Remember when we used to play multiplayer games in the same room as our friends? Crazy times.
Nowadays, of course, we're all too spread out and busy/lazy to haul our backsides over to someone else's house for our competitive gaming kicks.
Consoles embraced the whole online gaming thing ages ago, but nowadays you can also get online with your Android phone or tablet.
And we're not even talking about those take-it-in-turns mobile-friendly games here. We're talking real-time competition, like the games you play on your console.
We've assembled five top real-time online multiplayer games for Android from across the genre spectrum, so it's not just for hardened shooter fanatics.
Super Stickman Golf 2
By Noodlecake Games
It's perhaps ironic that we start this celebration of live online gaming with a virtual approximation of that most turn-based of sports. But Super Stickman Golf 2 isn't your average game of genteel ball-whacking.
Race Mode sees up to three players aiming to sink their putts on the same hole simultaneously. The quickest is the winner. Add this to the game's fantastical course design, and you have a fast-paced multiplayer game that only loosely resembles golf.
Modern Combat 5
Forget the dumb single player mode - Modern Combat 5 is all about competitive play. This is pretty much the best attempt at replicating Call of Duty's magic formula on mobile yet, and that means a suitably compelling multiplayer mode.
It's got well designed levels, solid match-making, more-than-adequate touch controls, and an addictive loadout-tweaking progression system that will keep you blasting for hours.
Sonic Racing Tranformed
Have you been enjoying the online multiplayer delights of Mario Kart 8 on the Wii U recently? If not, there's a good chance you'd like to. Either way, Sonic Racing Transformed is the closest thing to Nintendo's masterful kart racer on mobile.
You'll be surprised how close it gets, too. This is proper console-quality stuff, with bold track design, memorable characters, tight handling, and loads of race-altering power-ups. And like all good kart racers, Sonic Racing Transformed is at its best in multiplayer.
By Madfinger Games
When Shadowgun: Deadzone first launched we gave it a cautious recommendation, as it clearly wasn't the finished article. Two years and several updates later, it offers a much more polished online experience.
This is a multiplayer-only spin-off of the graphically impressive Shadowgun, offering tense team-based third-person combat. It looks and feels every inch the console shooter.
By Spacetime Studios
There's one real-time online multiplayer genre that you might not think you can replicate on mobile - the MMORPG. Spacetime Studios would beg to differ.
Arcane Legends is arguably the best of the company's efforts, offering a colourful fantasy world in which to meet up with other players and embark on epic loot-filled quests. PvP combat is supported, and you can even drag pets into battle with you.
What's more, the game works across platforms, so you'll be playing with iOS and Chrome desktop players as well as your Android brethren.