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6:00 PM on 04.11.2009

Fan-made Link's Awakening remake may not be vaporware

No matter how cool they may seem, it's always hard to get excited about fan-made Zelda games. Their creators are always faking their deaths or pulling some other wacky stunt to back out of their projects.  This 3D remake...

Jonathan Holmes

9:00 PM on 02.19.2009

There's hope for you: Kanye West once tried to design a perverted videogame

Rapper/producer/singer Kanye West is probably not like us. He travels the world performing for millions of people; sometimes he make them wait for hours. He, I can only assume, sleeps with a different supermodel -- maybe thre...

Nick Chester

8:25 PM on 10.01.2008

No inverted camera in Silent Hill: Homecoming? Dtoid discusses via fap metaphors

Destructoid reader "Cat Goat" sent us a very disappointed email earlier this evening, wanting to make us, and by extension, the entire world know that Silent Hill: Homecoming doesn't let you invert the camera. At le...

Jim Sterling

10:07 AM on 06.10.2008

Psychiatrist says that WoW is more embarrassing than porn

In an interview in the Boston Globe, Dr. Gerald Block talked about internet addiction. He is a psychiatrist that specializes in the treatment of gamers that can't pull themselves away from the computer, and he says that these...

Dale North



The Guardian to the anti-games lobby: 'We've already won' photo
The Guardian to the anti-games lobby: 'We've already won'
by Jim Sterling

The ever-lovely .tiff sent me a link to this amazing Guardian article addressing the politicians and writers who have spent a great deal of time enjoying their sneering and condescending attacks on the games industry. Columnist Richard Bartle doesn't mince his words, telling the anti-games set that we have won and they have lost, and it's high time they learned to accept that. I think this guy and I might be related:

According to the UK Statistics Authority, the median age of the UK population is 39. Half the people who live here were born in 1969 or later. The BBC microcomputer was released in 1981, when those 1969ers were 12. It was ubiquitous in schools; it introduced a generation to computers. It introduced a generation to computer games.

Half the UK population has grown up playing computer games. They aren't addicted, they aren't psychopathic killers, and they resent those boneheads – that's you – who imply that they are addicted and are psychopathic killers.

Next year, that 1969 will be 1970; the year after, it'll be 1971.

Dwell on this, you smug, out-of-touch, proud-to-be-innumerate fossils: half the UK population thinks games are fun and cool, and you don't. Those born in 1990 get the vote this year.

Bartle's article is as brutal as it is beautiful, and is the second feature to be published by The Guardian that presents the pro side of the games debate. I have been really impressed with The Guardian's approach to covering this ridiculous faux-controversy, as it has really shown that not every mainstream paper has to be part what Bartle calls "the ever-more-distant past." Clearly the paper recognizes which way the balance of power is shifting, and realizes that clinging onto the ever-decaying relics that are terrified of change is a surefire way to turn off new readers.

I urge you to read this article, because it's ostensibly all true. We HAVE won. No matter how much Jack Thompson screams his head off, no matter how many posters FOX News manages to have torn down, and no matter how much The Daily Mail urges government to "BAN THIS SICK FILTH," the games industry will continue to grow, and the so-called "murder simulators" will continue to succeed, doing only what they were intended to do ...

Entertain the millions that buy them, and will buy them for many years to come.

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7:07 AM on 04.27.2008

Ten golden rules of videogame fanboyism

What industry can truly call itself an industry without fanboys? Those who prove themselves obsessively loyal to any product or corporation can be found among many communities, and nowhere do they flourish more freely than wi...

Jim Sterling

9:56 PM on 01.05.2008

Dynasty Warriors 6 English trailer: Less moonspeak, more pure, distilled awesome

 Thanks to my main men over at Koei Warriors, I am delighted to bring you an English trailer for the biggest cultural event since Dio's Holy Diver, Dynasty Warriors 6. It might be kind of like all the others, but this ti...

Jim Sterling

5:31 PM on 12.22.2007

The thinking man's Ikaruga: Stop and smell the duality

As modern gamers, we've evolved into a sort of ravenous, wasteful species of creature I'm not sure I'm comfortable with. We chomp through games like we're fighting to get to the other side of something; licking the frosting o...

Topher Cantler

8:21 AM on 12.06.2007

Shadow Hearts team is behind Lost Odyssey: They kept this quiet, why?

An Internet Matlock at NeoGaf has uncovered some very interesting information regarding the newly released (in Japan) Xbox 360 RPG Lost Odyssey. The Feelplus development team that worked on the game seem to be mostly made up ...

Jim Sterling

11:28 AM on 09.20.2007

Video Game crushes: Wanting to rape your imaginary friends

After five hours of Eternal Sonata, I can finally admit it to myself: I have a crush on Frederic Chopin. Before you start laughing, think back over all the games you've played. Maybe you were so absorbed in the storyline you ...

Colette Bennett

5:53 PM on 08.02.2007

Filthy upskirt action in PS3 golf game

The utter depravity of man consistently abhors me to the point of vomiting, I hope you all understand. I am sickened daily by perverse imagery that finds itself downloaded onto my hard drive through sheer magic and no conscio...

Jim Sterling

9:18 AM on 07.29.2007

Heavenly Sword presents: Pounding on limeys and the best cutscene ever!

Big fat action games are my bread and butter and there's no denying that Heavenly Sword is looking like it'll be the biggest and fattest thus far in this fledgling generation. It contains the only three things I like in life ...

Jim Sterling

7:26 AM on 07.21.2007

Strippable Dead or Alive figures for the dirty, shameful win

Those chaps over at the Hair Palace bring news of sordid plastic debauchery in the form of a rather skimpy Ayane (Dead or Alive Xtreme 2) figurine that can show even more flesh than it bares by default. It's not like her...

Jim Sterling

5:38 PM on 07.19.2007

Why we are what we are!

If you really need to be reminded of what makes us different, then here it is. It is you. When community members are making videos about Community members, then the right things are happening. Look at the Buck Fitches video e...

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11:53 AM on 07.05.2007

'Doing the Mario?' Is that what we're calling it these days?

First off, we'll throw out a global NSFW warning for this entire post. The Japanese side (half) of the internet is riddled with fan videos created with the help of popular eroge (erotic game) Schoolmate. Game company I...

Dale North

2:44 PM on 06.24.2007

The Non-Newsround #6: Your pear to pear news service

Merry Sabbath to thee, my gentle children and welcome to the sixth installment of the Non-Newsround. I'm running on the small amount of sleep that killed Leonardo da Vinci so excuse me if this week's edition bears mor...

Jim Sterling