With all the discussion about subterfuge and the nature of multiplayer games on recent podcasts, it got me thinking about how often people playing the same game are actually playing their own separate games. Everyone is playing the same game, but with their own separate goals or understanding of how the game is supposed to be played.
Everyone probably has personal anecdotes about this, I have a friend whose main goal in multiplayer games is often to cause as much chaos as possible, regardless of any communal goal or win conditions. That said, I’m sure plenty of you have also noticed clear divides in entire multiplayer game communities about how games are played.
I wanna hear about your thoughts & experiences on this, cause I think the way that we understand “play” in multiplayer games, both on an individual and group level, is really cool.