It’s a pretty prominent feature of my executive dysfunction, and I don’t know if it’s unique to me or if others have it, but I’m totally unable to act or do anything unless the right conditions are met most of the time. For example I want to get a lot more involved with IRL activism and maybe even starting a commune or a co-op or free school or something but I will never commit to it until I decide that I want to do it in an area where I know I will want to stay. Like nothing terrifies me more than getting involved with a crew or a project and then deciding years down the road that I really should have moved down to Florida (I honestly hate the NE US) where I’m happy and did it all down there, or I spend time wondering if maybe I’d be better suited in the PNW?
The same ass backward process dictates what I do with pretty much everything else in my life to some extent, even getting a haircut or deciding to do mundane things. I have a really systematized and organized way of making decisions, which, for a lot of things works out pretty well but for other things is a straight disadvantage.
The problem isn’t that multiplayer titles exist. There are some people out there who absolutely love them. and I couldn’t be happier for those players. I’d also be lying if I said that I didn’t play a few myself.
The problem is that for every multiplayer title that gets made, another singleplayer title isn’t. So when developers who previously catered to the story-driven, singleplayer genre leave to create co-op content, who will be there to fill that hole? What will be left for those who don’t want an online title, when that‘s seemingly all that is being developed?
Players such as myself, who have always gamed on their own -who enjoy playing on their own- are slowly being alienated. Video games just aren’t for us anymore, and that stings. I’ve been gaming my entire life, and I’ve seen the way things have changed. The games I grew up on had soul and meaning, but they’re slowly dying out.
And I know that most of these multiplayer titles can be played alone. However that still doesn’t make them enjoyable to me. Because to make room for playing with friends, or perhaps as an effect of it, the story will have been gutted, the npcs will be bland and the game will be all too eager to waste your time. They don’t have to tell a story, since they’re counting on you to do that for yourself.
So you’ll have to excuse me if I seem overly upset about all of this. But I don’t see why I should just shut my eyes and open my wallet, to support creators of games I barely recognise and feel left behind by.