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Why People Don't Like Online Multiplayer

Contrary to popular belief, it appears that several people don't enjoy online multiplayer and there's a few different reasons too: with some saying it's boring, and others claiming that it's incredibly abusive.

In the survey conducted by IGN, almost 44 per cent of the 43,000 quizzed responded that online play was usually incredibly repetitive and boring. Many of those adding comments about their experiences claimed they would rather play an engaging single player than the rinse and repeat style gameplay found in most online multiplayer experiences.

Another large segment of respondents (just over 22 per cent) said that they didn't find the competitive nature of gaming to be that fun, and that's exactly the reason they game in the first place: for fun.

Perhaps the most interesting part of the survey however is that over 33 per cent of those that answered claimed they didn't play online because they disliked the kind of people that it attracted. Extended comments indicated that homophobic and racist remarks are thrown around with abandon online. While many might see fit to just hit the mute button and not talk with team mates and opponents alike, others choose not to play at all.

Something not covered by this survey however was misogynism. FatUglyOrSlutty is a great site for viewing some of the abuse that female gamers receive. Like the IGN report, much of it seems to come from very young gamers, between 10 and 12 years old.

Personally I don't mind some sh*t talking from the opposition, but I really dislike my own team giving me crap. MOBA games like League of Legends and DOTA are awful for this. If you don't play perfect, get ready for a torrent of abuse.

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Dipping his toes into almost everything that could be labeled 'nerdy' in his free time, Jon has been writing about technology for over half a decade. While mainly focusing on PC hardware thoughout this time, today he's more varied, covering everything from gaming to general electronics, industry perspectives and consoles. As well as writing for different sites, Jon enjoys wargaming, reading and PC gaming, hoping to balance out these geeky pastimes with fire spinning and MMA.