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For a couple of years, I ran multiplayer Kotaku Game Nights in bars and pubs around London and Brighton, UK. We'd play good music with actual DJs, set up a bunch of consoles, get the beers in, and welcome anywhere from 50-200 people, depending on the night. It was the ultimate testing ground for competitive multiplayer. Some games proved too complicated for people to pick up and play in a bar setting; others got boring after a few rounds. The games below are the ones with the best balance of accessibility, nuance and all-important fun for a social setting.
It's been nearly 14 years since Blizzard launched the world's most popular massively multiplayer online role-playing game. You've had plenty of time to get your affairs in order before finally taking the plunge into Azeroth. Don't worry, the World of Warcraft hasn't passed you by. You just might need a little help getting started. We got you.
Back in the day, if a video game didn't work or you just didn't like it, you could take it back to the store and have the person behind the register laugh in your face when you asked for your money back. These days, getting a refund is a labyrinthine of web forms, logins, and annoying capchas. You can still get your money back, though. Here's how.
Couch co-op games tend to be more intimate than competitive multiplayer games; when it's just you and a friend or partner, there's more time to learn and absorb. Where competitive multiplayer needs to be accessible enough to pick up in a pub, co-op games can grow on you over the course of a few evenings. Not every game that you can play together is actually fun as a co-op experience. Some multiplayer games feel more like single-player games with another person thrown in, but when co-op games are designed well, they can be magic. The list below represents a broad range of co-op experiences, but all of them are great.