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hi everyone, I just started this game over the weekend, playing for 8+ hours each day (grinding (farming) + watching Grey's Anatomy) to get to lvl 25, so that I can talk to you guys! (WHAT IS UP with having to get to lvl 25 to chat???)

Entering the game I admit I dont have the purest game motives. I was doing this for a school research which our group decided to be "how do lineage 2 classic server gamers respond to social science research being conducted inside the game?" Unfortunately, we couldnt meet enough ppl who would respond to us in game (WHAT IS UP with a MMO with so little ppl!!!!?)

TBH in the end tho, I still rather hate this game, I realized that there was too much farming involved to get anywhere, and its too easy to go auto and just monitor it like a heart monitor...

I want to see this game differently or have some confirmation on what this game really means for you all out there.

Please take the time to give a reply to us! Anything is appreciated.

**what do you think about social science research in gaming? How is lineage2 game culture different from everything else you played?

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I will play along.  Here is my answer:

I started playing this  game back in 2001-2002 timeframe.  Gaming was more online then, a group of married dads would log on in the evenings after work, get on teamspeak, and party up to go level together.  Talking and BSing on TS was a big part of the fun.  Then real life catches up, jobs change, moves, family changes etc., and well life just happens.  Still talk to some of the guys in real life.  Times have changed from the original as well. Now more people would prefer to create a character, and play on their mobile phone and  have the toon playing in the background.  Some of my original friends still do that.

The draw for me, is this game is a mindless way to pass the time.  Sure I miss the camaraderie, the engagement with other people, and as a group going after raid bosses.  But my job is stressful, so this provides me an hour or 2 in the evenings to decompress.  I get out there with a toon and his support toons, and level away.  It passes the time and helps me decompress.

With most of Gludio dead, I don't find a lot of bots around, I don't find a bunch of PK'ers.  I just go out to a hunting spot with the toons and level to collect the daily awards.  No clan to worry about, no people to worry about, just an escape.

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