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9:00 PM on 10.03.2012

The DTOID Show: Assassin's Creed DLC, Star Wars, & Porno

On today's completely professional, mature, and otherwise not stupid or embarrassing Destructoid Show, we discuss some very serious topics. First, a season pass is announced for Assassin's Creed III, and the first DLC will b...

Max Scoville



Designer Cliff Bleszinski leaves Epic Games photo
Designer Cliff Bleszinski leaves Epic Games
by Jordan Devore

Epic Games design director Cliff Bleszinski, known for his work on Jazz Jackrabbit, Unreal, and Gears of War, is leaving the company "to chart the next stage of his career."

"I've been doing this since I was a teenager," he writes, "and outside of my sabbatical last year, I have been going non-stop. I literally grew up in this business, as Mike [Capps] likes to say. And now that I'm grown up, it's time for a much needed break.

"I will miss the projects, the playtests, the debates, and most importantly, the people. Epic only hires the best of the best, and it has been a joy working with each and every one of you on a daily basis, whether you were hired weeks ago or decades ago. I have been fortunate enough to collaborate with a variety of disciplines, from code to art to marketing and PR -- it's been one big, rewarding learning experience. I'm confident that each project that is being built, whether at Epic, Chair, PCF, or Impossible will be top notch and will please gamers and critics alike."

In addition to his personal remarks, there are also comments from Epic's Tim Sweeney, Mike Capps, and Mark Rein. It's surprising to see Cliff go, but his reasoning is something I can sympathize with. I'm curious to see what he does next.

Cliff Bleszinski Departs Epic [Epic Games]

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7:00 AM on 05.14.2012

Cliffy B wants Japanese devs to consider more multiplayer

Gears of War head Cliff Bleszinski is at it again! Not content with just criticizing honest reviews and calling 8/10s "hateful", it seems as if Cliffy B has now set his sights on a new target: the Japanese game industry and t...

Chris Carter

3:00 PM on 04.23.2012

Jimquisition: On-Disc DLC Cannot Be Justified

There are explanations for games that ship with downloadable content already included. There are, however, no excuses. While you may have a reason, you do not have validation, because on-disc DLC is a problem willingly creat...

Jim Sterling

10:30 AM on 04.11.2012

Cliffy B calls on-disc DLC 'an unfortunate reality'

If reactions to Street Fighter x Tekken are anything to go by, savvy gamers do not appreciate being sold content that they've technically already bought by purchasing the disc it's housed on. Forking over extra money to unloc...

Jim Sterling

1:30 PM on 03.20.2012

Mega64 and Cliffy B 'honor' Warren Spector

During GDC, developer Warren Spector was awarded with the Lifetime Achievement Award. To pay tribute to a man who has brought so much love and joy in the world, Mega64 teamed up with Cliff Bleszinski for a short video retros...

Tony Ponce

1:00 PM on 10.19.2011

Cliffy B wants Avatar movie quality graphics for games

Cliff Bleszinski, Gears of War creator and lover of blue aliens, isn't fully satisfied with game graphics today. They're good, but they're not Avatar good, right? "I'm sorry, do you think graphics are good enough?" Blesz...

Dale North



Talking to Women about Videogames: Gears 3 isn't perfect? photo
Talking to Women about Videogames: Gears 3 isn't perfect?
by Jonathan Holmes

Gears of War 3 just hit retail, and the reviews were positive across the board, ranging from great to perfect. For most games, that would be more than enough to please both the title's developers and fans, but in the case of Gears 3, there was something of an uproar when the game received "just an 8" by a few select outlets.

For a variety of reasons (not the least of which was that the gaming press has cultivated a culture where a game that receives less than a 9 is considered "sh*t" by many readers), many Gears fans came out fighting, claiming that giving Gears 3 an 8 was insulting at best and a "hate-filled lie" at worst. Others went so far as to say that the fact that some reviewers gave the game a score a whole two points lower is proof that review scores should be done away with entirely. They said that if there can't be a 100% consensus on how many "factual points of fun" Gears of War 3 contains, then the whole idea of review scores must be destroyed. 

