What are multiplayer games?

Before artificial intelligence in games reached a convincing stage, players mostly competed against one another rather than against a machine. From the very start, two-player games were a staple of arcade action. But now, thanks to the internet, gamers can play against dozens, or even hundreds of human competitors. With the help of HTML5 technology, this is easier than ever before; you don’t need to download any software or fill up space on your computer or mobile device with oversized installations. Just click on the game you’d like to play, and get started playing against other human players!Some of the most compelling multiplayer games for home consoles in the 1990s were one-on-one beat-em-ups like Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat, as well as racers like Ridge Racer and Mario Kart. Split-screen shooters like GoldenEye 007 and Halo provided a glimpse of what was to come: but by this time, PC gamers were already accustomed to frenetic deathmatch experiences in Quake and Unreal.Another revolutionary change came as high-speed internet became the norm, and it became possible for hundreds of players to connect simultaneously to the same perpetual world. While it wasn’t the first MMO, without doubt the most successful of these massively-multiplayer games was World of Warcraft. It allowed players access to an enormous world in which you could team up to conquer quests, dungeons, and other players. This provided a model for other games to aspire to – and nowadays it seems like almost every game comes with a multiplayer element.Superior connections also allowed outdoor first-person shooters to be upscaled, with new weapons, classes and vehicles introduced in Dice’s Battlefield series. Handheld devices made casual multiplayer gaming more accessible for everyone: you don’t need to be at home to catch a little action with other like-minded gamers – and with HTML5 technology now available, multiplayer is now more accessible than ever before!

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