Remember the good old days when you and your friends would come home from school, grab some junk food and spend hours playing a video game together?

Today, that option is almost nonexistent. With the development in game systems, localized co-op - sometimes known as couch co-op - has been put on the backburner. The gaming industry has put all of their focus on improving single-player and online multiplayer modes. While that is good, I miss the days when I could invite friends over and bond over a game together instead of playing miles away over a head-set.

Some of the best memories from my childhood are those I spent playing games like Halo, James Bond and Gears of War with my brothers and friends. While it is a pretty amazing opportunity to talk and play games with people from all over the world, it is also nice to be able to be able to sit down with someone and enjoy a game together.

While gaming has come a long way with amazing graphics, facial recognition and virtual reality, there is still progress to be made. Local co-op increases the gaming experience and should not go unappreciated. There aren’t a lot of AAA games today that have local co-op, and that should change.