Eric Murphy - Community Manager

Eric has been a gamer for as long as he can remember. His first gaming experiences were shared with his brothers on a Commodore 64 with games like Mario Brothers, Fire King, Double Dragon, and Save New York City. Eventually, he ventured into PC gaming where he expanded his experience to online gaming and participating in gaming communities. In college, he was thrown into console gaming (kicking and screaming) around the release of Halo:CE which was the start of his ultimate transition away from PC gaming. That transition was complete when he met his soon to be wife who is also a gamer. Now, you'll rarely find Eric gaming without his wife at his side, so "couch co-op" games like the Halo, Gears of War, and Left 4 Dead franchises are a staple of his game library.

When he's not gaming, he's working for a consulting firm as a software engineer, spending time with his family, or geeking out with one of his many computer related hobbies. At Co-Optimus, he is in charge of the forums where he feels at home engaging with the community.

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Help us raise money for the troops

8-Bit Salute Starts Tomorrow - Play With Us!

Tomorrow, at 8AM Central, we're starting our 24-hour marathon along with thousands of others for 8-Bit Salute. We'll be playing all day and we'd like to welcome everyone to join us. Our Twitch stream will be here on the front page of Co-Optimus, but you can also watch us on our Twitch page. You can also chat with us there, so feel free to jump in the chat and keep us company!

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Gaming for the folks with the REAL guns

Join Us for Operation Supply Drop's 4th Annual 8-Bit Salute

Next month, Co-Optimus staff and community will be participating in Operation Supply Drop's 4th Annual 8-Bit Salute. We're hoping to put together a team of co-op gamers (like you!) to attempt a 24 hour marathon of gaming for our troops. Of course, it's not all fun and games, we're raising money to send gaming-filled care packages to our troops who are risking their lives to defend the US and her allies. These courageous folks are under continuous stress, and could truly benefit from a mental escape that gaming often provides.

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Heal kids AND get your co-op on.

A Humble Extra-Life Co-op Bundle Available Now

Humble Bundle has put together a bundle of games and other goodies, and, as usual, is letting you pay what you want. A portion of your sale goes directly to Extra Life, a charity Co-Optimus has actively participated in for the past two years. Extra Life is a 24 gaming marathon that raises money for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, who care for sick kids and premies.

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Play games, heal kids, with Co-Optimus

Join Us for Extra Life 2014!

For our third consecutive year, Co-Optimus staff and community are participating in Extra Life to help raise money for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. The past two years, we raised a little over $2,000 each year, and we're shooting for $2,500 this year. You can help us exceed our goal by donating or joining our team.

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Help Extra Life and Co-Optimus break records

Extra Life Approaches $4 Million - Gives Away PS3/Vita Games

First of all, I'd like to thank all of our donors and team members for participating in this year's Extra Life charity marathon. The Co-Optimus community and staff continue to impress me with their desire to give to those who need it, and for that I am very thankful. Together, our team has raised $2,038 so far. We're still accepting donations until December 31, so there's still time to get your tax deductible donation in, and to help us reach our team goal of $2,500.

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This is one heroic team!

Meet the Extra Life 2013 Team

Tomorrow morning, we're all starting our 25 hour Extra Life marathon. We're half way to our team goal of $2,500, and we need your help to go all the way. Please take a few minutes to read about our team members, and donate to Extra Life through one of their pages. Clicking on their names or picture will take you straight to their page.

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Even you can be a hero

Extra Life Myths Debunked

Asking people to donate, whether it’s money or time, is not a simple task. I find that clear, concise messages work best, but sometimes it takes more than that to convince people that a cause is worthy of reaching deep in their pockets. The Extra Life marathon is definitely a worthy cause, but people tend to get hung up on a few details. When I ask people to donate or join, I often hear the same excuses or questions. Here’s a quick rundown of those, and why you shouldn’t worry.

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Tips for surviving the Extra Life Marathon

Extra Life Survival Guide

Playing video games for 25 hours straight may seem like the laziest thing a person could do, but the truth is, it’s extremely difficult. The first few hours are no problem, but when you get into the teens, your body starts shutting down because it thinks it needs sleep. Too bad we can’t just tell our bodies that we’re gaming for a...

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Play Games. Heal Kids.

Join Co-Optimus in Supporting Extra Life

Co-Optimus staff and community members are teaming up, once again, to raise money for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals by participating in Extra Life. Last year our team raised a total of $2,163.75, and our goal for this year is $2,500. Help us reach that goal by joining our team or donating.

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