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Algebraic! Pokemon spoof video by Adventure Time crew


Oct 08
// Tony Ponce
Do you like Pokémon? Do you like Adventure Time? Do you like Pokémon in your Adventure Time? Do you like Adventure Time in your Pokémon? Do you like peanut butter in your chocolate? Adventure Time creato...
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Cool Mario toys recreate key moments in series history


Sep 25
// Tony Ponce
Keychains are one thing, but these? Now you're playing dirty, Japan! A pair of New Super Mario Bros.-branded figurines were released recently in Japan. These sets produce sound to recreate two very iconic moments in Mario his...
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Freddie Wong has one crazy commute to work


Sep 11
// Tony Ponce
Asian Keebler Elf Freddie Wong has pulled off another game-inspired package of ooey, gooey, sunshine-filled delights. How does he spice up an otherwise boring day at the office? Why, by going all "open world" during the morning commute, that's how! Gamer Commute [YouTube]
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Bookmark this! PixelProspector's indie dev resource guide


Aug 10
// Jordan Devore
I'm continually amazed by the creativity of Destructoid readers. Some of you are able to channel your talents into creating videogames, which is, again, pretty incredible. If you've ever given it a try, you know how challengi...
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Megamalgamation: 375 iconic Mega Men


Jul 12
// Daniel Starkey
Alright, I'm not going to lie -- I really like seeing people take their own spin on characters or artwork. For example, while not exactly a brony myself, I spent way longer than any grown man should browsing the My Little Pon...
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Stats! 500 million videogames sold in 2010 worldwide


Jun 13
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Sure, we're all busy looking at the future thanks to E3 but let's not forget that 2010 was a huge year for gaming. It's hard to think back to all the important and significant moments but thankfully AggreGame went ahead and ...
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E3: The show is over, but we're only getting started


Jun 09
// Jordan Devore
Wow, this has been an insane week. We want to thank you, faithful readers, for commenting, tweeting, giving us feedback, and on the whole, putting up with our nonsense. It's been our pleasure getting genuinely happy about vid...
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The end is nigh: Steam introduces daily deals


May 16
// Jordan Devore
Steam has historically done an exceptional job with providing semi-regular discounts; now, there's going to be a new one every single day. This could be very bad news, depending on your level of self control. Or fantastic, if...
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Twenty years of Blizzard: A retrospective


Mar 07
// Jordan Devore
Strap yourselves in, readers. For it's Blizzard's "extended" 20th anniversary, and the studio has come bearing gifts. Namely, a shockingly in-depth retrospective video. Grab a tasty beverage, pop that popcorn, and give it a w...
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Neat built-in 3DS StreetPass games and options detailed


Feb 21
// Dale North
There's some built-in games that use the 3DS' StreetPass pass-by communication functionality. One is called Street Pass Quest, and it's a turn-based battle game where you'll work to rescue your Mii. You'll actually use Miis y...
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Want to party with Destructoid at PAX East?


Feb 21
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
PAX East takes place in just under a month! Nerds Handsome intelligent people with alternative interests such as gaming from around the world are descending upon Boston, Massachusetts. The expo is open from March 11-13 and gi...
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Old but good: YouTube hides Snake game in embedded video


Feb 14
// Dale North
Fancy a game of Snake? Simply hit the down direction key on your keyboard when you see video buffering in an embedded YouTube video. Try it on the one above. Old? Who cares! It's Snake! First, click play. When you see the ri...
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PAX East 3-day passes expected to sell out soon


Feb 04
// Jordan Devore
Thinking of attending PAX East 2011 next month? In that case, heads up -- Penny Arcade believes 3-day badges for the convention will sell out in about 16 days "based on current trends." And, since they made it all official-li...
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Original Sound Version picks the best soundtracks of 2010


Jan 29
// Jordan Devore
Our friends at Original Sound Version have posted their Original Soundtrack of the Year awards. Those in the market for some smooth tunes, take note -- you'll want to dig out your headphones in a second. The site covered not ...
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Sonic, Puyo Puyo turn 20 this year, 'projects' are coming


Jan 03
// Jim Sterling
SEGA has revealed that it has several "projects" in the works to commemorate the anniversary of two well-known franchises -- Sonic the Hedgehog and Puyo Puyo. Both games turn 20 this year, and SEGA aims to celebrate both birt...
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Doctor Octoroc's new chiptunes album is magical


