by Marc Allie 5
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Co-Op Classics: Mario Kart Double Dash!!

Racing games don't usually lend themselves well to co-op.  That isn't to say that a good co-op experience is impossible in a racer; Burnout Paradise is one example that comes to mind.  However, it still leaves a lot to be desired.  One entry into the Mario Kart series featured one of the truest types of co-op I know of in any similar game.  Today, we'll discuss the co-op in the appropriately named Mario Kart Double Dash!! Mario Kart is easily one of the better racing series in gaming history.  From its roots on the venerable SNES to an excellent portable version for the DS, to the latest version, featuring a casual friendly Wii Wheel control scheme, you can pretty much count on a Mario Kart game being good, perhaps even great.  My own first experience with Mario Kart was on the Nintendo 64, and it was one of our favorite games for that system.  Mario Kart for theGBA was a winner too, since you could race each other with only one copy of the game, provided you had the right cables.  (Wireless connections have certainly spoiled modern gamers!) 

by Nick Puleo 5
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  • xbox 360

Slip Up Could Reveal Dead Rising 2 Co-Op Mode

Gamespot has reason to believe that a Capcom artist accidently let the zombie out of the bag regarding Dead Rising 2 and the possiblity of a co-op mode.  In a recent session at GDC 09 Izmeth Siddeek stated that Dead Rising 2 is going to have "the GREATEST number of characters in a videogame."

by Marc Allie 6
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  • xbox 360

This Week In Co-Op: A Boy and His Halo

I'll get a few things straight as we begin: this story is quite "cutesy".  After you read it, you'll probably think I'm just an indulgent father, who has an overinflated perception of his kids.  You might also be thinking this tale has little to do with co-op.  The first two might be true, but I think this whole story involved co-op on the deepest level.  My sons and I have all enjoyed both Halo 3 and Halo Wars.  I'm not quite sure why my youngest, especially, loves the games so much, but I will tell you this: being able to play the game with my kids, even when they are just watching, has really added to my own enjoyment of the game.  This is what co-op is all about. It all started when we picked up Halo 3, after a long hiatus.  We had some days off of school due to snow, and so we decided to play some games through to completion.  My oldest son and I played through the last half of the campaign, in glorious split screen co-op.  It was a good time; the game is one of the better co-op experiences available on the Xbox 360.  Brandon, the eldest was the star, being far better at shooters than his old man.  The little brother, Connor, ate it up too.  Anytime Halo 3 came on, he dropped what he was doing and plopped down on the couch with us.  He was actually quite helpful.  He kept us informed as to where the bad guys were.  He directed us back to revive one another.  He howled in joy when we picked up dual weapons.  I felt bad for the kid, and wished there was some way for him to play with us.  Apparently, not being able to have a controller didn't dampen his enjoyment, though. One Saturday afternoon, Connor and I were home alone.  He brought me a note, pictured below.  Now, as a loving father, and a rather conservative one at that, I am in a quandary.  Obviously, the boy loves Halo.  I love him, I want him to be happy, and I love the game myself.  Of course I want to let him play.  On the other hand, the game is rated M!  He's only seven, after all.  According to the ESRB, that rating is for blood, gore, mild language, and violence.  It was a serious dilemma.  The final compromise?  We turned the volume down, and had a discussion about how while killing aliens in a video game is acceptable, we never hurt anyone in real life.  Even if they are a bloodthirsty, heavily armed Covenant trooper. 

by Nick Puleo 0
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  • playstation 3
  • xbox 360
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Your Friends Made You Spend 1 Billion Dollars in Rock Band

You know all those epic four player co-op Rock Band2  parties you've been having?  The ones where your friends look through that slick Rock Band store and ask to purchase this song and that song?   You know how you had to go out and buy a new plastic guitar because your buddy Frank the Tank was pissed at screwing up Green Grass and High Tides he smashed it over your coffee table?  They are the reason your wallet is empty.  

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