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PC Gaming Suggestions for Console-like Fun?

timothy posted about 6 years ago | from the twister-seems-more-fun dept.

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jayminer writes "We are a relatively newly married young couple who enjoy spending our spare time at home. We don't own a console but have a gaming laptop with DVI output to play games on our TV. My wife is also a CS major so she's computer literate enough. She does not like strategy games, MMORG or any other role-playing game. Apart from "Find the Sausage" jokes, we need quality gaming advice, preferably games which we can play with a single laptop connected to a single large screen, with two gamepads, a console-like experience. What are your suggestions?"

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Obvious answer... (5, Insightful)

richy freeway (623503) | about 6 years ago | (#23181322)

Just buy a console.

Re:Obvious answer... (1, Informative)

bj bignell (1120471) | about 6 years ago | (#23181410)

Yeah, no kidding. I recently snagged an XBox for $30 with a few games. You could also get a NEW PS2 console for $130 from BestBuy. Is it that hard?

Re:Obvious answer... (5, Interesting)

0100010001010011 (652467) | about 6 years ago | (#23181580)

The load it with Emulators. Most of my friends aren't the huge gaming type. When we get together to hang out we don't want to sit through a tutorial on how to play SuperHappyBallComando4. We want the games we grew up with (and some from before then).

Super Mario Bros 3, Pong, Frogger, PacMan. Plus they make excellent drinking games (One shot for every fruit you didn't get on a PacMan level.) The best thing is an xBox can store ALL of these games and more.

Or you could even get some classic looking controllers and play these on the laptop.

Re:Obvious answer... (1)

tepples (727027) | about 6 years ago | (#23181608)

Super Mario Bros 3, Pong, Frogger, PacMan.
Where can one find copies of these games without breaking U.S. law?

Re:Obvious answer... (1)

0100010001010011 (652467) | about 6 years ago | (#23181666)

Good Will. Garage Sales. Then download them. It's just a Media Shift, it's gray area. But you can feel nice and legal.

Remember my.mp3.com? (1)

tepples (727027) | about 6 years ago | (#23181722)

Good Will. Garage Sales. Then download them. It's just a Media Shift, it's gray area.
That is not what the judge said in UMG v. MP3.com [wikipedia.org] . You have to make the copy directly from a Game Pak, not from the Internet.

Re:Obvious answer... (4, Informative)

ShieldW0lf (601553) | about 6 years ago | (#23181638)

I would suggest emulators.

For arcade games, you can use MAME

http://mamedev.org/ [mamedev.org]

Once you've got MAME, you need a set of current ROM files for it. You can find ROMs on BitTorrent or on any P2P application.

As MAME evolves, the ROM sets get replaced with new and better extractions, so you'll want a piece of software to manage them.

ClrMAMEPro is a tool that will use the data files from the latest version of MAME, and scan a big huge mess of old ROM files, extracting whatever is useful from them into a nice, neat set that works with the current version

http://www.clrmame.com/ [clrmame.com]

To get yourself set up, download any new or old MAME ROMs you can find, then use ClrMAMEPro to make a proper and current set out of them and burn it to backup.

There are also emulators floating around out there for Playstation, Nintendo 64, NES and Super NES. I've gotten good performance out of Project 64, an emulator for Nintendo 64. MarioCart plays quite well.

When you're choosing GamePads, you should look for something wireless that has as many buttons as you can possibly find. You want to be able to map the controller you choose to every possible controller from history, so you're going to need something that is flexible.

Atari 2600 (3, Funny)

goombah99 (560566) | about 6 years ago | (#23181696)

Here's a site [mightygodking.com] showing the best atari games ever complete with the awesome box covers. So real gems in there, many you probably never heard of. Get an emulator and enjoy the nostalgia.

Re:Obvious answer... (1)

Vectronic (1221470) | about 6 years ago | (#23181416)

Its much cheaper to buy a game or two (maybe 30) than it is to buy a console and then buy games for it...

