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Goldeneye Source Split Screen

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Well, this Half-Life 2 mod called GoldenEye Source, five years in the making, has just come out of beta and been fully released for free. The game is a creation of fans with the objective to bring the original experiences from GoldenEye on the N64 back to life. I remember spending hours upon hours playing GoldenEye on the N64, and was sad. This mod currently uses the 2007 version of the Source SDK and that version does not support split-screen along with not supporting Mac or Linux. In order to have split-screen support among other things they would have to port this mod to the 2013 version of the Source SDK. GoldenEye: Source is a multiplayer only modification of Half-Life 2, with only one goal in mind; to bring the memories and experiences from the original Gold.

Goldeneye Source Split Screen

And yet there is one extremely weird caveat to this. While the Xbox version of Goldeneye coming to Game Pass has split-screen multiplayer like the old days, it does not have online multiplayer. But what does have online multiplayer? The Nintendo Switch version.

Players have been putting up with screen cheating in GoldenEye 007 ever since the game was released for the Nintendo 64 on August 25, 1997. The practice basically involves looking at the opposite side of the screen during split screen multiplayer. The game can however now be played without fear of screen cheating thanks to a British museum spending big bucks on hardware to get GoldenEye 007 running on four separate screens.

When the game arrives on Xbox, it will include the classic campaign, complete with the original difficulty settings and cheat codes (no word on if "DK Mode" will be renamed to something more generic like "Big Head Mode" for the Xbox version). The Xbox version will also include the split-screen local competitive multiplayer mode that made the game such a mainstay for get-togethers in the N64 era.

GoldenEye 007 is a 1997 first-person shooter developed by Rare and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo 64. Based on the 1995 James Bond film GoldenEye, the player controls the secret agent James Bond to prevent a criminal syndicate from using a satellite weapon. They navigate a series of levels to complete objectives, such as recovering or destroying objects, while shooting enemies. In a multiplayer mode, up to four players compete in several deathmatch scenarios via split-screen.

GoldenEye 007 features a multiplayer mode where up to four players can compete in several deathmatch scenarios via split-screen.[3] These include Normal, You Only Live Twice, The Living Daylights, The Man With the Golden Gun, and Licence to Kill.[12] Normal is a standard mode where players score points by killing opponents. Players can be grouped in teams or compete individually.[12] You Only Live Twice gives players two lives before they are eliminated from the game, resulting in the last surviving player winning the match.[3] In Licence to Kill, players die from a single hit with any weapon.[13] Due to its high rate of fire and wide bullet spread, the Klobb is highly advantageous in this scenario.[8]

Anyone who remembers playing GoldenEye 007 on the N64 likely remembers having to account for the "screencheaters" that would glance at another quadrant of the split-screen shooter to gauge an opponent's locations. There's even a modern game that forces players to rely on the tactic to track invisible opponents.

Now, 25 years after GoldenEye's launch, a museum has managed to do something about those screencheaters, rigging up a way to split a game of GoldenEye across four TV screens without modifying the original cartridge or N64 hardware.

Enlarge / The C2-7210 video scaler is the key bit of tech for splitting GoldenEye's split-screen across multiple displays.Centre for Computing History CEO and trustee Jason Fitzpatrick tells Ars the idea for multi-screen GoldenEye started when some employees at the museum were discussing their particular frustrations with split-screen first-person shooters on consoles. "We were talking about it and they said, 'The trouble is being all on the same screen; you just look to the top right and see what they're doing, and you can counter it,'" Fitzpatrick said. "And we went, 'Oh, actually, we might have a way around that.' So we just messed around and tried it and thought it was just a bit of fun."

Fitzpatrick was in a good position to split up GoldenEye's split-screen signal because of his day job at Pure Energy TV and Film Props, where he says he's often called on to set up old cathode ray tube TVs on set. That means he "happens to have a number of bits of equipment for messing around with video," he said.

