It’s funny how much playing with a big group of friends helps enhance any gaming experience, even if the games are terrible. Whether it be with my school friends, TAYbies, or new people. gaming becomes more fun with people sitting around you, screaming and carrying on.
Some of my most memorable experiences have been these sorts of times. I recently took the Wii U to a mate’s place. There were 10 people there, 8 of them who had not touched or played the Wii U. I’d explained and shown my love for it multiple times but they hadn’t truly understood what it had done until that night. And it was amazing.
I slapped in Nintendo Land, threw controllers at people, put on Mario Chase and told them to have at it. Within 2 minutes, people were screaming at each other and laughing hard. “THEY’RE IN GREEN! NO! NOW THEY’RE IN RED! OH SHIT THEY’RE GOING FOR THE STAR! STOP THEM!” It was intense and exhilarating. Animal Crossing Sweet Day followed, along with Luigi’s Mansion and it was the same deal there. There were screams of pure terror in Luigi’s Mansion, seeing a ghost appear in the lightning and then disappearing in a flash, then people yelling that the ghost was near, then…BAM! The ghost grabs a character and runs away. People were truly starting to freak out and become more erratic in their actions, trying not to trip up and falter. I couldn’t believe how much not only the players were getting into all these games, but how much the spectators were. If it was just the 5 people, it would have still been fun, but the added crowd help amplify the experience.
I think the crowd experience helps a lot, especially with fighting games. It’s like watching two big teams battle it out in a sport match. Some of my best gaming experiences have been with the fighting game + crowd combination. People yell, scream, react in excitement and disappointment in reaction to some of the fights. Mortal Kombat, Street Fighter, Tekken, you name it, any of these, with people of any skill level, makes for a compelling and fantastically fun time.
I’m glad there still is companies that include local gameplay, considering the rise of online focused multiplayer. Both have a point in the gaming world, but as we’ve talked about before in previous Potaku episodes, nothing beats the experience of playing a game with friends sitting right there with you. You play off each others banter, how you react to the game and it becomes a more fun and engaging experience. Sure you can do the same thing online, but to me there feels more like there’s some sort of disconnect to it all.
I’m not sure if you guys think the same thing, but I’d love to hear your thoughts on the matter, maybe even some of your favourite experiences with friends and the like. Sound off below in the comments!