I was hit with a painful realisation the other day of how much I miss playing multi player games with physical people, rather than voices over the net.
Since getting my Wii last November time I have brought many Virtual Console games, many of those 2 player, also the few proper Wii games I have are also mostly able to have 2 or more players. Up until last Sunday I had never played any of these with people. My house is out of town, so none of my friends ever visit.
My sister was visiting my parents for the weekend, she popped in to see me as well, as soon as she saw Golden Axe 3 game on the Wii menu she went all dewy eyed and insisted on playing it with me. We only did a few levels as she couldn’t stay long, but it was so much fun! It brought back lots of nostalgic memories of me when I was a kid. Me and my childhood friends would spend hours and hours crowded round our Master Systems, Megadrives and Super Nes’s playing levels and lives on absolutely everything.
Nowadays I hardly play any games multiplayer with people I know. Occasionally I will play Halo 3 Co-op with a friend, but his console red ringed the other day anyway, and I just am not comfortable playing online games with strangers. Sure I will do it, but I am never myself and am too shy to speak.
Anyway I guess the point of this post is that I can’t see the way I used to play games with friends ever coming back. As online functions get better and better there will be less and less need to play games with friends in person, I think that is a damn shame. I cry for the memories of my childhood!