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Encyclopedia > Single player

In computer and video games, single player refers to the variant of a particular game where input from only one player is expected throughout the course of the gaming session. A "single player game" usually implies a game that can only be played by one person, while "single player mode" usually refers to a portion of a multiplayer game that can only be played by one player. Winning screen from Windows XPs solitare. ... Namcos Pac-Man was a hit, and became a universal phenomenon. ... A player of a game is a participant therein. ... Online gaming redirects here. ...


The majority of early computer games were single player. Two-player games appeared with the first personal computers, and 1978 introduced the first multiplayer games, known as MUDs. The early 1990s introduced many games which utilised local area networks and null modems for multiplayer mode. Doom is a notable example of one such game. In computer gaming, a MUD (Multi-User Dungeon, Domain or Dimension) is a multi-player computer game that combines elements of role-playing games, hack and slash style computer games and social chat rooms. ... Local area network scheme A local area network (LAN) is a computer network covering a small geographic area, like a home, office, or group of buildings. ... A null modem adapter A null modem is a device that allows one to connect two computers together, typically with only a serial port. ... Doom (or DOOM)[1] is a 1993 computer game by id Software that is a landmark title in the first-person shooter genre. ...


Popular modern single player games are typically first-person shooters (FPS), internet Flash games, and games for the mobile phone. The major selling points of larger single-player games are interesting storylines, impressive graphics, and realistic non-player characters and opponents. Notable examples include the Half-Life and Doom series. Selling points of the smaller games are low learning curve and availability (many are free to play on various sites). Maze War, one of the two candidates for the first FPS. This article is about the video game genre. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Half-Life For a quantity subject to exponential decay, the half-life is the time required for the quantity to fall to half of its initial value. ... Doom (or DOOM)[1] is a 1993 computer game by id Software that is a landmark title in the first-person shooter genre. ... The learning curve effect and the closely related experience curve effect express the relationship between experience and efficiency. ...


Certain game genres are inherently oriented towards single player in their design. Such genres include puzzle games, such as Tetris, and plot-based role-playing games (RPGs), such as the Final Fantasy series. Recent additions to these genres, such as the Massively Multiplayer Online RPGs or online multiplayer versions of Tetris are serving to undo this trend. Minesweeper, a popular computer puzzle game found on many machines. ... Tetris (Russian: ) is a falling-blocks puzzle video game, released on a large spectrum of platforms. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... An image from World of Warcraft, one of the largest commercial MMORPGs as of 2004, based on active subscriptions. ...


The vast majority of modern console games and arcade games are designed so that they can be played by a single player; although many of these games have modes that allow two or more players to play (not necessarily simultaneously), very few actually require more than one player for the game to be played. The Unreal Tournament series is an example of such. A console game is a form of interactive multimedia used for entertainment. ... Centipede by Atari is a typical example of a 1980s era arcade game. ... Unreal Tournament, abbreviated UT, (sometimes referred to as UT99, UT Classic, UT1, or UT:GOTY to differentiate from Unreal Tournament 2003, Unreal Tournament 2004, and Unreal Tournament 3) is a popular first-person shooter video game. ...


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Single player - definition of Single player in Encyclopedia (359 words)
A "single player game" usually implies a game where this mode is the only or main option, while "single player mode" usually refers to the single player mode of a game where a multiplayer mode also exists.
Popular modern single player games are typically first person shooters, internet flash games, and games for the mobile phone.
The vast majority of console games and arcade games are designed so that they can be played by a single player; although many of these games have modes that allow two or more players to play (not necessarily simultaneously), very few actually require more than one player for the game to be played.
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