It can be argued that many of the best games made today don't rely upon multiplayer.
Many, like Dishonored , Heavy Rain , The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Bioshock Infinite , don't even have a multiplayer component, while others (the Uncharted and Assassin's Creed games, for instance) aren't considered great for their multiplayer.
And yet, multiplayer has become a gigantic part of this industry. Many are sold on the idea of playing with others; there's a reason the biggest name in gaming today is a franchise that relies almost exclusively on the lure of multiplayer. But even if you're not into Call of Duty , do you see yourself becoming increasingly more active in multiplayer entertainment? When the next generation rolls around, will you be playing online more than ever before? Or will you stay locked in the past, like me, craving those single-player adventures from an escapist point of view? To me, this will also be a solo activity.
There's almost no doubt that multiplayer will only get bigger in the years to come. However, I love the fact that many anticipated new titles (such as Thief ) won't have any multiplayer offering at all. I used to worry that the multiplayer explosion would gimp the campaigns in most games, but I haven't really seen that. Provided the single-player greatness continues, I'm good. What about you?