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Social media animated!
One of the great things about the Internet is the limitless opportunity for social interaction it provides. While it always saddens me to see people use Twitter and other social media tools for the primary purpose of putting... read feature

Postal 2 expansion

Postal 2, not Portal 2, got an expansion this week


I'm still struggling to read it correctly
Apr 17
I've never had much interest in playing Postal 2. Probably never will. And yet, every time it comes up, I have to see what's going on. There's a YouTube video of the bad-taste game entitled "Headless Gary Coleman Puke Party" ... read
Mortal Kombat montage

Mortal Kombat X Fatality and X-Ray montage


For all you sick spandex fans out there
Apr 07
For those of you who prefer to watch from the sidelines or simply check out what moves are possible with your roster, we've got a cheery video showcasing seven minutes of Mortal Kombat X Fatalities and X-Ray moves. My poor delicate constitution. Mortal Kombat X: All Fatalities and X-Rays So Far in 1080p 60fps [IGN] read
Now move on, already
With Hotline Miami 2 recently released, I realized I am really, really tired of games that belong in its genre. When I say "genre," I refer not to "action games" or "indie games" or even "violent games," but a subtler, more h... read feature

Promoted Blog

Videogames don't let me think about the awful things I do in them


Promoted from our Community Blogs!
Nov 01
[Dtoid community blogger JoyfulSanity shares his thoughts on the different types of violence in videogames, and why some resonate differently than others. Want to see your own stuff appear on the front page? Go write somethin... read

The secret origin story of Super Mario Bros. finally revealed


Or, the final episode of Mario Warfare
Jul 08
It's the long awaited final chapter of the Mario Warfare series. It's been a long wait, but the gang at BeatDownBoogie wrap the saga up in a rather splendid way. While this is the last episode of the series, this won't ... read
This is an extra weird one
Here on Farts 'N' Crafts, we tackle a lot of hard-hitting issues. And by hard-hitting issues, I specifically mean "bodily fluids," which is almost ironic considering the show's title. We've done dog feces, we've gone hedgeho... read feature

Videogame violence

Study ties game-related aggression to 'incompetence,' not violent content


Well, I am bald and important
Apr 08
If you've played a videogame, chances are you've been angered by a videogame. I've also been upset by driving, sewing, spilling water on my suede shoes, missing a bus, rising income inequality, and comically ballooning rent p... read
Politics

Anti-game senator Leland Yee arrested on fraud, gun trafficking charges


Sweet irony
Mar 27
California state senator Leland Yee was arrested Wednesday on charges of honest services fraud and gun trafficking. A vocal opponent of violent videogames, Yee should be no stranger to long-time Destructoid readers given his ... read

Wario gives Peach a beatdown in the latest Mario Warfare


Episode 7!
Mar 26
It's been a long few months, but the latest episode of Mario Warfare has finally been unleashed! The fight to take back the Mushroom Kingdom continues, and this time Mario, Peach, and Donkey Kong have some more challenging foes to contend with. Once again the choreography is top notch, especially for something that's just a web series based on the Super Mario franchise. read

Mario Warfare shows that Princess Peach can kick your ass


Episode 4, 5, and 6!
Dec 20
Beatdown Boogie's wonderful Mario Warfare series has been chugging along, and we last left off with Princess Peach learning the way of the gorilla with Donkey Kong. Since then, Mario and Luigi discovered the Smash Club, with... read

Game Debate to the Death! Favorite GTA game?


Grab a cup of hot coffee and join the debate!
Sep 10
In the previous debate we matched the three current generation consoles against one another to see which would be the victor of this era of gaming. When the dust settled, the PS3 ran away with the crown, but who claimed secon... read
Ninja Gaiden vs. Strider

Shinobi clash! Ryu Hayabusa vs. Strider Hiryu


The least stealthy ninjas of all time cross blades
Aug 16
Videogame ninjas are seriously the worst ninjas of all time. It's kind of hard to keep hidden in the shadows when there is a trail of blood and limbs running right up to your present location. Still pretty badass, though. Tw... read

Donkey Kong joins the fight in Mario Warfare episode 3


Oh, and Luigi's balls are still crushed
Jul 16
Episode three of of Beat Down Boogie's Mario Warfare series has finally landed! This time we catchup with Princess Peach as she's just made her escape from the Mushroom Kingdom. Unfortunately she's put herself into more dang... read

Rhymedown Spectacular: Games, Games, Everywhere


The brains behind Jimquisition and Zero Punctuation get lyrical
Jul 03
Can you contain your excitement? It's time for another Rhymedown Spectacular with Yahtzee and ol' Jimmy! This week, Mr. Croshaw bans guns in the name of sanity, while I banish mediocrity to the Hell Pits where it belongs.  Oh, we are good at doing our word things. read
Shao Kahn vs. M. Bison

Who would win: Shao Kahn or M. Bison?


