The Chicago Bears are on their way to another victory over the Minnesota Vikings. I’m ahead 35 to 7 in the 3rd quarter. My opponent has resorted to talking about my mom and my sexual orientation since he is losing so bad. Suddenly he disconnects from the game. This is usually how all the games I play online end. I don’t think I’ve ever finished a game of Madden while in the lead.

It’s a fact that nobody ever finishes an online game if they are losing by a wide margin. Not only that, but they aren’t face to face with you, so that allows them to say things that would usually cause their skull to get knocked in. Instead, they can hide behind anonymity and disconnect whenever they like. Remember the days of the arcade? Where your opponent would playfully trash talk. Nothing ever got out of hand. When your opponent lost, they would either bow to you, shake your hand or just tell you ‘nice game’ and walk away with dignity. I miss those days. Unfortunately, those days are gone.

The shortcomings of online gaming will never replace the experience you can get with gaming with a friend in an arcade or your living room. For now, games like World of Warcraft will work because they don’t require opponents to be online. But I still wish I could get in a full head-to-head game against an online opponent once in awhile and be able to finish a game in its entirety.