Single Player Gaming is a "Gimmick"

Discussion in 'GBAtemp & Scene News' started by Another World, Oct 30, 2012.

  1. Another World

    Another World Emulate the Planet!

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    Jan 3, 2008
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    Gogogic CEO Jonas Antonsson would like the public to know that single player gaming is just a gimmick. Antonsson was recently interviewed at, where he went on to express that single player gaming developed out of a necessity for gaming sales. He goes on to state that "the arcade was the only serious attempt" at co-op experiences.

    Whether you dislike it or not, we should all agree that multiplayer gaming has made an impact on the gaming industry. Some franchises would not exist if it was not for multiplayer gaming, but others pack an amazing game into the single player experience.

    As our first real debate since the forum was updated, what are your feelings about single player gaming vs. multiplayer gaming? Is Antonsson correct, was single player video gaming simply a sales gimmick for these past 30 years?

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  2. Nah3DS

    Nah3DS Madre de Dios! Es El POLLO DIABLO!!!

    Feb 9, 2010
    yeah... and hair is a gimmick too
  3. Another World

    Another World Emulate the Planet!

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    Jan 3, 2008
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    Everyone should take a moment to read the comments on this twitter.

    he also has mixed in tweets about his stance on single player gaming. on one hand he doesn't seem to grasp it and is willing to stand up for his beliefs. on the other he is making excuses for the interview and how people perceived the article. it says in plain english that he thinks single player games are a gimmick and then in his twitter he comments that he has no idea how they continue to exist.

    i feel that multiplayer games are more of a gimmick. the online experience is still limited in my opinion, and while it grows, i know for sure that we will see a trend to more interactive experiences. but it won't become mainstream until my generation has long since moved on from gaming.

    -another world
  4. Rydian

    Rydian Resident Furvertâ„¢

    Feb 4, 2010
    United States
    Cave Entrance, Watching Cyan Write Letters
    Well given light of the updates you just posted, this might as well be the average person trying to claim NASA is a gimmick.

    I don't think there's anything to discuss here, at least that I'd care for.
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  5. Mr. Prince

    Mr. Prince GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Oct 29, 2011
    Saudi Arabia
    All Blue
    It's his opinion and I COMPLETELY disagree. There some really good games that have really good single-player (Dark souls, Demon Souls, Mario, Legend of Zelda, Uncharted, Borderlands 1&2)
  6. DiscostewSM

    DiscostewSM GBAtemp Guru

    Feb 10, 2009
    United States
    Sacramento, California
    When I think of all the pre-teens yelling out during multiplayer campaigns over the net, I also think of how great it is to have a single-player experience. If it is considered a gimmick, then it is a good gimmick.
  7. TheDreamLord

    TheDreamLord GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Jun 8, 2011
    Not all kids are like this, I sure as hell didn't do this, but when it happens, yes, Multiplayer is a terrible thing. Having said that, most of my games I play are online so... :P Singleplayer games can be amazing. I love Just Cause 2 right now, and The Binding of Isaac.
  8. suppow

    suppow GBAtemp Regular

    Jul 21, 2012
    United States
    in an era when all games are online-multiplayer only? hell no! that's a gimmick!
    i still prefer SP
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  9. Ericthegreat

    Ericthegreat Not New Member

    Nov 8, 2008
    United States
    So I guess Final Fantasy was just a gimmick....
  10. 431unknown

    431unknown Greatness Awaits

    Sep 29, 2008
    United States
    "Social Gaming" is the real gimmick. Gaming has been fucken social since Pong and now they act like its something new just like fucken 3D. It may have changed a little but at the end of the day it's still the same old shit.
  11. beta4attack

    beta4attack GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Nov 16, 2011
    The world that never was
    This is the most ridiculous thing a 'gamer' said I have ever heard... (Assuming he's a 'real' one)
  12. Forstride

    Forstride The rudder moves when I turn the wheel

    May 6, 2008
    United States
    Pittsburgh, PA
    While I prefer multiplayer gaming (Well, depending on the game), it's always fun to just relax and play a good singleplayer game.
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  13. Satangel

    Satangel BEAST

    Nov 27, 2006
    Bruges, Belgium
    Assassins Creed? Skyrim? TES in general? Fallout?
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  14. Issac

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    I disagree... SP is for me the perfect way to enjoy games, in my own pace, experiencing a story.. much like reading a book, but a bit more interactive.

    I don't want to be tied to playing with others, I want to play when I want to play.

    And that SP would be a gimmick? Eh? Judging by his name, he's swedish, just like me.. and I don't understand what he tries to say.
  15. Qtis

    Qtis Grey Knight Inquisitor

    Feb 28, 2010
    The Forge
    This is quite valid in one way. On the other hand, the opposite is just as true. Now that there are more and more people connected to the internet, it's possible to make single playerish games which in one way or another are multiplayer games (item prices in-game vary with other people's purchases etc).

    Sometimes it's just so much more relaxing to play a game single player or two player co-op (split screen). Some of the best times I've been playing a game like CoD has been Split screen with a friend. Online on the other hand...
  16. FireGrey

    FireGrey Undercover Admin

    Apr 13, 2010
    To be fair, not that many games only have online-multiplayer and mutiplayer is pretty much the main point of gaming i guess.
  17. Fazermint

    Fazermint I like dem vidya gaimes

    Jan 8, 2012
    Dodging trolls
    I cannot fathom how someone can believe such a thing. But people are entitled to their own opinion, I guess.

    For single player mode to be a gimmick, it would have to complement multiplayer mode. The opposite is (almost) always the case. Given he's not a native English speaker, one could assume he doesn't know the meaning of the word, but I think this was more of an excuse to fend off the angry replies.

    Games like Final Fantasy can't be enjoyed in multiplayer mode because of the nature of the game. Implementing a multiplayer mode might be plausible, but it would, ironically, appear gimmicky.
  18. DSGamer64

    DSGamer64 Canadian, Eh?

    Nov 9, 2007
    A cold cold place
    Online multiplayer games have ruined the quality of single player modes in many games over the last several years. Single player isn't a gimmick, and arcade multiplayer games were so limited in their capacity compared to today's games.
  19. gamefan5

    gamefan5 Kid Icarus Uprising connoiseur

    Aug 29, 2010
    Somewhere in this Earth

    I have nothing to say. He's not worth arguing.
  20. zerofalcon

    zerofalcon GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Mar 14, 2009
    Somewhere close to my NES
    If guys like these are meant to be the future gaming developers, well, expect A LOT of social networking crap games. These kind of "gamers/devs" makes me sick, I'm sure a lot of people like him never enjoyed a single player game in all it's glory, from A to Z, hours and hours searching every corner, reading every dialogue and discovering everything from the game itself, history and gameplay. Trying harder to improve skills in those hard games and again spending hours and hours in the process. Today devs (not all of them) are very weird.
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