I know I'm responding to a 3-month-old post, but... I couldn't let this stand.
Izawwlgood wrote:Oooh oooh oooh!
I think bouldering is the way to go. Going up is just a gimmick. The best shape I've ever been in my life (EVAAAAR!) was when I was in bouldering shape.
That "gimmick" is why I and many others got into climbing. It wasn't until I had been climbing for a couple years that bouldering actually became interesting to me in its own right, as opposed to just something to do while in a group of 3 and waiting your turn, or a "better than nothing" alternative when you don't have a partner. (Or perhaps as a means to get better at routes.)
Even now, I enjoy them for very different reasons. For me, bouldering itself really isn't all that fun -- it's the overcoming the challenge portion that's fun. Roped climbing actually is
fun. (As an example of a consequence of this, for me it's way easier to have a fun, easy roped climb than a fun, easy boulder problem. The latter aren't unheard of, but nor are they very common -- and I go to a gym that sets good
boulder problems. It almost has to be something like a roof that I never get to climb roped.)
Now, that said, I suspect you may have said that a little tongue-in-cheek... you know, the way I say bouldering is for climbers who are afraid of heights.
Which one you like better, and which one will excite you and get you to continue the sport, depends on what you personally enjoy and why you're interested in it in the first place.