Why I Avoid Video Game Online Multiplayer

There are millions of people that love to play online multiplayer with everyone else. They gather round and play their video games as one of the legion of online players interacting with others. I however, am one of the people who avoid multiplayer in a game like it is the plague. Every so often I venture in to a multiplayer, only to be quickly reminded of why I don’t like to get involved with online multiplayer.

There are many reasons why I do my best to stay away from online multiplayer, each adding up and factoring in to my reasoning as to why online multiplayer isn’t just a waste of time but irritating gameplay. All of the reasons are just a part of why multiplayer ends up being unappealing to me. Multiplayer should be fun, yet, whenever I find myself playing it it comes off as not only tedious, but a major detractor of the game.

Playing with others is one of the most difficult things for me to put myself through. There seems to be a large portion of the people who like to play online that are obnoxious and try to be intentionally offensive. Considering that whenever I go online to play it isn’t for the experience or for the gameplay, but to get trophies that require online interaction, I could care less. The result, Is I will often avoid the online and just allow for myself to miss out on any online related trophies.

Which leads to my frustration with the way some of the trophies are set up. Games with trophies that require me to play through an online game will most likely result in me not trying to get trophies. I can deal with playing a game online, but when it requires me to reach a certain goal within online play I’ll pass.

Some of you may be wondering why I avoid online play so vehemently. It comes down to the fact that I play games to enjoy them for myself. If I want to play multiplayer, I want to play with my friends and not strangers. With so many games that don’t allow for a local multiplayer that can get annoying. Thankfully there are still games that embrace local multiplayer that I can sink my teeth into. With those games I’m able to enjoy playing online because at least I’m with my friends.

At the end of the day, online multiplayer is just not my cup of tea and I’m pretty sure there are a bunch of people right there with me. Which makes earning trophies on various games less enticing. You aren’t going to find me playing a game like Call of Duty or Battlefield. It just isn’t going to happen because those games are designed to be a multiplayer experience first and foremost. No you will find me in games that are about the single player experience.

Which do you prefer single player or multiplayer?

2 thoughts on “Why I Avoid Video Game Online Multiplayer

  1. I play video games for the sole purpose of getting away from the troubles of the real world which includes other people and I’m someone who doesn’t like leaving a game unfinished which for me includes unlocking everything including all the trophies. Which is why when almost every video game released started making online play required in order to earn trophies I simply didn’t buy the game even if it was in a franchise I had been following for years. If I wanted to deal with other people I’d go outside!

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