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Submitted by crysister 1036d ago | opinion piece

Online Gaming: It’s Only fun if it’s Fair

Planet Ivy: If you’re a regular console gamer, it’s likely that you’ve ventured into the multiplayer world of games such as Halo, Call of Duty and Mass Effect. Many games now implement online multi-player capabilities to boost their playability and give us gamers more for our money. This is surely a good thing, but are the developers getting it right? (EA, PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

crysister  +   1036d ago
Being booted by more experienced players in Mass Effect 3 IS annoying
gorillabiscuits  +   1036d ago
One of the few bad things about a near-perfect game though
appleandroid  +   1036d ago
Yes! ME3 will be remembered as an all-time great game. I play 6 hours a day still..
therealmccoy  +   1036d ago
Yeh-doesn't affect my enjoyment in any case
NeoTribe  +   1036d ago
Lol near perfect my ass. Graphics suck and animation is some of the worst. Mass effect 3 almost kept me interested enough to beat it. The rpg elements are incredibly weak and choices hardly matter. So many better games than this.
3-4-5  +   1035d ago
I didn't even know ME3 had multiplayer.

Should probably go finish ME2 so I can get 3 and play that.
stragomccloud  +   1036d ago
I hated being booted in ME3!
I was N7 rank 2500 in the 360 version, but then I started playing on the PC, so of course my N7 rating started from 1 again. Just because my number was low I kept on being booted even though most of the people I played with were noobs compared to me.

I never boot a player until I see them in action, then I might boot if they are clearly not ready for a higher level match. But to boot without even giving someone a chance is just wrong and also mean.
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MASTER_RAIDEN  +   1036d ago
the ability to boot players from ranked matches should be virtually non existent. perhaps a voting system could work, but ive seen so many games where gamertag and rank are displayed along with the option to boot. its unfair that the host could manipulate that aspect of a match.
Thepharaoh  +   1036d ago
With this logic it's never fun
gorillabiscuits  +   1036d ago
What do you mean?
Thepharaoh  +   1036d ago
t's a rae occasion that an online gaing experience is fair as there is always something that gives the other team an upper hand
MikeMyers  +   1035d ago
"t's a rae occasion that an online gaing experience is fair as there is always something that gives the other team an upper hand"

That's called being better by being more organized and working together. It is unfair to put people in matches against better players, Halo tries to match players based on skill. Some games also have unbalanced weapons which is why they often 'nerf' them with updates.
appleandroid  +   1036d ago
I see what you're saying, but gaming would be marginally "better" if games were on a level playing field
PopRocks359  +   1036d ago
I imagine it's tough to find a true balance in any multiplayer game. Many games out there give newer, less skilled players an edge when more experienced players begin dominating multiplayer servers. This happens a lot in Smash Bros., Call of Duty and Gears of War.
therealmccoy  +   1036d ago
This happens A LOT in COD from what I've found
Zha1tan  +   1036d ago
You cannot balance skill, nor should you try to.
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medman  +   1035d ago
So your definition of skill is spending a whole lot of hours ranking up so you can dominate level 1 or level 2 new entrants? Hooray for you.
Typical-Guy  +   1036d ago
That's why I don't play with random people.... I should at least have a friend I can rely on in my game!
xabmol  +   1036d ago
This is one of the many reasons that I liked MGO1.

Perfectly fair and all skill based.
TheSaint  +   1036d ago
The first rule of online gaming: Find something OP and abuse the living shit out of it.

^That's what ruins most online games, the community generally sucks.
urwifeminder  +   1036d ago
If it wasnt for online gaming i would have quit gaming a long time ago singleplayer zzzzzzzzzzz.
medman  +   1035d ago
Multiplayer is for the unthinking, mindless drones. A great single player is for the intelligent gamer who wants an adventure, not some unending fragfest.

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