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Gamer Prom

Which gaming personality would you ask to prom and why?


There is only one dev for me...
Aug 01
// Jed Whitaker
Picture this: It is two weeks till prom and you have to ask a gaming personality to be your date. Who would you ask and why?  I'd ask the game dev formerly known as "CliffyB," Cliff Bleszinski, because he encompasse...
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PuniTy

You can play the Silent Hills teaser P.T. on PC now, sort of


Remade P.T. in Unity for PC
Jul 31
// Jed Whitaker
Konami may have pulled P.T. from PlayStation Network and canceled Silent Hills, but that hasn't stopped Farhan Qureshi from recreating the playable teaser in Unity for PC and releasing it for free. Qureshi is self-descri...

New update and DLC out for Super Smash Bros., preview it here

Jul 31 // Jed Whitaker
Stages: Peach's Castle (64) Hyrule Castle (64)  The stages include their music and a few extra tracks as well.  Mii Outfits: Bear (Gunner) King K. Rool (Brawler) Flying Man (Brawler) Chrom (Swordfighter) Black Knight (Swordfighter) Lloyd (Swordfighter) Samus (Gunner) Hoodie w/ Smash Bros. logo (All) Also, I'm proud to announce an impromptu Super Smash Bros. Destructoid tournament for Wii U! The tournament is now live and joinable by searching for "Destructoid.com" and is open up to 100 participants. You have until Sunday at 8:00pm ET to fight your way to the top, then I'll reveal the results on the site and give you a shoutout. Huzzah!  One last thing...
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Smash Bros. Wii U tournament!
The new update for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS is out in the wild now, bringing with it new stages, Mii costumes, tournament mode, and balance changes. Included for free in the update is a K. K. Slider costume for th...

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Kirby's Birthday Partay!!

Three of the best Kirby games on Wii U Virtual Console in NA today


And arguably the best Wii game
Jul 30
// Jed Whitaker
Nintendo teased that the Wii U Virtual Console would be getting three titles added for Kirby's birthday today, and an ESRB leak has confirmed what those titles are: DS's Kirby: Squeak Squad, N64's Kirby 64: The Crystal S...
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Castlevania XXX

New Castlevania pachinko game teased with 'erotic violence'


Somehow I'm not surprised
Jul 29
// Jed Whitaker
Pachinko is pretty popular in Japan, as it is used mostly as a form of gambling, and now it is about to have a new Castlevania-themed machine that somehow features "erotic violence." Yeah... gross. I'm all for scantily-clad ...
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Yes, really

The NES just got a brand new competitive shooter


Star Versus the next big NES eSport? Nah
Jul 29
// Jed Whitaker
The Nintendo Entertainment System's last officially licensed title released in December of 1994 (name that game!), but that hasn't stopped chiptune artist and now homebrew NES game dev Dustin Long from releasing a new title....
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FNAF dev is a nice guy

Five Nights at Freddy's dev delivers motivational speech


Five Nights and seven bears ago...
Jul 29
// Jed Whitaker
Love it or hate it, the Five Nights at Freddy's series is a roaring success, and is surely raking in even more cash after the recently released fourth game. Developer Scott Cawthon has taken to the Steam Community forums to answer the haters and inspire his fans. 
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FNAFs director

Five Nights at Freddy's film has a director


Gil Kenan, director of Monster House
Jul 29
// Jed Whitaker
The Five Nights at Freddy's film adaption just got a director in Gil Kenan. Kenan directed the Oscar-nominated film Monster House, kid-friendly action-adventure flick City of Ember, and the recent remake of the horr...

