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Journey stories

What's your most memorable Journey moment?


Teach your children well
Jul 23
// Jordan Devore
Journey has been out on PlayStation 4 for a couple of days. No surprises here: it's stunning. I didn't intend to beat it again so soon, but the game's seamless online co-op dug its hooks into me. I couldn't let my anonymous b...
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Question

Will you try to 100% Batman: Arkham Knight?


I'm tapping out
Jul 06
// Jordan Devore
I'm done with Batman: Arkham Knight. I have to be. After wrapping up the main storyline, which ends strong and is worth experiencing first-hand, I went after those pesky side missions. The Perfect Crime (serial killer), Creat...
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How does Ryu type with those things?
Hey, how do you feel about fighting in the streets? Well, if the mere concept of pavement brawling is enough to get your boxing gloves in a knot (?), this is the website for you. My fellow Destructoid contributor Alessandro F...

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Splatoon

What's your favorite weapon in Splatoon?


#TeamRoller
Jun 01
// Jordan Devore
Splatoon released on Friday. I went away for the weekend, and now a bunch of folks are level 20. It's not a race! (Says the guy who is losing the race at a meager level 11.) Clearly, people are digging competitive painting to...

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LGBT Dragon Age

BioWare lead writer talks gay romances, LGBT characters, and Dragon Age sales


Did you ride the bull?
May 18
// Jed Whitaker
Fellow bearded brethren and radio personality Andy Borkowski interviewed David Gaider, the lead writer of Dragon Age: Inquisition on the topic of diversity in the series. David states that an argument could be made that ...
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CoD

Dtoid Q&A: Treyarch and Call of Duty: Black Ops III


The developers speak out
Apr 26
// Robert Summa
As part of my recent visit with Treyarch covering the upcoming release of Call of Duty: Black Ops III, I had the opportunity to sit down with three of the key figures behind this year's entry into the Call of Duty franchise. ...
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New 3DS

What if the New 3DS is Nintendo's last 3D handheld?


3D or not 3D, that is the question
Apr 13
// Jonathan Holmes
I was there when Nintendo first announced the 3DS. It was back when the company did actual press conferences at E3. As its presentation wrapped up, Nintendo sent droves of models into the audience, each with a 3DS tethered to...

What's your favorite PS1 game?

Dec 03 // Steven Hansen
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Double Fine, BioWare, Guerilla, Naughty Dog devs and more weigh in
The PlayStation 20th anniversary that spawned this limited edition, PS1-themed PS4 continues its nostalgia fest over at the PlayStation Blog, where developers like Tim Schafer (Double Fine), Neil Druckmann (Naughty Dog),...

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Weekend gaming

Hey, Destructoid! What games are you playing this weekend?


I'lll show you mine if you show me yours
Oct 19
// Rob Morrow
Covering the PC gaming news beat requires that I spend a lot of my time researching the newest titles and the latest industry happenings for the site. Admittedly, I love to learn about new things and I especially enjoy sharin...
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Favorite game music

What's your favorite game music to work to?


Let's build a playlist
Oct 09
// Jordan Devore
Every so often while working, I'll listen to some new pop song that isn't very good but has managed to seem good, over time, because I keep encountering it. After a couple days of this, tops, I'll inevitably wear myself out a...
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Kickstarter regrets

Are there any games you regret Kickstarting?


Share your crowdfunding experiences
Sep 29
// Jordan Devore
There are so many games I've thought about crowdfunding -- and a bunch I'll surely end up buying, once they're complete -- but only two that have managed to get me to put money down in advance: Double Fine Adventure and Aweso...
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Reliving old games

How long do you wait before replaying games?


Related: Fire Emblem is kicking my ass
Sep 19
// Jordan Devore
When I was younger, I would spend months -- and in some cases years, on and off -- completing the same videogames repeatedly. Forget new game plus. I didn't need extra motivation. This was back when I could only afford to buy...
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What are you playing?

Is anyone else not playing Destiny right now?


Let's talk about it
Sep 15
// Jordan Devore
The Tokyo Game Show is almost here. We're on the cusp of cool gaming news, and lots of it, but until then the week is off to a slow start. Well, aside from Microsoft's acquisition of Minecraft maker Mojang and the hundreds of...
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Question: What do you think of the PS4 & Xbox One now?


