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Pokeholics Anonymous will lead you down Victory Road


Aug 12
// Tony Ponce
If you know someone who you think might be a Pokéholic, perhaps you ought to send them to Pokéholics Anonymous before they can do further damage to themselves or others. This is the latest release from Underbel...
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Console war infographic says Xbox 360 beats PS3


Jun 29
// Jim Sterling
As this generation draws to a close, literally everybody is asking who "won" the battle between the Xbox 360 and PS3 (nobody includes the Wii because that wouldn't be sporting). With that in mind, here's a delicious little in...
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Tekken producer to fans: stop whining


Jun 26
// Jim Sterling
Namco Bandai's chief fighting game producer, Katsuhiro Harada, has had enough of the fans. After drowning in requests to revive characters and use original voice actors in the new Tekken, the developer took to Twitter&nb...
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Pull out the crack pipe for some witch house game remixes


May 28
// Allistair Pinsof
Music label and collective Aural Sects put out a choice compilation of game remixes, this week, called Blam Lord's Quest. This free release is done in the murky, distorted style of the musical sub-genre witch house. For those...
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The DTOID Show: Is Mass Effect 3 ending rage justified?


Mar 12
// Tara Long
Happy Monday, everyone! Now that Max and I have had the chance to recuperate from our long week of GDC insanity, we're back in the studio with a handful of news to report on and a fresh, new outlook on life! (Just kidding, w...
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A good Sonic game, you guys! Oh my God!


Nov 04
// Tony Ponce
What!?!? Sonic Generations is not total garbage!? We have to let the world know! Four out of five! Four out of five! Four out of five! Busted Pixel: Sonic Generations (A New Beginning) [YouTube]
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Sonic Team: Old school Sonic fans hard to please


Aug 05
// Jim Sterling
Sonic Team boss Takashi Iizuka has stated that Sonic the Hedgehog's older fans are a tough audience, and that trying to keep them happy while providing gameplay innovations has always been a problem. He's hoping Sonic Generat...
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REPORT: You're not owed any UMvC3 character!


Jul 22
// Jim Sterling
Destructoid has uncovered some mindblowing news that will shock and awe the gaming community -- we have discovered, through serious JOURNALISM, that Capcom does not owe you Mega Man or any other character in Ultimate Marvel v...
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Sony: Only the most hardcore gamers use PlayStation Home


Jul 01
// Jim Sterling
Sony has claimed that only the most hardcore PS3 gamers use PlayStation Home. That sounds like a failure, given the services casual, Second Life-esque dressing, but if Sony wants to spin the fact that a comparatively&nbs...
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Fans bring Xenoblade to #1 on Amazon, internet goes wild


Jun 26
// Jonathan Holmes
It looks the vague report from Nintendo customer service that Xenoblade (also known as Monado: Beginning of the World) is still slated for release in the United States isn't confirmation enough for some people. A group of fan...
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If you follow Destructoid regularly or know anything about me, you will understand how godamn excited I must have been for this interview. I make no apologies for what you are about to watch but I do warn you that ...

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Old and new Sonic have reconciled their differences...


Apr 11
// Tony Ponce
... and found love on the battlefield. "Modern x Classic Quickie" by SEGAMew [DeviantART]

Green-eyes Sonic is fine! Get over it!

