Phil of SuperPhillip Central writes, "As someone who grew up in the 8-bit and then 16-bit eras, there was nothing BUT local multiplayer to be had. I just thank goodness that I had an older brother and friends to play games with like Super Mario Bros. 3, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Arcade Game, Double Dragon, Super Mario Kart, Tetris Attack, and so on and so forth.
Now, it seems in a world of information cycling all corners of the earth rapidly, home console games have been proudly trumpeting online multiplayer, even completely forgoing anything for us local fans. Now, don't get me wrong-- I do enjoy occasionally hopping online and playing against total strangers and friends. It certainly has its place, especially for those without gaming buddies and family members to play locally with. However, the difference is that when I'm called a homophobic slur by someone in a local multiplayer setting, I can drop the controller and beat on them until they apologize. This isn't so online, where anonymity breeds insensitive players, bigots, and the slime of humanity."