Posted on April 20, 2011 by elrood64
BEHOLD. The powerful tool of multiplayer gaming in 1994.
Remember the time when multiplayer gaming was an enormous hassle? I recall renting a SNES multitap adapter ; a magical device that let four controllers be connected to one system. Fire up some Super Bomberman, get some friends to bring their controllers, and the fun would last for hours. Sure it might SOUND crazy for you and two buddies to drive to a friend’s house, whose not even home, and accost his mother to borrow a gamecube controller, but back before the internet was an important part of any console (except the Wii because Nintendo set sail for fail on that one) these were the kinds of things that had to happen to truly experience a game with friends. The present day is a different beast of course. Friends lists are one of the most important features on Xbox or PS3. However, even more so, the ability to just randomly jump into a game and shoot strangers in the ass, then virtually teabag them, is to me still a relatively new, strange, and completely horrifying experience. The ability to connect to the masses to play games is for me not quite as an awesome prospect as it probably should be. I wonder: am I the problem or is everybody else?
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Posted on June 7, 2010 by Tophat
Okay, I suppose I’ll get this out there early, since I know how the first person shooter crowd usually goes. I am bad at Modern Warfare 2. It’s the truth, plain and simple. On XBox Live I am no xXDarkAssassinXx, NoobPwner49, or SniperSaurusRex. Though, come to think of it, that last one it pretty awesome. How would the dinosaur use a sniper rifle with its tiny, ineffectual dino-claws? Also, what would a dinosaur even need to assassinate in the first place? Hmmm. (more…)
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Posted on May 14, 2010 by Tophat
I heard the announcement that there was going to be a Bioshock 2 with a wince and a fair amount of anxiety, dreading the return to Rapture just as much as I would dread seeing one of those awful Disney made-for-DVD sequels of their classic movies. Uh, not that I have a soft spot for Disney movies or anything, shut up. You don’t know me.
It really didn’t add up. Bioshock ended tied up in a nice little ribbon on top of it, and I don’t know about you, but I got the feeling Rapture wouldn’t last much longer regardless of which ending you saw. The dream was dead, all that was left was for the rest of the underwater city to realize it. Plus, Bioshock was the first FPS game I played that really went above and beyond its genre, story wise, gameplay wise, and philosophically. (more…)
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