The Burning Crusade expansion pack for World of Warcraft, which raises the level cap from 60 to 70, was launched a mere 43 hours ago and someone has already managed to hit level 70:
Gullerbone, a 24-year-old French WoW player, reached level 70 at 4:04 am (CET) on January 17, 2007. He is believed to be the world’s first.
The Burning Crusade, the expansion to World of Warcraft, the most popular MMO on earth with eight million subscribers, went on sale in the UK at midnight (GMT) on Monday 15 January. [Ed’s Note: Servers didn’t go live until midnight on the 16th.]
It took him all of 28 hours to pull this feat off, but not without the help of some friends. At one point around 40 of them to be precise…
Gullerbone used a tactic of ‘tagging’ computer controlled enemies, which allowed him to achieve experience points even though his guildmates killed them.
When asked how many players he had help from, he said: “Well at first we had only five (during the first 10 hours or so) so that 10 of the members could get to lvl 62. Then in the morning we were 15 in order to kill the mobs at a faster rate. Finally in the evening, everyone was involved and we could gather a 35 man raid to help me in Netherstorm with our new lvl 62 doing most of the job.”
I suppose it’s an achievement of a sort, but it’s a bit silly because you can’t really enjoy any of the content by grinding in such a fashion. I suppose folks should play the game the way that they want to play it, but it seems to me he’s missing the point.