Jason Love - Contributor

My earliest memories of gaming involve a Nintendo Entertainment System, a television that still used tubes, a family room, and my brother. Before we even had a game where two people could play together, I remember sitting and watching my brother play Super Mario Bros. Occasionally, he’d let me play a life or two, but that was all I needed to get hooked. Pretty soon, games like Blaster Master and Final Fantasy were finding their way onto my Christmas list alongside the Transformers and GI Joes. I used to play so much that my family nicknamed me “Nintendo Boy”, a moniker that occasionally still gets brought up today. From the Nintendo I moved on to playing PC games, thanks once again to my family. I was too young at the time to really understand them, but my mom used to play the “Zork” series and I’d sit next to her while she played trying to contribute and follow along as best as I could. Nowadays I mostly play Playstation and Nintendo DS games, although I still occasionally sneak in a PC game or two and a large portion of my co-op time comes from playing with friends.

Aside from gaming, I also enjoy watching movies, listening to music (anything but country), re-learning to play bass, and reading authors like Neal Stephenson, Neil Gaiman, China Miéville, and whatever good science fiction/fantasy novel comes my way. It is my hope that one day I might be able to switch jobs from government contractor to full-time games journalist or freelancer. A man can dream, a man can dream…

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A smattering of co-op offerings

Xbox One's Indie Games Program to Get 25 Games

Not to be left behind by Sony's push to welcome indie games/developers to the PS4 fold, Microsoft recently released a list of indie games that would be making their way to the Xbox One console as part of the ID@Xbox program. Many of these are games that have been out on PC or some other platform for a little while and are now getting ported over to the next gen console. Perhaps the best news for us co-op lovers is that a handful of these titles embrace the cooperative spirit!

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Historical figures kicking butt at your fingertips

Second Chance Heroes Now Available on iOS Devices

You may recall us featuring an upcoming action-RPG style game a few months back called Second Chance Heroes. The game was looking for a PC audience and release through Steam's Greenlight program, which it still is. In the meantime, though, the development team at Rocket City Studios has decided to give the game a new home on iOS devices. Same great historical figure kicking zombie butt action, now in the palm of your hand.

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Irrational closes its doors, Xbox One is getting a big update, and more

Beyond Co-Op - February 16th through February 22nd, 2014

Another weekend has arrived and not only does it bring with it the opportunity to enjoy some co-op gaming, but a chance to catch up on all the other news from the past week. Presented here for your reading pleasure is Beyond Co-Op, our weekly feature highlighting some of the non co-op related news that's been going on. This week we'll be looking at news of Irrational Games' closing down, the Xbox One getting a system update, a documentary covering the development and production of The Last of Us, and Atlus' future is secured.

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The sequel to the indie twin-stick shooter has a new trick

Waves: Arena Tactics Debuts Co-Op Mode

The once veritable abundance of twin-stick shooters has slacked off a bit since Geometry Wars first hit the scene. That's not to say there haven't been some great ones released, but they're getting fewer and far between. Fortunately, there's another gem on the way that combines twin-stick shooting and cooperative gameplay with an unlikely element: rogue-like.

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Larian Studios' "return to RPG roots" looks promising

Divinity Original Sin Hands-On Co-Op Preview

Larian Studios is best known for the Divinity series of games set in the fantastical realm of Rivellon. Each entry has been a little different than the last, with the most recent entry being a tactical/turn-based strategy affair. The next entry, Divinity Original Sin, is their “return to roots” with a more “classic” style of computer RPGs with the added benefit of co-op play. The game is currently in an Early Access Alpha version on Steam and we’ve gotten our paws on it to get a preview of what Larian has in store for gamers on this one.

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