By the sound of the statement, they (the ones trying to pass themselves off as a 'sweet' couple, but really its like Sony, wondering how to make more PC users buy consoles) dont really want a dedicated console for gaming because thats more effort than required... sounds more like "maybe every weekend we'll play some games" kinda thing... they already have a platform, a screen, and controlers they like...

Re:Obvious answer... (1)

pl1ght (836951) | about 6 years ago | (#23181474)

I really dont think any console maker needs PC gamers to move to consoles, they all already have. Hence the death of PC Gaming.

Re:Obvious answer... (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#23181626)

Right, that's why so many companies are pouring money left and right into performance components for computer gaming?

Why the hell did I just spend nearly 200USD on a freaking HD 3870? PC gaming is dead...

And the $500 modchip (0, Troll)

tepples (727027) | about 6 years ago | (#23181448)

Just buy a console.
That can be more expensive than a PC. An Xbox 360 console (USA version) costs $844: $349 for the console and $99 per year for a 5-year subscription to XNA Creators Club, which is required to run any title that isn't published by a large company.

Re:Obvious answer... (4, Insightful)

Aranykai (1053846) | about 6 years ago | (#23181450)

Simple and sweet. Its really the truth though.

Ive sat here and tossed around all the game I can remember playing over the years, and the ones worth the time all equate one pc with one player.

Consoles are the king of multi user gaming hands down. Like suggested above, nab an old console. PS 1 or Nintendo 64 or such should be had for under 75 USD with several games.

Buy a console (3, Insightful)

the computer guy nex (916959) | about 6 years ago | (#23181326)

If you are wanting to play on your television opposed to a monitor, you probably have a pretty nice TV. Chances are your laptop cannot run at a resolution where you would even enjoy this experience.

The 360 and the Wii cost less than the original NES did if you count in inflation. Do some research in game libraries and pick one. Well worth the investment.

In terms of games, Guitar Hero is addicting.

Re:Buy a console (1)

jellomizer (103300) | about 6 years ago | (#23181442)

The average video game of good quality new relaease can cost $80-$90 a piece. A Wii is about $250 and comes with Wii Sports (which is just fun alone) So at the price of 3 games you get a console that makes it easier to get games for the situation.

Re:Buy a console (1)

iainl (136759) | about 6 years ago | (#23181568)

Where the merry hell are you buying your games from? Amazon show the vast majority of PC games are $50 if you're not playing the "I must have the collector's edition in a box with a widget, a thingy and some tat" game to make your idea look better, and console ones are usually $60.

Also, you didn't add on the price of a second Wii remote and nunchuck adaptor, because that would push the price of a Wii up even higher.

Re:Buy a console (4, Insightful)

Hoplite3 (671379) | about 6 years ago | (#23181470)

Or even cheaper, buy a console from the last generation: xbox, ps2, gamecube. You can get them used for peanuts or new for a bit more. Best of all, there are GOOD lists of what games for the console are actually fun.

Reviews of modern games are often clouded by hype and irrelevant trends. Many nerds will retrospectively look at their video game library and wax poetic about the ones that are still fun (and they'll do it on their blog thanks to ego^w web 2.0). You can get these games used for $3-$10. A seven-year-old game can still be fun.

And if you haven't played it, it's new to you.

Re:Buy a console (1)

tepples (727027) | about 6 years ago | (#23181484)

If you are wanting to play on your television opposed to a monitor, you probably have a pretty nice TV. Chances are your laptop cannot run at a resolution where you would even enjoy this experience.
Both Xbox 360 consoles and Windows PCs easily run at 1280x720, a typical resolution of low-end HDTV. The advantage of a TV over a typical PC monitor is that more people can fit around a TV.

Re:Buy a console (1)

ADRenalyn (598918) | about 6 years ago | (#23181556)

Any gaming laptop has a decent graphics card in it with capability to push a HDTV to its max resolution. Even my 2-year old Dell runs beautifully on my HDTV. Most modern games allow for resolutions like 1366x768, 1280x720, 1920x1080.

