Is Online Multiplayer Too Immature For Older Gamers?
I wouldn't play online much if it weren't for my job. However, sometimes I wonder why.
Although I still prefer a single-player adventure to any online multiplayer experience, I've had plenty of fun playing online with others. There have been plenty of games that are absolutely unbelievable online, and I keep thinking I'd return to those games if it weren't for an embarrassing trait:
The immaturity of online players. I've written about this before, but I keep thinking it'll get better. It actually doesn't seem to get any better; if anything, it keeps getting worse. It's not necessarily a matter of name-calling or flat-out racism and sexism, it just seems as if younger and younger players are playing online. Now, maybe younger gamers seem more immature with each passing day because I'm getting older, or they're actually less mature than my friends and I were at that age. That doesn't sound right, though.
Then again, it could be the lure of anonymity combined with the fact that parents aren't being parents, and a ton of 9-year-olds are playing Call of Duty. I do hear higher-pitched male voices in great abundance when playing online and I've resorted to simply muting everyone. I just can't listen to the rampant stupidity anymore. At first, it's amusing. Then it gets annoying. Finally, it ends up being depressing and downright embarrassing. If any anti-game activist wanted extra ammunition, all they needed to do is record the audio from a particularly nasty online session, and we'd be set back decades.
In that way, it almost seems as if we're regressing. It seems as if mature, older gamers don't play online as often as younger gamers, and I think I know why. I just can't understand why things keep going downhill in terms of online behavior.
10/9/2011 9:29:02 PM Ben Dutka