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 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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Steam loves us

Torchlight 2 Co-Op Night and Steam Sale

I swear, whoever is in charge of setting up sales at Steam keeps an eye on our chatter here, because the past several PC co-op nights we've announced were accompanied by a Steam sale for the same game. Perhaps it's just coincidence, since Steam is always having sales, but I like to think we have some influence on the industry.

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They're coming, but what are they?

CCV: Next Gen Console Predictions

For February's Co-Optimus Community Voice, we want to hear what you have to say about all the console hubbub. What do you think about all the rumors circulating the web? What about your predictions? What will the consoles be named and what features/specs are we going to see? What features will help advance co-op gaming? Which console will be the most co-op friendly?

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Wake up Chief, it's a co-op night

Halo 4 Co-Op Night - February 7th

Master Chief and Co-Optimus Co-Op Nights have one thing in common, they were MIA for far too long. There’s good news though, they’re both making a return with Halo 4. Co-Optimus and Xbox Live have teamed up to bring you a Halo 4 Co-Op Night on February 7th, starting at 8PM Eastern. We’ll be playing through the campaign and/or the new co-op mode named Spartan Ops. There’s an event thread in our forums where you should post your gamertag and what you’re interested in playing. Plan on revisiting the thread on February 7th to find people to meet up with.

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You helped Co-Optimus save lives

Extra Life - Thank You!

Last weekend, our Extra Life team endured a 24 hour gaming marathon, and raised $2,188.75 for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Those donations are going straight to the Children's Hospitals we each chose, to help kids in need. This was our first year organizing a team, and we blew away our goal of $1,000. As someone who has personally spent months visiting my child in the hospital, that makes me very proud. On behalf of the Co-Optimus staff, our Co-Optimus Extra Life team, and parents everywhere, I'd like to thank each of you who donated, participated, or helped spread the word. It means alot to me, and it literally means the world to kids fighting diseases, disabilities, and prematurity.

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