One of the sentiments frequently expressed on the Bombcast that always surprises me, is that local multiplayer features such as split-screen and bot support are somehow outdated. To me, this is rather shocking. Making the argument that online play has made local multiplayer obsolete seems akin to arguing that social networking has made hanging out with friends obsolete. I'm not alone in this am I? How do the people of Giant Bomb feel about the state of local multiplayer in video games?
I am gonna add a fighting game perspective to this conversation.
Nothing online even "lagless" programs such as GGPO cannot emulate the accuracy and feel of a guy next to you or on the other side of a monitor screen concentrating what combo should be performed.
I am gonna add a fighting game perspective to this conversation. Nothing online even "lagless" programs such as GGPO cannot emulate the accuracy and feel of a guy next to you or on the other side of a monitor screen concentrating what combo should be performed.I add racing games. Playing WipEout HD on split screen is fucking rad.
Absolutely. Playing Borderlands in splitscreen (which was admittedly still kinda clumped together with the cutting of the screen, and made navigating the menus cumbersome) is some of the best cooperative gaming I've had in ages.
The more games that allow split-screening online the better as well. Mighty chuffed that Uncharted 3's adding in that mechanic.
It's important to me. I shouldn't have to be online to play with the guy right next to me. Or a room over. Whatever the case may be.
Doesn't necessarily have to be splitscreen. Can be system link. Heck in some cases it'd be preferable.
Not a huge fan of having to buy two copies of a game, but Saints Row 2 and Crackdown were fun enough to be worth it I think.
Nothing beats sitting on a couch, drinking some beer and playing games with friends. So yeah, still important to me.This right here. There needs to be more games that include this feature because social gaming doesn't always need to mean online. Remember how much fun LAN parties used to be or gathering together to play a game of pistols-only Halo CE was years ago? These days it seems games are willing to add multiplayer and co-op, but not locally where co-op would seem to be the most fun.
College dorms is why split-screen is still relevant in my mind.The nail has been hit on the head.
At Southern Illinois University I know there is a charge (in addition to whatever you're paying for the online service) to play games online in the dorm. Last I heard it was $60 a semester. If I had gone there I know I'd be an offline player.
Jeff, in particular, is crazy. Nothing will ever beat local MP for video games. Having the person in the same room doubles the amount of enjoyment (at least for me, personally) for any game. I hate winning a round online and finding that no one even saw, because they were texting after they died.
Also, I hate online. I understand that some people don't have easy access to a good splitscreen session, but people online are jerks. I'd rather just play with bots (and I do).
I think so yes. Growing up in a full house it was important to rent games that me and my siblings could all play. To this day my friends and I still like to get together to play some Mario Kart 64. Good times
We even still like having a LAN game with our lap tops to play some old school PC games like Age of Empires 2 or the Original Dungeon Seige.
Well, the Wii didn't sell 12 billion units based on it's cutting edge hardware. So I'd say there's still a market for playing together on the same screen. Personally, I'm part of that market. It sucks when you're hanging out with a friend and want to play a game, then realize that playing together requires one of you to leave.
Split screen is a big deal for me, in fact one of my big gripes with previous COD games is that system link is not split screen.
There is nothing more fun than calling up a bunch of friends and playing some Halo or COD BO with some friends on two xboxs via system link!
Bots feel slightly more outdated as they usually rely on cheap tactics and overpowered weapons and aiming to present a challenge.
No. I'm an adult. I don't really even know anyone who games (much less on the same platform, same genre of games, same time of day/week). I absolutely don't know anyone that I would invite over to my house to sit on the couch and play videogames with and even if I did know someone, I wouldn't invite them. It was a big deal in the late nineties, but that was a very long time ago. If we're talking about split-screen stuff rather than LAN stuff, then an even more vociferous "no". The last thing I want to do is turn my 65" screen into a pair of deformed 30" screens.
I think they're speaking very much from their own perspective on LAN/Split-screen gaming. As older (I'm talking 30+) guys living in a country with good online penetration it is certainly easy to dismiss LAN as no longer needed, LAN is very much centred around a younger demographic. I remember a few years back when my and my mates would regularly have games nights where we'd have a few beers and play LAN/Split-screen games like CoD4, PES, Burnout and Top Spin.
I think the importance of it has been greatly diminished with the rise of online multiplayer, but I believe local multiplayer is still important. Having someone in the physical space around you when playing a game with them is a very different experience than just playing with them over the internet.