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Chad Concelmo

Look who's coming to Thanksgiving dinner (spoiler: it's Chad Concelmo)

And Kirby I guess
Nov 28
// Darren Nakamura
It's been long enough since Chad Concelmo left Destructoid that we probably have some readers now who aren't familiar with the most amazing features editor/perpetual teenager/fragrance mogul to grace our pages. If you don't k...

A look at eating in videogames

Nov 27 // Jonathan Holmes
[embed]284334:56463:0[/embed] Cubivore Like Pikmin, Cubivore deals with many of the harsh realities of being alive by coating death and Darwinism in a thick, cute layer of cartoon surrealism. It's a game about eating other animals before they eat you. You don't have to necessarily eat the whole animal either. Just eating one of their limbs can yield new powers and abilities. Don't forget to poop though or else you wont be able to eat more of your peers.  [embed]284334:56465:0[/embed] Metal Slug 3 Metal Slug 3 is one of the best looking videogames ever made. The attention to detail in the game's visuals are second to none in the dot-art genre. No other game makes the mosaic world of low-res sprites feel more real than Metal Slug 3.  These details come in a variety of ways. One of my favorites comes in the form of surprise fatness. In most games, food gives the player points and/or health, allowing the player to somehow process calories into numbers and/or life meter. In Metal Slug 3, those calories don't just go to your score. They also go to your waistline. Eat enough food and you'll find yourself fat. Like in reality, your extra weight has its pros and cons. Taking up more space makes you easier to hit, but in a miracle of videogame science, being bigger also makes your bullets bigger. It's as though your gun is an extension of your body, and blowing out big bullets will eventually help you lose weight.  If only that worked in real life.  [embed]284334:56464:0[/embed] Tobal 2 and Metal Gear Solid 3 Quick aside -- Tobal 2 is my favorite 3D Fighting game ever and it would be a really good idea for Square Enix to finally bring it out on PSN. If Vib Ribbon can do it, so can Tobal 2, right? The game combines elements of Virtua Fighter, Tekken, Street Fighter, and Pokémon into one cohesive whole, and has character designs by the creator of Dragon Ball. That's about as marketable as it gets. Even the game's PS1-era graphics hold up well, thanks to the 60 FPS frame rate and flat, texture-free character models. It's as fun to play now as it was when it was first released in Japan in the late '90s.  One of the most interesting things about Tobal 2 is its adventure mode, which sends you out into a series of randomly generated dungeons with limited supplies. The combat and exploration aspects of the game provide a daunting enough challenge on their own, pitting you against robots, owlbears, and various forms of penguins. It gets even tougher when you factor in the game's food and hunger systems. Like in Metal Gear Solid 3, food is as important to your struggle to staying alive as self-defense is. Get too hungry and you won't last long. Meat isn't always safe either. Eat rotten meat and pay the price.  Though it sounds like a lot of work, there is something about managing your fighting skills, your ability to navigate a complex environment, and your caloric intake all at the same time that provides a sense of mastery and accomplishment that's rare in games today.  [embed]284334:56466:0[/embed] Animal Crossing Though it's changed in recent iterations of the series, the first couple Animal Crossing games provide the player with a Thanksgiving feast that borders on cannibalism. While the in-game celebration isn't exactly about eating, it is about who and what we eat, putting the idea of food versus friends in perspective.  If you boot up the game on Thanksgiving, you'll find a new visitor in town -- a terrified turkey named Franklin who appears to be in fear for his life. Food is a standard part of Animal Crossing, though it usually comes in the form of fruit or candy. On Thanksgiving, it's implied that animal meat is on the menu -- specifically, Franklin's meat.  Like in Pokémon, the Animal Crossing world has blurry lines between the difference between special animals that can be your friends and animals that can be your pets/food/etc. You can catch an octopus in the ocean, and then talk to a giant octopus that lives in your town. You can eat an orange, and then talk to a cat that appears to be part orange. These lines are at their most blurry during Thanksgiving, where it's up to you to decide to either ignore the plight of you friend who may be dinner, or actually help your neighbors prepare their cannibalistic feast (in exchange for furniture, of course). If Animal Crossing is a subtle critique on capitalistic culture and mindless consumerism, then Thanksgiving in Animal Crossing is that critique at its most biting.  [embed]284334:56467:0[/embed] Lone Survivor I recently wrote about how Lone Survivor is one of my favorite games about psychosis. It's also one of my favorite games about food, and how what you eat reflects on how well you take care of yourself. It's something we rarely think about in games, and something we could all probably stand to think about more in our actual lives. What does it say about how much you care about what you put into your body? How is it going to affect you in the short run? How about in the long run? Are the risks going to outweigh the benefits? Will my cautious thoughts be enough to keep me from shoving a bunch of fried fish snack into my face?  These questions are a little easier to answer in Lone Survivor than they are in real life. In reality, eating junk food offers physical rewards that aren't present in games. Not yet anyway. We can bet that once we have the tech to induce targeted gustatory hallucinations in games, then the "eating genre" will be a lot more heavily populated.  Those are a few of the more interesting games I've played about food. Are there any I missed that handle the act of eating in a fun or noteworthy way? I didn't touch upon Kirby because that's sort of played out, and I'm still not sure if Yoshi's eggs are poop or a failed form of reproduction, so I left those out for now. I'm sure there are plenty I missed though, so let me have it. 
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Hamburger lovers let me hear you say 'Ho'
Physical violence is one of the most commonly used game mechanics. There are a few good reasons for that. Violence is an instinctual and direct method to interact with objects, virtual or otherwise. It's something that invol...

