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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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Watch five classic Nintendo system launch clips photo
Watch five classic Nintendo system launch clips
by Allistair Pinsof

Today, Nintendo launches the first next-gen system or last current-gen system, depending how you look at it. Things always appear different in retrospect, which is perfectly illustrated in these bizarre, ancient clips of Nintendo's past system launches. There is something about a Nintendo home console launch that makes fans go crazy and the media go even crazier, as a result. 

Don't believe me? Take a look.

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Sound Card 009: The top ten Castlevania songs OF ALL TIME photo
Sound Card 009: The top ten Castlevania songs OF ALL TIME
by Tony Ponce

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 action horror -- Castlevania!

Castlevania may not be the first thing you think of when someone says "horror," but there really is no greater poster child for the genre. This is a series that originally drew inspiration from old Universal and Hammer monster movies, paying homage to icons like Frankenstein's Creature, the Wolf Man, and of course Dracula. Over the years, it started to incorporate monsters and myths from cultures the world over. Castlevania is really just one giant hoedown with nearly every ghoul and foul hellspawn from all of human history.

And what better way is there to celebrate such a remarkable franchise than with a totally objective list of the best Castlevania songs of all time? From gothic jazz to vampire rock, each tune is distinct and memorable in its own way. I guarantee that, by the time you finish reading this list, you'll feel like a badass, whip-cracking, axe-throwing, superhuman hunter of the night!

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The ten best videogame detectives EVER! photo
The ten best videogame detectives EVER!
by Chad Concelmo

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Sam & Max series. It was 1987 when the very first Sam & Max comic was released, inspiring one of the greatest and most charming adventure game series ever.

Everyone is celebrating this exciting milestone! Telltale is celebrating with a major Steam sale on Sam & Max games this weekend! Original creator Steve Purcell is celebrating by continually being awesome! And now it’s time for Destructoid to join in the celebration. And what better way to celebrate the greatness of Sam & Max than with a themed top ten list?! THEMED TOP TEN LISTS ARE THE GREATEST GIFTS OF ALL!

Since Sam and Max are some of the most memorable detectives ever, there is no more logical choice than a list of the ten best videogame detectives of all time.

Enjoy this fine gift, Sam and Max. And, no, I don’t have the receipt.

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All-time top ten PS Vita games of all-time on PS Vita photo
All-time top ten PS Vita games of all-time on PS Vita
by Jim Sterling

The PlayStation Vita has been out for a little over half a year now, and it really is a nifty system. With its touch controls and twin-stick interface, the versatility of the system and its ability to provide unique, compelling experiences is unparalleled in the handheld market. With all that variety, you may be stuck wondering -- what should I get? 

There's never been a better time to get on the Vita train, so hop aboard. I'll be your conductor for this trip, as we pull into Fun Station. There are ten scheduled stops as we drag out this train metaphor, each one representing a vital PS Vita title. You want to know what the best ten games on your Vita are? Look no further, friend!

Choo choooooo!

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The top demony demons to have done demon stuff in games photo
The top demony demons to have done demon stuff in games
by Jim Sterling

If you're anything like me, you're a devil worshipper. 

There's just something glorious about a truly demonic demon, one that embodies the spirit of the classics -- a big, red, horny, behooved, gleefully evil beast-man from the flaming depths of Hell. Who doesn't love demons? Well, Christians, I suppose. Some of them, anyway. 

Videogames have all sorts of demons, but only a few of them are proper demony demons. The kind of demon you can look at and say, "That sure is a demon!" These are the demons that you think of when you think of demon stuff, which I do pretty much all of the time. 

Here are the best ones. 

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Top five PC rigs of QuakeCon 2012 photo
Top five PC rigs of QuakeCon 2012
by Allistair Pinsof

[Destructoid is grabbing its rail gun and heading to Dallas, Texas this weekend for QuakeCon. Stay posted for game news, previews, and strange happenings from the infamous LAN room.]

One of my favorite things to do at QuakeCon is stumble across the labyrinth of cables, PCs, and people contained within the BYOC (Bring Your Own Computer) room, searching for the most noteworthy, custom rigs.

Even with the room at max capacity, turning away an unprecedented amount of people in the event’s history, I was disappointed to find a lot less interesting rigs this year. Some of this is due to seeing returning ones from last year’s list (Minecraft Station, Neon Rig). Regardless, the ones that did make this list really impressed me.