Apr 09 // Tony Ponce
Kids these days certainly don't mind as they have nothing else to compare against, but I guess it's an unpopular opinion amongst the over-20 crowd. It's not that I dislike the original style, no! I just find that the newer style suits the character better. It's one thing to have a preference for the older look; it's something else entirely to be seething with bitterness as though the "green-eyed beast" was solely responsible for murdering the brand. To this day, I've yet to hear one solid reason as to why the current look is objectively inferior. The current design was introduced back in 1998 with the release of Sonic Adventure. Minus a few subtle nips and tucks here and there, Sonic has held this same look for nearly 13 years, a greater length of time than the seven years spent as Mr. Chubby Buddy. You'd think people would have gotten over this nonsense by now, but nope! Still bitchin'! The only reason I can fathom for such disdain is that fans are unable to divorce the quality of the character design from the quality of the games. Maybe I was running with a more open-minded crew, but back when the Dreamcast launched, I never once heard someone complain about how goofy Sonic looked. All I heard was, "Oh my God! It looks so real! Look how fast Sonic runs! This is awesome!" After the 3D honeymoon was over (right around the time that the Dreamcast was retired, coincidentally), the Sonic games began to lose critical favor, and fans began picking apart what they saw as flaws in Sonic's design. It's not a stretch to say that players associate the modern look with unsatisfactory experiences and the classic look with golden memories. It's a Pavlovian response -- you see those eyes and a cold chill runs up your spine. It is possible to weigh the parts of a whole independently. For example, I've never watched My Little Pony because I neither was nor ever will be an eight-year-old girl. However, I'm not ashamed to admit that I find the new show's art style very appealing. It has a very a Craig McCracken vibe to it (sure enough, his wife is the creator). That doesn't mean I'm gonna start snatching up pony merch or anything! Sonic's current look just makes sense. His waistline was trimmed down and his legs were lengthened to give him more of a runner's build. I mean, have you ever heard of a speedster who wasn't skinny? In addition, his quills were smoothed out to be more aerodynamic. Then there are the eyes, but seriously... c'mon! No big deal! Sonic retained his curt attitude and playful disposition, the qualities that we all thought were hip and cool when we fell in love with the character back in the day. The difference now is he looks like he's in motion even while stationary. He's the essence of speed rather than a rotund critter who also happens to run really, really fast. This is the part where someone raises a crooked finger and points out that it makes no difference how sensible any alterations may be if nobody asked for them in the first place. Players love the old Sonic; there was no reason to "fix" him! Unfortunately, that's an unrealistic expectation that fails to take into consideration multiple factors. Nearly every single character in comic, animation, or games history who has been around for more than a handful of years has undergone at least one redesign. This happens because of improvement in an artist's ability, reinterpretation by an artist other than the original, change in cultural decade, reintroduction after an extended hiatus, or desire to revitalize an ailing property. Character redesigns range from sudden and sweeping to gradual and subtle. Ever read a manga that ran or has been running for five years? Ten? Twenty? The art matures and the characters take on a more definite appearance almost seamlessly, and it's only when you directly compare older chapters with newer ones that you fully comprehend the changes. Essentially, it's impossible to prevent any kind of change from occurring. Funnily enough, I never hear as much whining about other redesigns as I do about Sonic's. The complaints are louder than even those for legitimate cases. Remember that proposed Klonoa redesign, the one that would have swapped his floppy ears and Pac-Man cap for crazy bat ears? How about the nightmare that was Bomberman: Act Zero? Sonic's tiny little tweaks are tame in comparison! Do you want an extreme case of bad character redesigns? A few years ago, Warner Bros. Animation tried to update the Looney Tunes to appeal to the modern youth raised on high-octane anime like Dragon Ball Z and Naruto. The familiar Looney Tunes cast was re-envisioned