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11:59 PM on 10.11.2012

The Daily Hotness: Cupcakes

And I love them dearly. Destructoid OriginalCommunitoid 001: It BeginsImpressions: New Super Mario Bros. 2 DLCPodtoid 222: Weird Hairless Chicken-babiesIt Came from Japan! Splatterhouse: Wanpaku GraffitiLive show: Worms: Revo...

Daniel Starkey





11:59 PM on 10.04.2012

The Daily Hotness: I <3 Pokemon Music

So... earlier today my Pokemon Black and White 2 review went up. I wasn't super kind, but I wasn't super mean either. Anyway... somehow Pokemon music entered the conversation, and that made me want to highlight one ...

Daniel Starkey



Review: Pokemon Black and White 2 photo
Review: Pokemon Black and White 2
by Daniel Starkey

Pokémon is practically a cultural institution. Every true child of the '90s knows every word to the theme song, lost a lot of their parents' money on the trading card game, and spent many dozens of hours testing playground rumors in the videogames.

Black 2 and White 2 are the latest handheld entries in the main series. Being the first direct sequels already represents a pretty significant break from the norm in a franchise that is notoriously resistant to change. 

After 15 years, many of the mechanics are starting to show their age, despite the constant refinement. With almost 650 Pokémon now, the time investment is beyond reasonable for the average player. Still, Game Freak has done its best to keep things fresh, deep, and approachable -- a balancing act few can maneuver successfully. The developer falls short a bit too often, but manages another worthy, if at times frustrating, entry.

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4:00 PM on 09.30.2012

The voice of the Twin Cities

While pretty much everyone these days games, it still seems that most of the best events always hit the bigger cities. When I was growing up I longed to visit the Pokemon Center in New York or E3 in Los Angeles. There were no...

Daniel Starkey

11:59 PM on 09.27.2012

The Daily Hotness: Learnin' some stuff

I dunno if this is the right audience, but I really enjoy documentaries and educational things. Recently on YouTube a bunch of people have created some pretty interesting content that really boils dow...

Daniel Starkey

10:00 PM on 09.25.2012

Super smexy Need For Speed: Most Wanted trailer

So ... Burnout is awesome. Always has been, always will be. And while it is true that we haven't seen a true game from that franchise in a while, Criterion has been doing its best to bring all of the insane, anarchic fun we ...

Daniel Starkey



Review: Palo Alto Cubik photo
Review: Palo Alto Cubik
by Daniel Starkey

If you haven’t been able to tell by the fairly large number of headphone reviews I’ve done for this site, I have a thing for audio equipment. It's probably the single biggest investment I make beyond my daily caffeine intake.

As a result, I have a tendency to care quite about about how my things sound and what I can do to get the most from my music, movies, and games. With that in mind, and the sad realization that, while I may want to, I cannot spend my whole life with headphones on, I decided to take a look at the rather unique-looking Palo Alto Cubik desktop speakers.

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11:59 PM on 09.20.2012

The Daily Hotness: Friggin' Pikmin

Pikmin is just fantastic. I mean... we all kinda know it, because it's Pikmin, but my roommate powered through the first one again a couple of days ago, and now he's working on Pikmin 2. It's just... so great. Oh yeah, the To...

Daniel Starkey



Review: Astro A50 photo
Review: Astro A50
by Daniel Starkey

It doesn't take much to really improve the gaming experience. Better seating, better lighting, better company, etc. are sometimes all it takes to go from an utterly insufferable trek through your simulated world of choice to a magical journey that will keep you coming back for hours on end.

Upgrading your audio setup is often one of the best ways to squeeze every bit of rich detail from a game. Better speakers can kindle a warmer affinity for the creaking, tired breaths of Rapture or give that extra edge over the competition. Astro claims that its new line of wireless gaming headsets can not only keep up with their wired cousins, but that can raise the standard for gaming audio quality.

From what I've heard, they are absolutely right.

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11:59 PM on 09.13.2012

The Daily Hotness: Wiinter is coming

Over the past 24 hours we've been utterly BOMBARDED with Wii U news. Fifty launch titles, $350 for the top model, coming November 18th, etc. etc. So... stuff's intense and we should be seeing Msoft and Sony pick-up their...

Daniel Starkey

11:59 PM on 09.06.2012

The Daily Hotness: Coop Native Amber

It's been awhile, folks, but now I'm back with more beer reviews along with your daily recap. Today's beer comes from home state of Oklahoma. I picked it up around New Year's Day, and just never got around to trying it. I was...

Daniel Starkey

11:59 PM on 08.16.2012

The Daily Hotness: Yeah, SimCity's pretty baller

So... Dale was bragging that he got to play SimCity at gamescom. That's pretty awesome. It was my personal game of show for E3, and the stuff I saw there was impressive. After the exceptional disappointment that&nbs...

Daniel Starkey





11:59 PM on 08.09.2012

The Daily Hotness: Home Brew IPA

Last Friday, one of my coworkers brought in a homemade IPA. Now I realize that this is kind of a BS review because no one else will be able to pick it up… like ever. Still, I thought drinking boss-approved-beer at work...

Daniel Starkey

11:59 PM on 08.02.2012

The Daily Hotness: Moos Joos Oatmeal Milk Stout

There was a huge sale going down at my local liquor store and I thought it'd be a great time to pick up some local microbrews. After looking around a bit, I settled on a case of "Moo Joos Oatmeal Milk Stout". Head was a ...

Daniel Starkey

11:59 PM on 07.26.2012

The Daily Hotness: Bud Light

It's fizzy water. Also, it tastes like sadness. Destructoid Original: Exclusive: Meet the Kingdom Hearts 3D sound teamLive show: Finally, Kai has come to Vindictus!Community: Next-Gen: Gaming's handheld camcorderFor...

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11:59 PM on 07.19.2012

The Daily Hotness: Stone Self-Righteous

I've been a huge fan of Stone in the past. Their Arrogant Bastard is easily one of my favorite ales, and I'm in love with their Imperial Russian Stout (the non-anise version). When I got my hands on the Self-Righteous I was e...

Daniel Starkey