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Bring back split screen dammit!


Ghost Recon - When gaming was truly awesome.

Ghost Recon – When gaming was truly awesome.

Recently I saw a post by a member of the gaming community that caught my attention. Actually it annoyed me. The poster – an insider with influence – inferred that players wanting split-screen weren’t part of the 21st century. Really? FUCKING REALLY?

Before I continue, I’ll admit that I’m feeling a tad emotional about a trip I’m making today, but this still annoys me.

Everyone talks about multiplayer. Great. I love multiplayer. There’s nothing more satisfying than meeting people from across the world and shooting them in the face, then tea bagging their bloody corpses. But I also love(d) getting my mates around for a lad’s night in. We had beers. We had pizzas. We had naked girls by the baker’s zero. We had games.

We had Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon. We could play, split screen, online and in the same room. We’d be talking shit, blitzing through the opposition and munching on pizza, all at the same time and – as I’ve already said – we were in the SAME room. How amazing. A game, that one person could buy, but that many could enjoy, all in the same room, on the same machine. Together. WTF?

Nowadays, if you want to go online and play multiplayer, one person plays whilst the others sit around, take the piss out of the player and generally get bored. That, or they snaffle all the damn pizza whilst the other guy plays. There’s none of the camaraderie, the tight-knit team playing, the bonding. Where’s the fun for fuck’s sake?

Yes, we’re in the 21st century, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be able to meet up, have a laugh, and shoot people whole continents away in the face. Oh, and don’t forget the tea bagging. That’s vital.

Do you think we should have more split screen? Reply to the poll below.

About mattsylvester

Father of two beautiful daughters and married to the beautiful Karen, Matthew has been reading and writing fantasy and science fiction since he first read the Hobbit at the age of 7. Matthew was Features Editor, Technical Consultant and regular columnist for magazines such as ‘Fighters’, ‘Combat’, ‘TKD & Korean Martial Arts’ and ‘Traditional Karate’. These are the four leading martial arts magazines in the United Kingdom. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed 'Practical Taekwondo: Back to the Roots', which has been sold around the world. With regard to his martial arts background he has been studying martial arts since 1991. In 1995 he hosted Professor Rick Clark of the ADK and since then has been studying pressure points and their uses in the martial arts and on the street (initially as a Special Constable and as a Door Supervisor). All of this practical hands-on experience means that he is uniquely placed to write fight scenes that are not only plausible but some of which are based on personal or anecdotal experience. Matthew has had a number of short stories published by Fringe Works, KnightWatch Press, Anderfam Press and Emby Press.

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