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Microsoft snubs Mario, nods to Zelda on bullshit made-up holiday

Super Mario Bros. 30th anniversary
Sep 14
// Steven Hansen
Yesterday was the 30th anniversary of Super Mario Bros. Fine. But, also, the Internet keeps trying to convince me that it was also "8-bit Day," one of those bullshit, made-up holidays from the folks that brought you the insuf...
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Wow, I CANNOT believe Namco's Pac-Man redesign

Jul 23
// Steven Hansen
I've been seeing this (above) and similar images all over the 'net and I am stunned that Namco would choose to redesign an iconic character like Pac-Man so dramatically. I mean, the arms and legs in all those earlier 3D Pac-M...
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Popularity contest burns Team Cat
Perhaps the greatest injustice of the year happened over the July 4 weekend. Nintendo's shooter Splatoon ran its first splatfest event, pitting cats versus dogs. The sides shot it out while less patriotic Americans were shoot...

Review: Hatred

May 28 // Chris Carter
Hatred (PC)Developer: Destructive CreationsPublisher: Destructive CreationsReleased: June 1, 2015MSRP: $19.99 To be clear, I don't have an inherent problem with Hatred. We've seen far, far worse in terms of the video game medium -- in this very generation with Grand Theft Auto V's playable in-game torture scene. Or even Ninja Gaiden III's new "cutting" system, where enemies scream in agony as they're sliced into multiple pieces of flesh. The obvious difference here is that a lot of the targets in Hatred are civilians, which put people on edge. But really, plenty of mainstream action titles have more nuanced takes, killing servicemen and women, officers of the law, and yes, plenty of civilians. Where Hatred partly fails is that it doesn't really make any meaningful statements in regards to its violence. That that it needs to, mind, it kind of just "is." The main character (who is not named) hates the world, so he's going to take down as many people as he can before he dies. That's basically it. He starts in his neighborhood, then branches out across the surrounding area, using various forms of transportation to do it. I suspect there are going to be thinkpieces spouting up across the 'net after release, but don't expect anything as interesting as the ones that were spurred by Hotline Miami playthroughs -- another ultraviolent romp. All the while, he's ranting pseudo-philosophical nonsense. The developers have noted that he isn't trying to quote or channel anyone in particular, and boy can you tell when he says repeats tired phrases like "dust to dust" and "the death is waiting." Half the time you can't even hear what he's saying over the sound of gunfire and explosions. Nothing about the presentation is memorable outside of the distinct visual style. [embed]292912:58710:0[/embed] As a shooter, Hatred is fairly impressive (outside of the sparing terrible vehicular controls). Destructive Creations clearly has a knack for the genre, which makes the fact that it decided to create this lifeless world more disappointing. Shooting feels responsive, and the control scheme is easy to pick up and play, especially on a controller. I don't like that there isn't a toggle option for sprinting (you have to hold it down, which hurts your thumb after a while), but aiming, including the precision-aim system that provides an imaginary laser sight while holding the trigger, is spot-on. Visually, Hatred is somewhere in-between unique and messy. The grey sheen generally looks great, but it does get old after a few levels. Plus, you'll want to jack up the gamma considerably, as the playable character tends to get lost in the fray. Individual objects are all rendered with care though, and the destruction system allows you to do things like craft new exits by blowing through walls. There isn't a whole lot to do in those worlds though. It's level-based, and most missions boil down to "kill [x] number of civilians, then kill [x] number of police, then escape." There's a few unique levels like a sewer chase with the SWAT team or a linear stage taking place on a moving train, but most of them follow this same principle. The train scenario in particular presents some interesting possibilities, in that random civilians on-board are armed. It's often hard to pick them out of a crowd, and if a gun drops, they'll run to pick it up. That mission only lasts a few minutes though, then it's onto the next generic hub. Seriously, that's about all the game has to offer.  I also encountered a few bugs while playing, including disappearing bodies, wonky physics that caused some deaths, and a few fatal game crashes. Several levels were also mislabeled in the level select screen and sometimes, mission objectives wouldn't calculate correctly. The crashes in particular really hindered my playthrough, as they were all at the very end of a level, which forced me to replay them from the start. If it weren't for these issues, it would be a decent twin-stick shooter. Developer tools are evidently going to happen which may allow more interesting levels, but haven't been provided at launch. If you're curious, here's a full video rundown of the options menu. There's nothing really special about Hatred. It's a twin-stick shooter. It has guns in it. It has objectives. Most of the time those objectives involve acting like a menace to society or blowing stuff up. It doesn't have anything new to bring to the table, or anything interesting to say about the genre. You can go back to yelling at it now if you want. [This review is based on a retail build of the game provided by the publisher.]
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Do you hate it?
When Hatred debuted, I pretty much kept quiet. No one can really win in that situation, when the explosion of opposing viewpoints was at its loudest. I decided to wait until the finished product was out and play it for m...

