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PS Plus members get caught in Limbo for free on PS Vita photo
PS Plus members get caught in Limbo for free on PS Vita
by Brett Makedonski

One of my favorite experiences at a trade show was at E3 in 2010. I was set to have hands-on time with Limbo and time to chat with the guys at Playdead. However, they were less interested in talking about their game, and more interested in mocking me for dying. "That's a bear trap. You're not supposed to walk into that," they'd say a split-second after I already had.

PlayStation Plus members can sort of (not really) live that gratis starting today. Limbo is available for free on PS Vita for subscribers to the service. Just make sure to enlist someone to tell you that it's not wise to get stomped by the giant spider. It makes it all that much better.

PlayStation Plus: Limbo Free for Members [PlayStation Blog]

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1:00 AM on 05.24.2014

Bit Boy!! Arcade is colorful and strange

Bit Boy!! Arcade has a second trailer, though I'm quite sure I never saw the first one. But I did investigate, and for a game with WiiWare origins shrunken down to the 3DS, it looks quite good. I'm not sure how I missed it, ...

Brittany Vincent

2:30 PM on 05.23.2014

This Sea Green 2DS is another I want to add to my stash

Hey, Nintendo. Listen up. I'm going to need you to stop releasing new 2DS colors for just one moment, please. Because I haven't gotten the Peach Pink 2DS just yet, and now you're showing off this gorgeous color scheme. I coul...

Brittany Vincent

7:00 AM on 05.21.2014

I just really want this Yo-kai Watch 3DS XL, okay?

Is there a time in your life when you can have too many Nintendo 3DS units in your home? If I were to purchase every single system I like on a whim, I think I'd find out soon enough. This Yo-kai Watch 3DS XL is the bee's knee...

Brittany Vincent

4:30 PM on 05.16.2014

Celebrate Kirby: Triple Deluxe's European release with Pink + White 2DS

Kirby: Triple Deluxe has landed in Europe, and Nintendo wants you to celebrate the event with the Pink + White 2DS, an adorable slice of fluff that's Kirby pink. Oh, and it's not available in the US. And it doesn't come with ...

Brittany Vincent

4:30 PM on 05.14.2014

Pick up a 2DS now through May 17 for just $99

Looking for a reason to pull the trigger on a 2DS but can't bring yourself to because of the price? Nintendo has tweeted a special deal via Target just for you. Starting right now through May 17, pick up the curiously-shaped...

Brittany Vincent

8:00 PM on 05.13.2014

Here's a trailer to remind you Soul Sacrifice Delta launched today

I was never able to really get into Soul Sacrifice when I played it around this time last year, which probably had something to do with Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate still getting plenty of attention from me at that point in tim...

Brett Zeidler

6:30 PM on 05.08.2014

Portal on Nvidia Shield next week, Half-Life 2 coming too

Hey, have you played Portal before? It's supposed to be pretty neat. I won't spoil anything for you, but there's a lady that's really funny and she talks about a cake. On the off-chance that you have played it, do you wa...

Brett Makedonski

12:30 PM on 05.06.2014

Phil Spencer doesn't think Microsoft will get into gaming handhelds

Nintendo and Sony seem to have a lock on the dedicated gaming handheld scene, with the former doing much better than the latter. Of the three major console manufacturers, Microsoft is the odd man out, as it's never shown any ...

Brett Makedonski



Happy 25th Anniversary, Game Boy! photo
Happy 25th Anniversary, Game Boy!
by Brittany Vincent

With fond memories of SolarStriker and Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins, today I wish the original Game Boy a very happy 25th anniversary. The little handheld that could came into this world kicking and screaming, setting a precedent for on-the-go gaming and becoming the best Pokémon Red and Blue system it ever could be. I kid. I burned that thing up, Pokémon or not.

On April 21, 1989, the original Game Boy leapt onto store shelves bundled with a copy of Tetris, and to date it's gone on to sell 118 million units. Most of them were me purchasing additional copies of Pokémon Red and Blue to force people to trade with me since trading alone with a link cable ceased being so much fun. Or Monster Rancher Battle Card GB.

I didn't get my Game Boy from a retail store and instead my parents nabbed mine from a pawn shop in a sweet carrying case. We were inseparable, especially with my first game having been Kirby's Dream Land. I wouldn't even put that sucker down to let my parents take a decent photo.

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7:30 PM on 02.10.2014

Vita getting God of War & Sly Cooper Collections this May

Hey look Vita owners, more ports! Yay. God of War Collection will contain the first two God of War games, and will be out on May 6 for $29.99. Sly Cooper Collection is also on the way for the Vita, and that will contain Sly C...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

11:00 AM on 02.05.2014

Dustforce feels right at home on the PS Vita and PS3

Believe it or not, it's been over two years since Dustforce originally hit the PC. Even more surprising is none other than Capcom helping the fine folks at Hitbox Team bring their dusting platformer to PlayStation 3 and PS Vi...

Brett Zeidler

1:00 AM on 01.16.2014

Unity 4.3 now supports the PlayStation Vita

The latest version of Unity will now support the PlayStation Vita. Now developers licensed with Sony can use the engine to create Vita games, making use of the handheld's features from the cameras, rear touch pad, motion sens...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

12:45 PM on 01.09.2014

Amazon is selling Crystal White PlayStation Vitas

Huh. Amazon is selling standalone Crystal White PlayStation Vitas for $199 right now. These are the same Wi-Fi models that are available in a bundle with Assassin's Creed III: Liberation which, say what you will about the gam...

Jordan Devore



The winner of Destructoid's best of 2013 portable game photo
The winner of Destructoid's best of 2013 portable game
by Steven Hansen

I think I played -- and loved dearly -- more handheld games in 2013 than I have since the days of Game Boy. Or at least since last year, which gave me two of my favorite games ever, Gravity Rush and Persona 4: Golden.

Still, it was certainly one of the harder categories for me to vote in. I picked up Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon during BioShock Infinite's midnight launch and half-joked it was my Game of the Year. Then more and more great handheld titles poured forth.

Here are the nominees for 2013 Portable Game of the Year:

And the winner is ...

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The Superman principle, piracy and more with Crazy Viking photo
The Superman principle, piracy and more with Crazy Viking
by Jonathan Holmes

Last Sunday on Sup Holmes (now on iTunes) we were talking to Taron Millet and Kristofor Durrschmidt of Crazy Viking Studios -- two developers with some of the most interesting origin stories in gaming. Taron got his start on Atari computers, and Kris got his first job by showing German porn comics to Mormons. That could only lead to good things.

Over the course of their careers at Griptonite, they worked on the Lego Star Wars series, Spyro, Assassin's Creed, Shinobi, and a lot more. After Griptonite was bought out, their focus changed from handheld adaptations of home console releases to freemium mobile games, so Taron and Kris went off on their own with their first independent game, Volgarr the Viking.

We talk about the importance of giving the player character weaknesses for the player to overcome by building their skill, the idea of utilizing the "arcade" pay system on PC/Console games, the advantage of sprite-based graphics in 2D action/platformers, what it was like to work on so many legendary franchises, how it felt to see that only 4% of people playing their game bought it, the old Griptonite Vs Wayforward rivalry, hints about their next game, and a lot more. 

Thanks so much to Taron and Kris for hanging out, and join us tomorrow at 1pm PST/4pm EST when we welcome Kyle Reimergartin (Fjords) to the program. It's going to be a holiday flavorite. 

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