Often abbreviated as [=PvE=], PlayerVersusEnvironment gameplay involves the player fighting computer-controlled enemies rather than other players (PlayerVersusPlayer). While this technically applies to every single-player or [[CoOpMultiplayer cooperative]] game, the term is best known in the world of [=MMORPGs=], where it denotes anything that isn't directly connected to PlayerVersusPlayer.

Depending on the game, these two types of gameplay can be strictly separate or can overlap.
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!!Examples:
* ''WorldOfWarcraft'' has the open world where the two things can overlap depending on the server rules, while the instance areas are either purely [=PvE=] (dungeons, raids) or purely PlayerVersusPlayer (battlegrounds and arena).
* ''GuildWars'' has the two completely separated and its community is known for massive {{Flame War}}s between fans of each, with [[PlayerVersusEnvironment PvE]] players calling {{PvP}} players "elitist" and {{PvP}} players claiming that [[PlayerVersusEnvironment PvE]] is [[ItsEasySoItSucks too easy]].
** Exacerbated by the ''third-party commercialization'' of Endgame [=PVE=]. Corporate sponsorship of World Firsts is bound to make people a bit touchy.
* ''EVEOnline'' About 90% of the things going on in Hi-sec. Also is used as an adjective for ship fits. Generally, its a bad idea to take a [[PlayerVersusEnvironment PVE]] fit to PVP. Because Eve is a PvP WideOpenSandbox, [[PlayerVersusEnvironment PvE]] in Eve is [[{{Irony}} ironically]] said to mean "Player vs. Everyone".
* ''PhantasyStarOnline'' mainly focuses on going on [[PlayerVersusEnvironment PvE]] quests with other players, including offline in the GCN and Xbox versions. Its [[PlayerVersusPlayer Battle Mode]] is somewhat limited in comparison.
* It's entirely possible to play through ''StarWarsTheOldRepublic'' doing nothing but PVE alone and in groups.
* The primary (i.e., nearly exclusive) focus of ''VideoGame/TheLordOfTheRingsOnline''. Players can "spar" with each other if they both want to, but there's no way for one player to unilaterally attack another.
* ''VideoGame/ChampionsOnline'' has PVP options but the main gameworld is PVE.
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