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Feb 14
// Zodiac Eclipse
[Destructoid's own Forums MOMerator Joanna "Zodiac Eclipse" Mueller shares the story of how she and her husband met in Star Wars Galaxies, just in time for Valentine's Day. I hope you packed your toothbrush, because this is t...

Roses and tears: 10 depressing videogame romances

Feb 14 // Taylor Stein
Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater – Big Boss and Eva Love can blossom anywhere. If the Metal Gear series has taught us anything (besides the usefulness of a cardboard box) it is that romance is especially prominent on the battlefield. Why would bullets, explosions, and a team of evil super soldiers deter one from indulging in a little affection? While Big Boss fought off Eva’s motive-driven advances, he was unable to resist her overt feminine charm indefinitely. After a romantic encounter complete with wine, a fireplace, and a bear skin rug, Eva skipped town, leaving the battle-hardened veteran heart-broken and empty handed. I guess Snake would've been better off sticking with his M1911A1. Final Fantasy 10 – Tidus and Yuna Ah, there’s nothing sweeter than teenage love. Combining raging hormones with the responsibility of saving a world tormented by perpetual death is certainly a unique formula for passion. During their pilgrimage to defeat the ever-returning nightmare Sin, Tidus and Yuna found romance as a convenient way to ignore the foreboding reality of their quest: Yuna’s death. Throughout a series of plot twists and extensive battles, players save Yuna from her sinister fate. Too bad the protagonist Tidus turns out to be from a dream world and disappears into a poof of nothingness. Dead Space – Isaac and Nicole The horror genre isn't ideal for heartfelt connections. The closest that scary games often get to featuring physicality is through a zombie bite to the neck. Too bad no one sent the memo to Isaac Clark. What started as a standard repair job on the intergalactic mining vessel the USG Ishimura, quickly turned into a terrifying test of survival among reanimated corpses and alien monsters. Did I mention that his girlfriend Nicole was stationed aboard the ship? I’m sure you know where this is going. Not only does the poor systems engineer discover that his girlfriend has been dead since before his arrival, he develops mental instability causing him to see visions of her, courtesy of an alien artifact. Thanks, Nicole, insanity is a perfect parting gift. Infamous - Cole and Trish There are very few actions in life that cannot be forgiven. Being held responsible for an explosion that wiped out a chunk of a city, killing thousands, would definitely be one of those unforgivable moments. Ever since The Blast, Cole's relationship with his girlfriend Trish took a turn for the worst. Blaming him for the death of her sister, Cole became a monster in her eyes. In an effort to win back her trust, the now super-powered hero went above and beyond to assist Trish and the citizens of Empire City. Just as affections were beginning to turn around, Trish was kidnapped, forcing Cole to make a difficult choice. Save the love of his life, or save a team of doctors; serve his personal desires or act on behalf of the greater good. Either way, Cole is pretty much screwed. Choose Trish and she spends her last dying breath describing how much she despises what Cole has become. Rescue the doctors and Trish praises his decision yet still dies from her injuries. Lose-lose situation is an understatement. Final Fantasy VII – Cloud and Aerith What does a spiky-haired soldier, an innocent flower girl , and a well-endowed bartender have in common? In the boring arena of reality, absolutely nothing. Within the fiction of videogames however, the trio arguably represent the most notable love triangle in the gaming world. Regardless of who the player chooses to pursue as a romantic interest, Aerith or Tifa, fate intervenes in the cruelest way possible. A scene of tranquility is instantly transformed into the epitome of shock, alarm, and terror. While praying at an alter, the silver-haired villain Sephiroth seemingly appears from the heavens and impales Aerith with his eight-foot-long Masamune. In an instant she is gone, collapsed in Cloud's arms. To hit the point home, Aerith's theme song begins to play in the background, and the reality that Final Fantasy VII actually had the audacity to kill off a main character halfway through the game, is fully realized. Mass Effect 3 – Commander Shepard and Romantic Partner Saving the galaxy from sentient machines may seem like a tall order, but after three installments of the Mass Effect series, it's pretty safe to say that Commander Shepard always finds a solution. Whether through diplomacy or a firefight, humanity's savior has proven to go above and beyond the call of duty. This applies both on and off the battlefield. Seducing a slew of men, women, and alien crew mates is all fine and good, but the end of the world has a way of offering a sobering reminder as to what is at stake. There will be no civilian life for Shepard and her partner; no white picket fence and no blue children. Ensuring the survival of the entire galaxy is not a job that one simply comes back from. All that can be said between the larger-than-life figure and her significant other is a somber goodbye before the true suicide mission commences. At the end of Mass Effect 3, the hero alone ventures into the depths of the Reaper operated Citadel. The first human Spectre is given a choice that will forever alter the course of the galaxy, to end the cycle of destruction that has continued in secret for millennia. Ultimately, Shepard's decision opens a new chapter for the galaxy, while putting an end to her own. Whether truly dead or not, Commander Shepard's closest squadmate is forced to hang her name on the Normandy SR2's memorial wall. In an act of remembrance signifying Shepard the soldier, the legend, and the human being.  