Multiplayer video game

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A multiplayer video game is a video game in which more than one person can play in the same game environment at the same time, either locally or over the internet.wikipedia
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Cooperative gameplay

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In multiplayer games, players may compete against one or more human contestants, work cooperatively with a human partner to achieve a common goal, supervise other players' activity, co-op.
It is distinct from other multiplayer modes, such as competitive multiplayer modes like player versus player or deathmatch.

Sports game

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Some of the earliest video games were two-player games, including early sports games (such as 1958's Tennis For Two and 1972's Pong), early shooter games such as Spacewar! (1962) and early racing video games such as Astro Race (1973).
In 1958, William Higinbotham created a game called Tennis for Two, a competitive two-player tennis game played on an oscilloscope.

First-person shooter

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Multi-user games developed on this system included 1973's Empire and 1974's Spasim; the latter was an early first-person shooter.
Since the genre's inception, advanced 3D and pseudo-3D graphics have challenged hardware development, and multiplayer gaming has been integral.

Empire (PLATO)

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Multi-user games developed on this system included 1973's Empire and 1974's Spasim; the latter was an early first-person shooter.
It is significant for being quite probably the first networked multiplayer arena shooter-style game.

Gauntlet (1985 video game)

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Gauntlet (1985) and Quartet (1986) introduced co-operative 4-player gaming to the arcades.
It is noted as being one of the first multi-player dungeon crawl arcade games.

Decwar

Digital Equipment Corporation distributed another multi-user version of Star Trek, Decwar, without real-time screen updating; it was widely distributed to universities with DECsystem-10s.
DECWAR is a multiplayer computer game first written in 1978 at the University of Texas at Austin for the PDP-10.

Video game

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A multiplayer video game is a video game in which more than one person can play in the same game environment at the same time, either locally or over the internet.
Many people who play video games identify as gamers, which can mean anything from someone who enjoys games to someone who is passionate about it. As video games become more social with multiplayer and online capability, gamers find themselves in growing social networks.

PLATO (computer system)

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The first examples of multiplayer real-time games were developed on the PLATO system about 1973.
Thousands of multiplayer online games were developed on PLATO from around 1970 through the 1980s, with the following notable examples:

Doom (1993 video game)

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There followed 1993's Doom, whose first network version allowed four simultaneous players.
In addition to popularizing the first-person shooter genre, it pioneered immersive 3D graphics, networked multiplayer gaming, and support for customized additions and modifications via packaged files in a data archive known as "WADs".

MUD

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Some networked multiplayer games, including MUDs and massively multiplayer online games such as RuneScape, omit a single-player mode.
A MUD (originally Multi-User Dungeon, with later variants Multi-User Dimension and Multi-User Domain) is a multiplayer real-time virtual world, usually text-based.

Massively multiplayer online role-playing game

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Two massively-multiplayer genres are MMORPG (such as World of Warcraft or EverQuest) and MMORTS.
MMORPGs are distinguished from single-player or small multi-player online RPGs by the number of players able to interact together, and by the game's persistent world (usually hosted by the game's publisher), which continues to exist and evolve while the player is offline and away from the game.

Tennis for Two

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Some of the earliest video games were two-player games, including early sports games (such as 1958's Tennis For Two and 1972's Pong), early shooter games such as Spacewar! (1962) and early racing video games such as Astro Race (1973).

Browser game

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Developer and gaming site OMGPOP's library includes multiplayer Flash games for the casual player.
Browser games include all video game genres and can be single-player or multiplayer.

Spacewar!

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Some of the earliest video games were two-player games, including early sports games (such as 1958's Tennis For Two and 1972's Pong), early shooter games such as Spacewar! (1962) and early racing video games such as Astro Race (1973).

Internet

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MIDI Maze, an early first-person shooter released in 1987 for the Atari ST, featured network multiplay through a MIDI interface before Ethernet and Internet play became common.
However, the Internet provides many network services, most prominently include mobile apps such as social media apps, the World Wide Web, electronic mail, multiplayer online games, Internet telephony, and file sharing and streaming media services.

Spasim

Multi-user games developed on this system included 1973's Empire and 1974's Spasim; the latter was an early first-person shooter.

Hotseat (multiplayer mode)

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Hotseat games are typically turn-based games with only one controller or input set - such as a single keyboard/mouse on the system.
Hotseat or hot seat is a multiplayer mode provided by some turn-based video games, which allows two or more players to play on the same device by taking turns playing the game.

Spawn installation

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Spawn installation
In personal computer games, a spawn installation is an installed copy of a game that may only be used to play in multiplayer mode, or otherwise limits the amount of single-player content accessible to the user.

LAN gaming center

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can use a computer connected over a LAN to other computers, primarily for the purpose of playing multiplayer

Counter-Strike

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First-person shooters have become popular multiplayer games; Battlefield 1942 and Counter-Strike have little (or no) single-player gameplay.
Counter-Strike is an objective-based, multiplayer first-person shooter.

Game server

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Game server
A game server (also sometimes referred to as a host) is a server which is the authoritative source of events in a multiplayer video game.

MIDI Maze

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MIDI Maze, an early first-person shooter released in 1987 for the Atari ST, featured network multiplay through a MIDI interface before Ethernet and Internet play became common.

Massively multiplayer online game

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Some online games are "massively multiplayer", with a large number of players participating simultaneously.
Multiplayer online game

Console game

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In modern console, arcade and personal computer games, "multiplayer" implies play with several controllers plugged into one game system.
As a result, many video games are designed for local multiplayer play, with all players viewing the same TV set, with the screen divided into several sections and each player using a different controller.

World of Warcraft

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Two massively-multiplayer genres are MMORPG (such as World of Warcraft or EverQuest) and MMORTS.