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Gather around gamers. Yes, I am especially looking at you whores of all kinds – selfish gamers if you prefer the more socially acceptable term. Pick your poison: achievements, trophies, points, kills? What will it be?
Whatever your choice is, I am sure it makes you feel uber leet. Multiplayer games are both collaborative and competitive, and the former is being ruined by the likes of you. All so your epeen can be slowly stroked. Stop it!
Multiplayer games are some of the most popular games available on the market. Many first think of the success of games such as Modern Warfare 2 and the like. Not I though. I think of the games that have been hurt by the selfish gaming community out there that is only playing to get theirs instead of attempting to achieve the end goal.
Take Fat Princess for example. Fat Princess at its best is one of the most refreshing multiplayer experiences available on the PSN. However, while the stupid gamers out there are also ruining such a game, it is the selfish gamers that are hurting it the most. And thus, the game was a huge disappointment.
Now let me first distinguish between the selfish and stupid gamers because, let’s be honest, they can be easily confused for one another. A stupid gamer doesn’t prepare for the game they are playing, lacks the proper knowledge to contribute, or doesn’t communicate. While there are certain exceptions to the previous examples, the consistent exuberance of such qualities makes them stupid. You may have many more examples and so do I, but let us move on. A selfish gamer is in it not to win it, but instead to accomplish their sub-goal, or personal goal, which conflicts inherently with the overall team goal.
We all should hopefully be clear on what I am defining as a selfish gamer. And unfortunately, these gamers lurk everywhere. From XBL, to PSN, to Steam, they continue to negatively impact those of us that are playing the game as it was designed to be played. The point is that conflicting goals in a team game usually don’t end well.
This needs to stop. Perfectly good games are being ruined by such gamers and it is not fair for those of us that would like to enjoy the game. I know, I know, the world isn’t fair. You’re right, it isn’t. But selfish gaming is in our control.
I bring up this problem not just for us as a gaming community, but for the gaming industry as well. Games designed in such a way that helps alleviate such problems should be a priority in a game’s multiplayer design phase. However, we should never expect such inventive design all of the time because sometimes, it either can’t support it or it isn’t worth the effort for the developers.
Let us look at Battlefield Bad Company 2. The support class, or Medic as it is called, is one in which can continually top the score charts. This is a simple and effective way of providing selfish gamers with a way to realign conflicting goals that are usually misaligned in shooters. And while this in no way makes Battlefield Bad Company 2 immune to such gamers, it undoubtedly helps alleviate the problem.
So while I only gave less than a handful of examples to the problem, I don’t want to continue supporting something that is so blatantly obvious in gaming today. If you don’t see it, you might want to look in the mirror because, odds are, you are the problem. So please, stop and think what you are doing the next time you are playing a multiplayer game. It is possible to bring yourself to align such conflicting goals if you just try.
Unfortunately, these gamers won’t go away and we will continue to see games with inventive and fresh multiplayer only to be brought down by the immature, selfish gaming community. So what else can we do as a community and industry to stop this problem? Have you been exposed to such gamers? Join us in the comments below as we continue to discuss this problem that needs to stop.