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Current-gen's obsession with online progression is wrecking multiplayer and making you a worse gamer

David of GamesRadar - I was playing XCOM: Enemy Unknown the other day. This should come as no surprise, as playing XCOM: Enemy Unknown is basically all I do these days. But this time was a bit different. Having recognised that the game is clearly ruining my life, I’d decided to claw back a bit of the social interaction that Firaxis’ compulsive beauty has been robbing me of lately. So I was trying out the multiplayer.

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Chuk51354d ago

I pretty much agree with this article. Tbh, that's the one thing that's made me a little sad about Halo 4. They had a system, that was really pure. You win, you level up. You lose you don't. Halo 3 was much like Super Street Fighter IV for me and I play those games still. It's another reason why I play gears. I am atleast hap that Halo 4 is using a different take on progression, but it just rather have none.

dedicatedtogamers1354d ago

Great article. I agree. "Back in the day" (ohhh I'm showing my age) with action games like the Quakes, Unreal Tournament, Tribes, Warcraft 2, etc. you simply played the games and enjoyed them. Other than the score that you saw at the end of the match, there was no levelling up, no leaderboards, no achievements, nothing.

Granted, it IS fun to level up and get all sorts of little perks, but then it turns into a treadmill just to get to the next level. I wish developers would FIRST make a game really fun (regardless of any level-up treadmills) and then add in that stuff later if need be instead of designing the game from the ground up that way.

3-4-51354d ago

Some random person I've never met, can't determine weather or not I've increased or decreased in skill as a gamer.

He is saying he knows what games do to over 150+ million people......Yet He's never met any of them.

Pretty ignorant right ?

Robotronfiend1354d ago

Good read.

I always compared the difference as grinding skill or grinding gear/XP. Street Fighters (and other fighting game players) grind skill. MMORPG players (and the like) grind gear/XP.

I can't wait to try out the XCOM MP now! Well, as soon as I finish my Classic difficulty run.

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