Posted by Mark Bridge On March - 8 - 2013 0 Comment

Let me start by saying that this isn’t an article telling everyone to go out and play online games, though I might lightly suggest that you do.  I’m using this article as a chronicle of my journey into embracing the world of online gaming.  While Massively Multiplayer Online games have been around for awhile now,  I would say that I truly got into it in the last four years starting with games like Aion, Star Wars: The Old Republic and most recently, Guild Wars 2 and PlanetSide 2.  You may note the absence of World of Warcraft on my list.  That’s because there is always been an intimidation factor attached to that game for me.  That game has been around for so long with so many users that I fear noobs like me would be swallowed in the vastness of that game.

But of coarse MMOs aren’t the only type of online games.   There are shooters, fighters, arena battle games like Diablo, Dota and League of Legends.  Some of which are free to download, free to play. Heck, you can even play bingo online with sites like www.partybingo.com for all your bingo needs.  My general online gaming experience began with Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare.  At first I concentrated on only the single player campaign, but as soon as I touched the multiplayer, I officially entered into Online Gaming Heaven.

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Not all online games are created equal however, as I have tried to conjure those same feelings I had playing COD by playing other games with a multiplayer component, but it was never the same.  The closest I have come to regaining that feeling is with Uncharted 3 and Hawken, a free to play Mech shooter.  Speaking of free to play.  The free to play model have seen a rise now for the past two year.  No longer are free to play games looked at as inferior games with shotty gameplay and sub par graphics.  These F2P games are boasting some of the best graphics, they could easily be confused as a retail game.  The game I mentioned before, Hawken is a beast of a game, using the unreal engine and Physx to give it that spit shine that makes you want to come back for more.

As of this moment, I am immersed in the world of Guild Wars 2.  After a one time purchase of the game, the rest of the time spent in Tyria will be completely free.  The game mechanics of this MMO breaks with tradition by creating a system where teamwork becomes organic.

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The future is looking brighter still for F2P games.  Playstation 3 exclusive and Eve Online companion, Dusr 514 is almost here.  Bungie promises a unique experience with Destiny when it comes out for both current and Next Gen consoles.  I’m also looking forward to CryTech moving to F2P as well in the next five years.  It’s awesome to be a gamer now with options like these

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