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Top 10(ish) Cool Video Game Ladies


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Mar 13
// Voltech
[Dtoid community blogger Voltech gives us a top 10 list of cool video game ladies that eschews the usual suspects in favor of some lesser known but equally deserving women. That was a very long sentence. Want to see your own ...
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Doom 4 and the 10 unholy commandments


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Mar 11
// El Dango
[El Dango loves himself some Doom, which might explain his apprehension towards the upcoming tentatively titled Doom. I like his reasoning on what could avoid a potentially disastrous release but what do you think? Start a bl...
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The Dtoid community's best blogs of February 2015


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Mar 10
// CblogRecaps
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Radio Dtoid LIVE from PAX East 2015 is happening!


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Mar 06
// nanashi
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How games saved my classroom


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Mar 04
// TheGwailo
[Gwailo shows us how he's used his love of gaming to help engage the youth of Houston's East End. By helping the youth in his school focus, he's given them a chance they normally don't have. Want to see your own stuff on the ...
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How historically accurate is Skyrim? Part 5


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Mar 02
// RedHeadPeak
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Comments of the Week: Better check the clock...


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Mar 02
// Dreamweaver
[It's another round of Comments of the Week brought to you by Dream Seaver of Growing Toids fame. Just kidding! It's Dreamweaver and there's a pretty epic Aquaman burn this week. Be sure to join the discussion yourself to see...
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Magnetic love in the digital domain


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Mar 01
// Stephen Turner
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Binding of Isaac: 10 tips for making The Lost playthrough easier

