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Celebrate flosstober with 'Luigi's Mansion With Lyrics'


brentalfloss does it again
Oct 31
// Ian Bonds
Internet impresario brentalfloss has done it again, taking yet another videogame theme song and adding his incomparable lyrical styling to it. For his yearly Halloween event (which he dubs "flosstober") he's taken the music ...
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Team Fortress 2 is getting into the Halloween spirit


I'm ready for Scream Fortress
Oct 29
// Jordan Devore
Of all the Halloween events to take place in online games, I feel confident in saying that Team Fortress 2 is among the best at celebrating All Hallows' Eve. It's easily my personal favorite, at any rate. This year's plans ha...
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A Realm Reborn gets a Halloween event, world transfers


PvP also incoming
Oct 15
// Dale North
Halloween is a joyous time for MMO players with all of the festivities set to kick off. Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is getting in on the fun with a Halloween event called All Saints' Wake. Running from October 18 throu...
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What are you dressing up as for Halloween?


Here's some potential last-minute videogame-themed costumes you could get
Oct 11
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Got your Halloween costumes yet? No? Well you still have some time to get something, and Halloween Costumes has a ton of different outfits for sale. There's a ton of videogame related designs up, ranging from Master Chief,&nb...
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Surprise! Costume Quest is now out on iOS


Just in time for Halloween
Oct 10
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Just in time for Halloween is Double Fine's Costume Quest, now available for iOS devices. Sweet! It's available for $4.99 on the App Store, and the Grubbins on Ice DLC pack can be picked up for $1.99.  We loved the game when it came out back in 2010 for XBLA and PSN originally. I wonder how well it translates to touch devices. 
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Mega Ran and Richie Branson drop The Ghouls 'n Ghosts EP


Spooky Halloween hip-hop
Nov 03
// Tony Ponce
In celebration of Halloween, Phoenix-based rapper Random a.k.a. Mega Ran and Richie "Toonami Is Back Bitches" Branson released the holiday-themed The Ghouls 'n Ghosts EP. It's a collection of song collaborations from various...
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Epidemic Deluxe rises from the grave


Jay Tholen casts his epidemic on Halloween
Nov 01
// Audun Sorlie
Jay Tholen released an album in 2008 called Epidemic which featured an homage to classic horror movie soundtracks by combining eerie atmosphere and sudden chiptune interactions. But feeling the experience was a bit incom...
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The DTOID Show's Halloween Special! Gaming News! OoOoO!


Boo.
Oct 31
// Max Scoville
Happy Halloween everyone! On today's SPOOKTACULAR episode of The Destructoid Show, we talk about some festively spooky video game stuff. Because we didn't report on it enough this week, Grand Theft Auto V is coming out t...

