this is the worst video game trend. Here’s what you needed to play a game with 3 friends back in 1997:
-A copy of Goldeneye 007
That’s it! And you had split screen multiplayer and a LAN party was born. Super Smash Bros? Sure. Halo 2? Good times. Call of Duty 2? Oh yeah thats the stuff.
Now in 2018 here’s what you need to play a game of Battlefield / COD / Destiny / etc with 3 friends:
-4 copies of Battlefield/COD/Destiny/etc
-4 controllers/keyboard sets
-4 subscriptions to Xbox Live / PS Plus for consoles
See how much more expensive that is?
And its not only that. We can’t play in the same room anymore. Well unless they lug over their system + TV. Why is playing split screen in the same room important when you can do online chat? Well, how about not dealing with latency issues? How about sharing the same physical space as each other so you can see each other’s reactions in real time? How about grabbing a bite to eat while gaming? How about sleepovers and LAN parties? How about not being forced to pay for microtransactions and DLCs just to play the same game as each other at the same level?
Yup, all that is gone now (save for a few Nintendo games, thank god)… online multiplayer killed off all of that and forced us to pay more money in addition to that.
That’s why me and my friends mostly stick to pre-2005 games whenever they come over to my place. All my post 2005 games (except Nintendo games) I don’t bother with the multiplayer at all.
Note: I’m talking about removing local multiplayer in favor of online multiplayer, not saying all online multiplayer should go away