Feb 28 // Corduroy Turtle
This character, known as 'The Lost', is a ghost. He can fly right off the bat and his stats are all pretty normal except for one tiny, little detail: he has absolutely no health. This means that not only does he die in one hit, but a bunch of the items in the game have no effect on him or will kill him if you try to use them. As you can imagine, the idea of beating the game multiple times with a character who can die from something as small as a fly was not only daunting; it was terrifying. Long story short, I did it. It wasn't easy, it wasn't fun and to be completely honest, I don't recommend it! But if you're like me and you just have to do it, I guess I have some tips for you. These by no means will guarantee your success but hopefully they'll shed a little light on the long, depressing road that lies ahead of you. 1) Do everything else first There's a ton of stuff to do in Rebirth, and almost none of it requires playing as The Lost, so focus on all of that first. Seriously. Enjoy the game. Beat the Cathedral and Sheol paths with every other character on Hard. Complete all of the challenges. Fully upgrade the shop by plopping 999 coins into the donation machine. Unlock every possible thing you can before doing this. Not only will it allow you to get comfortable with the game, but you're going to want every possible item in the mix if/when you decide to tackle this nightmare. 2) The Lost does have some advantages Wait, The Lost isn't a total piece of shit? Well, sort of. As I mentioned earlier, he can fly, which is a huge help. This allows you to grab any items you can see on-screen without worrying about spikes, pits or rocks that would normally block your path. You're going to want every bomb, key and chest you can get your hands on so this is huge. You also won't have to worry about the damaging effects of "creep," which is the poison trail that some enemies leave in their path. This also means that you can "hide" from certain enemies and attacks by hovering over rocks. This tactic is absolutely necessary for survival but just keep in mind that there are enemies that can also fly, and there are plenty of attacks that are unaffected by rocks, so you're by no means invinsible. A somewhat pleasant side effect of having no health is it grants The Lost free admittance to all Challenge Rooms. Though they can be a huge risk, Challenge Rooms can have free items inside which are always nice. Plus, if you're carring a card or pill that allows you to teleport, you can grab the free stuff and immediate get the fuck out of there without having to survive the impending battle. However, the biggest advantage The Lost has over the other characters is that he gets free Deals with the Devil. Devil Rooms will sometimes open up after boss fights and usually you have to sacrifice precious health to gain the items inside. But since The Lost literally has no health, everything is free! There are some really great Devil-exclusive items so grab what you can. Damage ups are a definite. Items that cause fear are also nice. Just be careful and remember that not all Devil items are helpful. The Razor Blade actually hurts you when activated, which will obviously kill you before you can enjoy the increased damage. The Dark Bum, who is normally a welcome addition to any run since he can spawn soul hearts, offers no help to The Lost. In fact, since there's a chance he could spawn a enemy spider instead, he's actually a huge liability. Trust me. 3) Play on Hard at all times Here's the thing: most of The Lost's items can be unlocked by beating the various end-game bosses on Normal. BUT, if you truly want to unlock every item in the game, you need to realize that one of those items is called Godhead and it requires that you beat all end-game bosses with all playable characters... on Hard. Since you definitely won't want to play as The Lost any more than you have to (trust me), you might as well knock out Hard mode right from the start. It's not as bad as you think. Playing as The Lost is already hard as fuck so you probably won't notice anyway. 4) Be wary of champion enemies Since you'll presumably be playing on Hard, champion enemies will be more common. More often than not, these guys will have more health, as well as added quirk that can really be a pain in certain situations. Dark teal enemies will explode upon death, but light blue ones release an 8-way tear shot when killed. These two version have killed me countless times so it's good to keep your eye out for them so you can act accordingly. 5) Abuse the donation machine If you followed my earlier tip of donating 999 coins to the Donation Machine, you can thank me now. Not only do fully upgraded shops offer more items to choose from, but certain extremely helpful items will only spawn in fully upgraded shops. Also, you can use the Donation Machine as an ATM when you're low on cash, as long as you have the bombs necesssary to make a withdrawl. I used this tactic so often that my savings went from 999 coins down to a measly 22 cents by the time I finally completed my Lost playthroughs. Not going to lie, I was scared. Anyway, here are a few shop-exclusive items that can help you out big time: Black Candle - A passive item that prevents/removes curses for the rest of that run. Some curses cast darkness over entire levels, hide the map, or even disguise items as question marks until you pick them up. Since these happen randomly and are always a pain in the butt, the opportunity to avoid them completely is lovely. The Candle, Red Candle - These are space bar items that can do massive damage if your aim is true. They also recharge every few seconds which means you can use them multiple times per room. They absolutely chew through bosses. Stop Watch - A passive item that slows down all enemies in every single room. Need I say more? This obviously gives you more time to react to certain attacks but also slows down and shortens the range of enemy projectiles. It's somewhat rare but one of the best items in the game. There's also a Broken Watch item that sometimes grants the same effect, but also has the chance of actually speeding up the enemies in a room. Yikes. Maybe think twice before picking that one up. Blank Card - A space bar item that mimics the effect of any card or rune you are currently holding. Though I wouldn't recommend this 100% of the time, it can be amazingly powerful under certain conditions. For example, if you're holding the Chaos Card, you now wield a throwable projectile that can kill any boss/enemy in the game immediately, and it recharges every four rooms! Insane. There's Options - This item will let you choose from two items after defeating a boss, instead of being stuck with one. This is sort of a big deal when you consider that a lot of items offered after defeating a boss are just simple health upgrades, which do nothing for The Lost. It's nice to have options. 6) Guppy items are your friend Collecting any combination of three Guppy items will cause you to transform into Guppy himself, which makes you super powerful. As Guppy, you spawn tons of blue flies as you do damage. Not only will blue flies follow you from room to room and kill enemies for you, but their damage scales to your current power level. As you get stronger, so do they. No matter who I'm playing as, I'm always fantasizing about transforming into Guppy. It's awesome. Here are the items: Dead Cat, Guppy's Collar - Extra lives! These are basically necessities when playing as The Lost. No matter how powerful or prepared you are, certain rooms or difficult bosses will take you by surprise and all it takes is one small mistake to ruin a promising run and send you back to the main menu with nothing. You'll want the insurance of a few extra lives to save your ass in a crisis. Guppy's Head - A space bar item that spawns two to four blue flies per room. It's far from being the best space bar item but if you have nothing else in that slot, it's certainly nice to have. An important sidenote is that it counts as one of the three Guppy items needed for the transformation regardless if you keep it on you or not. Just picking it up once is good enough. Nice. Guppy's Tail - Drastically increases the number of red chests you come across, thus greatly improving your chances of seeing other Guppy-related items. The Left Hand trinket does sort of the same thing. Red chests can be risky, since they can also have troll bombs or spiders inside but that's just a risk you have to take. Be prepare for anything to jump out! Guppy's Hairball - Arguable the least attractive of all the Guppy items. This lump of wet hair gets flung