"When we started working on GoldenEye XBLA, our thoughts were to keep the game as close to the original as possible for fans of it, but to enhance what we could. And one obvious thing that was available on XBLA that wasn't on Nintendo 64 was networking via Xbox Live. Since we were already going to have split-screen multiplayer, and the multiplayer gameplay was already designed to work in that situation, it seemed obvious to also allow split-screen multiplayer when networked!

For multi-screen GoldenEye, Fitzpatrick said he simply split the standard PAL N64 signal into four identical copies, then fed two inputs each into two scaler units. After that, you point each scaler at a different quadrant of the input signal and send the resulting output to different TVs. A second input on one of those TVs also receives the unmodified full-screen signal directly from the N64 to make it easier to navigate menus.

This kind of signal splitting may bring to mind the massive CRT video walls that you sometimes see in art installations or old music videos. But Fitzpatrick says using a video wall controller for this kind of processing "would take hours to set up because you'd have to do each one individually... you wouldn't have had the fine control over going exactly into that [split-screen] area. That would have just taken the screen and cut it into four. It might have missed some bits and pieces."

Times, however, have moved on. Although many still yearn for local multiplayer in a world that's increasingly focused on online play, having to play via a tiny segment of a split-screen isn't the most ideal way to experience a game. Plus, you can see where everyone else is on the map!

How exactly this has been accomplished is probably a bit beyond our technical expertise, but it looks like a single screen has been split across four displays, with each segment zoomed in to fill the entire display. Sounds simple in writing, of course, but the chap in the video states that around 8000 of equipment was needed to accomplish the feat - yikes.

Cable splitter + cardboard taped to the screen. Cable splitters were usually in junk drawers and cardboard was basically free. To top it off, we found the TVs on the side of the road during spring cleaning.

As much fun as GoldenEye 007 was to play in local multiplayer mode, the split screen held it back somewhat. At the time, some complained about screen cheating, but since everyone could see all of the screens, it was still a level playing field and eliminated annoying tactics like camping. The main problem was reducing the already small screen you were likely playing on by a factor of four.

The Xbox version of the game is considered a remaster, as it is noted to have achievements, support 4K resolution, have better framerate and more. It is not yet known if the Nintendo Switch version of the game will have these changes, or will retain the charm of the original game. What is known, however, is that the Nintendo Switch version of GoldenEye 007 will have both the original split-screen and an online multiplayer. The Xbox will not have this functionality, and will only have split-screen for its multiplayer gameplay. This is not necessarily a bad thing, as the original multiplayer of GoldenEye thrived with only split-screen play.

Multiplayer is one of the most popular features of gaming, and split-screen used to be the best way to do it. A few video game franchises have pulled off local multiplayer better than others, and some series like Halo and Super Smash Bros originally built their legacies as local multiplayer titles.

Split-screen titles have been popular ever since GoldenEye 007 was released on the Nintendo 64 in 1997. The James Bond shooter supported a four-player split-screen deathmatch mode, which was iconic in its generation. It was the original get-together game and popularized the idea of hosting game parties. For some, split-screen games helped ease gamers into a social environment they would otherwise be prone to ignoring.

The golden generation of split-screen gaming was on the PlayStation 2, original Xbox, and GameCube era. Since this age of consoles was just getting used to online connections, split-screen was still the best multiplayer available. From racing titles like Gran Turismo and Burnout to shooters like Star Wars Battlefront 2, split screen was everywhere. Even unique, music-based titles like Guitar Hero had a split-screen mode.

The main reason split-screen gaming is better than online multiplayer is because of the strength of connection. Online games are only as good as the internet connecting them, but split-screen games can never get disconnected. Framerate would stay steady between players, and even if it did drop, at least it would be an equal disadvantage.

The other reason split-screen mode needs to stay is the way it facilitates interaction between players. Using a communication server or chat room lets players connect, but being in the same room is more of a shared experience. Implementing co-op into story games makes for gaming adventures that help people get to know each other so much more than online interaction.

Screen cheating has always been the bane of split screen gaming. There's nothing quite like sneakily creeping around corners only to find out your opponent has been right there waiting for you. Not out of any deduction or skill, just their ability to look at your portion of the screen. GG indeed.


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