We here at Co-Optimus.com are always on the lookout for content for our users. This article is the first of a new column, "Co-Op Classics", that will come your way every Friday. The focus of this series is great co-op games of the past. We'll be looking at all sorts of older games that featured co-op, from the golden age of the arcades up to the last generation of home consoles. Some of the titles we feature might be available today, perhaps on XBLA or Virtual Console. For those games we feature that aren't available, well, perhaps we can get the powers that be to do something about it! As soon as I knew I'd be writing this weekly column, my favorite arcade game came to mind instantly. I knew I had to use it for the first Co-Op Classic!
Older gamers likely have fond memories of video arcades. Back in their heyday, arcades were wildly popular, filled to the brim with video games of all types. These days, there are few arcades, and those that remain are focussed on DDR, Claw machines, and light gun games, for the most part. But back then, it was different. There was no feeling like walking into an arcade with a pocketful of quarters, and spending an afternoon with a buddy trying to beat high scores and talking trash to each other. In all my time in the arcades, though, there was no other experience like that of X-Men: The Arcade Game.