Tonight, I played a little game you might have heard of - Call of Duty: Black Ops 2.
Not only did I play one most popular, fastest selling games of all time, but I also played Multiplayer online. That in itself is an accomplishment, because as much as I want to say I'm a social game player, I'm really not. I love the idea of playing online with a bunch of people, all interacting and enjoying the company, but when it comes down to it, it's just not my cup of tea.
Growing up in the generation I did might have a lot to do with the fact that I am much happier playing games alone, or with someone watching me play. That's just how it was done back then. When it comes to playing with other people, I would much rather play with a couple of friends (or my kids) sitting on the couch with me, then connect to each other online. Just the personal connection is more enjoyable.
If i had to choose, though, I'd play alone, late a night, in the dark. Except the first Resident Evil game, because that game scared the shit out of me in the dark as a kid.
So anyway, tonight I gave Black Ops 2 a chance, diving into the online multiplayer experience with a couple of buddies of mine. I'm pretty sure they were shocked when I asked them to play with me, as they play (along with a few other buddies) quite frequently together, but I never join in on their reindeer games. Again, I like the idea of it ... it's just not for me.
My oldest son, however, is quite the opposite. His generation, I fear, will be defined by online multiplayer gaming experiences. Good or bad, that's how future generations will see his - the "CoD Generation."
I can't say I hated it tonight. I never really hate it. For one, I have more troubles using headsets than any gamer you will ever meet, which may have a lot to do with the fact that I just don't like using headsets. Aside from that, I had an enjoyable playing experience tonight. I don't suck at Call of Duty, or Halo, or any games like it, I just don't nearly play them enough to ever be elite. I'm usually really rusty the first couple of matches, but warm up and eventually get right in the mix, sitting near the top of the ranks more matches than not. And about the time when I get comfortable with what I'm doing in-game, that's when I start to get bored with it all. Be it my ADD or just my dislike for multiplayer, it always happens sooner than I hope.
But when I'm done, I'm done. I can't keep pushing on, for no real reason. I'm not the "one last match" guy that says it 10 times before it really being his last match. I'll just up and quit, no warning, no hesitation. That's how I roll. The one man wolf pack.
Besides, I had Far Cry 3 to play.
My Year of Gaming – Project Stats
Games played: 9
Systems played on: NES = 2, PS Vita = 1, PS3 = 3, Wii U = 1, Xbox 360 = 2
Total time played: 13 hours
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