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Couch co-op games tend to be more intimate than competitive multiplayer games; when it's just you and a friend or partner, there's more time to learn and absorb. Where competitive multiplayer needs to be accessible enough to pick up in a pub, co-op games can grow on you over the course of a few evenings. Not every game that you can play together is actually fun as a co-op experience. Some multiplayer games feel more like single-player games with another person thrown in, but when co-op games are designed well, they can be magic. The list below represents a broad range of co-op experiences, but all of them are great.

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2017 has been a wild ride for me personally, but it was also a year that reminded me why I love games so much. From being transported to the ruins of Hyrule to being in another set of ruins fighting to be the last one standing, this year was an onslaught of great games. There really was something for everyone this year, and it's fun seeing which games stuck with people long after they first played them. Here are the ones that stuck with me:

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Most years, I find whittling a best-of list down to just 10 entries a tortuous process. Not so in 2017, because in December 2016 I became a mother, and that brought with it a complete change in my video gaming habits. This year, I rediscovered how people play games when it's not part of their job. And actually, I only played nine that made the cut.

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Once a work enters the public domain, it is no longer subject to copyright laws. A publisher can print their own edition of the Beatrix Potter books, a filmmaker can make a film of any of Shakespeare's plays, and a game developer can adapt any of the characters, scenes or even whole stories from public domain works.

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While The Witcher 3 was obviously the game I played the most this year, did you know there were other games too? It was a great year for stealth games, immersive sims, and survival games -- three of my favourite things! Here are my 1o favourite games that came out in 2017.

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For such an important topic, it's a shame that we can't ever seem to have a real discussion about video game piracy. Any attempt normally goes down like this: people downloading games are painted as criminals, publishers trying to stop them are portrayed as monsters, everyone sticks to this division and nothing ever gets done.

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My 2016 was a year of surprises. There were so many games I didn't expect would capture me the way they did, featuring genres and mechanics I usually don't like but that nevertheless thrilled me. I tried a lot of new kinds of games this year, and I found a lot of new favourites. Here's my top 10.

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Happy spring, readers! The weather is getting warmer, but it's still just cool enough to curl up inside and play video games. Here's all the new games the Kotaku staff enjoyed in September.

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Everyone remembers the first time they played a really good video game. The constant surprises of Half-Life, or the drama of Final Fantasy VI, or the stress and catharsis of Far Cry 2. As good as those games were the first time around, they'd almost certainly be better the second. Or the third. Or the fourth.