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The ten most annoying flying enemies in videogames photo
The ten most annoying flying enemies in videogames
by Chad Concelmo

It's a known fact that the most annoying enemies in videogames are the flying kind. They are the worst.

When you are about to jump over a bottomless pit, they are always there to hit you right in the face. When you are equipped with a sword, they always manage to swarm you and hover just out of reach.

Seriously, they are the worst.

But which flying enemies are the most annoying of all time? My God, there are so many to choose from.

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The ten best videogame laughs EVER! photo
The ten best videogame laughs EVER!
by Chad Concelmo

I have a very loud laugh. Some people say it is infectious, but I have been paranoid about it my entire life. When I am sitting in a movie theater, sometimes I laugh so hard that people think something is wrong with me. I even had an old lady move to a new seat in March of the Penguins because, I can only assume, she was annoyed by my loud guffawing. What? The baby penguins were hilarious! I’M SORRY FOR BEING TICKLED BY THE WONDERS OF NATURE, OLD LADY!

But a person’s laugh is a part of who they are, so I guess I have to embrace it.

Lucky for me, my laugh is not nearly as extreme as some of the videogame characters on this list. Their laughs range from the ridiculous to the confounding to the just plain terrifying.

I find some comfort in knowing that my laugh is at least not terrifying.

[Header image credit: Aled Lewis]

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The Sound Card 008: The top ten best soundtracks at E3 photo
The Sound Card 008: The top ten best soundtracks at E3
by Jayson Napolitano

E3 is a hard place to get a good sense of music in games. The show floor is generally so noisy that you’re lucky if you can hear the attendant next to you telling you how to play the game. Fortunately, game companies are starting to realize the importance of audio in their titles, and headsets are becoming a common sight on the show floor.

I kept my ears peeled over the course of the three days of E3, and while not every game here was deserving of its own separate post, I thought a round-up of the top ten soundtracks I’m looking forward to after hearing them at E3 would be a lot of fun to put together.

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E3: Ranking the games of Nintendo Land

There will be twelve total minigames in Nintendo Land for the Wii U, but only five were on display in the Nintendo booth. Now that I have played and previewed them all, which did I like the best? Since this list will change t...

Chad Concelmo



The ten best videogame robots EVER! photo
The ten best videogame robots EVER!
by Chad Concelmo

I love making lists. Short lists, long lists, red lists, blue lists. But in all the years I have been writing for Destructoid, I have never made a list of my ten favorite videogame robots. For a site with a robot as a mascot.

But don't panic! I am here to remedy this dire situation with a list of the ten best videogame robots EVER!

Please. Enjoy. List.
Continue. Reading. Below.
Bleep. Blorp. Bleep. Blorp.

It's funny because I am typing like a robot!

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Sing it! Gaming's greatest musicals  photo
Sing it! Gaming's greatest musicals
by Allistair Pinsof

You can't get more flamboyant than a musical, so it should be no surprise that the predominantly masculine worlds of videogames don't often let their characters burst into song. After all, gunning down terrorists in the Middle East and firing a rocket into a cluster of aliens don't exactly make for the most fitting avenue for a frivolous song and dance number... though, it would be pretty awesome if it did happen, right?

Last month, Warren Spector announced Disney Epic Mickey 2 before me and a gathering of other journalists in Austin, TX. All the new features and improvements sounded good to me, but there was one thing that rubbed me wrong. Spector, a master of game design if there ever was one, made the mistake of calling his upcoming title "the first musical comedy game in the history of videogames." The reason it rubbed me wrong? It simply isn't true, and I'm here to show why.

So without further ado, these are gaming's stand-out musical games and moments.

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Ten hated videogame characters that I secretly like photo
Ten hated videogame characters that I secretly like
by Chad Concelmo

While many videogame characters are beloved around the world, there are a handful that are reviled by a large majority of the gaming population. And, to be honest, “reviled” may not even be strong enough a word. I know some characters that will result in near riots of anger if even mentioned.

Some of these hated characters I agree with -- I will easily grab my torch and pitchfork in violent protest as well! -- but others I think are given a very bad rap.

While I have always whispered my fondness for these misunderstood characters while playing alone, I am now ready to stand up and declare to the world my love for these most hated of characters.

I am not ashamed anymore.

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