Op Ed

GameZone - Five Issues With PC Gaming.
Personally, my biggest pet peeve with the PC is the lack of split-screen multiplayer.

Koku Gamer - Sony and Their Perpetual Hole. Thanks Joker961.
Sony has been digging this perpetual hole for itself since it released the PS3. They are probably the company with least amount of concern for the gamer and their relentless self-promoting and attempted cash-cows have cost them a lot this generation, especially considering the PS2 was a juggernaut last generation for doing almost the opposite of what Sony is doing now. One can only wonder what the executives at Sony are thinking when they make these business decisions and I can only say, thank God that platform has managed to get some really great games on it brought to them by third-parties or this could have very well been the end of the PlayStation.

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Split-screen is horrible. I never liked it when I played consoles and I still don't like it now. If you're a PC gamer and you want to play with other people in your home, set up a LAN party. Split-screen is just utter crap. Not only do you get lower framerate but you lose at least half of your viewing area and your opponents can see everything that you see. I remember playing 4-player Goldeneye and it was just terrible.

Oh good, a LAN setup. You need to find the space for two computers. People need to lug their computers over. People need to take their computers apart for this, disconnecting the speakers, the cables, etc. You lose the social aspect of being right next to them and focusing on the exact same thing.

Anyone that thinks it's remotely comparable doesn't understand it.


As for people being able to see everything you're doing:
1) That's why co-op has become so popular again.
2) Most people aren't capable of focusing on all that at once. It surprises me how many people play a good amount and never learn to monitor other screens.
3) For those that can, it's part of the game. Goldeneye's biggest flaw was no bots, meaning 3 or fewer people would get into standoffs easily. But throwing equally matched people into a game was always fun. Monitoring other screens becomes strategy. You know they'll see what you're doing so you need to find ways to either trick them or simply beat them despite their eyes.
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