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Counter-Strike cheater gets knifed in his head


Mar 22
// Jim Sterling
As if we needed further evidence that videogames are SERIOUS business, an alleged Counter-Strike cheater in Jilin, China was rushed to hospital with a giant kitchen knife jammed into his skull. A group of kids were arguing wi...
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Destructoid is pleased to announce that its iconic mascot, the inimitable Mr. Destructoid, is returning to the world of videogames in Halfbrick's upcoming Xbox Live Arcade game, Raskulls. The fearless robot leader of the Des...

Lucid brings a new twist to block puzzles

Jan 02 // Matthew Razak
[embed]159371:26261[/embed] Yes, Lucid is about grouping blocks of the same color together, and, yes, you've done that a million times, but it does have a twist. In Lucid you have to group blocks together with an unbroken line. This means that you must be able to create a group of blocks of the same color that can have a line drawn from one to the other without that line crossing itself or stopping. Once you connect the blocks in such a way they disappear from the playing field and you get points, which, as all good gamers know, are good. However, unlike most other games of this ilk points are not how you clear a level. Levels are cleared by filling the Earth Dome. I'm a little unclear on the story for the game, but certain colors of blocks are requested by someone and the color requested is shown on the screen with the next color in line shown below it. When one connects a grouping of blocks in the requested color it fills the Earth Dome a certain amount depending on the number of blocks connected. Once the Earth Dome is filled the player moves on to the next level. In the levels I played it was pretty easy to fill the Earth Dome, but Miettinen says it will become more and more challenging throughout the 77 levels in the game. When you send blocks to the Earth Dome you receive a point multiplier, which goes up with every consecutive shipment of blocks to it. Needless to say planning ahead is a major part of each level since chaining together shipments of task blocks can net you quite an uptick in the point category. However, it appears that it will also be strategic to eliminate other colors that are not the requested one as you can often score big points with them as well and organize the board better to chain together task block shipments. This seems to create an interesting strategy where the player must weigh getting the multiplier versus eliminating a color of brick that is not being requested. When I was playing I know I would attempt to clear as many bricks as possible right before filling up the Earth Dome so as to get my score as high as possible in the level. Of course sometimes you get yourself stuck or just want to get a rearrangement of blocks. This is where Lucid blocks come into play. Every time a player completes a designated amount of task colors in a row they are rewarded with a Lucid block that resets the entire board with new colors once the block is cleared. This can be a great way to get your score higher before the level ends or try for an even higher chain. Even in the very early easy levels I played saving them for later use was a strategy in itself. As the game progresses Lucid blocks will become more and more difficult to obtain, meaning organization becomes more and more important for clearing a level. Sadly, the preview I played was only three levels long and pretty easy to get through leaving me with only a bit of challenge in beating the levels and the only goal really being trying to get the highest score possible. However, it's easy to see how Lucid could become an immensely challenging and addicting game with ramped up difficulty and more creative hurdles that Miettinen says the rest of the game will provide. If you want to check out a demo of the game for yourself you can head here to download it.
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In the world of puzzle games involving blocks there isn't much that hasn't been done. Blocks have fallen, been paired, been shot, been organized and they've been grouped. In short, it's a bit difficult to do something new in ...

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Here's a pet peeve of mine; people with a rose-tinting deification of Ocarina of Time. For me, that game, along with Mario 64, will always symbolize a personal low-point for my feeling of connection to videogames as a whole. ...

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Bethesda, Splash Damage FPS is a 'genre-breaker'


May 11
// Nick Chester
Speaking to GamesIndustry.biz, Bethesda’s European managing direct Sean Brennan says that the publisher has some big things in store for E3. Namely, Brennan says that the first-person shooter title they’re set to ...
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Thompson's Utah bill vetoed: Another win for intelligence!


Mar 26
// Jim Sterling
The poorly written and rather pointless HB 353, a videogame/movie bill intended for Utah by Jack Thompson, has been vetoed by Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, thanks to the sloppy writing of the bill itself, and some clever lobbying ...
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What's the worst thing a game's made you do?


