Has this happened to you?
You start playing the dead zone. It's fun. Eventually you find your first unique weapon - and you get totally pumped! This will totally help you kick butt in this game! And it's better than any green or purple or blue you found, and it -does- help you kick butt. Maybe you even find a few more unique weapons or gear.
And then, then you build a radio.
Everyone, literally everyone, in chat, tells you your unique weapon, that you thought was totally awesome, is worthless. Then someone posts a good weapon in chat, or says they're looking for a weapon with so and so stats, please. Do you have a weapon like that in your inventory? No, no you do not. Not even close. After dozens or even hundreds of hours of playing, you don't have one single weapon other players actually want.
And you realize, finally, that most unique weapons, all but just a very few, have little to no value. Maybe 1 out of 25 are good? or 1 out of 100? You aren't sure of the exact ratio, but in any case, you soon realize you have a lot, lot, LOT more grinding to do to catch up to these other players who have way, way, better gear than you. And probably, probably these other players have invested so much time or money in game that you actually -can't- catch up without doing the same, and you aren't willing to do that.
What did you do when that moment dawned on you?