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FEZ creator thinks DS and 3DS are bullsh*t


Indie dev Twitter rage! Fun, fun, fun!
Mar 23
// Tony Ponce
Indie game developers are certainly an outspoken lot, aren't they? Phil Fish, creator of the dimension-flipping XBLA platformer FEZ, finally decided to hop on the Monster Hunter train starting with Ultimate for 3DS. He thinks...

Ten hated videogame characters that I secretly like

Feb 22 // Chad Concelmo
Two years ago, when Final Fantasy XIII came out for the PlayStation 3, I wrote an article defending the hated and absolutely maligned Vanille. The feature was met with quite the spirited response in the comments. But, you know what? All these years later, I still like Vanille and think her reputation is undeserved. Sure, she says ridiculously inappropriate things. Sure, she is annoyingly positive. And, sure, her voice is kind of insufferable. But once you get to learn her genuinely tragic backstory, she is not nearly as unlikable as her initial impression may lead you to believe. In a way, her overly cheerful personality is only a cover for the dark secrets she is hiding.   Looking past -- HEY! -- her admittedly irritating -- LISTEN! -- interruptions -- HEY! -- Navi is actually -- LISTEN! -- quite the supportive and -- HEY! -- helpful companion for -- LISTEN! -- Link. HEY! Andnotnearlyasawfulaspeoplemakeherouttobe! LISTEN! Whew!   At first, Enzo actually did annoy me. His Joe Pesci-esque voice, his unbelievably obnoxious dialogue, and his incredibly douchey outfit were making me scream things like “MAKE IT STOP!” to my television screen. As the story of Bayonetta went on, though, Enzo actually made me laugh ... and he totally grew on me. In a game as pseudo-serious and melodramatic as Bayonetta, a little humor (even the cheesiest kind) goes a very long way.   I will defend my Princess until the bitter end. Over the years, I have engaged in many the heated debates over my love of Princess Peach. To all my friends, she is a giant, annoying b-word. <GASP!> But to me, she is a wonderful woman, ruling the Mushroom Kingdom with equal parts strength and sass; a shining example of a leader with the knowledge to rule and the strength to defeat her foes with an umbrella and/or frying pan. Plus, her swinging arm-accompanied “I’m the best!” after winning in Mario Party is the best way to rub victory in all of my friends’ faces.   Even I am not so blind to realize that Slippy Toad has a very grating voice. And when he is constantly begging for help, it is easy to think he is almost useless as an Arwing pilot. But these are not reasons to hate the cute, sweet, and supportive member of the Star Fox team. His voice may be different, but I look at it as being unique. Slippy getting stuck in situations where he needs to be saved? Hey, he wouldn’t even be in those predicaments if he wasn’t trying to save Fox’s life by supporting him in battle. So go ahead and hate on Slippy Toad. Just don’t expect him to come and save you the next time you are attacked by an intergalactic alien army.   This one kind of boggles my mind. When I finished modern day RPG masterpiece Lost Odyssey, I picked Jansen as my favorite character. I loved him. He was interesting, charming, and all of his terribly amazing jokes made me laugh. Then I started hearing that people actually didn’t like his character. At all. What the heck?! What’s not to like? Jansen is an invaluable member of the team. He is a strong black magic user. He is constantly unpredictable and entertaining. And he is part of one of the most unexpected and moving love stories in the game.   I almost didn’t include this one because, after Metal Gear Solid 4, people quickly moved from hating Raiden to thinking he is kind of badass. But in the Metal Gear Solid 2 years, when Raiden needed support the most, he was ridiculed and mocked for his surprise starring role in the highly anticipated and underrated super sequel. I wasn’t a part of this. I loved Raiden even when he was spouting off nonsense to his girlfriend Rosemary . I loved him even when he was mistaking the word “nerd” for the word “node.” I loved him even when I realized that I seriously wasn't going to playing as Snake in this game.   Poor, Edward. People seriously don’t like him. Admittedly, he is the most underpowered playable character in Final Fantasy IV (although I could make a case for the effectiveness of his Sleep and Confuse songs), but Edward has such a beautiful, moving story during his too short appearance that I can’t help but love him. Anna, the love of his life, is killed by Golbez. Tellah, the father of Anna, blames Edward for her death. Edward, having to deal with his horrible loss, fights alongside Cecil and friends to help save the world, eventually risking all to assist them. Rock on, Edward.   I am not entirely sure if She-Hulk is universally hated, but I know amongst a small circle of my fighting game-loving friends, she is despised. I choose not to listen to this nonsense, but I have overheard a “terrible fighter” and “so annoying” here and there. To those remarks I say “HOGWASH!” She-Hulk is amazing. First of all, look at her. She is wonderful. And here are a few examples of things She-Hulk says before, during, and after battle: "UGH. SUNDAY DRIVER.""Consider yourself ... IMPEACHED!"“You just got pulverized by 700 pounds of lean green muscle, sweetie!” Again, amazing.   Baby Mario stars in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, one of my favorite games of all time, so he is automatically one of the greatest characters ever created. Even if the sound of his crying makes my ears bleed.   ----- What do you think? Do you like any of these hated characters? Are there any other characters you love that you know are universally despised? This is your chance to declare your love for these poor, misunderstood characters. Stand up and be proud!
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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...

