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8:30 AM on 11.07.2013

Newegg has a crazy sale on old Rockstar games for PC

Newegg is running a sale right now on some older Rockstar games for the PC. All of the games are downloads, and are up to 76 percent off. Titles available include the Max Payne series, Bully, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Gr...

Joshua Derocher


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Embracing failure: We're all losers and that's OK photo
Embracing failure: We're all losers and that's OK
by Steven Hansen

As I was knee deep in the glorious Persona 4: Golden, something curious happened. A heavy 50 hours into the game after something resembling a climax, the game ended. It was an ending that felt hollow, strangely devoid of resolution. Something was off. After being treated to a bleak cutscene, everything was over, with little fanfare. It didn't seem right and so I took to the internet to find I had received a bad ending. One of them. Nowhere near the worst one -- I didn't mess up that badly -- but a wholly unsatisfactory one. I reloaded my save, corrected my slight error, and, as it turns out, there were another 30 hours of gameplay waiting for me. That's a lot.

I couldn't help but wonder how many people might have gotten to one of the early alternate endings and thought that was that. Surely everyone would have that drive to figure out what was really going down with so many plot threads left limp, right? That moment was a little sobering. The game was putting the impetus on me. I had to be paying attention. Close attention, it turns out, because there were a few more unwanted endings I could wind up going down if I didn't do some careful detective work.

Failure is fantastic.

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BioShock Infinite and my mom don't get along photo
BioShock Infinite and my mom don't get along
by Allistair Pinsof

It’s ironic that I once wanted games to be validated by my mom so badly, since now I give her worrisome glances as she cycles through her reality TV programming. I think we all have that one game that we think will be the game which shows our moms how glorious, beautiful, and life-altering our hobby is. There will be curbstomps that speak to the soul like Camus and rocket launchers that set fire to the heart like Stendhal. We all have those moments, and it’s unfortunate that we don’t all move past them.

Even grown journalists, in their 30s and beyond type embarrassing flowery dedications to games like Journey or Proteus, throwing a temper tantrum for their parents’ attention and affection through garish prose. I won’t name names, but you don’t have to look far for these examples -- I have no doubt we may have run a few on this website.

With all of this mind, I sat my mom down with me as I played through the first two hours of BioShock Infinite. The goal wasn’t to usher my mother into the world of “meaningful” (ugh) videogames, but to see where games stand with her now and what my feelings are toward her feelings.

As it turns out, BioShock Infinite isn’t a 10/10 in my mother’s eyes, but I can hardly care.

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1:00 AM on 02.04.2013

L.A. Noire bloopers captured for your pleasure

L.A. Noire used a very advance motion capture setup for the detective drama that was able to capture anything the face did. Best of all, it would capture when the actors would screw up their lines too. Nothing creepier than a computer graphic tongue getting flicked out of someone's mouth. Gross.

Hamza CTZ Aziz

3:30 PM on 10.11.2012

A massive Rockstar Games Collection is on the way

[Update: Rockstar has just officially confirmed this collection, coming out on November 6 for $59.99.] Retailers Buy.com and CDUniverse.com have outed a Rockstar Games Collection which is set to include Grand Theft Auto: Epis...

Hamza CTZ Aziz



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The grand adventure: Making a comeback
by Fraser Brown

Check out the first part of the feature, here!

The last few years have been an interesting time for the adventure game genre. After a decade of disappointment, fans finally started to see more and more titles appear and most importantly, become successes. Big changes in the industry, such as the rise of digital distribution and the popularity of episodic content created a more favorable environment to craft these games in. More opportunities for indie developers started to appear as well.

In this, the second part of the feature, I'll be taking a look at what impact these changes have had on the developers and their games as well as what we might be able to expect in the future (hoverboards, hoverboards, hoverboards.) Providing us with words of wisdom are: Al Lowe, creator of Leisure Suit Larry; Dan Connors, CEO of Telltale Games; Dave Gilbert, creator of the Blackwell series and founder of developer/publisher, Wadjet Eye Games; and Josh Nuernberger, creator of Gemini Rue.

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1:00 AM on 02.14.2012

Rockstar: 'Don't count out' another L.A. Noire game

The years-long L.A. Noire saga had a sad ending last year, but fans of the game may yet have a reason for optimism. In the latest edition of its "Asked & Answered" series, a Q&A with fans, Rockstar Games responded to ...

Samit Sarkar

11:00 AM on 11.28.2011

L.A. Noire director's next game is Whore of the Orient

L.A. Noire writer/director Brendan McNamara is getting back on the saddle following Team Bondi's demise, putting together a brand new game with a rather flavorful title. It's called Whore of the Orient, and word of its d...

Jim Sterling

4:30 PM on 11.08.2011

Rockstar unveil new L.A. Noire launch trailer

Of course most people are only thinking about Modern Warfare 3 today but there's some other releases of note. PC gamers get their hands on L.A. Noire today in a "Complete edition" that includes all the DLC released for the g...

Alasdair Duncan

10:15 AM on 10.20.2011

L.A. Noire: The Complete Edition arrives November 15

L.A. Noire: The Complete Edition is coming to Xbox 360, PS3 and PC on November 15 (November 18 internationally). Does that mean those who spent $60 back in May bought an incomplete version? This new version of the game -- out...

Jim Sterling

10:45 AM on 10.07.2011

Team Bondi staff, others owed more than AUD 1.4 million

Team Bondi creative staff are among a slew of other creditors owed big amounts of money following the destruction of the L.A. Noire studio. Over forty people are owed more than $1.4 million (Australian) in collective deb...

Jim Sterling





10:00 AM on 10.06.2011

Rockstar: We haven't abandoned PC

Rockstar has promised that it's not forgotten about PC gamers, and that claims to the contrary are unfounded. The studio said this in the face of Red Dead Redemption being restricted to consoles and L.A. Noire taking months t...

Jim Sterling

1:00 PM on 10.05.2011

Team Bondi officially closing its doors

It's official folks -- the studio behind one of the biggest games of 2011 has officially begun the process of dying. You usually hear of a studio closing after they release a flop, but it would seem that not even L.A. Noire c...

Jim Sterling



Hands-on with L.A. Noire: The Complete Edition on PC photo
Hands-on with L.A. Noire: The Complete Edition on PC
by Robert Fooks

When Team Bondi and Rockstar Games set out to make the great undertaking that was L.A. Noire, they chose to explore many gray areas of gaming which are most often hidden away from the all-consuming hype and limitless budgets of your average AAA production. Choosing the path less followed, Team Bondi opted out of the normalcy of today's inundated market with fast-paced action gaming.

The final product being a slow and methodical yet harrowing detective tale interlaced with frequent police chases which often culminated in a crescendo of violence worthy of the Rockstar name. Given the success, it came as no surprise to me that it would be receiving the inevitable port to a PC near you. So how does the Cole Phelps experience fare when brought to a keyboard and mouse?

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11:10 PM on 09.28.2011

The DTOID Show: Jim Sterling talks Battlefield 3 beta!

Good evening, videogamers! It's Wednesday and that means another episode of The Destructoid show is on its way to your eyeballs and earholes. On tonight's menu, I discuss L.A. Noire making its way to PC and the Foo Fighters ...

Tara Long

10:30 PM on 09.02.2011

The DTOID Show: Serious Sam, Skyrim Bugs, and CoD: XP

Good evening, Destuctikids! As it's a Friday, we shot today's Destructoid Show in front of a LIVE internet audience. In case you missed it, here it is. Today, in addition to giving away some Assassin's Creed Revelations...

Max Scoville