This thread will no doubt be completely opinionated, and may have arguments later. But I must start it anyway. What do you think takes more skill, Player vs. Player wise? First Person Shooters, or MMORPGs? I used to think FPS games did, but now (with mixed feelings), it seems like for every online shooter, the multiplayer is WAY dumbed down to the point where anyone can play and be good at it. That's not skill if anyone can do it. What game specifically? Probably the Call of Duty series online. I can play single player on the highest difficulty on all of the games if I truly wished, and beat them all. But when I go into multiplayer, it seems like I die very very fast when someone shoots me. Where's the skill in spraying your gun and killing them in one or two hits (which might I add that the MP44 almost takes entirely no skill to use, and it's an aimbot in german gun form).
All I know is, I can hit my targets and aim much much more precisely in any shooter's single player than multiplayer...like the game's multiplayer is dumbed down, or ruined with patches, or something happens that completely throws my aim off and gives other players advantages they shouldn't have in the first place unless they have skill and have been practicing forever. I don't believe online games should be for everyone. I believe if someone practices for months and months on end, he shouldn't be able to be killed by a stupid mindless lamen to the game (lucky shot or not).
MMORPGs however...are completely different. Since I haven't really gotten into anything else (and stuck with it), I'll use World of Warcraft as an example. I decided I was going to make a druid one day. In short, I got her to 60 and left her until the expansion came out. Then, I went into the feral tree and got some decently good gear (but not amazing gear), and then went to the PvP arenas. I completely dominated 90% of my arena battles with random noobs teamed with me with decent gear.
So I ask myself...
Why do I do this well in an MMORPG, than a first person shooter, which is my undoubted specialty? I personally think it's because, like I said, first person shooters which are online, are way dumbed down to the point where anyone can kill you...anyone can be the best! Yay! In the end, I think online shooters are just point-and-click and kill and do not require very much skill at all. It requires a little skill (and computer hardware), but not the same amount of skill that an MMORPG requires. I believe an MMORPG's PvP system invovles a little something I like to call strategy...not just, run-and-gun-lawl-spray-pray.
How do you feel about it? Do you believe FPS takes more skill, and why? Or is it the other way around? Explain your reasoning.