Shadow of the Colossus – Wander and Mono Love has the power to transform a young man into a hero; a vigilant civilian into a seasoned warrior. In the case of Wander, the desire to revive his romantic interest Mono, inspires him to commit a laundry list of questionable choices. Stealing an ancient sword is risky yet understandable. Entering a forbidden land is yet another precarious decision. But following the instructions of an ominous, obviously evil, being is a step in the wrong direction. Whether due to naivety or injudiciousness, Wander proceeds to slay 16 enormous colossi in the hope that his new "ally" will reawaken the beloved maiden. Instead, the sinister lord Dormin possesses his body, transforming Wander into darkness incarnate. In the end, Mono successfully opens her eyes and returns to the land of the living. Wander, however, regresses to the age of an infant, marked with horns upon his head to signify a curse. As the only bridge connecting the forbidden land from the rest of the world falls, only Mono, altered Wander, and his trusty steed Agro remain. The two are together again, yet they are worlds apart. Alive but isolated in a land of danger and mystery. The Darkness - Jackie and Jenny Hit man with a heart of gold may seem like an oxymoron, but in the case of Jackie Estacado, the seemingly opposing identities are more than true. After the death of his parents at a young age, Jackie was sent off to an orphanage where he met the love of his life, Jenny Romano. Their childhood friendship blossomed into an adult romance; a relationship seemingly too good to be true. Unfortunately, Jackie's profession would be the factor to catalyze the sudden change from conjugal bliss to marital tragedy. On the eve of his 21st birthday, Jackie was targeted in an assassination attempt by his own organization due to fears that he was attempting to take over the Franchetti Family. In an effort to shake Jackie at his core, Don Uncle Paulie kidnaps Jenny and travels to the orphanage from their youth. Jackie arrives in a homecoming of sorts to witness his enemies berating Jenny. In a scene of absolute helplessness,  the Darkness seizes Jackie's body, preventing him from intervening as the Don raises his gun to Jenny's face. Boom. Jenny crumples to the floor and the antagonists escape. Even through suicide, Jackie is unable to find peace. The Darkness cannot live without its host, and thus he returns to the land of the living, forced to continue his existence as a pawn of the malevolent being. Gears of War 2 – Dom and Maria Battling for humanity’s survival against a horde of reptilian humanoids may seem like a challenging feat, but the steroid-pumped, macho men of Gears of War claim otherwise. Corporal Dominic “Dom” Santiago, one of the elite soldiers chosen to fight against the Locust, is forced to not only deal with the hardships of war, but also with an internal struggle fueled by the death of his children and disappearance of his wife Maria. When news is received about her whereabouts, Dom trudges through hordes of alien forces to her rescue. The good news is Dom finds his wife alive. The bad news is she is malnourished, scarred, and mentally broken from the torment of slave labor. In the ultimate display of love, Dom ends her suffering with a single bullet to the head. Damn. God of War – Kratos and Lysandra Kratos may be Sparta’s most prominent ladies man, boasting encounters with countless women and even the Goddess of Love, but he wasn’t always the king of promiscuity. Before the demigod was known to partake in threesomes with advanced button-pressing sequences, he was a devoted husband and father. In a desperate move during a losing battle, the Spartan devoted his allegiance to the god of war Ares in return for victory against enemy Barbarian tribes. Through a twist of fate fueled by Kratos’s thirst for power, he was tricked by Ares to raid a nearby village. Blinded by Ares' power,  Kratos slaughtered every man, woman, and child in the village, including his own wife Lysandra and child Calliope. If that wasn’t enough, Kratos was cursed by a village oracle, forcing him to forever wear the ashes of his dead family on his skin. From that day forward, Kratos became known as The Ghost of Sparta; and ever since then, God of War has represented one of the most depressing love stories in videogames. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- What is your favorite videogame romance? Have you ever felt moved or saddened by gaming love affairs gone wrong?
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Still think love conquers all?
Valentine’s Day inspires a variety of emotions. While love is in the air for many, cupid has more sinister plans for a select few. A poor Valentine's Day for an average person might include seeing a movie alone or a sol...