Dec 05
// Jordan Devore
After These Messages is Doctor Octoroc's new chiptunes album, and it's unbelievably good. Granted, if you are at all familiar with his prior work, it's not that unbelievable; this is the man who brought us 8-Bit Jesus, after ...
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An extended interview with Monaco's Andy Schatz


Oct 08
// Sean Carey
Trying to play Monaco at PAX, let alone talk to the developer at length, was a practical impossibility if you didn't have a lot of time on your hands. The small booth housing Andy Schatz's IGF-winning title and Chris Hecker's...
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Ninja Theory: Old Dante isn't cool anymore


Sep 22
// Jim Sterling
The announcement of DmC was completely overshadowed by the revelation that Dante had been given a complete makeover, complete with darker hair, darker clothes, and a twink face. Many people called the look "emo" because they ...
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PAX Prime 2010 pulled in 67,000 attendees


Sep 08
// Jordan Devore
If you were at PAX Prime this year, you don't need me to tell you how successful the show was. Merely walking around the packed show floor -- or anywhere nearby downtown Seattle -- told you everything. You literally couldn't ...
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The Indie Fund is now open for business


Jul 07
// Jordan Devore
That picture never ceases to freak me out. As previously brought to our fine pages by way of Anthony, the Indie Fund is a system in which a handful of successful, kind-hearted independent developers help fund up-and-coming in...

Review: Sumo Gigantor Giant Bean Bag

Jul 07 // Hamza CTZ Aziz
Size and Handling The Gigantor is a real beast. It comes in at 84L x 60W x 40H and is filled with polyester fiber that keeps the bean bag round. There are four micro-suede covers available (black, tan, brown and red) and the material feels extremely nice to the touch. It comes shipped in a compressed cardboard box about the size of a coffin and weighs just about as much as crate of baby puppies.   Its easy to get the box through doors but once it's open prepare for a logistical challenge. You'll find yourself turning it on the side and rolling it any way you can through corners, which can pick up some dirt quickly. Think about where you want it before you open that box or get ready to pick a fight with it. If you don’t have much stuff in the house, than the Gigantor would be great.  The huge size does command a serious tax on your living accommodations. This is not a chair: it is a small sofa alternative and/or replacement. It requires about the diameter of a fully occupied four person dining room table and is ideal for two people, whereas a similar sized piece of traditional furniture might seat two or three. If you already have a ton of stuff in your living space, than the Gigantor may not be the best choice. Unless your stuff is lame, then it's a good time to toss it! Seating, sharing and snuggling Somehow the chair is so vast that it can work well for coupling or non-romantic "Bro" sharing without any awkwardness. It is so huge that two people can sit on it comfortably without contact, and jump on and off the chair without catapulting the other person across the room. Where the Gigantor really excels is the fun factor. You can sit on this thing at any angle, upside down, legs everywhere, and it is still comfortable. You can jump on it from a great distance and it will absorb you while barely moving, true to its Sumo moniker. Another notable thing is how well it manages to breathe and not increase your body temperature. We have vinyl and leatherette bean bags which tend to get warm and sticky (ew) fast after a few hours on them, and that doesn't happen on the Sumo.   Last but not least, GIRLS DIG IT, YA HEARD? Comfort when gaming My first test with the bag saw me playing Perfect Dark for Xbox Live Arcade: a game that uses a traditional control scheme, arms relaxed on my lap. I laid down on my left side while playing and after about an hour, I came out of my gaming haze to realize that I did not shift my body around once -- Only my fingers and eyes were moving. The Gigantor is so vast that it sucks you into whatever position you plopped into it. I was so snug that I never wanted to move -- it's Jabba The Hut style blobbyness brings about a whole other level of comfort and laziness you simply won't experience on even the most plush sofas and equivalent La-Z-Boy seats.   The real test with the bean bag came when I tried out some Wii games. I played Super Mario Galaxy 2 and No More Heroes while lying on my side and sitting on it like a regular chair. I had no problem playing these games and I barely felt the bean bag shift as I was waving my arms all over the place. Playing on your side isn't ideal when the games require you to point at the screen, obviously. Back and Lumbar support  As expected, a bean bag can only support so much of your back. I want to note that before this first test, I was experiencing some back pains. Most of the pressure on my back went away though after being on the bag for this first test. I still had some minor pains after the fact, but it’s a little relieving to know that I have something in my house now that can help out when future aches arise. Cleaning and maintenance The porous cover is somewhat of a dirt magnet though, which becomes really noticeable when you’re rolling it around like a Katamari ball. Luckily, it has zippers so it’s pretty easy to clean the cover and it is machine washable.  A trip to the coin laundromat should do the trick, similar to a giant comforter. The verdict Size is really the only issue when it comes to the Gigantor. If you’re looking for new furniture or have lots of space, then getting something like this bean bag is a no brainer. If you are tight on space though, the biggest Sumo Lounge chair isn’t the greatest idea unless you’re willing to toss out some of your old chairs to make the room. The Sumo Lounge Gigantor bean bag chair goes for $399 and shipping is free. That does sound like a lot, but it is at least $100 cheaper than some of the other bean bag brands out there. If you have the space, the Gigantor is well worth the purchase: you get the quality that you pay for. It's really a question of whether or not you want to add some flavor to your quarters. Just like an entertainment object in The Sims, adding a Gigantor adds +9 fun to any room its in. Your guests will immediately want to check it out, as you simply cannot beat how inviting this to a curious posterior.  If you've got the money, you need this thing!   Full disclosure Sumo sent these things to Destructoid HQ for evaluation. El Jefe said we could give them away to readers if we didn't like them, but that's definitely not happening. Sorry guys! That said, next time you're in San Francisco feel free to stop by our office and dive bomb yourself into it face first.   We are also in the process of evaluating Sumo's Sway Single corduroy bean bag and will have a review for that coming up.
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When I watch TV, play games or do anything that involves sitting down, I can never get comfortable.  Perhaps it's the shark blood running in my veins, or the fact that I drink 5000 fluid ounces of tea before noon. Whatev...