Windows 10 is now available, these are the gaming features you might care about

Jul 29 // Jed Whitaker
The start menu is back and why are we celebrating this!? A big complaint about Windows 8 was the removal of the basic start menu for the Metro system with live tiles, tailor made for touch screen devices. As most of us probably still use Windows with a mouse and keyboard it wasn't a great solution. It had some apps running in basically their own full screen only windows, thus defeating the purpose of... you know... windows. Thankfully Windows 10 fixes this by combining the old school easy-to-use start menu with the flash and flair of live tiles from Windows 8 Metro start menu. The apps now launch in their own resizable windows instead of full screen only, and plenty of them can be downloaded from the Windows Store for free. Windows Store for those of you who haven't heard of Steam The Windows Store includes plenty of games you can play with your Xbox Live friends and even earn Achievements, but most of them are just ports of casual mobile or Facebook-style games. However, you can find Project Spark on the Windows Store, which runs far better on PC than Xbox One. In the future you can look forward to the sexy free-to-play Gigantic which I quite liked at PAX East this year. Halo's Cortana is the new voice assistant you'll most likely ignore Cortana is to Windows as Siri is to iOS devices, that is to say she is a personal assistant that can be used via text or voice. Cortana is voiced by Jen Taylor, just like in the Halo series, and can do all kinds of tasks such as scheduling appointments, setting reminders, opening apps, and even chatting about Halo and Master Chief. I honestly haven't used Cortana too much but I don't really dig voice assistants, as they don't always seem to understand what I'm saying; even Cortana had trouble understanding me while using my professional grade microphone. Even on my iPhone I've literally only used Siri to call Buffalo Wild Wings instead of adding them to my contact list because I'm too lazy. Voice assistants seem more geared towards business than common folk like me. The Xbox app with game streaming from Xbox One is actually decent but lacks multitasking The Xbox app is free on Windows 10 and gives you access to all your friends, messages, achievements, clips and even allows you to stream games from  your Xbox One. Streaming from the Xbox One requires an Xbox controller (360 or One) be connected to the system which at time of writing can only be done via USB, though a wireless dongle is coming. The Xbox app also allows you to record gameplay and take screenshots of any game on your PC, whether playing on Xbox or not via a handy keyboard shortcut (Win + G) and pop-up toolbar. Game streaming works about as well as you'd imagine. I just played a match of Halo 2's SWAT -- a game mode requiring precision aiming due to requiring headshots for kills -- in which I came in the middle of the pack with over ten kills. There was a smidgen of noticeable lag at one point, but not enough to really affect the gameplay enough to matter. Video quality-wise there was a bit of artifacting but only if I really looked for it, even with both my desktop and Xbox One running on wired connections. Also the "Xbox record that" voice command won't work during streaming, so you'll have to use Xbox apps keyboard shortcut to record directly onto your PC that way. Supposedly better performance out of your current graphics card with DirectX 12 To save you all the geeky technical talk just know that DirectX 12 allows many graphics cards to have majorly increased performance in comparison to previous versions, meaning you might be able to play at higher resolutions with better settings on your current setup. For more details check out this informative video from AMD.  I personally haven't seen much real world increase in graphical performance, but I'm running on an Nvidia GTX 980 that could already max out all the games I was playing on Windows 8 previously. Perhaps you'll see some gains? Minecraft: Windows 10 beta is a thing that exists If you are one of those people who must have every version of Minecraft possible then good news, you can get the Windows 10 beta for free if you already own a PC copy of the game. Details on how to get the beta are at the Mojang site. I just attempted to do it and it is only allowing me to download the trial version, so your results may vary. This version of Minecraft allows you to play with up to seven of your Xbox Live friends at once and eventually even play with mobile players. I guess that is probably exciting for someone.  -- Windows 10 has plenty of other new features, most of which just let you do what you'd normally do more efficiently such as new ways to snap windows, a new task view, automatic updates, and the Microsoft Edge web browser that is probably the fastest browser currently on the market. Edge doesn't currently support extensions, which is keeping me from switching from Google Chrome at the moment. I've been using Windows 10 on my main system for quite a while now with no issues and with all my games and applications working as intended. Windows 10 is easily the best operating system I've ever used as it allows me to play, work, and relax more efficiently and effectively. It has been worthwhile for me.
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Pizzazz, pizzazz, Windows 10 is here
Windows 10 is now officially available, and those who have Windows 7 or 8 can upgrade for free, which is a pretty good price for what I consider the best version of Windows yet. Windows 10 packs a bunch of new features, including some nice extras for Xbox One owners. Here is an overview of new features you might care about as someone who plays games.

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Live chibi violence

Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds Overdrive and more was live on our Twitch channel


Chibi beat 'em up
Jul 28
// Jed Whitaker
[Update: Stream is over, you missed it.] I realize it is late, but that isn't going to stop me from streaming Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds Overdrive for PS4 on our Twitch channel. Battle Grounds Overdrive i...
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Strap-on Gaming Star Wars

Star Wars podracing is pretty awesome in VR


As is dancing at the cantina bar
Jul 28
// Jed Whitaker
Someone went through the trouble of recreating Star Wars' Tatooine for the Oculus Rift and it is awesome. In the demo appropriately named Tatooine, you can visit the cantina where a dance party is taking place with the ...
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Pokemon X2 Y2?

