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My earliest memories of gaming involve a Nintendo Entertainment System, a television that still used tubes, a family room, and my brother. Before we even had a game where two people could play together, I remember sitting and watching my brother play Super Mario Bros. Occasionally, he’d let me play a life or two, but that was all I needed to get hooked. Pretty soon, games like Blaster Master and Final Fantasy were finding their way onto my Christmas list alongside the Transformers and GI Joes. I used to play so much that my family nicknamed me “Nintendo Boy”, a moniker that occasionally still gets brought up today. From the Nintendo I moved on to playing PC games, thanks once again to my family. I was too young at the time to really understand them, but my mom used to play the “Zork” series and I’d sit next to her while she played trying to contribute and follow along as best as I could. Nowadays I mostly play Playstation and Nintendo DS games, although I still occasionally sneak in a PC game or two and a large portion of my co-op time comes from playing with friends.

Aside from gaming, I also enjoy watching movies, listening to music (anything but country), re-learning to play bass, and reading authors like Neal Stephenson, Neil Gaiman, China Miéville, and whatever good science fiction/fantasy novel comes my way. It is my hope that one day I might be able to switch jobs from government contractor to full-time games journalist or freelancer. A man can dream, a man can dream…

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New name, new release date, same co-op game

Rainbow Six Extraction Gets Pushed to January 2022

Rainbow Six Extraction, the co-op title that started as a spin-off mode for the popular competitive FPS Rainbow Six Siege, has gotten pushed back a little bit. During E3 last month, Ubisoft announced that the game - which was previously known as Rainbow Six Quarantine, and Rainbow Six Parasite before that - would launch on September 16 this year. A few days ago, though, Ubisoft announced that they would need just a little more time to get it done.

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Will Nick also get hooked on this Viking adventure?

Tribes of Midgard Arrives Later This Month on PC and PlayStation

Around this time last year (which only feels like 5 years ago), we heard about a new action-survival game called Tribes of Midgard, which showed players running around a world fighting monsters from Norse legends, collecting materials, and building a home base. The title looked promising - particularly as it supports up to 10 players online - and during this year's Summer Game Fest, we finally got news of an official release date. Fell giants and defend the Seed of Yggdrasil with your buddies on July 27, 2021.

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A release date close to Halloween is the most logical choice

Next Entry in Dark Picture Anthology, House of Ashes, Out This October

The next entry in the Dark Picture AnthologyHouse of Ashes, now has an official release date as well as a story trailer. This will be the third installment in the anthology, after Man of Medan and Little Hope, and there are another five (yes, FIVE!) planned before it's concluded. That's a lot of Dark Pictures! 

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From the creative minds of former Riot dev Dr Kimberly Voll and ex-Valve writer Chet Faliszek

Co-Op Sci-Fi FPS The Anacrusis Arrives This Fall

We're still getting caught up on some of the news and game announcements from E3 and Keighley's Summer Game Fest, and one title that sounds very promising for all us Left 4 Dead fans is The Anacrusis, the first game from new development studio Stray Bombay. The studio was co-founded by Dr Kimberly Voll and Chet Faliszek, who have plenty of experience betwixt them, and in an interview back in 2019 when the studio was first announced, Chet said "we wanted to start a studio that made co-op games."

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But at what cost?

Dungeons & Dragons: Dark Alliance Available Today

One of the bigger nostalgia trips for gamers of a certain age/generation is the Dark Alliance series, which had their heyday in the PS2/Original Xbox/Gamecube era. These action-RPGs provided a Diablo-like experience long before Diablo III was even a twinkle in Blizzard's eye. Today, a new entry, Dungeons & Dragons: Dark Alliance, has emerged for PC, PlayStation 4/5, and Xbox One/Series, and initial response is... well, it's not great.

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From action-platformers to a survival sim with befriended monsters

E3 and Summer Game Fest 2021: Co-Op Titles You May Have Missed

E3 2021 has come and gone, and the Summer Game Fest is still kind of going, but in the flurry of news and excitement over big name titles coming out in the next year or two, there are always a few that slip by. Here's a quick round-up of some co-op titles to keep an eye on as time marches inexorably onwards.

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A good mid-tier offering with a few drawbacks

ASTRO A20 Gen 2 Review

ASTRO debuted its first A20 (Gen 1) wireless headset three years ago as a mid-tier alternative to the pricier A50. As the gaming industry prepared for the launch of the current gen consoles (PS5 and Series X), so, too, did ASTRO; this past October they launched the Gen 2 version of the A20 wireless headset, which touts a couple new features over the Gen 1 while still maintaining that mid-tier pricing.

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Uncover the secrets of the quiet New England town with some friends

Next Entry in The Dark Pictures Anthology, Little Hope, Available Today

If you were looking for some new, spooky video game to play with some buddies this Halloween, well you're in luck! The newest entry in the Dark Pictures AnthologyLittle Hope, is available today for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. Supermassive Games made quite the name for itself with its first interactive horror title, 2015's Until Dawn, and the first entry in its Dark Pictures AnthologyMan of Medan, earned additional praise for the way it allowed you to enjoy this kind of game with friends.

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Team up with a buddy or three to tackle new co-op content

Ghost of Tsushima: Legends Adds Co-Op, Available Today

Sucker Punch's stylish samurai third-person action game, Ghost of Tsushima, received its 1.11 update today, which not only brings New Game+ to the title but a whole new co-op mode as well. "Legends" will let you and some friends work together in three different mission types: Story, Survival, and Raid (coming at a later date). Players will choose to play as one of four different classes - Samurai, Ronin, Hunter, and Assassin - and will gain new gear and abilities for their class as they play.

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Waifu Squad with a Waifu Buddy

Genshin Impact Co-Op Impressions and Stream Recap

Two weeks after its release, Genshin Impact has made quite the impression in the gaming scene. The free-to-play, third-person action game draws a ton of inspiration from Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild as well as an elemental system that's reminsicent of the Divinity: Original Sin titles (i.e., combining two elements produces a new result). We spent a little time with the game's co-op and showed off what it has to offer, as well as its limitations.

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Take to the road in your food truck and serve up some delicious dishes

Cook, Serve, Delicious! 3?! Arrives Today

Vertigo Gaming's Cook, Serve, Delicious series welcomes a new entry today: Cook, Serve, Delicious! 3?! Similar to the past two games, you'll be in charge of cooking hitting a series of buttons to prepare, cook, and serve food to patrons, but this time you'll be doing it all in a food truck as you go from location-to-location driving through a war-torn America in the distant year of 2042... Yeah, maybe a bit too real these days?

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