around your body and can damage enemies, growing in size with each kill. It's more of a distraction than anything, in my opinion but it's not totally useless. It can also sort of block projectiles sometimes. Guppy's Paw - Nope, I was wrong. This one is almost totally worthless. For a character with health, Guppy's Paw can turn one red heart into three soul hearts. Pretty cool. For the Lost, it just gets him one step closer to the Guppy transformation which I guess is just fine. Remember, just like Guppy's Head, you don't have to carry this around forever. Just pick it up and put it right back down if you want to. 7) These can make your life a lot easier Not all items in Rebirth are created equal. In fact, some are stupid good, especially when playing as The Lost. Besides the aforementioned Dead Cat which grants you with nine precious lives, here are a few items that can really take a run from "ok" to "OMG this could be the one." Brimstone - This item turns your tears into a full-screen beam that can clear entire rooms in less than a second. Sure, it needs to be charged fully before it can be shot, but you can negate that a bit by charging it before you enter a room. Plus, it passes through all obstructions which means you can just point and shoot without worrying if things like rocks are in your way. Combine this with Spoon Bender (homing tears) and, holy lord, you don't even know. Daddy Longlegs + Gnawed Leaf - Yeah, I know I said "single-handedly" earlier but if you're lucky enough to stumble upon this combo, you've won the lottery. Daddy Longlegs is really good on his own since he seeks out enemies for you and stomps the shit out of them. But combine that with the protection of Gnawed Leaf, an item that makes you invulnerable as long as you don't move, and you can basically clear rooms by doing nothing at all. I'm going to be honest with you, I've never actually gotten this combo myself, but I've read about it and I'm jealous. Holy Mantle - This passive item negates one hit per room. It doesn't seem like a lot but when that's all it takes to end a run as The Lost, it's a really big deal. I can't tell you how many times I've been hit by a boss mere seconds before I could deliver the final blow. It's heartbreaking. If you come across the Holy Mantle, thank your lucky stars. Mom's Knife - The ultimate killing machine. On its own, it's already a force to be reckoned with, but when you combine it with damage upgrades (like Polyphemus) it has no equal. It absolutely obliterates bosses and can make your life a whole lot easier. It also has the added advantage of doing damage to anything it touches without having to be shot. Obviously you don't want enemies to get that close to you, but if they do, all you gotta do is carefully poke them to death. Trinity Shield - This item protects you from enemy shots in whatever direction you aim it. It makes certain boss battles, like Mom's Heart, a lot less stressful. In all my hours of play, I've only seen it pop up twice, so don't hold your breath for this one. 8) Please don't pick these items up This feels like it should go without saying but, y'know, I'm gonna say it anyway. Certain items are what I call "run killers." Others, while not necessarily the worst thing in the world, will definitely hurt you more than help. To clarify, it's okay (recommended, actually) to pick up any and all space bar items you come across since it will remove them from the pool of items that can show up later. Plus, these can be dropped when you come along something better. What I'm referring to here are passive items which have a permanent effect on your character after being picked up. To do this properly, you're going to need to know what every item looks like, whether they are passive or not, and what their effects are. It's not easy. I've played these games for hundreds of hours and I still get Ipecac (explosive shots) and Chemical Peel (damage increase) confused from time to time. Here are some that I learned through painful trial and error to avoid completely when playing as The Lost. Ankh, Judas' Shadow, Lazarus' Rags - These items cause you to transform into another character upon death, which is bad. For example, if you die and respawn as Lazarus, then go on to complete the game, you obviously won't get credit for beating it as The Lost. Also, don't quote me on this, but I think they can even take priority over the 9-lives item, meaning you would transform into another character and be stuck as them before you start dipping into your extra lives. Bad news. Basically, they offer absolutely no advantage to The Lost so don't pick them up! Ipecac, Fire Mind, Dr. Fetus, Bob's Brain - These are items that change your tears into explosives, or in the case of Fire Mind, cause random explosions. Explosions are powerful but incredibly dangerous. Seeing as how the game is already hard enough when playing as The Lost, why add the constant threat of blowing yourself up? Take my advice and ignore these items. The ONLY situation in which it might be okay to pick one of these up is if you luck out and pick up Pyromaniac beforehand, which makes you immune to explosive damage. Even still, explosions push your character around and could possibly push you into something that could hurt you so,... just don't pick them up. Eve's Mascara, Ludovico Technique, Number One, Soy Milk, Strange Attractor, Tiny Planet - Maybe I shouldn't be lumping these tear modifiers all together but they've all single-handedly ruined decent runs for me in the past. The problem with these items is the disadvantages outweigh any advantages they might offer. Eve's Mascara, for example, increases damage, but slows down your tears so much that it's hard to hit anything. Same with Ludovico Technique, which gives you one massive tear that you can steer around on its own, but very slowly. Tiny Planet is just a total disaster of an item, and Strange Attractor actually makes your tears magnetic, which is terrifying. Maybe you don't hate these as much as I do but you have been warned. Pick these up at your own risk. Bucket of Lard, Tarus - These items reduce your movement speed. Not a great idea since you want to be able to dodge attacks as quickly as possible. Even though Tarus can grant you a few seconds of invincibility after a certain amount of time, it's just not worth the overall decrease in speed. Leo, Thunder Thighs - These items grant you the ability to crush rocks, pots and mushrooms that you come in contact with. Usually, this is a really handy, but as The Lost, this actually removes the ability to hide within those items to avoid damage. On top of that, bomb rocks and some mushrooms can actually cause immediate damage, which will end your run. Not smart. Guillotine, Isaac's Heart - To be completely honest, I avoid these items no matter who I'm playing as. The Guillotine causes your characters head to float around their body, which can make it hard to aim your tears accurately, and also makes it sort of difficult to keep track of where your body is exactly. It's weird. Isaac's Heart makes your character immune to damage (cool...?) but forces you to protect a heart familiar that follows you around. Anything that touches the heart will do damage to you, which will kill The Lost immediately. Definitely not cool. 9) Take your time This is probably the most important piece of advice I can give you, besides #10 I suppose. There is no reason to rush so make sure you're taking your time when you play as The Lost. Be patient. Wait for openings. Don't just bum rush everything and hope for the best. I had plenty of promising runs get cut short because I stopped paying attention to the little things and got careless. If you're going to do this thing, you need to be focused the whole time. 10) Don't die Hahaha, yeah, that's not going to happen. You're going to die A LOT. Over and over. It'll feel like there's no hope. Just keep in mind that all it takes is one good run. Well, two if you want to get technical about it. No matter how badly you just did or how close you got, victory could be just around the corner. I had no idea when I picked up Sagittarius (piercing tears) in the first floor of the basement, after hundreds of attempts, that I would be claiming victory in the Dark Room less than an hour later. You really never know. Maybe this collection of tips will help you capture the elusive Godhead item and you too can feel the immense sense of relief wash over you as you realize you'll never have to play as The Lost ever again... ...until Afterbirth comes out, that is. Fuck.
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Destructoid Forums: The diabolical truth


