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Review: Sakura Spirit photo
Review: Sakura Spirit
by Brittany Vincent

The visual novel genre is multifaceted. It runs the gamut from awe-inspiring and horrifying (à la personal favorite Saya no Uta) to controversial (such as the excellent Kana: Little Sister). Others still are simple vehicles for debauchery and sexual desires involving women whose cups runneth over and devilishly handsome men. And that's awesome.

Those types of games are fun, perverse thrill rides that offer colorful characters, familiar tropes, and a waifu or husbando for everyone. I've completed dozens in my time, and I'm always on the lookout for great ones, whether they're fluffy romantic otome titles or hardcore guro sleazefests. But, like any other genre, they can be hit or miss.

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11:45 AM on 10.30.2014

What the hell, Assassin's Creed? Time-travel isn't part of the deal

Well, this changes things up. Assassin's Creed Unity is going where no ancestral assassin has gone before -- the future. This trailer shows the Animus simulation collapsing, forcing the protagonist -- still acting and d...

Brett Makedonski

11:25 AM on 10.30.2014

Sega reveals Valkyria Chronicles PC price and date!

Valkyria Chronciles is coming to PC on November 11 for $20/£15/€20, Sega announced today. The strategy role-playing game will come equipped with all the downloadable content released for the PlayStation 3 version. It's now available for digital pre-order via various retailers.

Kyle MacGregor





11:15 AM on 10.30.2014

Nintendo's first pre-download game will be Super Smash Bros. Wii U

PC fans have been enjoying the pre-load privilege for years, but Sony and Microsoft have caught up in the past year, offering it for the PS4 and Xbox One platforms. Now Nintendo is working on updating its infrastructure with ...

Chris Carter

10:30 AM on 10.30.2014

Nintendo: New 3DS is the best-selling remodel so far

While dropping some knowledge in its latest semi-annual financial results briefing, Nintendo casually mentioned the state of the New 3DS -- and it's good! It appears as if Japan is all over the thing, as the sales through the...

Chris Carter

10:00 AM on 10.30.2014

New PS4 update is causing issues for some users

In case you haven't heard, Sony's new 2.0 PS4 update was released this week, which brought new features like themes and Share Play into the mix. But with big updates come big bugs, and a lot of users are reporting problems li...

Chris Carter

9:45 AM on 10.30.2014

Shadow of Mordor's first DLC has vomiting monsters

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor was reminiscent of a summer blockbuster, keeping me on seat's edge throughout, only to be virtually forgotten upon seeing the credits roll. But say you're still under its spell, well, perhaps Wa...

Kyle MacGregor



Nintendo's new device watches you while you sleep photo
Nintendo's new device watches you while you sleep
by Kyle MacGregor

Nintendo revealed its first foray into the quality of life business today, announcing a non-wearable sleep monitor designed to help people develop better sleeping habits.

The project is a collaboration with ResMed, a manufacturer of sleep disorder treatment products. Along with Nintendo, the company hopes to provide individuals with the tools to visualize and combat fatigue.

To do this, the bedside device will observe body movement, breathing, and heartbeat via radio frequency and transmit the data to cloud servers for analysis. The "platform" will chart results over time, and make suggestions on how to improve users' health.

No specific name, release date, or pricing information was announced.

Corporate Management Policy Briefing / Semi-Annual Financial Results Briefing [Nintendo]

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9:00 AM on 10.30.2014

YouTube allows update for 60fps, test it on this Mario Kart 8 video

Mario Kart 8 is a pretty damn good game, and I've been playing it more recently to prep for the new DLC. In other Mario Kart 8 news (sort of), YouTube has just updated its infrastructure to support 60fps videos, an...

Chris Carter

7:30 AM on 10.30.2014

Here's Anita Sarkeesian speaking on the Colbert Report

Objective videogame journalism time! Anita Sarkeesian was on The Colbert Report last night. Here are some videos of that. The one above shows Sarkeesian's interview with Colbert. The one below is Colbert's introduction segme...

Darren Nakamura

8:00 PM on 10.29.2014

Nintendo's Satoru Iwata has recovered from surgery

Earlier this year, Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata missed E3 and the company's annual shareholder meeting due to a growth in his bile duct. He underwent surgery to remove the tumor back in June and has since returned to his normal ...

Jordan Devore

7:00 PM on 10.29.2014

Team Fortress 2 is getting bumper cars

Just the other day I was curious as to what Team Fortress 2 would do for Halloween this year. In fact, the TF2 event is one of the reasons why Halloween is my favorite holiday! Well the update, detailed here, h...

Patrick Hancock

6:45 PM on 10.29.2014

We're doing a drunken livestream of Titan Souls

[Disclosure: This stream is sponsored by Devolver Digital in as far as they sent us a build of the game and a couple of strong beers and novelty tankards with which to drink them. Our live commentary will be influenced only b...

Bill Zoeker

6:00 PM on 10.29.2014

My Life as a Catholic Gamer

[Dtoid community blogger CarltonMcHard talks about what its like to be a Catholic and a gamer. It's an interesting read from a perspective that isn't discussed all that often. Want to see your own stuff appear on the fro...

CarltonMcHard







Flyin' to my heart: Seven videogame songs that actually excite me photo
Flyin' to my heart: Seven videogame songs that actually excite me
by Brittany Vincent

It's tough for me to get excited these days. I ain't jaded, I just hate it. Actually, it's not like I hate everything. I simply feel anxious nearly every waking moment of my life. I need something to look forward to, no matter the context. If I know I'm going out for dinner with someone at the end of a long day, I'll count down the seconds. If there's an event in a month or so I'm particularly jazzed for, I'll plan it down to the very last detail. Because I'm always looking forward. I'm always waiting for the next email assignment, the next game, the next writing gig, and the next life-changing event. While I'm waiting, I need an appropriate soundtrack to set the mood.

Luckily for me I can turn to some of my favorite videogames to provide a bouncy soundtrack that gets me hyped enough for my next challenge...or at the very least, thinking about how to kickstart my life so that there is another challenge to look forward to. 

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5:00 PM on 10.29.2014

So what exactly is a deck-building game anyway?

A number of videogames have shown up lately with the gameplay adjective "deck-building" in their descriptions. Steve Swink took a break from developing Scale in order to release Dad's Building a Deck. Coin...

Darren Nakamura