“You’re ACTUALLY the worst… I can’t believe that you just did that… NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO… expletive you, you expletive guy… expletive expletive expletive…” These are the words of a happy gamer. Well, they are in my house anyway.
Why? Well, firstly, liberal parents. But secondly, and most importantly, there are people playing games with me. You know, real life people, not internet profiles.
Now don’t get me wrong, I love a good single player game as much as the next gamer (the BioShock and Metal Gear series are awesome), but what happened to good old fashioned multi-player games?
As you may or may not know, 16bitkings have been and will be hosting a wide variety of events (keep an eye on our social networks and come say hi!) all across London (and eventually the globe! …maybe) and presenting/playing some of our favourite multi-player games. While we’ve been talking about which games to choose, the thing that has struck me is how many of them just aren’t on the new consoles. Not just the PS4 and XBone, but the PS3 and 360 just don’t have the depth of quality multi-player gaming that I want from my consoles.
That’s why I am predominantly a Nintendo man. Mario Kart 8 and NintendoLand are gems for multi-player gaming. With Super Smash Bros. on the horizon, and such classics behind them as GoldenEye, Mario Party 4 and BoomBlox (seriously, epic game), Nintendo have always been committed to getting people together. I love this; there’s nothing better than showing up a rival, gloating to his face, before subsequently getting owned and having to take the same laughter you just dished out.
Of course, the reason for the dearth of quality multi-player games is that people smell, and your own house is comfy and it has snacks or whatever. Who can be bothered to go to a friend’s house when you can taunt him over the interwebs? FIFA and Call of Duty are good enough games, right? Who needs anything else? Killing and scoring. Scoring and killing. Couple that with flashy graphics and DLC, and game companies are going to continue keeping us from each other.
But gosh, I wish it wasn’t so. Telling someone to f*** off over the internet just sounds much worse than saying it to their face. Even if you are real-life friends, something is lost in translation; 93% of communication is non-verbal and all that jazz. What happened to good old fashioned game days?
So come on, Sony and Microsoft, give me a reason to buy your consoles that isn’t just a number that I can brag about to my friends – my console is more powerful than yours, etc. Follow the Nintendo blueprint, and no, I don’t mean more PlayStation’s All-Star Battle Royale – make games that bring people together; bring back Halo: Combat Evolved, Crash Team Racing and Crash Bash (god, I love that stupid Bandicoot…).
Enough of our lives are spent in isolation, let’s not make games that encourage being alone. No-one wants to be alone.
Am I wrong? Any classics I’ve just completely missed? Let us know in the comments below.