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Couch play: Why developers are championing for more local multiplayer games

GamesBeat writes, "These days, finding someone to play games with is easy. All you have to do is sign in — to Steam, to the PlayStation Network, to Xbox Live.

And while some of us prefer the anonymity of our Internet connections and others are hungry for more competition than our friends’ schedules can handle, playing online is just, well, convenient. In a matter of minutes, we can find teammates or opponents from all over the world. Why play with the same old people?

Not all developers have given up on local or “couch” multiplayer, though. Recent games like Tiny Brains, Towerfall, and Samurai Gunn are bringing it back. We spoke with the creators of these titles and more about why we should care about local multiplayer today. (Two quick reasons? E-sports and Super Smash Bros.)"

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Raistlinhawke1683d ago

YES! Always my favorite way to game with others.

ICANPLAYGAMES21683d ago

I will wholeheartedly agree with that sentiment, nothing wrong with online, but I prefer local any day of the week.

lifeisgamesok1683d ago

Online multiplayer is good and fun but local multiplayer is the best

What better way to play than with your friends and family in the same room

darkronin2291683d ago

One of the reasons why I'm still bummed about moving to a new city is I don't have any local friends to game with :(

foie1683d ago (Edited 1683d ago )

I'll always support games with local multiplayer and especially local co-op!

Remy_S1683d ago (Edited 1683d ago )

It was hard enough to find local mp games last gen, this gen I fear that about the only games that will support it are Call of Duty, fighting games, and the occasion downloadable game.

ICANPLAYGAMES21683d ago

There is the Wii U, so far it's the best way to go for local multiplayer (if you are only talking next, I mean current gen.), doesn't seem to be a priority for anyone else.

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