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How would you feel if your online opponent was secretly a bot?

Jul 27 // Jonathan Holmes
[embed]278687:55038:0[/embed] Most art, including videogames, is about tricking the audience into thinking something is "real" when it's just a construction from the artist's imagination. The catch is, the audience is usually given full disclosure that they thing that they are about to witness is fiction. They're told upfront that they're about to be tricked, which keeps them from feeling taken advantage of, at least in theory. Wondering if my online experience with Wii Sports Club Boxing was "real" or not took me back to when The Blair Witch Project was first released. A lot of people who hadn't researched the movie before going into it came out thinking it was "real" too. They thought the footage was all legit; that someone really edited together what a snuff film starring a witch and some dead college students and put it in theaters. When they found out later that is was all made up, some were impressed that the film had suspended their disbelief so effectively, while others were outraged that they were made to think that the movie was "better than it actually was". This conversation ended up being more interesting than the movie itself, and probably did a lot to contribute to its financial success.  Which side of that fence would you end up on if it turned out that not all of your online gaming experiences were "honest"? If a game's publisher manufactured online opponents give you a better experience, would you care? Does it matter if you're told that some aspects of the game aren't as "real" as you might otherwise believe?
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Yesterday I was playing Wii Sports Club Boxing online while contemplating stuff to talk about on this week's Sup Holmes. I thought I'd have a while to think, but I was wrong. I only had to wait like 3 seconds before I w...

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Now that Microsoft has reversed their stance on initiatives restricting used game sales and more potent digital rights management for the Xbox One, has your bloodlust been sated? Does Microsoft still have work to do in convincing you of the value of their console, or has the vice grip been loosened on your wallet? Answer The Question for yourself in the comments!

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This has been a fairly thrilling Electronic Entertainment Expo in a lot of ways. Hard not to be when two out of the three major console competitors are showing off brand new hardware and all the new games which come along with that. But what was the most exciting aspect of this year's E3? Watch the video to hear what we think and answer The Question for yourself in the comments below.


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So many wonderful series of videogames have fallen by the wayside over the years. But we're in an uncertain time, unsure of what the future might hold, which means we can still have hope that some of our favorite franchises might yet see life. In this week's installment of The Question, we lay out some of our dreams by naming the lost games we'd most want to see new iterations of.

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Microsoft's announcement of the Xbox One has been met with no shortage of derision. Concerns over the future of the used games market, the console's need to connect to the internet and a failure to effectively communicate th...

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Last week, it came to light that Nintendo has started making content claims for popular videos on YouTube which feature their products, including "Let's Play" and other forms of walkthrough content, taking the ad revenue whi...

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When is it inappropriate to use crowdfunding?


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May 13
// Conrad Zimmerman
These days, it seems like everybody is jumping on the crowdfunding bandwagon, and it's led some to question the appropriateness of larger organizations using systems like Kickstarter. Some fear that groups who have other mea...
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Microsoft is gearing up to reveal the next generation of Xbox hardware in just a scant two weeks, but what will they be showing? In our latest installment of The Question, we make predictions for the event on May 21.  What are your hopes, dreams and expectations?

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It seems we can barely go a month without a game release suffering some manner of issue in its launch week that overshadows the game itself. With the complexity of modern games, the wide range of variables at work and the ch...

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Tepid sales of Wii U hardware and the slow drip of content being released for it have led some to suggest that perhaps it would be best if Nintendo just got out of the business of making game systems for the living room. Wit...

What game do you replay yearly?

Apr 15 // Conrad Zimmerman
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Some games are so good, they demand revisiting. In this installment of The Question, we talk about the games we go back to at least once a year for another go-around. What game sings its siren song to you on an annual basis? Or, perhaps, you never replay games at all. Tell us about your filthy habits in the comments.

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Is BioShock too violent?


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Apr 08
// Conrad Zimmerman
[Every week, Destructoid will pose topical a question to the community. Answer it if you want!]  The BioShock franchise is lauded as having some of the most intelligent narrative in all of videogames, but is that quality being overshadowed by its extreme violence? Answer The Question for yourself in the comments.
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[Every week (usually Mondays), Destructoid will pose topical a question to the community. Answer it if you want!] The games industry seems to be rather fond of remaking the leisure products of yesteryear with fancy, high-defi...

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[Every Monday, Destructoid will pose topical a question to the community. Answer it if you want!] With the next console generation on the horizon and the ever-growing expense of producing top-tier games, it has been suggeste...

