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The joy of MMOs photo
The joy of MMOs
by Chris Carter

Read this list and let me know if it sounds like a good time.

Crunching numbers in the wee hours of the night to maximize damage output. Grinding out levels and letting auto-attack handle things for a few seconds while you play the air drums to Phil Collins' "In the Air Tonight." Watching 10 different damage meters and battlelogs to see if everyone is running an efficient rotation.

Do these things sound like hell to you? To me, it's by and large why MMOs bring me joy that many other genres can't.

Allow me to explain why.

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Hardline 014: Smash Bros. fever photo
Hardline 014: Smash Bros. fever
by Jordan Devore

Two weeks in a row! Look at us go! On this episode of Hardline, my bests buds Hamza Aziz and Brett Makedonski joined me for a chat about Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel and our thoughts on the series more generally, Super Smash Bros. looking damn fine as of its recent Nintendo Direct showing, and the double-dip potential of The Last of Us Remastered for PlayStation 4.

Those were the main talking points this week, but we also hit the rather good Xbox 360 port of Titanfall, the positioning of Kinect this console generation, the possibility of a Kinectless Xbox One, Microsoft's original TV shows, and what is best in life. Hint: it's Hotline Miami 2.

We're still encountering some back-end issues on YouTube, so this episode of Hardline will once again be audio-only. Listen by subscribing on iTunes or RSS, or downloading directly.

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Live Show: We've got the full PAX build of Hyper Light Drifter photo
Live Show: We've got the full PAX build of Hyper Light Drifter
by Spencer Hayes

If you haven't heard of Hyper Light Drifter then you better pay attention because you're in for a treat. If you have heard of the gorgeous Kickstarter success story you also better sit down -- we're about to blow your mind.

Attendees at PAX East will be treated to one of the first ever public showings of the game, but I'm not going to PAX East. What does that mean to you, Destructoid faithful? Well it means that we've worked a little magic and we're going to be streaming the entirety of the public build. This is the longest that the game has ever been shown on Twitch.tv and that's kind of blowing my mind.

Don't get up yet, because I'm not done yet: We're also having the developers on the show to answer any and all questions you may have. It'll be just like going to PAX but a little lonlier and probably a little more sober. It all goes down today at 2:00PM PDT on Dtoid.tv. This is going to be a show to remember. 

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3:00 PM on 04.11.2014

Friday Night Fights: My apologies

Happy Friday everyone! Sorry for the short post today, I was called in to work early and, well, this is basically all the time I had to work on the post this week. I hope everyone has a great time gaming tonight and I may see some of you on the PS4 side of business, a bit later though, let's say 10:30ish EST.

Bill Platt



DTOID News: The Super Smashed of Us, Pokémonopoly & Borderlands photo
DTOID News: The Super Smashed of Us, Pokémonopoly & Borderlands
by Max Scoville

Hey gang! Here I am again, shouting about the dang news. Super Smash Bros. and Borderlands are making big piles of headlines, and The Last of Us is getting an HD re-release, so I guess we haven't seen the last of it just quite yet. Pokémon and Zelda are getting Monopolized, and The Evil Within is spooky.

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Impressions: Killer Instinct: Fulgore photo
Impressions: Killer Instinct: Fulgore
by Chris Carter

Double Helix's first season of Killer Instinct is over, and here to close it all out is Fulgore, which makes eight total characters in the mix. While only two more fighters have come post-launch, they make a huge difference in terms of the meta-game, and help change things up considerably.

Spinal was a nice addition for sure, but Fulgore ups the stakes considerably.

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Farts 'N' Crafts: Alien Vs. Predator Vs. Dracula photo
Farts 'N' Crafts: Alien Vs. Predator Vs. Dracula
by Max Scoville

Between the Alien: Isolation release date the new Call of Duty: Ghosts DLC that features the Predator, it seems like we have enough of an excuse this week to draw some Alien Vs. Predator fanart. Also, both involved parties are Draculas, because I felt like it. Man, this series is stupid. Hope you enjoy it!

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12:00 PM on 04.06.2014

Radio Dtoid 034: ConorElsea.com

Radio D is Dtoid's official community-focused podcast. Join Aaron "Mxy" Yost (Forums Admin), ConorElsea.com (US Community Manager), Kyle MacGregor (Contributor) and Mr Andy Dixon (when he shows up) as they talk about their fa...

Mr Andy Dixon



Hardline 013: Amazon Fire TV, heists coming to GTA, and too much PAX? photo
Hardline 013: Amazon Fire TV, heists coming to GTA, and too much PAX?
by Jordan Devore

Did I end the last episode of Hardline by saying we'd be back a week later if we weren't murdered and left in a ditch somewhere? And then we went two weeks without a follow-up?

