Created By: BlueGuy on April 8, 2013 Last Edited By: BlueGuy on April 11, 2013
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3-Player Arcade Game

An arcade game that only supports up to three players.

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"What the hell kind of game does three-player co-op and no more?"
-- GeneralIronicus on Otomedius Excellent

Most games have multiplayer of some sort. A lot of them are Co-Op Multiplayer, and arcade games, understandably, tend to have it more than any other video game platform. Most games support either two players or four. Some games, however, only support up to three. Why three? Nobody's really sure, as the Rule of Three doesn't really work in terms of players.

If these games get home ports, the number of players will usually get either reduced or enhanced, depending on the console and time of release.
Community Feedback Replies: 13
  • April 8, 2013
    DracMonster
    Uh hmm... Honestly, this could just be a section of Co Op Multiplayer. Not sure it warrants a page. (There were plenty of four player arcade games too.)
  • April 9, 2013
    Arivne
  • April 9, 2013
    Stratadrake
    ^^ And more specifically, why limit it to only three? I've never personally seen arcades supporting three players, but I have seen a few allowing four.
  • April 9, 2013
    BlueGuy
    ^ The whole point of the trope is that there are some arcade games that inexplicably only allow up to three players.
  • April 9, 2013
    Stratadrake
    Really....
  • April 9, 2013
    StarSword
    ^^I think what Stratadrake is getting it is, how is the exact number of players possible in a game tropeworthy?
  • April 10, 2013
    BlueGuy
    ^ It seemed like a pattern that occurred repeatedly in (one specific type of) media - that is to say, the definition of a trope.
  • April 10, 2013
    Stratadrake
    But is it a common-enough-to-be-immediately-recognized thing or a Texas Sharpshooter thing?
  • April 10, 2013
    MorganWick
    People Sitting On Chairs is a pattern that occurs repeatedly in media - that doesn't make it a trope.
  • April 10, 2013
    JohnDiFool
    Rampart (castle defense game).
  • April 11, 2013
    Stratadrake
    ^^ That's more or less what I was implying when I said "Texas sharpshooter". :)
  • April 11, 2013
    willthiswork
    The rule of thumb is: if you cannot come up with examples that are not zero context it is probably not a trope.
  • April 11, 2013
    BlueGuy
    ^ You've got a good point, but this isn't really a trope - more of an index, really.

    But it seems awfully specific for an index... I should probably merge this into Co Op Multiplayer.
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