Top five ways for a gaming couple to bond

Feb 13 // Taylor Stein
1. Breakfast and controller in bed. Mornings often reflect the epitome of stress; a battle against the clock thrusting dreary souls out into the unforgiving cold, all under the guise of necessity. Often enacted as a daily skirmish against the alarm clock or a misguided affair with the snooze button, the essence of get-up-and-go is undoubtedly hard to come by. Perhaps the most gratifying gifts that one could offer would be to transform that frantic morning hustle into a relaxing videogame inspired reprieve? Breakfast in bed with a side of videogames represents the trifecta of happiness: comfort, relaxation, and entertainment. Wrapped in a bundle of absolute joy, no mortal could deny the pleasure of munching down scrambled eggs and toast, with controller in hand, and eyes fixed upon the TV screen. Grant your loved one the gift of game time, in the most absolutely wonderful way possible. 2. Complement your valentine's gaming hobby with a custom controller. There are a multitude of tools that we depend on in our work lives. Carpenters are reliant upon a trusty set of power tools, and a film crew would be lost without expensive recording equipment. For the average gamer, the necessary tool of the trade is none other than the controller. With a few analog sticks and a handful of buttons, a gamer is able to take charge of any situation. Commanded to defeat a dark overlord? Easy. Trusted to free an entire kingdom? No problem. How about saving a princess? I'd like to see a wrench do that. After years of button mashing, control-stick grinding, and perhaps a few rage-induced slams to the floor, the closest thing that many will get to holding a gun, sword, or magic lance often shows its age. Rather than replacing an old controller with a standard model, invest in a custom version and kick Valentine's Day up to epic levels. Personalize the device with your loved one's favorite colors, patterns, or decals, and you're sure to impress your beloved. Not to mention, with a gift like that, your partner will certainly be willing to share. 3. Make your partner a home cooked meal ... with videogame flair. In the words of famous playwright George Bernard Shaw, "There is no love more sincere than the love of food." Take out is great and fast food gets the job done, but there is undoubtedly something special about a dish prepared from scratch with the ultimate flavor enhancer, love. How does one describe the savory, unctuous delight of a home cooked meal? From first glance the senses explode in a frenzy; aromas envelop one's being as eyes lock on the gastronomical marvel. Mouth salivates, brain revs in anticipation, and stomach awaits a close encounter of the culinary kind. Successfully delivering a sensory explosion of this nature will easily earn you 100 bonus points with your significant other, but as a gamer, 100 measly points just isn't enough. We've explored every inch of Skyrim, unlocked ultimate weapons in the realm of Final Fantasy, and built impressive achievement and trophy lists while amassing loads of virtual gold, coins, and rupees. Going the extra mile is what we do. Add a videogame inspired food item to the party, and the real-life celebration will be complete. Show your sweetheart that you can get your Cooking Mama on while embracing the hobby that they hold dear. A little bit of creativity goes a long way, and a Pac-Man cupcake is sure to make this Valentine's Day memorable for all the right reasons. 4. Plan a special trip for the two of you ... to a videogame convention. Taking a trip with a romantic partner often signifies a noteworthy milestone in a couple's relationship. You trust your significant other enough to showcase your post-nighttime bed head, and they trust you enough to spend more than 24 hours by your side. Armed with the fluttery sentiments of love, an island getaway might be the first notion to enter your thoughts. Your sweetheart might thank you, but your wallet sure won't. How memorable can sunbathing really be anyway? It might be impossible to agree with that special someone over politics or religion, but if you're dating a gamer, videogames are always a sure bet. Skip the tropical oasis and buy two tickets to a gaming convention instead. You'll still be able to achieve a level of romance in between events and exhibits, while managing to satiate your partner's inner nerd, geek, or game enthusiast at the same time. Not to mention, couple cosplay is always an option. Master Chief and Cortana anyone? 