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Final Fantasy XIII and the NBA All-Star celebrity JAM


Feb 10
// Jonathan Holmes
In the spirit of Shaq-Fu, Beyoncé pretending to like Rhythm Heaven, and countless other videogame/mainstream media pairings, Square Enix and the NBA have announced Final Fantasy XIII as a presenting partner of the 2010...
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You will never look at Mario the same way again


Nov 20
// Jordan Devore
What is it about this obese Mario mask that makes it so damned terrifying? My immediate thought was the tongue. Oh God, the tongue! But then my eyes were drawn to the bulbous red nose. Has Mario ever had a red nose before? He...
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The return of the mack: Luc Bernard's new game is out


Jun 13
// Jonathan Holmes
Yes friends, from here on out, Luc Bernard will officially be known as "The Mack", and he has returned. Ironically, his theme song is not the 70's funk hit by the same name, it's actually What's up doc, can we rock?...
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Too Human finished ... may God have mercy on us all


Aug 02
// Jim Sterling
It appears as if Too Human's long and painful development has finally been put to rest and, presumably, Denis Dyack can go back on his meds again. That's right, Too Human is gold and ready to go. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the (...
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Conflicted about how to show your love? Give her The Heavy!


Feb 13
// Colette Bennett
That sounds infinitely more perverse than I intended it, but it's too late now. Thanks to the talents of graphic illustrator Alexandra Neonaki, showing the geek guy or gal in your life that you heart them is as easy as hittin...
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GDC: We didn't invite Jack Thompson


Nov 06
// Dale North
Yesterday we told you that GamePolitics found news that Jack Thompson might be attending the Game Developers Conference as a keynote speaker, but it turns out that the GDC knew nothing of this. Now it looks like Jack is that...
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The Memory Card .17: Hover bike madness!


Sep 20
// Chad Concelmo
Although they may have gotten more complicated and deep over the years, videogames have definitely not become more challenging. Not to say that is a negative thing by any means, it is just hard to compare the tu...
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Camelot developed We Love Golf! announced for North American Wiis


Sep 14
// Nick Chester
Capcom has announced that they will be publishing the Camelot developed Wii title, We Love Golf!. Previously revealed under a more clever name, Wii Love Golf, for Japanese territories, the title will be coming to North Americ...
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The Memory Card .13: The submerged letter


Aug 23
// Chad Concelmo
This series focuses on the most memorable videogame moments of all time, but who says some of these self-proclaimed amazing moments aren’t unforgettable for all the wrong reasons? Just because something is...
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BBC thinks that games are serious business


Aug 06
// Jim Sterling
I was totally unaware that the BBC got owned in the face when it was revealed that a number of its phone-in competitions were fakes. That's hilarious, especially as the good old British Broadcasting Corporation is a huge pile...
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Your Xbox 360 looks like a rice cooker


Apr 30
// Niero Gonzalez
It's been called a gigantic mouse, a pregnant wii, and the new MAC. But what is it really? I wish it was a fuzzy logic Japanese rice cooker/Xbox 360 combo, but it's just a concept replacement chasis called "Ovo&...
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The guilty pleasures of gaming


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Apr 27
// Faith
The word hardcore when applied to gamers tends to paint a picture of a person who plays games like Halo, Grand Theft Auto, and Gears of War, not someone who sits with his little Nintendo DS and plays hours of Cooking Mama or ...
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Experience the hardest Mario ever (no fluffing required!)


