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Fangs for the Memories: P.T.'s View to a Kill

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Oct 30
// SpaghettiOReilly
[Dtoid community blogger SpaghettiOReilly was creeped out by the P.T. demo and rightfully so. It wasn't just what they saw but what they heard as well. Want to see your own stuff appear on the front page? Go write something! --Occams Electric Toothbrush]
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My Life as a Catholic Gamer

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Oct 29
// CarltonMcHard
[Dtoid community blogger CarltonMcHard talks about what its like to be a Catholic and a gamer. It's an interesting read from a perspective that isn't discussed all that often. Want to see your own stuff appear on the fro...
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Fangs for the Memories: Two Way Mirror of Terror

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Oct 28
// TheDustinThomas
[Dtoid community blogger TheDustinThomas shares with us his memory of one of the best jump scares in the entire Resident Evil series. Want to see your own stuff appear on the front page? Go write something! --Occams...
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5 spooky places that should be in a videogame

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Oct 27
// SpielerDad
[Dtoid community blogger SpielerDad offers up some real life spooky places that would be a perfect setting for a horror game. Warning: Pseudo-NSFW images below. Want to see your own stuff appear on the front page? G...
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Fangs for the Memories: Shock 2 the System

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Oct 26
// CleverName
[Dtoid community blogger CleverName takes us on a journey of discovery, excitement and fear with a dear friend.  Kinda like high school but less heavy petting.  Want to see your own stuff appear on the front pa...
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Fangs for the Memories: Silent Hill 3

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Oct 26
// RainsOpacity
[Dtoid community blogger RainsOpacity talks about how for a horror game fan who has seen it all, sometimes the Devil in the details is the most memorable scare there is.  Want to see your own stuff appear on the fro...

