Can somebody explain to me the strong impetus behind the drive for console gaming to go on-line? There's an excellent article on the lists of connection options 'The Big Three' are considering for their on-line games in this week's installment of Gamespotting and it just boggles my mind that anybody would want to play on-line games with a console. I know a lot of you enjoyed the Dreamcast, and I'd love to hear just why on-line play was so good. I've played PC games on-line for years now, and while that's a satisfying enough experience in its way, it's still not great. I mean, I'm buying a GameCube because the fun of multi-player is having four people over to just club each other senseless in SSB:M while trash talking. Not only is trash talking limp on the 'net, it's often spelt wrong too. On-line gaming is just soulless. Now, I'm not saying that playing against HTFers in a round of, say, Chu Chu Rocket, wouldn't be a hoot, but couldn't we all just as easily play Unreal Tournament? If I'm not playing with some of my local friends, on-line gaming tends to be irksome. All you have is obnoxious players emboldened by the anonymity of the internet, who go out of their way to make gaming miserable for others, not to mention cheat their asses off. This includes everything from Counter-Strike to StarCraft to Red Alert 2. If you're just looking to go on-line and play something, you're likely to end up frustrated and annoyed. It's not totally bad, I mean playing with friends who've moved away or are in other parts of the world is fun, but it feels like everybody's advocating on-line play to replace the simple pleasure of getting together in a living room somewhere. I just can't figure it out... Will console gaming on-line really make that big of a difference, except fewer people with keyboards? Not to mention having to fork out for some gaming service or broadband or any number of expensive solutions? Why are companies so gung-ho for something that means more hassle for them, not to mention people playing one single game over and over (Final Fantasy XI I'm looking at you!) so much that they never buy another game? I'm really interested to know what people's thoughts are on this, because I'm really perplexed trying to figure just what the big deal is... Thanks for all your opinions!