How do you handle multiplayer gaming?

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22 Jan 2013, 1:50 am

I remember probably 12+ years ago when I played Ultima Online.

Unlike World of Warcraft or most modern MMO's, UO was very nonlinear and undirected. It was a world that lots of people played in, rather than being a game that lots of people played together.

The distinction is important, because players in UO really enjoyed helping newbies out and showing them around and inviting them to battles and stuff. At least, in the non-PVP areas. Since there was no particular "goal" people were working toward, there was no real reason not to put aside your current activity and take some time to wander around with new players. Very high level players didn't suffer any penalty for hanging out with very low level players.

Ever since then, every MMO I've tried has been a disappointment, because players were so busy running down the narrow little path the game laid out for them that they viewed newbies as a burden. People in WOW are so busy grinding, and they're so geographically isolated by level, that new players never really encounter high level players, and the two are damned near punished for even trying to hang out together. It's really very strange to me.

I suggest that if you do decide to dabble in online play, that you specifically look for servers or guilds or players or whatever that are oriented toward helping newbies. I know many MMO's have newbie-friendly guilds, and games like Battlefield 3 and others usually have dedicated servers specifically targeted at newer players.

Remember that while some gameplay elements can make some games attract more... pissy... players, at the end of the day every single game has both good players and bad players. It's only a question of ratio. So pick a game you're interested in and then look for the good players to play it with.

If you settle on BF3 or anything else I play, let me know and I'll help you out. Some of us still enjoy helping more than grinding.



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22 Jan 2013, 5:35 am

The only times I really enjoyed multiplayer was when playing with friends on lan. I prefer to play alone and it annoys me how multiplayer is being shoved down my throat. More and more often, games that are meant for single player have multiplayer tacked onto them.



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22 Jan 2013, 1:32 pm

If you are a noob on an online game then go to your starting area and ask if anybody could explain some stuff to you. Usually there is at least one nice/decent person there and will help you understand the game more. GW2 does the the best though because you HAVE to work together on some things to get the good gear. If you jut ask the nice vets or maybe if you see one a devolper then they will help you. However there is always a troll who will give you bad info. If they do then just do /ignore or /report if they were REALLY rude.



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22 Jan 2013, 5:14 pm

Actually, I pretty much end up in tears every time I play multiplayer because nobody downloads the patches that allow them to see my awesome characters.



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22 Jan 2013, 6:02 pm

I can't do competitive multiplayer.

I love the multiplayer on Mass Effect 3 because it's all teamwork, there is a score board but it means nothing at the end of the game so I love how non competitive it is as a multiplayer mode.

I don't feel comfortable with competitive multiplayer unless I can be on a team with other people and mute mics. Even then it's only on select games I go near.

If it gets a bit much i'll just play something else.



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23 Jan 2013, 2:03 am

I play PlanetSide 2 and Arma 2 regularly with organized groups online, and both require a great deal of communication to succeed. The good think about the two communities I'm in, they don't take themselves too seriously, and when you screw up, you usually don't get anything more rude than "Oh, man, that went badly... Now you know not to do that again, right?" I also play Eve Online, which I've found to be very friendly and mature, for the most part; willing to have a random chat or offer suggestions or assistance to newer players.

Of course, I tend to avoid games with notoriously rude or immature playerbases, like League of Legends and Call of Duty.


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23 Jan 2013, 5:33 pm

Cathe wrote:
I can't do competitive multiplayer.

I love the multiplayer on Mass Effect 3 because it's all teamwork, there is a score board but it means nothing at the end of the game so I love how non competitive it is as a multiplayer mode.

I don't feel comfortable with competitive multiplayer unless I can be on a team with other people and mute mics. Even then it's only on select games I go near.

If it gets a bit much i'll just play something else.


This right here. ME3 MP is the best since there's no PvP, which i suck at. I Also enjoy flying with couple of friends in BMS Falcon against AI. I enjoy playing coo-op and teamwork oriented games.



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23 Jan 2013, 9:42 pm

Cathe wrote:
I can't do competitive multiplayer.

I love the multiplayer on Mass Effect 3 because it's all teamwork, there is a score board but it means nothing at the end of the game so I love how non competitive it is as a multiplayer mode.

I don't feel comfortable with competitive multiplayer unless I can be on a team with other people and mute mics. Even then it's only on select games I go near.

If it gets a bit much i'll just play something else.


I have played this game for 10 months and I agree. It is better to play with friends and the game becomes much easier and more fun. You can make a ton of friends on the BSN forums (easy to ignore the trolls, they are very mild compared to other gaming forums). I recommend getting friends because a lot of randoms nowadays leech and can be very frustrating (especially on Gold/Platinum). Games will go much faster and you will be able to upgrade your weapons at a faster rate.

I am taking a break since I have maxed my manifest with nearly 6 mil in the bank. :)



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23 Jan 2013, 9:51 pm

I usually say "You all suck", "UP DA BUTT", or "Don't worry guys I GOT THIS".



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27 Jan 2013, 8:25 pm

When I play multiplayer games on console and PC platforms I'd just play legitimately and not to be a sore loser if one team beats my other team in a King of the Hill game in Ratchet & Clank for example. I'm used to other online players' playing styles and not to care for it as long they play fair themselves and not be cheaters.


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27 Jan 2013, 10:26 pm

Honestly, League has been getting better lately in terms of raging, and I'm finding it easier and easier to communicate with my teammates :D


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28 Jan 2013, 8:30 pm

Zodai wrote:
Honestly, League has been getting better lately in terms of raging,

In my opinion, you play tatletale to Riot and they simply just ban the people who went AFK (The Tribunal is really the other players + a Riot admin.).


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28 Jan 2013, 10:21 pm

I'm not a competitive person, so I don't like multiplayer games.

Playing video games is a solitary experience for me. I feel like the other players are intruding on my experience.

I like to play games at my own pace too. Multiplayer forces me to adjust my pace and I don't like that.

The only multiplayer games I liked were arcade games like TMNT and the Simpsons.



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31 Jan 2013, 1:21 am

If I could get good at something on my own, in single player mode, maybe the I'd try to play with other players. Otherwise, I couldn't handle getting b**ched at constantly by teenagers for not being as good as them.



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31 Jan 2013, 4:15 am

Any MMORPG's I play, I always pick either a class that is reasonably easy to Solo, or just make a character I like to look at (since I'll be playing for so long). Most of the time, if I'm ever in a group, I get the homophobic slurs, or stupid people asking me what sex my character is... like it's not obvious with only two morphs! Or I get cussed at in another language, or told I'm stupid, blah blah blah.

The only game I'm really on now is DCUO. People can be rude there and I can never know, because I've got the chat windows off. Now, the other games I've played (still do from time to time) added this ridiculous feature where if they pay for it, they can shout along all channels. It's usually really rude things, too. I kinda stopped playing them as much after that.

I am on PSHome, but I have the chat and voice always off, just like in the others.