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Buy these nine games to support the Ferguson Public Library photo
Buy these nine games to support the Ferguson Public Library
by Steven Hansen

Altruism is better when you get something in return. Contradictory? Sure. Ignoble? Someone will tell you why from their high horse. But wouldn't it be sweet if in paying your internet bill or buying a new blender, all the proceeds went to the World Wildlife Fund or Doctor's Without Borders. You get something, the world gets something, Comcast gets nothing. In a perfect world.

Of course, we live in a tragically imperfect world, which is why game developers have bundled nine games together, "in support of the Ferguson Public Library and in solidarity with protesters resisting antiblack state violence and white supremacy."

For $9 (or more), you'll get 9 games, 8 of which are provided as direct downloads, the 9th as a Steam key because of the filesize. All proceeds go to the Ferguson Public Library. The bundle will be up until tomorrow, December 6, at 11:59 Eastern. If you do donate, make sure to download your games before then, as the bundle page will be taken down then.

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Waifu bartending: VA-11 HALL-A seems like the best dive this side of Catherine photo
Waifu bartending: VA-11 HALL-A seems like the best dive this side of Catherine
by Steven Hansen

I love Catherine. Part of the reason is its block puzzles. Part of the reason is its small scale, with most playable segments taking place in the homey bar Stray Sheep. VA-11 HALL-A--or Valhalla--is that same sort of bar, packed with regulars just trying to get through their nightmarish cyberpunk existence. Games don't always need to be bombastic save-the-world-'em-ups.

Over 20 clients will come into Valhalla, where you tend bar, serving an odd cast drinks as they serve up their life stories. And the bartending is as important to the stories as the stories are to bartending as you learn what clients like and, maybe, why that talking corgi is such a racist.

You can download and play the prototype here for free or at your own price if you can spare it. You can also pre-order the full game (and get a Steam key) for $5, which is less than the full game will be at launch. With that, you'll get the Prologue as well, which you can play until Sukeban gets the full game finished. Eight bucks gets you the Prologue, full game on release, and the soundtrack.

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9:30 AM on 12.05.2014

Dragon Dating Simulator is...well, duh, you date dragons

I'm imagining the beginning to Stand By Me, but, instead, "Hey, kid, you ever plow a dragon?"  Dragon Dating Simulator is a visual novel with a "novel-sized script" and "at least" four dragons (two male, two female...

Steven Hansen



Review: Secret Ponchos photo
Review: Secret Ponchos
by Chris Carter

I'm loving how much easier it is to bring indie games to consoles this generation. With tons of nasty hold-ups like WiiWare sales thresholds, lengthy and expensive certification and patching processes, and a general negative attitude towards indies by big publishers, every console manufacturer has made strides in that department.

In the case of Secret Ponchos, Sony actively helped developer Switchblade Monkeys bring their game to the PS4, by offering up development kits and additional assistance. That partnership paid off as Ponchos has just launched by way of the PlayStation Plus program.

It turns out that it was an endeavor worth pursuing, but I'm hoping there's more meat on its bones down the line.

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1:30 PM on 12.03.2014

Devil's Bluff turns to Kickstarter for its online-only murder mystery

One of my favorite mechanics that is prevalent in tabletop games but not so much in videogames is having hidden roles. Battlestar Galactica's concealed Cylons and Werewolf's bloodthirsty lycanthropes induce real paranoia bec...

Darren Nakamura

10:30 AM on 12.03.2014

OlliOlli jumps over to Wii U, Xbox One, 3DS next year

OlliOlli is bringing its hot moves and catchy beats to Nintendo 3DS, Wii U and Xbox One early next year, British indie publisher Curve Studios announced today. Roll7's side-scrolling skating game launched exclusively on Play...

Kyle MacGregor

7:00 PM on 12.02.2014

Love You to Bits is a sci-fi spiritual successor to Tiny Thief

Oh, this is cute. Some of the people behind the acclaimed mobile point-and-click adventure Tiny Thief are back with a "spiritual successor" about a human explorer scouring the universe for his robot girlfriend. It's called L...

Jordan Devore

5:30 PM on 12.01.2014

Threes! designer's Close Castles is a fast, cute, console-bound RTS

The designer of mobile puzzle sensation Threes (obligatory entrancing .gif here) has spoken about his next game, a real-time strategy title called Close Castles, on the PlayStation Blog. In it, players will expand their kingd...

Jordan Devore

1:00 PM on 12.01.2014

Brighten your morning with I am Bread

It's been over a month and, conceptually, I am Bread still tickles me. I'm giggling over the prospect of sentient bread going on a quest to become toasted (what happens next?). Ahead of the game's Steam Early Access release ...

Jordan Devore

8:00 PM on 11.30.2014

Sportsball dev on inciting rivalries, Wii U exclusivity, and big birds

[Sup Holmes is a weekly talk show for people that make great videogames. It airs live every Sunday at 4pm EST on Youtube, and can be found in Podcast form on Libsyn and iTunes.] Last week on Sup Holmes, w...

Jonathan Holmes

2:15 PM on 11.30.2014

Megan Fox talks indie bubbles, detective cats and business for pleasure

[Update: Show's over folks! Thanks for tuning in. We'll have the rerun up next weekend in case you missed it. Here's 10 minutes of Hot Tin Roof to tide you over in the meantime.] Today at 4:00pm EST, Sup Holmes goes live wit...

Jonathan Holmes

6:00 PM on 11.29.2014

Owlboy creator proposes a new Wario Land

D-Pad Studio has been working on Owlboy for a long time. When a game looks this good, expectations run high, and the pressure to deliver can be overwhelming. Like a lot of developers, it seems that they escape from the s...

Jonathan Holmes





12:00 PM on 11.28.2014

Potatoman Seeks the Troof coming to Steam this December

The creative minds at Pixeljam Games are gearing up for the Steam re-release of their challenging "potatosophical" platformer, Potatoman Seeks the Troof on December 3. It's been a while since a game trailer had me ...

Rob Morrow

10:00 AM on 11.28.2014

The Deer God hits Early Access on December 2

It seems like I've waited an eternity to get my hands on Josh Presseisen's gorgeous-looking pixel art game about survival, reincarnation and karma. In reality, it's only been a little over a year and a half, but I'm sure&nbs...

Rob Morrow

10:30 AM on 11.27.2014

Want a free game? Tell us how gaming makes you feel less alone

[Update: Codes have been sent to winners through Destructoid Private Message, so smoke 'em if you got 'em.] Today is Thanksgiving in the United States, a holiday that normalizes the sin of gluttony by couching it under the g...

Jonathan Holmes

11:00 AM on 11.26.2014

Strafe is the goriest, most realistic shooter of 1996

I am tempted to just post the email we got about Strafe (stylized as STRAFE®), because it is a masterpiece of videogame marketing. With phrases like "not for the faint of heart" and "we understand if our game is too real...

Darren Nakamura