What If The Entire Gaming World Went Multiplayer Tomorrow?
Reading up on Jade Raymond's recent comments has really made me think: the industry continues to grow and expand, although it seems to have a definite expansion direction: multiplayer.
Raymond spoke about the emergence of social gaming and how the face of the industry has changed, and let's not forget that the two biggest game franchises - Call of Duty and World of Warcraft - are the most popular due to multiplayer. This is an entirely new phenomenon, although most just take it as par for the course these days; very few games hit store shelves without an online multiplayer option of some kind. That's why certain franchises that have always relied on the quality of a single-player campaign have fallen; it's why so many developers feel the need to either change or grow. And one thing really frightens us: the death of single-player. For some, it's just terrifying.
Realistically, that probably won't happen. Most all analysts and developers agree that the single-player experience won't disappear any time soon, and it remains crucial for the industry. But things are happening so quickly these days, the "distant future" may only be 10 years away. So fast forward and think- if every game went multiplayer tomorrow; if they could only be played online with other humans, what would be your reaction? I imagine some younger gamers, who basically only play online anyway, wouldn't mind in the slightest. They probably wouldn't even notice the loss. But older gamers certainly would...then again, it's a generation that has to disappear at some point, and later generations might not even know "single-player" video games ever existed.
Maybe it's just that one quote of Raymond's that strikes fear into my gaming heart: "it's more fun to play against humans." I really think that's subjective, and game genre does matter, but I also have a feeling I'm in the minority...so what do you say? You wake up in the morning and nothing you can buy will let you play alone. Just imagine...what would you think?
P.S. When answering the question, you're not allowed to assume you'll be playing with the girls in that picture.
2/13/2011 9:19:00 PM Ben Dutka