I was just playing Rainbox Six:Vegas on my HDTV last night, and it looked fantastic. But I prefer using the wireless keyboard and mouse as opposed to controllers.

Oh, and Guitar Hero is very addicting. That is another fine PC game that I play regularly.

Re:Buy a console (1)

somersault (912633) | about 6 years ago | (#23181562)

Guitar Hero is addictive yep, but I've completed about 75% of the songs (not counting all the bonus ones) on expert and I've only had my PS3 for under a month (if I'd played any of the rest of the series I'd probably be finished it all by now)! It would definitely be fun for them to play through in co-op mode though :)

DON'T get the PC version of Guitar Hero, apparently it has slow-downs in game even on a high specced PC. If you have a HDTV I'd definitely recommend the PS3 :) For a standard resolution TV the Wii is okay, though could still do with some anti-aliasing. The Wii is obviously more designed for a multiplayer/'family' experience, so again if you're just wanting to have a laugh, get one. If you're wanting to go through more 'serious' games that require more thinking and time to complete, then get the PS3. Uncharted is a great game - it is only single player, but I can imagine it would be quite fun if you switched every time you died. I played the game through on 3 of the difficulty levels in a few days, and I usually find games boring as ass to play through more than once, so that shows you how fun it is (especially once you get bonuses like the super slow motion and weapon bonuses) :) Not to mention the stunning graphics!

As Aeron65432 says above me, you could always just get an emulator on the PC. That's an excellent idea if you're not just wanting to play the latest, prettiest games. You can pick up a couple of USB game pads and configure them in an emulator of your choice. Find a few ROMs (MarioKart on the SNES would be an obvious inital choice), and you're ready to go!

Mario Party.......seriously. (1)

Aeron65432 (805385) | about 6 years ago | (#23181328)

My friend is in virtually the same situation as you, and he and his wife love to play Mario Party, or ROMs from older console games in general.

Lego Star Wars! (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#23181332)

Lego Star Wars 1&2 works very well and has a good co-op feature.

Re:Lego Star Wars! (2, Informative)

OS24Ever (245667) | about 6 years ago | (#23181496)

Coming soon too we have LEGO Raiders of the Lost Ark and such. It's amazing how fun that game is, especially with a competent second player.

However, play it with a five year old, my god, you'll go insane. It's like playing Contra all over again.

Stepmania (4, Interesting)

gatzke (2977) | about 6 years ago | (#23181336)

Get a couple of USB dance pads and try out Stepmania, a free DDR clone.

Or get a Wii. Tons of simple flash games through the browser. Fun and simple.

Re:Stepmania (1)

Oxy the moron (770724) | about 6 years ago | (#23181620)

Or get a Wii. Tons of simple flash games through the browser. Fun and simple.

Yeah, but I don't think there are many multiplayer games for the Wii via Flash. If there are, please point them out, as I'd like to try them for myself!

Get a zx spectrum emulator (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#23181340)

Manic Miner, Jetset Willy, enuff said!

Emulators (5, Insightful)

Oxy the moron (770724) | about 6 years ago | (#23181346)

Get some old-school console emulators and play some of the great classics.

I'm sure that what constitutes a "classic" will vary here on /., but I prefer some of the older Super NES games... Tetris Attack is awesome.

You didn't hear that from me, though...

Legal ROMs? (1, Redundant)

tepples (727027) | about 6 years ago | (#23181516)

Get some old-school console emulators and play some of the great classics.
So where do you recommend that members of the general public buy a cartridge copier so that they can dump their authentic Super NES Game Paks into ROM files for the PC?

Re:Legal ROMs? (1)

Oxy the moron (770724) | about 6 years ago | (#23181590)

So where do you recommend that members of the general public buy a cartridge copier so that they can dump their authentic Super NES Game Paks into ROM files for the PC?

