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6:45 PM on 03.06.2013

Dead Space needs a break, SimCity launch woes and Thief!

In another casual discussion from Dtoid's virtual news room, I'm joined by Jordan Devore and Spencer Hayes to discuss the deflated rumor of a Dead Space development hiatus (one we kind of wish were true). Plus, SimCity's rocky launch demonstrates once again that you can't count on anybody to successfully launch an online-only game and the gang discusses the recently announced Thief reboot.

Conrad Zimmerman

8:26 AM on 03.05.2013

Rumor: Dead Space franchise may be on indefinite hold

[Update: Gamasutra reached out to Electronic Arts and the rumors of an announced Dead Space 4 being cancelled are "patently false."] According to a report from VideoGamer.com, the Dead Space series is no more -- at least, for...

Chris Carter



Ten psychedelic freakouts and hallucinations in games photo
Ten psychedelic freakouts and hallucinations in games
by Taylor Stein

Have you ever heard the saying, we're all a little bit crazy? I don't know about you, but "a little bit" might be an understatement, especially within the world of videogames. While virtual protagonists often reflect the absolute best that humanity has to offer, heroes have their fair share of mental afflictions. The body is easy to heal, but the mind is much more fragile. Whether super-powered or ordinary, no individual can bear the weight of the world indefinitely without feeling the pressure. Talk about tons of baggage.

Mysterious pasts, the deaths of loved ones, and foreboding prophecies are just the tip of the iceberg in the realm of gaming. It's no wonder so many champions of justice experience some form of mental collapse. From nightmares and hallucinations, to visions and delusions, it's pretty safe to say that craziness is not uncommon. All it takes is a catalyst to re-open a deep fear, doubt, or memory, and BOOM we as the players get to take a trip down illusionary lane complete with peculiar happenings, bizarre plot twists and more.

Below are some of my favorite dreams and moments of insanity from videogames with a varied mix of hilarity, abruptness, and even moments of trepidation. Warning there are some minor spoilers throughout.

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2:00 PM on 03.03.2013

Dread space: Why space sims scare me more than zombies

[For his Bloggers Wanted essay response, Destructoid community blogger TriplZer0 explains why the vast emptiness of space scares him more than jump scares ever could. Want to see your own words appear on the front page? Go wr...

TriplZer0



Origin has a big sale on all three Dead Space games photo
Origin has a big sale on all three Dead Space games
by Hamza CTZ Aziz

Origin is currently offering between 30% to 50% off on every Dead Space game in their store. The first Dead Space is available for $10 as a PC download, and Dead Space 2 can be grabbed for $10 either as a PC download, or physical copy on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Dead Space 3 is on sale as well for $41.99 either as a PC download, or as a physical copy on PC or consoles. All the downloadable content for the newest entry in the series is also on sale, but come on. Don't buy that. Actually play the game and enjoy the experience instead of buying what amounts to acceleration cheats.

The Dead Space franchise sale ends on March 7. Head on over to Origin to nab a really awesome series for cheap.

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11:15 AM on 02.27.2013

Dead Space's Isaac Clarke joining PlayStation All-Stars

IGN sat down with PlayStation's Seth Killian where he revealed the next downloadable content for PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale. Dead Space's Isaac Clarke and God of War's Zeus will both be joining the fight. Plus, a ne...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

6:15 PM on 02.26.2013

Game Debate to the Death! Favorite Dead Space game?

Last week's Assassin Creed debate turned into a rogue race between the first two games in the series, with Assassin's Creed II coming out on top by a few votes . . . and jumping to its close demise in a pile of hay below. Bro...

Tom Fronczak

7:00 AM on 02.23.2013

All the horrific ways you can die in Dead Space 3

One of the things you can always expect from a Dead Space game is that Isaac Clarke will get torn to bits in so many wonderful ways. You can also expect someone on YouTube to take the time to great a big old montage full of ...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

1:45 PM on 02.19.2013

Get Dead Space 3 for $39.99 on Amazon, and Groupon

I just beat Dead Space 3's single-player mode this past week and overall enjoyed it. I need to do some co-op still, which I hear is a better way to play the game. While it was overall a fun experience, I'm not so sure I would...

