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My amazing adventures at BlizzCon 2011

Oct 27
// Chad Concelmo
I only had a few hours to spend at BlizzCon 2011 this past weekend, and I wanted to do as much fun stuff as possible in that very limited amount of time. I had already played StarCraft II and Diablo III (and don't regularly ...

Check out Namco Bandai's Japan office!

Sep 21
// Allistair Pinsof
While Dale North slaved away, covering the pre-TGS Sony Press Conference, Hamza and I traveled to Shinagawa, Tokyo to check out some Namco Bandai games, last week. Since Hamza loves Gundam, I love the Tales series and everyon...

Winners of The Destructoid Show's 3DS Destruction Contest

Jul 19
// Max Scoville
If you watch The Destructoid Show, you'll know we've been doing a contest to give away three Catalyst 3DS cases, sponsored by the fine folks at CM4. Of course, since we're a gaggle of idiot children, the contest was "make a p...

PAX East: A smattering of photos

Mar 15
// Josh Harrison
As some of you may have heard, the camera with almost all of the pictures from the weekend was stolen on Saturday night, complete with the memory card holding the secrets of all the astonishing times we had at PAX East. I'm t...

MAGFest photos are one tenth as awesome as being there

Jan 17
// Matthew Razak
Every time Destructoid gets together it is awesome. I haven't had a bad time when I've gotten to hang out with this awesome and totally amazing community. However, MAFest 9 was seriously epic to an extent I couldn't even fath...

REMINDER: Destructoid's photo at MAGFest

Jan 15
// Matthew Razak
(Hey everyone at MAGFest. Hope last night was awesome as it was for me. Remember to roll up for the Destructoid photo. Here the previously posted details.) As it is with all great, history-making events throughout time Destru...

Frank West's camera also back in Dead Rising 2: Case West

Sep 23
// Conrad Zimmerman
I loved the photography aspect of the original Dead Rising, even if it was a bit janky at times. So, I'm thrilled to learn that the mechanic will be returning in Dead Rising 2: Case West. In an interview with Eurogamer, ...

The calm before the PAX Prime 10 storm

Sep 03
// Tony Ponce
PAX Prime 10 is less than two hours away, and the show floor is filled to the brim with doodads and whatchits for your sick, sick pleasure. To get you further pumped, the Piki: Geek blog has posted two sets of photos of exhib...

This is how they game in Afghanistan

May 22
// Matthew Razak
Photojournalist Iason Athanasiadis has documented something amazing. It's an arcade in Kabul, Afganhistan, and for the kids and young adults who go there to play it's one of their only escapes. Most of the children who show u...

Take a photo tour of Blizzard's awesome offices

Oct 20
// Joseph Leray
Even though Jonathan visited Blizzard HQ twice over the summer and brought back a few photos, Blizzard has always been a rather secretive company. In an industry full of leaks and rumors, Blizzard keeps most of its info and i...

Rockin' with Sony & some bands at Virgin Mobile FreeFest

Aug 31
// Samit Sarkar
I love to get down with great music and videogames, so when Sony offered me (and three Dtoiders) the opportunity to head down to Columbia, MD, and play some PS3 games while taking in some live music at the Virgin Mobile FreeF...

Ever wondered what Blizzard HQ looks like?

Aug 17
// Aerox
Having been to Blizzard twice this summer, I've put together a little collection of pictures of their offices and all the awesome stuff they have. As if you didn't know from the success of World of Warcraft, Blizzard is basic...

Check out Made of Myth, wish you could read French

Aug 15
// Matthew Razak
Kotaku posted about a new French gaming magazine called Amusement a few days ago that caught my eye and today they got some very cool images from one of the mag's stories. I'm going two ways with this story so stick with me. ...

Wii Sports Resort report: A beach ... in Times Square?!

Jul 24
// Samit Sarkar
Yesterday, Nintendo held a launch event for Wii Sports Resort in New York City’s Times Square, allowing the public to try out the game three full days before its launch on Sunday, July 26th. They went all-out for this o...