I don't have a suggestion for that... I play Tetris Attack by putting the cartridge in my SNES and turning it on, and I'll keep doing that until it hits Virtual Console so I can play it on my Wii.

Re:Legal ROMs? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#23181614)

Screw that. Roms for SNES are abandonware anyhow. Just use bittorrent, I don't think the publishers of Super Punch Out will hunt you down for downloading a few SNES roms.

Re:Legal ROMs? (4, Informative)

tepples (727027) | about 6 years ago | (#23181736)

Roms for SNES are abandonware anyhow.
What makes you say that? Nintendo has not abandoned copyright in Super NES games. They are still being republished on Virtual Console.

Re:Legal ROMs? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#23181714)

Games want to be free, you insensitive clod!

Re:Legal ROMs? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#23181720)

AFAIK as long as you OWN the game, you can download a backup copy legally. You don't have to copy it yourself.

a relatively newly married young couple? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#23181356)

A relatively newly married young couple should spend less time on computers and more time in bed (or wherever else...) having sweet (or whatever else...) love!
captcha: micron

Re:a relatively newly married young couple? (1, Insightful)

aug24 (38229) | about 6 years ago | (#23181536)

So what part of "No 'Find the Sausage' jokes" did you not understand?

And what illiterate dickhead modded you Insightful?

(God, I hate teenagers.)

J.

Re:a relatively newly married young couple? (4, Funny)

onion2k (203094) | about 6 years ago | (#23181624)

So what part of "No 'Find the Sausage' jokes" did you not understand?

This is Slashdot, so I'm going to guess "all of it".

What did I win?

Re:a relatively newly married young couple? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#23181576)

we need quality gaming advice, preferably games which we can play with a single laptop connected to a single large screen, with two gamepads, a console-like experience. What are your suggestions?
Sounds to me like a reverse cowboy, video cam plugged into the flat screen on the ceiling fits the description. Your console, her game pads.

Re:a relatively newly married young couple? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#23181578)

definitely; i'm recently married and the last game I'm playing with my young, way too hot wife is a video game.

ROMS (1)

Coretron (1260436) | about 6 years ago | (#23181362)

ROMS and emulators my friend. Also, "You don't know jack" is a good multiplayer trivia game.

Re:ROMS (1)

Vectronic (1221470) | about 6 years ago | (#23181514)

Agreed.. I still find playing NES games more fun than the newest "holy shit look at those graphics" sort of games... use (mostly) NEStopia (2.15MB) and have some 700 ROMS/Games for it (99MB) ... weeks of gaming, at the expense of a couple minutes downloading...

Re:ROMS (-1, Redundant)

tepples (727027) | about 6 years ago | (#23181668)

use (mostly) NEStopia (2.15MB) and have some 700 ROMS/Games for it (99MB)
How long did it take you to copy 700 Game Paks to your PC, and which NES cart copier did you use? Did you use an IO-56, or did you use a CopyNES?

"Hey everybody, look at me!" (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#23181364)

"Not only do I have a girlfriend, but we're MARRIED, and she wants to play video games with me! Oh, did I mention she loves Linux?"

Re:"Hey everybody, look at me!" (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#23181414)

jealous much?

Emulators (1)

Katchina'404 (85738) | about 6 years ago | (#23181368)

Give a try to old console and arcade emulators. My wife is into SNES Mario and similar stuff.

Although it's usually played with a mouse, the old Worms series is great fun as well.

You're doing it wrong ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#23181372)

I think this is what you're trying to say:

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=hide+the+sausage

or maybe not ...

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Find+the+sausage

In the time... (0, Offtopic)

Jumphard (1079023) | about 6 years ago | (#23181374)

...you took to post this inane question you could have driven down to your local *mart and purchased a Nintendo Wii, Playstation 1,2,3, Xbox, or a SNES.

My advice - go buy a console if you want to have the most authentic "console-like" experience.

