In Defense of the Solo Gamer

In Defense of the Solo Gamer

Solo gaming rules: forced multiplayer does not.

It’s probably no surprise that I, a writer, tend to be a solitary person. I’m comfortable with my own company, I often travel alone and sometimes, I just want to be nothing but… alone. That’s not to say I’m anti-social, though. I spend lots of time with family and friends. And yes, occasionally, I even play MMO’s, with other gamers, although it’s not my preferred gaming style. Yes, that’s right, I’m a solo gamer.

As a solo gamer, I’m seeing a new trend in the rise of forced multiplayer gaming. In fact, most games now come with multiplayer-only levels: things you can only enjoy if you play with others. I hate the fact that gaming developers think this is what all gamers want, and I would like to think others, like me, really don’t like to be forced to play with others. When I sit down to play, it generally is about “me” time, and why would I ruin that by adding other gamers?

For example, upcoming game Destiny is a title that I’ve been eyeing. However, recent news has come out that although the game has solo levels, other parts of the game are not accessible unless you agree to multiplayer. If I had the choice of NPC’s, perhaps that would not be an issue. But no, the idea is to force me to game with others when I’d rather just be alone. Needless to say, I’ve just taken Destiny off of my wishlist. Thanks for nothing, Bungie. If I pay $60 for a game, I should be able to play it the way I want and have access to all parts of the game without being forced into a fake socialization scheme.

I’ve done my share of multiplayer gaming. And more often than not, my patience wears out after the 15th time that I’ve waited an hour for someone to join my group and then have that same person disappear in the middle of a boss fight, only resulting in having to do it all over again. I’m a busy person. I have a job and a life and I don’t have time for that nonsense. I want to sit in front of my TV, pick up my PS4 controller and just play a game on my own terms. Why is that too much to ask?

Am I alone in this attitude? Do others feel the same as me? If so, leave me a comment below and tell me what you think of forced multiplayer, in general.

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