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Dear Namco & Interplay, don't screw up

Apr 23
// Jim Sterling
Dear Namco & Interplay,You may be wondering why I am addressing this humble letter to both of you, for on the surface, you have nothing to do with each other. You are two completely different companies in two completely d...

The Podcastle episode 08: Why it's good to be a European gamer

Mar 20
// Jim Sterling
Somehow we managed it, but we've constructed an entire show about how good it is to be a European gamer. Actually, that's a total lie. Wardrox came up with fifteen reasons and we absolutely destroyed them because we are so aw...

Manhunt 2 UK ban is lifted! Let the controversy begin anew

Mar 14
// Jim Sterling
As you should know, we have been covering the BBFC's ban of Manhunt 2 for the past year, from the original decision, to Rockstar's appeal, and the BBFC's counter. Well, it seems that freedom of expression has won out, as the ...

Interview with Surfer Girl, darling tipster of the industry underground

Nov 13 // Tristero
Destructoid: A couple of months ago you had the idea of running ads on your site to support charity. Have you decided on the best way to implement this, and if so, what charity would you be most likely to support?Surfer Girl: No, it was more of an idea for a system that would donate ad revenue to charity.D: Have you seen how groups like The Hunger Site and Free Rice run their ads?SG: Yes. Those sites are admirable, but I forget to do that everyday.D: Yeah, it's tough to keep up with when there are at least 100 sites or so in the constant daily rotation. Your blog’s given some attention to the inner workings of Wikipedia, with mentions of the Lost/Gabon incident, as well as some things about the Blackwater controversy. Do you feel that currently Wikipedia is being run in the best possible fashion, and if not, do you have any suggestions to improve the way it functions?SG: D: Do you find that you get a lot of private feedback for the political segments of your site? Those sections tend to get less public comments.SG: No, sadly. I find those posts far more important than anything about games or whatever. My initial intention was for the posts about games to attract attention to the political posts, but it did not work out that way.D: I wouldn't have found your site without the game news, but I ended up sticking around for some of the political links. I especially liked the clip of the MSNBC commentator giving the impassioned speech against water boarding. I forwarded that to a lot of friends. With the more attention your site gets, it seems that your comment sections get bombarded with questions about everyone’s pet videogame projects they’re interested in. Remarkably, you take the time to answer almost every single question. Did you envision your site becoming the magic 8-ball of videogame news?SG: I don't answer every question. I have comment moderation because people ask the same thing twenty times.D: It does seems like the comment sections have been huge lately, though, and that most of the activity on your site happens there. Are you happy with the new direction your site has taken? Is it still fun for you?SG: I have a blog, not a site. I really have not paid attention to what direction the site takes, but I don't enjoy this as much as I did before. I'm considering stopping all game related posts and concentrating on other things.D: Are you ever afraid that there will be repercussions for the secrets you’ve been divulging? I also work in the film industry and between that and the videogame world I’m swimming in a sea of NDAs. There are topics that I would love to talk about publicly, because I think people will be excited to hear about them, but I’m deathly afraid that the hounds of the law will hunt me down. What motivates you to spill the beans?SG: I have not broken an NDA yet.D: Do you just not sign them?SG: Nothing I've said so far has applied to one.D: Why all the secrecy then? You often reveal your information in a cryptic, playfully mysterious fashion. What’s it all leading up to? Do you have a master scheme? Will there be a huge showdown on the roof with the coppers? Or are you going to reveal that it’s all been a big joke on us? SG: There are topics I cannot talk about because of NDAs.D: Does that mean you're getting permission to tell us the things you've said so far?SG: Nothing I've said so far would be a breach of an NDA I have signed because I've talked about nothing that’s under an NDA. The ears, the mouth, the eyes are my sources, primarily. Not so much the nose.D: You've said you're an industry insider. What attracted you to work in videogames in the first place?SG: Videogames seemed far easier than other things. There are things that happened that made me slide away from being a journalist. Maybe this blog is me attempting to justify that college degree.D: Do you have a personal passion for videogames? SG: I like games, sure.D: I've read statements by you bemoaning the lack of creativity from publishers. What’s one thing that’s holding the industry back that you would change if