Photo-receptor Focus on: Altoholics
Please note that’s with a “t”, not a “c”. Altoholics are people who love playing alts. And alts are characters gamers plays in addition to their main character. Their main is just that: the main character they usually play the most. But some players also play their alts and they play them a lot. It’s not unusual for someone to have all eight slots filled with level 50s, just waiting until Bioware expands the number to ten or more. But what draws someone to create and level so many characters?
More after the jump…
I can’t speak for others, but I’m one of those who plays a lot of alts. Even though SWTOR was a slow start for me alt-wise. I didn’t really get into my alts until my Marauder. She’s now level 50 as of this past week. And now it’s time to move to one my others on the Empire side. I’ll get to the Republic characters eventually, too.
First off, the stories are fascinating, so that’s one reason I level alts. Following the character all the way through and finding out what happens is great entertainment. I loved my Sorc story-line on my main and the Marauder story engaged me very quickly and lasted to the end. My Merc has been a lot of fun, but my Operative is still too young for me to have much of a feel for her yet.
I also like crafting and I need alts so that I can experience the different crafting options available to me. I’m managing to cover quite a few of the skills with these four and I’ll fill in the other skills when I create my alts over on the Republic side. It was actually playing my alts that caused my renewed interest in crafting.
Another reason I enjoy playing alts is to experience the different abilities each class has. Whether it’s using Force Storm to channel purple lighting or Force Choking an elite or raining down bullets with Death From Above, the different abilities are a total blast. Sometimes literally. Plus, I like being able to compare how their abilities stack up against each other in damage, as well as the fun of casting it.
Having different races is another reason I create alts. Experimenting with different looks, hair, eyes, etc. is always one of my favorite things. I spend a lot of time creating my girls and I’ve been known to delete them several times in the beginning, until I get them exactly how I want them to look. I like having the variety of races and enjoy my Sith, Chiss, Cyborg and Human girls.
Overall, it’s having the variety that keeps me playing SWTOR and my different characters.
That’s my two credits. What’s yours?