In this day and age, it’s hard to be a lone ranger in the gaming community. So many games support multiplayer because, in fact, they would be lambasted for not having it. Sometimes I miss the days of long ago where I could play a game with no outside disturbances, no invites, just me and the game for hours on end while I have my own unique experience with it.
Over at Destructoid, there’s a cool article exploring this very topic. For people out there that don’t always enjoy multiplayer, it gets harder and harder to be a gamer in this day and age. I think it’s a terribly interesting topic, because it seems like the single player experience is even looked upon negatively by reviewers. “No multiplayer? No buy.”
Just recently I saw that Mirror’s Edge had been given negative scores by several gaming outlets because it didn’t have multiplayer. I mean, really? What did they want, 8 person slayer across Mirror’s Edge rooftops? Give me a break.
I think one of the coolest things about the article is the way that it talks about how playing a rich single player game without any outside interpretations (co-op, etc) is like reading a good book, where you’re making your own judgments. She even speaks about how playing it while not being connected to the outside world when you were younger, really made the game your own. Looking back on how I experienced MGS and FFVII on my own for hours at home, without having anybody to talk to about it all the time really changed the way I felt about the game. That’s probably why I’m so nostalgic about it.
A lot of times, I’ve got to sign in as “offline” on XBox Live because I just want to play a single player game without being disturbed. I love multiplayer, but the pull is so strong that it keeps me from sitting down and enjoying games I used to be able to play through all the time.
So what about you guys? Do you mind the multiplayer connections we’ve got available to us during single player experiences? Or am I just being crotchety and hermit-like?