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So much indie: ModDB's latest creation, IndieDB


Jun 21
// Jordan Devore
The team who brought us ModDB -- one of the best online resources for finding videogames mods, in my opinion -- is at it again with IndieDB. As you probably guessed, this new site takes the same great concept but limits its c...
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E3 10: thatgamecompany's Journey looks super promising


Jun 16
// Jordan Devore
Flower. Love it or hate it, one thing is for sure, you either loved it, or you hated it -- the true sign of an experimental game not afraid to take us to strange new places. If these screenshots for thatgamecompany's next Pla...
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Awesome arcade made of Legos is nerdtastic


May 19
// Ben Perlee
I like Legos well enough. I also obviously like videogames. As well, it has been proven that, like peanut butter and chocolate, Legos and videogames have gone well together...at least in the digital realm. Not so much has bee...
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Street Fighter: Legacy creator wants to do a series


May 11
// Jordan Devore
The tremendous short film Street Fighter: Legacy deserves your attention. I know we Internet writers like to promote urgency when it comes to anything and everything we talk about, but this time I really do mean it with compl...
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Finally! A Dwarf Fortress tale everyone can appreciate


Apr 22
// Jordan Devore
There are two types of people in this world. Those who happily play Dwarf Fortress, and those who want to play it but can't because there are a number of scary-looking barriers to entry. For those of us who fall into the siss...
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EA blasts Activision for 'shooting a racehorse' in IW


Apr 16
// Jim Sterling
Activision has been boasting that it made millions out of the Modern Warfare 2 "Stimulus Pack" DLC. Fellow publisher and bitter rival Electronic Arts never misses a chance to criticize Activision, and has been quick to state ...
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These overhead map views for MAG could come in handy


Apr 13
// Jordan Devore
Taking a look at MAG's maps from a bird's-eye view shouldn't be this interesting. But here we are! Much like sticking your face against a long-uncleaned airplane window to gaze down upon the world, there's something about the...
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Ep. 4 of The Journalism Show once again lacks journalism


Apr 10
// Matthew Razak
While it pains me slightly to post this because it means Topher Cantler, a man cooler than the other side of the pillow, is not, I must. Episode 4 of The Journalism Show is here and the people need to know! In this episode G...
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Patchwork Heroes getting a PSN demo tomorrow


Mar 03
// Jordan Devore
Patchwork Heroes is exactly what we need more of on not only the PSP, but across all platforms. It's a shame oddball games from Japan don't necessarily translate greatly to sales here in the states. Really, when was the last ...

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