This generation of gaminghas really stretched our knowledge of technology and the power of the internet to the brink. Games are now not only expected to have some sort of online play, but also to accomodate the thousands (maybe even millions) of players just itching and expecting some kind of brilliant system. Online Multipayer has taken the entire gaming industry by storm and has forever changed the face of gaming. Your TV, which used to show you fake enemies with progammed maneuvers, is now projecting many people, real people, all striving for the exact same goal as you.
You can meet alot of people in this new generation. I've found alot of great people out there that are just looking to have a good time like me. I've had alot of fun with those people and some of the stuff we've done has been more fun than anything I could've done on any single player game.
But this generation is lacking in one area, and that's local play. It seems that most developers grew up single children, because alot of games, great games, have been leaving siblings in the dark.
I'm an example. I have two other brothers are as avid about gaming as I am. We grew up on the old SNES and PS1. The PS1 generation was a great time for us, especially when we got a multi-tap and played such great multiplayer games like Madden and Twisted Metal.
Don't get me wrong, our PS3 is impressive, I never thought 10 years ago that we could play with and against 256 other REAL people through the internet, I just thought we'd be able to do it together. I've missed out on alot of great games. Assassin's Creed, Demon's Souls, God of War.... You could make the case that we could share but none of us like the idea of spending money on a game we'd eachonly be playing a third of the time.
As much as I enjoy playing games with the friends I've made online, nothing really compares playing the same game at the same time with my brothers. We all the same thing happening at the same time. We've played so many games together for so long we're always on the same page. We know what each of us are capable of and so we each compliment each other's strengths and weaknesses. After many games and many hours, we are a true team.
It seems whenever I blog, at one point or another, I talk about Warhawk, my all time favorite game, and I'm about to do it again. Warhawk combines online with local play. We often finish these Warhawk matches as the top 3 players. We work as a team. It's really second nature for us now.
However, Warhawk is old now. It's coming up on what, 3 years old now? Thats like 150 in gaming years. Warhawk's days are numbered. Sure, we've found a few games that have local play, but we're usually pitted against each other or it simply lacks the depth that experienced gamers crave for a game to last.
So the three of us may soon be out of luck. There is some ray of sunshine, though. Call of Duty, possibly the most influential game in the industry, has introduced game modes in Black Opsthat allow local mixed with online play, albeit only 2 of us. But with Black Ops' huge success thus far, it seems only natural that future games should follow its example and include options for life friends and siblings like us.