UFC fighter Ronda Rousey will kick your ass at Pokemon


And probably break your arm as well
Jul 28
// Jed Whitaker
UFC fighter and Olympic medalist Ronda Rousey is known for her punishment and breaking opponents' arms, and now you can add Pokémaster to that list. When asked what got her into Pokémon, Rousey went into a rant...

Review: Niko: Through The Dream

Jul 27 // Jed Whitaker
Niko: Through The Dream (PC)Developer: Studio Paint Publisher: Studio Paint MSRP: $9.99Released: July 10, 2015  A girl named Niko wearing wild face paint visits the grave of a passed loved one. She lays down and drifts asleep, when a tiny cute black creature with big bright white eyes sneaks into her mind and influences her dreams; or at least that is how I interpreted the opening pencil-drawn anime cinematic of Niko. The story is told subtly from then on via drawings found in-game and a post-credits cinematic, most of which lets you interpret it as you will instead of outright telling you what you just experienced, something I wish more games did.  Niko's minimalistic style makes beautiful use of the Unreal Engine. Most early levels are white and almost canvas-like other than shadows and a few a colorful pieces, and later on things get a bit more dark and eery. The soundtrack evolves alongside levels, starting bright and charming and eventually becoming chilling and tense. Rarely do game soundtracks feel so on point with what is on the screen and as memorable as Niko's, especially for a team's first game. Each level of Niko features a unique puzzle based on colors, shapes, platforming and even sounds. Most puzzles can be solved without much fuss, particularly for observant players as clues are usually hidden somewhere not far from the puzzles themselves. I'd be here all day if I described each type of puzzle, so just know the variety is enough to keep the whole adventure interesting.  [embed]296684:59697:0[/embed] Platforming puzzles aren't frequent, but when they do occur be ready to die a few times. Luckily, the checkpoints are really frequent and loading them is instantaneous, keeping frustration near non-existent. Niko aims to provide an enjoyable experience over one that tests your skills, and it certainly delivers. Nothing ever felt too difficult. Puzzles are mostly easy to figure out once you've got the logic down, though one of hardest puzzles is a platforming section where you turn into a ball. In ball form, the control scheme is vastly different: the view is top down, and if you're using a gamepad, the left stick moves the ball while the right stick decides the trajectory. Once I finally mastered the controls, I was able to finish the puzzles without much fuss, but it felt out of place in an otherwise beautifully-crafted game. Along the journey a few different characters come into contact with Niko such as cute black fuzzballs with eyes, and a giant white-masked black figure, both of which would feel right at home in a Studio Ghibli film. There is no dialogue in-game, but rest assured the characters are anything but flat. Over the course of the story, you'll see the masked figure evolve and convey emotions all without a single word of speech.  Niko only takes around five hours to complete, but those hours are time well spent. Completionists can seek out hidden collectable teddy bears that unlock Steam achievements, and a few other secrets along the way that will help extend the playtime a bit. The bears are often hidden behind some of the more difficult and rewarding puzzles, or just out of sight.  Beautiful levels with equally beautiful story, characters, and music come together to form one amazing puzzle adventure. Niko: Through The Dream is easily one of the best first-person puzzle games I've played, and a strong contender for my game of the year. [This review is based on a retail build of the game provided by the publisher.]
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When Portal met Ghibli
First-person puzzle adventure gaming was reinvigorated with the release of Portal, and the genre has since become one of my favorites. The surreal Antichamber showed us how to think outside the box. The Unfinished Swan&n...

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Surprise?

