CBT: Do We Need More Levels?
People who complain about levels are missing the point.
Levelling isn’t about people who have 4 level-90 raid-geared characters and have been playing since Ghostcrawler was in diapers.
Levelling is about new people. Not just people who are new to WoW, and not just people who are new to MMOs, but people who may be new to games altogether.
Look at it like this: a common complaint is that levelling is just too easy. Especially below level 50, an experienced player can—even on a class which which they aren’t familiar—easily plow through even mobs several levels higher than themselves without breaking a sweat.
But here’s the thing: if you follow a genuinely new player around, they die. They die constantly. They try to pull one mob, and accidentally pull two, and all hell breaks loose.
These encounters might be trivial to experienced players, but for the target audience, they’re a vital part of the learning process. They may be baby-steps, but—for this community—baby-steps are important.
"Okay, that’s fine. For new players. But why do I have to invest a week of effort into levelling to 90? I’m experienced, I know what I’m doing. This is stupid."
That week of effort is sort of the point.
Blizzard wants you to have some kind of investment in your character. If you could just roll yourself a level-100 premade (or otherwise skip to the endgame), the community would be subject to tremendous swings: every flavour-of-the-month spec would quadruple in size overnight.
Similarly, while I’m sure that you are perfect in every imaginable way, and your farts smell like cinnamon buns, and you help little old ladies across the street, etc. etc. etc., Blizzard thinks you need a critical mass of knowledge about a given class in order to contribute to endgame content. And the best way to impart that knowledge is—say it with me, kids—making you level.
Even just letting you level at an accelerated speed is useful. By the time you ding 90, you’ll know your class inside and out. And that’s the goal.
Yes, it’s tedious. Practicing and learning often is. But it’s the only way you’re going to learn your class, and given how much people whine about OMG LRN2PLA NOOOB, if anything I think we should be supporting more levelling.