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Top ten unforgettable deaths in Dead Space  photo
Top ten unforgettable deaths in Dead Space
by Allistair Pinsof

One of the elements of classic horror is that when the horrible thing you are dreading finally happens, it happens in a way far more gruesome than you expect. Visceral Games got this part right so many times in its Dead Space series that I wonder if I've become desensitized to alien dismemberment at this point. Even if I have, I am still disturbed by watching series protagonist Isaac Clarke meet his end, time and time again.

The list of memorable player deaths in Dead Space and its sequels are sickening. So, let's revel in it and count down the best of the bunch.

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Five space horror games worse than Dead Space 3 photo
Five space horror games worse than Dead Space 3
by Allistair Pinsof

By now, you may have heard the inarguable, absolute truth -- as is the case with Destructoid's reviews that are handed down from the maker to our holy reviewers -- that Dead Space 3 is not as great as the first two games.

Before we brashly label Dead Space 3 as less than great, we should put things in perspective. How? First, by remembering Dead Space 1 and 2 are two of the greatest games of the past decade. Secondly, by taking a look at these five turds of space horror.

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2:30 PM on 02.05.2013

Ranked: The five best Fire Emblem games

Fire Emblem is a pretty mysterious series to many gamers out there. Firstly, it's a strategy RPG (SRPG), which already places it in an established niche. Then you have to consider the fact that Nintendo didn't release the ser...

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Five space horror games better than Dead Space 3 photo
Five space horror games better than Dead Space 3
by Allistair Pinsof

By now, you may have heard the inarguable, absolute truth -- as is the case with Destructoid's reviews that are handed down from the maker to our holy reviewers -- that Dead Space 3 is not as great as the first two games.

Being the case, throwing a temper tantrum and spamming EA's Facebook with inflammatory comments is understandable, but why not do something more productive, like play five other space-horror classics instead?

(Or, just go ahead and play Dead Space 3 which is still really awesome for what it is!)

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10 videogame films to watch on Netflix this weekend photo
10 videogame films to watch on Netflix this weekend
by Allistair Pinsof

With Netflix open to all subscribers on Xbox 360 this weekend, regardless of account type, now seems like a good time to highlight some Netflix streaming videogame films well worth watching. Be sure to add your own picks below!

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Top ten best THQ games: Remembering a giant photo
Top ten best THQ games: Remembering a giant
by Allistair Pinsof

When assessing a publisher's impact on the industry, we tend to focus on the highs rather than consistency. THQ was anything but consistent, putting out Nintendo DS shovelware, rushed licensed games, and taking part in one of the absolute worst games of all time with Mohawk & Headphone Jack. And yet, THQ occupies a warm place in our hearts. Those three letters represent some of the best times we had with games of the past decade, bringing unknown studios like Volition and Relic into the limelight.

Once we scraped off all the Bratz games and pet sims, we had a hard time determining THQ's top ten best.

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Destructoid's dream list of Wii U remakes photo
Destructoid's dream list of Wii U remakes
by Tony Ponce

Oh Nintendo. Now you've done it.

In announcing The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker Reborn, a hi-res upgrade of the classic GameCube adventure, Nintendo has set a precedent for Wii U remakes. The gloves are off and everything is on the table. Go, go, go!

The 360 and PS3 have welcomed HD remasters to their libraries, while the Wii offered the New Play Control! series, updating GC faves with welcome Wii Remote improvements. The Wind Waker Reborn looks to be a mash-up of both styles -- the extra gloss of higher-end hardware married with new possibilities thanks to a unique control scheme. Makes you wonder how well other titles would fare with a fresh coat of paint, doesn't it?

A few Destructoid editors have thought hard about which GameCube games would best make use of the Wii U hardware and explained our picks below. I think we made some damn fine choices.

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Game critics collective top 10 games of 2012 photo
Game critics collective top 10 games of 2012
by Allistair Pinsof

My insatiable hunger for tracking and displaying the most revered games of the year will not end. I blame Metacritic. I also blame Metacritic for not doing a proper job in aggregating the best games of the year. While the site does an impeccable job of putting together film, TV and music critics' best of the year lists, the site ignores videogames -- offering up only a very confused list containing the highest scoring games, which includes maligned ports and games with only ~5 reviews.

I suspect Metacritic’s reluctance to gather all game critic’s best ofs has to do with a couple factors: most publications don’t post their lists until late December/January, most settle for unranked awards instead of lists, and putting all this together probably goes against some of Metacritic’s policies. Metacritic is a smooth operating machine and there is no way to smoothly pull of a list of 38’s sites' game of the year winners and nominees. While this list I made isn’t perfect -- nor could a perfect one ever exist -- it should give us all a better sense of what games meant the most to critics at the end of 2012.

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A look back at 2012's most wanted games photo
A look back at 2012's most wanted games
by Allistair Pinsof

The staff of Destructoid are a bunch of chiseled yet humble geniuses that make the world better every day through our humanitarian efforts via gaming news and features. The only flaw that can possibly be said about us that we aren't psychic. Yeah, it's a real bummer.

No where is this clearer than in looking back at our annual most wanted feature, where we list the game(s) each of us are anticipating. To be fair, the aim of these features isn't to state our predictions for biggest commercial successes but to share our enthusiasm for upcoming titles. In any case, we were pretty on point in 2012 with most of our (admittedly safe) predictions becoming true.

