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3:00 AM on 06.04.2013

Check out this Red Dead Redemption fan film trailer

Three years later, and there's still plenty of love for Red Dead Redemption. The people at SilkDogFilms are definitely fans, with a film, Red Dead Redemption: The Hanging of Bonnie MacFarlane, that has been in production for...

Abel Girmay


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9:00 PM on 05.13.2013

John Marston vs. Revolver Ocelot's ridiculous mustache

John Marston: outlaw turned hero of the Old West. Revolver Ocelot: two-faced Russian gunslinger with a flair for the dramatic. What happens when these two square off in a a shootout to the death? Ocelot wins. Duh. What, was ...

Tony Ponce



From animal lover to virtual hunter photo
From animal lover to virtual hunter
by Taylor Stein

From a crouched position you move toward a jungle clearing. Left foot, then right foot; each step demonstrates restraint in the highest degree. A breeze travels through the overgrown leaves, causing the foliage to dance all around you. Tensions rise, anticipation builds. In a moment the wind stops, but the rustling continues. You are not alone. Your heartbeat elevates, its rhythmic drum becomes almost deafening against the natural tones of the jungle. Peeking through a gap between the branches, you spot a deer grazing in a lush glade.

The scene is picturesque, but fragile. You lower your torso to the dry earth with the grace of a swan. Noise is an unavoidable nemesis, but with a great deal of caution you successfully retrieve the bow from its position secured on your back. The deer's ears perk in response the quiet commotion.

In a last-ditch effort to collect your prize, you draw back the bow string and hold your breath. Three, two, one; in the blink of an eye, the suspense ends. The arrow slices through the air, entering the target. The buck lie motionless and a mix of triumph and sorrow paint the scene. Shattering the atmosphere, a familiar sound emanates from the screen. Up pops a 20-point achievement rewarding you for successfully hunting your prey.

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You should feel bad, but games don't want you to  photo
You should feel bad, but games don't want you to
by Steven Hansen

You monster.

Outside of the casual and educational spheres, violence abounds in games. Even Mario is violent, albeit not gratuitous. Combative, at least. Much of the game is purely avoiding obstacles, but eventually some form of cartoon, innocuous violence will be necessary for progression, be it dumping turtles in lava or tossing a mustachioed bomb on his royal, explosive tuches. And that's fine. Cartoon violence is one of the ways we handle it, render it inert -- unless a childhood full of Loony Tunes, Tom and Jerry, et al did a number on me -- but that idea is complicated in the realm of purportedly "serious" games in which violence is more....violent.

In his Tomb Raider review, Jim mentions how after the first few hours of the game it sets out to make your adversaries seem as abominable as possible, “to make us hate the antagonists.” He also mentions how the viciously skilled Lara and generally fun gameplay “undermines the whole narrative about the impact of taking human life,” which was the concern that came over me when I played through the Tomb Raider’s first three hours late last year. The killing is too good. Now they have to justify it.

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4:30 PM on 10.31.2012

Borderlands 2 ships 5M copies, XCOM deemed a success

Take-Two Interactive has disclosed its financial report for its second quarter fiscal 2013, which saw GAAP net revenue of $273.1 million, up from last year's $107 million for the same period. This was attributed to Borderland...

Jordan Devore

3:30 PM on 10.11.2012

A massive Rockstar Games Collection is on the way

[Update: Rockstar has just officially confirmed this collection, coming out on November 6 for $59.99.] Retailers Buy.com and CDUniverse.com have outed a Rockstar Games Collection which is set to include Grand Theft Auto: Epis...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

10:30 AM on 02.01.2012

Max Payne (and others) derezzed for 8-bit home computers

What if, instead of Max Payne 3, the next chapter in the saga was a retro throwback for old-ass computers like the ZX Spectrum or Commodore 64? You watch the video above and, at first, it doesn't look all that bad. Then you ...

Tony Ponce

7:00 PM on 01.29.2012

Location: Texture and authenticity in Red Dead Redemption

[Over the last week, JRo asked you to write about game settings. Yeroooc's first blog here explores how Red Dead Redemption did the southwest setting so well. As always, remember to load your own blogs into the Community...

yeroooc

2:45 PM on 11.21.2011

Get Mass Effect 2 for $5, more deep cuts on Amazon

Oh, the season is upon us. Everybody has been dropping their Black Friday promotions all around, the smell of avarice is thick in the air. Time to save money by spending money. Take this ridiculous Amazon deal for Mass Effect...

Conrad Zimmerman

8:40 AM on 10.14.2011

Gameloft copies Red Dead Redemption with Six Guns

I've given up trying to defend Gameloft. It knows what its doing and doesn't need the protection, so here's yet another shamelessly "inspired" game coming soon to mobile devices -- Six Guns.  This open-world cowboy game...

Jim Sterling

10:00 AM on 10.06.2011

Rockstar: We haven't abandoned PC

Rockstar has promised that it's not forgotten about PC gamers, and that claims to the contrary are unfounded. The studio said this in the face of Red Dead Redemption being restricted to consoles and L.A. Noire taking months t...

Jim Sterling





9:45 PM on 09.14.2011

The DTOID Show: It's our 200th episode, let's celebrate!

Happy Wednesday, Destructurds! Max and I are back with another edition of The Destructoid Show - our 200th, to be exact. Feel free to send us cards with money in them. On tonight's totally un-special birthday episode, I run ...

Tara Long

1:00 PM on 09.13.2011

Rockstar confirms Red Dead Redemption GOTY Edition

If you have been holding off living out your wild west fantasies in Red Dead Redemption, you might want to wait another month. Rockstar has just confirmed the Red Dead Redemption: Game of the Year Edition, which will arrive i...

Fraser Brown

11:17 PM on 08.03.2011

The DTOID Show: Borderlands 2 and hands-on with Rage!

[The Destructoid Show gives a rundown of all the top news from Destructoid.com every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Subscribe to us on YouTube, follow us on Twitter, and like us on Facebook.] Hey, guys and g...

Tara Long

8:00 PM on 08.02.2011

Red Dead Redemption Game of the Year coming, says BBFC

To the reader who recently expressed interest in waiting for a Game of the Year edition of Red Dead Redemption: do it! Based on a BBFC listing, one such retail package is on the way. The ratings board says it'll include the r...

Jordan Devore



Rockstar talks free Myths and Mavericks pack for Red Dead photo
Rockstar talks free Myths and Mavericks pack for Red Dead
by Jordan Devore

This new downloadable content for Red Dead Redemption might seem out of nowhere if you haven't been following Rockstar lately, but the company has been teasing it for a while. The free content was given a name today: the "Myths and Mavericks Bonus Pack."

Expect to unwrap this joyous bundle of love in September. It contains fan-favorite multiplayer characters like Landon Ricketts and more locations for the various multiplayer modes (Deathmatch, Grab the Bag, Gang, etc.).

Before this becomes publicly available, Rockstar plans to push out a title update that will apparently return Red Dead to the original Undead Overrun multiplayer mode settings. I never did get around to trying that out, but it looked intense.

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