Most of video games have a multiplayers mode, when they are not pure multiplayers. That's great, and it's definitely more fun to play with other guys, than alone. However, I miss the split screen or LAN (Local Area Network) from the 90's. That was so much more fun when you and your buddies were in the same room, playing together, laughing, teasing, and mocking with sodas and chips. Today, that's no longer the same, that's cool to play with others which are anywhere in the world, and with audio video communication too, but, eh, that's not the same, you are alone at your house, in front of you screen, this is not the same sensations. The paradox is that the Internet has brought people together, but at the same time isolated them. Younger generations can't understand, because they didn't live this. Hopefully, there still some party games, which allow to have a good fun together.
There is also the FPS which have changed so much! I don't mean technically, I just mean from a fun point of view. They are way too technical, or realistic, and boring. That's not as fun as a big bad ass Quake Arena!
February 08, 2015
I perfectly understand what you mean. I miss split screen games too!!! With the size of TV nowadays that would be so fun! But hey! I bet the disposition of split screen in video games is motivated by money! In the old good time, let's say 4 friends wanted to play together... all what was needed was ONE console, ONE game... nowadays, if 4 friends want to play together, they need 4 consoles and to buy 4 copies of the same game. See what I mean? $$$
August 20, 2015
I am old enough to remember that time !
It's cool to be in the same room as the other guys playing with/against you, but it's also cool to be able to play with people miles away, or on the other side of the World !
I don't know if anyone remembers the Sega Meganet ? This was a modem allowing you to play online against another player, and this was in … 1990 ! Okay, it was only in Japan, but it was totally revolutionary, and far ahead of its time.
Now, I noticed that there are more and more games proposing split screen mode "again". That was very popular in the end of the 80's beginning of the 90's. I assume that it progressively faded because of the computer power requested by modern games. Maybe it was no longer possible to manage and render two or more different cameras by the same computer or console.
April 17, 2017
Nintendo still proposes great party games of this kind.
March 09, 2019
Considering that most of games involve shooting and killing other players, I wouldn't use the word of "friendliness" anyhow.
March 22, 2019