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Sony does more for Vita than it gets credit for, but it's okay to be frustrated photo
Sony does more for Vita than it gets credit for, but it's okay to be frustrated
by Kyle MacGregor

A lot of people seemed disappointed when Sony closed its gamescom press conference without much mention of the PlayStation Vita. And it isn't difficult to understand why.

The struggling portable seemed like an afterthought yesterday. Anyone hoping for an exciting new Vita reveal was left wanting. Adding insult to injury, the system actually managed to lose an exclusive, as Tearaway was announced for PlayStation 4.

There was a single moment during the event that seemed indicative of Sony's approach to the handheld. Thomas Was Alone creator Mike Bithell took the stage in Cologne, and showcased his upcoming project, Volume, a stealth title destined for PS4 and Vita next year. It's an independent game from a tiny, but talented developer. And it's cross-platform to boot.

Outside of cursory mentions like that, Sony's show was all about PS4. And why not? It's the newer and more successful system. Sony allocated its airtime wisely, highlighting its breadwinner, rather than choosing to fight an uphill battle. It made perfect sense, too, given Microsoft's strong showing earlier in the day. 

That's a rational outlook, though. Sadly for Sony, humans aren't always rational creatures. Vita owners felt spurned, and they made sure Sony heard about it.

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What's Up: Guardians of the Galaxy, gettin' zen with Sentris, and our dumb PAX panel photo
What's Up: Guardians of the Galaxy, gettin' zen with Sentris, and our dumb PAX panel
by Bill Zoeker

I forgot that I saw Guardians of the Galaxy last week, because it was good, but not as good as everyone's been saying. I also got real mellow playing the music puzzle game Sentris, and I want you to come to our stupid panel at PAX.

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What's Up: Final Fantasy All the Lamest, Nintendo pre-order peril, and don't drink Fireball photo
What's Up: Final Fantasy All the Lamest, Nintendo pre-order peril, and don't drink Fireball
by Bill Zoeker

I'm back and feeling better. I got sucked into the shady money scam known as Final Fantasy All the Bravest, got annoyed by Hyrule Warrior's retail-exclusive pre-order bonuses, and recount mistakes made with Fireball whiskey.

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3:00 PM on 08.09.2014

Radio Dtoid 043: Live blogs from the Apocalypse

Radio D is Dtoid's official community-focused podcast! Join Aaron "Mxy" Yost (Forums Admin), ConorElsea.com (US Community Manager), Kyle MacGregor (Contributor), Mr Andy Dixon (when he shows up) and maybe, possibly Beccy Cain...

Mr Andy Dixon



What're you playing? Videogames, maybe?  photo
What're you playing? Videogames, maybe?
by Steven Hansen

You guys might not know this, but some of us here at Destructoid are big fans of videogames. For a change of pace, we'd like to share that interest with you all and fill you in on some of the games we're playing right now. 

Unlike last month's Mario Kart 8 fervor, just about everyone is playing something different, thanks to the merciful summer game "drought." Until our lives are ruined by a month or two of multiple big games a week. Next year looks even scarier. 

Anyways, let us know what you've been playing these days in the comments! 

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The best stuff on Destructoid this week [8/9] photo
The best stuff on Destructoid this week [8/9]
by Steven Hansen

Terror in Resonance has been disappointing, but I keep watching it. Partly because it is very pretty (expensive), partly because every time I make pasta my roommate just puts it on and I groan and think, "Fine, I will watch." The most recent episode finally gets at some things, at least.

Anyways, start pronouncing Los Angeles correctly, please.   

Here's last week's post. Let's begin anew.

[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.]

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Hardline 28: Resident Evil remastered, Assassin's Creed penguins, and gamescom teasers photo
Hardline 28: Resident Evil remastered, Assassin's Creed penguins, and gamescom teasers
by Jordan Devore

Capcom is bringing a remaster of the Resident Evil remake for GameCube to current systems and that's good news for folks like me, Brett, and Bill who missed out on it. But all of these re-releases of games that came out within the last couple years? We're not so sure.

For this week's episode of Hardline, we also talked about the differences between Assassin's Creed Rogue and Unity -- one has penguins, the other doesn't -- and what lies ahead at gamescom next week in Cologne, Germany. That blasted Steven was a no-show.

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Does Snowpiercer feel like a game because all games are surreal? photo
Does Snowpiercer feel like a game because all games are surreal?
by Steven Hansen

I loved Thirty Flights of Loving, the beautiful fifteen-minute game I sometimes think about when I read press releases that exclaim, too happy with themselves, "hundreds of hours of gameplay!" Among its good qualities was its use of French New Wave-inspired editing, quick jump cuts that played with its temporal explorations, leaving the act of mental closure to stitch together anything from the last two seconds to the last two weeks. 