as martial arts superheroes living in the distant future. The result was Loonatics Unleashed, and it was far worse than you could possibly imagine. There was so much wrong with this show that the character designs were the least of its problems, and the designs were bad! Look at those fuckers! They look like they escaped from a box of Prismacolor markers! The sad thing is that these were the improved revisions! The original designs had to be revised because they were too frightening! Someone on another site actually said that the old Sonic style was cute and timeless like Mickey Mouse. First, let's try to remember that Sonic was originally conceived and marketed specifically as an edgy alternative to Mario. On Saturday mornings, when I was watching Sonic lead a rag-tag resistance on a cold and grimy totalitarian world, descriptors like "cute" and "adorable" couldn't have been further from my mind. I can't remember a single child during the 90s who thought Sonic was "cute." Second, Sonic is a timeless icon like Mickey Mouse? Alright... which one? Be specific! Is it the black-and-white Mickey from Steamboat Willie? What about early Technicolor Mickey from Brave Little Tailor? Or the "Hey! I've got eyeballs now!" Mickey from The Sorcerer's Apprentice? Or the "I could stand to get a little bit of sunlight" Mickey from Runaway Brain? The evolution of Mickey Mouse is fascinating in that so many drastic alterations have been made, yet he remains instantly recognizable in any form. All you gotta see are those two big ears and you just know. If the vague outline of Mickey's head is all it takes to acknowledge an old friend, clearly a character who has undergone fewer, less outrageous changes would be even easier for new, long-standing, or lapsed fans to recognize, right? Of course, you can't discuss Sonic without drawing comparisons to Mario, as I've already done a few paragraphs up. It's time to stick a fork in this roast and examine the man who reinvents himself more times than Madonna. It's pretty amazing to note that Mario's look was constantly tooled around with for nearly a full decade. Hell, he didn't even have a proper name in his gaming debut! He was Jumpman, a carpenter in red overalls who looked more like Popeye than the boyish icon we're familiar with. Then when Mario Bros. landed, we were greeted by a very Osamu Tezuka-ish man who for some curious reason chose to invert his blue-red color combo. By Super Mario Bros. in 1985, Mario's appearance began to take definite shape. His irises became light blue, and he strapped the red suspenders back on. Three years later, he swapped his color scheme for the last time while retaining his red cap. Since then, Mario has seen a few incremental updates, including a height boost not unlike Sonic's, but nothing to the same degree as what came prior. However, that's not the end of Mario's wardrobe adventures. He's a true Renaissance man, crossing into other genres, constantly exploring and experimenting. Often, his excursions are accompanied by a radically different look. The most outrageous of the one-off designs, in my opinion, has got to be his Mario Strikers garb. Talk about "X-treme"! I kinda dig it, though. It's very dynamic, and it did the rough outline look long before Street Fighter IV. Yet despite its aggressiveness, it's still all Mario. The core essence of Mario's character always bleeds through his various guises. I suppose it doesn't hurt that his titles are regularly of the highest caliber -- being the best in class means that the public is more willing to accept some fresh digs now and then. Or perhaps it is precisely because Mario is such a random variable that players have almost come to expect regular reinterpretations. When you see all these other characters reforged with so little, if any, negative feedback, how is it that Sonic the Hedgehog takes so much abuse? What if Sonic were to be redesigned again in the near future? I can guarantee it wouldn't be a return to the old style for the sake of satisfying a vocal minority. Would that be another rough blow to the fandom? For those of you bursting with green-eyes Sonic hate, I ask you to cool down and reflect upon what you're really upset about. For the rest of you, I hope I've been able to offer a little perspective on the nature of change. Everything's gonna be alright, guys!
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You caught that new Sonic teaser, right? For Sega, another year means another potentially misguided attempt at bringing the blue blur "back to his roots." 'Round the Sonic Cycle we go, once again! This latest nostalgia grab...

