Thousands of players today are currently addicted to multiplayer online games. These range from games such as World of Warcraft that cater to hardcore gamers, to free games such as Mafia Wars that is played on Facebook.
Considering that many games charge a monthly fee, what makes gamers keep coming back for more, compared to the more traditional offline games? This article presents 3 reasons:
1) Most gamers possess a competitive streak and multiplayer online games allow you to benchmark yourself against other live players. Unlike competing against the computer, you have the satisfaction of knowing that when you have made a kill, you’ve actually defeated a real live human being and not a fixed piece of code.
2) Many multiplayer online games now appeal to the casual gamer who prefers non competitive cooperative play. Games cropping up on social networking sites such as Facebook have a gentle learning curve and appeal to all ages and gender. For some players, gaming takes on a more social than competitive nature. On top of that, you hardly ever see a “Game Over” screen in most online games, which appeal to casual gamers who do not see the fun in repeating a mission over and over again.
3) Unlike traditional offline games, developers of multiplayer online games actively involve themselves in maintaining the game environment, constantly tweaking the games to prevent boredom or to close loopholes. Game developers periodically come up with new content and equipment to reward gamers for their continued loyalty to the game. These give gamers the additional motivation to collect the most powerful weapons and equipment in the game.