Enoch Starnes - Editor and Streamer

Depending on who you ask, Enoch Starnes began his hobby in gaming with either Tiger Electronics' Madden Football 95 or Link's Awakening for the Game Boy Pocket. It was soon after this that the tendrils of co-op gaming sank deep into him via extensive sessions of Zombies Ate My Neighbors on the SNES. Since then, he has spent countless hours in co-op gaming with friends both online and local. Be it the Tales series, Civilization, FIFA, or Gauntlet, he has searched constantly for games that allow he and his friends to goof off, work together, and tell each other really dumb jokes. He's immensely proud to be able to channel this passion on Co-Optimus and hopes that his love for the genre will extend to you too.

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Check Out The Latest Trailers For Far Cry 5's "Lost on Mars" DLC

Far Cry 5 is right in the middle of its release schedule for a trio of post-launch DLC packs.  June brought with it the Vietnam-focused "Hours of Darkness" expansion, and August will mark the release of the not-quite-alive-but-sort-of "Dead Living Zombies".  At the moment, though, the latest DLC to come out for Ubisoft's sandbox FPS is "Lost on Mars", which takes Nick Rye and Hurk to the titular red planet as they attempt to fend off an alien invasion.

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For all those on-the-go arcade gamers.

SNK 40th Anniversary Collection Will Hit The Switch In November

Remember arcades?  Those ancient purveyors of sensory overload may be few and far between these days, but that doesn't mean you have to say goodbye to the game cabinets lining their walls.  In fact, once November 13th rolls around, Nintendo Switch owners will have access to a whole slew of SNK's finest arcade titles in the SNK 40th Anniversary Collection.

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Who knew plundering could be so fun?

Our Weekend In Gaming: Spoils Of War

The Steam Summer Sale is finally over, taking the war on our financial wellbeing with it.  Most of the Co-Opticrew managed to stave off complete destitution, but we were far from impervious to Steam's Digital Delights.  Luckily, we have a fantastic way to cope with our newfound dearth of cash:  playing (or simply admiring) all our new games!

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Go ahead and get your facepaint ready.

Warface Is Coming To Consoles

Warface, the free-to-play first person shooter developed by Crytek's Kiev branch, first arrived on PC in 2013.  While the game's PC community began to swell, work began to create a version for Xbox 360, which was accomplished the following year.  Unfortunately, that initial stab at the console market quickly petered out, but Crytek has decided to make another attempt at console popularity, this time bringing the title to both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

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All day office party!

Our Weekend In Gaming: No Bosses Allowed

Whoooo!  Nick and Jason are too busy to respond to our weekly email, meaning this edition of "Our Weekend in Gaming" is a #BossFreeZone.  Get lost, authorities.  This weekend, we live our lives with no rules and no limits.  I'm gonna go play games I didn't even mention below, just to prove that this fella marches to his own dang drum.  I may even go listen to, like, a punk band or something.  Or at least some folksy protest songs.

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Well, somebody's gotta fund Gabe's sword collection.

Our Weekend In Gaming: A Steamy Summer

The Co-Opticrew is getting somewhat hot and bothered by a certain Steam Summer Sale, but not quite as much as you'd expect.  To be honest, our tepid reaction to all those sweet, sweet discounts is likely due to the fact that we've already bought everything we could possibly want (and more, Locke) over the last year or two of sales.  Combine that with the fact that Steam has distanced itself from the fun, creative events of years gone by, and you've got a recipe for a week that will likely pass without a huge amount of celebration.

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Who knew something from Norway could be so cute?

Pode Is Out Today On Nintendo Switch

At its core, co-op gaming is about working together to solve whatever problems a game throws your way, and no genres display this trait more explicitly than puzzlers.  The best co-op puzzlers, though, give each player a sense of distinct participation.  Everyone feels like they've contributed something meaningful to the cause, and no player dominates the path to a solution.  

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I suddenly have very strong feelings about Vivendi.

Our Weekend In Gaming: Sponsored By Ubisoft

While the Co-Opticrew's weekend plans certainly aren't dominated by Ubisoft games, they're getting their fair share of representation.  Maybe that's a testament to the lengthy support they've been offering for their franchises of late, or maybe it's a simple consequence of being knee-deep in the Summer Doldrums.  Either way, we'll be spending more than a few hours working our way through the best games France has to offer.

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