You know, folks, I am all about getting my dungeon ride on in Final Fantasy XIV. I’m a roleplayer, to boot. I like being social in my games. And yet when I find myself playing World of Warcraft, I find myself actively preferring a bit of solitude far more often than I’d expect. This isn’t meant as a commentary on that game’s player culture or anything of the sort; I just like to have more stretches of not doing dungeons, just quietly doing my own thing and playing out the events in my character’s head.
It’s not a question of game design, either; I was almost constantly roleplaying and running with people in Star Wars: The Old Republic while it was part of my main rotation. Some games just seem to be relaxing to play solo, either because you’re doing solo tasks and chatting or even because you find them almost meditative. So what about you, dear readers? Do you find some games more relaxing to play solo?