Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Hey, Gamers--Check Out Co-Op Critics!


If you know me mostly from my fiction writing and the See Brian Write podcast, you might not know that I am a lifelong gamer and I've been writing about games for years now. From 2008-2010 I was a contributing writer for Comic Book Resources, heading up their coverage of video games while I was with them (you can find a list of my CBR stuff here).

After I left CBR to focus on my fiction, I still had the bug to write about and discuss games whenever I could. So, I started the Co-Op Critics blog and podcast back in 2011.

Together they were an outlet for me to talk and write about games with some of my gaming pals. For the podcast specifically, the goal was to take one game or series each episode and have at least two people share their experiences with it. In the early days of Co-Op critics, my most frequent podcast partner was Dan Evans, but over the ensuing years Kim Wong contributed to the blog, and Dave Fetterman, Jeff Rodgers, Erik Haltson and more joined me on the podcast for different episodes.

Since 2011, the Co-Op Critics blog has featured some great gaming discussion, touching on all kinds of games, from RPGs like Mass Effect and Dark Souls to shooters like Halo and Call of Duty, to everything in between.

But, the podcast has not been as regular as I would have liked, and I've been wanting to do more with gameplay videos and streaming for some time now.

SO, Co-Op Critics is going through a bit of an evolution right now. In the coming weeks the blog will be getting a bit of a facelift, and much more frequent content updates. in addition multiple blog posts per week, you'll find gameplay videos that will include quick looks as well as longer playthroughs and commentary. And pulling that content together will be monthly episodes of the Co-Op Critics podcast. The opening segment of the show will highlight what's been going on over on the blog, and the main episode will continue to focus on one game or series, providing an in-depth discussion of the game or games from multiple points of view. My friend and fellow gamer Nick Merritt is a name you'll be seeing a lot of on the blog and podcast, and Jeff Rodgers will be a consistent voice on the podcast. I expect some of the previous contributors to be coming back to visit as well.

I'll still be adding content to the blog, our YouTube page and the Co-Op Critics Twitch channel as the blog evolves, and you'll see us adding pieces as we go along. I will also be posting updates here.

Stay tuned, and in the meantime, you can find Co-Op Critics in all of these fine places:

Blog: www.co-opcritics.com
Twitter: twitter.com/CoOpCritics
YouTube: youtube.com/c/Co-opcritics
Twitch: twitch.tv/coopcritics
Google +: google.com/+Co-opcritics

You can also check out all of the old podcast episodes on the blog itself, or on the archive page.