Co-Optimus Feed for Co-Op videogame news for articles tagged with industry_news A custom RSS feed on co-op gaming for: Co-Op videogame news for articles tagged with industry_news http://www.co-optimus.com en-us http://www.co-optimus.com/images/cooplogo.pngCo-Optimushttp://www.co-optimus.com Nintendo President Satoru Iwata Passes Away at 55 #thanksiwataNick Puleo

Nintendo Co., Ltd. deeply regrets to announce that President Satoru Iwata passed away on July 11, 2015 due to a bile duct growth.

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Sony Online Entertainment Sold to Investment GroupNick Puleo

Daybreak's upcoming H1Z1 recently launched into early access and seems to be a big focus of the announced press release. H1Z1 is a lot like DayZ, a massive online zombie survival game, but the focus of H1Z1 will be on survival from zombies rather than other players. Obviously, the co-op aspects of it are that much more important.

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]]> http://www.co-optimus.com/article/12778/sony-online-entertainment-sold-to-investment-group.html http://www.co-optimus.com/article/12778/sony-online-entertainment-sold-to-investment-group.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 Want to Make a Kid's Account on Xbox One? You'll Need a Valid Email AddressNick Puleo

The Xbox One has become a staple of our media consumption in our family room with my almost five year old daughter capable of controlling the console just by talking to it. While the results are often mixed - sometimes she fails to provide the clear diction the Xbox One clearly craves - when it works, it works as designed and it's a load off us as parents.

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]]> http://www.co-optimus.com/article/11271/want-to-make-a-kid-s-account-on-xbox-one-you-ll-need-a-valid-email-address.html http://www.co-optimus.com/article/11271/want-to-make-a-kid-s-account-on-xbox-one-you-ll-need-a-valid-email-address.html Naughty Dog is Hiring a Co-Op Game DesignerNick Puleo

Co-op AI & encounter design - designing and scripting co-op combat encounters, AI behavior design, and difficulty balancing Co-op system design - creating mechanics, game modes, progression systems, reward structures, social features, etc. to serve the co-op experience.  Creating and iterating gameplay designs with the team, and working in script to implement and/or tune them

Yes. Yes! YES! 

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]]> http://www.co-optimus.com/article/11201/naughty-dog-is-hiring-a-co-op-game-designer.html http://www.co-optimus.com/article/11201/naughty-dog-is-hiring-a-co-op-game-designer.html Xbox One Has its Own Hardware IssuesNick Puleo

The first issue is what we'll call "disc eating" drives. While the drives of the console don't appear to actually be ruining the discs, they are making a horrible grinding sound and in some cases, failing to read the discs entirely. Scott Benton from In Game Chat, was unfortunate enough to get one of these consoles.

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Let's start with the big issue - which is apparently faulty hardware for some. We had heard rumors prior to launch that some folks that received their system early or had a review unit were having hardware problems. IGN themselves had the problem with one of their units. But obviously the big test was going to be once this thing released to the masses.

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]]> http://www.co-optimus.com/article/11104/playstation-4-launch-issues-faulty-systems-psn-struggles.html http://www.co-optimus.com/article/11104/playstation-4-launch-issues-faulty-systems-psn-struggles.html Next-Gen Feature Alert - No More Splash ScreensNick Puleo

Like sitting through seven introductions of production companies for the latest feature film, splash screens before games have become more and more annoying. Whether it's a logo of a graphics card manufacturer, an Unreal Engine icon, or the publisher's logo animation - we sometimes sit and wait for a few minutes before we even see a menu. Overtime these things seem to have gotten longer and longer. Perhaps one of the most famous splash screens in gaming had absolutely nothing to do with games themselves.

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]]> http://www.co-optimus.com/article/11003/next-gen-feature-alert-no-more-splash-screens.html http://www.co-optimus.com/article/11003/next-gen-feature-alert-no-more-splash-screens.html Nintendo's Plans Don't Include Online MultiplayerTaylor Killian

The Wii U is completely capable of providing online support. Any new Wii U owner is familiar with the firmware update upon turning on the system. Yet, Super Mario 3d World has been designed without an online focus. "While online play is certainly technically possible for us, it simply wasn’t the focus for us this time around," Miyamoto stated. "What we really wanted to do was to create something that people could experience fully while playing comfortably with others who were nearby them, and this is something we decided would be best for Pikmin and the best case for Mario here as well."

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 The Day One Edition is going to set you back $499.99, which comes with a Kinect, Headset, HDMI 1.4 cable, and several digital exclusives. The Day One edition has been sold out on retailers like Amazon and Gamestop for some time now, though we do see them listed in stock for brief periods from time to time. Hopefully with a solid release date we should see a further influx of availability, which Microsoft says should happen later today.

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]]> http://www.co-optimus.com/article/10742/xbox-one-release-date-announced.html http://www.co-optimus.com/article/10742/xbox-one-release-date-announced.html And on the 8th Day, Major Nelson Said Let there Be A HeadsetNick Puleo

 

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The Oculus Rift is a VR Headset that many say, myself included, will finally usher in virtual reality that's been promised many times over. It's a device I was fortunate enough to try out at E3 2013 and it was definitely as impressive as I've heard. John Carmack has been somewhat involved with the Oculus since it was seen on Kickstarter one year ago, but now his role has just become more official. Carmack isn't completely leaving id Software, but his role joining Oculus as CTO in their new Dallas office will definitely limit his time.

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One of the greatest annoyances of moving to an all digital game library of games is the waiting and the inconsistency involved with the times it takes to actually download the titles. I know personally I've seen PlayStation 3 downloads that can take an entire day for games that run eight to ten gigabytes. It's an experience that doesn't live up to the the instant gratification of a game purchase at the store.

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