Great Co-Op PC Games for You and Your Friends

In recent years, there has been a boom in multiplayer games, with everything from MOBAs such as League of Legends and DOTA taking the highlights at numerous tournaments. Then we’ve got shooters like CS:GO bringing life back to classic games tournament games around the world.

Rather than you having to fight a selection of player controlled enemies, cooperative or co-op games, see teams of players fighting to protect one another to achieve common goals or sometimes just to survive. Featured below are just some of the cooperative games that we’ve been playing the most recently on PC and if you’re a newcomer to co-op, they’re great places to get started and get your co-op kicks!

Dungeon Defenders


Originally designed as a demo to show off the capabilities of the Unreal engine, it quickly became a favourite among many gamers and soon found its way into production as a full-fledged game. Seeing players act as either a Wizard, Knight or Huntress (and then through the wonder of DLC’s you can even join as a Cyborg, Barbarian or Summoner) you can use weapons and towers to help defend crystals from waves of orcs, ogres and dragons. With role-playing elements like stats and scaling mana storage (mana is the resource you use to activate your special abilities or build towers). Often going on sale for around £5 (including all its DLC’s) it’s well worth a look for you and up to three other players, either online or locally.

Check it out on Steam here

Killing Floor


Next up is another game that started its life as a mod and again uses Unreal Engine. Set in England after a company’s horrific experiments break out, Killing Floor sees up to six players fight to survive in everything from central London to rural farms. With six perks to choose from, players can use everything from a fire axe to a rocket launcher to help survive up to ten waves (with a special surprise for those who survive long enough), all earning experience in their perk’s and enhancing the specific benefits those perks grant your character. With an active community offering up new maps, added weapons, enemies and graphical enhancements, why not face a thousand Christmas monsters at Helms deep? This game is commonly found on sale, especially around times like Halloween. If your friends like a challenge and enjoy the thrill of a good horror film, why not check it out?

Interested, why not check it out on Steam here

Lego Series


Who hasn’t had enjoyed the great fun of building anything! From a drivable castle to the most reinforced car imaginable, all with those tiny blocks of joy? For some reason, they decided that making video games based on these fun little blocks would go down well, and they were absolutely right! Batman, Harry Potter, the Marvel universe, Star Wars, Jurrasic Park and even Pirates of the Caribbean are among some of the franchises blessed with Lego characters, telling a wide range of stories throughout. With split-screen co-op (two players, one screen) players are able to enjoy their favourite movies with friends or family alike. Roam around Hogwarts or New York smashing everything from the traffic to armies of Uruk-hai, all with the same joy of playing with Lego with none of the dangers of stepping on a brick in bare feet.

With so many to choose from why not take a look here.

Did we miss a game you and your friends often find yourselves coming back to? Mention it in the comments and we shall see how many we can get listed!

Amazon Offers Handyman Services through its ‘Amazon Local Services’

Amazon has started offering local handyman services with its ‘Amazon Local Services’.

A number of visitors to Amazon.com have started noticing listings for local technicians for the fitting of items like TVs and washing machines.

It’s not just about installation either, Amazon’s site for providers interested in the new service, lists a whole hosts of potential services from repairs for phones laptops to bike chain lubrication and car oil changes. Amazon will take a 20% cut on service charged less than $1000 and a 15% cut for services charged above that amount. The service is currently only available in select cities in 9 states. Re/code says that this is all part of Amazon’s efforts to become the absolute central location for all purchases – whether that be for goods or services.

Let’s just say that Amazon is trying to take over the world.

Source: Re/code

Android 5.0 is Basically Useless in China

Android 5.0 has been released to a massive reception in Western nations, promising and delivering a handy new user interface amongst other spectacular features.

Unfortunately for the Chinese population, almost all of this will go unused. Due to some reported issues ‘left over by history’, most domestic acquired Android users will be using non-native Android operating systems. Most Chinese-domestic phones are running a customized third-party ROM, including offerings such as HTC’s Sense, the Millet Miui and Meizu’s Flyme amongst many other handhelds.

You can’t help but feel sorry for them, given the positive reports that have been coming out of Android 5.0 thus far. Since the birth of Android, it is according to some that the Android 5.0 update is the first time that they finally ‘get it’, offering an innovative, stylish and simple interface design that’s obviously meant to compete with and crush iOS’ offering. Alongside this, these limitations aren’t just set to their mobile phones – Lollipop extends over Android OS run tablets, TV’s and wearable technology. Meaning that some of their products will be running the fancy updated OS, alongside their ‘basic’ looking third-party phone interface.

It’s unfortunate that China shall have to miss out on such software advancements, but it’s obvious that they’ve got the hardware game down pat. We’ve recently reported of their domestic-made offerings selling through the roof, despite update news such as this. So maybe it’s becoming clear that price wins over all and they don’t care about a fancy UI. Alongside Chinese-domestic phone company selling a reported 1.62 million of their phones in a non-stop 72 hour period, we’ve also reported that many ‘big wig’ phone companies are experiencing a significant decline in sales.

