Co-Optimus Feed for Co-Op videogame news for articles tagged with books A custom RSS feed on co-op gaming for: Co-Op videogame news for articles tagged with books http://www.co-optimus.com en-us http://www.co-optimus.com/images/cooplogo.pngCo-Optimushttp://www.co-optimus.com Don't Stop the Geekin'Marc Allie

Don't Stop the Geekin' is very similar in tone to my first book. It's full of stories from my childhood in the 80s, growing up in a world that was much less friendly to geeks than it is now. There are some funny moments, some cringey moments, and plenty of pop culture references that 80s kids will appreciate. Here's an excerpt that Co-Optimus fans might enjoy, from the second chapter, "The Summer of Ms. Pacman".

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I Was Geeky When Geeky Wasn't CoolMarc Allie

It's called I Was Geeky When Geeky Wasn't Cool, and it's an honest autobiographical account of what it was like to grow up as a nerd in the 1980s. Throughout the book's 30,000 words, there are things that will make you laugh, things that might make you cry, and a host of 80s pop culture references. From Star Wars and Dungeons & Dragons to Transformers and beyond, there is plenty here for nerds and geeks to like, but anyone who ever felt awkward growing up will find the book compelling.

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]]> http://www.co-optimus.com/article/12718/i-was-geeky-when-geeky-wasn-t-cool.html http://www.co-optimus.com/article/12718/i-was-geeky-when-geeky-wasn-t-cool.html A Novel Concept - Double Jump Nick Puleo

Having personally read the first few chapters (and you can read the first here), I was quickly hooked into what the author was telling. The book wastes zero time setting the stage, and in fact, it almost starts on a bit of a climax and a cliffhanger all in one. The first few chapters whizzed by with relative ease and Mr. Glaser's writing style is both easy to read and descriptive while not being overbearing at the same time. Obviously given the subject matter of the book it was easy to relate to some of the early themes, so that no doubt helped fuel my desire to keep reading.

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]]> http://www.co-optimus.com/article/11630/a-novel-concept-double-jump.html http://www.co-optimus.com/article/11630/a-novel-concept-double-jump.html Get Griefed - A Video Game Murder Mystery NovelNick Puleo

The first two books in the series are called Schooled and Pwned. Both books follow Lexy Cooper, a community manager in the video game industry who finds herself at the center of (several) murders. Lexy find herself involved in solving these crimes alongside her police officer uncle. I've read both books; they are a great reads with plenty of gamer innuendo and satire. So it's my pleasure to announce Christa's third book in the series entitled Griefed.

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]]> http://www.co-optimus.com/article/11472/get-griefed-a-video-game-murder-mystery-novel.html http://www.co-optimus.com/article/11472/get-griefed-a-video-game-murder-mystery-novel.html Awakening: The Art of Halo 4 Hardcover Book ImpressionsNick Puleo

As a long time Halo fan the mythology and evolution of the series has fascinated me.  As someone who has been playing video games for the past 30 some years and covering them for the past 10, I've taken a keen interest in the process behind making them - even making one myself.  One of my favorite things to do is to look at concept art from video games, like those we saw at the Into the Pixel Exhibition at E3 this year.  These pieces of art not only serve a purpose for developer, but are most times beautiful masterpieces that can stand on their own.

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]]> http://www.co-optimus.com/article/9237/awakening-the-art-of-halo-4-hardcover-book-impressions.html http://www.co-optimus.com/article/9237/awakening-the-art-of-halo-4-hardcover-book-impressions.html Borderlands 2 Sells 5 Million, Art Book Available for Pre-OrderNick Puleo

Borderlands 2 has sold over 5 million copies across all three platforms to date, giving publisher 2K Games a very positive quarter.  The company stated it has been one of the most successful games in their company's history, which is impressive considering they publish the Grand Theft Auto series and other Rockstar Games.  Borderlands 2 also received high marks with over a 90 Metacritic average, including our own Editor's Choice Award and a perfect score.

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]]> http://www.co-optimus.com/article/9190/borderlands-2-sells-5-million-art-book-available-for-pre-order.html http://www.co-optimus.com/article/9190/borderlands-2-sells-5-million-art-book-available-for-pre-order.html New Book "Reality is Broken" Discusses Virtual Skills in the Real WorldAndrew Gaskill

Remember books?  Sure you do!  Author Jane McGonigal has provided gamers with a new weapon for fighting the good fight.  "What's the good fight?" you ask.  Why, proving to our significant others, bosses, parents, children, or pets, that what we do in front of the flashing screen is important...not just for us, but for the whole world!  In her book "Reality is Broken," McGonigal explores how games help gamers develop problem solving techniques that can be applied to real world problems.  She recently sat down with Kai Ryssdal for a radio interview, and had this to say about gaming and reality:

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]]> http://www.co-optimus.com/article/5314/new-book-quot-reality-is-broken-quot-discusses-virtual-skills-in-the-real-world.html http://www.co-optimus.com/article/5314/new-book-quot-reality-is-broken-quot-discusses-virtual-skills-in-the-real-world.html Fable III Tangible Things Come With Digital ContentKatrina Pawlowski

It’s pretty rare that useful gaming things come with extra useful things for a game, but it looks like Fable III will be giving us quite a lot of extras with its extras. First on the list is Peter David’s “Fable: The Balverine Order,” a paperback novel to tide over hardcore Fable fans until their next Albion gaming adventure.

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]]> http://www.co-optimus.com/article/4415/fable-iii-tangible-things-come-with-digital-content.html http://www.co-optimus.com/article/4415/fable-iii-tangible-things-come-with-digital-content.html Co-op Reading Recommendation: Little BrotherGuest Author:

In an effort to expand our horizons at Co-Optimus, we present to you our first review of a book.  Why would we review a book?  The premise of Little Brother, is at its core, cooperative.  Not only is the story about co-op, it's about gaming.  Hmmm, that sounds familiar.

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