5. Have a couple's night in, cuddle up, and play co-op together. When a couple must manage the rigors of daily life: school, work and kids, paired with a cultural emphasis on conspicuous consumption, it can become easy to forget that a relaxing night at home is not only an option, but a fun alternative to the constant flow of dinner outings and movie dates. The fast-paced lives that many of us lead can act as an uninvited buffer between two people actually enjoying each other's company. If there is one day to step up and break the mold of an archetypal weekday evening, it's on Valentine's Day. Instead of dealing with hassle-filled dinner reservations, spend the night at home with your special someone and bond over a shared hobby of videogames. Playing together might be a rare treat, making it all the more memorable when you can successfully devote an hour or two to Valentine's Day co-op. There's nothing quite like bonding over surviving a horde of zombies together in Dead Island, or tag-team chainsawing an enemy alien in Gears of War. Despite the probable gory subject matter of the games you'll be playing, don't make that an excuse not to cuddle together in the name of Cupid.  ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Diamonds might be a girl's best friend, but any gamer male or female can appreciate a gift that facilitates, encourages, and promotes their pastime of gaming. It is rare to be taken seriously as a gamer; we're instantly typified along a stringent line of negativity. With so much antagonism or simple misunderstanding within the general populace, having someone by your side who understands the thrill of saving Hyrule for the umpteenth time, is priceless. You might criticize Valentine's Day for being a commercial holiday or sulk at its arrival for other reasons, but if love and videogames could find a middle ground, maybe it would be worth giving a chance after all? Trust me, roses and chocolates get old fast. Why not break free from the traditional boring offerings and give your significant other something that they'd really enjoy this Valentine's day? [Images courtesy of Bitmob, Rolf Venema, Vox Efx, Echo.Plexus, Game Set Watch, and Feast of Fiction.]
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Romance AND videogames? Heck yes.
Taylor is an avid gamer, sushi lover, and overall nerd. After founding two gaming-related sites of her own, she went on to intern with G4, and can now be found across the interwebs writing about videogames of all kinds. At le...

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Archie Mega Man

The Mega Man comic explores awkward robot love


Valentine's Day-themed pages from MM #22
Feb 06
// Tony Ponce
We take a break from the Sonic / Mega Man joygasm festivities to remind you that on February 13 -- the day before Valentine's Day coincidentally -- Archie Mega Man #22 hits shelves. It's the requisite "love" issue, in which R...
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Heart to Get

This is a game you play by literally beating your meat


Give that meat a nice, firm squeeze
Jan 31
// Tony Ponce
"A beating heart" was the theme of this year's Global Game Jam -- an event held in various sites around the world simultaneously where participants have to design a game in 48 hours. And among all the submissions, Heart to G...
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Goodbye, Destructoid


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Nov 10
// Chad Concelmo
As some of you may or may not have heard, this is officially my last day with Destructoid. Man ... I can barely type that without getting upset. I am starting a new job next week at GolinHarris as a writer for Nintendo. It is...
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Dad alters text in Wind Waker to turn Link into a girl


