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2:00 PM on 04.19.2014

Dumb Idiot Ideas: Voice pack mistakes

Max had his dumbest idea yet; handing the show over to me. What if more games had downloadable content voice packs the way they put Snoop Dogg into Call of Duty: Ghosts? What kind of celebrities would work for that kind of thing? The answers may surprise you.

Bill Zoeker


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The best stuff on Destructoid this week [4/19] photo
The best stuff on Destructoid this week [4/19]
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.]

Some kids want to be astronauts or doctors or lawyers or hedge fund managers. When I was a kid, I wanted to be a garbageman. Kid me is much brighter than real me. I'd probably be making three times more money annually, have health benefits, and a retirement plan. 

And I'd have garbageman arms. Strong arms. Weathered and leathery. Not vein laced or ripped. Just thick. The sort of arms that could squeeze the life out of another human being if they needed to, but not with malice. With an exasperated sigh. With a rote understanding of doing what needs doing (and only if it did need doing). Forlorn, but with a stupid persistence for a lack of alternatives.

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

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Hardline 015: It's the PAX East episode! photo
Hardline 015: It's the PAX East episode!
by Jordan Devore

This week on Hardline, I was joined by Steven "I hardly know her!" Hansen for a chat with Dale North and Brett Makedonski about the games they were able to play at PAX East. Below, Evolve, and Child of Light were among the frontrunners, and we spoke at length about Penny Arcade's decision to open up yet another convention, PAX South, in San Antonio, Texas.

Also, Dale talked trash about the Halo theme song. That jerk / hero!

For the audio-only episode, you can subscribe on iTunes and RSS. (Note: the .mp3 version will be later than usual this week due to gremlins. I'll update this post when it's up on the usual feeds.)

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Take a look at the PAX East Diversity Lounge photo
Take a look at the PAX East Diversity Lounge
by Jonathan Holmes

While our event video matron Conrad Zimmerman was off editing video at PAX East last weekend, Caitlin Cooke and I went to take a quick look at the much ballyhooed Diversity Lounge. I had heard from Conrad and Caitlin that the area was far off from the central PAX attractions, and that it was barely populated. When I got there, I was happy to see that it was quite well populated. 

I found out later that that Penny Arcade's Mike Krahulik just happened to be at the Diversity Lounge playing his game Thornwatch when we stopped by to shoot this video. Apparently, things went back to "incredibly quiet" after he left. If Mike's appearance at the lounge (and the crowd he brought with him) is a sign that Penny Arcade's efforts to make PAX a more universally accepting place was a success or a failure is up for interpretation. 

As for me, I did not feel very comfortable entering the lounge. Given how comfortable I am in general, that's saying a lot. On one hand, I felt like I may be intruding on someone else's space, as they may have gone to the diversity lounge specifically to get away from people like me. On the other hand, I felt like I would potentially come of as a "fraud" for treating the diversity lounge as place designed for me, when I don't feel that it was.

That's right, the diversity lounge made me feel irrationally defensive and paranoid that I might be accidentally offensive at the same time. Quite a feat for a place designed to make people from varied backgrounds feel at home together, though some of the exhibitors there seemed to have had a much more favorable experience with the thing. 

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Tuesday Newsday: PAX East, Titanfall, Evolve, Below & a Sexy Werewolf photo
Tuesday Newsday: PAX East, Titanfall, Evolve, Below & a Sexy Werewolf
by Max Scoville



On today's hard-hitting debut episode of Tuesday Newsday, we cover some of the highlights from PAX East, like Cult of the Wind, where you run around pretending to be an airplane, or Rain World, where you're a big squishy slug-cat. Meanwhile Firaxis has announced Civilization: Beyond Earth, Titanfall reveals details on new DLC, and Evolve has a skill tree for its monster. Brett got to play Capy Games' Below, which sounds incredible, and The Behemoth is teasing their next game. Oh, and this wolfman is gettin' all randy.