Share your thoughts on the latest next-gen systems
Nov 24
// Wesley Ruscher
Now that the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 are finally here and the dust has settled, the Destructoid team is curious to know what everyone thinks of their shiny new consoles. Did you get them both? What do you think of each sys...
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Assassin's Creed

Connor's role in Assassin's Creed may not be over yet


The Native-born Assassin just might see a return somewhere
Nov 06
// Abel Girmay
Do you guys want to see more of Connor in Assassin's Creed? Yeah, me neither. All kidding aside, fans of the series' third assassin just may have something to look forward to. When asked during a reddit AMA if Connor's story ...
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There are no such things as stupid questions...
PAX attendees are in for a super special treat next week. The infamous Keiji Inafune will be delivering an hour-long panel in the Kraken Theater on Saturday from 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM. He'll run through his 25-year industry care...

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What is the most consistently great series of all time?


Jun 21
// Chad Concelmo
After yesterday's official announcement of Metal Gear Solid 5 (woot!), I started thinking about how there really aren't any bad games in the entire, long-running Metal Gear series. All of the Solid games are near perfect, the...

What are you the most excited for at this year's E3?

May 17 // Chad Concelmo
  Would you like a long, detailed explanation of why I will cream my jeans over anything Beyond Good & Evil 2 related, or should I just leave it at that image?   The Last of Us.That's it. Jaded.   All I really want out of E3 this year is for Nintendo to blow us away with their online strategy.I want games to be linked to accounts, and possibly some sort of cloud based service on offer. I want full confirmation of how a friends list will work, and possibly some Wii U online details. It would be nice if they possibly acknowledged their inability to address a proper digital storefront on the Wii, how they fixed it on the 3DS's eShop, and how they plan on fixing it even further for the Wii U. If they somehow offer a WiiWare/Wii VC transfer deal like they did for the DSi to 3DS, I'll also be pretty happy.   Any flicker or glimpse of next-next gen.   I'm curious about this action-adventure game Harmonix is making. Maybe they won't unveil at show, though.I'm also curious about Retro's next game. I wonder what Nintendo franchise they'll take a stab at next? I predict a Star Fox Wii U reboot that will blow people away. Other than that, I'm excited to hang out with everyone from Destructoid!   To get my hands on all the first-person shooters. Apparently I was the very first person to RSVP to the Halo 4 special event. I don't know if I should be proud of that or not.   Oddly enough, I'm actually excited about seeing Nintendo's conference. Not that I'm a fan of what everyone already expects of them (fuck no), but I actually want them to present something that makes me say, "Alright, that's pretty cool. I'll give them that one." Something that actually attracts me as a hardcore gamer, and not the "Nintendo fan" that I haven't been since I was 13. I didn't even bother looking at the Wii U last E3. Did not give a single fuck.I actually miss owning their hardware, though. And while I'd own mainly hardcore games on it, it's nice to have that variety and potential of all three consoles. After an entire generation of offering absolutely no incentive for me to buy their stuff, it'd be nice if they suddenly stated, "Oh, by the way, we're partnering up with [Big AAA Publisher] to provide exclusive, hardcore titles not seen anywhere else!" I'd shit my pants and throw my money at them.I mean, I know that probably won't happen. Nintendo has had entire conferences where they didn't show a single bit of software, after all, but I like being proven wrong ... in that pleasant way where I still get something nice out of my misjudgement.   