Apr 11
// Chad Concelmo
If you are ever in a situation where your little sister complains about a Mario game being too hard, please just slap her and show her this video. Created by a random somebody in Taiwan (my vote is for escaped mental patient...
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Tetris is keeping women in the kitchen (update)


Apr 04
// Faith
Doctor Freud would love feminists because they seem to be as obsessed with penises as he was. Mighty Ponygirl over at Feminist Gamers recently wrote a piece about how Tetris is a sexist game. I wasn't sure if she was kid...
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My name is Bob and I'm an angry gamer


Feb 23
// Faith
We all get frustrated playing video games. No one likes to lose and no one likes to run the same level over and over again trying to complete it. It sucks when a game isn’t going your way. How each of us reacts to ...
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Naruto may be the butt of every Japanator joke, but the popular anime franchise does have a huge following. Underachieving children everywhere will eat it up!  This new trailer, however craptacular in video quality, doe...

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Resident Evil 4 could have been scarier


Feb 13
// Niero Gonzalez
HardestBoss spotted a video of an early Japanese E3 build version of Resident Evil 4. These concepts were dropped from the final game because it was "too paranormal" to mesh with the game's ultimate storyline: T...
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Nintendo's last-gen graphics turn off Bethesda, Epic Games


Feb 09
// Niero Gonzalez
A ShackNews interview with Bethesda reveals that the company wanted to bring Elder Scrolls Oblivion to the Wii, but the system obviously doesn't have enough under the hood to support the game. This is unfortunate, as the...
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Destructoid's most discussed of 2007


Jan 27
// Niero Gonzalez
In addition to tracking the most lurked through stories on Destructoid, we also keep an eye out of the most active discussions.  You can always find this info on the top right hand corner menu right above the Top 20 Buzz...
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Shield video game: Attention whoever made this piece of crap


Jan 23
// Robert Summa
Licensed games, there's a reason they suck. Most of the time they are pathetic rush jobs and just an excuse to make an easy buck while never putting that much effort in quality control. I'm used to this, I understan...
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Like Second Life? Go get a First Life instead


Jan 21
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
I don't like MMORPGs. I don't like the concept of it and I despise what it can do to a person. But I'd rather go play World of Warcraft than to ever get into Second Life. If I had to sacrifice my life for the gami...
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Sims Stories: episodic standalones inbound


Jan 16
// Niero Gonzalez
Episodic content isn't going away. No, it is instead leaking into all kinds of franchises and into the dirty minds of those that ruined the concept of "expansion pack" for everyone. I'm pointing the finger a...
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Old G4TV lives in Canada


Jan 08
// Faith
Over a year ago, G4TV opted to change their station format from an all tech/gaming channel to more of an all guy channel with new programming like that of SpikeTV, in hopes that they would draw in more viewers and advertis...
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Soda Popinski, I will end you


Jan 03
// Colette Bennett
Yeah, you're l33t as hell. You can trounce waves of fearsome baddies without breaking a sweat. You've made your friends scream in anguish over Xbox Live and humiliated them with your mad skills. Little girls cry at th...
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The glory days of G4TV remembered


Jan 02
// Faith
Ask any gamer that watched G4TV before 2005 about the state of the station's programming now and expect him to spit on the ground, set a picture of Kevin Pereira on fire, and then curl up in ball to cry about the good ...
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A guide for all console haters


Dec 26
// Faith
Having a hard time coming up with that perfect comeback on why the PS3 sucks compared to the Nintendo Wii?  Tired of never knowing what to say when you want to slam Xbox 360? Well, Ottsel the Obnoxious Sidekick has post...
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Sexism in video games


Dec 12
// Faith
While surfing on my favorite blog to hate, Official Shrub.com, I came across this documentary, "Damsels, Vixens and Buff Guys: Sexism in Video Games", which looks at the stereotypes used in video games to depict b...
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Sony fixes PS3 video issues; world passes out from disbelief (Update)


Dec 07
// Ishaan
So, I've finally crossed 100 posts on Destructoid (this being #101), and am a little high, considering I've only been here about a month. Within this short period of time, I have managed to piss Summa off on multiple ...

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