Q u o t e: Well my personal opinion on the matter is that rushing ruins the game
Do you have any basis for this opinion? Please explain your position on how rushing ruins the game.
Q u o t e: Surely it would be more fun and more rewarding in the long run having characters around the same level working together through the game content at a normal pace.
Says who? It depends entirely on the circumstances Foxxy. If I'm starting with a friend who has never played Diablo 3 before then yes, I would absolutely want to start from the beggining with a fresh character and teach them the ropes as we progress through the game together. That makes sense as I wouldn't want to push someone to a higher difficulty when they haven't even learned the basics.
On the other hand if I have a friend who has already played through the game several times, or if I've played through the game several times and just want to level a new character to 60 ASAP so we can participate in the end game (What we actually find fun and rewarding), that's what we'd want to do. Or alternatively if a group of friends and I who play HC lose a character we will want to get that person's guy back up to 60 ASAP.
Q u o t e: Blizzard wants Diablo 3 to be a social game were people can play and work together and have fun. Rushing in a sense is anti-social if you ask me
So your real problem is rushing being anti-Social? Your priorities on this are very flawed. Rushing in itself takes a very small portion of time (the majorty of time is typically spent leveling in Baal runs, pvp'ing or item hunting), and not only that, it requires a social aspect, you need another person to rush you. If you are truely worried about Diablo 3 being a social game over a long period of time you should really be worried about Blizzard making Item finding and the other end game a social experience that promotes social play (PvP is already a social experience). Item finding was probably THE most anti-social activity in Diablo 2 as drops were public and if you wanted your loot you needed to keep yourself secluded or run with a trusted group of friends to ensure you actually got the loot that dropped.
And you know what? On that point I totally agree. I think Item drops were crap in D2 and the seperate loot dropping is a great step forward. I really hope they put other incentives to Item hunt in groups instead of individually.
I find it incredibly selfish for you to want to force me into your prefered style of play and out of mine, especially when your reasoning is based off a flawed premise (weakening the social aspect of Diablo 3)