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My 2 Cents – Games with Friends

28 Mar

Playing games with friends. When it’s done in the same room, it creates near-instant friendship. When done online, it can be exhausting. My mind is a flurry of activity when I interact with people, and it’s not easy being amidst a large group of people if I’m not familiar with them. When I spend time with someone new one-on-one, I can focus on that person, and that takes enough of my mental energy as it is. With a group of people, my brain overloads and I need to get away from it all after a while.

I’m finding it much the same when I’m playing MMOs. Of course, there are those who I talk with on Twitter, which has become my main mode of social interaction with people who share my interests, and I find it much easier to approach them in-game since I’ve developed an ongoing relationship with these folks. But mostly, I am often left with just names in a chatbox. Even when I use a voice-chat service like Ventrilo or Teamspeak, I only get the bare minimum of who that person is. I can’t see people’s faces, see their little physical reactions and gestures; there’s a lot less connection and more build-up of stress. Going into a teamspeak channel is like going into a room full of strangers – and I can’t even see their faces.

I miss the days of getting together with a bunch of friends to play games together. Console games, board games, party games. Even playing outdoors games like capture the flag dissolved the stranger-barrier really quickly for me. If you want to get two people to open up to one another, having them play a game together is a much better way than, let’s say, coffee or a dinner. It’s nowhere near the same for me in an online environment.

Maybe I need to schedule some more intimate game-time with a select few in the near future, because lately, gaming online is getting to be very tiring form of play for me.

But maybe that’s just the cost of being social.

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Posted by on March 28, 2015 in Gaming

 

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2 responses to “My 2 Cents – Games with Friends

  1. Chestnut Stonebough (@ggchestnut)

    March 30, 2015 at 10:39 am

    Chaide and I make sure to always schedule some “us” downtime either with or without friends once a week. Sometimes it’s crashing on the couch and watching some TV/movie, other times it’s board games, or dinner with friends. But we find we’re more refreshed and willing to game when we go out and do these things. 🙂

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  2. Matthew Thompson

    March 30, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    Yeah, while I certainly dabble a bit in online play, it is no replacement for good old fashioned local multiplayer which as I’ve grown older, I just don’t get to do quite as much as I used to.

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