With virtual reality poised to shakeup the way we experience games starting next year, now is a good time to take stock of how far we’ve come over the course of the last generation. Most industries will go through their fair share of dramatic changes over the course of a decade, but the gaming industry in particular changes so rapidly in that same span of time that it can be difficult to keep track of everything. A decade ago, we were still doing most of our gaming on consoles such as the PlayStation 2 and still thought that we’d see Half-Life 3 released in a timely manner (seriously Valve, where is it?). While the games industry is still filled with many of the same franchises and big names as it was a decade ago, it looks more different than you may think. There have been a variety of changes both big and small in the last decade, but these 10 are definitely the most significant reasons why gaming in 2015 looks (and plays!) a lot different than it did in 2005.
10. The Slow Death of Split-Screen
Getting friends together in the same room to play games used to be a good way to spend a Friday night, but thanks to the increasing prevalence of online gaming — especially on consoles — in the last decade, this is getting harder and harder to do. While split-screen gaming has never been the ideal way to play a game, it engenders a social atmosphere that just can’t be translated through a headset and stable internet connection. Recently, the developers of Halo 5: Guardians revealed that they had removed split-screen from the game; considering split-screen has been part of the design fabric of the Halo series since its inception, this seems to be the latest indicator that split-screen is quickly going the way of the dodo.