As one of four, some of my oldest co-op memories are playing 4 player arcade games; the intense and tiny racing action of Ivan 'Ironman' Stewart's Super Off Road, or the mad scramble for The Simpsons Arcade machine, as we all try to avoid playing as Lisa. There is something to be said for the close proximity of four players all stood around together - and I don't mean just the smell.
Those of you lucky enough to be at this year's Comic Con San Diego (happening right now) have the chance to re-enact your childhood with the awesome bespoke Ratchet and Clank: All 4 One Arcade.
The cabinet is housed in the Playstation section of the Con and has a 40 inch 3D screen. Unfortunately, there are no old school joysticks and buttons to mash, but you do get to use eerily light DualShock 3's instead. Other Playstation co-op games are also at the Con including; Resistance 3, Uncharted 3, Twisted Metal and Starhawk. All these games have panel sessions so check them out:
FRIDAY, JULY 22
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Developing Interactive Entertainment: The Performance Capture Techniques of the UNCHARTED Franchise and Today’s Film Industry: Join UNCHARTED 3’s Creative Director Amy Hennig, cast members Nolan North, Richard McGonagle, and Emily Rose to discuss the influence of theatrical techniques and styles from the history of film that have helped the team continually produce industry-leading and award-winning interactive entertainment. Room 25ABC
SATURDAY, JULY 23
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Twisted Metal @ SDCC 2011: Join David Jaffe, co-director of the upcoming PlayStation 3 exclusive Twisted Metal as he reveals the newest Twisted trailer, unveils a near final cut of the game’s opening live action cinematic, and shows off the single player campaign, including a sneak peak of a new boss: The Brothers Grimm! Room 5AB
SUNDAY, JULY 24
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. The Evolution from Warhawk to Starhawk: The New Universe that is Starhawk and the Characters Behind the Conflict: Join Starhawk’s Lars DeVore (Creative Director), Harvard Bonin (Senior Producer), John Hight (Studio Director), and Starhawk’s Writer, Koen Wooten, as they provide insight into the creative process behind Starhawk’s space western universe with never-before-seen concept art and exclusive story details. Room 25AB