Sunday, September 21

Awesome Things in Gaming #2: Competition

Usually when you imagine competition in video games, you picture a bunch of autistic 12 year old kids playing Halo on Xbox Live screeching profanity into their headsets whenever you beat them in a match. Contrary to what you may think however, competition in video games is a beautiful (and demanding) thing.

Since the early days of Pong, competition has always been a huge part of gaming culture. In the 80's teens would flock to arcades and empty thousands of quarters into the machines, desperately trying to knock the all powerful "ASS" off the top of the Pac-Man leaderboards.

Even with the death of the arcades, gamers still compete with each other in numerous ways. Whether it be through fragging each other online, or gathering at home to knock each other out in Wii Boxing, competition in video games always manages to bring us all together to have fun.

Now if you folks will excuse me, I've got some noobs on MGO to frag.


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Sp3ctr said...

I agree with everything you say. I believe competition is the heart of gaming. In an online game, you are obviously competing against people from around the world. In a single player game you could be competing against a number of things like AI and time. Good post.