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What Has Happened to Multiplayer Console Gaming?

Ok here is a interesting revelation I have had recently. Has video gaming become something you do completely by yourself now a days. It seems as if you want to play with others, you do so alone in your house, while your friends are in other locations playing with you as they are alone in their house as well. I remember a time when playing with other people meant you and 2-3 of your friends all in one room, 4 controllers, split screens, going at it. When did this stop?

I know with the Nintendo Wii you can have up to 4 players at a time enjoying the game and many of the Wii games allow for more than one player. However when I took a trip down the Sony PS3 aisle, this wasn’t the case. I think I only found like 3-5 games where you could have more than one players on that one system. The rest of the game was one players only, if it did allow multiplayer it was online only. What is up with that? Now I know playing online is the big thing now and that is great if your friends are really far away and can’t get to your house easy, but what if you want to play with someone in the same house?

This is the position I find myself in. You see the misses brought the PS3 for our anniversary and she actually wouldn’t mind playing some games with me. The problem, every game I brought so far only allows multiplayer in online mode. I tried looking for some games we could play together, and besides some sports games I couldn’t find anything. So now I’m curious, is the Nintendo Wii the only gaming console left that lets you play together in the same house? How it is with the Xbox 360, any owners of that console out there? How is the multiplayer options for the 360? Online only, or can you find enough games to actually play with someone else in your home? Let me know

Jason Andersonhttp://about.me/jasonlanderson
Jason Anderson is the Publisher & Editor At Large of G Style Magazine. A known gadget head and lover of all things digital. Some of his favorite movies include Hackers, The Net, The Matrix (1, 2, & 3), and Transformers.....see a trend here lol.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Easy question to answer. Some of the games on PS3 and Xbox360 are so graphically intensive that having it split screen really either slows down the system tremendously or you would see a loss in lots of detail. The Wii is really meant to be played within your own household as a “party” machine. That is how it has always been marketed.

    Xbox360 does have its fair share of split screen games as well. Off the top of my head, I think Borderlands is split screen and Splinter Cell: Conviction is also split screen. I lot of the Xbox 360 Arcade games are also able to play local co-op as well.

    On PS3, I think you just have to look. If you are looking for a really good local co-op game that is very fun, look into LittleBigPlanet.

    But yes. a Majority of people play by themselves, at home, staring at a tv screen while playing with other friends, who are also at their own homes, alone. I think most players just don't like sharing screen space with others.

  2. Yea that is what another friend of mines was saying as well. I still remember the days when me and 3 other friends would play Halo on the first Xbox, four controllers, splitscreen and all, and it was fun.

    And that was the first one, kind of say that with even more advanced hardware, you stuck playing in a room by yourself. for all the advance graphics and processing powers in these current generation console, they couldn't figure out how to have it look good, while playing with your friends.

    I mean i remember playing with a friend recently. We was playing Modern Warfare 2. He had his son in with us. He was downstairs on one PS3 and his son upstairs on another. Sad that you have to buy two PS3s to play with someone in the same house lol

  3. Easy question to answer. Some of the games on PS3 and Xbox360 are so graphically intensive that having it split screen really either slows down the system tremendously or you would see a loss in lots of detail. The Wii is really meant to be played within your own household as a “party” machine. That is how it has always been marketed.

    Xbox360 does have its fair share of split screen games as well. Off the top of my head, I think Borderlands is split screen and Splinter Cell: Conviction is also split screen. I lot of the Xbox 360 Arcade games are also able to play local co-op as well.

    On PS3, I think you just have to look. If you are looking for a really good local co-op game that is very fun, look into LittleBigPlanet.

    But yes. a Majority of people play by themselves, at home, staring at a tv screen while playing with other friends, who are also at their own homes, alone. I think most players just don't like sharing screen space with others.

  4. Yea that is what another friend of mines was saying as well. I still remember the days when me and 3 other friends would play Halo on the first Xbox, four controllers, splitscreen and all, and it was fun.

    And that was the first one, kind of say that with even more advanced hardware, you stuck playing in a room by yourself. for all the advance graphics and processing powers in these current generation console, they couldn't figure out how to have it look good, while playing with your friends.

    I mean i remember playing with a friend recently. We was playing Modern Warfare 2. He had his son in with us. He was downstairs on one PS3 and his son upstairs on another. Sad that you have to buy two PS3s to play with someone in the same house lol

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