Written for Unwinnable, for Issue 65: A Sense of Place. Recreated in-part with permission.
With the ubiquity of high speed internet, it seems like gaming is moving steadily away from in-person socialization. The age of couch co-op has quietly taken a backseat to online play and console titles have spent the past generation eschewing split-screen play in favor of online features. As time goes on, the online tools become increasingly more robust and the offline tools march toward disappearing entirely.
Gone are the days of busy couches full of spectators and participants, replaced by the jubilant stream of voices through Teamspeak and Skype, haunting the headset speakers.
For me, there is something of a loss there.
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Complete work published on October 16, 2015, available at http://www.unwinnable.com. All rights reserved.