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2:30 PM on 12.24.2014

White PlayStation 4 Bundle drops to $349 at Best Buy

Its raining PlayStation 4 deals Christmas Eve as Best Buy is slashing prices on two PS4 bundles. The White PS4 Destiny bundle is cut down to $349.99 along with the recently introduced "Four Games, One Pick" bundle (which comes with a choice of Destiny, Far Cry 4, LittleBigPlanet 3, and NBA 2K15).

Dealzon

2:00 PM on 12.24.2014

This game is about avoiding Frisbees and farts

Stomach hurts and flew Frisbee puts a muscular man between a rock and hard place. Someone is lobbing Frisbees at his chiseled jaw. It matters not who. The muscle man needs to dodge them discs. Problem is, when he does, ...

Kyle MacGregor



The winner of Destructoid's Best Narrative Design of 2014 is... photo
The winner of Destructoid's Best Narrative Design of 2014 is...
by Jonathan Holmes

[Image credit: Mike Lambert]

Any game can use cut scenes to tell a great story. That trick was impressive back when CD-ROMs were cutting-edge technology. Today, the expectation for story-focused games is to work towards interweaving narrative techniques into every aspect of the design. Videogames can do so much more than pure linear storytelling devices like text or film. The best Narrative Design award is Destructoid's way of acknowledging the games that best proved that in 2014. 

Telltale had two games nominated this year. Neither won the award, though they didn't do half bad either. The Wolf Among Us and The Walking Dead Season 2 found a place next to Broken Age: Act 1, Either One, and Dragon Age: Inquisition near the middle of the pack. Notable write-in votes include The Talos Principal, The Banner Saga, The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, Wolfenstein: The New Order, Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, Danganropa 2, Civilization: Beyond Earth, 80 Days, Wasteland 2, and Valiant Hearts, among others.

In what some would call a Christmas miracle, two games got the exact same amount of votes to win, making them Prom King and Queen of this year's best Narrative Design award ceremony. I know a lot of people hate ties, but I love them, so I'm going to embrace it. Sometimes two things are equally successful, standing side by side with their own important roles to fill. It's hard for me to find anything not to like about that. If you don't feel the same, go on and vote in our Reader's GOTY poll and make your tie-hating voice heard. The two winners of today's best narrative design award will be waiting for you below when you get back. 

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12:30 PM on 12.24.2014

Club Nintendo's 3DS game cases are stylish

Club Nintendo has more physical rewards available: two 3DS game cases sporting some cool (and varied!) artwork, and an NES Remix 2 t-shirt featuring Samus in the Mushroom Kingdom. Nintendo 3DS Game Card Case - Pikmin / Super...

Jordan Devore





12:00 PM on 12.24.2014

First look at Harebrained Schemes' return to Shadowrun and Kickstarter

So long as Harebrained Schemes has financially supportive fans, the company isn't done making Shadowrun games. In fact, there's going to be another Kickstarter in January. This concept art represents the "look and feel" of th...

Jordan Devore

11:00 AM on 12.24.2014

What was the strangest gaming-related Christmas present you've ever gotten?

I owe a lot of my gaming knowledge to my mother. She was very supportive of my habit, allowing me to rent many, many games at my local video store that ran a "two for Tuesday" promotion. Not only were the prices considerably ...

Chris Carter

9:00 PM on 12.23.2014

Happy birthday, Guile

You thought we forgot? Not a chance. Happy birthday, Guile! Rock-solid abs, a full head of hair, that sprightly glimmer in your eye -- you're looking fabulous. Destructoid is home to plenty of adoring fans who post daily trib...

Jordan Devore

8:00 PM on 12.23.2014

99-cent Battlefield 3 and Inquisition for 33% off in Origin's year-end sale

Origin finally started its "real" winter sale, and deals are fairly decent, especially if you've been eying a PC copy of Dragon Age: Inquisition. The PC download's price finally matches the console versions' Black Friday week...

Dealzon



The award for Best Game Mechanics of 2014 goes to... photo
The award for Best Game Mechanics of 2014 goes to...
by Jonathan Holmes

[Image credit: Mike Lambert]

The idea behind the best mechanics category is to highlight games that you'd love to play even if they had stick-figure graphics, no multiplayer, no music, and no story. Some of them may be filled with complex operations. Others may be simple one-button affairs. Regardless, these are games that keep you coming back again and again, hoping to get all the parts to fit together just a little bit better each time.  

