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The Early Online Age:

Back then, online gaming was only getting bigger and better, as consoles started experimenting more and more with the online experience, especially with the explosion of multiplayer FPSes such as Counter Strike (or pretty much any other Half-Life mod out there) and Quake 3. With the launch of SEGANET and pretty soon Xbox’s “Xbox live” service alongside the PS2’s online network, consoles were starting to see an innovative future- as games slowly focused more on the multiplayer aspect as time went on. This was mainly explored during the 7th gen consoles as not only did Sony and Microsoft had a bit more experience with online functionalities, but Nintendo finally joined in on the fray. Meanwhile, PC users had already experienced online play, even during the 90’s. Yet, they still got even more advanced and with the introduction to Steam, online play on the computer was changed significantly. With the ease of access when playing games, being able to play valve titles (at least significantly better than their console counterparts), and pretty much everything about steam made PC online gaming just… better (yeah I mean, that’s really it).

About Vidya

The “Vidya Gaems” of then were some of the greatest memories we could ever ask for… From the corners of the ever growing FPS genre, to the broad population of MMO RPGS. Yes, we could thank the almighty NES and the revolutionary 4th gen consoles for pretty much the culture of vidya gaems as we know it. But. A. that was late 80’s and early 90’s. Where's the 2000’s love? And B. 6th and 7th gen are pretty much what I like to call the modern renaissance of gaming (even though we get one every like 7-10 years). Not to mention, these two generations responsible for some of the greatest gaming debates of all internet history. Although SNES vs Sega genesis is important, i find the “which 6th/7th gen console was the best” and the rampant “PlayStation vs XBOX” discussions to be not only more entertaining (it still amuses me that /v/ doesn't realize it's just one big circus in an endless cycle)  it’s a whole lot more interesting since there are so many angles to view from. Not only did these two generations jump from the polygons of the 5th generation to pretty much every game looking 97% realistic, it also grew a widespread gaming culture that exploded with the accessibility of the internet and populated many sites like 4chan and Newgrounds (Sorry for repeating myself for the 60th time). So without a further ado, let’s talk some good ol’ 6 and 7th gen love!

Consoles
XBOX GameCube PS2
Xbox 360 WII PS3
Some cool games back then
Quake IIIQuake III

Ahh, yes, good ol’ Quake III. Not only was this a great game back then, BUT IT STILL IS NOW. Yeah, if a game is 19 years old and is still being played today, you got some real TREASURE in your hands. Sure it may have been released in 1999 but I feel it was especially played during the 2000’s soooo yeah. Anyway, Quake III is an oldy but a goodie; being on a constant war with the unreal franchise and ending up as the debatable victor, for being the king of multiplayer arena shooters. Giving us a fine balance between the most satisfying killing spree in one’s online gaming memories, or giving us a rage inducing heart-attack/aneurysm combo, enough to break not only our computers, but our sanity as well (it’s all happened to us at one point). Awesome game, “great” community, legendary content = very nice.

Super Smash Bros: Melee Super Smash Bros. Melee

Being undoubtedly the most loved in the franchise, Melee was considered a masterpiece to fans since it was the original just amped up to to ten (ironically many people don’t say the same thing for brawl, i didn’t mind too much but then again we just forget brawl ever happened). With gameplay so fast and intense that it made player’s hearts practically shorten life expectancy by ten years, many nintendo fans were just oozing from all the bodily fluids wasted on not only ruining friendships (are we seriously still talking about melee?), but also as a COMPETITIVE SPORT. Sure it wasn’t the first time this has ever happened, but for nintendo fans, this was a revolutionary title (even if it is in my opinion a bit overrated). Overall, Melee is a classic and many people enjoy it, even to this day (yeah, much like Quake III, this 16 year old game is still being played).

Team Fortress 2

AAAHHHHH YYESSS. My favorite game of all time, being the infamous hat simulator that challenged EVERYONE. Back when the common FPS games were WWII themed or modern day themed, this spectacular title blew everyone’s mind for being what it is: Different. What’s this- COLOR? In a game where the usual bland titles are covered with gritty grey muck? And another thing: classes? Before the age of “Create a class” games that were widespread in today’s gaming culture, there were preset classes all to be used for different playstyles and situations (think of it like complex and childish chess- even if that’s an oxymoron). Valve took a step further and actually gave them PERSONALITIES. For most people, this was mind-blowing, especially since the year the game came out (2007) was the year where most class shooter games were becoming dormant and companies started pushing out more and more FPS titles with a nameless operatives who only know how to say “roger that” and anything else military-esque. And that’s pretty boring. This on the other hand, gives you a ragtag team of 9 goofball mercs who all have interesting personalities, all ranging from all around the world (my favorite being the Demoman). Not only made famous by being a valve title and being made free a couple years later, but also for it’s ridiculous in-game wearable cosmetics, awesome gameplay, amazing characters and just- ooooff this game has it all (even a story, even though it has no campaign). Filled to the brim with addictive entertainment that will last YEARS, this game was -and still is- a title that we all can hold dearly to our hearts. God bless, the teufort warriors.

Counter Strike(:Source)Counter Strike: Source

The most successful out of the half-life mods, Counter Strike is a series that made an impressive mark into the FPS genre. Being one of the most popular mods of all time, Counter Strike impressed everyone around the world so much that the two creators even got a job at Valve! And although the original Counter Strike mod was released in the 90’s (and we’ll just pretend condition zero never happened), Counter Strike: Source was/is considered the best of them all. After all, it was released in 2004. Being played at such a grand scope, CS:S skyrocketed among the FPS genre so much that even games like Call of Duty and others copied their brand-making game mode. Although Counter Strike doesn’t let you play as some quirky character like in TF2, it relies solely on the gameplay, focusing heavily on tactical strategies and teamwork. Where players either play as counter-terrorists or the terrorists, both teams have different goals, in which all players practically sweat bullets when the last guy in a team is being targeted by 6 other enemies and still has to complete the objective. It’s VERY fun, and you bet millions still play this game to this day.

Pokemon (diamond and Pearl)Pokemon: Diamond and Pearl

C’mon, it’s Pokemon! Of course you already know what this is! Not only is it the best generation (yes it is be quiet)  but it’s also the one that I grew up with. Not only was gen 4 the generation with the best designs (remember we’re talking 2000’s era pokemon) and it finally brought some important gameplay elements in to the series. Physical and specials were split, new pokeballs that are debatably the best, did i mention r u n n i n g i n d o o r s ? and blah blah much more. They were great games, everyone hates it for some reason, dawn is good waifu (BUT MAY IS BETTER) and- point is- it was fun, cool, whatever. It’s a shame that I don’t care about the series anymore but it was fun while it lasted sooooo…........

¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ?

Halo 2Halo 2

Although i never grew up with any Xbox systems, this is still considered the best title to ever come out of any Xbox console (at least according to Xbox fans). Being a step up to the original Halo game, Halo 2 brought home even more fans to the franchise as the first game convinced skeptics all around. Not only that, it pioneered the console online experience, while Sony was still taking it’s baby steps and Nintendo won’t even start until 2005, with the release of the WII (also Seganet died by then so…). Halo 2 pretty much exploded with popularity so much that people bought it JUST to play this game (so the Xbox was generally a glorified Halo machine) and not only that, online play was HUGE back then. Even though we take it for granted today, back then, being able to play online was so big, that just the mere thought of it being a possibility was insane (except for PC players). Being able to make friends and play against people all around the world was just so… baffling for console players. Not only that, pretty much everything from the game was just about perfect: from the weapons, to the story, to the maps- yeah, this game had it all.

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