You know what is better than playing video games? Playing video games with friends. You see, friends can make anything better. From watching a movie to climbing up a mountain there is something special about sharing an experience. That is probably why people share pictures of their food and exploits all the time, wanting that same feeling of sharing. But let me leave that to psychologists to work out. Yes playing games with your friends is fun, but you need to keep them as friends when you are done, right? Here are five games you should be careful of if you want to keep your friends.
Ah Dota, my old friend. You have taken about 1,000 hours of my life away with your incessant clicking. You knew this was going to be on the list, right? I bet when you read the title you thought of Dota straight away. This game can destroy friendships. Because so much relies on using the correct ability at the right time in the right place there are so many ways to make a mistake, possibly at the cost of the game. The best way to lose a friend is to play support and if ever your friend the carry dies and he sees a ward is missing on the map, prepare to get your ear blasted out as he rage-pings the map. They don’t call me Dreambreaker for nothing in my Dota group.
One way to guarantee losing friends is to tell them you are in the beta when they are not! (I am kidding please don’t throw your salt at me) Overwatch is an objective-driven game and while many will approach it with a “lol, this is a shooter gamez” approach, there is a definitely a lot to be said for the tactics required to pull off a win. Having the correct team composition is really important, so when your team has three Widowmakers (a sniper) people really need to go and change heroes, or change when they die to get a more balanced team again. This is a game more about capturing objectives than your KD ratio, after all.
Tekken Tag Tournament 2
Ah fighting games. There is just something so personal about them. Of all the versus style games, I really prefer playing fighting games seated on the same couch as my opponent. Besides getting a read on them, sometimes the person will do something that deserves an elbow to the ribs. Of course this isn’t always possible and sometimes people just don’t take well to losing. This is probably because games spend so much time making us the winners, the center of a power fantasy that knowing another human is better than you can put them off. Rubbing it into their face with Roger Jr. is going to get you kicked out of their house though.
Oh man. This game relies so much on precision and being able to multi-task. In fact you could say the entire game on its competitive level, is about waiting for the first player that makes a mistake that the other player then capitilises on. Of course when you are playing with a friend and your mistake means that their base is undefended or you messed up your micro and now the enemy is charging your front door and all your units are dead because you misclicked and you blinked all your units into damage instead of onto a nearby cliff.
This isn’t a multiplayer game, but people seeing you playing it on Steam might cost you several friendships. Its a puzzle game, similar to Bejeweled but quite a lot harder. It is also an RPG, requiring you to buy trinkets and level up your skills to improve the effects of the power-ups in the game. It is also a dating sim about you, the nerdy virgin, who gets met by the Love Fairy who teaches you how to be a real stud. By solving the puzzles you will charm girls on dates and with enough time or gifts or booze, the date will end in a frenzy mode that is a totally conspicious metaphor for getting the girls to climax. But you are playing it for the puzzles and nice music, right?