The debate has begun, is playing with randoms more fun than with your buddies? With the advent of Xbox Live/PlayStation Network, modern multiplayer games have never been the same. These new games are now created with the idea of appeasing massive groups of individual players around the globe. While this may seem like the greatest thing since sliced bread, it has some downsides. For one, gone are the days where having more than one controller was considered cost effective. These days it’s becoming more and more rare to own four controllers per one console. In the late 90’s-early 2000’s, the Nintendo 64 was a total off line console that produced some of people’s favorite gaming experiences.(even with those awful controllers) It wasn’t the graphics or game play that made these experiences fun, but the groups we surrounded ourselves with. Seeing the facial expressions of disbelief and sometimes rage made the time all the worth while. At the end of the day it is the consumer who determines what he/she really wants, and how much they are willing to pay for it. If you feel that you need to pay for an online subscription to achieve that same level of joy, then it’s your right to do so. Personally, I feel both methods have their own pros and cons which is why The Split Screen was conceived in the first place. Why limit yourself?! By taking the best of both worlds, we can combine the excitement of not knowing where the enemy is with the human touch of local game play. Once this vision has been shared, only time will keep it from turning the gaming world on it’s head.