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June 30, 2013 5:54:54 PM

Hi all, just wondered if it's possible to play games on PC in 2 player mode from same workstation? meaning two keyboards and two mice. Me and my partner like games like WoW, Diablo etc I'm building a gaming PC and thought it would be cool to have both of us play together, we have an Xbox receiver for normal 2 player games (we use two xbox controllers) but for more keyboard based games i'm confused about the possibilites..

also other suggestions on 2 player games would be cool. like WoW but we'd ideally like to play on same monitor/42" tv (split screen etc)

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June 30, 2013 6:03:29 PM

I don't actually know of any games in which you can do this. PCs aren't really made for splitscreen multiplayer, so many developers don't include the option, I presume.
June 30, 2013 6:19:30 PM

hudson1984 said:
Hi all, just wondered if it's possible to play games on PC in 2 player mode from same workstation? meaning two keyboards and two mice. Me and my partner like games like WoW, Diablo etc I'm building a gaming PC and thought it would be cool to have both of us play together, we have an Xbox receiver for normal 2 player games (we use two xbox controllers) but for more keyboard based games i'm confused about the possibilites..

also other suggestions on 2 player games would be cool. like WoW but we'd ideally like to play on same monitor/42" tv (split screen etc)


I don't really know of any either. We used to play turn based strategy games like Heroes of Might and Magic, and a golf simulator called Links 386 back in the 90's on the same machine, but you had to take turns of course at the monitor and controls. At other times we would bring our PC's to a friends house and set them up on a ping pong table in the den, network them together and play Doom II, Nascar and Duke Nukem. Lan Parties with 5 or 6 people could last all weekend long! Those were some good times.
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June 30, 2013 9:30:41 PM
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I recall playing on two separate PC's setup side by side with a GF in the past. It was a lot of fun to play that way. That was back in the Everquest days. Why not setup two PC's and just put them next to each other? Most those games make it easy to play together on separate PC's. You just need a router for your internet connection, or network them.
July 1, 2013 4:35:46 AM

No one wants to play split screen, so they don't include it. As for if it's actually possible, yes, there happens to be plenty of programing APIs out there to detect multiple input devices. Although it's also a good thing to know that only one of the keyboards could actually be the "lead" keyboard, that controls windows itself. Anway, it's best they keep it that way. It's very hard to share the same OS with multiple users at the same time. Try to start a game on xbox after handing another controller to a 4 year old. Bet they'd get to the systems settings and turn on parental controls before you could even put in the disk XD. That's probably why "lead" keyboards are a good idea (even though we have no choice).
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