There is a lot to be said about Tom Clancy’s The Division and the players that have gone all in for the new franchise. As you can imagine, I have put a lot of time into this game, more than the average player. That being said, I tend to meet a lot of online gamers. If you played the beta, you may have noticed by now that players were much more aggressive and ready to go rogue at any given time but, not so anymore. So what has changed?
I’m sure plenty will agree the final game plays a role in it. The risk of being deranked and losing loot makes a big difference when a game isn’t in beta anymore. I personally don't want to risk it if playing solo and I certainly don’t want to be perceived as a bully online when I’m in a party with my friends.
I’ve seen articles written in regards to how The Division proves that humanity will tear itself apart in the midst of chaos. We see it in almost every apocalypse themed movie, read it in books and watch it on tv. It seems the entire world is in agreement when weighing the scenario of the end, the bad will outweigh the good intentions. People are using The Division as a prime example and I kind of have a problem with that.
I’m not sure what game everyone else is playing but, I’m playing The division in the Dark Zone and the rogue agents have been minimal. Like I said above, I meet a lot of players online and the majority aren’t too interested in killing other players. Once in awhile I run into a rogue player or group and a lot of the time it seems they went rogue by mistake.
For the sake of argument, let’s say that 80 percent of the players do go rogue. So if 80 percent of The Division’s players are constantly going rogue, does that still justify using their online actions as an example of what will happen if the world burns? Hardly, these players know they aren’t harming anyone. It’s just a game, it doesn’t represent our humanity. I can’t tell you how the world would react to the chaos but, I will say you can't predict fate over a video game.
I play The Division and do the things I do because it's entertaining. I can promise that I would not be entertained if I found myself in a situation where I may need to take another person's life outside of a virtual playground. Say what you will about The Division and Video Games as a whole but, have a little sense behind your train of thought before you begin comparing online actions to reality. The majority of gamers in the world aren't as sick and twisted as some would like to believe, in the mean time, I'll just keep gaming on.