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Fans upset over anime-ized statue of Mass Effect's Liara photo
Fans upset over anime-ized statue of Mass Effect's Liara
by Tony Ponce

I remember when the Western anime craze really started to boom in the late 90s. Not only did media distributors start licensing every single Japanese property under the sun, distinctly Western properties began to demonstrate greater and greater Japanese influences. It started when shows like Dexter's Laboratory would incorporate speed lines, giant robot battles, and kaiju monsters. Eventually, there was Teen Titans on television and Marvel Mangaverse in comics, which tried to more directly emulate Japanese art and animation.

This wasn't a one-way street, however. Powerpuff Girls Z was a Japanese adaptation of a Western cartoon which itself drew heavily from Japanese media. Currently, we've got Marvel Anime, four miniseries by Japanese animation studio Madhouse, based on Iron Man, Wolverine, X-Men, and Blade. Just as we are fascinated by foreign styles, likewise are they with ours. It's what explains the viability of the Kotobukiya Bishoujo line of figurines, which immortalize fictional female characters, including many Western comics icons like Wonder Woman and Phoenix.

Now, BioWare is working with Kotobukiya on a mold of Mass Effect's blue-skinned asari Liara T'Soni. Production images were shared on the company's Facebook page, but the over-3000 comments are less than receptive. Hit the jump for my further musings on this situation.

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The 3DS eShop, or why Nintendo has no f*cking clue photo
The 3DS eShop, or why Nintendo has no f*cking clue
by Jim Sterling

I am an idiot. Some of you are reading this now and your first thought is, "He finally admits it!" However, I have a specific reason for this self-deprecating opener. There was some part of me -- some naive, doe-eyed, expectant part of me -- that truly thought Nintendo was going to get its act together with the 3DS eShop. 

For possibly demented reasons, when I heard that Nintendo intended to make serious strides with its digital offerings and give us something to make the 3DS a worthy download platform, I actually wanted to trust it. I wanted to think Nintendo knew what it was doing, had learned from its mistakes, and would kick righteous amounts of downloadable arse. 

So like I said, I'm an idiot. 

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8:00 PM on 04.20.2011

You got some of your film in my video game

[To cutscene or not to cutscene? That is the question posed by Zwuh; not so much posed as answered vehemently. Want to see your own writing on the front page? Write something awesome and put it in the C Blogs. -- Kauza] Welco...

Andy Astruc

Valve 'fans' whine and cry about Portal 2 like idiots photo
Valve 'fans' whine and cry about Portal 2 like idiots
by Jim Sterling

Portal 2 launched yesterday in a whirlwind of critical acclaim, but if you believe some of the fans out there, this game is the worst thing since anthrax was invented.

An army of bitter little fanboys has attacked the game via Metacritic's user reviews, with hundreds of negative summaries complaining about unbelievably inane sh*t. Many of them just seem upset that the game didn't release as early as they wanted it to. Others bitch about the downloadable co-op costume packs that appeared at launch. 

Yet more are claiming that the game is overpriced and that the main campaign is only two to four hours long. That last complaint is a straight-up lie, but apparently that doesn't matter if a customer is really pissed off about some inconsequential nonsense. 

I'd go so far as to agree that the DLC is silly, but that actually has nothing to do with the game itself, which is one of the best titles I've ever played (review coming soon). The campaign is six to eight hours long, and then there's co-op, which looks to add almost as much playtime.

As far as the ARG not unlocking Portal 2 early? Oh BOO HOO, you entitled, spoiled, pathetic little twats. Nobody promised anything.

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11:00 PM on 03.15.2011

Very few games are M-rated, but they take all the glory

The Entertainment Software Rating Board has just posted the ratings breakdown of games published in 2010. As you can see in the chart above, a little more than half of all games received the all-ages rating, while games rated...

Tony Ponce

4:00 PM on 02.26.2011

Screw home consoles, time to go 100% portable

[Note: We’re not just a (rad) news site -- we also publish opinions/editorials from our community & employees like this one, though be aware that they may not jibe with the opinions of Destructoid as a whole, ...

Tony Ponce

And you wonder why developers 'hate' PC gamers ...  photo
And you wonder why developers 'hate' PC gamers ...
by Jim Sterling

Crysis 2 is released on March 22, but if you've got a little time and even less scruples, you can play it right now. With almost depressing inevitability, an entire developer build of the game has been leaked online, allowing PC gamers early, free access to Crytek's latest eye-shagger. Killzone 3 was also recently leaked.

And this is why developers don't give a sh*t about PC gamers anymore, folks. 