The classics (1)

jsnipy (913480) | about 6 years ago | (#23181382)

Two controllers MAME + street fighter 2 = great time. Unfortunately when me and wife play its two controllers + MAME + puzzle bobble :/ Although it is not the most graphically gratifying there a tons of great classic (2p) games to be played on MAME and other emulators.

Re:The classics (1)

Lisandro (799651) | about 6 years ago | (#23181528)

Ditto. MAME is a great choice for co-op games, there's a lot of classics available out there. A few weeks ago we played "Vendetta" with some friends and had a blast. It was like being 15 again.

Fun for 2 on a PC? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#23181390)

Think she already had excluded vast majority of ways to have fun while playing on a computer. If not on an MMO and by looking for 2-players games, you are just left with console emulators.

Try http://www.mamedev.org/ [mamedev.org] or Google'ing around for maybe not-so-old console emu's.

Emulation (1)

mcstudent (1272792) | about 6 years ago | (#23181394)

With a couple of game pads and any computer you can play just about the entire library of any classic system. I'm still addcited to some of the old SNES titles - Mario World, F-Zero, Starfox and Mario Kart. Seek and ye shall find.

Re:Emulation (0, Redundant)

tepples (727027) | about 6 years ago | (#23181686)

With a couple of game pads and any computer you can play just about the entire library of any classic system
So where do you lawfully get games for emulators?

Speaking as a married husband with a kid... (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#23181408)

Don't mean to be presumptuous, but I would recommend you spend your spare time outside of your house exploring the world. You will have plenty of time to stay in the house if/when you decide to have children.

Mod Parent Up! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#23181476)

Parent? Get it? ha

Re:Speaking as a married husband with a kid... (5, Insightful)

Oxy the moron (770724) | about 6 years ago | (#23181672)

Speaking as a geek married with four kids, I say any time spent enjoying each other's company is good. You also make the assumption that they have the desire and means to get out and explore the world... I know we didn't early in our marriage.

Not saying that exploring the world is bad, but I think if they really enjoy gaming together, it's better than a lot of other alternatives. :)

Suggestions... (4, Insightful)

404 Clue Not Found (763556) | about 6 years ago | (#23181422)

First, I know this isn't what you asked, but I can't recommend this enough: Instead of wasting money on PC gamepads and half-assed ports, just get a console. You can get a PS2 for ~$100 and an additional controller + memory card for maybe another $20. That'd open up a whole WORLD of great co-op games designed for the exact kind of experience you're looking for. You can rent games from your neighborhood video store or from Gamefly.com for about $5 a pop or $20 a month. The whole process would be much simpler (no installations, no crashes, no gamepad incompabilities) and the availability of games is so much better. I'm not recommending this out of laziness. I've been a die-hard PC gamer for ~15 years (still am), but I recently got a PS2 for Rock Band and have since started renting other co-op titles... and lemme tell ya, the experience is so much more straightforward and enjoyable.

If you absolutely must play on the PC, well, I'd suggest you simply look for direct console ports or cross-platform titles. "Natural" PC games designed only for the PC are aimed towards a different audience and play rather differently. It's going to be especially hard to find multiplayer PC games that are playable on a single system with gamepad support -- most people who want that style simply go for consoles instead.

Now, some specifics... are console-style action-RPGs also forbidden? Some good multiplayer games fall into this category, like Marvel: Ultimate Alliance [wikipedia.org] and X-Men Legends II [wikipedia.org] .

The venerable Worms series [wikipedia.org] (specifically, Worms Armageddon [wikipedia.org] ) is also great two-player fun.

Guitar Hero 3 [wikipedia.org] is great fun on the consoles, but it has high system requirements on the PC and I'm not sure if it supports split-screen play.

Serious Sam [wikipedia.org] lets you play split-screen on one system, but I don't know how easy it'd be to use gamepads with a FPS designed for PCs (meaning, it probably lacks the auto-aim found in console FPSes).