With our most wanted 2013 list only a couple hours away from posting, now seems like a perfect time to reflect on our 2012 list: the ones we nailed, the ones we were horribly off point with, and the ones that never came out.

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Remembering studios that closed in 2012 photo
Remembering studios that closed in 2012
by Sterling Aiayla Lyons

This year was great in general for videogames. Beyond the predictable success of games like Halo 4 and Call of Duty: Black Ops II, there were a ton of hits that came out of nowhere, including not just big publisher titles, but indie games as well. Narrative in gaming also started taking a greater stage with games such as Spec Ops: The Line and our very own game of the year, The Walking Dead, making waves with player agency in story and presenting well-developed plots and characters to boot. 

The year wasn't entirely sparkles, double rainbows, and purple fairies though. Along with the good came a hoard of bad for the industry. There were a mass number of studio closures, for starters. Here's a recap of some of the many development studios that didn't make it through the year. Out of respect for the subject matter, this list is not presented in any particular order.

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Overlooked games of 2012 photo
Overlooked games of 2012
by Allistair Pinsof

When a stack of releases lands on our desks every week, they can't all be winners, but that doesn't mean the rest have to be losers, either.

Prowl your local bargain bin, make some eBay searches, and keep your eyes out for a Steam sale, because the games below are worth it -- even if they didn't place in our game of the year awards. Consider them our honorable mentions or personal favorites that just didn't stand a chance, either due to being misunderstood or not played at all. Whatever the case may be, we feel a need to celebrate them in some fashion because they are worth giving a chance.

Next time you come across one of these on sale, refer back to this list and feel free to thanks us for a wise purchase.

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Five reasons you need to go to MAGFest 11 photo
Five reasons you need to go to MAGFest 11
by Jayson Napolitano

MAGFest is hands down my favorite event of the year. The music and gaming festival not only features an endless buffet of both these things, it also has a lot more on offer as it grows each and every year.

We've already mentioned that Kinuyo Yamashita and Yuzo Koshiro will be attending, as well as listed all the bands performing this year, but that's just the beginning. Join us for five reasons you need to be in National Harbor, Maryland, for four days of madness starting Thursday, January 3, 2013.

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The worst videogame covers of 2012 photo
The worst videogame covers of 2012
by Allistair Pinsof

Most game covers are forgettable and generic, but a select few transcend into levels of such awfulness that they stick with us all year long, like a never-ending scab. From cheap shovelware to incredibly awkward sports photos, a bad game cover can come from any publisher. It takes a particularly lazy and clueless one to land on this list though.

Count the number of THQ titles below and come to your own conclusions. THQ, thanks for raising the bar on terrible box art.

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The 25 most memorable Mega Man moments - Dtoid ver. photo
The 25 most memorable Mega Man moments - Dtoid ver.
by Tony Ponce

Exactly 25 years ago today, my favorite videogame hero of all time was born. Exactly 25 years later, my passion has never been stronger. He may have had some rough patches in recent times, but I've never forgotten the joy he's given me.

For my final anniversary celebration feature, I partnered up with LBD "Nytetrayn" of The Mega Man Network for a massive list of 25 "mega" moments in Mega Man history. Such a large undertaking couldn't possibly fit in a single article, thus we've split the duties between ourselves and each posted a portion of the list. Below you'll find a set of 12, while over on TMMN you'll find a set of 13.

Enjoy this trip down Blue Bomber lane!

[Header by Hitoshi Ariga for LEVEL magazine]

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Sound Card 011: Ten awesome, underrated Mega Man songs photo
Sound Card 011: Ten awesome, underrated Mega Man songs
by Tony Ponce

If it wasn't obvious from the many musical references throughout the series, the Mega Man games are as much about excellent tunes as they are about tried-and-true action gameplay. He's not called "Rockman" for nothing!

But despite the ocean of quality jams spanning two and a half decades, people tend to only talk about the soundtracks of the more popular games, especially Mega Man 2. Do we seriously need another "Dr. Wily Stage 1" from Mega Man 2 arrangement? C'mon, guys! Expand your horizons!

With that in mind, the erudite Jayson Napolitano and I put our heads together to compile a list of ten awesome tracks from ten games that aren't Mega Man 2. Or Mega Man 3. Or even the first Mega Man X. Instead of a definitive "best of" list, we would like to offer up our choices as a primer to the expanded wold of Mega Man music.

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Sound Card 010: Top ten game music tracks for Christmas photo
Sound Card 010: Top ten game music tracks for Christmas
by Jayson Napolitano

It's the most wonderful time of the year! And I truly believe that. While Thanksgiving is easily my favorite holiday, Christmas is a close second, and I've always made an iPod playlist with tons of holiday music that I roll out the day after Thanksgiving.

Recently, I had people ask me what kind of music I put on my Christmas playlist, and I realized I had a lot of game tracks! So what better way to kick off the Christmas season than with ten of my favorite holiday themes from videogames!

As usual, we can't include everything in a short top ten list, so feel free to chime in with some of your favorites as well, and together we'll hopefully have a pretty sizable list of music to enjoy this Christmas season!

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