Can Overwatch Maintain Its Super Popularity?

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Since it’s debut on May 24, 2016, Overwatch has been the darling of the gaming community for eschewing much of what gamers have come to expect from shooters. With everything seeming to work in its favor right now, can Overwatch maintain its forward momentum?

Considering whether Overwatch will continue to be successful moving forward, you have to consider the aspects that attract players to the game in the first place. Overwatch finds itself sitting in an interesting spot in the gaming community. It has brought together serious players and casual players in unheard of ways. Overwatch’s rich lore—something not ordinarily focused on in this genre—has attracted a large fanbase of players that diverge from the stereotype that comes to mind when discussing first person shooters. What other first-person shooter has accumulated massive numbers of cosplay and fan art from its players?

However, Overwatch presents enough of a challenge to keep serious players invested, especially with the introduction of competitive play on June 28, 2016. Even if your aim isn’t the best, in Overwatch, players can assume roles that require less finesse than someone who has the twitch reflexes of a god and be very good at these roles. While DPS players may secure most of the kills, they still need teammates who are willing to play roles such as the healer to keep them in the fight and the tank to act as their protector. It’s not typical that any one person carries a team to victory. In a genre where many first-person shooters share the same bleak aesthetics and individualistic gameplay mechanics, Overwatch has emerged as a vibrant alternative that rewards teamwork.

It seems that Overwatch will continue to be a popular choice for casual gamers thanks to its colorful, diverse case and it’s emphasis on teamwork and community. Serious players may find that Overwatch still lacks many of the tools that would make it a viable eSport, but Blizzard is a company known for dedicating considerable resources to their intellectual properties. Given enough time, the developers will find the formula that works for its more serious players while continuously adding elements their casual players enjoy. Will this translate into Overwatch being able to stay popular with players? Only time will tell, but in the meantime, I’ll keep playing.

Overwatch on Console: Frustratingly Juvenile

I’m going to go out there and say it:  I’d rather pay $10 per month for the chance to play some Overwatch minus the kids.  I mean, like 10 years old and below.

Look, I’m 41.  I know, I’m an old gamer…but I’m a gamer nonetheless.  The time that I have to play games these days is less and less.  The last thing I want to do during what precious little time that I have is to have to put up with an 8 year old kid who is shooting straight into the sky .  Look, I get that it’s supposed to be fun but it’s also a team based game where there are objectives…I want to win or at least have a team that communicates and tries to win.

Here’s a few other of my pet peeves:

Get on the damned point!

How can the POTG belong to a member of the losing team?  The POTG should be a great play that helped win the game.  Why is this a big deal? Because, said juveniles will often forego a win or a point or an objective just to get that POTG…regardless if the rest of the team dies or you lose.

The same pubescence that frequents quick play is also allowed to play competitive and really convince me that our country is doomed.  Why for the love of Odin do you not have a mic and headphones!

Loot Boxes are kind of old and stale already.  The special events are fun and I look forward to trying to get them again next year or, if not, then it was still fun to chase some skins.  But what now? 99% of what I open these days is duplicate and the only real things I want are the Reinhardt Wujing skin.  So, when’s the next Year of the Rooster?

For the love of Zeus….GET ON THE POINT!!

How does matchmaking work?  Why am I getting paired with a level 28 and level 64 against a level 234 and 999?  WTF

Those are just a few of my pet peeves.  Please, feel free to tell me that I’m a miserable old man or that I’m off my rocker on this one in the comments below.