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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.

 

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Nintendo NX to Release in March of 2017–Won’t Be at E3 This Year?

In a press briefing regarding their 2016 earnings report, Nintendo announced today that their upcoming NX console will be releasing in March of 2017 worldwide. According to the Wall Street Journal, Nintendo also said the NX will not be at E3 this year, as the focus will be on the new Legend of Zelda, which has been delayed again into 2017. Nintendo later sent out a tweet that seemed to reinforce this.READ MORE

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Bandai Namco Absolutely Nails the Marketing Campaign for Dark Souls III

*slow clap to standing ovation*

As if we needed another reason to love the Souls series, the marketing campaign for Dark Souls III has been nothing short of stellar. In addition to the standard cryptic clips of in game intros and obscure lore and people dying a million times, Bandai Namco has added a full-on ’80s horror movie homage. First, they let horror director Eli Roth (Cabin Fever, Hostel) direct an animated short called “The Witches” that captured the inevitability of the game’s soul-crushing nature.READ MORE

Left 4 Dead 2 Now Backward Compatible on Xbox One–All Other Multiplayer Games Can Go Home

Today on Twitter Xbox’s Major Nelson announced that the greatest cooperative multiplayer game of all time had been added to Xbox One’s backward compatibility list. Shortly afterward, the President of All Games announced there would be no more cooperative multiplayer games developed for this or any future generations. All of those resources will now be poured into amassing an army to force Valve into making Half-Life 3. Which is ironic, because they gave us the Left 4 Dead franchise. We guess no good deed goes unpunished.READ MORE