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7:00 PM on 01.31.2012

Kingdoms of Amalur gets special GameStop midnight release

Regardless of how you feel about GameStop, you have to admit they have some pretty great promotions and incentives, like what they're doing for the Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning midnight release. Three different stores will h...

Victoria Medina


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11:00 AM on 10.16.2011

This Liara T'Soni figurine remodel looks better, right?

Remember last month when I told you that Japanese figure house Kotobukiya teamed up with BioWare to design a statue of Mass Effect's Liara T'Soni? That discussion devolved pretty quickly, didn't it? Let's try that one more ti...

Tony Ponce



Fans upset over anime-ized statue of Mass Effect's Liara photo
Fans upset over anime-ized statue of Mass Effect's Liara
by Tony Ponce

I remember when the Western anime craze really started to boom in the late 90s. Not only did media distributors start licensing every single Japanese property under the sun, distinctly Western properties began to demonstrate greater and greater Japanese influences. It started when shows like Dexter's Laboratory would incorporate speed lines, giant robot battles, and kaiju monsters. Eventually, there was Teen Titans on television and Marvel Mangaverse in comics, which tried to more directly emulate Japanese art and animation.

This wasn't a one-way street, however. Powerpuff Girls Z was a Japanese adaptation of a Western cartoon which itself drew heavily from Japanese media. Currently, we've got Marvel Anime, four miniseries by Japanese animation studio Madhouse, based on Iron Man, Wolverine, X-Men, and Blade. Just as we are fascinated by foreign styles, likewise are they with ours. It's what explains the viability of the Kotobukiya Bishoujo line of figurines, which immortalize fictional female characters, including many Western comics icons like Wonder Woman and Phoenix.

Now, BioWare is working with Kotobukiya on a mold of Mass Effect's blue-skinned asari Liara T'Soni. Production images were shared on the company's Facebook page, but the over-3000 comments are less than receptive. Hit the jump for my further musings on this situation.

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12:20 PM on 03.11.2011

YooStar 2 launch trailer featuring me!

Today sees the launch of YooStar 2: In The Movies, for Xbox 360 and Kinect. The game allows the players to record performances of various famous roles, which become chopped into the movie itself, making it another game perfe...

Hollie Bennett

4:40 PM on 01.19.2011

Samurai Warriors Chronicles trailer

Where there is a new system, there is a new Warriors game, and Tecmo Koei is on hand with a trailer for its first 3DS hack n' slasher, Samurai Warriors Chronicles. You can expect the usual cavalcade of Eastern Medieval butto...

Jim Sterling

6:00 PM on 01.13.2011

Dtoid Live: Lucha Libre: Heroes Del Ring

Today on Destructoid Live we take to the ruff and tumble world of Mexican wrestling and play Lucha Libre: Heroes Del Ring. Yes, Jon Carnage Asada, Pico De Gallo and El VENOM will be doing battle with all the rudos and tecnico...

Neranjan 'Venom' Bissoon



It's a Kinect for Xbox 360 launch coverage bonanza! photo
It's a Kinect for Xbox 360 launch coverage bonanza!
by Nick Chester

Microsoft's Kinect for Xbox 360 is now officially available for purchase in North America, and that means our launch coverage has begun. We threw a slew of stories online all at once, but here's a handy guide in case you're looking to follow along at home. 

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Review: Alan Wake
by Jim Sterling

Alan Wake is a game with a long, long history. First announced in 2005, this "psychological action thriller" was originally in development for the Xbox 360 and PC. But aside from a few scant details, the game's developer remained strangely silent for the vast majority of its five-year development history. Then it was announced as an Xbox 360 exclusive with mixed reasons provided by Microsoft and developer Remedy. 

Such a storied development history usually bodes ill for the game in question, but Remedy and Microsoft have been consistently confident that Alan Wake will be one of 2010's outstanding titles. We've battled the darkness through all six chapters of this spooky forest-crawler, and we're ready to deliver the final verdict. 

Alan Wake: Bestselling page-turner or trashy erotic novel? Read on for the full review.

[We've moved up our review and added in an epic video review! -R3Y, Video.Destructoid.com]

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2:20 PM on 04.12.2010

Capcom knows that the West is important

Hi, Japan. We're the western world. We're kind of a big deal. We might not have been able to say that a few years ago and expect them to listen. But Japanese developers and publishers have been realizing that the North Americ...

Conrad Zimmerman

6:20 PM on 03.08.2010

Are the Bit.Trip guys suing the hell out of Anthony?

I probably shouldn't be writing this, as it may not be good for my friend and coworker Anthony Burch, but he's on his way to GDC and I can't get a hold of him. There is the chance that posting this will somehow negatively eff...

Jonathan Holmes

7:00 AM on 12.08.2009

Oh, the horror: This year's Spike VGAs won't have a host

While far from perfect, the Spike Video Game Awards are pretty much all we've got these days for our mainstream game award show coverage. People have been quick to point out how silly the show is, but personally, I wouldn't h...

Jordan Devore





7:00 AM on 08.20.2009

The final word on Modern Warfare 2's beta (or lack thereof)

So you know how everyone keeps assuming that Modern Warfare 2 is going to get a public beta? Well, it's definitely, probably, maybe not ever going to happen, according to Infinity Ward's Robert Bowling. "We'll do an inte...

Jordan Devore

1:40 PM on 04.07.2009

Download the DTOID PlayXPert in-game software

It feels like just yesterday Destructoid was first telling the masses about PlayXPert; an in-game overlay tool designed to put a little less wear on your alt+tab keys. Just recently we got the chance to once again c...

Daniel Husky Lingen

2:00 PM on 01.27.2009

Teammates for life: Destructoid presents the Halo Wedding

You might have heard of that little game called Halo (or as some of us fondly call it around here, "teh Haloz"), but you know that you have to really be passionate about  a game to theme your entire wedding on ...

Colette Bennett

9:00 PM on 11.06.2008

Format does a videogame feature, our boy Chester does us proud

Just in case you haven't heard, Destructoid is kind of a big deal, so when Format decided to run a special videogame feature, it's only natural that they came to our editor-in-chief, Nicholas St. Chesterfield. Our boy Nick Ch...

Jim Sterling

11:01 AM on 02.13.2008

PopCap founder: we can destroy the depth of console games

To most people, they are the often played but little known name stashed away in their favorites folder for when the boss isn't around, but PopCap games doesn't like to think of themselves that way. With over a billion total d...

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