D.J. Waaland - Contributor

D.J. learned to hold a controller before he could walk. He has fuzzy memories of running a commentary of baby nonsense for his fatherís struggles in The Legend of Zelda. When most kids were rolling around with a ball or some sort of animal like toy, he was playing Super Mario Bros. and Duckhunt (you know, the important things in life.) To give you an idea of his gaming preferences, he considered Castlevania II: Simonís Quest to be the finest Castlevania title for the NES. Yes, he is one of those guys. Born at the cusp of the Nintendo revolution, it wasnít until the Super Nintendo came out that he really got into co-op gaming. Some of his fondest memories involve his childhood friend and a copy of Secret of Mana, which he considers the greatest co-op game ever made. Co-op has been in his blood ever since. He can be found in just about any RPG, FPS, or any derivative of co-op game fulfilling the support or healer role. There is just something satisfying about being the guy responsible for keeping the front lines fueled.

Outside of games, he enjoys scary metal music, furry creatures, sports, personal fitness, and cooking. He has a wonderful girlfriend who he adores, and who also entertains his love of silly co-op goodness.

Oh, and he devours sushi constantly.

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The origins of a legend can be yours

Pre-purchase Rayman Legends, Receive Rayman Origins Free

The long wait for Rayman goodness is finally starting to come to a close. Following off the success of the wonderful Rayman Origins, Rayman Legends will finally be coming out in a little less than a month. Fans of the gorgeous 2-D platformer are probably well aware of the systems that they can enjoy the game on. Those systems include the Nintendo Wii U, Playstation Vita, Playstation 3, Xbox 360, and the PC.

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Cleaning up the streets, retro style

Fist Puncher Available for Xbox 360

Side-scrolling beat em' ups have been making a comeback in recent times. Once a staple of the video game world, these types of games took a hiatus, only to be revived once again when retro-themed games once again entered the gaming scene. One such game, Fist Puncher, was released recently for the PC. Fist Puncher, from Team2Bit, was a very zany brawler that featured tons of characters, content, moves, and achievements.

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Crackdown on zombies in August

Free Xbox Live Gold Games for August Confirmed

Following in the footsteps of Sony and the Playstation Plus program, Microsoft has started offering free games for members with an XBOX Live Gold account. Well, today Major Nelson has announced the free games for the month of August. For the month of August, we will be receiving not one, not two, but three free games. Also, in case you couldn't already guess the freebies for August are cooperative titles.

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Quite possibly the best co-op bang for your buck

The Humble Deep Silver Bundle Is Live

The Humble Bundle has long been a way to not only support the developers and charities you love, but to also grab some quality games at a very affordable price. There has been some standout bundles in the past, and the current bundle is definitely one of the special ones. The Humble Deep Silver Bundle features a variety of games from the Deep Silver catalog, including a good amount of cooperative games in the list.

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Torchlight, South Park, and Fire Pro Wrestling

XBLA "Be a Hero" Bundle Now Available

There seems to be a trend in bundling games together for a limited time on the XBLA. One of the latest bundles to come out of the XBLA is the "Be a Hero" bundle. It includes Torchlight, South Park Let's Go Tower Defense Play!, and Fire Pro Wrestling. All three games can be yours for the low price of 1200 MSP. If you were to buy these games individually, the cost would come to 2800 MSP.

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Cooperative, side-scrolling action takes us back to our roots

Mercenary Kings Early Access Now Available

The eagerly awaited early access version of Mercenary Kings is now available for purchase. Mercenary Kings is currently in development stages by Tribute Games, the people responsible for bringing us to delightful Wizorb and the creative genius responsible for Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. As of now, you can opt in to the early access of Mercenary Kings by either downloading the game through Steam or through the developer website.

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You need to know Japanese to understand it, however

New Dragon's Crown Trailer Features Artwork and Gameplay

Chances are you have heard about the upcoming game from Vanillaware called Dragon's Crown in some way, shape, or form. Perhaps you are a fan of the developer, and are looking forward to the next thing they have to offer. Maybe you like side-scrolling games with lots of loot. Or, maybe you happen to be a huge fan of the gratuitous (yet breathtaking) artwork. Whatever reason you have for looking into Dragon's Crown, there is no shortage of media available. And the release is just around the corner.

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Adds new missions and robot NOVA

Warframe Update 9 Released

Earlier yesterday, the latest title update for the free-to-play cooperative shooter Warframe went live. Title Update 9 brought a host of changes to the game, namely in the form of additional missions and a new robot-ninja for your pleasure. The new robot-ninja, codenamed NOVA, was created by the community through the Design Council. The Design Council is a group of users within Warframe who actively work and support the game, and they were the ones entrusted with designing this latest robot-ninja.

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Better than a prize in a Cracker Jack box

New Skylanders Giants Figurines Available through Frito-Lay

Who said you couldn't get great video game freebies with your snacks? You may have recalled how Activision made a special set of Skylander figurines available through a promotion with Frito-Lay products. In much the same way, Activision has once again paired with Frito-Lay in order to offer a few limited edition sidekicks for Skylanders Giants.

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Co-Op and Free to Play

Firefall Enters Open Beta

Good news for fans of open-world shooters. Red 5 Studios has announced that there free-to-play open world shooter Firefall has entered stage one of open beta testing. Blending the best parts of skill-based combat and sci-fi action, the developers encourage everyone to try their game and contribute feedback in order to make the game even better. You can follow this link to join the open beta for free.

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Charlie Murder finally sees the light of day

Summer of Arcade 2013 Dates and Prices

It's summer again. America just got another year older, and in many parts of the US, it is too hot to play outside. Fortunately, there is heaps of entertainment to be had in your living room, next to your air conditioner. As we celebrate another year, another Xbox Live Summer of Arcade is about to take place. Beginning on August 7th, the Summer of Arcade for this year will feature four titles. A few of these titles will feature co-op as well.

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