While online gaming has taken off like wildfire over the past couple of years, there is still a substantial minority that prefers to game offline.
This doesn’t necessarily mean that they are disconnected from the internet, however, as pointed out by EA’s Peter Moore. According to Moore, speaking specifically in reference to Battlefield 3 to Kotaku, approximately 20% of gamers prefer to play offline while remaining connected to the internet.
Our telemetry might tell us that as many as 20% just want to play almost offline—connected yet offline.
So what does this tell us exactly? Well, according to Moore, this group of gamers is likely intimidated or just disinterested in online play for whatever reason yet “do like getting stats and what-have-you [from an online connection].”
I don’t know about you, but I do the bulk of my gaming offline as well, though I do enjoy the occasional online match here and there. There’s something about remaining connected – being able to see what my friends are playing, etc. – that makes online functionality worth it even though I may not necessarily be yelling at a bunch of twelve year-olds during a round of death match in Modern Warfare 3.
What about you? Do you consider yourself among the 20%? Let us know in the comments below.