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August 6, 2009 / Joe Osborne

Coffee Talk: How Do You Like Your Multiplayer?


My fondest memories of my gaming youth weren’t of beating Sonic the Hedgehog 2 with all seven Chaos Emeralds single handed, but with my friends. Some argue that video games are better when you can enjoy them with friends or family and Edward Stern of Brink developer Splash Damage seems to agree. Recently in an interview with Gamasutra, Stern asks an important (albeit whiny) question: “Why are multiplayer gamers a second class citizen?”

Stern elaborates that the idea of a completely solitary game experience (with a dash of multiplayer for good measure) is dated and the future for games is in social integration, which I can totally agree with (why do you think I play so much World of Warcraft?), but what if some gamers want the option to turn themselves off to the world? For many, that could be the reason they play video games in the first place. Well, this leads us to today’s questions.

Firstly, do you agree with Stern’s question? For developers and gamers alike, does multiplayer truly take a back seat to the single player experience? How do you like your multiplayer features tied in with your games (i.e. either options or integration)? Do you have an idea for the ultimate multiplayer experience? Let this beautifully geeky city know your brilliant ideas in the comments section!

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