The Gist - How To Be An Awesome Co-Op Companion
We cover off on three things you can keep in mind to help you get the most out of cooperative gaming! What are your tips?
by Jess McDonell on
Share your loot & help each other out, just because you don't need a certain item, doesn't mean it wouldn't help out one of your teammates. And ask/give advice, if you play a lot & are joining public co-op games, teach the new kids :) they'll appreciate it
I live in East Asia and when I beat Borderlands 2 and I'd log into co-op. There was always this guy standing in a room throwing out every legendary weapon. Like 5 of them.
I got like 8 conference calls out of that for various characters. Is it cheating? Yes. Do I regret? Nope. I was able to better help other players.
Wearing a scarf indoors. Only topped by wearing sunglasses or a wool cap indoors. It's me, really. I simply don't understand the world anymore.
BL2 co-op for the win.
I wish Battlefield 3 had actually a global/team voice chat on a server on PC.
General advise: Be generous if you play with a buddy. When a friend of mine and me are playing BF3 we rather ask who drives the tank or just say "you drive". Mostly everyone has their speciality. So I'm driving in 7 out of 10 times the tank while my mate is the secondary passanger. If you notice that your buddy is much better than you in some area, just let him have. He's happy and you, too, eventually when you win.
It's about having fun together, not who has the most gold or best equip in action RPGs. Your character probably won't die instantly if you give up some item. What's the deal, just let him have it. It's very relaxing to play with another friend of mine games like Dungeon Siege 3 because there is no "competition". We sometimes joke about the damage dealt, and that his or mine is "ridiculous", but we can switch that one on and off. So the best thing is: Just have fun while playing and beating the game, not making up internal competitions that aren't considered by the game and its mechanics.
Oh, and I'm a blaze through type of gamer, though I find myself being more thorough these days. My girlfriend is insistent on find every piece of loot possible. Surprisingly co-op gaming has brought us much closer with a team aspect to our relationship, despite being very different gamers.
Co-Op voice comm tips
1. Call out when you're low on health or in trouble so that your parters can respond. Dont just say I am dead. It's too late and that's not really helpful.
2. (FPS related) Call out when you're reloading. Pretty simple. Some games do it for you. But your friends' voice recognition helps.
3. Co-ordinate what you're shooting or targeting. Be neat and logical about it and develop standards. Example, in an FPS, If there's 2 of you, one shoots left to right and the other shoots right to left.
4. (MMO/MOBA related] Call out your skills, particularly your CCs and ultis.
5. Keep your communication clean while you're in the heat of the moment, never say "OMG DAT HEADSHOTZ or I crit someone for 999" or w/e in the middle of combat
6. (PC related) Use a proper push-to-talk key that's not a key that does something annoyingly spammable in game. Change your push to talk if you have to
7. Tell someone that you're going AFK and approximate when you'll be coming back
8. Call out danger. The location of a threat or opportunities to take advantage of. Dont just shout "BEHIND". Give numbers, what it is and a point of reference (eg. 3rd floor, right buttress, valley, river, road etc) for direction.
Like i said many times before, I cant take serious a girl speaking about video games... I just cant... Is not sexism! But I cant! All my gaming life i heard girls saying shit and bad things about video games and about who play video games.
In a week in which gamespot news has been all over the place, literally and quality-wise, Jess' aussie accent brings me some much needed peace of mind... thank for Jess!
I think these co-op rules apply to a lot of things in life, but it is a fine, concise list of things to keep in mind when going into co-op all the same.. Sometimes it can be difficult for me to know others' play styles without having played with them first or without having watched them play for long. Picking up on that, for me, is always a bit more harrowing than adapting to it. :) Having awesome co-op companions is great; having poor communication or incompatible play styles/goals/etc is not so great.
IMO, Jess does an ok job. Good range of voice and camera presence.
One super distracting thing for me, however, is her voice inflection follows a very similar pattern on nearly every sentence she reads. Every one seems to start with a high tone of voice, and ends in this low, almost sardonic tone, in this very artificial, rolling vocal hills way of speaking. Whereas other GS personalities seem consistent across their live and scripted video content, her GS News and GIST persona seems fake in contrast to her off-script House of Horrors videos.
