Discussing When An Exploit Is Or Isn’t
I call it powerleveling. Some people call it character boosting. I even read a wiki article that calls it character towing (which I’ve never, ever heard before, and think is a terrible choice for the wiki article). Whatever you call it, it’s using a higher level character to speed up the leveling of a lower level character. Without exploiting. To set this story up, I have a friend I want to help level in World of Warcraft. I have no characters in her level range, but I do have higher level characters to help her with at my disposal. I’m also obsessed with leveling as quickly as possible in general.
Documenting For Science
Recently I was reading Reddit, and came across a powerleveling video. It shows you how to powerlevel someone using a level 80 raid. (Ruby Sanctum, 25 man) You can take someone at level 1 with this method and farm XP until you hit the raid reset cap. The more I thought about it though, the more I wondered if it was considered an exploit.
I consider myself a very straight arrow kind of person. I do not want to exploit. I have never intentionally exploited, and don’t know of a time I did. If somehow I have exploited at some point, I sure don’t know about it. I plan to keep it that way, and hope you do too. Given the recent press for exploits in SWTOR, I think now is a particularly good time to explore precisely what exploiting is. So I talked about it with my friends, and we ran an experiment. We tried getting into other same level raid, but were not able to. We then went into the raid to see what the XP gain was. We pulled three groups of trash, and each pull yielded 4% of a level at level 46. Everything worked as reported in the video. We stopped there, and left the raid.
My friend Eohnavi’s* lowbie died during one of the pulls. Please thank him for his sacrifice to science.
Discussing The Results Scientific Like
Next we had a conversation about why it might be an exploit. Using a higher level character to help a lower level character through higher level areas is certainly not an exploit. You can take a lowbie friend on a two-seater mount and zoom around higher level areas. The exploration XP would surely start to rack up. So what would it matter whether you were leveling a friend through a high level raid, or chauffeuring them across high level content? You’re actually taking the time to do it, not using some code glitch to boost levels. Finally Eohnavi brought up the argument that because you cannot do it in other same-level raids, that it was also not intended to be done in this one. The argument made sense to me.
What To Take Away From It All
In the end, I have decided not to use this particular method of powerleveling. Aside from the danger of getting an account ban, I always try to do the right thing. Right now, heirlooms and dungeon farming are the orders of the day for powerleveling my friend. It’s more of a priority for me than her anyway. She’s a dirty Horde player by and large, though she did level a space goat to hang out with us. If I had $60 to give her to boost, I would. I’m enjoying World of Warcraft right now, and the more friends I have around, the better.
Ethics in gaming is a very important topic to me. I get super nerd excited. Really, ethics in general interest me. When I can merge it with my gaming, it’s win-win-win. So no matter when you find this article, please contribute your personal beliefs to the comments. I had my opinion up front, but Eohnavi changed my mind. That’s why it’s more important to talk about things, than to ‘be right’ about everything. Let me sum it up for you like this.
“It’s not about being right, it’s about doing right.”
*I use the term friend loosely in regards to Eohnavi.