10 things to enjoy for your gamer Halloween

Oct 25 // SeymourDuncan17
Killer Instinct's Spinal Musical Theme Goddamn skeletons. Easily the spookiest of all monsters. You hear the rattling of those bones, and it can only be one thing: Your worst fear, with death to soon follow. Alright, that's two things. Actually, a skeleton may not even be able to physically kill you as they have no muscles.  But, look at them! Ug-o! It's like being ultra-naked.  One of gaming's most famous skeletons being KI's Spinal and as a huge fan of the franchise, it felt appropriate to feature him in some way. This "complete" version may drag on a fair amount for those first 4 and a half minutes, but it still comes together quite nicely. The video's cheesy visuals help a great deal. Make sure to read the top comment for a little bit of insight into the creation of the track.  I need to get me a leg bone flute.  Silent Hill While everyone fondly remembers the highly-influential Silent Hill 2, remember that those same people also seem to forget that Silent Hill 1 exists. Jerks. It's like shoving your mother into hospice over a common cold. Sure, it's aged a little bit, but, then again, so has Silent Hill 2. There's something to appreciate in both. Personally, while Silent Hill 2 has the industry significance, the OG Silent Hill is where all the super spooky frights are. From the very beginning, the game is intense and doesn't waste any time. First, you are killed, but actually not. Then, you're attacked by motherfucking pterodactyls! Immediately afterwards, you try to find your bearings amidst the empty and fog-infested streets of Silent Hill as you're mauled by rapid dogs! Don't even get me started on the elementary school. I still haven't gone back to finish the game since completing that section over two years ago. Someday, though. Someday. Perhaps once I forget how outrageously terrifying it was.  This hilarious Erie commentary Some time ago, I hastily threw together a blog detailing my top playthroughs by one known as Cr1TiKaL. Since discovering his Octodad playthrough a couple years back, I've been a ginormous supporter of his work and I'm here to once again try to get some more of you into the club.  What makes Cr1TiKal so unique to your average LP'er is in how much he downplays everything that happens. You can literally count the amount of times he's either laughed or screamed on your two hands. He often emits sarcasm and seems to effortlessly form both hilariously crude, yet varied and intelligent sentences in regards to what's happening on-screen. All the while, he is totally monotone. So oddly charming. He doesn't pander to the usual LP schticks. He just plays and makes light. Oh and every cent of his partnership funds go directly to charity. Why aren't you already a fan? Darksiders II It may not be a horror game, but the Darksiders franchise still has got a devilish, monstrous universe with tons of violence, gore, and gritty settings. It also features a player character who looks suspiciously like Slipknot's Mick Thompson.  The original Darksiders is sort of a cult favorite amongst gamers. It was incredibly derivitive, but there was also a lot of charm to it's darker take on the Legend of Zelda formula. Its sequel, though, was much more of its own thing. While still taking inspiration from other titles, it became more of an unspecified open-world brawler with a focus on loot.  It does get shaky for a while around four fifths of the way through, but it's a thoroughly awesome experience that more should have picked up on around its release. The developers didn't just haphazardly pump out a sequel, it's clear they gave it their all and that should be rewarded.    This year's JonTron Halloween special How many of you were honestly aware the original Clock Tower also released on the SNES? I sure wasn't! Then again, I also kind of sometimes confuse Clock Tower with Alone in the Dark. So, that means I'm just stupid.  JonTron gives us a lovely and humorous look at what was arguably one of the first "survival horror" videogames. Although, it seems much more like a straight up point and click adventure that just so happens to focus on horror. Either way, it has a villain that reminds me that I haven't yet thought of every possible awful way to die.  The Typing of the Dead: Overkill I experienced a handful of the original House of the Dead: Overkill via the Wii version. I haven't touched too many light gun games, but this one was some good fun. However, I think I enjoyed its self-aware sense of humor a little more than the actual gameplay. Making light of classic grindhouse and horror films as well as itself, you'll find yourself basking in whatever crap the game decides to throw at you. Context is this game's strong suit.  The "Typing" iteration of Overkill not only includes a way to play it as it was originally intended, but gallantly brings back an old favorite pastime of mine: typing games! I used to love the mini-games we were rewarded with during my high school's typing course exercises. Heck, I considered even the basic exercises its own sort of videogame. I needed speed, I needed precision, I needed to be totally in the zone, and I wanted to beat every new "high score" I achieved. To think, I was simultaneously improving a skill that's actually of use in the real world! What a great time it was to be a growing boy.  If the above paragraph speaks to you at all, you literally cannot go wrong with Overkill's PC port. It's pretty cheap considering how loaded with content it is, and it's pretty darn hilarious to boot.  Silent Hill (Film) I haven't played every installment or obsessively Wiki'd all I could about it, but the Silent Hill franchise is one I have a great amount of respect for. That it's even still around and that its latest installment is looking pretty fucking good so far makes me so happy.  So, you may not have assumed as such, but I do actually sort of enjoy the first Silent Hill film. What can I say? I ain't gonna lie. It's not amazing, it's not even strictly faithful, but as far as film adaptations of videogames go, well... it goes without saying that you can do much, MUCH worse. It's a nice little horror film with tons of Silent Hill-y elements. No more, no less.  The hilariously terrible sudden exposition spout towards the end kinda makes you want to write a passive aggressive email to whoever wrote the screenplay, but it's worth supporting as a videogame adaptation that doesn't soil itself.  Imscared: A Pixelated Nightmare If you're looking for a horror game both easy on your hardware and easy on your wallet, not only does this little diddy's visuals amount to buggerall (it's kind of in the title), but it's totally free! Here's a dirty little secret, though: I haven't played it. I've only ever watched it being played. However, I think I can at least say you can find far less digified free PC horror experiences than this. It looks pretty interesting. It even involves adding files to your computer (don't worry, it's safe) that are contextualized as the game's antagonist (seen creepin' above) trying to interact with you as the player.  Sort of brings back memories of the 4th wall-breaking Psycho Mantis of Metal Gear Solid, doesn't it? Sounds like a heck of a thing. Give it a shot and tell me how it is because I'm far too much of a wuss.    [embed]282959:56119:0[/embed] Game Theory's unsettling look into Five Nights At Freddy's  It's no fun admitting defeat.  That the biggest and most seemingly overhyped indie horror craze since Slender is actually a little spooky, but after watching the Game Theory's latest video...I can safely say I will never ever play this game. This all could be chalked up to "thinking too much" about some likely meaningless details, but that's where things can get interesting!  When they make this much sense, it also gets incredibly unnerving.  As much as I sort of wish I had never watched this video, more should revel in creativity like this! Those who are especially weak-willed, get ready to scroll that wheel. Gotta get to 10 things. No matter what it takes. Alien: Isolation I'm sure you were expecting this to pop up at some point, like a Xenomorph dropping suddenly from the vent above to claw and host it's way into your tummy. Enjoy the rest of your very short life as an egg, buster. I've already gone at length about why the alien's AI in Isolation is so bloody brilliant, but seeing as how much your time on the Sevastapol is spent on the synthetics, the humans and exploring, I thought it'd be appropriate to tell you why the rest of the game is also pretty nice.  While the humans can, sadly, only offer minor thrills with their incredibly rudimentary AI, the synthetics, ironically, feel that much more realized in how they fight and maneuver. Sometimes they won't bother you, but usually, they're out for blood. Not quite intentionally, though. They're just a little overprotective is all.  They're also pretty damn resistant. Set them ablaze and they'll just keep coming (athough, it is an especially awesome visual treat). Fire at their noggin and they'll just stumble a bit. Melee them? Hah. Don't even try. You'll have to expel one of your stun baton charges first, and only then will a barrage of melee attacks do just one of them in. They're a riot.  Simply walking around the Sevastapol may get very tiresome during the game's final hours, but for the vast majority of the experience the atmosphere and level of detail/graphic fidelity got me hooked as well. Even ignoring that, a lot of the time an Alien is literally stalking you throughout every forward progress or backtrack; it's an absolute joy to witness what Creative Assembly have done with the visual stylings of the original Alien film. It's not only incredibly faithful, but wholly its own thing. You'll find yourself both absolutely giddy and terrified in believing you're actually in the same universe as the films/comics. It has its pacing issues, but Isolation deserves your time and money. If any game released in the last few years is going to make you wet or poo poo yourself, it's this.  ---------- That's it for my list. If you have of your own suggestions, tell me about them! 
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Hey, Destructoid! What games are you playing this weekend?