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Feb 27
// Orlion
[Did you know we have forums? Most people gravitate immediately to the front page comments or cblogs but Orlion spares nothing in his dark view of one of Destructoid's most enduring places of kinship. Remember to take everyth...
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Comments of the Week: Number five has arrived!


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Feb 24
// Dreamweaver
[Has it already been five weeks of CotW? I'm sure thankful that Dreamweaver is doing the lord's work with a weekly round up of Destructoid's weirdest and most insightful comments! Want to see your own comment featured? Join t...
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Year of the Goat: goats/sheep/rams in videogames


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Feb 20
// Luna Sy
[We neglected President's Day and Ben Davis got Valentine's Day but community member Luna Sy didn't forget about Lunar New Year! Celebrate the new year with some of gaming's most interesting goats, sheep, and rams. Want to se...
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It's not Game Over if you select Continue


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Feb 19
// Tad
[Dtoid community member Tad wrote an intro post that was touching, poignant, and made my heart swell. His intro is a shining example of the power and beauty that videogames possess. We are all truly fortunate to be able to ex...
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Comments of the Week: Oh, dream maker... you heart breaker


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Feb 18
// Dreamweaver
[It's another round of Comments of the Week brought to you by Dreamweaver! Talk about a labor of love because despite Valentine's Day coming and going, he still had a present ready for the community. Be sure to join our commu...
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Disabled Gaming: The time of the Wheelchair Warrior Comes


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Feb 17
// Glowbear
I'm going to start this off as I mean to go on and I hope I can word this in a way that is not offensive, but there are some sentences that have to be said flat out. I’m calling out journalists and game developers, beca...
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The Dtoid community's best blogs of January 2015


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Feb 16
// CblogRecaps
[The amazing Cblog Recaps team brings us a month's worth of Topsauces it thinks are worth another look for us! Want to you your stuff reach the front page? Join the community and start blogging! --Striderhoang] Just before we...
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I made my own gaming magazine and I need feedback!


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Feb 14
// Caz
[Longtime lurker Caz needs your help designing his own gaming mag. Cool! -Mr Andy Dixon] Hi Destructoid! I've been a lurker here for a long time, and like a passive aggressive partner, I'm only talking to you now when I need ...
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Kickstarter launched for spiritual successor to EarthBound, Mach Rider, SimEarth


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Feb 14
// CJ Andriessen
[Just in time for Valentine's Day. -Mr Andy Dixon] Fans of Ecco the Dolphin, Mega Man Legends, Duck Hunt and Advent Rising should head to Kickstarter right away to throw their support behind a new campaign for a game that is a spiritual successor to those titles and any other game you one time said you’d want a sequel to in a chatroom or comment thread.
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Videogames and military recruitment: Part 1


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Feb 13
// The Scholarly Gamer
From Teaching to Terrorism Videogames have been used by many professions over the years as teaching tools, often in schools to help children have fun while learning spelling or math. As the idea of the usefulness of videogames as a learning tool has grown, we have started to see video games being used for all sorts of teaching and training purposes.
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How historically accurate is Skyrim? Part 4


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Feb 12
// RedHeadPeak
There's lots of things I enjoy about over-analyzing Skyrim, and the responses I get are a big part of that. There are a pleasingly small number of people that misread the title and my intentions ("Oh sure, the game with drago...
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Monthly Musing: I Love Arcades


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Feb 11
// Luckrequired
[Dtoid community member LuckRequired takes us on a stroll through his memories of the heyday of arcades. Those of us who frequented these electric churches of joy will be brought back swiftly to a simpler time. Want to see your own stuff appear on the front page? Go write something! --Occams Electric Toothbrush]
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Comments of the Week: Rhyme for Reasons


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Feb 10
// Dreamweaver
[Another Comments of the Week graces our eyes thanks to Dtoid community blogger Dreamweaver. This is a labor of love and we are all so happy to see it return. Enjoy! --Occams Electric Toothbrush] So some of you be s...
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Gush about things you love this month


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Feb 09
// Luna Sy
[This month's Blogger Wanted comes from Luna Sy and is all about love and video games!] This is the month of February. This is the month of ♥ L ♥ O ♥ V ♥ E ♥, and it's time to celebrate that.
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LA Dtoiders, join us for another Game Night!


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Feb 02
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Dtoid has once again partnered with our friends at Giant Robot and Angry Bananas to bring you another Game Night! When: February 7, from 6pm to 10pmWhere: Giant Robot 2, 2062 Sawtelle Blvd LA, CA 90025What: Three awesome indie games on display, plus a panel discussion with the developers at 8pm! Read on for full details on the games we'll be playing!
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Join us for this month's Band of Bloggers, featuring Fallout 3 and New Vegas!


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Jan 31
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[Dtoid community blogger The Scholarly Gamer recently spearheaded this awesome new community blogging project. You should join in the fun! --Mr Andy Dixon] Thanks to everyone for all of the support for our first Destructoid P...
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Remembering kitty0706


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Jan 31
// SeymourDuncan17
[Dtoid community blogger SeymourDuncan17 remembers a pioneer in the machinima scene. Rest in peace, Kitty. --Mr Andy Dixon] [Image credit: SpikyMilkshake] This has been the hardest blog for me to write. Even though I hav...
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Who put all these dicks in Mario Kart?


