Originally Posted by CocaineInMyBrain
Also, I think you might be mistaken, people like the bragging rights and sense of accomplishments of the progression/unlock system, not the actual process of grinding it - which is tedious and painful to just about everyone no matter their game preference.
This is true.
It's also falsely said that players should just play for fun without caring for the ranking system. I'd personally enjoy it the most if there were no ranking systems in games, but people play mostly because they get satisfaction from accomplishing things as he said. Progression systems and such are an easy way for that satisfaction. If I recall correctly there was a poll about the progression system not long time ago, and most people did not want it to be removed, correct me if I'm wrong.
I mostly find myself farming bots since I want to get over the progression system, but I also enjoy that little feeling of accomplishment after hours of work pays off with a petty unlock. I'm not shamed to admit that I bot farm, and I still think I'd enjoy RO 2 more without the progression system. When I started Red Orchestra 2, I was amazed by an Axis hero level squad leader with a PPSH-41, that SL reminded me of the movie Iron Cross, and was one of the reasons for the start of my bot farming. Later I realized that because of bot farming there's no reason to respect hero level players since you can't know are they even very experienced players.
Apologies for such messy text.