In Their Own Words: The Achievement Component
For other players, power is desired because it allows for self-sufficiency. Power for these players is not sought for social recognition, but rather, because it grants independence.
I don't like to be powerful, so much as self-sufficient/independent. I find the main drive of my leveling is so that I can go anywhere in the game, anytime I see fit, and not be too weak to survive there. That way my ability to hang with friends, or to explore the worlds, is not limited by my weakness. [Other, F, 26]
The important aspect of achievement to me is being able to complete tasks on my own when I so choose. I like to be able to complete a quest or gather raw materials without having to ask my guildmates for help all the time. I don't really care how fast I level but it is very important to me to have a large degree of self-sufficiency with regard to task completion, problem solving and resource gathering. [WoW, F, 25]
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