Last night was a SWTOR night, but the launcher was taking an eternity to load (and slogging my computer down in the process), so after about 20 minutes I gave up and decided to make up some time in RIFT instead.
Instead of heading back to my Cleric and her (sigh) oh-so-exciting adventures through Seratos, I mixed things up a bit by dusting off my level 51 Rogue and getting her back into action. She wasn’t on my current server, so I had to go hunting around for her. I realized then that I had not only planted seeds on several servers, but as I flipped through them, I saw the same thing over and over again: abandoned characters in the level 15-30 range.
They look at me with sad, accusing eyes: “You promised us you’d play! That we would be the grand new start you wanted! And look at us now — orphaned, alone, doing nothing but holding on to a name.”
So what happens here, I think, is that this is the sad side-effect of altitis. I start up a new character for that new character feel and that new character smell, have fun blowing through the early levels, but can’t quite push past the middle area before my interest is yanked elsewhere.
I kind of see it as a reality TV show, where these characters compete to see which one of them will make it to “main” status and stick around for the high levels. One or two usually bubbles up to the top, but they leave behind all of these abandoned children.
It’s probably way worse if I loaded up the World of Warcraft servers. I was forever jumping servers and rolling alts there, plus my wife shared my account and she’s got her stable of ridiculously named toons (GrimReapette was my favorite for her DK).
The weird thing is that even though I tend to like things nice and tidy, I also am loathe to delete these characters. After all, I might need that name again some day or perhaps I’ll want to play them. And it doesn’t cost me anything to leave them hanging around, right?