hot  /  reviews  /  video  /  blogs  /  forum

Today's word of the day is Crossplayer

Dec 26 // Papa Niero
   @destructoid

 

 

What it is: Valve's new marketing buzzword for a new gamed called The Crossing that meshes simultaneous multiplayer action with a single player story campaign. Unlike most multiplayer games, crossplayer promises to put every player in a simultaneous protagonist role while other real players somehow co-exist in the same universe ... all orchestrated into a single story. Ambitious. 

Why you should care: Valve made Half-Life, Counter-Strike and Team Fortress, all which closely rival sliced bread's greatness. Simply put, Valve makes great video games. When they speak, panties drop.

Why you should be skeptical: We've heard this kind of stuff before -- a perfect example was the marketing behind Shenmue on the Dreamcast. The promise was to morph RPG into something called "Full Reactive Eyes Entertainment." By Sega's definition, F.R.E.E. means that you can "Go wherever you want to go, see whatever you want to see, investigate whatever you want to investigate." Back in reality, Shenmue was one of the most linear games we've ever played with a lot of redundant dialogue inbetween. It was a cool game (who doesn't like sailors?) but we all know that it was more of a cautionary tale than an influence to other studios.

That said, it's hard to tell whether or not Valve really has something new that deserves to be called anything but a multiplayer game or an FPS MMO. I don't doubt that the game will be great, but whether or not their marketing people need a spanking for coining "crossplayer" is unseen.


 Reblog (or) Blog Reply




Papa Niero, Founder
 Follow Blog + disclosure destructoid Tips
Hi, I started Destructoid. Ever heard of it? Destructoid used to be my tiny personal blog on the web, and now it's grown into this crazy monstrosity of a gaming community. Needless to say, I... more   |   staff directory

Get more destructoid:   We're indie-run, blogging for the love of it, and our site will always be free. Optionally, you can support us and get: (1) Faster pages from our cloud server (3) Wide(r)screen (3) No big ads on Dtoid, Japanator, Tomopop, or Flixist (4) Auto contest entries, and (5) Dibs on betas & downloads. Try it out

 Setup email comments

Unsavory comments? Please report harassment, spam, and hate speech to our moderators, and flag the user (we will ban users dishing bad karma). Can't see comments? Apps like Avast or browser extensions can cause it. You can fix it by adding *.disqus.com to your whitelists.
advertisement:




Back to Top