February 16th, 2011
Online gaming is the next best thing to gaming with friends in the same room. But a new report suggests that online networking may be making us miserable.
Although the report focuses on excessive Facebooking, it made me wonder: Am I a happier gamer than I was before Steam and Xbox Live existed? Have we inadvertently made online gaming the priority, rather than the next best thing when it comes to seeking out and gaming with friends in the same room; LAN parties, etc?
It seems to me online gaming may be making us lazier in terms of meeting up with friends to game, which is a heck of a lot more fun using a headset.
What do you think? Do the advantages of online gaming far outweigh the cons? In an online gaming world, do you game with "live" friends as much as you used to? What's more, is there even cause for concern? Or is this one of those "to each his own" or "moderation in all things" sort of debate?