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[Every Monday, Destructoid will pose topical a question to the community. Answer it if you want!] It's hard to argue that anyone likes the idea of Digital Rights Management systems (apart from some publishers, maybe) an...

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Does social integration in games matter to you?


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Mar 04
// Conrad Zimmerman
[Every Monday, Destructoid will pose topical a question to the community. Answer it if you want!] Our games are becoming ever more connected to social networks and features, but does anyone care? This week, we're asking if y...
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Do you want to buy a PlayStation 4?


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Feb 25
// Conrad Zimmerman
[Every Monday, Destructoid will pose topical a question to the community. Answer it if you want!] Now that the PlayStation 4 has been properly announced, it begs the question: Do you want to buy one? Sony certainly seems to ...
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The Question: Have you ever bought a season pass?


Paying for content well in advance
Feb 02
// Keith Swiader
[Every Friday (or whenever), Destructoid will pose topical a question to the community. Answer it if you want!] With the release of another high-profile game in Aliens: Colonial Marines comes the announcement of another ...
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The Question: What was your favorite PlayStation 2 game?


Let's remember the good times
Jan 07
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
[Every Friday (or whenever), Destructoid will pose topical a question to the community. Answer it if you want!] As you may have heard, the PlayStation 2 is officially dead. Sony has halted all production of the console worldw...
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The Question: What was your top gaming moment of 2012?


Let's reminisce!
Dec 17
// Jordan Devore
[Every Friday (or whenever), Destructoid will pose topical a question to the community. Answer it if you want!] With the year almost over, I was interested in writing one of these posts as a prompt for you lovely folks to tal...
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The Question: What do you want from Dark Souls II?


Let's have a chat about From Software's latest
Dec 09
// Jordan Devore
[Every Friday (or whenever), Destructoid will pose topical a question to the community. Answer it if you want!] Much to our delight, From Software and Namco Bandai announced Dark Souls II for Xbox 360, PC, and PlayStation 3. ...
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The Question: Is Halo 4 living up to the hype?


Sound off on one of 2012's biggest games!
Nov 07
// Jim Sterling
Today is sloooooow. It's the day after the US presidential elections, and the day after Halo 4 launched, so the game industry is busy sleeping off one heck of a late night. We're still here though, and today's the perfect tim...
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The Question: Is it time to retire the term 'RPG'?


Lets talk about RPGs! Wait, what does that even mean?
Oct 27
// Jonathan Holmes
[Every Friday (or whenever), Destructoid will pose topical a question to the community. Answer it if you want!] Semantics! As someone that writes and speaks for an audience of thousands on a regular basis, I spend more time t...
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The Question: Can videogames make you feel ashamed?


Jun 30
// Jonathan Holmes
[Every Friday (or whenever), Destructoid will pose topical a question to the community. Answer it if you want!] Atlus recently put out a trailer for the 3DS beat 'em up Code of Princess, and reactions were generally positive,...
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The Question: Was June's Nintendo Direct better than E3?


Jun 24
// Jonathan Holmes
[Every Friday (or whenever), Destructoid will pose topical a question to the community. Answer it if you want!] With a new home console on the cusp of release, and a new portable that's still working to prove itself as a must...
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The Question: Diablo III's Auction House, good or bad?


May 25
// Jim Sterling
[Every Friday (or whenever), Destructoid will pose topical a question to the community. Answer it if you want!] So Diablo III has been out for the past week, accrued over six million sales, and generated a ton of controversy....
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[Every Friday (or whenever), Destructoid will pose topical a question to the community. Answer it if you want!] Last week say the official start of the Black Ops II hype-train. The first trailer was released. Pre-orders ...

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The Question: is Metal Gear Solid 5 necessary?


Nov 18
// Jim Sterling
[Every Friday, Destructoid will pose topical a question to the community. Answer it if you want!] Last night, we heard that -- perhaps unsurprisingly -- Metal Gear Solid 5 is on the cards. Not long after the news dropped, I w...
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The Question: If you could pick ONE game this month ...


Nov 11
// Jim Sterling
[Every Friday, Destructoid will pose a topical question to the community. Answer it if you want!] This week's Question is one of those annoying, unfair questions that I get asked every single day and wish to now inflict upon ...
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The Question: Is Arkham City's 'Catwoman Pass' too much?


Oct 14
// Jim Sterling
[Every Friday, Destructoid will pose topical a question to the community. Answer it if you want!] One of the biggest news items this week was the confirmation that Batman: Arkham City would feature a unique spin on the "onlin...

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