Online Gaming = Death of the Hardcore Gamer; (1st post from an angry hardcore gamer)
I am going to use this new phrase to prove that Online Gaming (w/ the help of xbox/xbox360) is killing gaming.
when i think of a hardcore gamer I think of a few things about games first
- EXP aka "Experience Points"
- Boss Fights
- Level design/platforming
SINCE THE XBOX AND XBOX360 HAVE TURNED GAMING INTO A SOCIAL NETWORK THAT YOU ARE ALL BEING TRICKED INTO PAYING FOR!
No offense to those who might fit into this category, but microsoft is taking advantage of the gaming stereotype that all of us are boring,fat, slobs with no social lives so they make us pay good money to meet new people we can play games with. Isnt that the point of real life? Meet new people to have fun with? I mean, how many of you have gotten any use out of that 2nd controller you bought on launch day when you instead can distance yourself from reality by killing hoardes of diseased alien zombies while nude in the privacy of your own home?
Why do I need an avatar? Why do I need to pay $ to play games with my friends? For what is basically a pc gaming machine, $50 a year for online gaming is rediculous condidering it was better, and FREE on PC!
I blame all of this on the success of FPS games on this console. I personally dont understand how people can build a game collection on COD4, COD5, Halo 1.2.3, Ghost Recon, Rainbow 6, etc. Dont get me wrong these are all good games in their own respect, but if not for multiplayer these games would not even be worth mention. The replay value of the campaign mode of these titles is mediocre at best.
none of these titles would win an award for originality, I mean heck, they are all FPS games. The genre alone is more dead than michael jacksons nose. The most overplayed story lines, redundant control schemes, and they all have the same selling point......ONLINE GAMING!
trying to convince us that in order for games to be fun we need to network with everyone else playing? PLEASE. This is just because your development team is lacking and your BOT AI sucks. You cant build a stable game that is fun to play alone so you rely on the enhancements to gaming that we all enjoyed on a PC when it was free, but instead raping our wallets by charging twice as much as a PC game for the software, as well as charging yearly just for the experience alone.
This is why I enjoy my ps3. More games for us "campaign whores" to enjoy without all the garbage that microsoft spews at us and convinces all of the "casual gamers" who make up its fanbase that we need. I dont need to talk to upto 8 people at the same time while im playing a video game.
INFACT, I dont want to talk to anyone while im playing a video game!
I will enjoy Valkyria Chronicles, Uncharted, Dead Space (although not exclusive, built specifically for the Cell Processor), Heavenly Sword, Little Big Planet, Lair, Folklore, and Infamous far more on MY CONSOLE than anything I have ever enjoyed on the XBOX360 when I owned one (sans dead rising). Although Little Big Planet is built on its online features, The features themselves other than the official DLC ARE FREE!
I personally owned an Xbox360 at launch, and after realizing all the money I poured into a PC gaming machine could have bought me my shiny new BLURAY COMPATIBLE PS3 I quickly put my spending habbits to a halt.
I will admit what all the 360 gamers want me to admit. 360 has superior online gaming, but this just makes gaming worse.