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The best stuff on Destructoid this week [7/12] photo
The best stuff on Destructoid this week [7/12]
by Steven Hansen

You should watch Ping Pong: The Animation. It's why Lebron James realized he needed to go back to Cleveland, true story. But be warned, watching other anime after will be hard because it leaves you extra acutely aware of how mediocre and awful most anime is. Sorry, Beck.

There's only two World Cup games left to occupy yourself with, anyway. What else are you going to do?

Here's last week's post. Let's begin anew.

[We post a lot of articles here at Destructoid. The endless, ouroboros news cycle has us burning the snake at both ends, which will ultimately push big news, thoughtful original pieces, and all sorts of other great content off of the front page. Check here every Saturday for my attempt to rectify that.]

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Here are five reasons I'm curious about Dragon Age: Inquisition photo
Here are five reasons I'm curious about Dragon Age: Inquisition
by Max Scoville

I've liked just about everything I've seen from Dragon Age: Inquisition, which is weird, because historically I've basically avoided the series. Here is literally everything I knew about the previous Dragon Age games going into my Inquisition hands-on:

  • They are fantasy RPGs developed by BioWare
  • The first game was called "Origins," which is so redundant it's actually confusing. I spent a year or two thinking it was a prequel to another game.
  • The second game reused a bunch of dungeons.
  • You can do totally horny sex stuff. Er, I mean, there are "romance scenes."
  • An early episode of The Destructoid Show with "Dragon Age Blowjobs" in the video title is the single highest viewed video on our channel.
  • There's a character named Morrigan, who seems a lot less fun than the other Morrigan.
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Just Saiyan: 'Advance Adventure' Saga! Part 4 photo
Just Saiyan: 'Advance Adventure' Saga! Part 4
by Bill Zoeker

In this episode, while playing Dragon Ball: Advanced Adventure, Bill and Max discuss Chiaotzu's dim sum secret, Japanese onomatopoeia, that damn song that I can't identify, and why is Nam white in this game?

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Alien: Isolation's pre-order bonuses are annoyingly good photo
Alien: Isolation's pre-order bonuses are annoyingly good
by Max Scoville

The pre-order bonuses for Alien: Isolation have been announced, and they're really, really cool... but should we take it at some kind of sign? After all, it was a very similar lust for bonuses that led to the crew of The Nostromo investigating the distress signal coming from LV-426, in the process granting passage to the film's titular nightmarish stowaway.

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I messed around in the bizarre, experimental reboot of Rust photo
I messed around in the bizarre, experimental reboot of Rust
by Jordan Devore

I first played Rust back in January. It was at times scary, confusing, and frustrating, which is to be expected in an anything-goes online multiplayer game about naked men trying to survive with rocks and crudely-fashioned hatchets while others possess pistols, assault rifles, and explosives.

Thanks to its players and their chaos, Rust was entertaining in a way that a scripted game could never be -- up until the point at which it wasn't. It eventually got old. I stopped playing.

More than that, I quit paying attention to all of the updates in the pipeline for this Steam Early Access game. At about 16 hours of play time, I had gotten my fill, thanks. So I left, impatient and somewhat unsatisfied, unsure if I'd ever truly return to the game.

But I have, now that Facepunch Studios is rebooting Rust. Work has ceased on the original version most players know while the team rebuilds the game from scratch in what it is calling an experimental branch. It's playable now and as janky as things are, it's promising.

Let's take a look! (Warning: there will be some butts.)

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Sharknado's: The Video Game's press release is a natural disaster photo
Sharknado's: The Video Game's press release is a natural disaster
by Max Scoville


Sometimes, when I check my email, I find wonderful things like messages from friends and family, beta invites, or announcements that something I ordered has shipped. Sometimes, I find a pile of press releases. Sometimes they're harmless, and sometimes they make me wish Y2K had actually been as much of a disaster as promised.

Sharknado: The Video Game will be coming to mobile devices sometime this month.

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Another fair comparison: 1001 Spikes is better than Game of Thrones photo
Another fair comparison: 1001 Spikes is better than Game of Thrones
by Jonathan Holmes

Believe it or not, there once was a time when many, many people thought that Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare was better than Advance Wars. Thankfully, those days are over now. According to my numbers, 89.6% of those who once suffered from the false belief that Kevin Spacey's upcoming AAA blockbuster competitive murder-spree is better than Nintendo's classic cartoon general simulator have been successfully converted to the truth. Though it's hard to be sure just how responsible I am for this turn of events, it's fair to guess that I'm largely responsible, because why not? You're welcome everybody. 

But a cowboy's work is never done. There are still many poor souls out there suffering from the delusion that a thing that they like is better than a thing that I like. Case in point -- Game of Thrones. Apparently, many of of you out there believe this show/book series is as good as, or even better than, the new death-trap stuntman 2D platformer Aban Hawkins and the 1001 Spikes.

