by Jim McLaughlin 8
Editorial
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Co-Op Couples: Let the Captain Win

The most lethal wetwork operators in the world have egos. Spouses who work all day and unwind at night with simulated violence have egos. Even co-op gamers - with no inkling to compete with other gamers - have egos.

by Nick Puleo 0
News
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Crackdown 2 DLC is 50% Off, Full Game Available On Demand

Sometime over the holidays we missed Microsoft posting Crackdown 2 onto the Xbox Live Games on Demand.  The four player co-op title features campaign co-op throughout - its a game with did quite the in depth review of - and for the most part - enjoyed what we got out of it.  Its currently priced at $29.99 which, surprisingly, is the price it goes for at retail.  This bucks the trend of digital releases on Xbox Live that seem to be priced higher than their retail counterparts.  

by Katrina Pawlowski 3
News
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Ubisoft's Heavy DRM Made Lighter

It’s a the dirty term to PC gamers everywhere: DRM (Digital Rights Management). Ubisoft has so far been the industry leader in limiting, locking, and generally DRMing your games to the point many gamers will steer clear of the publisher at all costs. It’s a new year now, and one of Ubisoft’s resolutions for 2011 is to “relax the DRM” they add to their games. Not perfect, but it’s a start.

by Andrew Gaskill 13
News
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New Content for PlayStation Plus Members Includes Borderlands Trial

There's a boat-load of new content for PlayStation Plus subscribers in January and February.  One of the new items is a full game trial of Borderlands, still one of the best co-op games around.  There are a ton of other deals and sales.  If you take advantage of all the savings it looks as if the Plus membership would almost pay for itself in just a few months.  If you sign up by Groundhog's Day (February 2nd, for those of you not dependent on archaic seasonal predictions) you can get 15 months for the price of 12. What are you waiting for?  As usual, non-paying PlayStation Network users will get nothing and like it.

by Nick Puleo 2
News

Kinect Sells 8 Million, Fable 3 Coming to Windows Phone and Other CES News

Microsoft officially kicked off the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) last night in Las Vegas with their keynote address.  During the hour long presentation Microsoft CEO, Steve Balmer,  shed some light on just how popular Microsoft's Kinect is.  Originally estimated to sell around 5 Million units during the holiday season, Microsoft unveiled they actually sold 8 million units in the first sixty days of the device's existence.  Quite impressive.  

by Sam Tyler 2
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New Portal 2 Box Art Pushes Co-op

Never judge a game by its cover.  Take this advice from a gamer who has bought more than their fair share of awful experiences based on a shiny font or awesome illustration.  However, covers can help you work out what the developer is trying to push.  In the case of Portal 2 this would appear to be the co-op elements.  You could be forgiven for forgetting that Portal 2 has a solo campaign as Valve have continually looked to push the co-op campaign; releasing footage of the two metal auto bots in several trailers and screen shots.  This continues with the newly released box art that shows the dynamic duo tackling one of the many puzzles they will come across.

by Marc Allie 6
News
  • xbox 360

This Week In Co-Op: A Firefight Visual Odyssey

Jim and I made plans to play together last night, and I logged in a few minutes early, comparing our game lists in order to find a good match.  I had been hankering for some Monday Night Combat, but a large patch to be downloaded sank that ship before it even sailed.  So, back to Plan A, which, as you could likely surmise from the title, was Halo Reach.  I started a Firefight match, joined by the magic of Xbox Live to Jim as well as by couch to my 9 year old son, and the Covenant killing began. 

by Andrew Gaskill 7
Video
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New Video for Operation Flashpoint: Red River

Codemaster's Operation Flashpoint: Red River is set to release this spring. A new series of videos is out, introducing players to the new characters.  The first one profiles Staff Sergeant Knox, a wayward youth from Detroit, who now walks a path "paved with purpose."  The video is fun, even if it seems like a Marine Corps recruiting commercial.  The game will feature drop-in/drop-out 4 player co-op on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC.

by Andrew Gaskill 0
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Rock Band Dev Harmonix Sold for $49.99

For fifty bucks you can get a music game developer.  That's way cheaper than buying a Rock Band or Guitar Hero bundle.  The investment group, Columbus Nova, reportedly paid Viacom $49.99 for Rock Band developer Harmonix.  The music game industry has been dying a pretty hard death over the past 18 months. When Viacom put Harmonix up for sale in November you could actually hear other publishers laughing at them. Viacom looked like that kid who is desperately trying to trade a banana for a snack pack at the lunch table. EA reps mentioned something to the extent of "catching a falling knife."  Clearly, Jack Burton doesn't work at EA.

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