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Kill The F*ggot

Skaldic Games refuses to remove VAs following anti-LGBT game

Kill The F*ggot dev refuses request
May 12
// Joe Parlock
[Update #2: In a tweet by Cruachan, it has been revealed that Skaldic Games have agreed to no longer use Cruachan's or Rachel Lally's contributions in The Shelter.] [Update: Destructoid have been provided with copies of the ...
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Project Morpheus

The Heist demo for Project Morpheus used to allow you to shoot yourself

It got removed, for better or worse
May 04
// Joe Parlock
It’s interesting to see where people will draw the line when it comes to VR technology and what we put players through. I really mean it's interesting to see where ‘big companies’ draw the line, because we a...
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Hatred is gonna write angsty poems on your bedroom wall on June 1

Yeah, no. Thanks all the same
Apr 29
// Joe Parlock
Do I absolutely have to pay any attention to this game? I do? Well fuck, fine. Let’s get it over with. Scum of the earth simulator Hatred is bringing its oh-so-edgy self to Steam on June 1. To ‘celebrate’ th...
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Class action lawsuit filed against NVIDIA over GTX 970 card

When keeping it not real goes wrong
Feb 21
// Robert Summa
For those unfamiliar with the plight of the PC master race, there has been an ongoing debacle surrounding NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 970 video card. Users have been complaining that the advertised performance hasn't been up to snuf...
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Delta Six controller

Backers of crowdfunded Delta Six controller hit by friendly fire

It's all fun and games till someone shoots their eye out
Feb 21
// Jason Faulkner
The Delta Six controller is the latest entry in my inadvertent series on crowdfunding drama. Hot on the heels of news that The Stomping Land was abandoned by its development team, details have emerged of project mismana...
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The Stomping Land dead?

Early Access game The Stomping Land may be extinct

Not the mama!
Feb 18
// Jason Faulkner
In another Kickstarter heartbreaker, it seems as though The Stomping Land is stuck in the tar pits. After a very successful crowdfunding campaign in June 2013 totaling $114,060, it was released on Steam Early Access almost a ...
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PAX East

Developer Giant Spacekat exits PAX East due to threats

Remember when we played games?
Feb 18
// Robert Summa
The embarrassment caused by a certain faction of the gaming space continues to make things terrible for just about everyone. Because some keyboard warriors refuse to see reason and behave with basic human decency, developer G...
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ESL retracts CS:GO ban

Valve and ESL retract ban on ex-ESC Gaming CS:GO team

With so much drama with the iBP, it's kinda hard bein' ex-ESC
Feb 08
// Jason Faulkner
Last Friday, Valve and eSports League Europe, issued tentative bans on three Counter-Strike: Global Offensive competitive teams. Epsilon eSports, the former ESC Gaming team, and WinneR had players who were accused of match fi...
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Dying Light mod support

Techland declares support for Dying Light modders

What a twist!
Feb 07
// Jason Faulkner
In a complete 180° from the events of last week, Techland has announced it will support mods for Dying Light. In an attempt to stop hacks for the "Be the Zombie" mode, Techland accidentally blocked modders from being able...
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NVIDIA GTX 970 issues

NVIDIA has no plans to address GTX 970 memory woes

When grandma started acting like this we had to put her in a home
Jan 31
// Jason Faulkner
NVIDIA continues to shit the bed concerning the controversy around its GeForce GTX 970 video card. The company claims due to a miscommunication between the engineering and the media teams, it mistakenly marketed the GTX 970 ...
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Papers, Please

Papers, Please was originally refused by Apple for pornographic content

Glory to Applestotzka!
Dec 11
// Brett Makedonski
Papers, Please, Lucas Pope's 2013 indie standout about an immigration officer just trying to provide for his family, makes its debut on iPad tomorrow. However, the version available on the App Store will be slightly diff...
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Promoted Blog

Videogames don't let me think about the awful things I do in them

Promoted from our Community Blogs!
Nov 01
// JoyfulSanity
[Dtoid community blogger JoyfulSanity shares his thoughts on the different types of violence in videogames, and why some resonate differently than others. Want to see your own stuff appear on the front page? Go write somethin...
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Revolution 60

