Single Player Intimacy

In our days, multiplayer games seem to be getting really huge from both, the commercial and development perspectives. Massive games such as World of Warcraft or Second Life require enormous investments to provide interesting social gaming experiences. Games like Unreal or Quake take advantage of their competitive nature and are even considered as sports by some, with their own olympic-like competitions.

 

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Probably the cause that’s empowering the multiplayer factor is the Internet itself. But what happens to the Single Player experience? A decade ago, connectivity wasn’t as common as it is today. But now, we must re-discover how an intimate gaming experience should be.

The most profound and touching moments a person can live when confronted against art, are felt in loneliness. When he can intimately relate to the work of literature, cinema or music without the interference of others. Of course, such joy can be shared with friends or a lover, but the connection happens in the most intimate layer of our souls.

I do believe that single player games must stop being considered “single player” and become intimate worlds that express something meaningful of the human condition.

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One Response

  1. “I do believe that single player games must stop being considered “single player” and become intimate worlds that express something meaningful of the human condition.”

    This is precisely how I feel. I’ve gotten fairly fed up with single player games that are, at the root, basically meaningless. The greatest satisfaction I have had gaming has come from social interaction with other people. I’m still waiting for a really good game to arrive…

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