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Playing With Others: Competition & Co-op

From Pong to Super Street Fighter II HD, Mario Bros. to Gears of War 2, the role of the second player has been as competitor and teammate. Grounded in our primal ape instincts, competition is inherent in every aspect of our lives, whether it is pick-up basketball, pen and paper role playing, or just keeping up with the Jones'. Additionally, the need for a witness in a person's victory can only be matched by the exhilaration of wallowing in a competitor's defeat. On the other side of the coin is the shared joy in reveling in mutual victory through cooperation. And so, we have certainly evolved from rescuing the princess in another castle to the saving of the world from the Locust, side by side, guns blazing with tactical precision.

The second player, either through competition or cooperation has indeed changed the face of gaming. The make up of the player determines whether the experience is a good one or a bad one. And regardless of the experience at the end, working together because its fun or killing each other because you're the best and need to prove it helps to extend play on a game that without these options, would no longer be played, and we are all the better because of that.
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About norm9one of us since 5:41 PM on 12.02.2007

Here's my quick list of favorites:

NES- Legend of Zelda, Gumshoe, Pro Wrestling, Tetris
SNES- Final Fantasy III, Street Fighter II Hyper Fighting, Gradius III
Nintendo 64- Goldeneye, Perfect Dark, Harvest Moon 64
Gamecube- Ikaruga, Harvest Moon, Animal Crossing, Metroid Prime
Wii- Metal Slug Anthology, No More Heroes, Wii Sports

Genesis- Columns, Golden Axe
Dreamcast- Shenmue, NBA 2K1

XBox- Ninja Gaiden, Stubbs the Zombie, Fatal Frame
XBox360- Dead Rising, Earth Defense Force

PS2- GTA:San Andreas, Metal Gear Solid 2, Shadow of the Colossus, FirePro Wrestling
PS3- Uncharted, Warhawk, NBA 2k8

Here's a quick blurb about myself-

I am a children's librarian living in Los Angeles.

I like reading, writing, and watching tv.

I hate people who talk down to others. I like talking down to people who talk down to others to prove a point.

I spend way too much on video games, action figures, comics, and beer.

I plan on writing blog entries as soon as I am done with this whole lazy thing, which I enjoy.

Xbox LIVE:norm9
Mii code:PSN- jaykayone


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