The Gametap [gametap.com] service lets you play a lot of old-school games for a flat monthly fee, and many of them are designed for 2-player console-like gaming (they're ported from the consoles or arcades, after all).

Wikipedia also has a list of more single-system games [wikipedia.org] (sort the table by "screen view").

That's all I can think of.

Re:Suggestions... (2, Informative)

404 Clue Not Found (763556) | about 6 years ago | (#23181726)

I went ahead and filtered that Wikipedia list for coop PC games that can be played on a single system (like the original list, this is neither complete nor perfect):

Alien Breed
Alien Breed: Tower Assault
Batman Forever: The Arcade Game
Blip and Blop
C-Dogs
Dynasty Warriors 4
Guitar Hero III
Jazz Jackrabbit 2
Kane & Lynch: Dead Men
Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy
Lego Star Wars: The Video Game
Marvel: Ultimate Alliance
Millennium Soldier: Expendable
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Legend of Jack Sparrow
Serious Sam
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
The Incredibles: Rise of the Underminer
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Virtua Cop
Virtua Cop 2
X-Men Legends
X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse

Play Scorch (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#23181436)

It's a turn-based battle-tank game my whole family enjoys. There's probably a version for your operating system. Your turn has two parts, a battle turn, and a purchasing turn, where you can buy more/better guns, missiles, shields, etc.

Make sure you stock up on parachutes

you're doing it wrong (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#23181438)

The best game to play is "HIDE the sausage"!

Lego Star Wars 1&2 (2, Informative)

PinbalI (1278684) | about 6 years ago | (#23181444)

Lego Star Wars 1&2 can be played on PC with either keyboard or controller and has a good co-op function. You can probably find a torrent of it easy enough.

Re:Lego Star Wars 1&2 (1)

PinbalI (1278684) | about 6 years ago | (#23181570)

Also I do believe some of the Need for Speed games support split screen as well as Flatout 1&2.

I have a game.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#23181452)

Why don't you take off her clothes and play doctor?

Gametap (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#23181454)

Gametap.com. I like that. Go to walmart and buy a controller adapter for usb and you can both play games, old and new, arcade and console, from your laptop.

Emulation is the answer (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#23181456)

Depending on what kind of graphics you have your experience may vary. But M.A.M.E, ePSXe,Gens ,Kega Fusion, ZSNES, or Project 64 may be what you are looking for and there are a million site to find games ( Roms) remember Google is your friend.

Trackmania! (1)

pl1ght (836951) | about 6 years ago | (#23181458)

Trackmania id say. Its a very fun addicting game, and while i dont believe it has a Split Screen mode. It has a hotseat mode to take turns doing tracks. Plus there are two free versions of the games, which are both very full featured, Trackmania Nations and the just released Trackmania Forever.

You should check... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#23181478)

...the Hot Coffee mod for GTA. What, it's not multiplayer you say? Well, SCREW YOU then! ;-)

continuum/ subspace (3, Informative)

circletimessquare (444983) | about 6 years ago | (#23181486)

a head designer was the guy who coined the term mmorpg. it is in fact the first (graphical, sorry mudders) example of an mmorpg

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SubSpace_(computer_game) [wikipedia.org]

its like the original asteroids, without the asteroids, and instead a maze of a bunch of other ships (random people from around the world)

i think a lot of slashdotters messed with it 10 years ago, and forgot about it

however, i recently rediscovered it (its free now) and was surprised to find a lot of zones still heavily populated. each zone has a different variation on the basic ship types and their abilities. you can waste 5 minutes or half an hour on it, to great effect

nothing like meeting a guy in a tank from finland, dodging his mine, blowing him away, while a guy from china materializes out of cloak and shoots you in the back. its cheap and easy mmorpg fun without the massive time commitment something like WoW demands

Lego Star War I & II (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#23181488)

Seriously, get an old PS2 (one of the smaller silver ones, been out for years - should be cheap).

