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Ouya's Unsung Strength: Multiplayer For Parties 54

Posted by Soulskill
from the shades-of-the-wii dept.
An anonymous reader writes: "Ouya, the Kickstarted, Android-based gaming console, had a much easier time selling people the idea of a mini-console than selling people on the console itself. Once people got over the excitement of seeing an indie console break into the market, they asked, 'Wait, why would I want to play Android games on my living room TV?' Almost a year has passed, and we're finally seeing an answer to that question: party gaming. It's one thing to play a console against your friends online, but when you get a bunch of people in the same room, most console games are too deep and complex to just pick up and play in a fun, semi-competitive way. The person who owns the fighting game is going to mop the floor with everyone else. Mobile games, on the other hand, are often incredibly simple, and Ouya forces every game to have a free trial, so you can easily weed out the ones that aren't good for groups. For example: 'In Hidden In Plain Sight, your character is one ninja lost in a sea of CPU-controlled ninjas with exactly the same texture. In the first few seconds, you have to walk left, right, up, down, anything that will let you understand which of the characters on the screen is yours. Once you've got that, you have to figure out your opponents. Any move that doesn't look like it's performed by the AI could give you away.'"
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Ouya's Unsung Strength: Multiplayer For Parties

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  • This exists (Score:1, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday May 16, 2014 @05:47PM (#47022083)

    it is called nintendo

  • what in the fuck ? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by rogoshen1 (2922505) on Friday May 16, 2014 @05:48PM (#47022089)

    NES, SEGA, SNES -- simple, fun games that have been playable at parties for 30 odd years now.
    Or the WII -- which is pretty much tailor made for this kind of stuff.

    have we really gone full circle with "everything old, is new again"

  • by pushing-robot (1037830) on Friday May 16, 2014 @05:53PM (#47022111)

    But this allows you to use a whole new device instead of the thing you already have!

  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday May 16, 2014 @05:59PM (#47022137)

    But.... but... but.... It's teh Open Sores!!!!!

  • by vux984 (928602) on Friday May 16, 2014 @06:02PM (#47022143)

    'In Hidden In Plain Sight, your character is one ninja lost in a sea of CPU-controlled ninjas with exactly the same texture. In the first few seconds, you have to walk left, right, up, down, anything that will let you understand which of the characters on the screen is yours. Once you've got that, you have to figure out your opponents. Any move that doesn't look like is performed by the AI could give you away.'

    Yeah, there's a Wii U party game disc that has about a dozen variations on this; along with a dozen variations on a dozen more mini-game archetypes...

    http://www.nintendo.com/games/... [nintendo.com]

    Not to rag on the Ouya, but if this is the Ouya's niche, they're taking on Nintendo on their home turf, without Mario, Metroid, Zelda, or Pokemon... not even a Pikman or Skylanders to back them up.

    The Ouya's about half the price after you get some extra controllers relative to a WiiU with a few extra wiimotes. But the value proposition of the Wii U is far greater... not to mention unlike the other current gen systems... they kept back-compat with the original Wii.

  • I've been saying this for years: party multiplayer is historically the big strength of consoles over PCs because very few people have a gaming PC in the living room. But there is a persistent console fan on Slashdot who likes to tell me that local multiplayer with friends is obsolete. Apparently unless you're still in K-12 school, it's hard enough to coordinate schedules for a friend match with your IRL friends, let alone actually getting together for LAN or same-screen multiplayer. He claims that the vast majority of gamers are adults, and the vast majority of adult gamers have moved on to online multiplayer with pickup groups of strangers.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday May 16, 2014 @07:49PM (#47022661)

    mods console.
    complains that mod broke functionality.

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