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Jan 26
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[Where will Dtoid community blogger Hyper Lemon Buster Cannon find dicks next?? --Mr Andy Dixon] You know, if there's one important observation I've noticed throughout the years, it's that if you look hard enough, like really...
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Comments of the Week - Prototype


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Jan 24
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[Almost three years to the day since the last Comments of the Week graced the front page (RIP Captain Bus), Dtoid community blogger Dreamweaver has resurrected the fan-favorite feature. Enjoy! --Mr Andy Dixon] Wait, are your ...
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Reader Q&A With 'The Badger'


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Jan 22
// TheDefenestrator
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Cblog Recaps End of the Year Recap 2014 Super Ultramax: Tournament Edition

Dec 31 // CblogRecaps
Occams Electric Toothbrush's promotion to co-community manager has brought about a night-and-day change to the cblog community. His dedication to reading our rabble rousing with a generous mind to revise and promote is like the Renaissance to 2013's Dark Ages. And a community that's encouraged by seeing their own get recognized is a community that's better at interacting with one another. Last to mention is OpiumHerz, resident Germanic censorship history buff turned forum admin. What started as a simple series about Germany's draconian censorship was simply a foothold to really clicking into the Dtoid community at large. Now he helps reign in the madness in the basement forums. Kudos Jim! Hello everyone! 2014 was kind of a weird year full of ups and downs. I thought it was a great year for video game releases, but also kind of a not-so-great year for other aspects of the gaming industry. Destructoid had its ups and downs this year too, with some well-liked staff members leaving or being laid off, while some other awesome staff members were recently hired on or promoted. In my own life, 2014 was rather uneventful, as I took on a job that I'm slowly starting to hate, but I think things may begin to look up for me soon! I have a potential new job on the horizon, and plans to begin streaming on Twitch, which is something I've wanted to try for a while now. 2014 was also the year that I stepped down from my post as the Cblog Recaps team's Friday recapper. It's been a really fun three years providing recaps for the wonderful community here. I really enjoyed my time on the team, making friends with the other recappers and community members. But I thought it was time to give someone else a chance to shine on the Recaps team, so I decided to take a break from recapping and handed the reigns over to TheDustinThomas, your new Friday recapper, who has been doing a terrific job so far! So what did I think of 2014's community blogs? Sticking to the theme of the year, I do think the blogs had their ups and downs as well, but there are so many terrific writers here in the Destructoid community that there was certainly no shortage of awesome blogs to be found! Thanks to our new community manager, Occams Electric Toothbrush, many more of those awesome blogs are now being promoted to the front page, which makes me very happy to see! Many other great blogs may not have been promoted, but I think they still deserve some appreciation. So here are some of my favorite blogs from 2014 that never made it to the front page! Fellow recappers StriderHoang and Wrenchfarm (you may know him now as Nic Rowen!) both wrote blogs this year about their favorite types of characters to pick in fighting games. Strider prefers to roll with the grapplers, those grabby characters with powerful attacks but low mobility. Nic tends to choose low-tier characters, who may not be popular choices in tournaments, but can still be deadly if you master how to use them properly. El Dango began a new series this year called the Boss Fight Appreciation Zone! There have been four entries so far, full of the most awesome boss fights ever to be found in video games! El Dango took a lot of time to make this a quality blog series, creating animated .gifs, customized headers and images, featuring suggestions from the comments, and topping it all off with his own high-energy, enthusiastic writing style. UsurpMyProse has seen many blogs promoted to the front page, but even the ones that were never promoted are equally fantastic. One of my favorites was called I'm sick of saving Hyrule. It's a humorous look at the commonly used tropes of the Zelda series, where UsurpMyProse takes a moment to point out all of the terrible ideas that the people of Hyrule keep coming up with which always land them in trouble. On a similarly humorous note, new recapper Pixielated wrote a very entertaining blog exploring a popular opinion of internet commenters ("Politics and social issues have no place in games") and how really very wrong they are. Her satirical style of writing is always a joy to read! Lastly, Morty took the time to compile a huge list of all of the awesome "10 Things You Didn't Know About Me" blogs posted by various community members. And while Morty's blog itself may have been promoted, the compilation is filled with tons of wonderfully personal blogs that never made it to the front page, but definitely deserve some attention. Plenty of 2014 blogs are included, and hey, I'm in there somewhere too! Thanks again for putting this together, Morty! - bbain August 23th, 2014 was the day I was officially included into the Recappers, and it has been a pretty cool couple of months since then! Truthfully, it feels a little weird to go from someone who comments every once in a while to someone who is more or less an active member in the span of a year, but I have no regrets getting to know some of you! Many of you guys are great, and it'll be too long a list to name you all... but you know who you are! I wish you some of you guys would do much more blogging though: I understand that time may not be as abundant for you as it could be, but I'd love to see more