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4:00 PM on 09.16.2013

Ico, Liberty City Stories free with PlayStation Plus

Tomorrow's PlayStation Store update will add two games to the Instant Game Library for PlayStation Plus members. The new freebies are Ico and Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories (PSP and Vita). I'd also point out that...

Jordan Devore


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Mistwalker Announces Upcoming Terra Battle Concert

Terra Battle concert planning is now underway as the popular mobile-RPG surpasses 1 million downloads in less than a month. For more information on upcoming milestones and recently unlocked milestones, please visit Terra Battle's Download Starter.






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The nine worst girlfriends in videogames
by Vito Gesualdi

If you’re anything like me, Valentine’s Day is a very special time of year. A time to be reminded that your crippling social anxieties and complete lack of desirable personality traits mean you’re likely to spend the rest of your sad life painfully alone (and don’t try to pretend it’s because you’re such a “nice guy,” because you’re probably a scumbag).

Thankfully, we’ll always have our favorite escapist media to keep us company, the magic of video games allowing poor souls like myself to embark on soul-searching adventures, challenge power-hungry villains, and of course, fall in love with a variety of glamorous heroines.

Thing is, though these various ladies of gaming all have something special to offer, many come complete with a few unforeseen pitfalls. Point is, if you’re planning on spending this lover’s holiday piss-drunk, fantasizing about your favorite digital damsels, the last thing you want to do is pick a clunker. That’s why I've compiled this handy field guide on nine gaming girlfriends to avoid.

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11:45 AM on 09.05.2012

Vita Remote Play support for God of War, Ico collections

I'll be damned! Remote Play on the PS Vita actually does something now. A new update, out today, will let you play both the God of War Collection and the Ico and Shadow of the Colossus Collection on your PS Vita via Remote Pl...

Dale North



How Yorda's uselessness ruins agency in Ico photo
How Yorda's uselessness ruins agency in Ico
by Stephen Beirne

In philosophical terms, "agency" is the capacity for a person to make decisions and act according to those decisions. The ability to decide one's own actions entails a substantial degree of self-expression and so is quite a significant power to hold, both pragmatically and existentially.

In videogames, however, agency becomes a tricky thing. Virtual actions are the products of the agencies of multiple participants: the player who acts, the developer who enables actions, and in cases of story-based narrative, the player-character whose actions drive forward the plot. For instance, players often distinguish between things they did and things their character did. When these agencies line up in agreement, a game is poetry in motion.

Not so much when they collide, as occurs in the puzzle platformer Ico, a game haunted by the agency quandary. The illusion of choice granted the player only survives so long as the player wishes to act according to the developer's guidance, and when the player's desire on how to act strays from this guidance, the illusion shatters beneath an unveiled deterministic game design. With the player's actions largely being governed by the whims of the developer, player agency becomes something of a problem.

WARNING: This article contains light spoilers.

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11:00 PM on 11.22.2011

Black Friday: Kmart selling MGS HD for $35, more

We are getting ever closer to the busiest shopping day of the year. Kmart has some pretty good deals going on. Here's a short list of what you can expect to find should you choose to do shopping there: $199.99 - Get a $25 gi...

Brett Zeidler

10:30 AM on 09.30.2011

ICO & Shadow of the Colossus Collection tops charts!

I may have confessed to not being a fan of Team ICO's games, but that doesn't mean I can't celebrate its success. The ICO & Shadow of the Colossus Collection has topped the multiplatform sales chart in North America and J...

Jim Sterling

5:45 PM on 09.26.2011

Best Buy: Buy two select PS3 collections, save $20

Ever wanted to check out the Uncharted, Resistance or God of War series and are picking up the ICO and Shadow of the Colossus Collection tomorrow anyway? Well, this is a better time than any because if you stop into Best Buy ...

Brett Zeidler



Oil on water: How I can't love the games you love photo
Oil on water: How I can't love the games you love
by Jim Sterling

I've played videogames for the vast majority of my life, to the point where I've been fortunate enough to make it part of my life. I feel I could confidently challenge anybody to rival my passion for the medium, my respect for the art, and my simple, honest love of playing games. 

Even so, I have a confession to make. I hate ICO and I cannot for the life of me understand why anybody feels a deep and meaningful connection to Shadow of the Colossus

Now, before you write this off as "trolling" or think I am trying to be contrary on purpose, you have to understand -- I don't enjoy this. I find no fun in not having fun, and when I see others enjoying a game I cannot, it's rather horrible. 

But what can you do when a videogame beloved so many is like oil on water to you?

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7:30 PM on 09.10.2011

The DTOID Show: Our Friday live show happened!

Hiya, fellas! Sorry I'm late on posting yesterday's episode of The Destructoid Show, but Max and I stayed up all last night playing Dead Island with some of the guys from Bitmob. The things we do for work! Anyway, yesterday'...

Tara Long

5:00 PM on 09.08.2011

So good: Ico and SotC Collection's reversible cover art

Yes, yes, Dale has already gotten to play and review The Ico and Shadow of the Colossus Collection. The game isn't out until the end of this month, painful as that may be to hear. The folks at the PlayStation Blog have amped ...

Jordan Devore

9:01 PM on 08.04.2011

ICO novel based on the PS2 game coming August 16

Viz Media has announced that they will publish author Miyuki Miyabe's novel ICO: Castle in the Mist, on August 16th. The new book will be published by the company’s Haikasoru imprint and will carry an MSRP of $15.99. It...

Dale North





10:15 AM on 07.21.2011

ICO & Shadow of the Colossus Collection bonus content

Sony has revealed that ICO and Shadow of the Colossus Collection will be getting bonus content when it finally ships on September 27.  Those picking up the HD re-releases of Team ICO's classic games will receive two dyna...

Jim Sterling

9:20 AM on 07.05.2011

ICO, Shadow of the Colossus PS3 trailers are lovely

Two new trailers have popped up, dedicated to the two halves of the long awaited ICO/Shadow of the Colossus Collection. The video above is for ICO, the one below is for Shadow of the Colossus. They're both fairly lovely.&nbs...

Jim Sterling

8:00 PM on 06.06.2011

E3: ICO/SotC HD collection out in September in 3D!

HELL YEAH! I have been looking forward to the ICO/Shadow of the Colossus HD collection every since it was first announced, and now I know I will be playing it this September ... in 3D! It's nice to know the game will be offic...

Chad Concelmo

8:00 AM on 06.03.2011

Shadow of the Colossus and ICO for PS3 dated in Japan

I thought it would never happen. Hell, it still hasn't really happened for us. At least Japan has a solid release date for the PS3 remakes of the Team ICO PS2 classics, Shadow of the Colossus and ICO. It all goes down on S...

Dale North

10:40 AM on 04.20.2011

Last Guardian, ICO/Shadow of the Colossus delayed to 2012

Sony has announced, by way of SCEA producer Tsubasa Inaba, has confirmed that The Last Guardian and the ICO/Shadow of the Colossus Collection, have both been delayed. Originally pegged for release this year, Team ICO's u...

Jim Sterling