10 Sins of Online Gaming

We take a look at online gaming gone horribly wrong.

Posted By | On 18th, Oct. 2013 Under Feature, Slider | Follow This Author @JakeDem0

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There are a quite a few pitfalls that can exist in any genre of gaming. Many times these problems overlap. There is however one area of gaming that seems to suffer the most from poor design, lack of planning and sometimes just terrible development choices in general. Multiplayer and online gaming is a tricky beast. While folks are more than willing to spend their hard earned money on well designed titles, it stings pretty badly when you find that the experience you’ve been promised and the one you got were completely different.

It takes years of design, redesign and balance to get online gaming right and sometimes even after all of that there are still problems that arise; problems that can easily make or break a game. While much of this is trial and error that has been discovered throughout the years, there are some choices that are downright sinful to implement and support.

Confusing UI:

There are plenty of online shooters and MMO’s that do this right, and why wouldn’t there be? There are plenty of instances out there where the user-interface has been done wonderfully. That’s what makes this sin all the more inexcusable though. It’s understandable why it might happen.

A developer wants to try something different and if they can’t streamline their design, they may keep the screen fairly free of clutter. Sometimes this can go horribly wrong though. At a look at The Secret World, for instance. Its UI is confusing and feels bloated. While it is explained in the game, it does leave a bit to be desired. The organization and display of information in this interface is woefully lacking and can become confusing, especially for new players.

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  • Border

    Who said ES:O looks good?

  • Narrimbor Edhellond

    So, the real issue here is not F2P as such, but changing from a purchase/subscription model to F2P. If that is the case, then I completely agree.

    • Jallerman569


  • Mister Pyri

    Actually, the Transfer to F2P for TF2 went a lot more than they expected, Plus with the addition of the Steam Workshop, things have been going great for Valve when it comes to the popular Team-based(and I use that term lightly in some cases that involves Team Fortress 2) FPS Video Game. They make it easy to become “Premium” on TF2. All you have to do is spend a fair amount of money in the In-game shop, and BAM! premium power! Now if we want to talk about Bullshit F2P, there’s WoW’s rendition of it, but that’s for another time.

  • walkerLoL

    Well ESO has been release for early access. So far it has not fallen short of my expectations.

  • Michael Russell

    That comment about WOW clones …. WOW! Wow is a rip of EVERYTHING it comes in contact with. And they do not even try to hide it. World was a clone of EQ and Asherons Call. Lets not ever forget that.

  • David Malan

    I Paid for Tf2 even though it was F2P because I didn’t know the digital
    copy was free already. And I’m glad I did! For one: you support people
    who make games you enjoy, and second, I was rewarded with premium
    account and exclusive content…. so what’s the problem?


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