He wants his daughter to understand that girls can be heroes too
Nov 10
// Tony Ponce
Mike Hoye loves playing videogames and sharing his pastime with his three-year-old daughter Maya. Their game of choice is The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, and Mike likes to read the text aloud so Maya can follow along. Bu...
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Yahtzee, Moviebob, and Jim Sterling have an Hour of Love


A loving time at the Escapist Expo 2012
Sep 18
// Jim Sterling
This weekend, I was honored to attend the inaugural (and wildly successful) Escapist Expo in Durham, North Carolina as a guest speaker. Over the three days, I attended numerous fun panels, but this was by far my fa...
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I proposed to my girlfriend at PAX Prime 2012


Sep 04
// Capm Trevo
[Dtoider Capm Trevo orchestrated an elaborate and adorable proposal this weekend at PAX, and he pulled it off flawlessly! Seriously, just watch the video! --Mr Andy Dixon] My girlfriend and I went to PAX this year dressed as...
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Minecraft wedding is totes adorbs


Jun 24
// Tony Ponce
At last year's MineCon, Minecraft creator Notch helped this dude Matt propose to his girlfriend Asia. Fast forward to April, the couple tied the knot in a room decorated to look like Minecraft's digital realm. The ceremony w...
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What time is it? Final Fantasy o'clock


Jun 17
// Tony Ponce
Reddit user MiniBT recently graduated. From what, exactly? High school? Four-year college? Master's program? The shroud of mystery shall forever hang above this tale of gamers in love! Where was I? Oh yeah! So he has this gir...
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Monday Mind Teasers: I saw her standing there


Apr 16
// Tom Fronczak
 . . . but then she was a zombie. This enjoyably simple game popped up on Reddit over the weekend and its concept and music carry it a long way beyond its sparse graphics and easy difficulty. The KrangGames flash game on...
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Robotic amore and double-sided chiptune melodies


Feb 16
// Tony Ponce
It's Thursday! Have some chiptunes for no reason other than I love you! Chiptune music house Ubiktune unleashed two fresh albums this past week. First up is the Valentine's Day-dedicated 7bit date: robot love by beek. More th...
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What is your favorite videogame romance?


Feb 14
// Tony Ponce
ScrewAttack is in Valentine's Day mode and has made with the lovey-dovey videos. Above is the latest episode of the fairly new The Best EVER! series, and this week's topic is videogame couples. The video focuses on Locke and...
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One of Dtoid's own had a grand game-themed wedding


Nov 22
// Tony Ponce
One of our own just got hitched on November 11! Machine Gun Tommy and his wife Lindsay are both huge gamers with a combined collection of over 2500 games (enough to take our resident hoarder Funktastic to school and back!), s...
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You will fall for this Portal 2 proposal video


Aug 23
// Alasdair Duncan
Thanks to the Internet, you're never too far from one guy or gal's creative attempts at proposing to their partner in a completely unique way. Proposing via a videogame isn't totally new -- we've seen marriage proposals in g...

The ten best videogame weddings EVER!