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Farts 'N' Crafts: 'C.O.D-a Catch 'Em All!' photo
Farts 'N' Crafts: 'C.O.D-a Catch 'Em All!'
by Max Scoville

In an effort to make myself relevant to teenagers everywhere, today's episode of Farts 'N' Crafts combines Pokémon and Call of Duty: Ghosts.

Am I relevant now, teens? Hm? 

 *Puts on Kanye West™shutter-shades*

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Divekick Addition Edition+ will keep growing if you keep playing photo
Divekick Addition Edition+ will keep growing if you keep playing
by Jonathan Holmes

We've got about 30 videos from PAX East to show you soon, many of which (Mewgenics, Rain World, Shovel Knight, Crypt of the Necrodancer, Interstellar Selfie Station, Kero Blaster, La-Mulana 2) are already up on the Dtoid YouTube page, with so much more to come. Argh! So many games!

One of the more salacious interviews we scored was with Adam "Keits" Heart, creator of Divekick. He told us all about how Johnny Gat from Saints Row ended up in the upcoming release of Divekick Addition Edition+ and how he fights. Johnny's jump and divekick offer a balance of both offensive and defensive attributes that are rivaled only by Dive and Kick themselves. It's only when he starts throwing out specials that things get really wild. His black hole move is extremely versatile, and allows for a myriad of possible effects on a fight. It changes the way gravity works for both characters, creating a suction point that might help or hurt either fighter. His dubstep gun and car-hit-you attacks are a little more straightforward, but even they have more to them than you might have guessed. 

The biggest shocker was that Adam has pledged to keep adding new characters to the game for no additional cost to the player as long as people keep playing Divekick. While Adam's got plenty of work in front of him on designing new content for Killer Instinct, he's not going to let his first game go by the wayside as long as there is an audience there that wants to keep the game alive.

Who would you want to see join the cast of Divekick Addition Edition+? From what I hear, the gang at Yacht Club Games would love to see Shovel Knight join the cast. Hmmmmm...

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The best stuff on Destructoid this week [4/12] photo
The best stuff on Destructoid this week [4/12]
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.]

It's my birthday today. What did you get me?

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

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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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Conker creator on Rare barns, sequel plans, Rusty Pup and more photo
Conker creator on Rare barns, sequel plans, Rusty Pup and more
by Jonathan Holmes

Some weeks ago on Sup Holmes, we welcomed Chris Seavor of Gory Detail to the program. Chris got his start in games working on the original Killer Instinct at Rare. From the sound of it, Rare was able to harness the best aspects of big-budget and independent development in those days. Back then, each team at Rare worked in their own "barn" and made the games they wanted to play. And no, "barn" isn't slang for something else. They were really working in farmyard barns.

Other topics included Rare's special relationship with Nintendo, the hot competition between the Banjo-Kazooie barn and the Conker barn, the surprising, lasting success of GoldenEye, the creative freedom that allowed for Conker's Bad Fur Day to exist, the joy and pain (mostly pain) of voice acting, the company wide vote that contributed to Rare's sale to Microsoft, the malaise that set in thereafter, Chris' old plans for a Conker sequel, and a lot more. Chris even let a bit out about his highly secret new project The Unlikely Legend of Rusty Pup, currently planned for computers and Nintendo consoles. It's one to watch. 

Thanks again to Chris for appearing on the show! I certainly hope it won't be the last time we hear from him. Speaking of which, updates regarding the future of Sup Holmes can be found on our Kickstarter page. The campaign still has a few hours to go and you can already get a few free games on there. Who knows what will happen once the campaign is actually complete?!?! (Hint: we'll make more Sup Holmes and other stuff). 

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Yep, The Evil Within is going to be one super creepy game alright photo
Yep, The Evil Within is going to be one super creepy game alright
by Hamza CTZ Aziz

Oh The Evil Within, how I can't wait for you to scare the every living daylights out of me. Shinji Mikami's past games were my first tastes of the survival horror genre, and I'm quite looking forward to see what he does with his latest title.

