Just many years ago, multiplayer gaming was only a “+1” for every single game that supported this type of gameplay mode; apart from that, almost nobody cared about whether or not the title he wanted to get supported a multiplayer mode.
Well, many years have passed since then. As years pass, things tend to improve; as things change, trends of the past become, as the phrase suggests: something that belongs to the past. Nowadays, it’s almost inconceivable a new title doesn’t support some sort of multiplayer mode. Developers will throw in multiplayer elements in each and every way possible; after all, multiplayer gaming is the latest gaming trend for the minute, why shouldn’t they? Let’s have a glance at how this all began.
Although there where many other multiplayer games available at the time, the actual heat began when id software released the blockbuster title DOOM during the third quarter of 1993. Doom was a revolutionary first person shooter that shook the whole gaming world. Never before had the gaming society witnessed this type of lifelike gaming environment and such an advanced multiplayer gameplay. DOOM was an actual revolution; but this, was just the start! In the next years, id software released numerous sequels of the title; obviously, all sequels had a good success.
As years passed, multiplayer gaming began to achieve more and more popularity. In 1996, the same guys that did DOOM released a brand new smash title, Quake. Only a year after that, dragon lore Quake II shook the whole gaming world for a second time; the full time for hardware-accelerated graphics processing had reached and Quake II was the only FPS multiplayer game to take advantage of this technology at the moment. Countless gamers started to play Quake II online and countless multiplayer MODs (modifications of the original game rules) where released.
Finally, one of the last milestones in online gaming is Valve’s Half-Life. That is probably the most popular and successful game of the final decade; in fact, countless fans are playing it’s extremely popular MODs (Counter-Strike, Call of Duty etc.) at any given moment, nevertheless!
Following those great games, nowadays you’ll find so many blockbuster titles that boast a serious multiplayer experience. New multiplayer titles are released each and every day but probably the most dominant ones for the minute are games such as Counter-Strike, Half-Life2, Lineage, Warcraft3, WoW, DOOM3, QuakeIV etc.