When I was in high school, I spend a HUGE amount of my time playing 4-player Goldeneye with my friends. We would play after school, on weekends…whenever possible. It was incredibly fun to sit around with my friends, chat with each other, trash talk when we got a good kill, and just generally share the experience with my friends.
There were so many other games I used to play with other people as well. I remember playing Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario Bros. 3 with my sister all the time. Mario Kart, Diddy Kong Racing…all of these games have very fond memories for me and all of these memories involve me hanging out with people and having a good time while gaming.
It seems lately, however, gaming has shifted into a multiplayer aspect that I don’t really like. I had my first experience with online multiplayer when I bought myself a copy of Call of Duty: Black Ops and played with some gaming friends from around the city I live in. It was really fun because I knew the people I was gaming with and I even ventured so far as to play with people I didn’t know. That wasn’t so bad either, but definitely not my favourite thing to do as I would end up with the Bluetooth yammering in my ear all the time, mostly the voices of what I assume were 13 year old spoiled brats who probably shouldn’t have been playing such a violent game in the first place.
So that was my last experience with online multiplayer as I found it to be lacking in the personal aspect that made multiplayer so much fun when I was younger. I was just sitting alone in my living room playing with people I didn’t know and randomly being insulted for either killing someone (the point of the game), being killed, or just because I’m a girl and some people don’t understand that we play games too. If they hear a girl over the chat, they’re either immediately cat-calling or telling you that you suck. Not the best gaming experience.
Recently, I’ve played co-op games with The Boyfriend and it’s been awesome. We’re on our second round through Resident Evil 5 and we’ve also enjoyed the Lego games as well. I love being able to spend time with him playing these games and experiencing the story with someone else. Being able to discuss it is awesome.
And therein lies my biggest complaint with modern games. There aren’t enough co-op games that I can actually play with someone in the same room as me. There are a great deal of co-op games, don’t get me wrong. But they all require the people playing to be on separate machines to play together. I can’t pop a any old co-op game into my PS3, sit down on the couch with The Boyfriend, and play together.
For example, I got him Dead Island for Christmas and it says right on the box that it’s a co-op game. But only online. Which I find to be complete and utter crap. Do the gaming companies just assume all gamers now have no actual friends anymore and must always just be grouped with online people? Or are they just doing this to sell more copies by forcing us to play it on separate systems?
I’m going to go with “The gaming companies just want more money”. There’s no other explanation for this turn of events and I’ve gotta say, they’re not going to get it out of me. I refuse to buy multiple copies of one certain game just to play the multiplayer. I’ll just lose out on those particular trophies and simply play the single player campaign. The multiplayer games of today aren’t worth the money and the stress of wondering if I’m going to get grouped with a bunch of jerks that tear me down for being a chick or insult me for some other arbitrary reason. I just won’t play. That’s the bottom line. It’s far more fun to play with my friends in the same room than it is to play with a bunch of strangers online.