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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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If you need an excuse to play games all day... here you go.

Join us for Extra Life 2022 on Nov 5th

On November 5th, Co-Optimus will be joining thousands of other gamers for a day full of gaming and fundraising for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Donations through Extra Life go straight to the participant’s chosen CMN hospital to help kids in need. You can help our cause by joining or donating! The Co-Optimus team is open to all co-op fans, and we’re always happy to have more teammates!

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And a HUGE THANK YOU to all of our participants and donors!

Donate to Extra Life on Giving Tuesday

As I'm sure your inboxes have informed you, today is Giving Tuesday, an unofficial holiday for non-profit organizations to ask for the pocket change you didn't spend during Black Friday month and Cyber Monday week. I kid, but I've honestly given up on trying to keep track of sales. It's gotten a little crazy. So instead of spending your hard earned cash on stuff you don't need, why not donate it to a charity?

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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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