Like last week's scene with Nubageddon, I felt that this situation needed an outside perspective, so I went to the park to talk to a woman about it. I made the right move. I came away from our conversation with a fresh understanding of why Gears 3 was getting lower scores than Gears 2 from a few outlets, and a better feeling for what review scores are really all about.

Check out the video, then come along with me as I tell you the tale of "The Curse of Three"!

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New Destructoid Episode: The Origin of Ms. 'Splosion Row photo
New Destructoid Episode: The Origin of Ms. 'Splosion Row
by Max Scoville

Hey! You! We got some news about video games. Pay attention!

First, it looks like Battlefield 3 won't be on Steam, and the special edition of Mass Effect 3 has robot dogs or something. The Riddler makes his big debut, sort of, in Batman: Arkham City. Cliffy B has an opinion about that new Nintendo thing. Ms. Splosion Man is easily worth your ten bucks, and it's out on Wednesday. Dead Island is probably worth pre-ordering, but not on Amazon if you like cool bonus things. Saints Row The Third is definitely worth pre-ordering because you'll get an octopus gun.

Finally, the fine folks over at CM4 were good enough to send over a few of their Catalyst 3DS cases, and we'll happily give them away. Just make a picture (drawing, Photoshop, oil painting, whatever) of the worst possible way a 3DS could get destroyed and send it to show@destructoid.com. Go nuts. Be sure to include your name/address. You've got until this Sunday night at midnight (PST) to submit, and we'll announce the winners on Monday's show. 

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12:15 PM on 07.11.2011

Cliffy B: Wii U haters 'talk sh*t' but will buy it anyway

Clifford "Cliffy B" Bleszinski has called out those who wish to pour derision on the Wii U, claiming that they'll all be buying one despite their scorn.  "From what I've seen, it looks pretty cool," he declared. "It seem...

Jim Sterling

5:00 PM on 06.15.2011

Interview: OMG I interviewed Cliffy B: Fangirl edition

If you follow Destructoid regularly or know anything about me, you will understand how godamn excited I must have been for this interview. I make no apologies for what you are about to watch but I do warn you that ...

Hollie Bennett

12:40 PM on 06.15.2011

Watch Fallon shout 'GET THE EYEBALL!' at Cliff Bleszinski

Videogame week on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon continues! Last night Fallon hosted the recently-engaged Cliff Bleszinski (congrats!) to show off the upcoming Gears of War 3.  As Fallon points out, this game is kind of a ...

Nick Chester

9:40 AM on 06.15.2011

Cliffy B: PS3 has zero chance of getting Gears of War

Sony lovers hoping to get there dirty hands on Gears of War are in for their millionth disappointment, with lead designer Cliff Bleszinski confirming that there's "zero chance" of the series ever coming to the PS3. A Microsof...

Jim Sterling

1:01 PM on 06.09.2011

E3: Cliffy B 'doesn't get' people writing off Gears story

I was in the presence of the esteemed Cliff Bleszinski to get a preview gawp at Gears of War 3's campaign this week. The narrative mode of Gears is what attracted to me to the series in the first place, and I feel it odd that...

Jim Sterling

11:40 AM on 05.25.2011

Cliffy B wants dynamic difficulty for returning gamers

We spotted Epic's Cliff Bleszinski proposing a new method of scaling difficulty for returning gamers last night. The basic idea is that a game lowers the challenge if someone hasn't played a title in a while, allowing them to...

Jim Sterling

1:00 PM on 04.25.2011

Contest: Win some codes to the Gears of War 3 beta!

[Update] Contest closed! All winners have been sent a code! The Gears of War 3 beta officially kicked off today for all those that pre-order the game from GameStop. They now join all the people who've been in the beta throug...

Hamza CTZ Aziz