How Dragon Quest Just Pissed Off Its Most Famous (and Oldest) Fan

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Dragon Quest X is an online MMORPG. That might've made some fans pleased, but one in particular—legendary actress Keiko Awaji—is not happy.

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"What I'm interested in is Dragon Quest," Awaji recently said on Japanese TV. Instead of, like she has in the past, gushing about why she loved Dragon Quest, this time, she talked about why it made her angry.

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"It's something you play by yourself," she continued, adding that the word "connect" is increasingly popular these days. "Playing video games by yourself is fine! What do you need someone else for?"

Awaji said she already got a Wii to play DQX, but pointed out that you need to play DQX online—and to do that, you need to pay money.

Of course, there are two hours of "free play" available everyday to all players as part of "Kid's Time"; however, the time is set in the late afternoon—not exactly ideal for adult players or, I guess, famous actresses.

Awaji, who starred with Toshiro Mifune in Akira Kurosawa's Stray Dog and with William Holden and Grace Kelly in The Bridges at Toko-Ri, once said that she hopes to play two or three more Dragon Quest games before she dies. Should've specified "offline"!

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jaladhjin
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I firmly agree with her. Adding multiplayer for the sake of multiplayer is a terrible new fad. Some games are meant for it, and some aren't. You shouldn't just tack it on to milk money out of people. (This is a generalization, not indicative of this particular game.)

Most of my best gaming memories happened when I was playing alone. Now that I have less time to play games, I hate that many of them have shortened storylines so that they can put in a multiplayer mode, which is usually just a clone of another game's multiplayer anyways.