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Cool GTAV video photo
Cool GTAV video

Grand Theft Auto V looks amazing in miniature

If you thought "tilt-shift" photography was just a twee trend of the moment a few years ago and you'd actually be surprised to see it name checked today, well, you're not wrong, even if the technique existed long before its time as an inte...

 
Mirror's Edge Catalyst photo
Mirror's Edge Catalyst

What is the silliest ability you've had to unlock in a game?

Earlier this week, the increasingly-homeless-looking Steven Hansen wrote up a preview for DICE's upcoming Mirror's Edge Catalyst. He briefly mentioned that new skills have to be unlocked. "An upgrade tree? Why?" Steven asked, rhetorically. ...

 
LOL! photo
LOL!

Naked body pile executions are why Hitman is so good

You may remember from my review that the new, episodic Hitman is good as heck, "a dope slapstick murder comedy." I recounted a few funny tales here, including a pretty amusing, but not all that creative kill (it's practically set up for you...

 
Overwatch cosplay photo
Overwatch cosplay

Hot damn this Tracer cosplay is on point

Here's is the best cosplay I've seen since that Lightning get up that looked like it could be in-game, or at least a high-res action figure photo shoot. And since it's not Lightning, the model has the added challenge of actually needing to ...

 
Mario Bros easter egg photo
Mario Bros easter egg

You probably haven't seen this Super Mario Bros. 3 animation

For each episode of The Simpsons I can recite from memory, I can still watch that show and stumble upon a dusty, hitherto undiscovered or unappreciated (by me) gag. Even if it's just a sign in the background. That show was real good for a l...

 
wikiHow guessing photo
wikiHow guessing

It's surprisingly difficult to guess wikiHow articles based on header images

In principle, wikiHow is a great resource. Everyday people can use it to learn new skills. We can educate ourselves on basic ideas without the embarrassment of publicly admitting we don't already know them. In practice, it makes for some we...

 
Wisdom from Swery photo
Wisdom from Swery

Saturday morning and I'm thinking about what should I do today?

Deadly Premonition and D4 creator Swery (who has contributed a guest article here in the past) has been on a roll on Twitter lately. Maybe it's all the mind gunk that would otherwise be poured into a second season of D4 now just seepin...

 
Toad grippiness photo
Toad grippiness

How can Slippy Toad be slippy if uncle Grippy Toad is grippy?

Amateur scientist Brett Makedonski was wondering aloud in the Destructoid chat earlier today, "what went wrong in the Star Fox frog family tree to cause the uncle to be so grippy and all the tread to have worn off by the time his nephew was...

 
Cannibal perk photo
Cannibal perk

If you have to cannibalize someone, where do you start?

One of Kyle's chickens died. That's a bummer. His dog got a hold of it and it was bye-bye birdie. Kyle's misfortune somehow led to Darren's wild postulation that he'd have no problem eating Zack and that he'd have no problem if Zack ate him...

 
NBA 2K16 mod (funnny!!!!) photo
NBA 2K16 mod (funnny!!!!)

Modders turn basketball stars into sexfully-horrifying cheerleaders

Even you non-sports-liking heathens have to admit that sports yields some of the best gifs. I mean, there's an entire industry and 24-hour network based around the "highlight," a primordial gif. Plus remember when the Toronto Raptors masco...

 
Steam is vapor photo
Steam is vapor

Vaping congressman used $1,302 of campaign funds on Steam games

San Diego-adjacent congressman Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) is dealing with inquiry by the Federal Election Commission, "for his use of campaign funds to pay for video games on 68 separate occasions," according to the San Diego Union Tribune. H...

 
Last of Us movie photo
Last of Us movie

The Last of Us movie is in 'development hell'

Almost a year and a half ago The Last of Us writer Neil Druckmann, who was penning the script for the film, was explaining how it would be "pretty faithful" despite "some big changes," which is fun. But speaking to IGN, Druckmann explains, ...

 
Dark Souls III photo
Dark Souls III

See Dark Souls' giant-ass Great Sword of Artorias in real life

We are somehow still one week away from Dark Souls 3/my birthday, which is good; you have time to buy me something still. Please collaborate amongst yourselves to avoid double-gifting. It is weird, though, with the game effectively ou...

 
Tay and You! photo
Tay and You!

Microsoft muzzles its horny nazi teen girl AI

I love to have fun on the web. But it's precisely because of the individual's propensity for fun online that large, multi-person entities might want to reconsider trying to have fun online. It's funny when sports site Deadspin tells Donald ...

