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11:00 PM on 07.04.2010

Patriot Games: A July 4th Destructoid spectacular

So, I guess it's a Holiday today. That's one of the reasons why I don't have a Sundays with Sagat to show you this week, which makes me very sad. To make up for it, I thought I'd try to throw together a couple of topical feat...

Jonathan Holmes





8:40 AM on 05.31.2010

Pachter thinks Ubisoft's DRM is just lovely

Game industry analyst and monkey juggler Michael Pachter does not think that Ubisoft's DRM is a bad thing. In fact, as a lawyer he believes it is Ubisoft's right to protect its games in any way the publisher sees fit.  "...

Jim Sterling

2:00 PM on 05.07.2010

Kotick still considers West & Zampella his friends

Despite all the legal wrangling and public airing of dirty laundry, Activision CEO Bobby Kotick still wants Jason West and Vince Zampella to know that he loves them. The former Infinity Ward bosses were fired under a bitter c...

Jim Sterling



Megaton: Bungie signs ten-year deal with Activision photo
Megaton: Bungie signs ten-year deal with Activision
by Jim Sterling

Wait, what!?

In news that could be considered shocking at the very least, Halo developer Bungie has announced that it just signed a ten-year contract with evil publisher Activision, marking the studio's first long-term engagement since it split with Microsoft in 2007. 

Bear in mind this is not an acquisition, with Bungie still maintaining control of itself. However, Bungie will now be providing a decade's worth of content for Activision to publish.

Details are scarce at the moment, but this is obviously a bit of a megaton announcement. As Infinity Ward appears to disassemble before our eyes, Activision has seduced the makers of the only current FPS to challenge Call of Duty for dominance, and has added yet another high profile company to its stable of powerful thralls. 

How long will it take for Activision to own a little slice of every part of this industry?

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1:20 PM on 04.26.2010

Warning: iPad users falling prey to virus attacks

So grimly predictable. The iPad hasn't been out long, but already a bunch of nefarious malware purveyors (better known as "twats") are preying upon unsuspecting (better known as "stupid") iPad users, offering better performan...

Jim Sterling

6:00 PM on 04.01.2010

Halo: The Movie will be the best movie ever

The biggest videogame franchise ever gets the biggest movie treatment ever. I would seriously pay money to actually watch something like this in theaters. P.S. Samit Sarkar didn't find this funny at all. What a racist. P.S.S. The video sometimes autoplays for some reason, so we put it after the jump >>

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8:00 AM on 03.18.2010

Command & Conquer 4 requires constant online connection

Uh oh ... Hot off the heels of Ubisoft's serpentine PC DRM, Electronic Arts has revealed that it doesn't want to be left out of the hate and has jumped into the fire as well. Command & Conquer 4, like Ubi's recent PC game...

Jim Sterling

8:00 AM on 03.05.2010

Sony patents degradable demos (they degrade!)

Game publishers are always looking for new ways to provide that "first free hit" as if they were nerdy drug dealers, and a fresh patent from Sony appears to have stumbled upon an interesting way of doing it. The filing detail...

Jim Sterling

4:00 PM on 03.04.2010

How Activision can become popular

Evil publisher Activision has an image problem. Much of that problem stems from the fact that evil publisher Activision is evil, and everybody knows it. Perhaps if Activision were less evil, its public image would improve, bu...

Jim Sterling

1:00 PM on 02.24.2010

'Satanic-themed videogames' concern Christian alarmist

Worried that videogames may be teaching your children to worship the Horned One? Fear not, my good friends, because a righteous crusader is here to save us all! Philadelphia paper The Bulletin sheds light on mostly old and/or...

Jim Sterling

1:00 AM on 02.22.2010

Bobby Kotick says he isn't a dick

Since Activision's rise to gaming publisher domination and their commitment to rehashing money makers over and over again the gaming world has had a new face of evil to point at as the problem with everything ever: Bobby Koti...

Matthew Razak

2:40 PM on 02.01.2010

Dante's Inferno can't say 'Go to Hell' during Super Bowl

Dante's Inferno is gearing up for one of the most prestigious advertising slots that America has to offer -- a spot in the Super Bowl commercial lineup. However, there's going to be a sacrifice in order to reach such a huge a...

Jim Sterling





9:40 AM on 12.22.2009

Insane Christian group wants to ban Modern Warfare 2

It wouldn't be Christmas without some good ol' fashioned Christian intolerance, would it? A bunch of radical wingnuts have taken issue with Modern Warfare 2, declaring that all decent people should denounce it and the "massac...

Jim Sterling

7:00 AM on 12.21.2009

ESRB: Dante's Inferno contains demon penis

Oh yes, it's that time again! Time for another brilliant ESRB rating. We've had Street Fighter IV's flexed gluteus, Mass Effect 2's future blouse, and Final Fantasy XIII's breast side portions. Now the ESRB has given us the m...

Jim Sterling

9:00 AM on 11.15.2009

Activision: Gamers 'demand' to pay more for Call of Duty

Evil publisher Activision loves the color of money, and apparently having the biggest game franchises in the world just doesn't rake in enough cash for the nefarious company. With that in mind, Activision is looking at ways t...

Jim Sterling

8:00 AM on 10.15.2009

Modern Warfare 2 gets $10 price hike on PC

It seems there is no low to which evil publisher Activision will not sink. Still licking its lips after raising the UK RRP of Modern Warfare 2, Activision has now turned its eyes upon America, singling out PC gamers and deemi...

Jim Sterling