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Had a good time gaming Warcraft III on the weekend with my 7 year old son and we decided to team up as Night Elves and vs some random easy computer opponents. It turns out Warcraft III has incredibly difficult computer opponents and even my own RTS game experience is no match for a normal or expert computer. Two easy opponents however made for some good 1 hour gaming time.
And we had a minor army with level 10 heroes by the time we crushed our opponents. Warcraft III is still very much playable even though it is a little dated it allows you to play on the LAN, so 1 copy of the game installed on multiple computers is still an option for multiplayer gaming without having to purchase the game more than once.
This is a problem with PC games that connect with STEAM or Games for Windows lately, I like to game with my son and both of us in the house together. We like multiplayer co-op games and not playing with other people online so much, LAN mode is pretty much gone from games and everything requires a connection to a gaming server. This requires multiple purchases of the same game, yet if you buy the same game for the Xbox 360, it allows two people to play on the same console split screen, yet you can’t play the same game on 2 PC’s in the same house together without purchasing it twice.
I already have paid for some games 2x just so my son and I can play together, I wasn’t too happy about buying Dawn of War 2 on two machines so we can do campaign coop, but I did it so we can have a good time. These games are worth the $40 – $50 to play, but $100 just to play with your kid? It is no wonder why we spend more time looking for free MMO’s like Runes of Magic or Age of Empires Online Beta, when gaming is starting to cost so much.