Hamza CTZ Aziz







Co-op and horror don't work together in Dead Space 3 photo
Co-op and horror don't work together in Dead Space 3
by Taylor Stein

The room is dark, cold, and unusually calm. The once bare walkways are now riddled with blood and severed limbs. In the distance, a faint hum can be heard echoing throughout the metal encampment. Its repetition is a solid reminder that you are alone. A solitary light flickers in the corner, and shadows crisscross the floor. You take a step forward. Then pause. After a brief intermission your pace continues. With another wary stride you've nearly traversed the makeshift graveyard. As tensions begin to lift, the door beckons you to embrace its promise of safety.

Apprehension shifts to resolution, and you make a quick dash for the exit. In a split second, the uneasy stillness is transformed into utter chaos. Mangled bodies emerge from the vents above and behind, cutting off your escape. You are surrounded and a flurry of trigger-pulls will not save you. Just as all is lost, as waves of red pulse around the corners of the screen, your friend who has been too busy texting the whole time, picks up the controller and easily trumps the creatures encroaching on your position. Phew, lucky there were two of us.

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Roses and tears: 10 depressing videogame romances photo
Roses and tears: 10 depressing videogame romances
by Taylor Stein

Valentine’s Day inspires a variety of emotions. While love is in the air for many, cupid has more sinister plans for a select few. A poor Valentine's Day for an average person might include seeing a movie alone or a solitude induced weep-fest. For the videogame characters below, the luxury of loneliness is miniature in comparison.

Take a look at ten relationships gone awry in the worst ways possible.

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4:00 PM on 02.13.2013

Dead Space graphic artist: Games are the new mythology

Christopher Shy is a man who knows his Necromorphs. For two books now, he's helped craft some of the scariest creations seen outside of Visceral's own games; first with Dead Space: Salvage, and again most recently for the bra...

Mr Andy Dixon



Horror won't fly in $60 games? The industry won't let it! photo
Horror won't fly in $60 games? The industry won't let it!
by Jim Sterling

As Dead Space 3 trades terror for cover mechanics, and Resident Evil 6 gives up all pretense of being a scary game, it's becomes ever clearer that mainstream publishers have no faith in horror games. Developer Cliff Bleszinski agrees, claiming the $60 retail market just won't accept such experiences anymore.

"In the $60 disc based market horror doesn’t fly -- it’s the ultimate 'Campaign Rental' that's played for 2 days and traded in and I’m sure EA knows this," said Cliffy in a blog post. "When we're fully digital we’ll see more true horror games coming back. (Look at Amnesia and Slenderman on PC.)"

The trouble is, I don't think digital is going to truly solve the issue, because I don't believe it's a "retail" problem. The problem, as I see it, is the continued bloating of development costs and marketing budgets to the point where every single game needs to be a mass market success or else considered a failure. Horror games can be successful, but only if you have a realistic expectation of what success actually means. 

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7:00 PM on 02.12.2013

David Cage is right: Violence is not essential

Earlier this week, Allistair suggested that violence is integral to immersion, that it could draw us into games that lack it even more. This was in response to a presentation given by serial pompous twit and occasio...

Fraser Brown



Contest: Win a copy of The Art of Dead Space! photo
Contest: Win a copy of The Art of Dead Space!
by Mr Andy Dixon

[Update: Contest over! Winners are ghostbody, Occams electric toothbrush, and Zidago.]

Our friends at Titan Books have given us three copies of The Art of Dead Space to hand out to lucky Dtoiders! This lavish hardcover is filled to the brim with never-before-seen concept art from all three Dead Space games, and it can be yours right now!

To enter, all you need to do is leave a comment telling us your favorite moment from any Dead Space game! (Please try to avoid spoilers!) Limit one entry per person, and the contest closes this Sunday, February 17 at 11:59 PM Pacific. We'll ship this to anyone with a U.S. or Canadian mailing address.

Hit up the gallery for a few images from the collection. For more Dead Space art, check out this awesome bunch of exclusives Hamza obtained!

Good luck!

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12:45 PM on 02.11.2013

Attorney: Dead Space 3 resource exploit might be theft

Dead Space 3 features an exploit which allows players to circumvent the game's microtransactions by acquiring infinitely spawning items. While Electronic Arts has no intention of removing the feature, an intellectual pro...

Kyle MacGregor