Nick Puleo - Owner

Owner, creator, and mad scientist of Co-Optimus, Nick spends every spare minute devoted to gaming.

Co-Op gaming has been in his blood since the days of Sega Genesis playing Streets of Rage and Golden Axe. Of course the fond memories of the boardwalk arcade and Raiden II, Aliens vs. Predator, and Ninja Turtles didn't hurt either.

Nick's resume includes over 6 years of gaming coverage experience, including leadership roles at many prominent gaming outlets. He has created numerous websites to feed his insatiable appetite for world domination, of which, is coming along nicely.

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Watch the Strike, watch the Prison of Elders

Destiny: House of Wolves Expansion Impressions and Video

Destiny's second big expansion pack is here, bringing owners of the game a bunch of new content in the form of several story missions, a new cooperative strike, several multiplayer maps and a new replayable co-op mode called Prison of Elders. There's also a lot of subtle changes you'll find, whether it's small UI enhancements, general optimizations, or just an overall feeling of polish. House of Wolves feels a step above the previous expansion in almost every way.

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Blue Yeti and Mo-Fi Impressions for Streaming

We've had a podcast on Co-Optimus now for close to 6 years, and its only this year that we've recently reformed it as more of a streaming show. That said, almost since the beginning we were using a Blue microphone for our audio recording. While we started with their Snowball lineup, it's their recent Blue Yeti Desktop Microphone that really ups the features and quality. 

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Twelve indie games for a good price.

Indie Gala's Latest Bundle Features SCHAR: Blue Shield Alliance

There's a lot of "bundle" sites out there now, but there are a few that have been there since the beginning. One of the biggest is the indie game focused Indie Gala, which runs bundles both thematically and on a time basis. The latest Friday bundle deal is out, giving folks 24 hours to snag twelve great games at a solid price. After the timer expires the rate goes up and runs until June 5th. Included in the bundle is the four player co-op shooter - SCHAR: Blue Shield Alliance.

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Two old dudes enter...

Stronghold Crusader 2 DLC Giveaway - The Emperor and the Hermit

We had checked out Stronghold Crusader 2 and its two player co-op mode back in September. Impressive and detailed visuals combined with addictive gameplay made it one of our favorite co-op RTS games to come along for some time. Developer FireFly Studios has continued support for the game with several free and premium updates adding content, tweaks, and new modes of play.

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4 Player Co-Op Campaign, Split-Screen, and more.

Co-Op Proper Comes Back to Call of Duty in Black Ops 3

Treyarch is the last Call of Duty developer to actually implement a co-op campaign in a Call of Duty game, that was all the way back in 2008's Call of Duty: World at War. And while just about every game since has had a co-op mode, usually a spin-off like Zombies or Spec-Ops, the story in the Call of Duty games have been devoid of cooperation - it was always you against the world. But not anymore.

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