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Hater vandalizes Tecmo Koei building, calls games 'sh*t'


Mar 28
// Jim Sterling
Tecmo Koei's Japanese office building has been attacked by a particularly hateful fanboy who doesn't seem to appreciate the company's games.  The remarks spraypainted on the building are remarkably bitter and hateful. Su...
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Sundays with Sagat: Fighting game fans are insane


Mar 27
// Jonathan Holmes
Disclaimer -- I wasn't originally going to post this video. I shot it the same week that Sagat and Pals review Marvel Vs. Capcom 3, and within a few days after the game launched, most of the stuff about on how Marvel Vs. Cap...
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Crytek: Crysis 2 is developed for PC first, not consoles


Mar 23
// Jim Sterling
As with any previous PC exclusive that goes multiplatform, Crysis 2 has come under fire from the PC elitist crowd who bemoan the "dumbing down" of the game and declare -- without evidence -- that the game was made for console...
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Fan-Made 80s Teen Comedy 'Legend of Zelda' Trailer is Rad


Feb 13
// Max Scoville
Like a a lot of people, I have a very special place in my heart-container for The Legend of Zelda series. On top of that, I'm also a sucker for 80s pop-culture. That's probably why I made a teenage girl-ish giggle-squeak whe...
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Beyond Black Mesa short film


Jan 22
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Remember that trailer a few monts back for that fan-made Half-Life movie called Beyond Black Mesa? The full short is now out and here it is for your viewing pleasure. Personally, I didn't think too much of it. I like the pro...
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Vogel: Game developers shouldn't read their own forums


Jan 06
// Jim Sterling
Spiderweb Software founder Jeff Vogel has written an interesting little article imploring fellow game developers not to spend too much time in the trenches with the fans.  Vogel provides three sound reasons for not readi...
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Pachter: Incorrect once a week, only fanboys care


Dec 24
// Jim Sterling
Industry analyst Michael "shiny testes" Pachter is a little bit tired of gamers arguing over his words. While he admits he doesn't seem to go a week without being incorrect, he defends himself in Game Informer by saying that ...
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Jaffe to Destructoid: Can't I have an opinion!?


Dec 01
// Jim Sterling
Twisted Metal director David Jaffe upset a number of our more mental Xbox 360 fanboys yesterday when we quoted his comments on console exclusivity. After earning a torrent of vitriol from various community members for flying ...
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Sonic Team justifies Sonic 4's notorious physics


Nov 29
// Jim Sterling
I never had a problem with Sonic 4's physics, but "fans" around the world are furious. Just do a Youtube search for "Sonic 4 physics" and you'll see a legion of rage-fueled videos from confirmed virgins. Sonic Team direc...
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Codies: Gran Turismo 5 'could be accused' of being boring


Nov 24
// Jim Sterling
It seems everybody's lining up to have a crack at Gran Turismo 5. Electronic Arts has said that the game was sterile compared to Need For Speed, and now that giant of the racing genre, Codemasters, has said that the PS3 exclu...
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Enslaved writer got 'f*cking sick' of his PS3


Oct 05
// Jim Sterling
28 Days Later and Enslaved: Odyssey to the West writer Alex Garland has confessed that he only bothered to play Heavenly Sword after meeting its developer, due to his being "f*cking sick" of the PS3. "There weren't any origin...
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Fans fix DmC's Dante, make him look worse


Oct 04
// Jim Sterling
Surprise, surprise. The backlash over DmC's "new" Dante has reached its inevitable conclusion, with fans taking it upon themselves to play designer and give the protagonist's controversial appearance a brand new makeover. The...
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E3 10: Browsing through Battlestar Galactica Online


Jun 16
// Ben Perlee
For fans of the Battlestar Galactica, the frakkin universe of polygamist, polytheistic humans versus the monotheistic robotic Cylons is a clusterfrak of frakkin proportions. Now that the show ended and the spin-off, Caprica, ...
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Sometimes, game makers lie


May 20
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Whether they intend to or not, game makers lie. Sometimes they do it on purpose and sometimes things just happen that they have no control over. I still feel for Capcom's Shinji Mikami when he said that he would commit suicid...
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Mega Man fan film out on May 7


Apr 22
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Iron Man 2 won't be the only movie dealing with robots on May 7. Eddie Lebron's epic Mega Man: The Fan Film movie is finally done! The full length movie will be out in two weeks time and you'll be able to catch it over on Scr...
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Ekans haters boo Final Fantasy XIII 360 at launch event


Mar 12
// Jim Sterling
This is ... amazing. Amazing beyond words. At the Final Fantasy XIII launch event in London, people who hate Ekans showed just how much of a raw nerve the game's multiplatform status is. At the mere mention of the Xbox 360 v...
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During our interview with 2K Marin concerning BioShock 2, we couldn't resist asking about fanboyism and the console wars. BioShock was, itself, at the center of a battle between Xbox 360 loyalists and Sony insurgents, as its ...


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