Closest thing to Mortal Kombat X Street Fighter we'll ever get
Jun 28
We're never going to get that Mortal Kombat / Street Fighter crossover, so what are we to do? Harness our "Imagination," that's what! ScrewAttack's DEATH BATTLE! pits the big bosses of the MK and SF universes against one ano... read
John Stossel wins

John Stossel wins the violent videogames argument


Fox News host uses this funny thing called 'logic'
Jun 22
It's not every day that you can say a Fox News personality makes a rational argument regarding any of today's hottest trends and hobbies, but stranger things have happened. In a recent segment of his talk show, John Stossel ... read
Pac-Man noir

Pac-Man, the cocky, pinstripe suit-wearing noir hero


Cock of the walk
May 25
A hyper-stylized version of Pac-Man that exaggerates the violence of the rather tame arcade original? Yeah, we've gone down that road before. "Goodnight Sweet Pakman" may be no different in that regard, but I can't stop watching the opening 40 seconds over and over again. That A Night at the Roxbury head bob gets me every single time! Goodnight Sweet Pakman [YouTube] read
Rockstar

Ex-GTA producer won't make another ultra-violent game


Jeremy Pope happier making games that focus on player interaction
May 20
When you work on titles like Grand Theft Auto III and Max Payne, you've clearly been exposed to a healthy amount of videogame violence but it was this experience that prompted a change of heart for former Rockstar producer Je... read

Biden: No legal reason why 'violent' games can't be taxed


Vice President tells Reverend Asshole that'd be just fine
May 14
Vice President Joe Biden recently had a meeting with religious leaders to discuss gun control, and violent media was discussed. God forbid we don't obfuscate the gun discussion with more demented strawmen.  Reverend Fran... read
Red Dead vs. Metal Gear

John Marston vs. Revolver Ocelot's ridiculous mustache


The gunslingers of Red Dead Redemption and Metal Gear Solid duke it out
May 13
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 ... read
Violence promoted blog

Promoted blog: In defense of violence


Promoted from our Community Blogs!
May 11
[For his Bloggers Wanted essay response, Destructoid community blogger Revuhlooshun goes to bat for violent games, then uses that bat to smash a bunch of shit. Want to see your own words appear on the front page? Go write som... read
Electronic Arts

Electronic Arts distancing itself from gun manufacturers


Plans to use branded weapons without licenses going forward
May 08
Electronic Arts is distancing itself from the gun industry. Well, sort of. The publisher plans to cut ties with gun manufacturers while still using branded weapons in its future titles. In the past, EA has approached gun comp... read

Boy tries to rape mom, kills her, over Call of Duty ban


Uses the gun he was given at 11-years-old
May 04
A 14-year-old boy from rural Iowa has been charged with first degree murder after shooting his mother with a .22 caliber rifle he received as a present. Noah Crooks, who was 13 at the time, attempted to rape his mother i... read

Guardian: Over half of 2012's top 50 games are violent


Apparently Super Mario 3D Land is violent
May 02
The Guardian has put together this very slick interactive infographic using their analysis of the top 50 videogames of 2012. They found that more than half of the top games of last year contain violent labeling as assigned by... read
Call of Duty

PBS asks: Is buying Call of Duty a moral choice?


Videogames!
Apr 16
PBS's latest Here's An Idea series takes a look at videogames that feature real portrayals of guns such as Call of Duty, Battlefield, and the like and asks whether buying these type of games is a moral choice. It brings up many interesting points, including how game companies have to pay gun makers licenses in order to represent their real guns in videogames. What do you think? read
Bloggers Wanted

Bloggers Wanted: Ultra violence?


Get your blog on Destructoid's front page!
Apr 14
[When we're looking for blogs on a specific topic, we'll put out a Bloggers Wanted call. Check out the blog prompt, write a response, and you may see your blog promoted to the front page!] There's been a lot of talk lately ab... read
'It always ends in blood'
"I want a BioShock where we have the OPTION to resolve confrontation without the use of guns," said one gamer to me today. As I consider his comment, I can't help but think more and more it's like saying you want a Metal Gear... read feature

Chainsaw Pogo Gorilla

I-Mockery's next game is Bionic Chainsaw Pogo Gorilla


Man's greatest question answered
Apr 11
Last year, fans of I-Mockery's irreverent brand of pop culture humor were treated to Abobo's Big Adventure, a mashup of all things NES starring the muscle-bound Double Dragon boss Abobo. As hilarious as Abobo's Big Adventure ... read
Violent videogames

Denied the chance to steal, people turn to violent games


A little gaming carnage makes everything better
Apr 03
A new study conducted by researchers at Ohio State University explores the relationship between criminality, frustration, and violent videogames, reports Science Daily. Based on a series of experiments, Brad Bushman and his c... read
Mega64

Mega64 beats the sh*t out of one another


OUCH!
Apr 02
I haven't played Hotline Miami yet. I haven't played many games yet. I'm so buried in backlog that I wonder if it's even worth buying anything new when I barely even touch the stuff I do buy. But that's a discussion for anot... read

Marketers wanted guns on Beyond: Two Souls promo art


Quantic 'categorically refused' generic action artwork
Mar 22
Beyond: Two Souls had to fight to stop its promo art being reduced to a character holding a gun like 90% of the rest of videogame advertising, Quantic Dream recently revealed. Had marketers had their way, Ellen Page would be ... read






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