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What Be I Playing Now, Matie?

Left 4 Dead 2 - can't beat the multiplayer
Halo 3 - still playing at LAN parties
New Super Mario Bros Wii - multiplayer FTW

Gaming History

I've been a gamin' since le Vic 20, steadily working my way in time-consuming obsessive style through many gaming systems (Atari 2600, Apple IIe, ColecoVision, Intellivision, Commodore 64, NES, Sega MS, Amiga 500) until I went to college. At that time consoles dropped off the scene and I became a PC gamer with Civilization, Doom, and X-wing, all running at a blazing 16mHz.

Then there was my arcade and pinball games only period through the rest of college, and then... my gaming dark ages. I did narry a thing with video games for the next 9 years while I traveled and lived around the world (Australia, England, Paris, Edinburgh, San Fran, Lexington, Louisville).

When Y2K didn't kill me, I re-evaluated and re-lived my previous gaming progression, buying all the now 'retro' consoles in the order of their release, and then discovering for the first time the likes of the SNES, N64, Xbox, PS2, and Gamecube.

Got into PC gaming again with Aliens V Predator 2, and while I don't mind spending $2K on a PC rig, I somehow have a mental block on spending more than $2C on a console, so that lead me to be a Nintendo fanboy of sorts - the cheapest of each generation.

Got a Cube for Rogue Squadron. Then a DS. Later pre-ordered my Wii asap after the first E3 unveiling announcement.

(Some) Favorite Games Eva
Alright, this is nigh impossible, so here's a random sampling of some 1337 games.

- Maze Craze
- Bruce Lee
- Discs of Tron
- Legacy of the Ancients
- Bard's Tale
- Zelda
- Ikari Warriors
- Contra
- Lifeforce
- Zak McKraken
- Blood Money
- RBI Baseball
- NBA Jam TE
- Aliens vs. Predator 2
- Half-Life 2
- Battlefield 2
- Rogue Squadrons 2 and 3
- Metroid Prime
- Zelda: Windwaker
- Metroid Prime 3

Relations

My brother Geoff and I have played games together since forever, and still do, and he's Gabe to my Tycho, preferring to blow stuff up, shun the PC cause it's complicated, and loves to pwn in teh Haloz. Although we match up in our Nintendo fandom (and Nintendo anger, too).

Now I run this mapping site: Your Mapper
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After getting owned by purchasing Medal of Honor Heroes 2, I realized something about multiplayer labels on boxes: they are woefully inadequate. The box says 4 player multiplayer on it, which has got to be a misprint, when there is no type of multiplayer at all locally, no split screen at all. Of course you can play with 32 other consoles online, but half the fun of FPSs are playing with your friends... in the same room!

I think boxes need to have some new icons or labeling to describe all the types of multiplayer possible. I want details, man! For example:

MoH H2
Online players per console: 1 player
Online players per match: 8-32 players
Online consoles per match: 8-32 consoles
Local Multiplayer Split Screen: None
Local Multiplayer Shared Screen: None
Co-op Multiplayer: None

Mario Strikers Charged
Online players per console: 1-2 players
Online players per match: 2-4 players
Online consoles per match: 2 consoles
Local Split Screen: None
Local Multiplayer Shared Screen: 2-4 players
Co-op Multiplayer: 2 players

Resident Evil: Umbrella Chronicles
Online players per console: None
Online players per match: None
Online consoles per match: None
Local Split Screen: None
Local Multiplayer Shared Screen: 2 players
Co-op Multiplayer: 2 players

Halo 3
Online players per console: 1-4 players
Online players per match: 2-32 players
Online consoles per match: 2-8 consoles
Local Multiplayer Split Screen: 2-4 players
Local Multiplayer Shared Screen: None
Co-op Multiplayer: 1-2 players (on or offline)

Super Mario Galaxy
Online players per console: None
Online players per match: None
Online consoles per match: None
Local Multiplayer Split Screen: None
Local Multiplayer Shared Screen: 1-2 players (kinda)
Co-op Multiplayer: 1-2 players (kinda)

Double Dragon (NES)
Online players per console: None
Online players per match: None
Online consoles per match: None
Local Multiplayer Split Screen: None
Local Multiplayer Shared Screen: None
Co-op Multiplayer: None

I know it's kinda confusing at first, but that's because there are lots of possibilities with games now, and people should know what the possibilities are *before* they buy them.

NOTE: I made up some of the numbers here, since I don't know what the limits really are, since they are not posted on the boxes :)

What do you all think of the categories? Should there be more (like for Mario Galaxy)?








Another good looking co-op zapper game (w/ 4 player support!) for the Wii, Ghost Squad:

http://tinyurl.com/yvabds

Gun games in your home might actually live up to the arcades for the first time ever! Other games are RE: Umbrella Chronicles ( http://tinyurl.com/2o5czy ), and the awesome Medal of Honor Heroes 2.

UPDATE:
Let me clarify, the Zapper peripheral might actually suck (which I bet it will), but what is good here is the fact that for the first time every you can have the real light gun experience at home.

You know why the old zapper and subsequent light guns at home were all lame or had no support? It's because there were no permanent, real-time, targeting reticles like in the arcades. Now with the Wii, for the first time, you can do that on a console.

So I think that there will be lots of on rails light gun games coming out for the Wii, and if you are into that it will be great. I personally love gun games, as long as it's co-op. Going solo is a bit dull.

I thought this post would get some people chatting about it.







metromapper
1:03 PM on 09.11.2007

First post, new blog, new header! Kratos is a god... no really.