Well, we aren't all dead -- just on the inside -- but we did bring on Destructoid contributor Brett Makedonski and Hardline producer Bill Zoeker to fill in for this recording.

Topics this week include April Fools' Day bringing out creativity for 24 hours, the Amazon Fire TV, Uncharted writer Amy Hennig joining Dead Space maker Visceral as creative director on an untitled Star Wars game, Square rethinking its JRPGs, Phil Spencer becoming head of Xbox, GTA Online adding heists, game jams gone wrong, and whether or not a fourth PAX is worthwhile.

Unfortunately, we've had some temporary technical issues getting this week's episode on YouTube, but we didn't want to make you guys wait for the podcast version. For the audio-only episode, you can subscribe on iTunes and RSS, or download directly here.

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The best stuff on Destructoid this week [4/5] photo
The best stuff on Destructoid this week [4/5]
by Steven Hansen

[We post a lot of articles here at Destructoid. The endless, ouroboros news cycle has us burning the snake at both ends, which will ultimately push big news, thoughtful original pieces, and all sorts of other great content off of the front page. Check here every Saturday for my attempt to rectify that.]

Yes, I missed the last two weeks for various reasons, but the checks are in the mail and I'm trying to make it up. Please don't take my baby from me. She's all I have. This every other weekend thing is already depressing enough. I can tell she hates coming over, too, away from her friends and her regular everyday life, but what am I supposed to do? Give her up?

I'd rather be "every other weekend dad" than a yellowing Polaroid.

Here's the last recap. Let's all try to be just a little better, because the world ain't going to be a little better to us. Let's try to be a little better to each other. Let's begin anew.

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Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn plays like a dream on the PS4 photo
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn plays like a dream on the PS4
by Chris Carter

The time has finally come for the last phase of the Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn PlayStation 4 beta, which will carry over all of its data into the final release -- a release that's set in stone for next week (April 11th for early access, the 14th for everyone else).

Naturally, I took this opportunity to get back into the game in anticipation last week after leaving my level 20 Lancer in the frozen void close to launch, and I can't stop playing. I've already made a ton of progress on the PC version, and I'm absolutely addicted to the PS4 port -- it's just that good.

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Dumb Idiot Ideas: The Xbox Tattletale Program photo
Dumb Idiot Ideas: The Xbox Tattletale Program
by Bill Zoeker

Max had to leave early this week to go stay in a horse cottage and attend a zoo wedding or something, so we farted out Dumb Idiot Ideas pretty quickly. I had the idea: what if the Xbox One, with all of its voice recognition, had a parental control that alerted parents when their kids acted like dicks online? Shitty kids are probably the biggest reason I don't do more online multiplayer, and I know I'm not alone in wishing there were some way to curb that nuisance. Enjoy our thoughts, and Max's strained trash-talking.

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Review in Progress: The Elder Scrolls Online (Early-Access and Launch) photo
Review in Progress: The Elder Scrolls Online (Early-Access and Launch)
by Chris Carter

[We'll be reviewing The Elder Scrolls Online over an extended period of time. For more details, check out our new Reviews in Progress program.]

I've been hard at work playing Elder Scrolls Online this week (you can check out our initial impressions here), and now my low-level Imperial Dragonknight is sitting at a very formidable level 20. I've completed many dungeons, traveled to a heap of locations, and I've seen a ton of story-related quests.

So should you jump into Tamriel and pony up for the hefty $15 subscription fee? Well, it's complicated.

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3:00 PM on 04.04.2014

Friday Night Fights: I'm not dead

Ha ha, oh that Andy Dixon.... As you can clearly see, I am not dead, nor was I dead at any time last week. I have however been dead, sort of, due to being electrocuted while working as a construction worker, but that's a stor...

Bill Platt



DTOID News: Max's April Fool's 2014 Post-Mortem photo
DTOID News: Max's April Fool's 2014 Post-Mortem
by Max Scoville

I have to go to the zoo for the rest of the week because my step-sister is getting married (that's not a stupid joke, that's actually where the wedding's being held) so here's some funky-fresh two-day old news for you regarding April Fool's Day 2014, and the amount of harm it caused our collective psyche.

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3:30 PM on 04.01.2014

Live Show: We're punching animes in J-Stars Victory Vs

If you've ever been to our live channel Dtoid.tv you know that Phil and I love some ridiculous Japanese games. That's part of what makes our partnership with Play-asia.com so much fun. In the past we've had fun shooting under...

Spencer Hayes