My girl loves playing Lego Star Wars, it's cutesy and simple enough to start with, has elements of puzzling to it, can be a little challenging in places and is a hell of a lot of fun.

Buy a Console (3, Insightful)

ObsessiveMathsFreak (773371) | about 6 years ago | (#23181490)

In all seriousness, the total hardware cost of two gamepads, a TV out connector and a laptop graphics card needed to run the latest games will more than likely overrun the cost of just buying a PS2 or a Wii, Your spouse's tastes scream console gaming. No strategy games or RPGs? What does that leave? FPSes? Good luck finding a co-op FPS title.

For Co-op play, console is King. There are a myriad of two player titles out there to cater for all tastes, and co-op is something that even gets included in some one [youtube.com] player [youtube.com] titles, owing to its popularity.

PCs are not designed for what you're looking for. Consoles are, and they are cheaper, faster, easier and offer a better selection of titles. Just buy the damn Wii.

You could try... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#23181492)

Dance Dance Revolution for the PC. You'd need some dance pads but it's a fun and great way to get some exercise. http://pc.ign.com/objects/640/640958.html

Smash Bros (1)

FredFredrickson (1177871) | about 6 years ago | (#23181494)

I have a subscription to Gametap, and I've been very happy with that and my usb game controllers. It's got some multiplayer games, and some single player games. A lot of games from older consoles too.

Aside from that I recommend getting n64 roms and playing smash bros till you pass out.

Re:Smash Bros (0, Troll)

tepples (727027) | about 6 years ago | (#23181700)

Aside from that I recommend getting n64 roms
Which N64 copier do you recommend, and where do you recommend buying it? I tried searching Google, but that turned up a lot of "want to buy a used copier" posts on forums, not online stores offering to sell goods.

Steam Steam Steam (1)

binary-refinery (1237290) | about 6 years ago | (#23181500)

I have fallen in love with AudioSurf from Valve.. it's only limit is your music collection..

Kick It Old Skool (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#23181504)

I purchased a nintendo for my wife some years ago. We play tetris, mario, and about a billion other games. If you shop around you can buy an old console for probably 50 bucks or so, and your games run you a 1-5 dollars. You can sub in Sega Genisis/NEOGeo or whatever for the console system she's familiar with. OR hit up the Wii, with which you can DL all the old classics from any of the older systems and play. Also, the older consoles with 2 buttons and a D-pad are great for the young gamers to be. trying to teach a 3-6 year old super mario is tons easier than Halo3. trust me.

And for the "Think of the Kids" response, we also participate in sunlight related activities.

Ok this is what you do. (2, Funny)

jellomizer (103300) | about 6 years ago | (#23181510)

The issue with most PC Games even Multi-Player is they expect one person for PC, so they are normally networked for multi-player.
Get 2 USB Keypads, and a Copy of VMWare. Install 2 OS the VMWare and copy of each game on it. setup the virtual network correctly and Link one USB Keypad to each VM. Now Resize the VM Windows so you have Split Screen. And there 2 of you can play games at once (even 2 different ones if you feel like it) on your laptop all for the price of getting a console.

Gaming...Laptop (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#23181518)

If you can afford one the those over priced pieces of junk you can afford a Wii, a Xbox360 and a PS3.

FIFA/ProEvo (1)

hooloovoo9 (1278690) | about 6 years ago | (#23181522)

If you're not too averse to sports games, I strongly recommend EA GAMES FIFA Soccer 2008 (or any of the FIFA games) or Konami has a good one out too... Pro Evolution Soccer 2008.

Never mind games (4, Funny)

Toreo asesino (951231) | about 6 years ago | (#23181526)

Jesus, if you've got to resort to games this early on in marriage, that's not a good sign.

Sexual deviance, man! That's what you need to try; your "find the sausage" game sounds like a good start. You're married, it's ok to do that now!

ROMs and Emulators (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#23181540)

If you already have the game pads, the easiest and cheapest way to play old school console games is to download ROMs and Emulators. If you do a google search, you will be bombarded with choices.