stuff from you! While I'm not able to read everyone's blogs, unforunately, reading as many I can has certainly opened my eyes to the community that has spawned! People have different voices to be hear, different stories to tell, different experience to share... and it's been great reading them! Don't get me wrong, being a Recapper doesn't mean I'm reading because I'm forced to... it just feels like a more natural progression of things. I will say this though: GamerGate saw an influx of blogs taking sides and stances on the matter, and those really soured my experience as any posted on Saturday means I couldn't really distance myself from it. As you know, I take the time to read the blogs, and some of the GamerGate ones actually feel quite informative and quite researched, and I don't want to disrespect the time they took to write it. So, I do my best to appear neutral about it by simply listing their blogs under "Wordtoid" with the same amount of "recap" I'd give to any other. This is clearly the best GamerGate blog though! I'll admit: I'm an absolute sucker for gimmick blogs like that. It's my weakness to see people put a live-action spin to their works, and that was seriously funny, even if it's not really a blog and more like an Instagram pic. Whatever, a laugh's a laugh, and boy did I! That also means that Marche100's blog also deserves mention: it was creative, funny as fuck, obviously had a lot of work put into it, strangely arousing, and was my very first Top Sauce! Hey, it's not too late to promote it! Speaking of arousing, how could I not mention the "Fetish" blogs to briefly surface? As some of you recall, Gajknight bravely details his top 10 favorite fetishes of all time, leading the charge for the weird wave to come! Some of us like your old pal StriderHoang and Dreamweaver went a little harder than we should've (no pause!), but it was a great time! I should also mention how much I love It's About to Get Gay in Here's satire pieces: so many articles being pumped out yet still retaining quality is a damn impressive feat! I didn't even link to a particular one: they're all so funny! Doesn't mean that you guys couldn't be so funny yourselves! Luckrequired had a couple of caption contests where he posts a screenshot for you to come up with something funny to say, and a lot of you were hilarious! He even made a brief but appreciated "choose your own adventure" blog as well! Speaking of adventures, Fenriff did an amazing Destructoid fanfiction called The Destructoid Saga where he takes beloved members of the community and puts them through one of the weirdest rides of their lives. Part 2 can be found here, and can't wait for the finale! Anyway, I hope some of you have been inspired to write something yourselves! Whether it's something funny, something meaningful, something heartfelt, or something like fanfiction (coughshamelessplug), I look forward to seeing what comes next! -Dreamweaver No offenses to optimists but personally I think 2014 sucked, at least towards the end where our memory is fresh. Not just in video games but in the world in general. Looking back on last year's recaps, it looks like things haven't improved all that much. In fact, 2013 was better than 2014 all things considered. There were dry spells, failed expectations, acts against social rights, unfinished games, and general failure all-around. But as always, nobody wants to end their year dismissive of the future. And I have a lot to be hopeful for in 2015: finishing a second degree, newer prospects for jobs, and a much more realistic picture of moving in with my girlfriend. Oh, and I bought a Wii U in November so I have all of 2015 to not only see Nintendo's anticipated line up but also to visit missed titles from both 2014 (Hyrule Warriors, Pikmin 3) and from the Wii (Okami, Tatsunoko Vs. Capcom). This year certainly wasn't easy on the community side of things either. Like the year before, staff jumped around, members dropped off, and tons of crappy posts. I mean, terribad. Like, this post only deserves a reaction gif bad. But this year there was a lot to celebrate for the community too. Wrench McFarmins "Nic" Rowens became an official contributor and lots of newer members embedded themselves further into the community like Opium "Jim" Herz and Dream "Fetishes" Weaver. OpiumHerz started with his censorship series and went further with things like big, dumb game giveaways and joining forces with the likes of UsedTabe on the forums. Dreamweaver on the other hand fervently advocated a fetish blog meme that spread like wildfire but hey, it's not out of character for Dtoid at least. Luna "Elesa" Sy brought the Dtoid Community Trading Card game back from the obscure depths thanks to one mention from Oldtoid. She also invested herself in scouring the web for dumb plagiarism with her Google Playgairism posts. Speaking of new members making the impression in 2014, Benny Disco has been around longer than you might expect but this year, he was exceptionally active with his crazy stuff. However, he can prove that he's still the Benny Disco we know and love even when he's a little more serious, like defending our love of outrage. I can even remember the times when I first recapped the relatively new RedHeadPeak but he quickly found a unique niche: someone who doesn't just play games but isn't afraid to use his identity as a gamer to jazz up his position as an educator. Everyone starts someplace but over time, he's been FPed steadily. Even Brittnay Vincent, who's apart of Dtoid staffroll, is new to both staff and community. And boy, is she active in the community and really knows how the community is. She's even played shitty boyfriend finding games and reported the results with extreme prejudice. Being open minded an welcoming even pays off on reading insightful articles, like the UI design process for a cool game like Toto Temple Deluxe. Lastly, I'd be remiss if I didn't mention some feel good material from older members, like one of Wrench's last community member posts about reading novels about his greatest weakness and poison, MechWarrior #cantquitmechwarrior #neverforget. DustinThomas has also graced my Wednesdays with his weekly top 5 series, proving that the best contributors are