I'lll show you mine if you show me yours
Oct 19
// Rob Morrow
Covering the PC gaming news beat requires that I spend a lot of my time researching the newest titles and the latest industry happenings for the site. Admittedly, I love to learn about new things and I especially enjoy sharin...
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Smash Bros Dibs

Attention Smash Bros players: better call dibs now!

Before someone else beats you to the punch...
Sep 28
// mrandydixon
In keeping with Dtoid tradition, several community bloggers have begun calling dibs on their favorite Smash Bros fighters! ShadeOfLight: Luigi Salvador Sandoval: Ness GoofierBrute: Little Mac StriderHoang: Diddy Kong Wrenchf...
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Dtoid's community meetup plans for PAX Prime 2014!

Bookmark this page for guaranteed fun!
Aug 29
// mrandydixon
[Update: Our big party is tonight! Hope to see you there!] PAX Prime 2014 is happening right now! We're armed to the teeth with meetups scheduled for Thursday, Friday, Sunday, and Monday, a badass party we're co-hosting with ...
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Dtoid PAX Prime 2014

Are you going to PAX Prime? Let us know!

Join in the fun!
Aug 18
// mrandydixon
PAX Prime is in 10 days! Every year, Dtoiders from across the entire known universe make the trek to Seattle, WA to hug each other and then get hungover (and then hug again), and 2014 will be no different! This year's convent...
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10 things you didn't know about practically everyone

An archive you'll want to bookmark
Jul 13
// Morty
[Dtoid community blogger Morty compiled every 10 Things blog he could find into one handy place. What a guy! --Mr Andy Dixon] Hello, my fellow Dtoidians. If you're like me, then you love to read the more personal blogs about ...

Who's that new Destructoid editor?

It's Grimecraft!
May 08
Greetings humans My name is Grimecraft (aka Clarke) and I am the new music editor here at Destructoid. I am a DJ/Producer on Dj CUTMAN's record label GameChops and formerly a super cool artist at Harmonix, Crystal Dynamics, a...
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High Strangeness

High Strangeness lets you shift between 8-bit and 16-bit

High Planes Riffin'
Apr 17
// Steven Hansen
Longtime Destructoid community member AgentMOO's High Strangeness was back at PAX this year with a nearly done build. With the help of indie publisher Midnight City, High Strangeness is coming out late this year on PC and consoles. Holmes and Ben "AgentMOO" Shostak talked about the "12- bit" adventure and enemies that get more nefarious and capable as you do when you switch to the 16-bit world.

Old Dtoid Story Time: Destructoid Cards

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Apr 14
// Char Aznable
[Dtoid community blogger Char Aznable takes us on a journey to 2008 when something unique and wonderful happened on Destructoid. Stay awhile and listen! --Occams Electric Toothbrush] Gather 'round, young Dtoiders, and sit on ...

Here are Destructoid's PAX East 2014 plans!

Party with your community!
Apr 12
// mrandydixon
Update! Our meetup dates/locations for Friday and Saturday have changed. (E&C is now on Saturday.) See below for more details! PAX East 2014 is just a week away in two days TODAY! As is the case every year, the Dtoid comm...

Get to know Dtoider chicagOriginal!

Community member highlights
Mar 30
// mrandydixon
Dtoid community member chicagOriginal has been lurking around our parts for a little over four years now, but it wasn't until recently that I discovered what a badass he is! A lifelong gamer, breaker and skater, "Junebug" (as...

