Split-Screen Gaming: What Happened?

Split-screen gaming used to be a core pillar of social gaming that brought people together, but it has been dying out slowly over time… Split-screen gaming brings people together in a unique way. For generations, it was the best way for teamwork and friendship to blossom at the same time. Sharing a couch with your friends makes video gaming more fun – even mediocre titles turn into something bigger than they probably deserve credit for when played in split-screen. By playing together with people in the same room, you can create your own rules between your friends and you do […]

A Matter Of Perspective: Comparing First And Third-person Shooters

Perspective in games matter. Game developers have always played and tinkered with player perspective, sometimes to precise and purposeful effect, other times as part of unconscious genre trends. Regardless of the goal, different perspectives have different effects. Notice for example how the ordinarily stable 2D viewpoint in Darkest Dungeon suddenly zooms into a close-up shot of a character when they become “afflicted”. This awkward transition captures a climactic moment of dread with an uneasy and claustrophobic angle. Compare this to the viewpoint offered by most strategy games — an epic, sweeping, zoomed out point of view that empowers players with […]