Sound Card 009: The top ten Castlevania songs OF ALL TIME

Oct 31 // Tony Ponce
[embed]237711:45606:0[/embed] Every franchise has "that one game" that makes everyone scratch their head and exclaim, "What were they thinking!?" For Castlevania, Judgment is that game. Everything about it is just wrong -- the wrong genre, the wrong platform, the wrong art style, etc. But the soundtrack is oh so right! Most of the tunes are high-octane arrangements of iconic themes from throughout the series, but there is a small handful of original pieces. The opening theme, "Darkness of Fear," is so intense that it might actually sucker you into playing this filth! [embed]237711:45607:0[/embed] Speaking of the wrong art style, who at Konami thought it was a brilliant idea replace Ayami Kojima's brilliant character designs with that? Thankfully, the rest of the game didn't fall prey to the same lapse in sensibility. "Condemned Tower" is one of those tracks that starts off slow and forlorn then crescendos until it reaches a mighty crash. It's a prime example of how Castlevania music is as much about building atmosphere as it is about delivering infectious, head-bobbing melodies. [embed]237711:45608:0[/embed] Symphony of the Night was the start of a new Castlevania era in more ways than one. The music in particular took on a whole new dimension, thanks to composer Michiru Yamane. This was neither her first game nor her first Castlevania title, but this was the project that properly demonstrated her range and expertise. Blending classical, techno, and rock styles, she forged a spirit all her own. Players are introduced to that spirit in "Dracula's Castle," heard as Alucard tears through the opening section like a... well... like a bat out of hell. [embed]237711:45609:0[/embed] Of the NES Castlevanias, Dracula's Curse is the undisputed leader. It also packed quite a punch in the audio department... if you were playing the Japanese version, that is. Listen to the first stage theme, "Beginning," and tell me you don't feel that extra "oomph." In Japan, a special audio chip called VRC6 was included in the cartridge, bestowing upon the game  a couple of extra sound channels. That meant the music was richer and deeper than other games in the Famicom library. Unfortunately, the NES hardware out West could not support the VRC6, so our music sounds inadequate by comparison. [embed]237711:45610:0[/embed] The song that started it all! I doubt composer Kinuyo Yamashita had any idea how influential her work on the original Castlevania soundtrack would become when she scored Simon Belmont's first battle against the undead horde. To this day, "Vampire Killer" continues to worm its way into just about every Castlevania game, arranged and re-imagined in various styles. It stands as one of the most iconic pieces of game music, alongside such memorable melodies as the overworld themes from Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda. [embed]237711:45611:0[/embed] I will put my foot down and claim that the soundtrack to Belmont's Revenge is the best Castlevania soundtrack of all. It is so criminally underrated, simply because the title is for the Game Boy. People seem to forget just how powerful the Game Boy's audio capabilities are. Why do you think the Game Boy is the tool of choice for many chiptune musicians? What makes the Belmont's Revenge music so amazing -- "New Messiah," in particular -- is the deep, booming bass that you can only really appreciate by plugging a set of headphones into your portable. It's speed metal! On a friggin' Game Boy! C'mon! [embed]237711:45612:0[/embed] Before Symphony of the Night arrived to rock our world, Rondo of Blood demonstrated what clean, high-quality CD audio could bring to the table. In that opening stage, as "Divine Bloodlines" plays and Richter marches past a besieged European town burning in the background, you get the sense that an epic challenge unlike any you have ever faced before awaits. And no, the version that appears on Castlevania: Dracula X on the Super Nintendo doesn't cut the mustard. [embed]237711:45613:0[/embed] Symphony of the Night, the game so nice I mentioned it twice! "Lost Painting" may be the calmest song on this list, but it's precisely that haunting beauty that I find so incredible. This is Michiru Yamane once again showing off how talented she is, making all other music composers look like chumps. Contrast this with "Dracula's Castle" earlier in the list, and you begin to understand the scope of Symphony of the Night's groundbreaking soundtrack. [embed]237711:45614:0[/embed] Next to "Vampire Killer," Kenichi Matsubara's "Bloody Tears" is the second song people tend to associate with the Castlevania franchise. Because it's damn good. Let's be honest: "Vampire Killer" will always be a classic, but "Bloody Tears" is a musical triumph. That rhythmic bass line, those pounding drums -- they send a chill down your spine. Not out of fright, but out of sheer excitement and anticipation of the struggle to come. [embed]237711:45615:0[/embed] Whoopsies! Looks like I ran down the timer because I was too busy flailing my whip in eight directions to the beat of the GREATEST THEME SONG IN THE HISTORY OF MAN! Castlevania has some of the greatest videogame music of any franchise, and a simple top ten list was never going to be enough. I'm sure you'll argue about some of these inclusions and wonder why you personal favorite track didn't make the grade. Still, I feel that this list gathers a solid selection of the best music in the series. Of course, there are other songs that barely missed inclusion, but I'd like to honor them anyway. These aren't in any particular order, but you can consider them "further listening." "Awakened Soul" - Castlevania: Symphony of the Night "The Gears Go Awry" - Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin "Ripe Seeds" - Castlevania II: Belmont's Revenge "The Silence of the Daylight" - Castlevania II: Simon's Quest "Wicked Child" - Castlevania Enjoy the tunes and have a happy Halloween!
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Celebrate Halloween with awesome music!
This Halloween, you might feel like turning down the lights and cranking up the frights with a run through of a classic game like Resident Evil or Silent Hill. But for my time and money, nothing beats the premier name in acti...

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Dead or Alive 5 costume packs just in time for Halloween


And we're giving some away!
Oct 31
// Dale North
What would Halloween be without sexy costumes? I went into one of those mega-sized Halloween pop-up stores the other day to find that two-thirds of the store was sexy female costumes. They only had crap like 'bloody surgeon' ...
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Podtoid 225: Double-Ghost Gangbang


Podtoid comes early for a Halloween special
Oct 31
// Jim Sterling
It's a spooky Halloween episode! The gang has a proper scary time, talking about Nintendooooaaaah and the Wii-OOOOOH, followed by some lovely Halloween tips for Jonathan Holmes. He will definitely do them, especially all the ...
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Dress up for Dtoid and win a free game
[Update: Contest over! Winner is Serkderg the Herkderg!] What better way to celebrate Halloween than by dressing up as your favorite videogame character? And what better incentive to share that costume with the world than the...