Epic Games offices: not-so-epic phone camera picture tour

Feb 20
// Dale North
The Epic Games offices are...epic. Well, they're epic in a sort of subdued, business-like kind of way. The folks there were kind enough to show me around the offices after playing a bit of the upcoming Unreal Tournament III T...

Activision hires for 'advanced retouching of screenshots'

Jan 29
// Dale North
Have you ever heard of the games industry position "Art Services Screenshot Associate" before? Me either. I've always figured that there was someone out there that did something like this, but I didn't know that it ...

Comparison shots illustrate Rockstar's dedication to accuracy in GTA IV

May 13
// Samit Sarkar
I know what you’re thinking — “Goldarnit, another blasted GTA IV comparison post?!” (And if you are thinking that, well, the 1920s called; they want their mild oaths back.) But I’m happy to repor...

Art Attack Friday: Rich Grillioti

Oct 05
// Tiff
When it comes to the talented and accomplished pool of game industry folk that we here at Destructoid have coaxed into being our friends, we seem to have an inherent tendency to show them to you (like teh Pokemons, as it were...

TGS 2007: Scrapbook Part 1 - The show floor

Sep 28
// Dale North
As we wrap up our 2007 Tokyo Game Show coverage, we thought it would be fun to share our photo "scrapbook" from the event. It has been divided into parts (more coming soon) for ease of browsing. In the almost 100 st...