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Mental Millet: 1.62 Million Phone Orders in 72 hours

Chinese phone company and electricity provider Millet have just reported that after 72 hours of continuous operation, they’ve dispatched over 1.62 million total units of their new phone release amounting to a total sales amount of $254.5m USD. This shipping figure doesn’t include their TV orders processed in the same time frame according to technical director Wang Haizhou as announced today to the Chinese public via Weibo. He’s also stated that they will be in constant contact with the courier company, ensuring all users receive their phones as fast and efficiently as possible.

Unfortunately due to this being a Chinese-only brand, it’s quite hard to find any information about the phone, the company or release schedule/information. Comparing this to iPhone sales over the same time period which sat at 10 million devices – 1.62 million by Millet is certainly nothing shabby for a one-country project.

Many users reportedly begun receiving their brand-new Millet phones in the early hours of the 73rd hour onward as Millet’s couriers seem to have been keeping their word. If you’re capable of having a read, here’s their official Weibo release as published by Wang Haizhou.

Information and images courtesy of MyDrivers

Sacred 3 Coming To Consoles & PC This Year, New Trailer Released

Deep Silver have announced the latest entry in their legendary Sacred series. Sacred 3 will be heading to consoles and PC this summer, taking us back into the fantasy realms of Ancaria. Sacred 3 features classic arcade Hack ‘n’ Slash action centred around drop in, drop out cooperative multiplayer for both offline (2 players) and online (4 players) play.

The game brings back fan-favourite characters such as the Seraphim, Ancarian, Khukuhru and the Safiri, as well as introduces a new character, Malakhim. Each character class features its own unique skills and weapons which can be upgraded to match the player’s very own combat style, pretty much what fans have come to expect from not only the series, but also the hack ‘n’ slash RPG genre. As you master the art of war, you will fight your way through enemy hordes and try to outshine your fellow companions to become the greatest hero of all. The inclusion of mission stats and online leaderboards will drive competition both locally and online, so even though you’ll be playing cooperatively, you’ll still want to work to come out on top and claim the title of greatest hero.

“The paramount development goal for Sacred 3 has been to create a seamless online and offline co-op experience”, said Remy van Leeuwen, Brand Manager of Deep Silver. “By creating a game built around the central concept of co-op gameplay, we’re expanding the series to new audiences without compromising the rich lore and fantasy of the Sacred universe.”

I’m a big fan of local co-op gaming, so I really can’t wait for this game to be release and until then, I’ll just have to entertain myself with the reveal trailer.

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Thank you Sacred-World for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of Scared-World.

Rural Internet Access: Finding High-speed Connections

The author of this article Sarah Bolloum advised her daughter to do a broadband speed test when she had some speed issues on her computer.

In rural communities, high-speed Internet access is not always easy to find. Even if a local provider offers service, your home might be ineligible for various reasons. Consider these tools and options to help locate a provider that serves your area.

Check with companies that offer other services

Sometimes, nationwide companies bundle different services for rural customers. For example, your telephone or satellite-TV provider might offer Internet access via satellite dish. Visit the company’s Web site, or make a phone call, to learn more.

Get on waiting lists

Waiting lists tell providers that they have potential customers in the area. If access is close to your home, but not quite there yet, a list of interested people might persuade the company to plan for expansion. This can take time—months, even years—but adding your information to the list does not take long. Afterward, you can move on and continue looking for other providers.

Search online for providers

Sites like DSLReports.com have searchable databases. These sites include different kinds of Internet connections; customer reviews; and multiple search options (by ZIP code, for example, or by state). Some companies that come up in your search results don’t serve your area, but others might.

Look for more than one kind of connection

You might not be able to get a Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) through your telephone provider, but what about a WISP (terrestrial wireless) connection from another provider? This kind of access is ideal for some people in rural areas. Others can use satellite dishes. In some parts of the country, cell-phone providers’ connections work well. Don’t limit yourself to one or two kinds of service; you might have other, unexplored options.

Use local resources

Ask your neighbors how they get Internet access at home. If the family next door has a high-speed provider, the odds are very good that you, too, can subscribe. Sometimes, providers advertise in your area. Keep an eye on billboards, the local newspaper, and even signs staked out in yards. Rural areas are no different from more-populated regions as far as advertising goes; companies find creative ways to get your attention.

You might have only one option other than dial-up. If that’s the case, keep looking while you make the most of what you have. Companies expand coverage areas on a regular basis. New providers move into underserved areas and set up shop. Businesses that offer other services expand. Keep looking, stay on the waiting lists, and talk with your neighbors; convincing them to express a desire for high-speed Internet in their homes can encourage a company to sell you all what you want.

Image courtesy of NYnet