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Bungie says 'nobody plays shooters the way they used to' photo
Bungie says 'nobody plays shooters the way they used to'
by Joshua Derocher

A lot of news on Bungie's new shooter Destiny has come out this morning, and while it looks like an interesting game, there hasn't been a PC version announced by the Halo developer. Something said by the studio's co-founder, Jason Jones may bring some light as to why there might not be a PC version of Destiny.

"We did a bunch of ambitious things on Halo deliberately to reach out to people," Jones told us. "We limited players to two weapons, we gave them recharging health, we automatically saved and restored the game -- almost heretical things to first-person shooters at the time. We made the game run without a mouse and keyboard. And now nobody plays shooters the way they used to play them before Halo 'cause nobody wants to."

I don't know about you, but I play shooters with a mouse and keyboard, and it's because I want to. I have a 360 controller for my PC, but I rarely use it. I have tried playing some shooters on my girlfriend's PlayStation 3, and I can't stand it. I know I am not alone here, and that there are thousands if not millions of gamers who prefer using a mouse and keyboard.

I also liked old-school shooters that had health packs and the choice to quick save when I wanted to. There are still shooters that don't follow the Halo formula, like Max Payne 3, that are very successful. Halo is a great game, but it's a bold statement to say that we don't want to play shooters the way we used to.

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Teenage Pokemon: Console Class Battle Royale photo
Teenage Pokemon: Console Class Battle Royale
by Jonathan Holmes

[Teenage Pokemon is a cartoon show about Pokemon in their middle stage of evolution -- not a girl, not yet a women. New episodes every week.]

When I was growing up, social classism wasn't really an issue in "gamer culture". Sure, if all you could afford was a Genesis, then you might be quick to say that games on the SNES or IBM computers weren't as good. However, if you had any friends with a SNES or an IBM computer, you can bet your butt you'd be over their houses multiple times a week to play all the exotic games found on those foreign consoles. Outside of a little irrational need to defend our commitment to the one console we owned, we didn't let classism get in the way sticking together, and more importantly, in the way of playing great games.

These days, it's a different story. Self identified "Hardcore Gamers" look down on "Casual Gamers", "Art Gamers" look down on "Mainstream Gamers", "PC Gamers" look down on "Console Gamers", "Videogame Cool Guys" look down on "Videogame Hipsters",  and so forth. Not only is this ridiculous, but it leads to people playing fewer games. People who supposedly love videogames are now prone to defining themselves by what games they don't play in order to differentiate themselves from whatever gaming social class they've deemed to be "below them". We live in a world where people go to brag about what videogames they don't like on websites for videogame enthusiasts? That's pretty darn strange!

That's the stuff that inspired this episode of Teenage Pokemon. It's a phenomena that's worth discussing in great detail, but first, let's watch Tara Long as Misty get mildly upset for a few seconds. That should be a hoot. 

After you're done, let me know what you think of this episode. We tried to take all your constructive criticism from the pilot into account to make something better. I hope you like it.

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7:30 AM on 02.15.2013

Gamestick pre-orders are now open

Are you itching to get your hands on the newest Ouya-like console, the Gamestick? You can grab one now for $79.99, along with a few extras like a dock or a case. Basically, this allows you to get a Gamestick a few months befo...

Chris Carter





1:15 PM on 02.08.2013

Microsoft didn't acquire Sega because it lacked 'muscle'

Former VP of Windows sales at Microsoft Joachim Kempin spoke with IGN about Microsoft's entrance into the videogame console market, prior to committing to the Xbox, saying: "There were three companies at that point in time, I...

Jordan Devore

5:30 AM on 02.05.2013

Android-based OUYA to begin selling at retail in June

The OUYA console will start arriving at the homes of its Kickstarter backers in March, but you'll be seeing them in your local shops a scant few months later. An interview with OUYA CEO Julie Uhrman published on the WSJ....

Conrad Zimmerman



PlayStation 4 spec rumors and launch details are here photo
PlayStation 4 spec rumors and launch details are here
by Allistair Pinsof

Back in 2008, Destructoid created a tag for 'PS4'. It's about time we put it to good use.

