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BritToid Ep 12: Keep calm and touch a bear


Jul 16
// Hollie Bennett
This episode reaches you in a far more timely manner than we are used to seeing and I proudly present the retun of the full cast for the first time in many, many months.  In episode 12 we ta...
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BritToid Ep 11: Keep calm and plug the flow


Jul 01
// Hollie Bennett
While this may only be the 11th official BritToid podcast, it is actually our one year anniversary and it has definitely been an interesting adventure. When I started working for Destructoid I always said I wanted t...
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Drink, relax and play in South England


Jul 01
// Hollie Bennett
With the Mana bar having great success in Melbourne, Australia it is great to be contacted by a similar bar hidden away on the south coast of England. The Loading Bar is based in Falmouth and provides gamers with a place...
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Interview: European love up with Steel Series


Jun 22
// Hollie Bennett
I have to admit that I am quite the fan of Steel Series and despite him constantly picking on me, I actually enjoy interviewing company CMO Kim Rom.  Huddled in a corner of the E3 show floor Kim runs us through Steel Se...
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BritToid Ep 10: The missing edition


Jun 22
// Hollie Bennett
After numerous technical difficulties and a little trip to E3, I can finally announce that the very long awaited and overdue BritToid episode 10 has finally arrived -- on the eve of the recording of BritToid episode 11 none t...
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Sign spinning with Mortal Kombat


Apr 28
// Hollie Bennett
Nothing quite says the promotion of a horrifically violent videogame quite like spending an afternoon in London sign spinning with two rather cute guys from California.  While Mortal Kombat already knew i...
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BritToid Ep 9: Keep calm and have UK resistance


Apr 28
// Hollie Bennett
Ladies and gentelmen as the Royal wedding is upon us here in the glorious Untied Kingdom we decided this was the perfect time to further celebrate our Britishness by bringing you episode 9 of BritToid: Destructoids British ga...

Preview: DiRT 3

Apr 15 // Hollie Bennett
DiRT 3 (PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3)Developer: CodemastersPublisher: CodemastersRelease date: 24th May 2011 The main driving experience from DiRT 3 is set within the world of rally driving, so forget your well-laid tracks and tarmac, the off-road experience is where it is at. And, it comes at no surprise to learn that Codemasters has once again managed to bring a fantastic handling experience to the players and claims to make the best console driving experience ever. The customisable difficulty levels allows new players and veterans of racing to access the game at their own level, while the vomit-inducing D-box that was available at the preview event certainly didn't disappoint either. On top of this, Codemasters has taken a great deal of inspiration from classic rally driving with everything from the 1960's Mini Cooper to Ken Block's now famous Ford Fiesta available at your digital disposal as well as over one-hundred classic rally driving stages that include snow and ice, night racing, and extensive work into weather-based technology such as rain.  Yet, DiRT 3 brings more than just racing, with Gymkhana being one of those things. For those who are unaware, Gymkhana is basically someone in a fast car driving around/under/over/in-between objects with amazing skill and at amazing speeds. Ken Block's viral gymkhana videos have received millions of hits and brought a whole new level of skill to the table. Gymkhana allows the player a great deal of freedom and creativity but continues to demand a whole lot of skill to pull it off; My first attempt at Gymkhana pretty much saw myself throwing my car into a nearby wall instead of circling the post I had been aiming for. However, after a few tries, the moves started to come together. Out of sheer excitement, I refused to move my fingers, as I know that the moment I try something else my car will once again end up back in the wall. For those who want to share their excitement, DiRT 3 has an built-in upload feature which allows players to upload a maximum 30-second clip from their Gymkhana performance directly to you YouTube with little to no fuss.  DiRT 3 also offers an extensive multiplayer experience, which allows up to eight players online or two-person split screen which Codemasters claims to "have done properly." While the majority of racing games provide a simple eight-person racing experience, DiRT 3 features Party mode, a mix of new and old ideas brought together to add that little something extra to the driving experience. Invasion mode involves an army of killer robots -- actually, cardboard cutouts are invading -- and it's your job to run as many of them over as possible while avoiding civilians. Transporter, on the other hand, is a DiRT 3 take on the classic capture the flag. Outbreak mode begins a countdown as all players have to avoid an unknown infected player who is able to spread the infection by crashing into them. Outbreak was shown to us through a live demonstration and went over well with the crowd. While the original infected player is able to see the location of the other seven drives on their mini-map, they can't see him. The other seven players found themselves driving frantically throughout the map in a fit of paranoia or taking the opportunity to play hide and seek the best they could within the environment. Once hit by the infected play, that person also becomes infected and then it becomes harder and harder for the remaining players to get away. The game is short, a mere two minutes long, but that's all it needs; short, sharp, and sweat-inducing.  DiRT 3 is set to offer a pretty deep experience to those already a fan of the series and to those who aren't. While the basic physics are set firmly within reality, some imaginative multiplayer ideas and the insane Gymkhana events open DiRT 3 up, but it remains true to its rally roots with a huge arsenal of cars and tracks. On top of this, the game looks fantastic visually and has another killer soundtrack. Yet, competition within the driving market is at an all-time high and Codemasters will still have to work hard to make sure that DiRT 3 gets its share of the pie. 
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Despite having its delicious British fingers in many pies, it is never far from the truth to say that out of everything Codemasters does, driving games are by far their specialty. From the beginning with their retro...

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Hot on the heels of their BAFTA win for F1 2010, Codemasters invited me to their offices in the middle of nowhere to speak to the development team behind their latest game, Operation Flashpoint: Red River; all...

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Hot on the heels of their BAFTA win for F1 2010, Codemasters invited me to their offices in the middle of nowhere to speak to the development team behind their latest game, Operation Flashpoint: Red River; all week...