TGS 2007: Destructoid's official TGS party review wrap-up

Sep 27 // Dale North
VENUE - winner: Sony Cocktail Party, runner-up: both Microsoft parties Sony might have had the home base advantage here. Their party took place in Sony's United Showroom at the Sony Corporation building in Minato-ku, Tokyo. The building itself was pretty classy, complete with slick Sony elevators. The party took place in a room called The Square, and was decked with huge screens, samples of Sony products, one of Tobey Maguire's Spider-Man costumes, and even an actual Mini Cooper. Sure, none of that had anything to do with video games, but it was all impressive-looking, and kept us entertained while the others played Lair for some unknown reason.Both Microsoft parties we attended tied for second place, as they both took place in the New Otani's Shell Room, a poolside venue. The Tecmo party was in a small club with little walking room.FOOD - winner: Microsoft's Intl. Community and Press Party, runner-up: Tecmo Press Party Microsoft's International Community and Press Party wasn't their biggest bash, but it had the best food. We dined on tasty yakisoba, various fried pieces of seafood, spaghetti and meatballs, and more. The roast beef was somewhat questionable, although it was definitely good enough for Frenchy D. Although limited in quantity, Tecmo's grub was almost as delicious. Unnamed Asian noodle and chicken dishes had us licking our chops, and the dessert cakes had us coming back one time too many. Sony had some great desserts, and the chicken meatballs were great, but the yakitori stick I ate actually had to be spit back out -- it was that foul.  The TGS International Party gets last place in this line up, as the food was iffy, and the sushi fishless. Actually, all of the sushi at all of the parties were fishless. What the hell is up with that?DRINK - winner: Microsoft's TGS Party 2007, runner-up TGS International PartyYou know that Destructoid likes to get its drink on, so we placed the candidates under heavy scrutiny here. Let's be real here: this is Japan, and they know how to drink in this country. Every party fared well for different reasons, but Microsoft's TGS Party 2007 won due to great service. First off, I should say that we weren't... necessarily invited to this party, but we made it in anyway. Upon arriving, we found that invited guests had their own tables and chairs. Niero, Nick, and I, (along with various friends) had no place to sit, so we found a nice place on the ground to make a picnic. A waiter came to our little camp, squatted down to our level, and asked if we would like something, and our dear friend Scott (Famitsu) said, "Yes, can we get a bottle of beer? Wait... how about four bottles of beer... no, wait, five bottles of beer!" After a few short minutes, the waiter came back with 5 large bottles of Sapporo and glasses, squatted down again, and set them down in the middle of our camp site. How's that for service?The TGS International Party took second, as they had a drink buffet of shochu, Japanese whiskey, Japanese beers and various other goodies out and ready for the drinking.ATMOSPHERE - winner: Tecmo Press Party, runner-up: Microsoft's TGS Party Even though Tecmo's party was in the smallest venue (essentially a club), the atmosphere was great. Lovely maid girls brought guests all they could drink while dancers (and drunken guests) did their thing on the dance floor to the sounds of a live DJ. Yeah, it was small and crowded, but it seemed like people were having more conversations due to being forced together, and I made a few new contacts because of it. Microsoft's TGS Part was Arabian Nights-themed, and while we need to save the entertainment aspect for another category, the decorations, lighting, and music really pulled things together. It would've been really memorable if I hadn't downed so many beers. ENTERTAINMENT - winner: Microsoft's TGS Party, runner-up: Tecmo Press PartyMicrosoft pulled out all of the stops with this one and lined up live dancers, skits, fireworks, music, and crazy prize giveaways that had to be seen to be believed. Let's put it this way: Xbox 360 ninjas battled PS3 ninjas on stage, an afro-ed Japanese celebrity made a fool of himself, and sexy Arabian Night-type dancers did their thing for the crowd. Even though we spotted Tecmo's Itagaki checking his watch once, the rest of us were thoroughly entertained. The whole thing ended with a fireworks display that ended with streamers exploding everywhere. It was very impressive. Tecmo gets second place only because none of the other parties provided entertainment. We all dug the crazy dancing guys that came out from time to time, but that was about it. Well, I guess the French maids were entertaining in a sense.GAMES - winner: Sony's Cocktail Party, runner up: Microsoft's Community and Press PartyYou'd think that all of these events would be packed with games, but that simply was not the case. Sony was the only one that really had games lined up for guests to play. Pain, Everyday Shooter, Loco Roco Cocorecho, Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, Eye of Judgement, Trails of Topoq, Hot Shots Golf, and many more were all playable. Some attendees were even crazy enough to choose gaming over free drinks! We counted points off for the silly "do not take drinks beyond this line" line, but Sony still won anyway. Microsoft's Community and Press Party invited Japanese celebs (none of which we recognized) to play a some games with attendees poolside. They also had various XNA games available for those sober enough to give them a spin.OVERALL WINNER - Microsoft's TGS Party There can only be one winner, and of course, it had to be the one we "worked our way into." It was less about what was there and more about who was there and what we did with them. For Nick and I, it was good to finally get some time to see Mr. Destructoid himself, who had previously been very busy working Japan to make Destructoid the world-conquering force it will one day become. We also enjoyed the company of friends like Scott (installer of blackness, Famitsu), Jesse (from Terminal Reality), Adam Sessler (G4's X-play), Hugo (Wireless Gaming World), and John (Hudson), all of which were members of our little picnic. Actually, we met great people at all the TGS parties. We look forward to partying with you again soon. We leave you now with a few more choice shots from the TGS parties. 

As promised, here is Destructoid's attempt to "review" the various parties of this year's Tokyo Game Show. Some might think that doing so would be a bit tasteless, as these are usually private events, but people com...


TGS 2007: Destructoid's booth babe review

Sep 25
// Dale North
I recently heard that some non-Destructoid readers thought that this site was something of a "boy's club." That was a bit hard for me to understand seeing as how we have more female writers than the "others," and that we have...

Life imitating games: the world of Final Fantasy VII turned real

Sep 06
// Dale North
We'll say right off that you're only going to appreciate this video/slideshow if:a. you've played Final Fantasy VIIb. you liked Final Fantasy VIIc. you actually still remember Final Fantasy VII Seriously, if you don't fi...

Watch for rolling katamaris

Aug 03
// Faith
Watch out for falling Tetris blocks for the next 3 miles ... what?!  Wouldn't that road sign confuse the heck out of you?Well, luckily for you and your insurance company, these signs aren't real. Created by readers of So...

E3 2007: Mr. Destructoid; sightings of the Robot

Jul 20
// Tiff
When the public masses encounter the shining silver legend that is the official Mr. Destructoid Robot, it's not uncommon for their tiny influential brains to become overwhelmed with high levels of awesome. At times this resul...

