Marc Allie - Contributor

I have been playing games of all types my whole life. My first experience with video games was playing Pong at a friend's house when I was about four years old. Up until the last generation, I was an unapologetic Nintendo fanboy, but my love for the games themselves has expanded my horizons to enjoy all current systems.

As far as my personal life goes, I am a teacher and technology coordinator for a small rural school district in Missouri. I'm married to a lovely woman, and we have two boys, ages 14 and 7. My sons are my co-op partners, and the biggest chunk of my playtime is with them. Other interests of mine apart from video games are watching movies, NFL football, and collecting comic books and Transformers toys. (This is pretty much exactly what I was doing when I was ten, it seems.)

Unsurprisingly, one of my biggest interests in gaming is the classics. Nostalgia is a very powerful factor for me. Some of my favorite gaming moments ever are the times when I have played an old favorite game of mine with my kids. Games like TMNT IV and X-Men: The Arcade Game are every bit as good now as they were the first time I played them!

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Everybody scream!

Tabletop Co-Op: Dead Panic

Way back before Tabletop Co-Op was a regular feature here at Co-Optimus, we covered boardgames every once in a while in our Casual Fridays column, dedicated to family/kid friendly games. One of the first cooperative board games we discussed was Castle Panic, a great game for adults and kids alike reminiscent of the tower defense genre. Today, we wi...

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Adventure on the Cursed Island

Tabletop Co-Op: Robinson Crusoe

The game under discussion today is one of the best we’ve ever covered here on Tabletop Co-Op. It was released in 2012, and has been getting rave reviews ever since. The game has been hard to find until very recently, and I was gleefully able to pick up my copy a few weeks ago. Robinson Crusoe: Adventure on the Cursed Island is both highly the...

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Don't delay! Act now!

Ryse: Son of Rome Season Pass On Sale Today

Ryse: Son of Rome was a highlight of the Xbox One launch a few months ago, and as the first major DLC release on February 28 approaches, all manner of deals are available to celebrate. Today, eager gladiators can purchase a Season Pass for Ryse at a 33% discount. The standard cost is $19.99, so you'll save a non-negligible $6.66 today, and only today, February 25. Presumably the 666 pennies you'll have left can be used for some nefarious purpose. The Season Pass is a bundle of all four planned DLC releases, and would normally save you 25% off the cost of getting each separately. The discount for today makes this an even better deal.

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Bugs fixed and stability improved

Halo: Spartan Assault for Xbox One Updated

The Xbox One version of Halo:Spartan Assault has received an update. Xbox One players starting up the twin-stick shooter set in the Halo universe will be prompted to download the update. The update is mainly concerned with stability issues and various bugs. There are no new features here, just a presumably improved overall game experience. One issue addressed by the patch that concerns co-op fans fixes Campaign medals showing up in co-op mode. Personally, I keep hoping for a patch to add in local co-op; I'd be all over a twin stick Halo shooter I could play with my kids on one screen.

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Titanfall, Steam Tags, EA Shenanigans, and Nintendo news

Beyond Co-Op - February 9th through February 15th, 2014

We've taken a few weeks off, but it's time for another edition of Beyond Co-Op. In this series, we cover gaming news that isn't co-op in nature. Hey, we all play single player and competitive multiplayer games anyway, right? The quiet winter months are... well, honestly, still fairly quiet. But as spring releases are just around the corner, news is ramping up a little bit. Here are the biggest stories in gaming this week.

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  • couch
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Game and DLC offerings discounted

Fable 2 is 50% Off This Week

This week's Xbox Live Store deals include an older game from one of the most acclaimed developers of all time. Peter Molyneux's Fable 2 is one sale for 50% off, taking it down to a thrifty $9.99 here in the US. The sale also includes two DLC add-ons for the game, Knothole Island and See the Future. The former is $4.99 and the latter will set you back $3.49. These titles will be on sale until February 17.

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  • Xbox Live Arcade
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You know what they say about tie-in games...

Young Justice: Legacy Co-Op Review

It’s an unfortunate fact of video game life: tie-in games are often very bad. Whether they are based on movies, TV shows, books, or comics, most games of this type are of substandard quality. Consider recent reviews of Adventure Time and Family Guy, for instance. But every once in a while, there are tie-ins that surprise you and end up being ...

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Grab a deck and team up to take down a horrific beast

Tabletop Co-Op: Magic the Gathering Face the Hydra

​For Tabletop Co-Op this month, we are headed back to the mega-popular world of Magic: the Gathering. Magic is one of the most competitive head to head experiences gaming has to offer, but there are some homebrew variants that offer cooperative play. We covered one such fan created variant, Horde Magic, last year. Recently, Wizards of the Coast r...

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  • xbox 360
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  • playstation 4
  • xbox one
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Aliens, puppies, explosions, and more explosions

Call of Duty: Ghosts Co-Op Review

Before I begin this review, I feel compelled to let you know that I am not a big Call of Duty fan. I don't rush out to purchase the annual installment of the mega-popular series. Other than some Spec Ops and Zombie mode with my kids here and there, it has been almost five years since I spent any significant amount of time with any CoD game (it ...

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