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[We have moved a few things around and now we have much better picture and audio quality than when the post originally went up, thanks for your patience.] Hot on the heels of their BAFTA win for F1 2010, Codemaster...

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BritToid Ep 8: Keep calm & cry sexually frustrated tears


Mar 30
// Hollie Bennett
Boys and girls, we are pleased to bring you episode 8 of BritToid, Destructoid's sporadically recorded European gaming-focused podcast. This episode sees myself, Germany, Seto and Gandy make it a whole 30 seconds before discu...
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Insert coin spring designs available for pre-order


Mar 21
// Hollie Bennett
UK-based designer Insert Coin have announced that their latest set of t-shirt designs are now available for pre-order.  Insert Coin design some seriously awesome videogame-inspired clothing for t...
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Happy birthday from Destructoid Europe


Mar 17
// Hollie Bennett
Since the glorious Hamza Aziz stole the Birthday video spotlght yesterday, I decided to keep our little video for another day. Destructoid Europe community memeber and camera man, Roy Malcomber has decided to throw...
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Tekken King of Iron Fist tournament begins in London


Mar 09
// Hollie Bennett
For those who have the skills -- or for those that think they do -- on the last Friday of every month, at HMV Gamerbase in Central London between 7pm and 11pm, the Tekken King of Iron Fist Tournament will be ta...
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BritToid Ep 7: Keep calm and home dip!


Feb 17
// Hollie Bennett
Ladies and gentlemen, we have successfully returned and are pleased to give you episode 7 of BritToid -- Destructoid's European-focused gaming podcast -- with a usual cast of Daniel Seto, Daniel Carniero, Sean Justi...
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BritToid 6: Keep calm and jump on the bandwagon


Jan 23
// Hollie Bennett
Look, before we start anything I'm just going to straight up apologize. I got drunk -- in fact I got so drunk I never even managed to get home to be a part of this episode. When I did get home, I thought throwing jelly beans ...
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BritToid #6: Keep calm and jump on the bandwagon


Jan 04
// Hollie Bennett
Ladies and gentlemen, I am here to tell you that the full cast of BritToid will be coming together tonight to record episode 6. With Christmas and New Year now out of the way, the European side of gaming news has be...
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BritToid Ep 5: Keep calm and leave a message


Dec 20
// Hollie Bennett
Well look at us lot! We are back again with our fancy European swagga', minimalistic design and our stylish accents. This time myself (your European Community manager), Daniel Seto (the token Asian), Daniel Carniero (the not ...
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BritToid 5 records tomorrow


Dec 06
// Hollie Bennett
Oh yes, it is time again for BritToid, the now European-focused gaming podcast for Destructoid. This week we will be looking at Christmas and lay down our predictions on what we think will dominate sales (and I will be bannin...
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BritToid episode 4: Keep calm and go deeper


Nov 22
// Hollie Bennett
Well isn't this long over due? Sorry about that everyone, our bad. However, these last few months have seen plenty going on! DtoidUK became Dtoid Europe after we adopted a Dutch guy. DtoidEurope finally got a HQ as myself and...
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BritToid Episode 2: Keep calm and have a scone


Jul 12
// Hollie Bennett
Lords and Ladies (and all that falls in-between), we have made it to episode two of BritToid! For anyone who missed the previous post, we are Destructoid's brand new British gaming-focused podcast. This episode sees the re...
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Sundays with Sagat: Guest Starring Birdie


Jun 27
// Jonathan Holmes
Here's the first episode of Season 2 of Sundays with Sagat. If you're new to the series, here's a quick recap; this is a video series where a man named Sagat talks to you about videogames. This is serious business. Sadly, Sa...
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E3 10: Hollie and Holmes vs. Dead Rising 2


Jun 17
// Jonathan Holmes
This is probably the last video featuring the cheeky Hollie Bennett and shiny-headed Jonathan Holmes that you're going to see, at least for the next twenty minutes. Here we get some time in with Dead Rising 2. In the first v...
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E3 10: Hollie Bennett vs. pro golfer John Daly


Jun 17
// Jonathan Holmes
We shot a proper interview/hands-on with Hollie and myself playing this new John Daly golf game for the PS Move. I promise we did. For reasons beyond my control, we can't show it to you right now. All we can show you is this...
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BAFTAs: Uncharted 2, Batman: AA win big


Mar 21
// Matthew Razak
The eater of men, the venerable Mike Tyson, wasn't on-hand at the British Academy of Film and Television awards show. Just as good -- the BAFTA's media-whoring side step makes the event all the more meaningful, especially to ...
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Videogames beat movies in UK


Jan 03
// Matthew Razak
Let's hear it for the UK and their support of videogames! The Daily Telegraph is reporting that more money was spent on videogames in 2009 than on films. In the twelve months to the end of September 2009, a whopping £1....
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Did we really need an MMO for this?


Dec 11
// Aerox
England seems to have a problem. I'm not talking about dental hygiene (some of them have very lovely teeth!), nor am I referring to whatever it is they try to pass off as "food" and "cuisine" over there. This is something muc...
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Introducing: Square Enix Europe


Nov 10
// Nick Chester
Here's something you should get used to if you live in the UK -- Square Enix Europe is the publisher of those Tomb Raider games. I know, weird, right?  That's how it's gonna' be, as Square Enix and Eidos Interactive have...
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Games time forgot: Monty Python's Meaning of Life


Nov 27
// Anthony Burch
Once again, my Googling skills have failed me -- I couldn't find any screenshots for this week's forgotten game outside of a few screens I borrowed from ACG. You'll have to make do with the Mr. Creosote sketch for now.Monty P...

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