Gaming Leaning Towards Forced Socializing?
I'm playing Final Fantasy VII again. ...just wait, that's relevant to this article, I swear.
You know, it almost seems as if virtual socializing has replaced actual socializing, and things like online multiplayer and the fresh integration of Facebook and Twitter are being jammed down our throats. Of course they're always optional but sometimes, I almost feel as if the majority of the interactive experience often stems from digital socializing.
I get the sneaking suspicion that there are games on the horizon that might kick ass, games I might want to play...but games that are only half an adventure if you don't partake of the many social features. For the record, I'm not one to dissuade real socializing in the real world, but I've always hated this idea that a game is no good unless you can share a high score with your friends or post an achievement on Twitter. The latter is still rare but you can bet more social features will be added with every passing month. It's just the way things are going.
I just refuse to believe that all gamers have an itching desire to be "connected" at all times. Am I the only one who still uses gaming to relax and unplug? Am I the only one who wants to sit by himself after a long day and revel in an adventure that does not involve other humans? Gearheads go into the garage and tinker partly because they get to be alone. I think I'll always have a Heavy Rain to turn to, this manic, somewhat depressing obsession with digital connectivity is on the definite rise.
It just feels as if it's invading every last aspect of life. I fu***** hate Facebook and I don't need it in my chosen hobby. In playing FFVII, I feel better about a great many things; it's soothing. It's like reading a book for me; I'm lost in another world and I do not want anyone else in there to muck it up. So when games say, "oh, you have to go online to finish this," or "oh, you have to be connected to your friends list to get the most out of this quest," I'm gonna pass. Sorry.
12/15/2011 9:06:09 PM Ben Dutka