" multi-player gaming used to mean with people that were with you in the same room. game devs did it because the tech didn't support networked gaming."I don't mean this as a criticism, but isn't that a pretty crazy backwards logic way of thinking about it? I actually find that sentence really interesting.
Of course what really happened was that game designers knew they could bilk you for more quarters if there were two people at the machine. Then other game designers realized that multiplayer would make money on home consoles. At no point did anyone say "Well I would really like to play with a racist homophobe in Idaho, but that technology won't be ready for another 25 years so my girlfriend will have to do."