Online games are a great way to play with your friends and get your competitive side out when playing against everyone in the world. However, online multiplayer is often a feature that video game developers tend to screw up in some sort of way. When it comes to online console video games, there are some features that should be included. If they are not included, then they take away from the online gaming experience. The following is a list of these features:
Voice Chat: Online video games need some form of voice chat. In addition to voice chat, video game developers should make the chat require a button to press and not open-mic. Open-mic causes a lot of problems as you will hear everyone’s conversations outside of the game. Furthermore, a mute feature should also be included with the voice chat to stop any whiny kids from making a scene.
Lobby System: A lobby system is important in online video games. A lot of games tend to have just basic matchmaking features which works alright, but a lobby system works a lot better. Being able to browse all of the games and select which ones look best to you is perfect. A good example of how a video game lobby system should be done can be seen in SOCOM 2 for the PlayStation 2.
Rankings: Rankings is one of the features that make online video games addicting. Being able to see how you are doing compared to all of the other players in world is exciting. It makes you feel more motivated to play the game and increases the replay value.
Custom Games: By giving players the options of having custom games, you can make every game a unique experience. Letting players have options for all of the different features lets players select what they like best and do not like at all about games.
Vote Kicking: Vote kicking is absolutely crucial to online console games. If someone comes into the game and is exploiting glitches or cheating, then players are going to want to give them the boot and force them out. It is also important to program it so it does not get abused.
Free Downloadable Content: If the game is not free, then the downloadable content for it should be. No video gamer wants to spend an extra $15 for video game content in addition to the original $60 they had to spend on the game. This is the one feature most developers are leaving out.
These features are crucial for online video games. If you want the multiplayer segment of the game to be successful, then these need to be included in the game. Free downloadable content, vote kicking, lobbies, voice chat, and rankings all add to the multiplayer experience.
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