Like most adult gamers of today I grew up strictly singleplayer. During the early and mid 2000s, singleplayer games were all we had! Of course with the few exceptions of split screen, we were just used to a good solo experience. It was enjoyable. There was no stress to be the best, because the only competition you had was against yourself.
Playing multiplayer with your friends was fun, like truly fun. With the way the current video game market is today, there are only two ways to enjoy multiplayer: Player versus Environment (PvE) or Player versus Player (PvP). Depending on what kind of gamer you are depends on your style of game play.
Player Versus Player (PvP)
This one is by far the most popular in modern gaming. PvP is essentially the over all competition between players. It’s a competition plain and simple. Players duke it out for various objectives while keeping the frags high and deaths low. It’s honestly the most adrenaline pumping experience a gamer can have. Going toe to toe with another living human no matter what the circumstances is exhilarating. The rise of Quake, Call of Duty, Battlefield, and now Rainbow Six Siege shows how great a PvP experience can be.
The down side to this is competition fatigue. I did a whole article on the subject which you can find here. Competing in every single game that comes out is absolutely insane. It’s frustrating to hop online after a 10 hour shift just to get wrecked by a dude whole plays All. Day. Long. We all know that guy. Give us a break. We wanna enjoy these games too.
Player Versus Environment (PvE)
My personal favorite. Nothing spells nostalgia like me and my buddies blasting through so zombies in Left 4 Dead. PvE is the perfect experience for those looking to cooperate with friends, or even randoms in an online lobby! It’s a great way to unwind after a long day, and just have fun instead of worrying about being the best. If you ask any millennial gamer about some of their best gaming memories with friends, you’ll most likely hear about grand tales from legendary PvE titles. I have plenty of those memories that I hold dear, and I look to make many more with my friends and daughter.
To those hard working adult gamers with day jobs, the PvE experience is by far the best for an enjoyable life. Trust me, torturing yourself to get Gold rank in Rainbow Six Siege just simply isn’t worth it. Leave that to the pros and YouTubers. There’s nothing better than getting all your friends together and slaying waves of zombies, or taking down tangos in Ghost Recon. It’s an experience that hopefully will stay in gaming for a long time.
Which type of gaming do you prefer? What’s your favorite memory in the type? Let us know in the comments below! As always, take care of each other, and respect opinions that you may not share. We need to come together in these uncertain times.