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CO-OP Live 0103

A huge event in gaming for those paying attention, Matt and Ryan are going to talk in-depth about Heavy Rain. Nintendo had a media day last week and we got hands on with a ton of stuff. We take your questions and offer up some previews concerning Nintendo's latest announcements: WarioWare D.I.Y., Sin & Punishment: Star Successor, Art Style: Light Trax, Art Style: Rotozoa, and the create-a-fighter DSiWare title, Photo Dojo. They didn't allow us any video for Super Mario Galaxy 2 or Metroid Other M, but we can chat it up with you and if you ask!

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CO-OP Live 0102

We're experimenting today with all-live gameplay. Come on it and chat with us as we play the delightfully delicious The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom and two awesome Independent Game Festival finalists Monaco and Puddle. Ryan was an IGF judge for the festival this year so he's got some unique perspectives to share. Remember, once the show starts, tweet your questions to @COOP_live and we'll have Jason here collating the best. Well, Jason's opinion of what's best anyway!

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CO-OP Live 0101

We were invited to attend the X10 event last week and were able to get some hands-on time with some of the hottest games slated to come out in 2010 for the 360! HALO: Reach and Fable III had, essentially, no video assets so we're not going to have much to show you on that front. However, they didn't leave us empty handed! Splinter Cell: Conviction, Dead Rising 2, and Game Room were all available to us and we had a great time with them! Matt also got to sit down with Alan Wake, but they won't let us talk about it this week. CURSES! Make sure to tweet to @COOP_live during our X10 discussion to ask us about some of these amazing games. Oh yeah, and some little game called Bioshock 2 came out last week. JayFresh and Matt tell you what they think while Ryan takes your questions.

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CO-OP Live Announcement

This is not a joke. CO-OP will be going LIVE starting next Tuesday, February 9th at 7PM Eastern, 4PM Pacific. No editing to cover our mistakes. It's just us sounding as lame as we do "IRL," but with one crucial addition: you. Twitter will be a great way to participate in the discussion. Follow http://twitter.com/coop_live and get in on the act! Live chat may show up as well, but we can't guarantee that just yet.

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0315 - Reflections 2009 Part 2

It's the second part of our epic, 2009 year-in-review special! We assembled a crew of the finest CO-OP regulars to share what their favorite games of 2009 wound up to be. This isn't a "Game of the Year" rank-a-thon, but rather a recollection of what made 2009 such a freakin' awesome year for gamers!

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0314 - Reflections 2009 Part 1

2009 was a very good year--for video games. While much of the rest of the world is suffering an "economic downturn," to put it politely, the creators of gaming goodness out there haven't seemed to notice. We gather a bunch of CO-OP regulars for a giant, two-parter round table that delves into what was truly an epic year for the greatest medium ever invented by humankind.

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0313 - The Time Capsule

2009 isn't wrapped up quite yet. There are a few leftovers we felt absolutely essential to take care of. Might and Magic: Clash of Heroes is a huge success and Sabateur offers a bit of newish-ness if you're interested in expanding your open-world-gaming horizons via occupied, WWII France. Also, take a look at Matt and Ryan's Y2K time capsule. What was life like 10 years ago? 

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0312 - Snack Time!

We're on vacation this week, but we still wanted to get something out there to help fill up all that extra hard drive space you've got lying around. Yeah, this week's show is really short, but we hope the quality makes up for the quantity! If you've been following us since the beginning (meaning even before CO-OP showed up on Revision3), you might be familiar with "Area 5 Snacks." They're digital shorts that we were putting together in the early days before we found out we needed to make money to stay in business. Here's all four of them in a row. We would disavow these if we could, but we've all got our legacies to live up (or down, as the case may be).

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0311 - 10,000 Deaths by 1,000,000 Bullets

It's a CO-OP roundtable on what makes multiplayer shooters so special. Why do some succeed and others fail? Join as we go over some of the biggest shooters of this year and yesteryear and try to get to the bottom of what makes some stick while others flounder. Also, big thanks to Astro Gaming for providing the freakin' awesome 5.1 headsets used in this week's show.

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0310 - Android Vs. iPhone. FIGHT!

Android or iPhone? Perhaps not a nerd debate to be decided in a single episode, but that doesn't stop Cesar and Rob from taking some . . . extreme measures. Fortunately their adorable little feud didn't harm our interview with Mass Effect 2 producer Adrien Cho when we got to go check out the game last week. A few of our friends stuck around to talk about their brief play-session afterward including one "J. Cannata"--if that is his real name! Avatar is no doubt going to break (or has already broken) some kind of box-office record, but the game leaves something to be desired. Lastly, the most-likely-overlooked LittleBigPlanet for the PSP stands up proudly on its own as a must-have for any PSP owner.

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0309 - Santa Cruzin'

Is December really the best time to be going to the beach in Northern California? Not really, but try telling that to Santa Cruz native Cesar Quintero . . . So, yeah, the team was convinced to follow him down to his old haunts in the interests of seeing sights better left until the warmer seasons, but also to visit Edmund McMillen, creator of many awesome games, but the most recent of which is sure to delight many: Super Meat Boy. Rounding out the coverage this week: The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks and we enjoy some 8-bit Vintners wine by the wintertime fire while discussing PixelJunk Shooter.