Are you going to PAX East this year? Let us know!

And while you're at it, sign up to wear the Mr Destructoid helmet!
Mar 15
// mrandydixon
PAX East 2014 will be here before we know it! Every year, Dtoiders from across the globe make the trek to Boston for this annual gathering of the gaming community, and every year we have an absolute blast! This time around wi...

MAGFest is coming! Here's our panel info!

Spoiler: I'll be drunk.
Jan 02
// Conor Elsea
MAGFest is just TWO DAYS AWAY! We've been keeping you updated with announcements thus far, with news about the MAG Prom, DJ line-up, Mega Manathon, Main Stage line-up, and special guests. Now that the schedule has been releas...
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Want another gift for the holidays? Why not get Huge?

Huge is the gift that keeps on giving
Dec 24
// Jonathan Holmes
About a month ago, Caitlin Cooke and I started a news show called Destructoid Huge News of the Week. It's sort of like if the producers of Sunday's with Sagat were in charge of the NBC Nightly News. Actually, that's exac...
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Honored badges

Check out Dtoid's first two Honored badges!

The Legendary and Community badges
Dec 23
// mrandydixon
A couple weeks ago we tasked you talented Dtoiders with designing an awesome badge for the Destructoid community. After an intense round of voting amongst the staff, Dtoider Pepe Thunder's design (above right) was declared th...

Here it is, the MAGFest main stage line-up

Including North American debuts of Machinae Supremacy and MegaDriver
Dec 08
// Conor Elsea
In 24 days I'll be piling into a car with some other Midwest Destructoid members and heading to MAGFest! Now that we have the full line-up, I don't even know where I want to start when I get there. Wait, with booze. I'll star...
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MAGFest line-up

MAGFest's 'MAG Prom' and stage 2 line-up announced

Featuring music from The OneUps and Love Canon!
Nov 28
// mrandydixon
MAGFest 12 is slowly inching its way toward us as I rip the pages off my word-a-day calendar (today's word is "gluttony"). Next year's event goes down January 2nd through 5th, and the second stage and MAG Prom line-ups have just been announced! Here's what's in store:
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Disqus features

Our comments system has a ton of new features

You should try them out RIGHT NOW
Nov 23
// mrandydixon
As you may have already noticed, Disqus recently received a pretty hefty update, and there are a TON of new embed options for various forms of media. YouTube and Vimeo videos, Google Maps, Soundcloud songs, Twitter cards -- t...
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MAGFest line-up

MAGFest chiptunes showcase and DJ line-up

More than 40 acts over 4 days
Nov 12
// Conor Elsea
MAGFest is less than two months away! The yearly event takes place January 2nd - 5th at the Gaylord Convention Center in National Harbor Maryland, and some of the acts have just been announced. Personally, I can't wait for Be...
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What are you going as this Halloween?

Show us your costumes!
Oct 31
// mrandydixon
Last year, I dressed up as Princess Peach for Halloween. I made the costume myself. I was SO. BEAUTIFUL. My brother-in-law made his own Mega Man costume, and my wife went as some dude from the Internet. They were... less beau...
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Communitoid 022

Communitoid 022, Nailed it w/Swishiee!

The #1 community manager podcast on Destructoid!
Sep 27
// Conor Elsea
[Communitoid is the Destructoid Community Team's official podcast. Want to join Aaron, Andy, Beccy,Conor, and Jo on a future episode? Send us an email!] This episode we have streamer extraordinai...
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Communitoid 21

Communitoid 021, LIVE at PAX!

The #1 community manager podcast on Destructoid!
Sep 17
// Conor Elsea
[Communitoid is the Destructoid Community Team's official podcast. Want to join Aaron, Andy, Beccy, Conor, and Jo on a future episode? Send us an email!] So here it is, the Communitoid LIVE that we recorded from our Thursday ...
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Dtoid Tribute

Destructoid, you mean this much to me

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Sep 16
// Marche100
[Marche100 <3 Destructoid and Destructoid <3 him back. --Mr Andy Dixon] I was just a part of the PAX Prime 2013 avatar adoption, where my avatar gets swept off to Washington so that I can be there in spirit, because I c...

Golden Archives: The Destructoid children's alphabet book

Made by the Dtoid Community, March 2009
Sep 10
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
[Something cool we just remembered from our Golden Archives. Love this! -Niero] Last year, GuitarAtomik sang, Rio McCarthy made a bunch of awesome, Necros was racy, itemforty drew the staff, RockVillian made a prologue, Canni...

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