There can be no question that multiplayer games have hugely influenced the gaming community. The question is whether these effects have been positive for the gaming community or whether they have affected the community adversely. In all reality, the multiplayer games are like double-edged swords. There are good and bad things that have happened to the gaming community as a result of online multiplayer games.
Let's take a look at some of the positive effects that multiplayer online games have had on the game enthusiasts:
Most multiplayer games attempt to foster interaction and coordination among the players. One basic technique to encourage cooperative playing is introduction of difficulties or hurdles in the game which can't be resolved alone. In addition to it, game developers and designers utilize other design methods to encourage player interaction and collaboration. For instance, gathering and item crafting require interaction with other players. Most of these games require the players to form guilds and alliances in order to enhance their skill-base and capabilities of the role they are playing. In a nutshell, gamers get greater enjoyment in playing and interacting with other gamers in a multiplayer environment.
According to a research conducted by academics at Brunel University, multiplayer online role-playing games have a positive influence on young people. The researchers found out that role-playing games increases the imagination of young people. For kids these games are excursions into the fantasy world – the world of dragons and dungeons. These virtual worlds give the kids an opportunity to play with different identities. They can change their gender, race and looks and experience a world that is different from the real world. But these games are not simply about leisure and creativity. The researchers noted that these games provide numerous learning opportunities to youngsters. Young players possessing entrepreneurship skills engage in business deals online in a virtual world. Thus they get to learn new things that are not often open to them in the real world or things that are outside the realm of formal education.
A vast majority of doctors and researchers are of the opinion that multiplayer games improve logical thinking and significantly increase problem solving skills among the players. Role playing multiplayer games where the gamer needs to construct cities or protect his country from evil forces in collaboration with other players develop a player's decision making skills. There are also many other positive effects that multiplayer games have on players like better communication and problem solving abilities, improving alertness and so on.
Many educational institutes are currently trying to introduce multiplayer online games into school curriculums as they have noticed that these games improve students' mathematics, spelling, reading and comprehension abilities. Furthermore, these games have all the elements needed to make learning a fun experience. We can't deny the truth of this statement “if you hear it you will forget it, if you see it you will remember it and if you do it you will know it” and multiplayer games do give the students hands on experience in practical learning. Just imagine a group of students in a school working towards a common goal and learning on the way whilst having fun. Sounds interesting, doesn't it?