Pixels bombs at the box office, surprising no one


Will probably turn a profit though
Jul 26
// Jed Whitaker
The movie we all can't stop shitting on, Pixels, debuted at the number-two spot at the box office last weekend with $23 million in North America losing to Ant-Man's $24.7 million haul. Pixels reportedly cost $88 million to ma...
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Xbox One

The upcoming Xbox One dashboard looks totally different


I hope this is a good thing
Jul 25
// Jed Whitaker
The Xbox One dashboard is getting a major revision this holiday season and it is shaping up to be...something.  A completely new guide (think popup dashboard from the Xbox 360) is being added that slides in over games ve...
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RIP Silent Hills

Del Toro and Kojima still plan on working together


It just won't be Silent Hills
Jul 24
// Jed Whitaker
"I love working with Kojima-san. We are still in touch. We are still friends and working into doing something together, but that's not going to be [Silent Hills]," director Guillermo del Toro said in an interview with IGN.&nb...
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Adios adderall

No more Adderall abuse for players in one eSports league


ESL bans performance enhancing drugs
Jul 23
// Jed Whitaker
Abusing drugs to enhance performance isn't just a thing that happens in professional sports, but up until now they haven't been tested for in eSports. Coming just a week after professional Counter-Strike: Global Offensive&nbs...

Video game movies to watch this weekend instead of Pixels

Jul 23 // Jed Whitaker
Ace Attorney (Gyakuten Saiban) [embed]296492:59644:0[/embed] Whether or not you're a fan of the Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney games, the movie based on the series is pretty decent. All the characters look and act like their game counterparts and even with the subtitles the movie still nails the games' humor. Sadly the film has never officially been released for sale in the US, but if you have a way to watch it I highly recommend it. Sweet Home [embed]296492:59645:0[/embed] Sweet Home had a Famicom game by the same name, which Resident Evil was planned as a spiritual sequel to. It might not be the best horror film but it is certainly worth a watch. Those who go in thinking the movie will be a Resident Evil movie will be disappointed, as this is more a haunted mansion story than a zombie story. The Sweet Home game influenced a lot of survival horror games and could be painted as the original survival horror game. The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters [embed]296492:59646:0[/embed] This documentary follows Steve Wiebe as he attempts to take the world record high score in Donkey Kong from (at the time) current champion Billy Mitchell. While that alone may not sound exciting, the real life characters in the movie make it something special. The film plays more like a drama than a documentary, so much in fact that a scripted film adaptation has been said to be in the works. The documentary was also parodied in a South Park episode where Randy Marsh attempts to take a larger shit than U2 frontman Bono Vox. It's one of my favorite movies ever and highly recommended. Dead Rising: Watchtower [embed]296492:59647:0[/embed] When the free-to-watch Dead Rising: Watchtower was announced I wasn't too excited, and upon release I went into it with low expectations. Turns out it is a rather competent zombie film and has enough fan service to make Dead Rising fans happy. Frank West may not be the lead character but he makes many appearances throughout the film as part of a news program, dickish charm intact.  Animal Crossing (Dōbutsu no Mori) [embed]296492:59648:0[/embed] Does anime count? Well I'm saying it does and you should watch the Animal Crossing anime film that was released in Japanese theaters. The anime follows the same plot as the games; a new girl moves to town, is an indentured servant to Tom Nook, and befriends and helps the other animals in town. Animal Crossing's anime adaptation was never officially released outside of Japan but a fan dubbed version is out there somewhere. The Lawnmower Man [embed]296492:59649:0[/embed] What list of video game-related movies would be complete without The Lawnmower Man, a movie that is more relevant now than when it came out as it deals with virtual reality headsets. A dumb dumb lawnmower man in town is approached by a scientist to be his human guinea pig in an experiment using drugs and a VR headset, and this somehow turns him into a genius with magical powers... I remember watching the movie when it came out and being amazed at the cutting edge special effects, though today they look extremely dated. Strangely enough the effects were made by Angel Studios, which later became Rockstar San Diego and went on to make Red Dead Redemption, L.A. Noire, and Grand Theft Auto V.  Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World [embed]296492:59651:0[/embed] Whether or not you've read the graphic novel series you should give the Michael Cera-led Scott Pilgrim vs. the World a shot, as it may be the best video game movie out there. The film is basically oozing with references to video games from band names, to Zelda music, to epic fight scenes that would feel at home in any beat 'em up. Speaking of which, if you haven't already, give the game a try because it is just as good as the film and plays very similarly to one of the greatest beat 'em ups of all time, River City Ransom. -- These are some of the best video game-related movies I've seen and surprisingly I don't see them getting the credit they deserve. Also don't let me stop you from watching Pixels, by all means tell Hollywood you want more garbage Adam Sandler films if you so wish. I know I'll probably be watching Pixels sometime this weekend because clearly I'm a masochist, and I'm part of the problem. 
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Think of the children
This week the critically lampooned Pixels movie opens in theaters nationwide in the United States, and if you'd rather spend your time and money on movies that don't blow consider these other video game-related films. Don't worry though, this list won't just be the movies you've all seen before, because I'm so much cooler than that.