the consistent and timely ones. I mean, go ahead and click on that and you'll find his latest one. The guy has been good for months. And one last special mention to Everyday Legend, who doesn't cblog often but simply had to after learning that The Last Guardian was still all quiet on the western front. The bevy of new members is extremely assuring. Here's to hoping that this year's newbies are next year's oldbies and next year's newbies are even half as good as this year's. - Strider 2014 has come and gone, and it feels like this year has flown by faster than any other. Unfortunately, 2014 wasn’t exactly the year for gamers (or humanity, really) to show the best side of themselves. It feels like people were at each other’s throats for most of the year, and more often than not forgot to just have fun with some video games. And now that the Game of the Year awards are hitting their stride, a lot of people have been complaining about how few great games came out this year. Well, not so for me. And hopefully not so for the Destructoid community either. Having fun with video games has been vitally important for me this year, and I’ll go on record saying that anyone who thinks 2014 was a bad year for gaming seriously needs to go out and buy a Wii U because you clearly don’t own one. For me, 2014 was incredibly special. It was the year in which I left homely Europe behind for 5 months in favor of Washington DC on the East Coast of ‘the greatest country in the world’. It has been an amazing experience all the way through. But going new places can be difficult too, so you always need some sort of anchor. You need something familiar to do, friends to talk to, or anything to not just be alone in a strange land for 5 months straight. For me, my anchor was video games and Destructoid. This year Destructoid was quite literally my home away from home. You guys continued to write great blogs, be super supportive of one another, crack jokes about dicks, and do all of the things that makes Destructoid what it is. So even while almost my entire life changed for a while, Destructoid stayed its awesome self. That’s very reassuring somehow. It’s like staring at the moon to remind yourself that you’re still on earth, only with more cocks. Doing the Recaps has been a joy from both sides of the Atlantic, and I’m very honored to be able to make that statement. - Destructoid here, Destructoid there, Destructoid everywhere So, what blogs did I enjoy from home and several thousand miles away from home? Well a lot of them, obviously. But here is just a quick sample of the things you all did.RedHeadPeak has been killing it all throughout 2014. As a gamer-teacher, he showed us how he turns video game music into a useful teaching tool. And then later this year, he thought us something too: gunblades were a real thing once. Voltech is also consistently one of the best bloggers we have. This year he asked the all important question: What are video games for? Many things, it turns out! Hyper Lemon Buster Cannon takes the time to thank all of his Pokémon friends who made the victory over the Champion possible. JoyfulSanity took one of this year’s Bloggers Wanted topics and ran with it. When asked what game he loves that everybody else hates, he answered: Final Fantasy: All the Bravest. And then the room just went silent. bbain left the Recaps team earlier this year. But that didn’t stop him from giving us some great blogs! Setting up a temporary jukebox in the Cblogs was a great idea that I very much wish to steal. Elsa has always been one of the community mainstays. She had some goings-on in her life this year that prevented her from blogging as much as we would all like her too. Yet she still managed to find the time to impart some important knowledge: If you want to be her friend, hold off on the lesbian porn for a while. The Scholarly Gamer was a new face this year, but he has integrated in the community like the best of them. For Canadian thanksgiving, he wrote all about the site and the games that he had grown to love over the course of 2014. He had to take a work-related Dtoid break shortly after, but he quickly came back after realizing how little Occam’s the outside world has to offer. Handy gave us the best E3 predictions of the year…and then asked his infallible fortunetelling devices whether they would come true or not. Finally, taterchimp shows that it doesn’t always have to be just video games at Destructoid. If you wanna tag your blog ‘NVGR’ and talk about some great drinks worth drinking, that’s fine too! And that’s it for my picks of 2014! A final shout-out goes to the Dtoid staff who have offered us our little place on the Internet. And an extra special one to our Community Managers Andy Dixon and Occam’s, who continue to keep up with all of our shit in order to promote the cream of the crop to the front page. You ragtag bunch of dicks are awesome all over the world. Happy 2015 everybody! PS: Speaking of dicks, PhilKenSebben loves his. That is literally all I need to say about that blog. - ShadeOfLightMay you always find water and shade 2014 was a very up-and-down kind of year for me personally. On the upside, my wife and I upgraded from an apartment to our first house. That was quite a feeling, as I had never seen myself as someone who would one day have his own home. I started a new job working for my church, which is the first time I've ever had a job that I didn't hate in some form or fashion. I took a couple mission trips to Jamaica, which was an awesome time. I started a podcast with a couple friends of mine, which is something that we had talked about doing for quite some time. And I took over the reigns of the Friday Cblog recap job from mainstay bbain when he decided to relinquish the title to a young upstart. I really enjoy being a part of the recap team, I finally feel like I'm doing something here at Destructoid other than just posting a blog every now and then. Unfortunately, you have to have a few rainy days to enjoy the nice ones. Luckily though, I had more good days than bad. I lost my long time best friend, my dog, Muldoon. It was a rough time for me, but I take solace in knowing I'll see him again one day. On the gaming front, it was mostly good, although