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Bloggers Wanted

Bloggers Wanted: Giving Thanks

What are you thankful for?
Nov 04
// Occams
[This month's Dtoid Community Assignment is all about being thankful!] November is a great month. The weather is nicer. The leaves turn. Things slow down a bit in the waking world while we all gear up for the holidays. The on...

Deal North: Thanksgiving day game deals

Nov 28 // Dale North
Amazon: These game deals on PC game downloads went live this morning, and most will run through Black Friday. Batman: Arkham Origins (PC download) -- $19.99 Binary Domain -- $4.99, Multiplayer pack included -- $7.99 (JUST DO IT!) Dead Island Franchise Pack (GOTY, Riptide and DLC) -- $12.49 Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn -- $14.99, Collector's Edition $24.99 Joe Danger and Joe Danger 2 bundle -- $10.00 Rayman Legends (PC download) -- $19.99 NiGHTS into Dreams -- $3.39 (aww, that's sad) Sonic and SEGA All-Stars Racing Transformed -- $4.99 Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode 1 -- $2.49, Episode 2 -- $3.75 Street Fighter X Tekken -- $7.49, Complete Pack $14.99 Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Blacklist -- $29.99 The XCOM Collection -- $9.99 (Damn!) [embed]266555:51598:0[/embed] Console game downloads: Battlefield 4 (PS3 PSN)-- $25 in a 3-hour Lightning Deal starting 9:10 a.m. ET  Grand Theft Auto V (PS3, PSN, or Xbox 360)- $33.99 Call of Duty: Ghosts (PS3 PSN) -- $39.99 Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag (PS3 PSN) -- $33.99 FIFA 14 (PS3 PSN) -- $39.99 Lego Marvel Super Heroes (PS3PSN) -- $29.99 Console games: Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix (PS3) -- $19.99 Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy -- $14.99 Batman Arkham Origins (PS3) -- $29.99 Dishonored: Game of the Year Edition (PS3) -- $19.99 Tomb Raider -- $14.99 The Last of Us -- $34.99, $24.99 in a Lightning Deal starting at 5:10 p.m Beyond: Two Souls -- $34.99, $24.99 in a Lightning Deal starting at 5:10 p.m Muramasa Rebirth (Vita) -- $19.99 Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate (Vita) -- $24.99 Ratchet and Clank Collection (PS3) -- $10 in a Lightning Deal starting at 5:10 p.m.   MLB 13 The Show -- $15 in a Lightning Deal starting at 6:10 p.m.  Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch -- $14.99 Puppeteer -- $19.99 Red Dead Redemption: Game of the Year Edition -- $14.99 Consoles: PS3 250GB System with The Last of Us and Batman Arkham Origins -- $199.99 Xbox 360 E 250GB with Tomb Raider and Halo 4 -- $189.99 Other Amazon deals: Xbox Live Gold 3-month code and $5 Amazon video credit -- $16.99 Best Buy: Some of the Black Friday deals have gone up early! Consoles: PS3 250GB System with The Last of Us and Batman Arkham Origins -- $199.99 Xbox 360 250GB system with Halo 4, Darksiders II, Tomb Raider and Batman: Arkham City -- $189.99 Wii U system with New Super Mario Bros. U, New Super Luigi U and Mario or Luigi Wii Remote -- $319.97 Games: The Elder Scrolls Anthology -- $29.99 Humble Store: The Humble Store has a sale running from Thanksgiving, starting at 11 a.m. PT and ending on December 3 at the same time. Lots of great games are included in their sale. Crusader Kings II Collection -- $19.99 Kentucky Route Zero -- $12.49 Rogue Legacy -- $7.49 Mount & Blade Warband -- $4.99 Risk of Rain -- $7.99 Gone Home -- $9.99 Ironclad Tactics -- $11.24 Fallen Enchantress - Legendary Heroes -- $9.99 Frozen Synapse -- $4.99 Game Dev Tycoon -- $6.99 Godus -- $14.99 Anomaly 2 -- $4.99 Vessel -- $3.74 Tetrobot and Co -- $5.99 Worms Reloaded -- $6.49 Beat Hazard Ultra -- $3.89 Anodyne -- $3.99 The Bridge -- $2.99 Square Enix: Square Enix's sale has prices slashed half off or more. Their offerings are wide ranging, from old games like PS1 game Chrono Cross to brand new stuff, like Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. We've listed the highlights below. You can find the rest at Square Enix's sale page. Army Corps of Hell (Vita) -- $14.99 Bust a Move Universe (3DS) -- $9.99 Chrono Cross (PS1) -- $7.49 Dead Island: Game of the Year Edition (PS3) -- $14.99 Dissidia Final Fantasy -- $9.99 Drakengard (PS2) -- $9.99 Deus Ex: Human Revolution Augmented Edition -- $19.99 Final Fantasy (PSP) -- $4.99 Final Fantasy Anthology (PS1) -- $7.49 Final Fantasy Chronicles (PS1) -- $7.49 Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time (DS) -- $14.99 Final Fantasy II (PSP) -- $4.99 Final Fantasy III (DS) -- $9.99 Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions -- $4.99 Final Fantasy VII (PC download) -- $5.99 Final Fantasy XIII (PS3 and Xbox 360) -- $9.99 Final Fantasy XIII-2 (PS3 and Xbox 360) -- $9.99 Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light (DS) -- $9.99 Front Mission 4 (PS2) -- $7.49 Romancing SaGa (PS2) -- $14.99 Star Ocean: First Departure (PSP) -- $9.99 Theatrhythm Final Fantasy (3DS) -- $14.99 Tomb Raider (PS3 and Xbox 360) -- $19.99 Valkrie Profile 2: Slimeria (PS2) -- $9.99 Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX Limited Edition (PS3) -- $19.99
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Tons of titles for Turkey Day
[Update: We've added a few more items to our shopping list this morning. Our deals corgi thanks you for your tips! Now go get Ni no Kuni for $15!] Happy Thanksgiving! Aside from what we have today and what you've seen already...

