Video games have come a long way from the days of Pong. We’ve seen radical shifts in graphics, processors getting smaller and faster, as well as seamless integration with Netflix and other services we use on a regular basis. However, there’s one area where they haven’t advanced much on. One thing that hasn’t changed during the last couple decades of video game play.
Video games are still more fun to play with other people.
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve done my fair share of time wasting in front of the TV playing alone. Yet, I can’t help shake the fact that some of my greatest memories of playing games is when I play with others. Whether online, or just sitting around the living room games take on a different life when we aren’t the only ones playing it.
Cooperative gameplay is such a hit because obviously we were wired for community.
Humans were created to live in community with others. So it comes out in our video games as well as normal life. From the days of putting in an extra quarter next to your buddy at the arcade to now Mass Effect 3 only having a cooperative multiplayer option you can see how nothing really has changed. As far as the industry has come, it hasn’t outgrown community; and I doubt it ever will.