It would be great if Sony came out and showed a nice, long gameplay demo of The Last Guardian, and followed that up by announcing a concrete release date. And preferably, that release date would be sometime in 2012.A man can dream, can't he?   It sounds like a lot of people are excited to see what Nintendo is up to! I am as well, but I could care less about "online strategies" or "hardcore partnerships". What I care about is the videogames. Yes, it is the videogames that I like the most.This is first year in a while that Nintendo has something to prove on all fronts, and that need to act could lead to great things. Both the 3DS and the Wii U really need to really come out with guns blazing, and Nintendo knows it. This is not a year where they can rest on their past successes. Seeing that they've already announced Pikmin 3 and a new 2D Mario game, I'm feeling pretty confident that they are in the right mindset to show Nintendo fans what they want to see. Not to be rude, but if you're not a Nintendo fan, I'm not sure why you'd want Nintendo to start trying to cater to your tastes all of a sudden. To have the company start to conform to the styles of other developers would only work to make the world of videogames less interesting. I won't be watching the Microsoft presentation hoping to see a new old-school platformer or a lighthearted exercise in expert game design, so I don't see why you'd want to check out Nintendo's press conference for the potential "hardcore-ness".Besides, the last time Nintendo announced a "hardcore AAA exclusive", it was Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars. Great game, but no one bought it. Not sure if that's a road that anyone would want to go down again. I'd love to be proven wrong on that though!As for new games. hoping to see some of Killer is Dead, Nicalis's 3DS/Wii U project, Playstation All-Stars, Dragon Quest X, Team Meat's new game, Resident Evil 6, Code of Princess, Bit. Trip Presents: Runner 2, Adventure Time: Hey Ice King!, Fatal Frame 2, The Last Guardian, The Last of Us, and The Last Story. Whoa, that's a lot of "lasts" this year!Also really hoping Capcom announces a new Mega Man game and that it doesn't look awful. A new Darkstalkers title would be nice surprise as well.Besides games, I'm just excited to see my Dtoid family and my game developer acquaintances/heroes again this year. There is never enough time at E3, but I hope to make the most of the time that I have.   I don't have anything I'm excited for, but I don't really function that way. Watching everybody else get hyped up for games and then have them fail to meet their expectations over the years has made me far more measured when it comes to my own anticipation level, lest I suffer a similar fate. No, excitement happens in the moment, whether it's witnessing the rapid-fire information dump of the press conferences or wandering the floor and discovering an approach to a game problem I haven't seen attempted before.And that's what I'm actually looking forward to, being excited. E3 is raw spectacle and energy and you can't help but get a little on you.   I'm with Conrad. There isn't anything specific I'm super excited for, because the games they show are usually along the lines of "like that one game you like, but different." The last E3s were only really fun to watch unfold from home when something went hilariously disastrous, such as the Konami press conference of E3 2010, or Ubisoft's press conference with the laser tag nonsense. Having said that, if they show a new Deus Ex game, a new big budget space combat game like TIE Fighter or Freespace 2, or a submarine-based underwater action-adventure where you crew a ship I-War style with a Hunt for Red October mission, I'll lose my shit.   ---- Now it's your turn. What are you the most excited for at this year's E3? TO THE COMMENTS!
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Every year, E3 rolls in surrounded by a sea of hype and anticipation. Sometimes, this hype is surpassed with giant waves of unexpected news and announcements. Other times, the show ends in disappointment, as many of the new g...

