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The makers behind Kerbal Space Program are teaming up with NASA to create an educational version of their popular rocket-building sim. I say "rocket-building sim" when KSP is more of a "build a cool rocket and watch it crash ...

I was over the moon when The Typing of the Dead: Overkill was released, as I totally loved the original Typing of the Dead in concept and play. But maybe the text offerings were a little too vulgar for you and you'd appr...

It feels like every year the Independent Games Festival gets bigger and bigger but that's definitely the case with the student prize. There have been over 1000 entrants to the 2014 IGF in total, split between the Main and St...

As somebody who has had ideas for using games as tools for education, things like Mecanika are particularly interesting to me. Though physics has become more prominent in games as time has passed, developer CREO wants to uti...

For as great of an impact as The Oregon Trail had on me as a kid, I know so very little about the circumstances surrounding its development. As it turns out, they're fairly remarkable. A Mental Floss profile of the game recou...

Development costs are spiraling out of control. Studios are closing left and right. And yet the Cook Inlet Tribal Council of Alaska decided to invest its capital in a videogame company of all things. According to the nonprofi...

What was the last game that scared you? Would you believe me if I told you Elmo's Letter Adventure was mine? The above video, captured and narrated by the hilarious guys at Vinesauce, shows off some eerie glitches discovered...

On last Sunday's Sup, Holmes? (now on iTunes) Steve Swink made me look bad. I thought I knew a thing or two about the man, but our discussion revealed that there a lot of important stuff that I had missed, like his work on T...

Digging into the finer features of the Monster Hunter series can often feel like academic research. I just want to kill giant dragon creatures, consarnit! It's not like I want to write a graduate thesis on the blasted thing! ...

The latest entry in Nintendo's line of brain training software, Brain Age: Concentration Training, released to practically no fanfare whatsoever back on February 10. I think it's safe to say that the "brain age" craze has lo...

Are you ready to flex your brains and have some fun?! That's right, the weekly Monday Mind Teasers are back! It's been so long since I've visited the always-helpful online Dictionary site that I don't even know how long they'...

Game design programs in high schools can encourage kids to learn math and programming, President Barack Obama said in an online interview with the public. In response to a question about adding programming requirement in publ...

Former Nintendo of America spokesman Howard Phillips has been sharing tons of goodies from his personal archives lately, and now he shares a game idea. As the original Nintendo "Gamemaster," he was tasked with knowing the in...

One of the most asked questions I get as a game journalist is "How do you write crazy awesome game reviews and have non-stop sex with Russian models in the back of bazillion dollar sports cars all the time?" The second most a...

Teachers here in Blighty are concerned. They aren't worried about how the curriculum doesn't prepare kids for the real world or how they've simply become training camps for university, no. It's videogames that appear to be ge...

[Editor's note: Community member Jonathan Chang (Changston on the site!) visited the recent opening of the Smithsonian's new exhibit: The Art of Video Games. Here is his great write-up on the experience. -Chad] Games as art. ...

As many of you are aware, my passion for games extends far beyond the computerized entertainment we all hold so dear. I was raised as much on board games as I was on videogames and I usually love it when those two worlds inte...

My grandma is ace at bowling in Wii Sports -- and yes that is her throwing it down in the pic above (be nice and send some positive energy her way as she's currently in the hospital). But while she may have the natural bowlin...

Well, we didn't expect that did we? When you slap an Adults Only rating on a website for a supposed multiplatform game, you know you're being trolled. Funny thing is, most people expected it to be something related to Americ...

Japanese high school students and their parents got to hear about the nature of the Japanese games industry at a seminar held at the Tokyo University of Industrial Arts. The panel consisted of CyberConnect2's General Manager ...

Growing up in the 80's, one of my absolute favorite cartoons was The Magic School Bus. I was entertained by the ridiculous animations, wacky writing  and catchy tunes while actually learning things that I would probably ...

“I love these things, but I also know that there’s something weird, and kind of bizarre, and strange about them -- like, there’s something really dumb about them. [...] We love them, and, kind of, hate them ...

I saw this wonderful vocabulary game on Reddit a few months ago and have been meaning to post it ever since. I've been busy with the Flixist launch for the last few months, but now that things are stable and awesome on a dail...

With Battle & Get! Pokemon Typing hitting DS in Japan later this month, new screenshots for the educational game have surfaced on andriasang. It's looking about as adorable as you'd expect, thanks to those bright-eyed fif...

On the heels of this week's Rocksmith announcement, I feel I should introduce another player to the line-up of games that promises to teach you real life skills.Rock Prodigy is an iOS app that has been available on the App St...

ZeniMax, the parent company of Bethesda Softworks, has just announced a partnership with the USC School of Cinematic Arts. This program will support the school's Interactive Media Division through guest lectures and internshi...

Good news everyone! We've just completed work on the latest episode of The Destructoid Show. In this episode, our heroes discuss WTF the 411 on the PSP2, AKA the NGP is. OMG. If that's not portable Sony news for you, w...

About a month ago Monodi, Destructoid community member extraordinaire, posted about an organization called Playpower. Playpower is a volunteer organization and network of game developers and other computer types who develop ...

Continuing on from yesterday's Jimquisition on the subject, I want to help a few people who are still confused about BioShock Infinite and, dismayingly, the English language. The general argument against the game seems to be ...

If you've got a skill, you might as well try and profit from it. That's a mentality embraced by a number of Street Fighter experts, who are offering intimate knowledge of Capcom's fighting game in exchange for cold, hard cas...

I feel sorry for people who did not have The Oregon Trail as a vital part of their education. Those of us who did learned so much about history, survival and dysentery that we all became better people for it.  Clea...

It's a little weird to write a story that contains the terms, "Fox News," "videogame" and "sex" yet isn't actually negative. Well, not in the traditional sense, anyway. Fox News Orlando reports that the University of Central ...

Marlene Perrotte is an Albuquerque resident on a mission. A mission to stamp out those evil, child-corrupting videogames. However, the target of Perrotte's misguided rage is not Grand Theft Auto, Call of Duty or eve...

For the past week, I've been telling everyone that will listen about First They Killed my Father, a memoir by Cambodian activist Loung Ung about growing up under the Khmer Rouge before escaping to the United States. I talked ...

Adventures in Sex City is a game made by the Middlesex-London Health Unit and it couldn't have come at a better time! Many teenagers have nothing better to do than f*ck each other, and the last thing we want is for them to st...

Microsoft Research's gateway to XNA programming for kids and those of us with child-like minds, Kodu Game Lab, has been available on Xbox 360 as an Indie Game for some time now. Either I'm actively not looking, or there haven...

M.U.L.E. Now there's a game I've heard a heck of a lot about, but was never really able or willing to fidget around with for long enough to "get it." Now that I think about it, sitting down and learning to not suck at this re...

Now that we're done with the mushy feelings involved with last week's series of emotional mind teaser games, it's time for another brainiac physics puzzle game! This one offers fifteen levels that will teach and torment you w...

Throughout the many eons that man has raised children one fact has been universally accepted by all those involved in the raising of said children: bribery will get you everywhere. It may not seem like the most ethical way, b...

Contrary to the title of this post, a health and wellness college course at the University of Houston utilizing the uber popular Wii Sports and Wii Fit to better motivate and entertain its students isn't really so crazy that ...






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