The games I play are mainly online multiplayer.
Whenever I mention this… I get flooded with answers about “how everybody is idiot online” and how “all games are full of cheaters”. (Okay, this happened once – and haven’t asked this more than once – but kind of makes a more interesting point-of-view in a blog post when you exaggerate “a bit”.)
Am I being lucky?
I’ve played online games for almost a decade (time sure flies), and I think that like 99% or more has been good gaming. There was some incidents that ruined (or harmed) the game: in Rogue Spear one team member constantly exploded a grenade near his teammates. In Battle For Middle Earth there was some players who shouted “n00b” and left the moment they thought that our side was losing (I always played every single game to the final end, even if I knew I would lose – I got thanked for that). And… that’s pretty much it (if you don’t count the one incident where I was playing Zombie Panic mod and one guy started saying Michael Jackson jokes – it kind of felt against the immersion I think).
If I look at my online gaming career… I can say I’m one happy camper. I’ve never really expected cheating in games and never really whined about how bad something goes… and surprisingly I’ve been able to participate in sessions (no matter what the game has been) where people actually work together on something – and things go nicely.
What’s your take on this?