Couch Co-Op vs. Online Multiplayer

Does anyone else miss the days of couch co-op gaming? There was nothing better than running to your friend’s house after school, drinking a capri sun, and playing games til it was time to go home. I have vivid memories of spending hours playing Mario Kart, Goldeneye 007, and Street Fighter.

Sadly, it seems that for most games these days, everyone needs their own gaming system and their own copy of the game. The most convenient way to play with your friends now requires quite a big chunk of change that frankly, not everyone has. Online multiplayer has taken over.

Just a small fraction of online multiplayer games

There are still a few good split screen options out there though. Minecraft, which continues to have amazing updates, lets you play split screen. Lately, my husband and I have been playing Warhammer 40k: Inquisitor – Martyr. Martyr is a fun action RPG that lets you shoot/slash all kinds of enemies with a numerous rotation of maps. And of course we can’t forget Rocket League, which is a great addition for your couch co-op needs.

While I do miss the days of simple couch co-op gaming, I can also appreciate the availability of online multiplayer. We are able to dive into games with friends who live states away. Especially during the current pandemic that the world is facing, having and maintaining relationships with friends and family is so important. Gaming online is just one way that allows people to feel connected.

Another perk of online multiplayer gaming is that the player can see the whole screen. While it is nice to be able to do split screen with some games, it can become difficult to see everything that you need to see. Playing online allows each player to be in control of what they are trying to see.

So what do you think? Are couch co-op games better than online multiplayer? I think there are definitely pros and cons to both, it just depends on what kind of gaming experience you are going for.

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