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Strap-on Gaming

Watch nude Jonathan Holmes lookalikes pull confetti out of their asses


Your move, Disney / Pixar
Jul 22
// Jed Whitaker
Retail virtual reality headsets are already here with the Gear VR and Google Cardboard, but the big boys aren't coming till later this year or early next year. In the mean time, you can watch my fat bearded ass strap on my O...
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Hearthstone Expands

Blizzard announces The Grand Tournament expansion for Hearthstone


With over 130 new cards!
Jul 22
// Jed Whitaker
Blizzard announced today that 132 cards are headed to Hearthstone in an upcoming expansion called The Grand Tournament. New hero power cards are on the way, including Maiden of the Lake, which makes the cost of your her...
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Eatings disorders suck

What the ladies of gaming would look like as average Americans


Arguably sexier
Jul 22
// Jed Whitaker
Bulimia.com, a website dedicated to helping those with eating disorders find treatment, has "reverse Photoshopped" some characters from popular games series to make them look more like the average American woman. "If video game creators are going to pride themselves on accurate digital representations, then it's time for them to get real about women," says the site.
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FLUDD 64!?

Super Mario Sunshine meets Super Mario 64 DS thanks to modder


With working F.L.U.D.D. to boot!
Jul 22
// Jed Whitaker
A modder that goes by Fiachra has been combining the GameCube's Super Mario Sunshine with the DS' Super Mario 64 DS into one potentially glorious mashup. Super Mario Sunshine 64 has been in development since 2...
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eSports done wrong

Ladies-only Hearthstone tournament does it wrong


How hard is it to treat people equally?
Jul 22
// Jed Whitaker
Over 150,000 people watched the International Women's Invitational, a female-only Hearthstone tournament that took place in China this weekend with players from all over the world. With only eight players, the tournament...
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PSO2 in English

Phantasy Star Online 2 available in English with no modding


But there are some drawbacks
Jul 22
// Jed Whitaker
Phantasy Star Online 2 has been out since 2012 in Asia but never made the jump to English-speaking countries officially until now, sort of. The Southeast Asian version up until a couple of days ago had IP blocks in place...
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Phantom Dust Lives

Xbox boss: Microsoft still committed to Phantom Dust


It won't be at gamescom
Jul 21
// Jed Whitaker
When asked if Phantom Dust would be at gamescom next month in Germany, head of Xbox Phil Spencer responded by saying that it would not but Microsoft is still committed to the game.  This news comes after Microsoft a...
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3DS Hacked

Region-free and homebrew mod updated for 3DS on current firmware


Emulators, homebrew, and custom themes!
Jul 21
// Jed Whitaker
3DS hacker Smealum has released his hack Ninjhax 2.0 for 3DS and New 3DS on the latest firmware (9.9), allowing for homebrew and even region-free functionality. It currently requires the game Cubic Ninja, which has spiked in ...
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Crash Bandicoot cartoon

Crash Bandicoot dies in this unreleased '90s cartoon


Apparently he is really stupid as well
Jul 19
// Jed Whitaker
[Update: Apparently this wasn't a cartoon planned for television but was planned to be used in the original game but was cut.] Check out the above video shows the intro (and first episode?) for what was to be a Crash Ba...
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More like PORTOtype

Prototype ports run like shit and aren't remastered


In case you were wondering
Jul 18
// Jed Whitaker
After the stealth release of the Prototype Biohazard Bundle for Xbox One and PS4, many were left wondering if the games were remastered, just ports, or what differences -- if any -- there were. Activision eventually sen...
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EVO cashs in

EVO charging $12 for 60fps live streams


Is it worth it?
Jul 18
// Jed Whitaker
As you are probably aware, the largest fighting game tournament in the world, EVO 2015, has started and fans are watching the activities on their various Twitch streams. EVO is now only allowing 30 frames per second and high ...
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Nintendo UK Happy Home

Check out 30 minutes of Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer


With slightly out of sync audio!
Jul 17
// Jed Whitaker
Nintendo UK livestreamed the upcoming Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer for thirty minutes to show off how the game is played and drop new bits of information along the way.  Happy Home Designer will feature ove...

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