I dream of a day when i have a sqaud on BF4 ( i know technically not co-op) that has good comms, with each player playing the objective, with skills that complement each other. I know it will never happen but i still dream.
Best co-op players are those who see a team with 4 snipers and decide to be team players, so they pick spy.
Also love those who give friendly advice over chat, like "f*cking n00bs, capture the point" or "you guys suck".
@Oinker Trine or Trine 2
@Oinker Yes, I am wondering what that is also. The one with the wizard and barbarian looking cartoon fellow going through the jungle side scroller? Can someone tell us what game that is?
@canuckbiker Sadly, the show is cancelled, along with most of the other live stream shows. Only The Lobby and Now Playing are left.
Also, Countdowns are pretty important. Calling out that you're using/doing something in 3, 2, 1, will give you time and preparation for your co-op partners to co-ordinate and react to what you're doing.
Loved this week's The Gist: a good co-op experience can truly forge some memorable gaming experiences.
@SouthLSoldier Damn sounds like your missing out man, a good squad is a must if you wanna win
@manutdarsenal Mid or feed thx
@Tiwill44 Thanks for doing your job?! kidding :)
@Tiwill44 And to the friendly pyro who extinguishes you with an airblast.
@Vortigrom Others have addressed multiple points so I won't bother, but is she really in so many videos? I watch a lot of the videos on Gamespot, pretty much every day, and most days she is in just one of them :).
Do you have a problem with your intestine? Because I smell crap coming out of your mouth. She's doing her job decently, let her do it, it's not you who pay her bills anyway
@Vortigrom I hope some day that perception of my job performance can be boiled down to how attractive people think I am. C'mon Vortigrom, show some respect. This isn't an adult website. It's a gaming website.
@Vortigrom This comment alone is enough reason, for me, to hate you.
@Vortigrom It's her job, it doesn't matter if you don't find her attractive it's not why she is doing the video, she's got charm, a spark and I don't mind watching her.
If you want attractive women for eye candy and nothing to do with what she is presenting, I think you're watching the wrong video don't you?
Plus for me she is attractive, very pretty. I like them Aussie girls :)
@Vortigrom Lovely to see that this guy's first complain is that she's not attractive enough. You must be such a charming young man.
And people wonder why videogames still have a bad image.
@Vortigrom What? She's a great presenter. And she is well known for loving adventure games and PC gaming. Why the hate, because she's not eminently dateable to you? What?
@Vortigrom There's no need to be so hostile, but I agree with you. Time and time again I excitedly go to watch what appears to be an interesting episode of The Gist, before being quickly discouraged as soon as Jess opens her mouth. I hate to be harsh, but anyone can see that her voice is awful and the way she uses it is very annoying.
@Vortigrom So much unwarranted hate.
@Vortigrom Personally I think Jess is gaming journalism's top babe. And she shows a lot of passion for gaming with every vid. The fact that she's an Aussie just makes her even hotter...!
@realguitarhero5 If they have figured it out, they haven't shown that they have.
@realguitarhero5 This comment is dumb. No one asked for it.
And for anyone questioning Jess' professionalism and passion for video games, I believe she writes the material for the videos she appears in.
@canuckbiker I agree. I think entertainment value was never the problem. GS isn't making enough money and one problem is that they're losing users by relying too much on twitch (people watching GS live streams on twitch aren't bringing in ad revenue). I believe HoH could only be streamed via twitch (something to do with internet being crappy in AU and streaming it directly through GS causes all kinds of technical issues). Sadly, GS is a company, not a community project, so if keeping these shows on isn't profitable, they'll get cancelled. But I encourage you to remain hopeful. As I said, I don't think these shows aren't popular enough, so when GS works things out they might very well return. People just have to watch these shows on GS and not use adblock, which is easier said than done. That, and highlighting upcoming live streams on GS itself should be more prominent.
Mind you, this is how I read it in several chats and on forums. I do not want to claim absolute truth here.