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by Jason Love 0
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New study shows that co-op games may make you a nicer human being

Play Co-Op, Be a Better Person

Last year, we looked into a talk given at GDC 2014 that focused on how games can have a social impact on teenage boys. The big idea to come out of this talk was the concept of "incentivized co-op," or co-op that directly provides benefits to both parties. A recent study out of Texas Tech has delved further into the benefits of playing a game cooperatively and gathered some interesting data to add to this equation.

by Jason Love 1
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Co-Opticrew Plays Risk of Rain Beta

Last night, the usual podcasting Co-Opticrew (minus one) streamed some of our playtime in the upcoming sci-fi platformer rogue-life, Risk of Rain. Mike and I fought through three of the game's levels, even braving it long enough to reach "Impossible" difficulty (which is just as hard as the name implies), while Nick did his best to keep up with us. Fun times were had by all and we've capture these precious moments for you to enjoy.

by Nick Puleo 2
Editorial
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  • xbox 360
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The Co-Op Terminology Guide 2012 Edition

Co-Op games have come a long way since our first terminology guide. We've seen hundreds of new titles appear offering unique ways to share the gaming experience in a non-competitive way. We thought it was a good time for a refresher and a good time to tweak some of the terminology used around the site to avoid confusion. With a database of over 2000 cooperative video games, there's something for everyone.

by Jason Love 5
News

Mass Effect 3 and Syndicate Co-Op Modes May Hint At "Co-Op as the New Deathmatch"

The spring gaming season is well underway and we've already seen a slew of co-op game releases, like Binary DomainJourney, and Shoot Many Robots, where cooperative gameplay was a focus for the game from the start. Yet we've also seen some major AAA releases, like Mass Effect 3, hit store shelves where the addition of a multiplayer component is something new for the series; or an existing series, such as The Darkness II, swap it's formerly competitive multiplayer mode for a strictly cooperative one. Finally, you have the revival of older games that have had their format completely changed - leaving them ripe for the traditional player vs player multiplayer style to which we've grown accustomed - and still maintain the co-op gameplay (we're looking at you, Syndicate).

by Jason Love 3
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  • xbox 360
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RPGs Enhanced by Multiplayer Says Bioware Founders

It's a topic/point of debate that gets brought up often here at Co-Optimus: Does co-op make a game better? For a site that's dedicated to co-op gaming, you're surely thinking that the obvious answer would be, "yes, of course it does;" however, that may not always be the case. Bioware, developer of the upcoming Mass Effect 3 - the first game in the series to feature co-op gameplay - seems to agree.

by Nick Puleo 9
Video

PAX Prime 2011 Community Co-Op Video

This year the Co-Opticrew approached the Penny-Arcade Expo with a different goal in mind.  Having played and covered most of the titles at E3 earlier in the year, we wanted to do something special which featured gamers themselves.  So we grabbed our camera and went around asking PAX goers questions about co-op games.

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