Sony Gamers Day 2007: SOCOM Confrontation

May 17 // Robert Summa
OVERVIEWFollowing its success as the number one online PlayStation®2 franchise, SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs breaches onto the PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3™) computer entertainment system in high-definition this holiday-season.  SOCOM Confrontation delivers the ultimate next-generation online combat experience made possible by the power of PS3. SOCOM Confrontation focuses on online play and the global community and clans that support it. With support for Tournaments, Clan Ladders, Leader Boards, this latest title in the multi-million unit selling franchise is exactly what SOCOM fans have been clamoring for.  Additionally, players will be able to modify their appearance through facial and physical customization. A global-scale experience, SOCOM Confrontation gives players the opportunity to battle against the best and brightest from the U.S., Europe and Asia.SOCOM Confrontation deploys with five new North African themed maps, including a 32-player version of “Crossroads.”  Additional themed packs for SOCOM Confrontation will be made available for download via the PLAYSTATION®Store.KEY FEATURESUltimate 32-player online combat experience featuring stunning high-definition visuals, advanced physics, ballistics, impact and destruction modelingRich interactive and destructible environments supporting multiple game typesFull support of the SIXAXIS™ wireless controller, offering greater controlChoice of playing as various International Special ForcesAdvanced voice communication systems and immersive audioComprehensive player customization including fully featured load out, encumbrance and unique uniforms Up to seven different game modes are available on each map Advanced player matching, players can form a team with their friends and easily join an online gameRegional combat or challenge teams from around the worldAdditional themed downloadable content packs  available post launch

The game I'm sure many first-person shooter and Sony-related FPS fans have been dying to hear about was eventual appearance of the beloved SOCOM franchise on the PlayStation 3. So, of course, it's coming to the syst...

Winners announced! Nintendo "Bigger Is Better" boxers on parade

Apr 27 // Niero Desu
GRAND PRIZES - A new pair of Nintendo "Bigger is Better" boxers and a Destructoid Also, Cocks shirt!  Plus something random from my dad's toolshed or archipelago.01. PacoDG02. SilverHertz03. SplamRUNNER UPS - Dtoid Shirts and a receipt from the last time I went to BK with cash 04. Eques-Ardor (tied)05. Velcroman (tied)06. Pyramid Head07. Rasberry Jowls08. Wa-Keen09. Don_Other10. JoePekulaYou know the dilli-o: send me an email with your shipping info (from your registered Dtoid account email address) and I'll get the goods to you in a week or so. A new contest is coming up next week, so if you didn't win you'll have another opportunity to rob us blind very shortly.  Have a great weekend everyone, and thanks for supporting  Destructoid. Also, cocks.  

 Destructoid photoshop contests are always a reminder of just how much our community F*CKING RULES! I'd like to thank everyone who participated, dutifuly putting in the time to attach underwear to everything from pop...


Side quest: Destructoid in studio with Epileptic Gaming

Apr 04
// Robert Summa
After last week's sinful episode on Epileptic Gaming, the EG boys have finally got around to putting up the pictures from the Loose Cannon appearance. Check out the pictures here or in our gallery for some of that behind the scenes goodness.And please, support good gaming content and watch EG every weekday at 4 p.m. Pacific/7 p.m. Eastern. 

Real life Pokemon

Mar 25 // Faith

Pikachu always seemed like a cool pet to have; he would be cute enough to attract the ladies and at the same time he could safe guard your house and shock intruders. Only problem would be instead of biting you like a dog woul...


 Well, it's time to end the Ideazon keyboard and mouse contest. We had plenty of awesome entries in the contest, and so we've collected some of the best in the gallery down below. I'd really like to thank all...


Destructoid gets around like herpes

Feb 17
// Niero Desu
As seen on underaged boobs: Apparently there's a Fall Out Boy T-Shirt with four Japanese Smoking Robot figures on it [source withheld!].  Lucky us!  At least it's not a EmoBandname #32 shirt. Domestic take...

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