I first stepped into the world of online gaming with my PS3. It was a revelation. I used to marvel at how I could play with people from all over the world, talk to them, connect with them. It was incredibly exciting for me. It was the next step in gaming and something that really hooked me. Straight away I jumped online with my headset and talked to anyone and everyone I could find.
Resistance: Fall of Man was my game and I instantly joined a big clan and really enjoyed the clan battles and games we would have together. I then set up my own clan and that was really succesful. I ended up with 30 very active members and it felt amazing to lead them into matches. When I look back on those times, I remember them as some of the most fun I’ve ever had in gaming, I made friends that I would hold for years and it made gaming a really social experience. Something I had never really experienced beyond split-screen games with my school friends.
These days I shy away from that side of gaming. I never use my mic, I never join a clan, I still play online fairly frequently but it’s fair to say I prefer single player games. I partly attribute this to my age. I think the whole clan thing was something I had more time for when I didn’t have a full-time job. It feels like it would take a lot of maintenance that I just don’t have the time for. But it is something think of fondly and want to get back into.
It’s also because of the image I’ve built up of shouty, sweary teenagers running the clans. I had a more relaxed environment when I ran a clan and it is something I would look for if I was to join one today. But it’s not something that’s easy to find I would fear. I think I’ve got this imagine from the Call of Duty type games, where this type of demographic is more prevalent, though I’d imagine certain games may bring an audience that might cater more to my tastes.
What’s your opinion on this? Are you a social gamer? Or you do spend more of your time stuck in a single player? Let me know in the comments down below and if you enjoy this article then don’t forget to leave a like. Thank you!