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GOG.com has a Halloween 'Not-Scary Games' sale


The least creepy games ever are 50% off
Oct 31
// Jim Sterling
GOG.com is running one of its ever-present discount offers from today until November 2, all in the name of Halloween. Despite having plenty of horror-themed experiences in its library, the service is playing the irony card an...
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Pinball Arcade adding Elvira table in time for Halloween


"Party Monsters" now available on PS3
Oct 29
// Conrad Zimmerman
I love Pinball, as I'm sure readers of this blog are well aware. I'm also deeply affectionate for the Mistress of the Dark, Elvira, late-night spookshow queen of the eighties and nineties. So, it's no surprise that I'm highl...
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Jimquisition: Scare Tactics


Jimquisition happens every Monday!
Oct 29
// Jim Sterling
Dr. Jonathan Crane accepts an invite to give the Jimquisition a lesson in fear. It's the Halloween special, and while your ol' pal Sterling confronts his greatest nightmares, a long-hated horror trope is discussed, defended,...
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Steam's Halloween sale is on now


Titles up to 75% off
Oct 29
// Dale North
Valve wants to let you know that they've unleashed "monster savings" on many titles in what they're calling their Spooky Spectacular. Over 80 titles are available at "scary" low prices from now until "about the time all the p...
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brentalfloss and Dj CUTMAN's ode to Slender Man


Willy Wonka will never be the same
Oct 27
// Tony Ponce
brentalfloss and Dj CUTMAN have each been playing the collaboration game recently, and now their journey has brought them into each other's arms. With Brent on lyrical duties and CUTMAN on sound production, the duo are here ...
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Mega64: Are you ready for a scare story?


Beware of Gameface this Halloween!
Oct 26
// Tony Ponce
"Submitted for the approval of the Mega64 Midnight Society... my story is called... 'The Legend of Gameface!'" Mega64 has a special "scare story" for y'all this Halloween. At seven and a half minutes in length, it's one of the group's longer videos in quite a while, but I enjoyed every second of it, "Shyamalan twist" ending and all. Mega64: The Legend of Gameface [YouTube]

Destructoid's Massive Halloween Round-up

Oct 26 // Dale North
Guild Wars 2 (NCSoft) -- You can actually go trick-or-treating in the latest update. Halloween-themed crafting recipes are available, and Tyria is decorated for the season. New items, like costumes, minis, and tonics, will be available to celebrate the season. Act Two of the Halloween event kicks off later today. Battlefield Heroes (EA) -- Six Halloween costumes, two new pets, and eight new demonic weapons are available. One, the Doom Skull, launches flaming skulls!  Rock of Ages PC (Atlus) -- The game has been discounted 75 percent for a limited time. A Halloween-themed update gives you a Ghost boulder avatar with neat cloth physics. You'll mow down themed enemies as well.  Atlus-o-Weenie -- Atlus' yearly costume contest is still on-going, with plenty of really great submissions already logged. If you're not going to enter, at least go and look at the cosplay. Pangya: Tomahawk -- The greatest golf game ever has a new Mr. Spooky hat to earn during the Halloween event. Gather candy boxes from different courses to turn them in for Halloween gear. Also, a new set of rare clubs can be earned. Project Blackout -- Project Blackout has some new Halloween-themed items and weapons. A new map, too.  Elsworld -- This MMO gets a Halloween-themed dungeon where enemies have pumpkin heads. Also, grim reapers can randomly appear, so watch out. Finally, a grim reaper pet is available. Dokuro (GungHo) -- A Chalk Master Fan Art Contest ends at midnight on Halloween.  Chalk-style drawings of Dokuro, the Princess, or others could win artwork from the original creators.  Details can be found here. League of Legends -- Elise, Hecarim, Maokai and Twisted Fate can undergo a haunted makeover. Wards will have a "spooky look" in-game. Sinister Skins, Ward Skins and Summoner Icons to welcome the Halloween season. Indie Royale's 5-game Halloween Bundle -- Nice round-up includes the five-episode season of Sam & Max: The Devil's Playhouse, horror game Home, Pathologic, MacGuffin's Curse, and EvilQuest. The Secret World (Funcom) -- A new storyline takes players to Stonehenge to take on the Cat God. New in-game costumes for playing dress up are also available. A server-wide competition will let you earn new costumes and pets. Shadowland Online -- Farm pumpkin seeds in God's Continent for a chance to get pumpkin fragments. Fragments exchange for limited-time items that increase your offensive and defensive skills.  BigHead BASH -- Halloween versions of favorites are taking over for the season in this online multiplayer deathmatch. There's Cheshire Pumpkin Head, as well as Halloween versions of Cat and Monkey. In the combat arena you'll also find four new toys. Rift (Trion) -- An event called The Monster Mash lets players choose to become a ghost or were wolf in a supernatural conflict. Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Online -- A new patch pumps this shooter up with Halloween content.  Expect Halloween skins and 6 Halloween weapons,  which will only be available for a limited period.  The Grinns Tale -- This RPG is in closed beta right now, but it's getting a bunch of Halloween goodies, like new items and decorations. A guy named Halloween Jack is packing Frankencookies. Also, monsters are dropping mystery boxes that contain pixie dust and other special items. Crazy Fairies -- Halloween content comes by way of boss swaps that have turned the fairies into spooky ghouls. A new themed quest lets players decorate their homes for the season. Tera -- An NPC pumpkin by the name of Gorudo wants pies in his face. Players will earn pies by killing monsters. Oh, and each pie gives a chance to win items like Halloween-themed masks. Also, in a new dungeon, players must protect baskets of candy from monsters. Do so and nab some Halloween cake, which unlocks rare items. Steam sale -- Valve has unleashed "monster savings" on over 80 titles in their Spooky Spectacular sale.  Some of these games are 75 percent off, and many are under the $10 mark. Nice.         
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Halloween-related game events and content
[Update: Even more Halloween content has been added!] In the week or so before Halloween every year, game makers like to promote their wares with themed events, items, downloadable content and more. This year is no exception,...

