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(Wired)   Why video games are meant to be played at your house with friends and not online with strangers. For you hardcore gamers, 'friends' are complicated NPCs with whom you can interact over long periods of time, engaging in barter and missions   (wired.com) divider line 24
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2014-06-18 01:11:42 PM  
4 votes:
I played online games in the early 2000's and discovered the PKs and griefers.  After that I stay the hell away from other people when playing.
-Play invite only in GTA online, some races from time to time
- Turned off Online in Watch Dogs
- Will not buy online only games unless there is an option to play by myself.
2014-06-18 01:19:33 PM  
3 votes:
Don't even start, subby. The outernet sucks.

NPCs are idiotic, the quests are almost non-existent, it takes forever to level up, the story line is a giant mess, and there is no tutorial.

/Graphics are pretty good though
2014-06-18 01:36:48 PM  
2 votes:
I just wish publishers would start including robust single player campaigns again rather than treating solo mode as an add-on. Guess there just isn't as much money in developing an engaging storyline... probably why we still don't have HL2 episode 3, but we have 80 billion hats for TF2.
2014-06-18 01:27:22 PM  
2 votes:
I play games to get away from people. Why would I want to have strangers yell at me when I'm trying to relax?
2014-06-18 06:09:17 PM  
1 votes:

stonicus: The only plus I can think of to buying at a store is the social aspect of conversing with a friend/employee who has a similar hobby, but apparently I shouldn't, lest I bore or annoy them.

One of the Game Stops around here has this asian girl with beautiful tits working there.  That's a major plus.


Protip:  Take the 100+ bucks you'd blow on a couple retail games just for a chance to stare at some counter-chick's tits and head to a strip club for an hour of beers and tossing singles at a full rotation of half-naked women.

God knows the clientele in a strip club give off far less of a skeevy basement-dwelling creep vibe than what you find shuffling around in your typical retail video game store.
2014-06-18 04:02:52 PM  
1 votes:
I don't have any friends and even if I did I wouldn't play games with them. Games are like books. For time spent alone.
2014-06-18 03:26:27 PM  
1 votes:

FunkyBlue: Cheaper than an XBox One or PS4:

[www.lifeisbetterthanchocolate.com image 850x564]

If people come to my house to play games, we play analog.


www.tokenfemalegamer.com


Yup, pretty much.  And this has a much longer campaign mode...
2014-06-18 02:46:14 PM  
1 votes:
Fark local co-op. Split screen sucks. I paid for 60 inches of TV, and I want all 60 inches dammit. If I wanted to play on a tiny chunk of screen, I'd go back to 4 player Goldeneye on a 15 inch TV.

rev. dave: I played online games in the early 2000's and discovered the PKs and griefers.  After that I stay the hell away from other people when playing.
-Play invite only in GTA online, some races from time to time
- Turned off Online in Watch Dogs
- Will not buy online only games unless there is an option to play by myself.


Same here. Getting ready to turn offline for Watch Dogs too. Find it annoying getting hacked when I am in the middle of trying to  climb a ctOS tower. Did the same with other games that support drop in play like Borderlands, RE5 or Dead Island, because you generaly get some 12 year old buttmunch that joins and then acts like a total tool. Why is Sheva suddenly throwing grenades everywhere and wasting all the green herbs? Oh, xXxWhitePower69xXx is playing her. Oh look, Maya has joined my game and proceeded to ninja loot everything while not contributing to the fight in anyway. Well, I got a bunch of diamond ore, now I can finaly....where is my castle? Who's that guy with the pickaxe standing where my castle used to be? Screw all that. I might play co-op games like Dead Rising 3 with a friend, but only after finishing the game by myself.

I like playing for the story as well as gameplay, and I hate trying to find out who released the super mutant virus when when RandomDouchebag72 has music blaring in the background, and is simultaniously yelling at his girlfriend and talking on the phone and is trying to skip all the cutscenes because "dammit, I wanna kill some zombies, why are all these people talking??"
2014-06-18 02:19:40 PM  
1 votes:
Cheaper than an XBox One or PS4:

www.lifeisbetterthanchocolate.com

If people come to my house to play games, we play analog.
2014-06-18 02:19:11 PM  
1 votes:
I haven't done any sort of online gaming in so long that I raised kids who are doing it now.
2014-06-18 02:13:02 PM  
1 votes:
I think you're all missing the bigger issue here:

THIS WOMAN HAS A HAND FOR A FOOT!

