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Rocket League on PS4: You should be playing this


Closed beta extended through weekend, ends May 3
Apr 30
// Robert Summa
If you haven't heard about Rocket League yet for the PlayStation 4, then let me sum it up for you in just three words: soccer with cars. The game is the sequel to the PlayStation 3's Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle...
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HAWP: Anthony Burch's Diablo III intervention


Sep 29
// Tony Ponce
God, friggin'... AAAAARGH! Another late HAWP post! Christ, why can't I ever catch these on time!? If they were on YouTube, I'd get direct email notifications of new uploads, but noooooooOOO!!! The Burch's are doing this to m...

What's the most addictive videogame you have ever played?

Aug 02 // Chad Concelmo
I adore videogames, so it is easy for me to say I am addicted to them. But when I usually say this, I don't think I ever really mean "addicted" in the clinical sense of the word. I just mean I love playing certain games and think about them a lot when I am not playing them. The Legend of Zelda, Super Metroid, Uncharted 2, Portal, Final Fantasy VI, Contra III. I love all of these games, but I don't think my body has even been physically addicted to them. I have been able to stop playing when I was ready to stop playing. I never hit a save point in Final Fantasy VI after planning to quit and then just kept going in fear that I would get the shakes if I stopped. But there have been certain games over the years that have put me in some kind of hypnotic trance, taking control of my body and truly making it almost impossible to stop playing. In addition to Spelunky, this has happened with older titles like Tetris Attack and Uniracers, to more recent games such as Pinball FX2 and Shatter. (My God, I love Shatter.) These games are not just fun, they are physical addictions. When I start, I have a lot of trouble stopping. Physical trouble. The common "Just one more game!" turns into a legitimately scary "You must play just one more game!" (In my head, this is also in a super intimidating robot voice.) Nothing bad has come of this (yet?) -- all these addictions are mostly harmless -- but I would be lying if I told you there haven't been some pretty crazy moments. Moments when I can almost hear my mind saying to my body: "Um, shit is getting serious. You really have to stop playing after this next round. I am not kidding." But these moments usually result in me not stopping after the next round. These moments result in me staying up all night and eventually having to slowly put down the controller as the newly risen sun starts to creep through my window -- the only sound a whispered "Dag!" as I slowly tiptoe away as if trying to hide my shame from some invisible person judging me from across the room. I am not a doctor, but all of this sounds like an honest-to-God addiction. Which, honestly, I am okay with. It's only a handful of games, and I have a fun time playing them. Where's the harm in that? ... says the heroin addict. Now it's your turn. What is the most addictive videogame you have ever played? Is there a specific game (or games) that you can't physically put down? Is there a specific game (or games) that you can't physically ... oh man, I already typed that. Sorry. I was thinking about Spelunky.
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The other day I was playing my new obsession Spelunky and, of course, died while trying to complete the dreaded ice caves. It was late and I really needed to go to bed. Instead of turning off the game -- or even thinking abou...


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Spend your break with Kingdom Rush on PC or iPad


Jan 16
// Maurice Tan
I started playing a bit of Kingdom Rush two weeks ago following the news of the Flash game's iPad release, and managed to drag myself away from Ironhide Game Studio's excellent little tower defense title before an entire day ...
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Study says gamers play less videogames than expected


Aug 31
// Sven Wohl
According to a poll done by the association BITCOM in Germany, gamers seem to be pretty sensible about the amount of time they spend with their favorite hobby. While 62% of those asked play videogames on a daily base, most of...
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The Unofficial Destructoid IRC has moved to Quakenet


Jun 28
// Maurice Tan
Our little community-run IRC channel has been active since 2007, and some years ago we moved from some server I don't even remember to Dynastynet. However, Dynastynet has been having some serious connections issues the past f...
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The Destructoid Unofficial IRC guide


May 22
// Maurice Tan
[Important: We have moved from Dynastynet to Quakenet. Just use the info under "Basic Info" as server info for all steps of the guide. Registering yourself doesn't work via Nickserv on Quakenet, so use this as a guide instea...
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Cut the Rope goes romantic with new update


Feb 09
// Hollie Bennett
To celebrate the most candid of holidays and to say "thank you" for over six million downloads, Chillingo the publishers behind leading iOS game Cut the Rope, will be giving owners a Valentines themed update. The update will...
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You know what is going to be fantastic about this year's E3? It won't just be Nintendo executives flailing around on stage looking like idiots. This year all three companies are going to have highly paid business men and wom...

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Did someone say free user-created Peggle Nights levels?


Jan 14
// Jordan Devore
Just when you finally stopped suffering withdrawals from your Peggle addiction, you're about to dive right back into the thick of it. Consider me your honorary shoulder-bound little devil for the day. Go on, download this fre...
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Fox News says that videogames sell well and then addict you


Aug 01
// Matthew Razak
So this week the Entertainment Merchants Association released statistics on how the gaming industry was doing. Turns out the industry is doing pretty good year-to-year despite the current slump in console sales. Still the ana...

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