MULTIPLAYER - musings

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Mark Vergeer
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MULTIPLAYER - musings

Fav Mode: On the couch / floor with a good friend each a controller in the hand watching the same screen playing on the same console at the same time. Munching on the same snacks.? Sharing good jokes and good times. Anything on the same screen basically.

Unfav mode: Headset on, socially isolated with xbox live or psn running and complete strangers yelling profanities leaving me thinking "what has just happened?"

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I'm a huge fan of multiplayer

I'm a huge fan of multiplayer as long as it facilitates friendly cooperation and communication. Simply haveing other player-controlled avatars running around isn't enough. I also prefer playing/watching single player games in company. Obviously, local copperative modes often offer the best of both worlds but it's become difficult to organize play sessions since everyone in my circle of friends started marrying and/or spawning kids :)

My best online multiplayer experience has been with the Left4dead games because these are very good at encouraging cooperation, active communication and camaraderie. I'd love to try the same with the Dead Island games but for some reason I've been unable find players willing to form a group there - if I meet someone in the game, the person usually just keeps doing his/her thing because unlike in L4D going solo isn't suicide.

It's especially vexing because I'm doing research and writing my doctral thesis about online communication in video/computer games and I'd love to collect more data :)

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oh i get that, some of my

oh i get that, some of my favorite 2 player games on the Intellivison.. Utopia is a all time top one for me. But competitive nature (mine) spoiled it for alot of my friends ( i didn't lose).. so after awhile I couldn't find players.. That machine was Designed for 2 players non split screen. Sea battle, all the sports games, etc.. And Streetfighter II in the arcades ( or at home), pure fun.

No, i have an issue with Split screen, part of 2 players games is not knowing what the other is doing, that is ruined in split screen. Of course, sometimes you just wnt to have fun and Im sure most do.. so it works for them.

davyK
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multi-player & split screen

clok1966 wrote:
I do not like Split screen at all.

Multiplayer doesn't always equal split screen - in fact - the best aren't designed that way. Virtua Tennis and Bomberman don't require it - nor do fighting games. Puzzle games like Tetris/Puyo/etc seem to get synergy from it - as do oddities such as WarioWare inc. and Bishi Bashi. I mentioned older stuff like Combat in an earlier post - another example of a pure multi-player game. I recently got a 2600 hooked up to a projector and had a Tank Pong gaming event in work involving some people half the age of the console. It was a great success - design is everything. Unfortunately multi-player is now equated to FPS games on line. A lot of people are missing out in the truly great multi-player games because of this.

The solution for online arseholes are buddy lists - comprising of people you actually know and selected individuals you meet on sensible forums such as this one - but like same room gaming - scheduling will always be an issue.

Rob Daviau
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Most fun...

Going to my uncles, the Beers started flowing and playing N64 Mario Kart against my uncle, his son and the neighbour for hours! Then some GoldenEye even though I sucked it was still fun.

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Matt Barton
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Aww! My best multiplayer

Aww!

My best multiplayer memories are probably at school. We played a lot of warlords and heroes of m&m had a blast. I also played lots of ports of call and empire with my dad.

I think the key here is real friends vs strangers. It's just not as much fun if you don't know and don't care to know the people you're playing with. It's like the strangers who ride on a roller coaster with you. I guess it is more fun than just riding it by yourself I suppose, but it'd be ten times more fun with your own friends and family.

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clok1966
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i have no problem be

i have no problem be isolated, in fact prefer it sometimes, I do not like Split screen at all. I do 100% agree with the strangers question my manhood or saying "ghay" (chose your own annoying word) 100 times in 30 seconds. the best times, When 6-10 of my good friends (real life fro collage and such, not all in same town) all started playing Everquest, we all had time, so we played regular and for several hours at a time on weekends.. we set up a Teamspeak server and such (online communications with mic/headphone was pretty crude at that time) we thouhgt we had it all mastered.. We where the first on our server to down VOX (endgame dragon, big deal back then, even got name on Eq page).. it was a blast.. lasted about 1-2 years as people had babies, etc..

now days a good game of L4D2 is my favorite Online stuff.

But as mark said.. some of the best times where with a friends in living room... not split screen, but swapping controller, mastering Zelda, Phantasy Star,etc.. there where 4 of us, we would rent a game and spend 2 days straight playing it, swapping off and sleeping while the other played, catching up on all the cool stuff you missed when sleeping.. not to mention we where the same crew who in collage played the bards Tales, Wizardry, etc.. one guy ran PC, one guy mapped.. discussing tactics.. etc.. they where not multiplayer, but co-op of a sort.. best times I ever had in gameing..

almost brings a tear to my eye.. cant recapture that .. its gone..

Matt Barton
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Agreed. I find that most of

Agreed. I find that most of my interactions with strangers on mmos or online multiplayer games are "meh" at best. They might as well be NPCs. Then there are the obnoxious ones, who act impatient or just downright hostile. Those types tend to ruin it for me.

It's only very rarely that I actually meet someone likable. Unfortunately, in most cases, that's in a situation where the interaction is brief and afterward I'll never see that person again.

One thing's for sure, at least for me, online gaming has not been a good way to meet new friends. Not by a long, long shot.

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Bill Loguidice
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For me, each has their time

For me, each has their time and place. With an adult schedule, it's very difficult to do the same room thing, though it certainly is easier now that my daughters are getting older and can play games better. I like that there are generally both options available these days, though I agree that the behavior of many people online is reprehensible, much like when people post things anonymously. With that said, it will be interesting to see if the Xbox One's new reputation system, which is supposed to actively retard the efforts of trolls and potty mouths, will make any progress in that regard...

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davyK
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Same with me Mark. It has

Same with me Mark. It has always been about multi-player for me....Thinking back - Pong and Combat are multi-player only and I have always looked for a multi-player mode over a single player camp gain style experience which is transient - multi-player is forever.

I like a good score attack or time trial when I'm single player gaming - though ultimately that is for comparison with others..

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