by Nick Puleo 3
Video
  • xbox 360

Halo Wars CES 2009 Footage

CES2009 wrapped up this week, and one of the games on display was the upcoming Halo RTS from Microsoft.  The sneaky CES ninjas have video taped some in game footage showing off unit management and a few battles.  It's not much, but it's probably the most raw in game footage seen to date.   Hopefully this holds you over until the demo is released on February 5th.

by Nick Puleo 10
News

Our Weekend in Gaming

It's a snowy weekend here in the Northeast, which makes it perfect for playing games.  Here's what the staff around Co-Optimus HQ will be playing.

by Marc Allie 30
News

Help Name Our New Co-Op Column and Win Rock Band 2!

Today, we begin a new series of articles here at Co-Optimus.  You might have noticed that Co-Op Classics went to Fridays biweekly during the holiday news frenzy.  It will keep that schedule, and now, we'll have a new column for you on the off-Fridays.  This column will be dedicated to Family and Casual gaming.  In true co-op fashion, we want your input into the name for the column!  We'll even give you some swag, but more about that later... Two separate though closely related types of gamers will be the focus of this column: the casual gamer and the young gamer.  The rise of the casual gamer is fairly well documented at this point in video game history.  Additionally, those of us who grew up during the early days of video gaming are having kids now, and it's only natural that we want to play with our kids.  Co-op is a great fit for both of these types of players.  Working together, and not as opponents, is more desirable in these situations.  Playing Deathmatch in Halo 3 with your wife is not likely to keep her coming back.  Similarly, no kid wants to get defeated by their parent over and over in Super Smash Brothers Brawl.  Playing through these titles in co-op mode, though, will be more enjoyable, both for the hardcore gamer and the newbie. Let's discuss what we mean by 'casual gamer'.  To put it succinctly, we're talking about the Wii crowd.  Those who own only a Wii, that is, not a Wii in addition to other systems.  A grandma who plays PopCap games would be an example of a casual gamer, too.  Maybe this person plays solitaire on their computer at work.  They don't know what a FPS or RPG is.  Puzzle games and party games are going to be very appealing to these people, due to their easy learning curve.  The "training" genre of games for the Nintendo DS are appealing to this type of gamer, too.  They may not play many different games, but they get a lot of use out of the ones they purchase.

by Nick Puleo 3
Screens
  • pc

New Diablo 3 Screens

Blizzard has released a handful of Diablo 3 screenshots today for your viewing pleasure.  Because Blizzard is tired of people complaining about too many colors they took all the color away and instead created a "paint by numbers" mode where you can fill in your own colors.  

by Nick Puleo 10
News
  • xbox 360

Left 4 Dead Patched - Your Safe Room is Now Safe Again

Sometime ago we told you about the evil cheaters of the Left 4 Dead universe.  Armed with the ability to spawn infinite witches, large players, and a host of other problems.  Valve quickly released a server side fix, but that didn't solve the problem completely.  Thankfully a client side fix has been released, and the next time you fire up your shiny Xbox 360 with Left 4 Dead, you'll be greeted with an update prompt.  

by Nick Puleo 0
News
  • pc

Dawn of War 2 Beta Info

Yesterday we mentioned that the Dawn of War 2 beta info would be released today, and true to our promise it has been.  Unfortunately for us co-op fans there doesn't appear to be any co-op in the beta.  That doesn't mean we can't get a good feel on this gritty sci-fi RTS to prepare for the real deal with our buddies. 

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