 
Boondogl photo
Boondogl

Why the fuck would you call your service 'boondoggle'?

Here is what Google greets you with when you search "boondoggle:" "noun. 1. work or activity that is wasteful or pointless but gives the appearance of having value." Which, I mean, is appropriate for Boondogl, the just-launched monthly subs...

 
When the GIF is funny photo
When the GIF is funny

Don't forget your Stretch Armstrong UFC 2 cheat codes

Do kids still have Stretch Armstrongs or is it all iPhones, sex boxes, and designer drugs for today's tots? Well I'm sure they can play UFC 2 on their Nintendos or whatever.

 
Splatoon lint roller photo
Splatoon lint roller

Splatoon has an official lint roller, ya filthy animals

Some of you know this, but I have a cat. And boy, what a cat he is. As such, I am perpetually covered in lint. Look at that luxurious hair. Sure, if I'm wearing black, it's doubly apparent, but I have lily white bath towels equally covered...

 
Old piracy paid up photo
Old piracy paid up

Diablo pirate pays up in person 19 years later

In a much more tender (than poop-suicide) end to the Game Developers Conference, at today's post-mortem talk on the first Diablo, writer Shivam Bhatt stepped up during the Q&A session of the talk to apologize to Diablo creator David Bre...

 
Frog Fractions 2? photo
Frog Fractions 2?

This Frog Fractions promotional art is amazing

These stickers for Frog Fractions III (which is actually Frog Fractions VI in Japan) were found floating around GDC, and they might just be my favorite promotional materials ever. Of course, I'm still waiting on Frog Fractions II (also know...

 
Hitman photo
Hitman

Fun with Hitman, TRAPDOOR SPIDER STYLE

I wanted to try out the sniper rifle. Because of Hitman's one-big-mission episodic release and associated experience system, it wasn't unlocked as a drop you can have pre-placed in the map until a few successful assassination attempts. Ther...

 
Div! Face! Div! Face! photo
Div! Face! Div! Face!

The Division really does have Assassin's Creed's skeleton

Look, I joke that all of Ubisoft's big, AAA, 3D games are the same. And you know what they say about jokes: you are one. And you know what they say about you: there's a little bit of truth to every one of you. Therefore, transitively, there...

 
The Division photo
The Division

Eat rats

Ubisoft Presents Steven Hansen's Tom Clancy's The Division is an MMO-lite a la Destiny, but that doesn't mean it can't bring in some moral choice flavor dialogue. Eats rats or starve!

 
THE GREAT MOUTH DETECTIVE
Yesterday, Jordan, Brett, and I came to a stunning conclusion in our daily office chatroom, in between images of cute animals and Hitler playing Xbox 360: we are all top-flight taste makers in the cereal world. You see, we al...   read

The Division photo
The Division

The Division: Best waiting-in-line sim of 2016?

Steven Hansen Presents Tom Clancy's The Division came out today. Chris is working tirelessly on a verdict, but if you've played a Ubisoft game, you probably know what to expect, with that company's wide paint brush of open-world business (...

 
Soccer x Pokemon photo
Soccer x Pokemon

Mexican soccer pays weird tribute to 20 years of Pokemon

Pachuca played Dorados de Sinaloa over the weekend in a Liga MX match up (that's Mexico's top soccer league -- go Deportivo Toluca F.C.!) and Pachuca's social media presence put some real effort into celebrating the 20th anniversary of Poke...

 
Agar.io photo
Agar.io

House of Cards continues gaming cameos with extra indie cred

For a show about king-making, fraught alliances, and betrayal, Agar.io is a pretty good fit for Netflix's original show House of Cards, which seemingly filled a lot of the internet's collective binging bandwidth this weekend (while I ...

 
CLICKBAIT photo
CLICKBAIT

Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto liked Star Wars VII

Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto is in good company: the Mario and Zelda creator did not like George Lucas' prequel trilogy, but did find Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens to be one of his favorite movies from 2015. Miyamoto told Game Inf...

 
Lightning cosplay photo
Lightning cosplay

No, it's not in-game, this is Lightning cosplay

Let's get the potshot out of the way. Wow, this Lightning cosplay looks so much like a CG model -- perfectly captures Lightning's lack of emotion! Of course, we know that there's a lot of depth behind Claire "Lightning" Farron. A a warm per...

 
Black Ops battle photo
Black Ops battle

Square Enix kicked Sony's ass in Call of Duty: Black Ops III

Fun fact I realized during my first Tokyo Game Show: Square Enix publishes Call of Duty in Japan. Or at least did, until Sony ended up publishing Black Ops III in Japan on PS3 and PS4 (Microsoft did the same on Xbox in Japan). And whatever...

