John Bardinelli - Contributor

John started playing games back in the dark days before the internet. You know, Game Boy link cables, multitaps and all of that. Now, with portable devices dwarfing the power of his first few gaming consoles, John mostly sticks to the PC and mobile worlds and has a particular fondness for retro-themed indie games. That, and Borderlands! Over the past decade John has written for more than a dozen gaming sites, covering everything from browser to mainstream games. Once the day's work has been done, he can usually be found with his nose in some ancient history or philosophy book. Next stop: publishing another game script, or maybe a regular old work of fiction!

When not writing or gaming, John has a summer home on Arrakis where he spends his leisure time wrestling sandworms.

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My name is ToeJam... and I'm Big Earl.

Funky 16-bit Duo Returning in ToeJam and Earl: Back In The Groove

Remember the good old days when Sega and Nintendo were well-sporting rivals? While Sonic vs. Mario might have gotten all the attention, a little duo known as ToeJam and Earl provided another reason to give Sega consoles a second look. After more than a decade's absence, we finally get our chance to enjoy the aliens' funky platform stylings again in ToeJam and Earl: Back In The Groove.

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Xbox One release set for February

Co-Op Twin Stick Shooter Circuit Breakers Teases New Screens

Circuit Breakers is a classic twin stick shooter that belongs in an upright cabinet with a ring of snot-nosed kids yelling at the screen. (That's a compliment.) Since we no longer live in the age of big hair, we get to experience the same arcade awesomeness at home. Where it's quiet. And joysticks aren't covered in unidentified sticky substances.

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Joy-Cons for everyone!

Rayman Legends: Definitive Edition Announced for Nintendo Switch

Just a meager handful of games were shown off at the Nintendo Switch unveiling this January. Disappointing, but some publishers have stepped up to show their support for the portable/console system. Days after the presentation, Ubisoft announced three games for Switch, one of which is a definitive edition of our favorite armless co-op experience, Rayman Legends.

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Cooperation taken to a new level.

Allegorical Co-Op Game Red Rope Gets Another Update

Nothing like a little allegory in your daily dose of gaming. Red Rope: Don't Fall Behind is a unique adventure style game released in 2016 that plays with the idea of unity being both a strength and a restriction. Developer Yonder has quietly released a few updates since last summer, refining the experience by balancing puzzles and fixing small bugs that crop up here and there.

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Partners in puzzle solving 'til the end.

Grave Danger Lands on PC, Console Versions Coming Soon

Hardly a week goes by that I don't wax nostalgic about the puzzle platforming co-op perfection that was The Lost Vikings. The game was phenomenal for its level design, simple but powerful cooperative aspects, and it's musical score that gave the vikings a serious '90s attitude. A few games have taken inspiration from The Lost Vikings over the years, but none so elegantly as Grave Danger.

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Sonic the Mekahog

Mekazoo Co-Op Review

Back in the glory days of video games when it was all about Sega vs. Nintendo, speed became a deciding factor in which games were cool. Mario's great and all, but does he move as fast as Sonic? No, therefore Sonic is cooler. Now go finish your Hi-C alone in the corner. Mekazoo takes inspiration from speedy games of old (along with modern games ...

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