Facing a challenge as a team can be a fun friendship-building experience. But to many gamers, "team victory" is just a euphemism for "loss." Austin's gaming hotspots rarely dedicate events to co-op play, just look at any official calendar and notice the absence of any cooperative title. While co-op games sacrifice the thrill of besting your friends, they demand wits and teamwork, and can be uniquely challenging. It may be fun to hog all the victory for oneself, but cooperative gaming deserves a second look.