it wasn't without its disappointments. It seemed like most of the games that were really hyped turned out to be lackluster, or at the very least, didn't live up to the hype surrounding it, which is the biggest problem with hype to begin with. I picked up a PS4 this year, which is exciting. It's probably the earliest I've ever become an adopter of a new console. Looking back, I probably could have waited, as I still find myself with long periods where I'm not using the thing, but when I do, it's some of the most fun I've had this year. My biggest problem is that when I play games, I want to play the best version (well, the best console version, at least), and with games like Far Cry 4 and Alien: Isolation, I would have felt gypped if I played them on the last-gen consoles, regardless of if they're still good or not. I also got kind of productive this year but sitting down and finally knocking off some of the games on my backlog that had been nagging me for years now. Games like Super Metroid, Link to the Past, Castlevania IV, etc. I still have a huge backlog of NES and SNES games to tackle, but I'm up for the challenge. Overall, though, I probably spent more time playing my 3DS than I did anything else. As someone who travels quite a bit, it was nice having lengthy adventures like Professor Layton v Phoenix Wright and great time-wasters like Mario Golf: World Tour to keep me company during those long nights on the road. As far as Destructoid goes, I'm looking forward to becoming more prominent on the site, however that looks. We have a sweet thing going on here, and I feel like I'm getting a good feel for the writing styles I see from those who post blogs more frequently. If anything, I feel like I need to comment more, because I read almost every blog that's posted, and there's a lot of very intriguing stuff, even if I don't always agree. Anyway, here's to 2015 being the best year for the Destructoid community yet. My Life as a Catholic Gamer by Carlton McHardIn addition to being a great blog, I was happy to see how respectful the Dtoid community was with the subject matter and all of the different beliefs therein. The Worst Thing About Censorship is...-31- Resident Evil by OpiumHerzI'm a fan of OpiumHerz's censorship series in general, but I chose the Resident Evil blog in particular due to my personal affinity for the series. I love Pre-Ordering Games by The Scholarly GamerThe scholarly one is one of my favorite bloggers here on Dtoid, and it's nice to see someone who is so positive about something that most people are so down on. How Historically Accurate is Skyrim? by RedHeadPeakIf you're a history buff like me, then this blog and its follow-up is something you'll find fascinating. Our Halloween Costumes 2008 - 2014: A Destructoid Tribute by CraineumWhen my wife and I finally decide to have children, I hope I can make Halloween costumes half as good as these. How Shadow of Mordor Let Me Make My Own Story by Genki-JAMShadow of Mordor is one of my favorite games of the year for all of these reasons and more. If you needed a reason to pick it up, look no further. Getting a Gaming Tattoo? Here are Four Things to Keep in Mind by Chris GrayAs someone who got his first tattoo this year, I can vouch for these. - TheDustinThomas This last year my blogs took a turn for the weird and goofy. In a lot of ways, it was a return to form since I wrote really weird stuff back in high school and college. Some of that old stuff is still in some broken corner of the internet in a database so outdated its a headache to dig up. The paper it got printed on is likely all recycled by now. The serious or personal stuff can get hard to write at times. I'll draft and draft a blog and then this part of me goes "Screw this, I'm going to make it weird instead." That is where posts like "Operation Corgi Jelly Doughnut" really come from or maybe Commander Shepard gets an email from Solid Snake saying she can't have politics in her games anymore. Everything just becomes a bizarre satire, but I have more fun writing that than trying to be serious or controversial. Or I'll post the weird dreams about Bill Cosby, Michelle Obama, Mario and Luigi touring MGS2's Big Shell after my friends from Gamestop threw a party for Bill. Or that time Giganta and I went to a U2 concert and where the Pope David Cage turned up. Or when I made out with my android girlfriend in an orc temple and we found a porno that brought peace to Azeroth. It's possible that this is the result of over thirty years of gaming and pop culture consumption, lethal exposure to podcasts with Jim Sterling in them or all that root beer and ginger ale I drink. Maybe I just get too much fresh air with all that walking I do. Now I bring this silliness to your recaps every week and while its kind of left me wondering what to do with my personal blog, I'm happy to do it. I've come to enjoy going over each week of wonderfully weird, heartfelt or passionate posts about games, their stories, experiences and mechanics. And so I've looked through the roughly 3,500 blog entries from 2014. It took several hours to page through all that and I did some of it over overpriced hot chocolate at McDonald's. You guys owe me $3.50. I accept payment in pizza, too. Anyway, enjoy this trip down memory lane, days of futures past and some more recent offerings. I'm not alone in writing bizarre fanfiction, Fenriff also participates in this rare cblog pastime. It's About To Get Gay In Here has a real knack for writing gaming satire in an Onion-like direction. GlowBear gave us many lists of sexy things this year. Here she focuses on gaming's sexiest chins! Marche100 shares how Castle of Illusion gave him a connection to a family member he never knew. TouchOfKiel unearths the ancient horror known as the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles NES game. Never forget. Dreamweaver shows his appreciation for Persona 3. Strider talks about his favorite grapplers. SeymourDuncsn sees 2014 as the year he stopped worrying about staying current with games. Its a good feeling. Are you sick of saving Hyrule? You're not alone. UsurpMyProse is, too. Elsa explains how to be her friend. -Pixielated
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