Simple question: Do people prefer Single or Multiplayer games?
When I was younger I used to love multiplayer, the competitive side, the engaging with others from all over the world and being pitted against each other in an arena of skill.
However, as I got older I started to see how pointless multiplayer was for myself. All it ever did was frustrate and anger me, it made me arrogant and ignorant and I despised myself more and more the further I got into it. There are many different genre's of game, of course, but I played lots of different ones.
However the same problem would arise, I would look for something I could make unique to myself, some play style or build or even just my actions in game, eventually however it would always be rendered moot, useless or copied.
And then I realised that it is all about efficiency, effectiveness and what the end product can produce. People abuse and abuse until they get the most powerful or effective methods worked out....then once they have been nerfed due to imbalances, they then move onto the next....and the next...and so on.
This frustrates and irritates me in the extreme, there is very little in the way of freedom or individuality in multiplayer games. It's generally all built up around group conceptions. If the majority claims something is overpowered....it is overpowered with little consideration to how valid this actually is. A large amount of the time people's self-interest becomes so wrapped up in their abilities at these games that they become delusional, they can no longer understand how they could be beaten and in their arrogance they call foul.
Of course many complaints are legitimate, but just as in real life the legitimate complaints are always drowned out by the delusional ones.
I also loved video games in my childhood because it was a way for me to get away from the world, I could go online and play with those who could be considered similar to myself. On the fringe. But now gaming has suddenly gained in popularity and now the world wants in on it.
This just pushes me out. Im sure there are plenty of issues with this decision and in fact my current rage makes my point far less articulately than I would like, (not to mention I try not to act on intense emotions because of the inaccuracy that is bound to be ripe within anything created by it), but Single player is mine, it's no one elses. No one else is dictating how I should or ought to play, no one is sitting there over my shoulder and balancing the game 'for the good of the community' or so they claim.
It's the purest example of selfish individuals using the group as their excuse.
So what are your reasons and why?