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2014-06-18 02:09:01 PM  
1 votes:

Carn:  It's different with voice in most games now also.  It's not nearly as annoying seeing someone type leet speak than it is to hear some 10 year old cussing up a storm when he camps everybody.  I don't like it when games have "drop in" activated by default either.


Also this. I definitely don't want to talk to the "online community" (aka those dipshiats).

/a misanthrope is me?

The_Original_Roxtar: I just wish publishers would start including robust single player campaigns again rather than treating solo mode as an add-on. Guess there just isn't as much money in developing an engaging storyline... probably why we still don't have HL2 episode 3, but we have 80 billion hats for TF2.


It's cheaper to let the online interaction account for much for game content. Building a large, varied gaming world with an in-depth storyline costs money.
2014-06-18 01:47:44 PM  
1 votes:

Langston: Those sound like an unnecessary waste of time resources.


Friends, Family, Religion. These are the three demons you must slay if you are ever to have an epic mount and a tricked out toon.
2014-06-18 01:42:23 PM  
1 votes:
Yes, we know. The biggest problem with online games is that people suck.
2014-06-18 01:41:25 PM  
1 votes:
Both are great but I tend to prefer only playing online with people I know.  Played WoW for a long time and only because there were so many of my real life friends and family playing.  Made good friends with a whole bunch of new people through the game also that I still stay in touch with.  Nowadays I'm mostly a single player with pause button kind of guy, but if my buddies wanted me to fire up Borderlands 2 with them I sure as hell would.  It's different with voice in most games now also.  It's not nearly as annoying seeing someone type leet speak than it is to hear some 10 year old cussing up a storm when he camps everybody.  I don't like it when games have "drop in" activated by default either.
2014-06-18 01:36:22 PM  
1 votes:

rumpelstiltskin: Langston: Those sound like an unnecessary waste of time resources.

Most of the time they're going to frustrate you, but if you have to move or something you can use them like +5 Backpacks of Extra Hauling and not have to make as many trips.


Yeah, but they have a steep beer upkeep requirement when used that way
2014-06-18 01:33:56 PM  
1 votes:
Online only multiplayer is terrible for exactly the reasons stated, but the answer is to give me the option to do split screen or online as I choose.

I recognize that the convenience of online play means that I will probably rarely or never experience the 8+ player LAN parties that I enjoyed so much in high school, but when I can achieve very slightly less enjoyable results with about a hundredth of the hassle, that's just the way it goes.
2014-06-18 01:19:54 PM  
1 votes:
There's room for both, dammit. If online play had somehow never been invented, that's all people would be screaming for. "Why, oh why can't I play Call of Duty with my buddy in Des Moines?"

At the same time, would it kill game makers to include 4 player split screen modes? Just when we got to the point where 50-60" TV's were something approaching a reasonable purchase, game makers decided XBox Live was the end all/be all.
2014-06-18 01:19:31 PM  
1 votes:
I have a lot of good memories playing goldeneye, mario kart, and smash brothers with my friends in middle school.  I have good memories playing WoW with a great group of people I never met IRL too.

I enjoy single player games, but they ones I like the most, the ones that stick with me, are the ones I played with friends, RL or virtual.
2014-06-18 01:13:49 PM  
1 votes:
fark that, I prefer to play with real life friends online. Much more convenient, and no screen-sharing!
2014-06-18 01:10:19 PM  
1 votes:
It's why I still like the Wii.

Of course, the bulk of my time is spent on Rift and making a video game with the kids.

//They insisted the main character start with a "Duct-taped sword"
2014-06-18 01:09:51 PM  
1 votes:
Online is easier. Especially if your local population has one of the highest crime rates in the country.
2014-06-18 01:04:17 PM  
1 votes:
This is why I was such a huge fan of the first Guild Wars installments. No pay-to-play and they had a hero/mercenary-for-hire npc system that meant there was nary a quest I couldn't complete all by my lonesome.

I'm sure Guild Wars 2 is great, too, but I have no time these days to dedicate to it.
2014-06-18 09:42:11 AM  
1 votes:
Those sound like an unnecessary waste of time resources.
 
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