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Frog Fractions 2

Is there a Frog Fractions 2 ARG already underway?


My head is spinning already and it has nothing to with actual fractions
Mar 17
The original Frog Fractions was one of the most bizarre things you could play in in a web browser, so it wasn't a surprise to see a potential sequel arrive on Kickstarter last week. What is odd is that, if the Kickstarter is ... read
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Teaser

Frictional Games' SOMA is utterly fascinating


And I don't even really know what it is
Oct 07
I wasn't alone in thinking the teaser for Frictional Games' new project -- which may or may not be called SOMA -- showed real promise. It's not clear what the game itself will be like, but the universe it's centered around h... read
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Frictional

Amnesia developer Frictional teases its next project


Sci-fi horror?
Oct 01
When the studio behind the Penumbra games and Amnesia: The Dark Descent puts out a teaser website like this, I have to talk about it. If the above video and accompanying text -- which describes an unknown machine found durin... read
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Surgeon Sim 2013

Operate on aliens in new Surgeon Simulator procedures


Perform a Gobbleshaft transplant
Sep 26
The Surgeon Simulator 2013 has come through for us all. There was another alternate-reality game hidden inside of this hilarious title from Bossa that sounded like a real headache to solve -- but it's been figured out, thank... read
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Watch Dogs

Watch Dogs ARG makes money spew from a Canadian ATM


'Let's hit that bastard where it counts'
Jul 05
An alternate reality game for Watch Dogs has surfaced, and somewhat surprisingly, it's taking place in the Great White North. Here's the deal, you crazy Canucks -- do a little bit of hacking, find an ATM, profit. A mobi... read
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ARG

Surgeon Simulator 2013 ARG isn't related to Half-Life 3


People really, really want Half-Life 3
Jun 28
Yesterday, word got out about a peculiar clue hidden underneath a statue in Surgeon Simulator 2013. This was part of the update that brought Team Fortress 2's Medic and Heavy to the game and, knowing Valve's history with alte... read
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Konami wants you to decrypt videos on Revengeance website


Apr 30
Konami is putting together some sort of alternate reality game for Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. The "Make it Right" video was teased a little while back, and as it promised, here we are with an extended video called "Arm"... read
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Amnesia, Dear Esther devs might do A Machine for Pigs


Feb 20
If that headline sounds confusing, frightening, or mildly obscene, it has probably done its job. If the rumors are true, Frictional and TheChineseRoom - of Amnesia: The Dark Descent and Dear Esther fame, respectivel... read
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Postmortem explains how the Portal 2 ARG came together


May 06
It's a sizable read, but Gamasutra's feature on the Portal 2 alternate-reality game is worthy of your attention. Written by Rob Jagnow from Lazy 8 Studios (Cogs), it reveals the story of how Valve got a bunch of indie develop... read
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Valve Complete Pack given to golden potato owners


Apr 19
As some of you will surely know, Valve's alternate-reality game for Portal 2 ended with the game unlocking on Steam last night. Without getting into too much detail, there were a lot of people who felt entitled and ended up g... read
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Japanese Club Nintendo gets huge AR card for 3DS


Apr 15
Club Nintendo in Japan has been updated with a new reward for cashing in those Nintendo products: a giant alternate-reality card for 3DS. It's 73 x 46 cm, which is a heck of a lot bigger than the cards packed in with the syst... read
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Tons of Portal 2 concept art from Valve's ARG


Apr 11
Valve's Potato Fool's Day alternate-reality game (ARG) has taken off since we last mentioned it here. There's a history of the findings right here, which you should check out. As always, it's impressive to see all of the piec... read
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Game designer and researcher Jane McGonigal appeared on The Colbert Report tonight to promote her new book, Reality is Broken. In the interview, McGonigal discusses some of the potential for games when it comes to impro... read feature

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What's this mystery package all about? Let's find out!


Apr 05
A small, unmarked package arrived at the offices of Destructoid East today. Inside was a small USB stick, which contained a text document and an audio file. The text document contained this text: CryptographyIsotopePhilanth... read
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The fun continues with the I.O.O.P.


Jan 11
Last weekend we brought to your attention to the International Order of the Pawns, a group who has been getting in touch with some fans of BioShock 2 and sending them cryptic messages. Last week it was simply business cards, ... read
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BioShock's International Order of the Pawns sends cards


Jan 03
It appears that the BioShock 2 marketing team is beginning to ramp it up a bit more as they've sent out cards to a select few that proclaim the recipients as members of the International Order of the Pawns. As Beatboxtaun exp... read
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Pack your Wiimotes and go: Top Chef videogame may be headed to the Wii


May 08
Licensing.biz -- a Web site that hurts my brain with all its crazy “acquisition” and “brand profile” talk -- is reporting that NBC Universal (which owns Bravo) has secured DSI Games to pr... read
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Who needs drugs when you have videogames?


Dec 17
We recently told you how videogames are being used to cure migrane headaches, and now it looks like a similar approach is being taken to chronic pain.It seems that virtual reality can offer as much relief as pain meds, and a ... read
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Uncharted ARG gets weirder, people get hurt, your LOST DVD collection mourns


Nov 09
Following my curiosity in all things ARG (and lazy propensity to let other people do the work for me) I noticed this video update about Uncharted's elaborate PS3 pre-release campaign. The video features what I presume will be... read
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Phantasy Star Universe gets expansion in November, no one seems to notice


Oct 26
Ambition of the Illuminus, the upcoming expansion for Phantasy Star Universe, will be available for download via Xbox Live November 20th for $20. However, if you don't have an Xbox and want to play it for PS2 or PC, the retai... read
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Captain Obvious: Second Life is overhyped


Oct 02
Ah, Second Life. Where else can one find mediocre recreations of real life landmarks, relive Midgar complete with fervent cosplayers, and make an attempt to titrape a unicorn? There's simply nothing like it. Perhaps that's wh... read
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Sony interview: "We are still winners!" *tear*


Jul 10
This video with SCEA president Jack Tretton pretty much encompasses everything that is wrong with Sony this generation. It's like everyone knows the PS3 bombed, and they simply won't admit that things could have gone ... read
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Games time forgot: Evidence, The Last Ritual


Jun 19
This week's forgotten game is admittedly a very recent one -- it's less than a year old, in fact -- but it's nonetheless a fair bet that you haven't played it, and most likely wouldn't without a bit of pro... read
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News has been popping up all over the place about a new Alternate Reality Game surrounding Halo 3. I was really excited to hear this. I was a huge fan of the I Love Bees saga (I even made a pilgrimage to answer one of the pa... read feature







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