Sorry Throners, but you're about to get pwned(ers). 

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Just Saiyan: The 'Advanced Adventure' Saga! Part Three photo
Just Saiyan: The 'Advanced Adventure' Saga! Part Three
by Bill Zoeker

In this episode of Just Saiyan; Max and I talk about Max's adventures at Fanime, the super nasty Bacterian, and Dragon Ball Z butt rock. You do not want to miss the ending. A dog finally breaks Max.

For reference: the songs Max is talking about when he mentions DBZ being sampled are below.

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Hey, new Wii U owners: Don't forget to play Nintendo Land photo
Hey, new Wii U owners: Don't forget to play Nintendo Land
by Jordan Devore

I forgot Nintendo Land existed until a couple weeks ago. Like some of you, I only recently bought a Wii U and after looking at some "what to play" lists for my next multiplayer game, I was reminded of this minigame collection, took a chance on it, and promptly fell in love.

You should absolutely be playing excellent exclusives like Mario Kart 8, Pikmin 3, Super Mario 3D World, etc. but, eventually, you should check out Nintendo Land, too. Or immediately, if you're in need of a game that can bring family/friends together only to tear them apart.

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What're you playing? A lot of Mario Kart 8 around here photo
What're you playing? A lot of Mario Kart 8 around here
by Steven Hansen

You guys might not know this, but some of us here at Destructoid are big fans of videogames. For a change of pace, we'd like to share that interest with you all and fill you in on some of the games we're playing right now. 

I mean, not right now, right now. More like this last week. It's the 4th of July right now. No one hates America more than me, but I'll take an excuse to skip out on work in favor of hot links and tequila. We're with our families, friends and loved ones, sitting out in the sun, sharing stories, throwing sports balls. Some us are planning to lose a few fingers to explosives as the sun winds down and the alcohol compromises our equilibrium and decision making.

What kind of sad loser who smells bad is sitting around playing videogames and browsing the internet on 4th of the July, I ask you.

Anyways, let us know what you've been playing these days in the comments! 

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None of these strategies helped me win at Mario Kart 8 photo
None of these strategies helped me win at Mario Kart 8
by Brett Makedonski

I've fought the urge to buy a Wii U specifically for Wind Waker HD for the better part of a year now. After a strong E3 by Nintendo and a convenient Mario Kart 8 promotion, I finally relented. Between flipping through old Zelda titles, I make time for the occasional race or two of Mario Kart.

The problem with Mario Kart 8 is that I haven't yet found a consistent strategy to win. In fact, more often than not, they end in defeat. (If you're not first, you're last; I saw it on a bumpersticker.) These are a few of the techniques that I've tried thus far; I don't recommend any of them.

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Some videogames you have to try this boring summer photo
Some videogames you have to try this boring summer
by Kyle MacGregor

Whether it's a humid summer day or just an unpleasantly hot one, there's nothing quite like hiding from the sun in your small dark apartment. Here are x number of videogames to help you stay pale this season.

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In honor of Canada Day, a video about Akira. photo
In honor of Canada Day, a video about Akira.
by Max Scoville


Today is Canada day. And since "Canada" sounds kind of, sort of like "Kaneda," the hero of Otomo Katsuhiro's groundbreaking cyberpunk manga-turned-anime Akira, that's reason enough for me to put on my favorite red jacket and talk about one of his favorite pieces of media ever... Japanese, Canadian, or otherwise.

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Guacamelee! is largely the product of DrinkBox trolling one another photo
Guacamelee! is largely the product of DrinkBox trolling one another
by Brett Makedonski

Videogames are often at their best when you can just tell that the developers had fun making it. There's a special quality that shines through -- one that can sometimes be tough to place, but somehow makes itself passively apparent. When games are developed by people that truly love creating with one another, well, it just seems like everything turns out better.

Guacamelee! was undoubtedly one of the most enjoyable titles of 2013. The comedic action platformer had an odd, quirky brilliance permeate the entire experience. When DrinkBox Studios went into the lab to make Guacamelee! and Super Turbo Championship Edition, everyone had a good time doing so -- usually light-heartedly at the expense of their co-workers.

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7:30 PM on 06.30.2014

Radio Dtoid 040: Drug-Laced Pacifiers

Radio D is Dtoid's official community-focused podcast! Join Aaron "Mxy" Yost (Forums Admin), ConorElsea.com (US Community Manager), Kyle MacGregor (Contributor), Mr Andy Dixon (when he shows up) and maybe, possibly Beccy Cain...

Mr Andy Dixon

1:30 PM on 06.28.2014

Weekend Playlist: Hatsune Miku

Something that is unsurprisingly rising in popularity is Hatsune Miku, the anime persona for a singing synthesizer called Vocaloid. She is literally on fire right now, opening for Lady Gaga on her most recent tour and even s...

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