Lego Star Wars (2, Informative)

Rhys (96510) | about 6 years ago | (#23181588)

Ep1-3 and 4-6 are both excellent and are PC-available.

I think guitar hero has a PC port, if you're into rhythm games. (ba-dum-ching!)

Serious Sam (1)

HalAtWork (926717) | about 6 years ago | (#23181592)

Serious Sam is one of the few PC games that allows you to do split screen, so I would suggest trying that out, it's a great experience! Saves you from trying to set up a home lan just to play with one friend. Wacky Races by Apogee is another great game that allows split screen play on PC. There are a few Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat games ported to PC as well. Other than this, unfortunately co-op and multiplayer console style games on a single PC are really hard to come by.

Hey, how can this be!? (1)

larpon (974081) | about 6 years ago | (#23181636)

Jay Miner died in 1994?!!1

oookay.. on topic, and in refference to your nick...

You could try one of the many UAE amiga emulators out there (E-UAE, WinUAE)... although the Amiga was kind of a hybrid Console/PC it had alot of good games many of which was focused on 2 player action.

These will probably be better with joysticks than gamepads... And I'm not sure if any of the UAE's actually supports gamepad-like devices :|

Well.. Worth a try?

Buy a console (1)

Wylfing (144940) | about 6 years ago | (#23181642)

Really. Just buy one instead of trying to shoehorn a laptop into the role. As a new couple with (presumably) no kids yet, you can spare the change. In fact, if you're really price-conscious, go buy a 1st-gen Xbox for $25 or so and pick up some games at mom-and-pop used game stores for $5-$10 apiece. There are plenty of split-screen shooters and racers for the original Xbox that you two can spend countless hours on.

Console-like fun ey? (2, Funny)

MadKeithV (102058) | about 6 years ago | (#23181652)

For the console-like fun experience, you need a stick, a sharpening tool, and one of your eyes.

Nintendo-Hard, look it up.

(I kid, I kid).

Emulators are the way to go (1)

loafula (1080631) | about 6 years ago | (#23181688)

Download a console emulator. Look them up on google. They are tiny pieces of software that emulate older console's hardware. Look for the ROM packs on BitTorrent- they are 600MB - 2GB depending on the system you choose, and usually include EVERY GAME EVER MADE for the console they correspond to. The emulators usually run flawlessly too.

Why not buy a console? (1)

ObiWanStevobi (1030352) | about 6 years ago | (#23181690)

I'd say just buy a console or two. A Wii/360 combo may keep you both happy. My wife is not a gamer but loves the Wii. Personally, I really don't like the Wii. It will not satisfy the hardcore gamer. The 360 has many good titles worth checking into, Halo, Mass Effect, Gears of War, Dead Rising, Oblivion, and Orange Box, to name a few.

Old Dos Games (0, Offtopic)

sherriw (794536) | about 6 years ago | (#23181692)

There are tons of free, fun arcade style games at: www.dosgamesarchive.com.

Many of them will run on newer computers with minimal trouble.

MASHED! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#23181702)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mashed
a bit older, but a lot of fun

buy a ps2 and lego starwars (1)

jabjoe (1042100) | about 6 years ago | (#23181712)

buy a ps2 and lego starwars. Even if you don't like starwars. My partner and I played through both games together and it was great fun. We are waiting for lego indiana jones! Most fun co-op series I've ever played.

Come on, are you serious!? (1)

NetNinja (469346) | about 6 years ago | (#23181718)

Slashdot allowed this question be posted?

Mod me to hell but I think honey and hubby can do things more worthwhile i.e. "Find the sausage". Than to figure out what video game stimulates them.

Get an original XBox... (1)

drgould (24404) | about 6 years ago | (#23181734)

... and softmod it.

Then you can play original XBox games (which are cheap now), run emulators to play old NES and SNES games and run XBMC [xbmc.org] so you can use it as your multimedia center.
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