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Recognizing Gamers
[Originally published in 2007, one of my favorites from Destructoid's Golden Archives! -Niero] It used to be a lot easier to stereotype a gamer. It used to be that all that was needed was some greasy hair, thick glasses, and ...   read

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Just when you thought that you have already seen every type of tower defense game, the team at Trendy Entertainment have thrown us a curveball with what might be the most all encompassing version of the genre to date. To be more specific, this is a four-player-co-op-action-adventure-hack-n-slash-RPG-tower-defense-game.  Yeah, you read that right. It's time to lock yourself away for a while.   read

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We had the privilege of giving a couple of Gunnar's eyewear offerings a test run in our office recently. Both the MLG Legend (Chrome) gaming glasses and the Phenom (Graphite) 3D glasses were worn in the appropriate situations...   read

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Times Square gets its own videogame broadcast

Even with as popular as videogames are today, broadcasts on gaming are pretty hard to come by. Sure, we have the G4's shows, and there's always GameTrailers TV. But there's not much beyond that.There's one more new option for those... stand...

 
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Less than one day to Smash Bros Brawl: The future of Smash Bros.

This is to be the last post it the series. Promise. Though it's tempting to do a front page post later today titled "One hour to Smash Bros. Brawl: My favorite breeds of dog and how they should have been playable", I recognize tha...

 
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Darwin, the Wii Remote one-off: Evolution?

Motus Corporation is showing off their new Wii-mote look-alike, named Darwin. This sword hilt-looking device is supposed to bring better motion sensing gaming to non-Nintendo systems, including the PC. Technology Review says that this devic...

 
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Optionally obligatory online gaming

Gaming and the Internet go hand in hand, both technologically and culturally. We grew up with both, we witnessed the synergy of both, now the two seem as inseperable as thirty-year-old Jaffa cakes. While it germinated and blossomed on the P...

 
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Videogame Conventions I: Indefatigable Capitalism

After 1,000 years, the Dark Lord has, against all odds, re-emerged into the world.We hadn't thought it possible. Our people had, through a use of time- and space-rending magical power, with the aid of a great celestial coincidence and a sen...

 
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Here's a Radical idea: just say no to used games

If you happen to be the type of person who prefers the used game market in lieu of paying full price for your next fix in what amounts to an already expensive hobby, then Free Radical's David Braben has a few choice words for you. While you...

 
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Surfer Girl is back with a cancelled game list

We still don't know who the hell Surfer Girl is, but we know that she manages to drop more and more interesting "insider" information on us as time goes on. This time she lists some canceled games that you'd never know existed &qu...

 
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Sony has a change of attitude?

I'm not one to go all teary-eyed over any negative news involving Sony, but this next bit of info coming out of Dean Takahashi's blog was more than enough to at least tug at my sympathy strings a tad. While commenting on recent NPD numbers,...

 
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Survey says that casual games are bringing families together

Can a Wii fix your broken family? Are casual games good for everyone? In a recent survey polling 7,500 casual gaming adults, about a third had children or grandchildren who played casual games in their home, and 80 percent of them play the ...

 
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A Guide To Recognizing Your Gamers: Chapter 10

This my friends, will be the last chapter of the Guide for now. I've loved writing it, and I've loved even more the feedback you guys have given me and the discussions we've had as a result of this series. It's been the most fun I've had wr...

 
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MTV injects major moolah into gaming, proves again that music is an afterthought

Not exactly known as one to adhere to a strictly musical format, MTV has decided that investing heavily in the videogame market over the next two years is the next great idea. According to what MTV's Chairman and Chief Executive Judy McGrat...

 
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A Guide To Recognizing Your Gamers: Chapter 9

One of the best things about this generation of videogames is the sheer diversity of what's around. Tried and tested genres are evolving and mutating under the influence of next gen technology. Indie developers are making a comeback and bri...

 
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A Guide To Recognizing Your Gamers: Chapter 8

Videogames are great, right? We all know that. To the average player they bring fun, stimulation and cameraderie, demanding only the occasional sleepless night and mild case of carpal tunnel syndrome in payment for the big fat greasy dollop...

 
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A Guide To Recognizing Your Gamers: Chapter 7

Roll up, roll up one and all, and come bear witness to the greatest cavalcade of videogaming curiosities known to modern man. We've got freaks, we've got geeks, we've got things the mere sight of which will make your eyes bleed, and they're...

 
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A Guide To Recognizing Your Gamers: Chapter 6

Once again, it's Thursday, meaning the time has come to roll out this week's chapter of the Guide. Follow me through the jump, where you'll find another gamer archetype analyzed, scrutinized, dissected*, and moderately lampooned for your pe...

 
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Games: SERIOUS BUSINESS

Slate just pubbed a piece about the whole "serious games" phenomenon. If you haven't heard, the serious gaming concept refers to games whose primary purpose isn't fun. A game that isn't fun? Good luck with that.Serious...

 
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According to PC Magazine, the Wii is greater than sliced bread

Just when you thought the Wii had started to reach the end of the hype train, along comes an article from an unlikely source -- shooting the whole cycle into overdrive once again. It seems that Lance Ulinoff, Editor for PC Magazine is all h...

 
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A Guide To Recognizing Your Gamers: Chapter 5

Welcome friends, to the fifth chapter of A Guide To Reconizing Your Gamers, your invaluable helper in spotting the many varied gamer sub-genera prevalent in today's videogaming experience. As gaming has spread as an activity over the years,...

 
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LEGO Batman site launches: A good Batman game at last?

Much to the delight of many, the LEGO Batman Web site is up, and ready to show that the Dark Knight can dominate the landscape as well as any Star Wars game can. Featuring character bios, Batman trivia, and even a few viewable cut-scenes fr...

