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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Mekanikal kooperashin.

Upcoming Platformer Mekazoo to Feature Local Co-Op

3D world, 2D exploration, mechanical animals as protagonists, and co-op. There's the elevator pitch for Mekazoo, and we're already interested. The upcoming platform game from Good Mood Creators features five different mekanimals running, swinging, climbing and jumping through a colorful world on their way to take out an insectoid army. I mean, insektoid?

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One Vita, four hands.

Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions Launches on Vita with Single System Co-Op

Geometry Wars has come a long way since its initial release in 2003. The arcade shooter has grown a lot in the last decade, adding things like-- you know what? It added co-op. That's what matters. Even the brand new PlayStation Vita version has co-op, and you only need one system to give it a try!

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And other updates, but yay for co-op!

Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds Overdrive Lands on PS4 with Online Co-Op

Hey, you're in the mood for an anime-inspired co-op brawler, aren't you? One of the best in the business just made its way to PS4, and it's ready to assault your face with combo-centric combat and enemies that just won't quit. Say hello to Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds Overdrive, an updated version of Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds just for PS4.

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Siege of Dragonspear, because that's what you do with dragonspears. you siege them.

Big Expansion to Co-Op RPG Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition on the Way

It's expansion time! And when we say "expansion", boy do we mean "expansion". Beamdog recently announced a nice little update to Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition titled Baldur’s Gate: Siege of Dragonspear. And by "little", we mean an all-new adventure with 25 hours of gameplay, complete with co-op!

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His name's Totec, but whatever. Spear guy.

Deals with Gold with Lara and that Spear Guy

Xbox Live Gold members know the drill. Each week, a handful of games goes on sale for anyone with a shiny gold membership. You see, you buy, you play, easy. This time around we've got a whole lotta Lara for not a whole lotta loot, but we happen to be a bit partial to the co-op friendly Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light.

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Being an action movie hero is all about style.

You Can Die Hard in Killing, My Friend

Action movies have it all: action, um, more... action. Ok, but that action part, they've got down pat, and that's why we love 'em. The bad guys that can't aim, the protagonist jumping around like a monkey, the impossible crashes, explosions, and so on. Good stuff. Now, imagine if the stunts and "realism" of 80s and 90s action films was stuffed into a video game. Welcome to Killing, My Friend.

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It's not like we were good enough to make it to the glitch area, anyway.

Rare Replay to Fix 25 Year Old Battletoads Glitch

Here's one for the record books. Battletoads was released in 1991 with a local co-op mode that reminded you why co-op existed. There was just one problem: on level eleven (you know, the one where a rolling lollipop chases you, then you beat it up at the end), a glitch caused the second player's controller to lock up, insta- and perma-death until the next level. Oops.

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Four player co-op, teleportation, possibly other rogue things.

Roving Rogue Wanders onto Wii U

Have you ever wondered what happens after you beat the final boss? After the credits roll and everybody lives happily ever after? You're about to find out. Roving Rogue from PadaOne Games begins where most stories end. You play as Kurt, a short rogue who can teleport short distances, and it's your job to find the beginning. With some friends, of course.

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