Apr 29 // Chad Concelmo
Now, I am not here to cause a rift between the future King and Queen -- I am sure William and Kate are going to be very happy together. But, Kate, if you are reading this, I have to ask: Should you maybe have set your sights a little higher? Cecil, the main character from masterpiece Final Fantasy IV, is a Paladin. Is William a Paladin? Did William overcome darkness by literally climbing a mountain and defeating the evil version of himself? Did he travel into a dangerous desert cave and rip a jewel out of a subterranean beast’s belly to save you from a terminal illness? Oh, he did? Wow. More power to you kids, then. Being a huge fan of classic Sierra adventure game King’s Quest VI (as well as all the games in the wonderful series!), I have a special place in my heart for the wedding between Alexander (member of the royal family of Daventry) and Cassima (future Queen of the Land of the Green Isles). Although, if I am being honest here, I think the two of them moved just a little fast. Yeah, I get it. Girl gets locked in a tower. Boy, who had previously been locked in a tower in King's Quest III, meets locked-up girl and instantly falls in love. (Bonding over Stockholm syndrome is known to bring people together.) But to meet, fall in love, and get married all in the course of one game? That's a little fast. Get to know each other first! There are plenty of "lands" in the Land of the Green Isles. I am sure one of them has a nice bed and breakfast. I do feel a little guilty putting this wedding on the list since Bowser kind of kidnapped and forced Peach to marry him at the very start of Super Paper Mario. But LOOK HOW CUTE BOWSER LOOKS IN HIS TUX! After playing Rod Humble’s interactive art piece The Marriage I was completely moved by the beautiful and touching wedding between the blue square and the pink square. The symbolism of each colorful shape and the way it reflects the transparency and dependency of a long-term relationship almost brought me to tears. Actually, wait. Did the blue and pink squares get married? Maybe it was the grey circle and the square? Or was it the green circle? Okay, fine, you got me: I have no idea what happened when I played that game. I thought it was a screen saver. Yes, a real-life man named Sal9000 actually married a videogame character named Nene Anegasaki from Nintendo DS game Love Plus. Yup, it really happened. But we don’t have time to talk about things like this. I have a wedding to Dr. Yang I have to plan.  One of my favorite parts about the Metal Gear Solid games (other than the fact that they are awesome!) is their baffling (yet surprisingly effective) transitions from hardcore action scene to pumped-up melodrama. A perfect example of this is at the end of Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots for the PlayStation 3. After a climactic battle that is one part exhausting and all other parts badass, the game ends with an out-of-nowhere wedding on a massive runway between fan-favorite Meryl and her true love Johnny. And somehow it works. I don't know why, but I'm telling you, it really works.  At one point in Final Fantasy IX, main character Zidane and his party have to pass through a village of dwarves to reach a place called the Sanctuary. (If I had a nickel ... ) In order to get there, though, two members of the party must get married. It is a cute twist that ends with Zidane and Garnet tying the knot to receive access to the Sanctuary. With a clever selection of options, though, players can actually get the cute black mage Vivi and assumed cunilingus-master Quina to also marry. Expectedly, their wedding is adorable. And, Quivi, Gaia's hottest power couple, is born. I have a friend who was at a wedding once where a bridesmaid got so drunk she fell face first into the wedding cake, breaking the table on her way down. The story has reached legendary status among my close friends. I don’t know which is worse: That bridesmaid’s tragic incident ... or the tale of Guybrush Threepwood, a man who interrupted the wedding of his beloved Elaine to ghost pirate LeChuck, only to find out that ruining the wedding actually prevented Elaine from unleashing her plan to kill LeChuck -- a plan that would have rid the world of all evil. Eh ... I'm still sticking with the bridesmaid. I have never played the Harvest Moon games -- which is a shame, because I think I would really like them. Being able to work on a farm, harvest crops, raise cute animals, and marry someone you fall in love with sounds like the perfect videogame life! But, as I was researching what goes into getting married and having a lovely wedding in the game, I was surprised by how much work it all is! "You must expand your house at least once in order to get a matrimonial bed." "After marriage, the player's activities are severely curtailed: he is expected to come home by a specified time." "When the player has both house upgrades, is married to his wife for 20 days and his wife has high enough affection towards him, she will get pregnant later giving birth in the farmhouse." Yikes! I am tired just typing it all! In most games, when villains are defeated, they are usually destroyed or banished from the game, never to be heard from again. At the end of Super Mario RPG, however, villains Booster and Valentina decide to look past their unsuccessful attempts at defeating Mario and move on to better things. During the classic game's ending, both quirky villains are seen getting married in the Marrymore chapel. While I don't see the attraction (Valentina has a dead bird on her head, for crying out loud), it is still very sweet ... until Booster gets cold feet and cruelly leaves Valentina at the alter. Dag, Booster. Dag.   What do you think? Did you watch the royal wedding? Did the guests have to travel through a wardrobe to get to the strange world fairytale weddings like that only take place in? Can you think of any other memorable videogame weddings (Dragon Quest V and Final Fantasy X come to mind as suitable runners-up)? Order the chicken or salmon and celebrate in the comments!
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The royal wedding was earlier this morning! And I had no idea! Yay! To be honest, there had been so much coverage about this supposedly major event that I kept thinking the royal wedding had already happened weeks ago! I swea...

