Just a few years ago, multiplayer gaming was merely a “+1” for every single game that supported such a gameplay mode; other than that, almost nobody cared about if the title he wanted to purchase supported a multiplayer mode.
Well, a few years have passed since then. As years pass, things tend to change; as things change, trends of yesteryear become, as the word suggests: something that is one of the past. Nowadays, it’s almost inconceivable that a new title doesn’t support some sort of multiplayer mode. Developers will throw in multiplayer elements in each and every way possible; all things considered, multiplayer gaming is the greatest gaming trend for the minute, why shouldn’t they? Let’s have a review of how this all began.
Though there where many other multiplayer games available during the time, the actual heat began when id software released the blockbuster title DOOM during the 3rd quarter of 1993. Doom was a revolutionary first person shooter that shook the whole gaming world dragon lore. No time before had the gaming society witnessed such a lifelike gaming environment and such an advanced multiplayer gameplay. DOOM was a real revolution; but this, was just first! In the next years, id software released numerous sequels of the title; needless to say, all sequels had a good success.
As years passed, multiplayer gaming began to gain more and more popularity. In 1996, the same guys that did DOOM released a fresh smash title, Quake. Just a year from then on, Quake II shook the whole gaming world for another time; the time for hardware accelerated graphics processing had reached and Quake II was the only real FPS multiplayer game to make the most of this technology at the moment. Millions of gamers began to play Quake II online and countless multiplayer MODs (modifications of the initial game rules) where released.
Finally, one of the last milestones in online gaming is Valve’s Half-Life. This is probably typically the most popular and successful game of the past decade; in reality, millions of fans are playing it’s extremely popular MODs (Counter-Strike, Call of Duty etc.) at any given moment, nevertheless!
Following those great games, nowadays there are numerous blockbuster titles that boast a serious multiplayer experience. New multiplayer titles are released every day but the most dominant ones for the minute are games such as Counter-Strike, Half-Life2, Lineage, Warcraft3, WoW, DOOM3, QuakeIV etc.