Game developer threatened, hacked, doxxed after posting meme

Developer of game about 'badass women' targeted
Oct 11
// Jonathan Holmes
Giant Spacekat (Revolution 60) development head Brianna Wu was forced to leave her home last night after her personal information, including home address, was posted online and she received multiple violent, sexual ...
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Double Fine

Double Fine ceasing development on sci-fi sim Spacebase DF-9

Costing more money than it brings in
Sep 24
// Steven Hansen
Double Fine is ending its development of Spacebase DF-9 with a somewhat sudden final build of the game next month. Double Fine intends to stick around for bug fixes, but many of the game's initially planned features will...
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Crytek insists it's okay, has secured capital amid allegations of trouble paying staff

Boys don't cry-tek
Jul 25
// Steven Hansen
A lot of sources have come forth to talk about Crytek studios bleeding staff, cancelling games (including a sequel to Xbox One exclusive Ryse), and struggling to pay staff. Crytek finally issued a statement to ...
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Toxic League of Legends players facing permanent bans

Jul 21
// Steven Hansen
Riot Games wants to clear League of more "extreme" assholes. Starting today it's doling out bans -- permanent or 14-day -- for slurs, death threats, as well as "unsportsmanlike conduct," like repeatedly killing yourself ...
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Crytek UK has stopped work on Homefront: The Revolution

Staff has gone unpaid over a month as pressure mounts on new title
Jul 03
// Alessandro Fillari
Amid recent reports of unpaid employees and mismanagement at Crytek, we are now seeing clear signs of trouble within the development studio. The UK branch of Crytek, which is actively working on Homefront: The Revolution...
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eSports tourney keeps women only event, opens men's division to all

Now women can play Hearthstone, too
Jul 03
// Steven Hansen
The International eSports Federation recently announced, in an "effort to promote e-Sports as a legitimate sport," its upcoming tournament would be segregated based on gender. Because, you know, that's what the real sports do...
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eSports discrimination

Gender segregation in eSports tournament ignites controversy

International eSports Federation believes division will help legitimize pro gaming
Jul 02
// Kyle MacGregor
The International eSports Federation is in hot water today, following news of the organization's discriminatory plans for its upcoming World Championship in Baku, Azerbaijan. The tournament finalized its lineup last...
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Crytek troubles

Crytek allegedly having trouble paying staff, cancels Ryse sequel

Thirty staff have left Crytek UK since 2011
Jun 25
// Steven Hansen
Crytek's various studios have been bleeding staff, cancelling games (including a sequel to Xbox One exclusive Ryse), and struggling to pay staff, according to sources speaking to Kotaku and Eurogamer.  Kotaku's ten ...

Watch Dogs PR stunt brings the bomb squad out

I like turtles
May 28
// Abel Girmay
Between sending brass knuckles for the Godfather II release, sending out $300 checks to represent greed for Dante's Inferno, and sending copies of Mass Effect 3 into space, you have to wonder how fun the world of games PR can...
CENSORSHIP!!!!!! photo

Russia brands Sims 4 18+ because of same-sex relationships

Putin the Sims in jail
May 10
// Steven Hansen
Look, The Sims can get villainous. You play god and can deprive a simulated individual of basic necessities or trap them in a swimming pool or whatever. But Adults Only? Due to a backwards 2012 law that restricts the promotio...
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Nintendo issues statement on Tomodochi Life controversy

'We are committed to fun and entertainment for everyone'
May 09
// Brett Makedonski
In case you hadn't heard, Nintendo's been in hot water lately with a lot of people for failing to include same-sex relationships in Tomodochi Life. After the mainstream media picked the story up, Nintendo of America released ...

Oculus responds to ZeniMax intellectual property claims

'We are disapointed but not surprised by ZeniMax's actions'
May 05
// Dale North
For those just tuning in, ZeniMax Media sent a formal notice of rights to Oculus VR and new parent company Facebook over intellectual property claims. Long story short, ZeniMax feels that work that happened with them carried ...
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Massachusetts town overturns 32 year old ban on arcade games

...Better late than never?
May 02
// Steven Hansen
In 1982, the town of Marshfield, Massachusetts banned coin operated arcade games in public businesses (wow, more like Harshfield), fearing they were robbing children of their money and bringing in riff raff. Somehow, that ban...
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Videogame violence

Study ties game-related aggression to 'incompetence,' not violent content

Well, I am bald and important
Apr 08
// Steven Hansen
If you've played a videogame, chances are you've been angered by a videogame. I've also been upset by driving, sewing, spilling water on my suede shoes, missing a bus, rising income inequality, and comically ballooning rent p...

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