 
Ex-Microsoft CEO with the photo
Ex-Microsoft CEO with the

BALLMER!

Sure, Steve Ballmer stepped down as CEO of Microsoft two years ago (replaced by Satya Nadella), but that doesn't mean he's not still in our hearts. After leaving Microsoft, Ballmer bought the Los Angeles Clippers (not a bad thing anymore!) ...

 

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whatsacow

Beat the dancer of the boreal valley at level Suffice to say, i am a fucking god! Either that or ive spent way too much time with this game and really need to get back to

 
gajknight

Beat the first boss of I can safely say, this game could turn out to be something real I got a few gripes that Ill highlight in the comments but I could still play it with no changes fairly

 
Inquisitive Ravenclaw

I made a small change to the length of the table, and I realize I didnt show the finished white shirt version, so here it is! Thanks for all your feedback and help, everyone!

 
Sr Churros

Godammit, Jake Kaufmans music is so awesome! This game has beeen pure ear joy so

 
Luca Blight

I was watching my brother trying to beat the nameless king numbers of tries then I played Fist of the North Star opening and he whooped his

 
Megas75

I havent went online with the Master Chief Collection Is the online still fucked or did they ever fix it?

 
OverlordZetta

My head is pounding and it wont be tonight until Why must it be this way?

 
FakePlasticTree

Yus! Physical copy of God Already own it on PSN but nothing beats having a physical copy Also wanted the first Bayonetta on Wanted to play it

 
Zer0t0nin

I cant even say why, but there is something incredibly soothing about Mid-90s Rave

 
iam16bit

Ok so this morning I showed my Street Fighter cover to my teachers and they really liked it but suggested putting in more shadows and showing energy coming from the They also suggested bringing Akuma down a bit to leave space for a

 
guitarvillain

Crom, grant me

 
Pixie The Fairy

I hope Axiom Verge for Vita has a patch coming because the occasional action-halting hiccups are a bit Ive seen some slowdown, too, but my brain rationalizes that as it trying to be an NES

 
Nathan D

*sees a quarter on the ground with tails side up* Ooh, a quarter! Wait, does tails side up being unlucky only apply to pennies? Oh god, should I pick it up?

 
OverlordZetta

Hey, Pokemon trainers! The Zygarde, Shiny Yveltal, and Shiny Xerneas events are a May event it looks like! Zygarde is this week and a little extra and the other two will follow that in the Check your country for specifics!

 
Gundy

I love me some dill

 
Fuzunga

This is already worth at least $60, which is double what I paid for Along with my three (PS4, Vita, DOS) copies of Retro City Rampage, Im going to be rich

 
Luca Blight

Is it weird to not care for Devil May Cry 1 but absolutely love the 3rd Maybe it was the mood I was

 
RiffRaff

Star Fox tip: Well, I just discovered that if you plug your headphones directly into the gamepad, all of the audio is routed through the Not optimal for fixing the fixing the audio, but a lot better than the shit quality of the gamepad

 
Confuseddalek

Im having more fun playing Shantae than I ever was with Dark YEAH I SAID IT

 
iam16bit

Also Nintendo posted the full Squid Sisters concert on

 
gajknight

That feeling when youre about to settle down with a nice cup of tea when your mum asks you to go out and get some fish and

 
Dreggsao

I just finished the singleplayer of Battlefield 4 (playing the last mission 3 times for MP unlocks) and it was comically Still leagues better than the BF3

 
OrochiLeona

Jeez, still months to

 
Rico the Penguin

I might quantify the covenant item drop rates into values of # of Brooklyn 99 Thus far its looking like the Darkmoon items drop at a rate of to 1 B99 Once all 3 seasons are done Im not sure what to

 
Torchman

Menu setup on super robot wars z3 is much nicer than the first Not even referring to a translation guide due to how much easier it is

 
iam16bit

Saw this trending on Facebook, 30 animators got together and recreated the opening of Super Smash

 
Nathan D

Anyone remember that show MXC?

 
Scrustle

Not having a great time with DS3 Stuck right at the start of Irithyll against enemies who are just too damn Ive resorted to summoning help, but everyone is either just as bad as me, or I get invaded at the same

 
WryGuy

Is it weird that this is the missing link that makes me want to buy Amiibo? For the most part theyre just shelf-items anyway, so this just helps them play the role

 

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