2. Internet Idiots
This is another practical issue that a lot of us would rather ignore. Though it is easy to pretend that everyone on the Internet is a decent person, the sad fact is that there are plenty of people out there that would rather troll you, betray you, or just get a few lewd moves over on your avatar than actually play the game. I personally had a harrowing experience recently with Dead Rising 2 when a co-op "teammate" (I use the term loosely) kept running in front of zombies and then jumping off platforms, leaving me to deal with hordes of zombies by myself. Unfortunately, these kinds of "special" people are fairly common, and they can make a game nearly unplayable. However, if you are playing locally and your partner starts doing stupid stuff, you can just pause the game and give them a good smack upside the head.
1. The "True" Definition of Social Gaming
Before there was a Facebook, and before party games ruled the sales charts, local co-op games were a way for friends to hang out. Whether it was coming over for a quick level or two of Super Mario or a few mayhem-filled rounds of Twisted Metal, games in eras past have always encouraged people to get together and play. And there's nothing wrong with that. Playing a game with friends and family forges a bond, making for a much more memorable experience than just logging on and connecting with random people over and over for hours on end.
I won't deny that there is a place for online co-op. Though I'm more apt to play in competitive multiplayer matches when I'm online, I'm sure there are plenty of people who don't mind working together to achieve cooperative goals over the Internet. Still, when games start dropping local co-op from games completely, it feels a bit sad, as local co-op is something that has been part of my gaming experience ever since its inception. Could a new generation of gamers grow up with absolutely no local co-op experience? It could be possible, but I certainly hope not. If you have hopped full-force onto the online bandwagon, I urge you to pull back at least a few times and play local co-op again. You might be surprised by how much fun you can have.
By Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Senior Contributing Writer
*The views expressed within this article are solely the opinion of the author and do not express the views held by Cheat Code Central.*