Nowadays, people are more and more into going online to play games in multiplayer mode. They say this is to encourage more interaction and have fun with others online. That all sounds pretty on paper and in concept, but the truth is far uglier than some may be led to believe.
When I play games, I play them to immerse myself in an online world where I can be the hero, the villain, or like the picture I used for this article – the vigilante. I play games to be encompassed in a story that I can have fun with, and not have to worry about some bully ruining the experience.
There are many ways this happens, but the most common are those who prey on the newbies. These people have high-level characters or monsters that can easily obliterate the new characters, so they go out purposely stalking out these people and pounding them into as many component pixels as possible. What fun is a game where you can get smashed repeatedly by some overpowered buffoon before you even have a chance to get your feet wet in the game? All this does is just cause hurt feelings and make people want to rage quit the game to play something else.
You leave – they win – they brag and get a bigger ego. Sorry……….I would just rather play something else than let this waste of effort get a bigger chip on their shoulder.
“But why don’t you practice and get better so you can beat them?” Why would I be interested in just getting in some pissing match with somebody who has been playing longer – or worse yet, exploited the system so they can’t be beaten, just to have them wallop all over you again. If that is your cup of tea, then fine………have fun. Go at it. Maybe you might actually beat them. I guess that is what competition is all about. It’s also why I quit playing games like Destiny, and refuse to ever install World of Warcraft on my computer – it’s not fun when you have to spend all of your time fending off overpowered monkey-brained fart-trumpets all the time you’re online. In fact, one of my favorite games – Watch Dogs – has an online component where you can hack into other people’s games and they can hack into yours. The problem is………people there cheat as well. They find some exploit in the system that gives them a place to hide where they can get at you, but good luck getting to them. I just turned off the online feature after that. Maybe I’ll turn it on again someday if I play through again……….maybe.
Anyone who knows what games I play knows I go for single-player games with good stories and fun gameplay. These days, along with the aforementioned Watch Dogs, I am playing Shadow of Mordor, Fallout 4, Witcher 3, and GTA V (I know GTA V has online – I just haven’t done much with it). I don’t do Battlefront at all, even though I love Star Wars. I probably won’t even do No Man’s Sky, but that one is for other reasons (you can’t build bases and you would probably never even find your friends if you tried). Maybe I’m just getting picky in my tastes as I approach the half-century mark – or I have just lost the patience for stupid……..which tends to pop up a lot in online multiplayer. I’ll just stick with what I like, and leave the battles to those who have more time and patience for it.