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August 17,in the year of our Lord 2013 - - Family Friendly Gaming, the industry leader in covering the family friendly video games is overseeing the pros and cons of playing games online versus playing them offline. Back in the day there was no debate. You purchased a game, plugged it in, and played it. What you purchased is what you got. There was no DLC (downloadable content), no updates to your game, and no playing with others across the globe. Technology has brought people closer together. You can be all alone in your living room, and play with multiple other people doing the same thing all over the world. But with any change, there are new problems.

I personally prefer to play games offline that have no connection to online servers whatsoever. I can play at my leisure, no one pulls the game, and all my progress is saved. I do not need to worry about servers crashing. If I want to play with someone else, we are physically together in the same room. There is no trash talking because there are actual real world consequences for making someone angry. There is no hiding behind the Internet, and being anonymous. You know them, and they know you. Companies can not brick your machine because you use an enhancement device. As long as there is power and the device is working – the game plays fine.

Playing online has its benefits too. You can play with others who have a myriad of skills. I can learn neat tips and tricks from other players online that I would never get offline. Other players can help me through a sticky quest. Yes there are rude players online. Yes there are selfish players online. There are also kind and considerate players online. Plus romance has blossomed for some gamers thanks to playing together online. The more parts we add to anything the more possibility there is for something to crash. Adding routers, servers, accounts, and connections to the mix opens the door for more errors. At the end of the day when you play online you feel like you are part of a community.

So which is it for you? The industry is going more online so the choice is being taken out of your hand. Upcoming home console devices as well as hand helds are ingrained with online features, modes, downloads, and updates. If you prefer offline, then retro gaming is about the only choice left. Which is a real shame since some of us prefer to play offline.

- Paul Bury
- Family Friendly Gaming


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