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League of Legends Harrowing event officially begins


So many spiders, not enough fire!
Oct 26
// Sterling Aiayla Lyons
A week ago, Riot Games teased its new Halloween event while keeping a good bit of detail secret. Now, not only are more details available, the event has gone live and is in action! There's a new champ out, new harrowing-them...
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Guild Wars 2: Shadow of the Mad King starts today


Update celebrates Halloween
Oct 22
// Jordan Devore
If you've been neglecting Guild Wars 2 as I regrettably have, the latest content update should offer plenty of incentive for you to clear some time for ArenaNet's Halloween festivities. Shadow of the Mad King begins today wit...
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Halloween comes early to The Secret World


Ghost cats for all!
Oct 18
// Jordan Devore
Are you still playing The Secret World? Now would be a good time to log back in, as Funcom has pushed out some Halloween-centric content by way of the new update, Issue #3: The Cat God. It wouldn't be an MMO without nods to ...
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New League of Legends Halloween event detailed


Ack, a spider, kill it with fire!
Oct 17
// Sterling Aiayla Lyons
Riot Games has been very well known for celebrating holiday events in League of Legends with a great deal of flair. This Halloween seems to be no different with the announcement of The Shadow Isles, a newly revealed area of t...
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Check out these impressive Atlus-o-Weenie costume entries


Atlus' yearly dress-up contest returns
Oct 16
// Dale North
Some of the early entries in Atlus' yearly Halloween costume contest, Atlus-o-Weenie, are pretty impressive. The top prize is technically a $300 Amazon gift card, but it's obvious that the real prize here is bragging rights. ...
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Warning: this kids' Spyro costume is f*cking nightmarish!


An eldritch horror from beyond reason
Oct 15
// Jim Sterling
Behold! The LORD's cruelest joke! Cast out from Heaven, rejected by Hell, and feared by the realm of mortals. The rules of nature apply not to this misshapen beast, for it is wrought of no natural element. It exists without e...
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Silent Hill takes over Universal Studios this Halloween


Jul 16
// Tony Ponce
Every year from the end of September until Halloween, the Universal Studios theme parks in Orlando and Hollywood are given a fright-filled makeover for Halloween Horror Nights. Visitors are treated to an evening of gore, hau...
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Details drop for Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs


Feb 22
// Josh Tolentino
Yes, it is officially an Amnesia game. The rumors are true, and the first official details about Frictional and thechineseroom's upcoming horror game have dropped, courtesy of an interview over at Joystiq. The game is set in ...
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The Binding of Isaac: Now with 20% more evil


Oct 31
// Fraser Brown
[Update: The update still hasn't gone live due to server issues, it will launch when they are back up. No word on when that might be, however.] Halloween is upon us, guys and ghouls. For many of us it's an excuse to dress up...
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Twisted Metal sorts out my Halloween costume


Oct 31
// Jim Sterling
Of all the nonsense publishers dump on my doorstep, this latest offering from Sony is up there with my favorites. Just in time for Halloween, I stumbled upon this scary clown mask based on Twisted Metal's purveyor of ice crea...

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