The newest gameplay trailer here is full of monsters, scares, and all sorts of spooky things. Including a dude that has a safe for a head. Also can we talk about how great the promotional art for this game is? The face with barbwire is creepy enough, but then you notice the letter T is heading downward to pierce the eye. So good.

The Evil Within will be out on August 26 in North America, August 28 in Australia, and August 29 in Europe for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3.

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Sup Holmes kickstarter offers free game, dancing idiot photo
Sup Holmes kickstarter offers free game, dancing idiot
by Jonathan Holmes

The Sup Holmes kickstarter is less than 60 hours away from completion and we've almost prestigued 3 times already. Thank you so much! We're going to stretch that funding towards creating as many extras as we can. There's a lot in the planning stages at the moment, including a new show with Caitlin Cooke, a new show with Samus and Sagat, a new intro song by Jake "Virt" Kaufman, and a load of other sweet surprises. That's all on top of the additional 50 episodes that we've committed to doing on top of the initial proposed season 3.

We did it, guys.

In case you missed it, we've also got the announcement that Gordon Midwood of Different Cloth/Different Tuna is offering a code for Derrick the Deathfin on Mac/PC to anyone that backs at the $20 level. That's on top of the Steam code for Retro City Rampage and the weird comic book that I'm going to draw for backers at the $15 level! So many things!

And on top that, James Montanga has created a free game for all to love called Holmesball 64! It's like a cross between Pong, Bit.Trip CORE, and a conversation. It's so great. I love it a lot. And on top of even all that is a free digital toy/app/thing by Mike Lambert (Binding of Isaac Rebirth, Cave Story 3D, 1001 Spikes) that simulates what it's like to stare into my face and make the face do things while the body dances forever. My life is great and I wish I could make you all feel great too.

Sup Holmes Season 3 [Kickstarter]

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Let's watch the Super Smash Bros. Direct together! photo
Let's watch the Super Smash Bros. Direct together!
by Jordan Devore

[Update: It's over! You can watch the presentation again in the embedded video above.]

We heard your guesses for what'll be announced at this afternoon's Super Smash Bros.-themed Nintendo Direct presentation and I liked what you all had to say. Tingle? That'd be a treat. Shulk? Total crowd-pleaser. There's also hope we'll get a release date and, according to Nintendo, that's officially happening: the game's "launch window" will be announced today.

It won't be long now until we find out that and more, so if you're able, come watch the Nintendo Direct with us as it happens live today at 3:00pm Pacific. We'll post any breakout information here on Destructoid, but consider this your comment thread to go wild in for the time being.

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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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Fan-made Dragon Ball Z fighter is better than any official DBZ game photo
Fan-made Dragon Ball Z fighter is better than any official DBZ game
by Steven Hansen

Okay, maybe I haven't played a Dragon Ball Z game since Budokai 2, but I think that claim would hold up, even if it's my affinity for 2D speaking. But seriously, this years-in-the-making, well animated, Mugen-based DBZ fan game looks rad as heck. It's the best Mugen-based fighter since Dong Dong Never Die.

That Yajirobe in the stage background is amazing.

And now I feel like playing Gundam Battle Assault 2.

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This may be the best character creator system for a game yet photo
This may be the best character creator system for a game yet
by Hamza CTZ Aziz

Black Desert is an upcoming Korean MMORPG and that sentence is usually more than enough to get a majority of people to start tuning out. That is until you watch this video, showing off the game's amazing character creator system.

You can alter seemingly every aspect of your character, creating highly detailed male and female avatars. I really don't care what the MMORPG plays like now, I just want to mess around in that character creator system and create whatever I wanted. Forget the realistic aspect too, just imagine all the warped things this system can provide.

(Via Reddit)

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