It's become increasingly hard to sit back and say that videogame piracy isn't as bad as people say when stuff like this happens. This past week, I suggested that software pirates are fine so long as they admit they're thieves and recognize the potential harm they're doing to the industry. The pirates in question got utterly offended, acting more outrageous than an innocent man would do if accused of a crime he didn't commit. Apparently, guilt makes you more indignant than innocence.

All I can think in response to that is ... how dare you act offended when you do stuff like this?

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10:00 AM on 12.06.2010


Dear fellow writers of videogame things, The whole "Wii has failed this year" and "Is the Wii in trouble?" stuff has to stop, because you are sounding incredibly stupid and making us all look terrible. The Wii, in case you di...

Jim Sterling

4:00 PM on 12.01.2010

Valkyria Chronicles II is better, even if it's on the PSP

[Editor's Note: We're not just a (rad) news site -- we also publish opinions/editorials from our community & employees like this one, though be aware that it may not jive with the opinions of Destructoid as a whole, or...

Josh Tolentino

10:30 PM on 11.24.2010

Spy Party dev doesn't trust the press, sounds wounded

Hey, remember Spy Party? The game has been around for a while, but it really made a splash at PAX 10. I got a chance to check the game out myself, and while it was fun, I kept thinking "this is the game by the guy that called...

Jonathan Holmes

3:10 PM on 11.24.2010

Dtoid (the show): Thanksgiving! Sales! GRATITUDE!

Hey! We did a Thanksgiving episode! Tara got dressed up in traditional Native American garb, and she looks amazing. Me? I look sort of like Nicolas Cage from The Sorcerer's Apprentice. I guess it could have been worse. They ...

Jonathan Holmes

12:20 PM on 11.19.2010

Gran Turismo 5 has 50 minute install, can do while played

Attention to everyone that likes to bitch, including those that won't even play this game: Word is that Gran Turismo 5 takes 50 minutes to install, and up to 10 GB of hard disk space. CVG linked us to a forum post where one g...

Dale North

1:40 PM on 07.23.2010

How not to get me to wear your videogame promo shirts

Long has this industry been known for the copious amounts of swag made available for press and enthusiasts alike. Much of it is neat fan service -- an action figure, a limited-edition poster, a letter opener made to look like...

Nick Chester

Sundays with Sagat: Uncharted 2
by Jonathan Holmes

If people weren't all that happy with Sagat's thoughts on Super Mario 64, I can only imagine how they'll react to his take on Uncharted 2. Personally, I don't think that Uncharted 2 is that bad. It certainly isn't the only game to do the sort of stuff that Sagat complains about. My guess is that Sagat just isn't used to today's big event "games" and the way they mimic Hollywood popcorn movies. I know Sagat's had some bad experiences in the past with games that reject videogame-logic in favor of Hollywood-logic. Maybe that's where his distaste for the game comes from? Also, purple-bodybuilders-from-space-dressed-like-the-Road-Warrior probably didn't help.

Sagat also doesn't like being lied to. He hates tuning into the Cartoon Network and see a live action Andrew W.K. yelling at him, he hates that MTV is more "Teen TV" than "Music TV" these days, and he hates it when he intentionally puts a game, not a movie, into the "Blu-ray player that plays games too" called a PS3, and still gets stuck with a movie. Even Uncharted 2's biggest fans will tell you that the game is more movie than game. It would be one thing if it was a great movie, but...

On top of that, there's the whole "conspiracy theory" thing he's got going. Sagat seems convinced that many high profile members of the game industry (press, developers, and publishers) are collaborating behind the scenes to make videogames one with Hollywood blockbusters. That way, they too can share in the fame and fortune that comes with being "Hollywood royalty". You should hear the connections he's conjured up about: Netflix on game consoles, Sony's "Talladega" focus on Blu-Ray over games, Kotaku's movie reviews, and how Oprah, Obama, and Bill Cosby are all secretly the same person.

You may think that Sagat is delusional, but no one can deny that he's generous. The first person to name the title, console, and year of release of the game shown when Sagat says "Funny movies to watch" will get an autographed picture of Sagat (and his personal copy of Uncharted 2). Or you could just post something interesting, funny, or stupid in the comments. Maybe Sagat will send you something anyway.

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2:00 PM on 06.06.2010

Sundays with Sagat: The Hardcore/Comedy conundrum

  [Sundays with Sagat is a video series where a man named Sagat talks to you about videogames. This is serious business.] In this week's video diary, Sagat takes on the "hardcore games don't sell on the Wii" misconce...

Jonathan Holmes

2:00 PM on 05.30.2010

Sundays with Sagat: Mario 64 vs. Mario Galaxy

[Sundays with Sagat is a video series where a man named Sagat talks to you about videogames. This is serious business.] This week's episode started off really good. Sagat went on a tear about how each Mario game has a coun...

Jonathan Holmes