by Katrina Pawlowski 9
  • xbox live arcade

Microsoft Game Room Re-Charging For Arcade Games?

At the recent CES convention, Microsoft unveiled their new retro-arcade social channel called the "Microsoft Game Room" which will allow players to play original gaming titles (many of which were co-op in their original state) together on the Xbox 360. This Game Room will have original, unaltered arcade classics at your disposal. However, if you were one of the many people interested in the retro arcade titles available on Xbox LIVE Arcade, including Turtles in Time: Re-shelled, Bionic Commando: Rearmed, or Contra, when the new "Microsoft Game Room" launches you'll be re-buying those titles.

by Marc Allie 3
  • nintendo wii
  • couch
  • online

Ahoy Thar Matey! Pirates Plund-Arrr Headed to Wii

Really, one of the toughest things when writing articles like this is to avoid lame jokes. Rather than subject you annoying, half-funnies like booty, matey, and Davey Jones references, we'll just talk about the game.  4 player brawler Pirates Plund-Arrrr is being released for the Wii.  Screenshots look similar to Castle Crashers, and, according to the release below, gameplay sounds similar, too.  Cute characters, beat-em-up action, and "razor-sharp meat cleavers" sound like a good mix.  Expect Pirates Plund-Arrrr to hit 'round spring.  Hey!  I made it through the news post without a joke.  I'd say my respectability as a game journalist just went up.  Or did it, sharp eyed reader?

by Jason Love 4
  • xbox 360
  • couch
  • online

Halo Wars Now Available Via Games on Demand

We reported not too long ago that Halo Wars, in addition to a couple other co-op titles, went Platinum and was now available for the low, low price of $29.99.  Well now Microsoft's sweetened the co-op pot by offering Halo Wars via download through its Games on Demand service.  While the game may not have been as widely popular as its more traditional FPS brother, Halo 3: ODST, the game is one of only a few co-op titles we've reviewed that has received the full 5 out of 5 for its co-op score.  All that co-op fun without ever having to leave the comfort of your home?  Now that's a deal.

by Sam Tyler 13


The 2009 co-op game of the year for us was Halo 3: ODST, but did it deserve it? Was there something social at play? A popular game or franchise is always likely to sell more copies than a new IP and as a result of this there are more people playing it, creating a phenomenon we call Co-opularity.

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