Electronic Arts announced Wednesday that more than 500 million online matches have been played on its lineup of 2009 sports games. According to the company, all those matches took place between June 2008 and now. They include Madden NFL 09, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 09, and others.
It's an important feat. But is the online gaming space really the best environment for the gamer? I'm sure that the hard-core gamer who spends hours online each day would say that it's an ideal way to enhance the gaming experience, but there are some of us who disagree--myself included.
I don't like online gaming, for the most part. I find it overrun with people who spend more time screaming obscenities than actually playing the game. And unless you have the luxury of spending hours each day playing one title (something I don't), you'll be rolled over by someone who has honed their skills and tactics down to an art. If you ask me, it doesn't live up to the hype.
But if you're intent on playing, here are some pitfalls to watch out for:
1. Watch out for the predators. Though most online games attempt to find you a fair match by either asking you what your skill level is, or assigning it to you one based on playing experience, don't expect it to work perfectly. On numerous occasions, I've entered a game where I thought the competition would be fair, only to find out that there were players who had lied about their skill level, changed their username, or played a few other tricks to prey on those who weren't as good. It ruined the experience.… Read more