Yes, I studied film once and watched Breathless. The influence of movies on games is easy to point out without reaching for black-and-white French films with frenetic editing, though. Look at any major releases' cutscenes full of inscrutable, same-y action sequences, and then watch a Michael Bay film (and read this), or the nerd-appeasing superhero flicks we now have to live with because we made the honest mistake of liking Iron Man

On the other hand, videogames' influence on film is harder to spot, as you wade past Gamer or Pixels or Michael Cera fighting other human beings as combo meters tick overhead in the live-action Scott Pilgrim

Bong Joon-ho's Snowpiercer, however, shares structural elements with games (as well as an interest in the dystopic).

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3:30 PM on 08.04.2014

Destructoid shirts now going for $14.95

All t-shirts on the Destructoid store have been dropped down to $14.95! We've lowered the price down, saving you a few bucks. Hoodies are still between $24.95 to $34.95, and as always you'll get free shipping worldwide o...

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What's Up: Metal Gear Rising is still the best, and Nintendo isn't infallible photo
What's Up: Metal Gear Rising is still the best, and Nintendo isn't infallible
by Bill Zoeker

I'm all by himself because Max went to Asia to pull the teeth out of impoverished children. I don't order old trading cards from the internet, but I did replay Metal Gear Rising, start re-watching my favorite TV show, and I'm bracing myself for angry Nintendo fans.

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3:30 PM on 08.01.2014

Friday Night Fights: Mountain Dew is delicious and refreshing

Have you enjoyed a delicious and refreshing Mountain Dew recently? If not, you should really head on down to the AM/PM and pick yourself up some delicious and refreshing Mountain Dew. It is so delicious and so refreshing.

Mr Andy Dixon



Hardline 27: EA Access, Deep Silver's smooth moves, and decapitations photo
Hardline 27: EA Access, Deep Silver's smooth moves, and decapitations
by Jordan Devore

For this week's episode of Hardline, the major topic of discussion was Electronic Arts' new subscription service for Xbox One that offers full access to select games and discounts on digital DLC and full-game purchases for $4.99 per month, or $29.99 annually. Is it a good value, and if so, for who? Was Sony right to turn down the program?

Steven, Brett, and Bill also chatted with me about Deep Silver picking up Homefront from Crytek and why the lack of period-appropriate decapitations in Assassin's Creed Unity is a bit silly.

We had a technical mishap mid-recording that threw off our audio-video synch, so no video episode this week. Sorry! Just imagine Steven looking stoned and everything will be okay.

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 la carte: Love thy characters and love their lovers  photo
la carte: Love thy characters and love their lovers
by Steven Hansen

I joked about the illegitimacy -- not canon! -- of dumb-haired, blonde/blond Robin in Super Smash Bros. recently. I did not ignite a waifu war, but there was talk about the "best," most efficient ways to play Awakening. Shacking up with saltine Chrom to pass on certain favorable traits to different children, namely. 

I played a lot of Fire Emblem: Awakening, but I definitely didn't play it right

In that comment thread, my explanation was loud and capitalized: "BECAUSE CHROM AIN'T WORTH MARRYING, I PLAY FOR LOVE, NOT MIN/MAXING EFFICIENCY." And that's it, right? Kanji Likes Boys hit me back on Twitter a while later: "A uploader on YT is choosing Fire Emblem pairs based on hair colors the kids will have...an we at least agree that this is more ridiculous than pairing for love or stats?"

No! 

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What's Up: Unreal Tournament, AC Unity, X-Men trading cards, DOOM II RPG photo
What's Up: Unreal Tournament, AC Unity, X-Men trading cards, DOOM II RPG
by Max Scoville


Today there are a bunch of new trailers for games like Assassin's Creed Unity, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, and The Last of Us Remastered (which is on sale) but Bill and I would rather talk about superhero cartoons from twenty years ago, and guns we can't remember the names of in Unreal Tournament. 

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What's Up: ME4's Mako, Deadpool test footage, Gal Gadot as Xena photo
What's Up: ME4's Mako, Deadpool test footage, Gal Gadot as Xena
by Max Scoville

Monday is the worst day of the week, so Bill and I are coping with it by drinking blueberry smoothies and talking about wonderful things like superhero nonsense from Comic-Con, Mass Effect's exciting new (old) sharkmobile, Trine 2's awful poetry, Destiny's two unoriginal races, and True Detective, which Bill doesn't like, and therefore isn't allowed to have blueberry smoothies anymore.

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5:15 PM on 07.28.2014

Radio Dtoid 042: Nice Hot Mike

Radio D is Dtoid's official community-focused podcast! Join Aaron "Mxy" Yost (Forums Admin), ConorElsea.com (US Community Manager), Kyle MacGregor (Contributor), Mr Andy Dixon (when he shows up) and maybe, possibly Beccy Cain...

Mr Andy Dixon