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Rest In Peace, Robert Guillaume

symipage54Sad news this week, as we learned that Robert Guillaume passed away at the age of 89. I grew up watching Robert in his Emmy-award winning role of Benson DuBois on Soap and the Guillaume-led spin-off show Benson. I was three years old when Soap started, and twelve by the time Benson ended, so Robert was a regular on our family’s TV for most of my childhood.

Of course, Robert is known today by many gamers as the voice of Doctor Eli Vance in Half-Life 2 and Half-Life 2: Episode 1 and 2. Hearing his voice for the first time in that game will always be one of my favorite Half-Life 2 memories, as it was like running into an old friend again. In fact, as soon as I heard of his passing, I decided I’d be playing through Half-Life 2 again so I could revisit his amazing performance.

Rest in peace Robert, and thank you.

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GOLF STORY IS OUT ON SWITCH TODAY!!!

This could be the last game I ever buy.

Okay, so that’s probably not true, but I am beyond excited that Golf Story is out on the Nintendo Switch today!!! The geniuses at Sidebar Games have combined two of my favorite genres–RPGs and golf games–into one peanut butter cup of amazingness. Look at this:

I am going to put sooooooooooooo many hours into this game. See you next year!

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Xbox One Backward Compatibility Super Sale Is On Through 5/22

If wanted to either catch up on some Xbox 360 classics or just grab some of your old favorites for your digital collection, now is the time. Microsoft is having a backward compatibility sale through May 22nd, and a ton of titles are discounted up to 75%.

Check Out The Xbox One Backward Compatibility Super Sale Here

If the list is a bit overwhelming, then allow us to recommend some titles for you:

Dead Space 1&2
Red Dead Redemption
Bioshock 1&2
Burnout Paradise
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
Deux Ex: Human Revolution
Dragon Age: Origins
Fable II
Fallout 3
Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon
Geometry Wars
Left 4 Dead 2
Limbo
Mass Effect 1-3
Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
Portal 1&2
Saints Row IV
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas
The Orange Box (Half-Life 2 + Eps 1&2)
Witcher 2

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Come See Us at CT Gamer Con 4/1-4/2!

If you heard our recent interview with promoter Mitch Hallock on Co-Op Conversations, you know we are very excited for the first annual CT Gamer Con, happening at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT Saturday 4/1 and Sunday 4/2.

There will be tournaments with cash prizes for Street Fighter V, Smash (4 and Melee), Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 and more. Arcade and classic pinball games will be playable, as well as plenty of other console and tabletop games. Pro gamers Sabin, Lucky D, Mafia, Yipes, Prince Abu, HungryBox, and KirbyKaze will be playing in tournaments and meeting with fans. Nintendo will even be there giving away a Switch on Sunday!

And we’ll be there, too! Brian will have a table at the show, and he’ll be hanging out, doing interviews, talking games and having fun. So if you’re in the New England area this weekend, head down to CT Gamer Con and say hi!

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Co-op Critics Podcast Goes Weekly With Party Chat

If you subscribe to our YouTube channel, you may have noticed a new series that popped up a few weeks ago. It’s called Co-Op Critics Party Chat, and it’s a weekly dose of games discussion that will cover a variety of topics. In the past, the Co-Op Critics podcast has been a focused and in-depth discussion of one particular game or series. And our longer-form podcast will continue to be that. But we wanted to have a weekly podcast series that could serve both our YouTube audience and our longtime podcast listeners. Party Chat is that series.

Each week, we’ll be having a 15-minute or so chat about a particular topic, whether it’s what we’re currently playing, breaking news in the games industry, first impressions of a big release, or changes and updates to longtime favorites.On the YouTube channel, Party Chat will also feature gameplay related to whatever that week’s topic is. But for those who just want to hear the discussion, we’ll be posting the Party Chat episodes on our audio podcast feed as well.

We’ve already got four episodes up, and we’ve talked about the Switch launch, updates to The Division and Overwatch, impressions of 7 Days to Die and more. You can check them all out on the Party Chat playlist right here.

We hope you enjoy these weekly discussions, and we welcome suggested topics for future episodes. Feel free to send them our way in the comments, or hit us up at twitter.com/coopcritics.

Co-Op Conversations: Mitch Hallock Talks CT Gamer Con, TerrifiCon and More

In our latest Co-Op Conversation, Brian talks to Mitch Hallock, organizer and promoter of TerrifiCon and the upcoming CT Gamer Con. They discuss how Mitch got into the convention business, building TerrifiCon to what it is today, and putting together this first year of CT Gamer Con.

CT Gamer Con is happening April 1-2, 2017 at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT. You can learn more about CT GAmer Con, grab your tickets and register for events at www.ctgamercon.com.

You can also learn more about TerrifiCon and get updates about this year’s show at www.terrificon.com.

If you want the audio version of this interview only, you can grab it and other episodes of the Co-Op critics podcast on iTunes and on our Spreaker page at http://www.spreaker.com/show/co-op-critics.