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Borderlands' Claptrap and Anthony Burch play Cupid


Apr 24
// Tony Ponce
Why in the world did we not post this yet? Destructoid alum Anthony Burch, now a writer for Gearbox, helped to make this video starring Borderlands' Claptrap for Ben, a fan who wanted to propose to his girlfriend in an extra special way. It's cute and it's funny. Oh, and she said yes, if you were curious. Claptrap Has A Proposal For You, Tora [Kotaku] [Thanks, Miles!]
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You knew it was coming: A Minecraft wedding proposal


Feb 15
// Jordan Devore
It's been a matter of weeks since I last talked about Minecraft. There's no better way to break the silence than with this cheesy, but ultimately heartwarming video that has been making the rounds lately. One BioWare develop...
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Y. Inferno: Mega Man Vs. Street Fighter fan made mash-up


Aug 24
// Jonathan Holmes
Just like Minitroid from a few days back, Mega Man Vs. Street Fighter has been around for a while, but somehow I totally missed it. It's definitely getting better as time goes on. The first work-in-progress video against Ryu...

Book review: Udon's Art of Capcom 2

Aug 24 // Jonathan Holmes
Udon's Art of Capcom 2Writers: Capcom and UdonPublisher: UdonReleased: August 25, 2010MSRP: $39.99 This book opens up with some amazing stuff. It may actually be too amazing for the book's own good. The cover and the first section's illustrations feature some of the best stuff in Udon history, and that's coming from someone who has bought every Udon comic since the company's start in 2000. Things start off with a Viewtiful Joe/Mega Man + Sagat/Sakura/Dan piece that had me grinning from ear to ear. From there, we get a two-page spread entitled "Capcom Olympics" that features every playable character from Street Fighter, Darkstalkers, Rival Schools, and Final Fight ever. I tried to count them all, but I lost count at 95. Things top off with another two-page spread entitled "Evil Everyone": evil Birdie, evil Ibuki, evil Dhalsim, evil Chun-Li, and a super-evil Akuma (complete with smiling fang-face), among others, all make an appearance. It's classic stuff, definitely poster-worthy. After that, things take a dip. Though the quality remains high, the originality doesn't. Although I knew from the start that this book is more of a compilation of Udon's best work from the past four years, I couldn't help but be let down when I hit the cover gallery. If I didn't religiously buy every comic that Udon releases, I probably wouldn't have noticed, but I'd have to imagine that the target audience might relate with me on this. The fantastic opening pages of the book spoiled me, which caused a marked decrease in enjoyment once the stuff I'd already seen started pouring in.  Fifty or so pages of awesome, previously purchased comic covers later, and I'd see something new every two pages or so. Some was familiar to me, like art from the Magic Sword/Final Fight mash-up that was released on XBLA/PSN earlier this year, or trading card art, or art from the Street Fighter Encyclopedia that was just released. Still, seeing these illustrations reprinted here in a larger format revealed details that I didn't see before, and made them feel like new. Peppered amongst these enhanced reprints, I found amazing art that was totally new to me. There's a piece featuring Violent Ken (from SNK Vs. Capcom Chaos) vs. Evil Ryu (from Street Fighter Alpha 2) that's basically a Street Fighter nerd's dream come true. After that, the nerd dreams just keep coming. As much as I appreciate Street Fighter IV, I can't help but wish that the series had remained sprite-based. It appears that Udon mainstay Arnold Tsang read my mind, as he's translated all of the new characters from the Street Fighter IV games into beautifully rendered, Street Fighter III-style sprites (as seen above). The more showy pieces are nicely contrasted by more humble, unassuming work. A loose, sketchy marker drawing of Juri, a Street Fighter IV-style illustration of Dan's oft-forgotten father Go Hibiki, a look at Ken balancing on a beach ball juggling miniature versions of Ryu, Zangief, and Chun Li's heads; it's these little extras that show the true breadth of Udon's imagination. It's nice to see artists that I've grown so familiar with try some new things. Omar Dogan, another Udon regular, tried an alternate coloring style on the Ibuki illustration seen below and the results speak for themselves. I think it's the most welcoming, expressive piece of art he's done yet (see below). The book caps off with loads of stuff from games that Udon has worked on: Tatsunoko Vs. Capcom, the XBLA/PSN re-release of Marvel Vs. Capcom 2, and SSF2THDR. If you own all of those games, then this artwork will all feel familiar, but still fresh. You get key frames from all the character animations in SSF2THDR and a closer look at all the game's backgrounds and endings. With Tatsunoko Vs. Capcom, it's just endings, plus a few promotional pieces. The Marvel Vs. Capcom 2 stuff is strictly promotional work, including some text-free comic pages featuring Iron Man duking it out with Mega Man, and Strider cutting up Wolverine. All this stuff looked nice on my computer monitor and/or TV screen the first time around, but it looks even better on real-life glossy paper. All sounds pretty good, right? It is, though I was a bit bummed by the way the book ends. Udon's Art of Capcom 1 featured a nice "how-to" section at the end that worked as the perfect conclusion. After marveling at the work of Udon's finest, it was downright inspiring to see firsthand how they work. Not only did it make me appreciate how hard it is to create professional-quality artwork, but it also made me feel like I, too, could make something that great someday. Udon's Art of Capcom 2 has no such "how-to" section. Not that big of a deal, but still a tiny bummer. Don't be like me. Don't get spoiled by all the original work in this book. Know that if you've bought every Udon comic, trading card, and game over the past four years, you're going to have seen a lot of this stuff before. That also means that you're probably pretty rich, which means you can afford to pick up this book for the new material it contains. The new stuff here is amazing, some of my favorite Udon work to date. New fans and old fans of Udon alike would do well to pick it up. And don't go looking for scans from this book on the internet. You won't find them easily, and if you do, you'll get a virus that makes your computer piss blood and then die. Score: 8.5 -- Great (8s are impressive efforts with a few noticeable problems holding them back. Won't astound everyone, but is worth your time and cash.)
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David is leaving Destructoid, let him give you some swag before he does

