Flashback Mondays – Couch Co-Op
The days of couch co-op are over. The joy of four friends gathering with four controllers and one console are gone. The fun of interpersonal gaming has almost completely disappeared. Interestingly though, one finds today’s gaming environment, arguably is more connected than ever before. With the advent of online gaming players can digitally interact and conect with more gamers than ever thought possible.
I need to give credit to the wii and how it still employes the couch co-op mentality, but more importantly according to this source, at the same time Nintendo seems to be loosing more market share each year. — My main point is that the single user gaming experience is now dominating the console market, but this has always been the model for PCs, and we know who won the pc console battle — These stats give a picture of how small the actual wii market is within the entire gaming market, which is a shame, because Nintendo has some of the last true couch co-op games on the market.
Am I just looking back with nostalgic eyes, or was that gaming experience of the past actually more fulfilling? Today, gamers are generally alone, but at the same time more connected than ever before.
I still play these old N64 games with my friends. Mario Kart has never been fiercer in the level of competition and amount of emotional luggage that each race pulls. Mario Party 2 still brings back memories of sitting on a couch with some buddies and having a blast. So, why do these games still give us so much pleasure? Besides being badass games designed by smart nerds that still entertains us even today. I think it’s the interpersonal aspect of these games that survived the test of time. Furthermore, playing these games together allows the gamers to vibe with each other. It’s interconnectedness in its truest form, opposed to this new pseudo connection culture created by cyberspace.
Yes, I may be wearing nostalgic glasses, but games from the N64 age were actually more socially awarding, and simply a better gaming experience with your friends.