DNF: Why This Geezer Plays Offline

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Old 05-10-2011, 05:45 PM   #25
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My experience online has always been terrible on the ps3. It seems like every other person I play either cheeses or talks crap the entire time. I have never had that problem on the PC. I play my ps3 almost exclusively offline now unless I'm playing with friends I know.
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Old 05-10-2011, 05:47 PM   #26
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Good post bro but I agree with all the way, online is way too overrated and truly lacks a lot. On top of that, I'm an occasional gamer but I need to maintain a social life before my gaming and when I hop online who wants to be be paired up with a guy that has a record of 500-348-7?? Dude CLEARLY DOESN'T have a life and will smash me so I just pass on it all together lol
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Old 05-10-2011, 06:47 PM   #27
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Nearing my mid 30's, I actually love the theory of online play. Its just not feasible for me to get together with a friend and play a game of NHL or MLB:TS at my house, when I actually find the downtime.

Its the execution that ruins it for me. There is just too many things that can go wrong at any given time.
Lag can kill ANY sportsgame. Griefers/cheesers/quitters/poor sports are far too abundant. Getting matched up with an equally skilled opponent seems nonexistant in most sports games. it seems like far too many sports games also suffer from that one exploit that kills the fun and expierience as well.

The NHL series is like the epitome of where I am going. I am using it as an example because hockey is easily my favorite sport, and NHL is the one game I have bought every single year the franchise has been out. Literally every single game(eashl, otp, vs) has boiled down to who can get the most(or the last) of whatever goal is the "money" move for that year. Around January, I realized that at about 175 games in, I hadn't seen a game that was that drastically different than any other one while playing online. I haven't picked it up for online play since.

To me, for any sports game, its just not fun when the game can basically break down to that one play that works almost every time. In my book, there is zero fun in that. I wouldn't play like that against a friend, let alone a stranger I have never met.
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Old 05-10-2011, 07:28 PM   #28
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I think it is unfortunate that you haven't found a like minded community that you can bond with. I'm lucky enough to be part of the largest collection of mature sports game players on the internet.

I'm not here to promote the site, but communities where you would fit do exist.
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Old 05-10-2011, 09:21 PM   #29
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Good read. I play online all the time. Alot of NCAA and Madden. Not so much Madden anymore becuase of all the "cheese". One real good experiance I had playing online was Online Franchise for NCAA. Man I had a great franchise going but aborted it after Madden 11 came out. Worst online gaming decision I ever made...
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Old 05-10-2011, 09:29 PM   #30
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Re: DNF: Why This Geezer Plays Offline


You have to do some extra steps to find people/leagues that are worth your time, but online play trumps offline play.

Playing in an online franchise, online dynasty or online anything is a lot more challenging and rewarding than playing offline with the computer. Sports games get a lot deeper when you're up against other people who are trying to develop strategies and counter-strategies.

I like losing. I like having to adjust and try to out think people. I like that feeling of unpredictability where I truly don't know whether I'm going to win or lose the next game. Offline play for me at least, is stale and doesn't offer this most of the time.

I pretty much avoid online play in general when it comes to video games. I'd much rather play a solid single player game than a COD or Halo. Not when it comes to sports games though,

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Old 05-10-2011, 09:51 PM   #31
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Great article.

Nothing is better than an NCAA offline dynasty to me. Absolutely nothing.
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Old 05-10-2011, 10:23 PM   #32
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good article. I agree with everything that youve said.

online sucks cause it lacks a basic formal structure or sop.

on-line games should pretty much eliminate any type of advantage, by that I mean in sports player ratings (i.e Lebron James, Kobe Bryant) should not even be in the equation, war ganes-power ups should all but disappear,
these games should be all about the users skill and knowledge of said sport or game. maybe they shoudl just allow an athletes tendencies thats it..

without these basics online will alwasu be suspect.
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