, however, the feeling is often the opposite since they are used to the quest based approach. Really, it is all going to be subjective, in that what you feel is not going to be the same thing everyone else does. As a result, there is no real right or wrong way to feel about it, but you do want to know that grinding usually is faster, if you are able to handle it.

Which Has Better Rewards?

This is always grinding. Always. The best rewards you will get in a game usually come from either end game dungeons or drops. In any case, killing more mobs means more money, and more money means you can afford to get the things you like. Quests are usually centered around giving experience or items, but if you are farming for the gold through mobs you will easily earn enough to pass up whatever you would have gotten off doing a ton of quests.

Along with this, you will also get things like materials that you can use for crafting, as well as recipes and such in games that have them. In most games, these items need to be farmed for anyways, so by grinding you are already well on your way to not needing any more!

Why Do I Like Grinding?

I am sure a part of this is because of my time in Lineage II, which was the first online role playing game I played. Being that it was my first, it definitely helped shape my opinion, and that is likely a large part of why I enjoy it.

There is also the fact that, for someone that is almost always multi tasking while I play, I find it easier to do when grinding. Once you get used to killing mobs using tab and the numberpad, you can move really easily and kill things without even having to look at your screen. This allows for much easier playing while doing something else, like reading or watching a movie. When you are questing, you are always traveling to new areas, talking to people, and otherwise actually taking part in the game. When you are doing this, it is hard to do something else at the same time because it really does require a lot of attention.

If you are someone that loves to read the lore of a game, and understand what the story is like, you may want to go with the questing route because you will otherwise miss out on a lot of this. If you are going for that kind of stuff you probably are not so tied up with leveling up as fast as you can anyways, so the slower leveling from questing will not be so much of a problem.

Conclusion

I feel as if there is a lot of negativity floating around regarding grinding in games, and a lot of it does not really have any merit. People that quest are grinding still, just in smaller spurts, but either way they are still doing the same thing over and over. Essentially anything you do in a game that helps you gain progression in one way or another can be considered as a grind, and the only real difference is in which type of grinding you like to do the most. One of them is more rewarding (just straight up killing tons of mobs all the time) and the other allows you to experience more of the game through its story line and lore (questing). But in any case, you will get to the end one way or another, regardless of your decision!

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