Mar 15
// Jim Sterling
The above picture was taken by Destructoid reader John E. In case you can't make out the shattered remnants, that's a PSP which was utterly annihilated by its owner after a particularly frustrating round of LocoRoco 2. For a ...
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Resident Evil 5's Mercenary mode is news for the next couple of seconds


Mar 04
// Jonathan Holmes
With RE5 already on sale in some release date-breaking stores in Japan, we bloggers only have a very breif period of time to report on the games features like they are "news". So here is what will likely be the la...
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UK Charts: C-C-C-COMBO BREAKER for World at War


Dec 23
// Jim Sterling
Call of Duty: World at War needed just one more week at the top of the chart to claim a record for most number of weeks held leading to a Christmas number one. Unfortunately for Activision, FIFA 09 has claimed the top spot, b...
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Mexicans ruin everything: El Fuerte breaks Street Fighter IV


Sep 01
// Jim Sterling
Uh oh ... it seems that Street Fighter IV might already be facing balance problems with one of its new characters after only a short time in arcades. Debuting pugilist El Feurte has already been discovered to possess an inf...
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Phil Harrison thinks we don't want single player games


May 31
// Jim Sterling
Phil Harrison has said that Atari's Alone in the Dark may be among the last of a dying breed, as consumers no longer want single player experiences. "Alone in the Dark is a beautifully crafted single-player adventure gam...
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Ultimate cross-over game is ultimate: Card Sagas Wars


Feb 12
// Jonathan Holmes
Holy Jimminy Soulja-Boy Christmas. Now this project is totally bananas, and not just because it features Master Chief doing a multi-hit super combo on Mega Man X. What's really insane is that Card Sagas Wars, a presumably f...

Cashwh0re shirts are finally available and you can win!

Feb 11 // NO LONGER WORKS AT DESTRUCTOID
Celebrating Cashwh0re's 6 year anniversary and also our 2 month anniversary of lying about it, we have to have a way of enjoying it with you. Destructoid loves our community, and we also love, need our life juice, overly enjoy, sometimes imbibe in the spirits. So to combine these two great things we will be buying the booze for you. This could be the best $14.95 you will ever spend. Especially if you are underage! Destructoid.com does not condone the use of alcohol by minors... but Cashwh0re does. So next week if we spot you at GDC, or around San Francisco, in a Cashwh0re shirt, we are buying you a drink. (Bail money not included in T-shirt offer) But wait! How can you win? Well, for no clear reason, I cannot control my hate for Paris Hilton. So make me laugh by adding a caption to the attached Paris Hilton picture, and we will send out shirts to the 3 funniest entries.
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Destructoid is proud to announce... well, maybe not proud, but, let's say ashamed to admit? We now have Cashwh0re shirts on sale on our marketplace. Stop reading this post and go buy now! At only $14.95 you can't go wrong. Tr...

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Attempted Murdertoid: Teen strangles father with videogame controller


Jan 10
// Jim Sterling
As if previous reports have taught them nothing, parents are still bravely/foolishly attempting to stop their psychotic little brats from playing videogames. The latest is a father in Spain who had warned his 18 year old son ...
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Monkey Island + Diablo = The greatest thing in the history of things?


Jan 09
// Chad Concelmo
Ron Gilbert, the creator of the Monkey Island series, has officially joined new developer Hothead Games as its Creative Director. Honestly, if there is any human being on Earth you want to assign as your Cre...
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Street Fighter: The Later Years - Part 7


Dec 13
// Jordan Devore
The latest installment of Street Fighter: The Later Years continues right where the cliffhanger ending of episode 6 left off. Best of all, we finally get to see E. Honda -- well, his fat anyway.As the fighters gear up and pre...
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C-C-C-COMBO BREAKER: New God of War: Chains of Olympus trailer is combotastic


Dec 10
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
  In this latest trailer for God of War: Chains of Olympus, we see Kratos go C-C-C-COMBO CRAZY! Nothing too new is really shown, except for one of Krato's new abilities. You'll notice at two points in the trailer th...
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Weekend Destructainment: Smart bombs are sexual


Dec 08
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Ladies, we all know the men in your lives value videogames more so than your precious body. Well, thanks to this video, you now know how to convince your boyfriend to do you and play videogames all at the same time! This may ...
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Miniboss Monday: Money, and the lack thereof


Nov 26
// Savant
In celebration of the holiday shopping season kicking into high gear, I thought it would be rather fitting to bring forth an unwaivering miniboss of sorts that plagues all who purchase games and the systems needed to play the...
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Valkyrie Sky: The world's first MMO Shoot 'Em Up


Nov 08
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Now here's a rather interesting title out of Korea that I'm 99.99% sure that we will never see here in the States. Valkyrie Sky is, as far as I can tell, the world's first cross over between the MMO and Shoot 'Em Up genre. &...

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