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WATCH: A brief history of co-op gaming

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Jan 25, 2018

While solo video gaming campaigns are often rewarding when you find yourself suddenly devoid of friends, relatives, or neighbors to join you in your bombardment of alien cities, zombie hordes, or tentacular creatures, it's infinitely more fun to share in the on-screen digital revelry.

The history of co-op gaming has its roots back in the arcade glory days of Atari's Fire Truck, where two players navigate a careening emergency hook-and-ladder around city streets while avoiding curbs, cars, and oil slicks en route to a raging inferno.

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This evolved into more standup consoles allowing a pair of glassy-eyed players to entertain themselves with Wizard of Wor, Gauntlet, Double Dragon, and Rampage.

A proliferation of partnership games led to the '90s trend of network gaming with shooter titles like Doom, Doom II, and Quake.

 

The next iteration and expansion of the concept ignited with Everquest and World of Warcraft, both which caused a supernova of cooperative gameplay and the immersive Massively Multiplayer Online (MMO) networking trend that continues today.

Plug into and check out our history of pair-up playtime in the video above, then tell us which co-op game was your first love! No quarters required!

Additional material by Jeff Spry.