you could?SG: Hesitancy, I'd eradicate that like Ron Paul wants to do with the federal government (like a crazy, crazy irresponsible man).D: Do you mean hesitancy to embrace new ideas?SG: Yes.D: I personally think misogyny is a big problem in the videogame industry that needs to be addressed, both in the actual developer/publisher side as well as the fans and press who comment on it. From the perspective of someone who works in the industry, would you agree?SG: Definitely, definitely.D: I feel that the problem, while not necessarily larger than what goes on in other subcultures, is both more ignored and at the same time more “in-your-face” in the world of videogames. How do you think these attitudes became so entrenched and what do we do to fix them?SG: The females in creative roles are still forced to output things that conform with male interests.D: Does this mean we need more females in producer roles? More self-funded/developed games?SG: We need females who are willing to express themselves. Jade Raymond is not doing anything remotely unique. Assassin's Creed is great, but it is just another game. But then you have someone like Kellee Santiago with a passion and drive to do something different and something mind-blowing results.D: Is she the one with that worked on Cloud?SG: Yes. She's producer and president at thatgamecompany. She has produced my favorite PS3 game thus far [fl0w], which is just an expansion of a Flash game.D: Are you in a position where you could one day see your ideas for games realized?SG: In a way, that already occurs. Sorry that I cannot elaborate on such a vague statement.D: Do you have plans to reveal your identity eventually to the public? Or will this be a long-running mystery?SG: D: From statements on your blog, it looks like we’re both fans of the author Thomas Pynchon. My pen name that I write under is Tristero, from The Crying of Lot 49. Your public persona has some similarities to the reclusive author. You’ve inspired a similar following with wild speculation and fanatacism. What appeals to you most about his writing? Which books have you tackled?SG: I never thought of it that way, but that prospect of any similarity is actually somewhat inspiring.D: People enjoy scavenger hunts. It's part of the whole mystique.SG: He is far more entertaining than I am and far more verbose, but verbosity should not be feared. Gamers should read beyond Halo 3: the Novelization.D: No kidding. I feel like some of us are afraid of books, or films, or anything else for that matter taking supremacy over the precious games. I like games, but they're just one facet of my life. It's hard to keep them from taking over.SG: But the text in some of these Japanese RPGs that has to be read are like tomes that rival five Ayn Rand books stacked high in volume. Similarly pointless and redundant as Rand's work, without the manifesto. Maybe now that BioShock did well, Atlas Shrugged: the Game will not be so far off.D: I do like how BioShock played off of Rand's ideas, but showed how awful they could be in practice if actually implemented.SG: If Rand had a cameo, I'm sure male gamers across the land would be declaring it "the scariest game of all-time."D: Any last cryptic comments you'd like to give the readers of Destructoid? You do know every word you say leads to ten different google searches, right? Want to throw any more hints to the crowd?SG: Because I feel gamers do not read enough, I am considering launching Surfer Girl's Book Club. I'll be like Oprah.D: Do it! I'll read your books. Good luck with everything. It's been fun.SG: Thanks, same to you as well.  

If you've had your ear to the ground, then you're probably aware of the feisty diva of gossip and news who splashed onto the videogame press scene this year. Surfer Girl Reviews Star Wars has quickly become one of my favorite...


Chewy, chocolate-coated gummy proposal: Viva Pinata love

Sep 13
// Leigh Alexander
So we know that wedding proposals take place in MMOs all the time, sweet touching moments of deep connection that occur when real people start to forget that Azeroth is not a real place, as their concept of reality becomes ev...

Trickle down Nintendonomics is alive and well: Ronald Reagan would be so proud

Aug 16
You may not have given it much thought up until now, but Nintendo's success with the Wii has been a blessing to all sorts of people you wouldn't normally associate with the videogame industry. If you recall earlier, the Wii h...

E3 2007: Mercenaries 2 developer walkthrough will make your pants tight

Jul 14
// William Haley
  Towards the end of the Xbox's lifespan, I had about 75 games for the console that I traded in before GameStop realized they had created a major loophole that made each game worth $15 more than it should have b...

Walter Reed Medical Center: games and their healing touch

May 27
Thanks to an aid group called Cause, soldiers at the Walter Reed Medical Center have monthly get togethers of healing, fun, and not so surprising... video games. Although somewhat of an afterthought now, video ...

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