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0308 - Go Outside and Play

Half the team was on vacation for a while, so this week's show is a wee bit shorter than normal--but don't let that fool you into thinking it's any less awesome! 'Cause it ain't! The big feature this week is the latest offering meant to swell your collection of plastic peripherals: Tony Hawk: Ride. We've got some skaters in the Area 5 crew and they'll give you the skinny. Before that, though, is a look at the surprisingly well-done, PSP version of Assassin's Creed. Is it worth it to you PSP owners out there? Find out.

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0307 - The Jason Show 2: Outtake Boogaloo

We're still on holiday for one more week but that doesn't mean we didn't cook up something nice for you ahead of time. Jason stole Ryan's camera and all of AREA 5's backup drives to construct an all-new episode of the Jason Show. Despite our wishes, behind our backs, Jason has filled his episode with outtakes and behind-the-scenes moments that the rest of the crew wishes the world didn't have access to. 

Additionally, Bitmob.com's Dan Hsu and CO-OP composer Paul Greenleaf sat down with Cesar to chat about the multiplayer madness of New Super Mario Bros. Wii. Sit back, relax, and get yourself a plate of leftover stuffing burritos and turkey fries and enjoy! We'll be back with tons of game coverage next week!

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0306 - Assassin's Creed II Review Special

We're going to be on our Thanksgiving break next week, so keep your eyes out for a special episode of CO-OP on December 1st that'll be a departure from the norm. We'll be back on December 8th with our regular programming. This week, though, is an almost-special episode thanks to our long-form coverage of Assassin's Creed 2. It's just too big to talk about in the normal time constraints of our show. Enjoy and remember to enjoy your holiday! And by "enjoy," we mean catch up on the holiday gaming rush. It's going to be a HUGE 2010 and you need to get started now ;p

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0305 - We're Oscar Mike

Midnight launches are not for the feint of heart. You know, the whole staying up late, playing a game all night, trying to go to work the the next day. But that's part of what being a gamer is all about! We were there for a San Francisco midnight launch of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 so that we could cover the single-player, at least, on this week's show. It's the first of a MW2 two-parter. We believe it takes longer than a few days to evaluate multiplayer so we're going to give it a good shakedown before talking about that part of the game. The epically awesome Dragon Age Origins and the next, big rhythm game DJ Hero round out this week's coverage.

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0304 - 3D or Not 3D

The words "movie" and "license" area anathema to gamers when paired and the exception is rare. Fortunately, this week's coverage of Jame's Cameron's Avatar may show us a way to one of said exceptions. We were invited to an event at the Dolby Labs in San Francisco to experience the game hands-on (in 3D no less). Grand Theft Auto IV: The Ballad of Gay Tony ratchets up the excitement and the better-than-Diablo Diablo clone Torchlight receives some much deserved face time.

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0303 - Halloweenies

Yes, Area 5 threw a Halloween party! It was awesome! We had the best costumes ever! There's no way your party was better than ours! Is there any way exclamation points can denote sarcasm as opposed to genuine enthusiasm? Honestly, we're better gamers than we are party-planers.  Oh, and we talk about some games.

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0302 - The Animated Series

Believe it our not, it's our first CO-OP: The Animated Series! Well... sort of. You'll see. We have a lively debate on whether Demon's Souls is as terrific as people say or truly awful, an in-depth about the ambient, indie RTS Eufloria and an iPhone round-up of some of our favorites: Canabalt, Geared, and Mr. Bounce!

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0301 - An Age of Wonder

It's our season 03 premiere! In our longest segment on a game yet, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves takes the spotlight this week. We also stop by indie developer Gaijin Games to grab a look at what makes an indie studio tick and to get a sneak peak at Bit.Trip Void. Also, of course, we had to share the quickie got with New Super Mario Bros. Wii!

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SPECIAL - Looking Back Fondly

Since Cesar was the only one at TGS this year, we asked him to do some light documenting of Japan for us so that we could live his experiences vicariously.

The new stuff this week consists of Cesar's pretty sweet travel log of his time in Japan during TGS. Japan is certainly unique and here within are some of the primary reasons why.

Since we're on vacation we were struggling with what to put in a show when we're not even supposed to have a show and the idea came up to post something most of you probably haven't seen. Prior to CO-OP being part of the Revision3 family of programming, Area 5 produced the show solely for your YouTube channel. 

CO-OP 0004 was a test-bed show for Revision3 where we actually produced the entire thing in HD so that they could try out their compression settings and what not in advance of our first, actual premiere on the network. Here, for the first time anyway, are the two game segments from CO-OP 0004 in HD.

GTA4 THE LOST AND THE DAMNED

Dan Hsu may no longer maintain the Sorethumbsblog, but yeah, that's what the titles for that section say in this episode because back when this segment was shot that was still before the launch of the awesome BitMob. Ryan and Cesar are also in this segment that talks about what makes this bit of DLC a definite must-have.

STREET FIGHTER 4

Miguel Lopez now works for GameTrailers, but back when he and Ryan had this chat about Street Figher IV he was still going strong at GameSpy. In a an excelleng segment that is prat reminiscing about past SF glory days and part review of the latest incarnation, it's one of the segments we are most proud of from our "Season 0" time period.

 

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