Nov 11 // David Houghton
1st prize 2x Rock Band hats2x Rock Band t-shirts3x Rock Band key straps1x Dead Island t-shirt1x Warhound t-shirt1x Dead Island key strap1x Warhound key strap 1x Nyko Intercooler EX for Xbox 3601x PlayStation 3 key chain1x copy of RF Online1x copy of Archlord1x strange German WiFi booster thing. At least that's what I think it is. The box is all in German. 2nd prize1x Rock Band hat3x Rock Band key straps2x Rock Band t-shirts1x England football team hat1x Clive Barker's Jericho t-shirt1x PlayStation 3 keychain1x trial copy of Lord Of The Rings online 1x Codemasters Online Gaming mouse mat 1x The Witcher temprary tattoo3rd prize 1x Rock Band t-shirt 1x Rock Band hat 3x Rock Band key strap1x Sensible Soccer 2006 t-shirt1x PlayStation 3 key chain1x The Witcher temporary tattoo1x copy of Schnappi Das Kleine Krokodil. God knows what this is, but it apparently includes 3 games and involves a crocodile, and as we all know, crocodiles and 'gators are f*cking cool. So what do you need to do to get your hands on some of this stuff? Simple. Just do something funny or cool with a picture of me. I give you free reign to do whatever you like as long as it stays pretty much SFW, and you can use any image of me you find around this site. Add captions to pre-existing pictures, photoshop new ones together, take screen grabs from the videos, do anything you want. Go crazy and make us laugh, and the top three selected by the staff will win the above prizes. You've got until the 25th of November to post your entries, which must be posted using bbcode in the comments section of this story. If you're stuck for images to use, these three stories are a good start, and I've attached a few more random ones I've found about my laptop as well. 
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