The extreme PvP'er lives to kill people, his playtime isn't satisfying without a challenging duel, several arena matches or ganking some noobs. The Altaholic lives on leveling jobs/classes etc. and loves to quest or grind, his/her satisfaction derives from having multiple level capped classes to choose from or just re-living content through the "experience". The Raider of course lives to raid!!! They want to eat through new content and dominate the PVE scene. The Roleplayer likes to live through their characters own personal storyline and their satisfaction derives from sessions of social interaction while in character as well as questing and "developing". The Achiever wants recognition, whether through titles or points. No matter how inane the content is, if their is an achievement for it they will do it! The Collector on the other hand has gotta catch em all! Whether its cosmetic wear, furniture for houses, fancy mounts, or vanity pets, a collector is addicted to needing this stuff to supplement their gaming experience.
As you are reading this you may be saying, well I share all those aspects at some point or another. Of course you do! It's all part of the MMO experience and content. But I am talking about true satisfaction, the thing that keeps you logging in. Myself, I am the Raider at times, and I enjoy the competitiveness of beating content, but because I hate leveling and don't love pvp as much I find "side" things to do while not raiding, and inevitably get drawn into a collection of some sort.
In FFXI, you only got 1 character and could switch to different "jobs". However, I found the grind of leveling much to be desired and in 5 years only really level capped 3 jobs. I lived for the endgame, the HNM's, the competition! As time continued and content started to lose its luster, or when my playtime exceeded my linkshells activities I turned to collecting furniture for my moghouse. Soon I needed every rare or seasonal piece to complete my collection. Space was no object!!! After all I only had 3 level capped jobs so gear didn't take up that much room. I even had seasonal floorplans I would switch in and out throughout the year.
|One of my earlier screenshots while collecting furniture|
|I don't even know where to start with the various mods in this pic....|
After I switched to LOTRO I of course leveled up and raided, but then they introduced housing...and cosmetic outfits. Well if I wasn't leading raids or taking care of kinship business, I was re-decorating the kinhouse, changing the music that played inside, redoing the outdoor area and changing decor to reflect seasons. If my housing was satisfactory I would look for new cosmetic outfits to wear, because in LOTRO you could put any clothing over raid gear and your stats would remain unchanged.
|Here was my mining set...didn't care much about camouflage at the time I see. Don't mind my fashion inept friend:P|
|Myself and one of my favorites, the sprite darter hatchling.|
Yes, I know...I have a problem. I feel I am far less addicted to MMO's themselves then to the mini collections I have going inside of them. So...am I alone in here? Any other true collectors out there?