The votes were really all over the place here. Games that I figured had a good chance of taking the top spot like Sunset Overdrive and Geometry Wars 3 were beat out by write-ins like Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, The Castle Doctrine and Divinity: Original Sin. Other surprise staff nominations like Wolfenstein: The New Order, Xeodrifter, Road Not Taken, Mario Kart 8, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, Bravely Default, Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, Dragon Age: Inquisition, Xenonauts, Mercenary Kings, Freedom Wars, Destiny, and Infamous: Second Son didn't do quite as well, but regardless, the message is clear: the Destructoid staff plays a lot of different kinds of games strictly for the mechanics. 

There was also a three-way tie for third place in this category, between three games that couldn't be much more different. In the end, Bayonetta 2, Octodad, and Shovel Knight all tied for the bronze medal in this particular popularity contest. Now that's a three-way crossover I'd pay top dollar for. With those games down, only OlliOlli and Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor remained. Keep reading to see which one landed on top, and don't forget to vote in our Reader's Poll for your favorite game of 2014

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Rust Cohle's GOTY games for 2014 photo
Rust Cohle's GOTY games for 2014
by Rust Cohle Games

Another year, another series of GOTY lists fueled by fanboyism and cognitive dissonance. We all know the AAA games get their fair share of nods and stick shakes. That's why I'm here to tell the world what my GOTY games are for 2014.

Not that it matters; we're all living in our own linear perceptions, anyway. Our ideals, biases, telling us right and wrong. All I can give is a taste of what my mind perceives to be true.

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Double Fine's Devs Play video series is fantastic photo
Double Fine's Devs Play video series is fantastic
by Jordan Devore

Even if you aren't usually one for Let's Play videos, I'd suggest taking a look, if only for a moment, at Double Fine and 2 Player Productions' slick, informative new YouTube series Devs Play.

The debut episode is The Lion King for Sega Genesis (and a couple levels of Aladdin, to start) with over an hour of insightful commentary by Westwood Studios co-founder Louis Castle.

The "I Just Can't Wait to Be King" level takes me back. So brutal, though you wouldn't know it from how ridiculously well Double Fine's Greg Rice plays here. Good lord!

"We couldn't let you pass level two too fast," says Castle, because, at the time, Disney thought people wouldn't buy its games if they made it too far into a Blockbuster rental copy. Bastards.

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4:30 PM on 12.23.2014

Xbox Live deals: Game of Thrones, Revengeance, Rock Band Blitz

I never know quite which deals to highlight: do I talk up mostly newer games that haven't been on sale time and time again, or do I stand my ground by highlighting old favorites that most (but not all!) of us already own? Hmm...

Jordan Devore

4:00 PM on 12.23.2014

Steam sale: Just Cause 2, Garry's Mod, Goat Simulator

Much to my dismay, the Steam Holiday Sale is still going on. Maybe it'll never end. Maybe discounted PC games are the new standard. And then Valve will further slash the prices of select games -- causing a sale within a sale -- a paradox capable of ripping apart the fabric of this fragile existence. Don't enable Valve and its world-ending ways.

Brett Makedonski

3:30 PM on 12.23.2014

PSN deals: Peggle 2, Danganronpa 2, Ground Zeroes

In this final week of PlayStation Network's holiday sale, you can save on the likes of Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair, Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes, Metro Redux, Alien: Isolation, Lone Survivor: The Director's Cut, Peggle ...

Jordan Devore

3:00 PM on 12.23.2014

Team Fortress 2sdays: Happy Holidays

Happy Tuesday! Short post today, getting all my holiday stuff done before Christmas. From myself and the entire Destructoid community team, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and Happy Festivus for the rest of us.

Bill Platt





2:30 PM on 12.23.2014

Friendly reminder: If you're giving a console as a gift, download updates tonight

Remember the good ol' days when getting a console as a gift meant matching up yellow, red, and white, hitting the power button, and videogames were mere seconds away? Yeah, that's not how things go anymore. New gaming console...

Brett Makedonski