Eric Murphy - Community Manager

Eric has been a gamer for as long as he can remember. His first gaming experiences were shared with his brothers on a Commodore 64 with games like Mario Brothers, Fire King, Double Dragon, and Save New York City. Eventually, he ventured into PC gaming where he expanded his experience to online gaming and participating in gaming communities. In college, he was thrown into console gaming (kicking and screaming) around the release of Halo:CE which was the start of his ultimate transition away from PC gaming. That transition was complete when he met his soon to be wife who is also a gamer. Now, you'll rarely find Eric gaming without his wife at his side, so "couch co-op" games like the Halo, Gears of War, and Left 4 Dead franchises are a staple of his game library.

When he's not gaming, he's working for a consulting firm as a software engineer, spending time with his family, or geeking out with one of his many computer related hobbies. At Co-Optimus, he is in charge of the forums where he feels at home engaging with the community.

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Kids need us now more than ever

Join Extra Life and Help Covid-19 Relief

Every year I invite Co-Optimus staff and readers to pitch in and help kids through Extra Life. The charity benefits Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, and brings in millions each year. It's a fun way for gamers to unite and do good in the world. This year, with the Covid-19 pandemic sweeping the US, our children's hospitals need even more support. Here's your opportunity to pitch in and help.

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Support your local Children's Miracle Network Hospital

Join Us for Extra Life 2019!

Co-Optimus has been a supporter of Extra Life for 8 years, raising much needed donations that benefit Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. As always, we invite you, our dear readers, to participate in any way you can. We'd love to have you on our team, spread the word on social media, donate to our team members, or even provide moral support in our chat room during our 24 hour marathon live-stream. Any and every way you can help is greatly appreciated!

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Our 7th year helping CMN Hospitals save lives

Join the Co-Optimus Team for Extra Life 2018

Fall is a great time for gamers. There are so many games to play and not enough time to play them all, right? That's a real problem, so let me offer you a win-win solution. Pick one game that you were planning on buying, and don't buy it. Now, take that $60 you just saved, and make a donation on your Extra Life page, which you created after joining the Co-Optimus Extra Life Team. Your $60 just made an impact on some poor kid who was critically injured in a car accident, and you saved a lot of time that you would have sunk into that game you didn't buy.

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Treat your booty like a champion

E-Win Champion Series Gaming Desk Chair Impressions

One of the most important components of your gaming PC setup, is your desk chair. Sitting at a desk for extended periods of time is bad for your health, but a good gaming chair, like a Champion Series gaming chair from E-Win, can help limit the effects of marathon sessions at your desk. After about a month of kicking back in one of these chairs for both work and play, I can definitely say that my body notices the difference.

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Be a hero for sick kids

Join Us For Extra Life 2017!

"Hate" is a strong word, and I only use it for things I absolutely despise. One of the things that I hate is seeing kids in the hospital with life threatening illnesses or injuries. I bet you hate that, too. Well, you can help. Co-Optimus is gathering a team of gamers to participate in Extra Life for the sixth straight year, and we invite you to join in on the fundraising! A Children's Miracle Network Hospital of your choice will receive all of the donations you raise on your page, and you get to play video games for an entire day!

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The complete Magicka 2 play-through, brought to you by F.A.L.C.O.

Put On Your Bathrobe And Watch Us Play Magicka 2

There's nothing I enjoy more than putting on my bathrobe and pretending I know how to do magic on a Friday night. What could be better than that? How about jumping on Twitch and watching the Friday Awesomely Live Co-Op gang blow each other up in Magicka 2? Well, it's a little late for that since we beat the whole campaign, but lucky for you, we recorded it all so you can watch it right now.

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