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It's happening: Skylanders toys in McDonald's Happy Meals


Parents don't stand a chance
Apr 10
// Jordan Devore
This month, the inevitable will happen for the billion-dollar Skylanders franchise: it'll pair up with McDonald's for placement in Happy Meals. Nine toys based on Skylanders Giants will be offered from April 12 to M...
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Nintendo of Europe's 18+ eShop restriction is no more


Come one! Come all! To Nintendo's House of Smut and Sadism!
Mar 21
// Tony Ponce
Nintendo has been trying its best to prove that its hardware is not just for children, but then things happen and it's back to the kiddie corner. The most recent roadblock has been a nonsensical eShop restriction that prevent...

Teen shoots parents with pistol, blames violent games

Mar 14 // Jim Sterling
As we saw with Norway shooter Anders Brevik, it's looking like killers have taken note of the fact they can shift accusing eyes away from themselves by pointing at violent videogames -- a tactic eagerly swallowed up by news sources, parents, and politicians. Thanks entirely to the efforts of FOX News, CNN, Leland Yee, and a host of other reckless disseminators of assumption-posing-as-fact, videogames are an easy way for a criminal to pass the buck and take some of the heat off themselves. It might not be a "get out of jail free" card -- yet -- but it's demonstrably effective in allowing murderers respite from their own responsibility.  That someone can kill people in cold blood, blame videogames ... and actually have that blame accepted by influential people, is beyond atrocious. Nathan Brooks won't be the last one to try it, either, and he won't be the last to find a society more than willing to hear him out. Utterly disgusting.  14-Year-Old Shoots Parents, Blames Video Games [GamePolitics] [Image source]
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This is what killers have learned to do now
A Washington state teen has been charged with murder, the 14-year-old having shot his mother and father in the head after he was grounded from electronic devices. Nathon Brooks may be tried as an adult for the crime, tho...

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Ralph Nader: videogames are electronic child molesters


Games compared to pedophiles, because that's not irresponsible!
Jan 22
// Jim Sterling
Former politician and consumer advocate Ralph Nader has decided to throw his lot in with the perpetrators of moral panic, writing off videogames as "electronic child molesters." Talk about a socially responsible statemen...
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Nintendo blames Germany for dumb Wii U eShop restrictions


18-rated games locked until 11pm each night
Dec 10
// Jim Sterling
Nintendo has confirmed German law as the reason for a stupid restriction that stops European eShop customers buying 18-rated games like ZombiU during the day. Because Nintendo of Europe is based in Germany, all of Europe is l...
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Europe: 18-rated Wii U eShop games locked until 11pm


Adults forced to wait up to buy games
Dec 07
// Jim Sterling
Reports around the Internet, including NeoGAF, have revealed an irritating age restriction on the European Wii U eShop. Regardless of whether you have a child account or not, you're unable to purchase 18-rated games until 11p...
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Umloud 2011: A Rock Band night for Child's Play


Dec 06
// Jesse Cortez
Gamers are a naturally creative bunch, and this can definitely be seen in the way that we come together to raise money for charity. This Thursday, December 8th, at the DNA Lounge in San Francisco, Ümloud will be hosting...
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UK newspaper: 'Gamers can't tell real world from fantasy'


Sep 21
// David Rayfield
After roughly every single outlet in the UK blaming the London Riots on videogames, I was led to believe that perhaps we would experience a few months before some more insanity was thrown about by the mainstream media. Perhap...
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'Majority' of 3DS players suffering side effects?


Jan 18
// Jim Sterling
Nintendo World held a large 3DS testing event last week, and a troubling report claims that a "majority" of players suffered side effects as a result of the 3D gimmickry. Japanese magazine Friday claims that players suffered ...
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Battlefield 1943 PC still MIA, refunds are being accepted


Jul 31
// Jordan Devore
What's the deal with the PC version of Battlefield 1943? We still don't know for sure. The long-since-presumed-dead port of DICE's uber popular PlayStation Network and Xbox LIVE Arcade game is officially still on the way, but...
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Patriot Games: A July 4th Destructoid spectacular


Jul 04
// Jonathan Holmes
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...
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Peter Molyneux falls into ice, revolutionizes ice-falling


Jan 09
// Jim Sterling
Fable creator and Microsoft Game Studios bigwig Peter Molyneux fell in some ice. While this is ordinarily not newsworthy, I just want you to imagine Peter Molyneux falling into some ice. It's pretty hilarious. Don't...
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Videogames cause abortions and cough medicine addiction