With Sony ostensibly planning to show off its new console by the end of the month and the rest of us salivating in anticipation, now is the time to gather all the info we currently have on the PlayStation 4 (codename: Orbis).

Personally, I'm excited for the bizarre ad campaign to come.

[Psst ... that image above is a fan mock-up.]

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1:00 PM on 01.11.2013

PS3 exceeds Xbox 360 in units shipped worldwide, says IDC

According to the International Data Corporation, the PlayStation 3 has surpassed the Xbox 360 in number of units shipped worldwide. The report, Worldwide Video Game and Entertainment Console Hardware and Packaged Software 201...

Jordan Devore

9:30 AM on 12.10.2012

Analyst: Wii U software attach rate is 1.2 in US

Analyst James Hardiman claims the software attach rate for the Wii U since its November US launch is 1.2, with only one in five buyers considered to have bought a new game on top of packed-in software. Hardiman offers tw...

Jim Sterling

9:00 AM on 12.07.2012

Xbox 360 dominates PS3/Wii U November sales in US

Microsoft is currently preening its feathers over another US victory, boasting an NPD victory over both the PS3 and newly released Wii U this November. Although figures overall are down, Microsoft's Xbox division is still doi...

Jim Sterling



Wii U is blatantly better than PS3 and Xbox 360 COMBINED photo
Wii U is blatantly better than PS3 and Xbox 360 COMBINED
by Jim Sterling

The Wii U has had a chance to settle in North America, and just recently hit shelves in Europe. The question on everybody's lips is, of course -- is the Wii U the best home console in the world, and should I throw away every other expensive electronic device in my house out of pure spite?

The answer to both those questions is, of course, yes. Smash it all. Including your television. You won't need that anymore, because the GamePad basically is one. 

More importantly, you must know the Wii U is better than the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 combined, because its release has been and always will be a gigantic pissing contest. It's not just better, in fact -- it's blatantly better. Find out why. 

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10:00 AM on 11.16.2012

How Xbox Live is blatantly better than PSN, animated

Thomas Truong, the man responsible for the excellent New Adventures of Podtoid, has been working on another project, and it's quite glorious. He's gone and taken a section of an old article I wrote, How Xbox Live is Blatantl...

Jim Sterling

9:00 AM on 11.13.2012

Ubisoft is unhappy with the price of the Wii U

Ubisoft, while usually 100% behind any new console that it can use to flog dead horses on, has reserved some criticism for the Wii U. More specifically, CEO Yves Guillemot thinks it's too expensive, and would like to see the ...

Jim Sterling

4:30 PM on 11.06.2012

Dev: Top PCs more powerful than next-gen consoles

Star Citizen creator Chris Roberts has said that his new game simply couldn't be handled by a PS3 or Xbox 360, and that even the next home console generation would struggle to run it. According to Roberts, anything we'll see ...

Jim Sterling

2:30 PM on 09.24.2012

Jimquisition: Wii U May Have Already 'Won' Next-gen

Reactions to the Wii U among hardcore gamers have been mixed at best, downright cynical at worst. Not least of the system's problems is the fact that the next PlayStation and Xbox are going to inevitably upstage it with superior firepower. However, outside of raw tech-specs, Nintendo may have one thing Sony and Microsoft lack. The ability to survive the biggest threat of this next generation.

Jim Sterling





7:30 PM on 09.21.2012

Sony: PS3/Vita crossover can 'easily' do what Wii U does

Since E3, Sony's given the impression that it intended to use the PlayStation Vita's crossover potential with the PS3 as a way of competing against Nintendo's Wii U. This week, the company all but said it, with John Koll...

Jim Sterling

9:00 AM on 09.19.2012

Resident Evil 6 uses two discs on Xbox 360 ... kinda

Resident Evil 6 will ship on two DVDs and one Blu-ray disc. We've all been there before. However, this time around there'll be no need to swap the discs half way through a game -- it turns out this is a particular requirement...

Jim Sterling