 
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A Guide To Recognizing Your Gamers - Chapter 4

So here we are again, at the beginning of the newest chapter of our gaming field guide. I'm sure you all know the drill by now. Each week we take two archetypes of the 21st century gaming world and analyse their traits, play habits and pecu...

 
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A Guide To Recognizing Your Gamers - Chapter 3

Welcome once again to our continuing anthropological guide to the ways of the modern gamer. You may recall that last week, a full dissection of the common or garden British gaming chav took over the whole chapter. Things return to normal th...

 
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The thing about girl gamers

Editor's Note: Hey all, DMV here. Atheistium's written an interesting rant on the whole girl gamer issue, which has always been a hot topic. So far, it's been a real hit on the community blogs, so give this Destructoid veteran some love and...

 
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A Guide To Recognizing Your Gamers - Chapter 2

Welcome, my friends, to the second part of Destructoid's ongoing field guide to the anthropology of the various modern gamer sub-species.  Before we go on with this week's study, I must confess that only one of the two breeds I had pla...

 
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EA: You haven't seen the last of The Godfather engine

It looks like the game engine that powered The Godfather still has a bit more life left in it. According to one industry analyst, EA has planned on using the engine in at least five upcoming projects, including a follow up to The Godfather ...

 
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The top five gameplay innovations to look forward to this year

We are alive during a very important time in gaming. The 360 and the PS3 are capable of things never before imaginable on a home console. The Wii, for all its flaws, may revolutionize contemporary control mechanics. And several upcoming ga...

 
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Subtitles a video gaming necessity?

A deaf gamer has brought up what may well be an very important and overlooked point. In a letter he sent to the ESA, and now reprinted by Kotaku, he points out that a great deal of the modern gameplay experience is lost by deaf and hard of ...

 
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ZOMG!!! M.U.G.E.N.

Look I drink ...... and from time to time this makes me a little late on trends in the world. M.U.G.E.N. is something that I have totally missed the bus on ... by eight full years. No, I am not talking about Honda's tuning division, I a...

 

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StriderHoang

Who says I cant fall in love with myself?

 
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Which one is This?

 
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When youre trying to work on a super important project thats due in eight hours and Overwatch sits on your desktop, taunting

 
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My daughter turned 6 20 minutes My next child will be born in exactly 36 Is this a tI me to be alive or There arent enough ways to say how happy I

 
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Sony sells PS4 as a profit and its a good Nintendo sells NX at a profit and its a bad Its about as astounding as it is

 
Agent9

A piece from an old comic long since Its still really good though

 
Jed Whitaker

Fuck Overwatch, Ill be playing Battleborn tonight on my (No, but really, they are both pretty good games from what I can

 
SeymourDuncan17

Second reminder to Vita owners: Get Im officially staying up late to play it, backtracking for optional

 
Torchman

Played MK8 200cc with the competitive community Mmmmmm, felt good being reminded theres a game where I will for sure get my ass kicked

 
Nekrosys

Well, Ive just thought of an idea thatd be equal parts amazing and terrible: Gravity Rush for PS Itd be pretty fucking amazing, but the motion sickness would be SO

 
Shinta

Finally made it to Nue in Getting my ass served on a Got him to like 55% once I think

 
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If you have any information regarding her whereabouts, please contact your nearest

 
Jinx 01

I think this is new, maybe added in a recent Windows update? (Im on 7) If you press the guide button after starting your wireless 360 controller it shows the battery charge Wonder if that interferes with Big Picture Mode, that used it right?

 
GoofierBrute

You The Overwatch Its Like holy crap is this

 
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I got a Loot Crate DX and I love Horde and alliance burbon glasses? Yes please! Massive D20 shaped chilling rocks? Why, Ill take that! 8 inch, glow in the dark adventure time figure? Howd you Lightweight Zelda hoodie? Its on my bod!

 
TysonOfTime

Played some Overwatch Beta at my friends house since my code hasnt arrived yet Its so much Its so incredibly I got the play of the game as Mei and I just feel so much more excited for the full game to

 
OverlordZetta

Sometimes you just gotta

 
jak2364

Just started playing through Doom 3 for the first This It kinda feels like 1 and 2 have aged better than this The gunplay feels really Not even sure if I want to continue Is the story good?

 
Jinx 01

The most popular pages on my Steam grid image Its cool knowing so many people are using my stuff! Nekopara made it into the top All of you pervs, buying the dirty version and adding a Steam shortcut!

 
Inquisitive Ravenclaw

Does anyone here want a code for Shantae and the Pirates Curse for 3DS or Freedom Planet for WiiU? Theyre both great games, but I own them I just want them to go to someone wholl play them

 
Sir Shenanigans

Yeah so I bought that Ultimate Muscle Looks hilarious! Also Resistance 2 and 3 for I win #stilldonthaveenoughtimetoplayeverythingcerealfordinnerhahahahahelp

 
JuIc3

Im playing more Bloodborne, feel free to

 
Sarah Jane Farron

Oh my goodness, Overwatch is so damn Im playing with a couple friends right now This is being You cant stop

 
ikiryou

You Can Have This

 
Occams

This is me hunting around for an Overwatch beta code for the Id love to try it out if someone has an extra they can PM If not, I Much like anal and cocaine, it doesnt hurt to

 
Fuzunga

Disasterpeace? More like Dismasterpiece!

 
Double Monocles

I have a 16 hour road trip this week (round Ill be driving part of the way, but will have time for some handheld Any suggestions? I was thinking Shantae from the humble bundle, but I could whip out my GBA and finally play A Link to the Past

 
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I suddenly want to play a Hyperdimension Neptunia point and click adventure

 
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So Ive been hunting secrets and hidden areas in DS3 Some still elude me but my latest one felt really Blessings of the Dark Moon upon yall!

 

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