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Borderlands 2 is getting Thanksgiving themed DLC

The Horrible Hunger of the Ravenous Wattle Gobbler
Nov 20
// Joshua Derocher
Borderlands 2 is getting some DLC for Thanksgiving, called The Horrible Hunger of the Ravenous Wattle Gobbler. First of all, that name is amazing. This is the second set of Headhunter DLC, following T.K. Baha's Bloo...

Let us give thanks to the Nintendo Parakeet

Dedicate your Thanksgiving to the BEST holiday bird
Nov 22
// Jim Sterling
It is Thanksgiving Day, that day we celebrate Christopher Columbus sailing to Nazareth in a gigantic turkey, and we are to be grateful for all the wonderful things that have happened at us over the course of our short, and ul...

Nintendo Download 11/22/12: Thanksgiving Edition

Gaming makes a great escape
Nov 22
// Dale North
Stay young. Or single. Getting hitched changes everything. Thanksgiving turns from a joyous occasion of mindless gorging to a tricky affair at best, with in-laws, planning, babies, and stress to deal with. I'm going to use th...
Give thanks and get rewarded!
[Update: Contest closed! Winner is Nick Martin!] Happy Thanksgiving from Destructoid! In the spirit of the season, we're giving away an Assassin's Creed III: Liberation PS Vita bundle to one lucky Dtoider! Here's the run-down...


Sonic returns to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Nov 07
// Tony Ponce
The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City is just as big a holiday institution as having to deal with extended family members who you spend the rest of the year explicitly avoiding. If you ask me, the event should h...

Dtoid (the show) recap week 7: Majin, Holiday, and Poland

Nov 28
// Jonathan Holmes
It was a short, technical difficulties packed week for us on Destructoid (the show), but we managed to have a good time of it anyway. More importantly, we managed to answer a lot of your most burning questions.  How scar...

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

Nov 24
// Jonathan Holmes
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 ...

Let's all learn about Thanksgiving from Q*Bert

Nov 28
// Jordan Devore
This has been one weird day for me. So, I found out there was an 80s cartoon based on Q*Bert from The Retroist. Seriously. Taking this situation one step further, my introduction to the animated shenanigans of the foul-mouth...

IBM to kill off the Cell processor (updated)

Nov 26
// Josh Tolentino
I thought long and hard about a Thanksgiving-related pun to use in this header, but in the end I couldn't find anything to fit in the title box. Thus, I shall try to put the puns in here. So, chipmaker IBM is looked like it w...

Art imitates life: Bit.Trip VOID in time for Thanksgiving

Nov 07
// Jonathan Holmes
Bit.Trip VOID is a game that you can play with your family, where you compete to see who can get fatter the fastest. Thanksgiving (link NSFW) is a holiday where families do the same thing, except with more awkward silences an...

Xbox 360 allegedly outsells PS3 by 3 to 1 last week

Dec 02
// Jim Sterling
Uh oh, Microsoft is being smug again. According to the platform holder, the Xbox 360 enjoyed "record breaking sales" this Thanksgiving weekend, allegedly outselling the PlayStation 3 at a 3:1 ratio. The system saw a...

Microsoft combats red rings: heatsinks to the rescue

Jun 14
According to Xbox-Scene News, it would seem that Microsoft is taking steps to lessen the chance that your recently repaired Xbox 360 will be making a return visit to the doctor. Thanks to some hulking heatsinks that are bein...

Thank you Niero Gonzalez

Destructoid's Founder
Mar 16
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
On top of it being Destructoid's one year anniversary today, it also happens to be the boss mans birthday today. We at Destructoid all agree that we are truly lucky and fortunate to be working for not only the best site on th...

Happy Thanksgiving from Dtoid and Red Vs Blue!

Nov 23
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
 This is easily one of my favorite Red Vs Blue PSAs of all time. You're going to have to get your mindset back into the year 2004 to get some of the jokes, but otherwise this is a great video. So has anyone ever had a Turducken before?  Or a Humrowhenenduckturkturkguincockglealbamotrichleopactyl747?  

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