Dec 29
// Jim Sterling
China's government-owned news channel has decided to blame videogames for young teen girls having sex and needing abortions. Online games have also been blamed for mass murder, following an "expose" at a prison camp where a k...
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Writer demands more realistic violence in videogames


Dec 28
// Jim Sterling
While mainstream media outlets rally the braindead public against so-called "realistic" videogame violence, one comic book writer has gone in the opposite direction -- criticizing videogames for not being realistic enough wit...
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Monday Mind Teasers: The World's Hardest Game


Dec 07
// Tom Fronczak
Warning: The following may not be suitable for minors who are living completely happy lives. Do not, under any circumstances, attempt to play this game if you have any other plans for the rest of your night, or if you or your...
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This Pikachu ski mask is fifteen kinds of horrible


Nov 23
// Jim Sterling
There are young girls buried in the back yards of America that most likely have this image as the last thing they ever saw. It's allegedly a Pikachu ski mask but it looks like something only a perverse sex murderer would wear...
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PS3s being used to nab pedophiles


Nov 16
// Jim Sterling
I guess the PS3 really does do everything. Not content to be a game device, a Blu-ray player, and everything else Sony markets it as, the PlayStation 3 is also a handy tool used by police to crack into the computers of suspec...
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Michael Jackson's Moonwalker heading to Virtual Console


Nov 09
// Jim Sterling
Moonwalker, the game everybody found an excuse to keep talking about after Michael Jackson died, finally has some relevant news attached to it. The game is scheduled for release on the Wii's Virtual Console, with European rat...
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Predictable: Modern Warfare 2 footage upsets people


Oct 29
// Jim Sterling
It didn't take long. Modern Warfare 2's controversial footage showing civilians gunned down in an airport was confirmed only yesterday, and already people have decided to get offended and upset. For some reason, an Australian...
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Lil' Tommy Turnipseed: Ban war toys and war games, please!


Jul 11
// Jim Sterling
You know what we've never run before? A story about some old, out-of-touch activist who claims that "studies show" videogames are bad for children. We've never written about people like that before, so let's write o...
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Thai officials shut down game sites following boy's suicide


May 23
// Jim Sterling
Yesterday, we told you about a 12-year-old boy who committed suicide after his parents banned him from gaming. The most curious aspect of the story was the fact that Thailand's overbearing Ministry of Health did not use the d...
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PTC applauds California's violent game appeal, tells lies


May 21
// Jim Sterling
The Parent's Television Council, an organization dedicated to telling other people what to do, has applauded Arnold Schwarzenegger's decision to appeal to the US Supreme Court over the dismissal of his hypocritical 2005 viole...
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Texan sex offenders may need to register online game handles


May 06
// Jim Sterling
Quite why something like this hasn't been implemented sooner is beyond me, but it seems that Texas' legal system has finally caught up with the modern age and is considering a new bill that requires kiddy fiddlers to register...
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Smoke pot, suck at games, claims anti-marijuana campaign


Mar 10
// Jim Sterling
Anti-marijuana campaign Above The Influence is targeting gamers by demonstrating how bad their playing skills can get while feeling the effects of funny cigarettes. Pointing out the effects of pot on your memory, perception a...
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Starcraft 101: Sitting in on Berkeley's class on Zerg rushing


Feb 10
// Ben Perlee
There’s been a lot of talk recently about UC Berkeley’s class on Starcraft. Seems many people are blown away that a school as well-known as Cal would be giving units for playing a ten-year-old computer game. I mea...
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New York bill treats games like hazardous material, wants them locked up


Jan 29
// Jim Sterling
New York, the state that seems to be in love with videogame legislation, is at it again, this time thanks to Assemblyman Keith L.T. Wright. Wright is the man who wants to combat games that enforce racist stereotypes, but he a...
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Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? on XBLA this Wednesday


Oct 27
// Jordan Devore
It's not like I have cash to spare during this busy season, so maybe I should be thankful that Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? is heading up Xbox LIVE Arcade this week rather than something halfway decent.One might argue t...
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10-year-old arrested for stealing from a fruit machine


Sep 01
// Jim Sterling
You know, there are some people out there who complain when blogs write crime stories that are tenuously linked to games, but this one is just too brilliant to keep to myself. A ten-year-old British boy was arrested on Friday...
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Would you steal a PS3 to save your family? That's one excuse I suppose


Aug 15
// Jim Sterling
Criminals dream up some of the daftest excuses for their actions, mostly because they always know somebody (coughjackthompsoncough) will be stupid enough to believe them. This has to be one of the more absurd reasons of recen...






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