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For the last few years, we have tried to do something fun and different with our annual E3 predictions. Three years ago, we went to a real-life psychic. The year after that we made a trip to the L.A. Zoo. And last year, a loc...

What is your favorite videogame bonus stage?

Feb 29 // Chad Concelmo
Do you like the simple collect-a-thons like the down-the-pipe/up-the-vine levels in the original Super Mario Bros. or the revolving bumper-filled rooms of Sonic the Hedgehog? Or are you a fan of the skill-based challenges like Abu’s bonus stage in Aladdin, the score multipliers in Galaga, or all the amazing barrel/banana extravaganzas from the early Donkey Kong Country games? Me? My favorite will always be destroying the car in Street Fighter II. Nothing tops the satisfaction of destroying the BMW Mercedes whatever the hell kind of car it is with one of Chun-Li’s lightning kicks. Still makes me happy all these years later. What is your favorite? Keep in mind that we are talking bonus stages, not those extra, unlockable levels like the Star Road in Super Mario World or Tricky Temple Too in Rayman Origins. Here is what the rest of the Destructoid staff picked for their favorite videogame bonus stages: Dale NorthThe bonus stage from Space Harrier. Allistair PinsofWolfenstein3D in Doom II. Darren NakamuraIn Earthworm Jim there were bonus stages where you rode on what was essentially a jet engine with handlebars in a race against an anthropomorphic crow in a space suit, avoiding asteroids.  It was pretty rad. Jonathan HolmesThe "beat the crap out of defenseless magic midgets" bonus stages in Golden Axe.The "kill the ninjas in first person mode" game in Shinobi.The "pop the balloons" game in Jumping Flash. Jesse CortezI definitely loved the bonus stages you'd get with Sonic & Knuckles ... I loved running on that 3D surface collecting the blue balls while avoiding the red ones. Patrick HancockDoes the end bonus stage from Paperboy count? The crazy X-Games themed obstacle course that just happened to be at the end of a street? I always felt that it gave the paperboy a chance to really have fun and use his bicycle skills to finally get the respect he deserves! But if his boss found him goofing around he'd be in trouble and we wouldn't want that.It was also a reminder to always have fun, even at work! When work throws angry grandmas and rabid dogs at you, always remember that if you just stick with it you'll be rewarded with some kick-ass hoops and ramps! Life lessons, yo. Sophie PrellThe weird, springy gumball power up vending machine from Sonic 3! NieroCollecting 100 keys in Smash TV (and whatever the equivalent was in Total Carnage).Basically, you get a treasure room full of bikini women, electronics, gift boxes, weapons, extra lives, and mountains cash.  If I remember correctly they still troll you with land mines in those rooms. Joseph LerayThe little shoot ‘em up at the end of Katamari Damacy. Matthew RazakThe road sign jumping game in Sam & Max. Casey BakerHonestly, the bonus stages in Sonic 2 have been my absolute favorite, mostly because they tie in with a strong childhood memory. My brothers (twin and older) and I would compete to get to the stage itself, and then compete to see who could get the most coins and the chaos emeralds.I loved playing those stages, because they made me imagine how cool 3D would be if games ever went into the 3rd dimension. Max ScovilleI love that stupid thing in the arcade version of Area 51 where you shoot the first four S.T.A.R. guys and then you get to play as an alien. Tara LongSonic has always had awesome bonus stages, but the one from Sonic & Knuckles is def my favorite.Also gotta echo Darren's choice of Earthworm Jim's Andy Asteroids levels. Hamza AzizThe gambling minigame after you defeat enemies in Super Mario RPG. Ryan PerezGrate Guy's Casino in Super Mario RPG. Jim SterlingThe little imp bastards in Golden Axe. Also, Apu smashing pots in Aladdin. Caitlin Cooke+1 to Sonic bonus levels, although my all time fav was Sonic 2 -- those "3D" race levels were the shit, and it was the first two-player bonus level that I remember being truly fantastic. I'm pretty sure I almost murdered a few people over those ... Josh TolentinoThe Diablo Cow Level! Becca RobertsThe bonus “gem” levels in Crash Bandicoot 3. The ones where the little platform you traveled off on was only visible if you managed to get to that part of the level without losing a life. They were always fun and quite challenging sometimes. Wesley RuscherLoved the shuriken-chucking bonus stages at the end each level in Shinobi. Brett ZeidlerThe bonus stages in the original Crash Bandicoot come to mind the fastest, not only because of how difficult they were, but because the only way you could save in that game was at the end of the bonus stages. So, finding them was extremely important if you ever wanted to step away from the game.Also, the "Test Your Might!" bonus stages in the Mortal Kombat series just because they're so awesome. Alasdair DuncanTotally agree with Patrick: the obstacle course at the end of Paperboy is my favorite. Just reaching the end of the street was a thrill. Maurice TanDoes the extra bonus campaign after the end of Warcraft III count? Shit was awesome, and then it became WoW! Sterling LyonsThe Star Fox-like flying segments in Skyblazer (the ones that only happen when you move to a new continent, not the side-scrolling ones). Victoria MedinaThe bug-eating minigame in Lion King on the Genesis. I played the hell out of that one when I was a kid.And seconded for Jim's mention of the Abu pot-smashing minigame. Jonathan RossI don't know if this counts as a bonus stage per se, but the five finger filet minigame in Full Throttle is incredibly badass, if only because Ben is stabbing his own hand with a knife.   ----- Now it's your turn: Let us know your favorite videogame bonus stage. Happy Leap Day, everyone! Get your moonlight elixir ready for the unicorn visit tonight!
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When I found out 2012 was a Leap Year, I got really excited. Not because anything really special happens on February 29th (outside of the magical unicorn that shows up at my door and grants me three wishes), but I knew it mea...

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The AVGN's MAGFest Q&A covers the upcoming film and more


Jan 16
// Tony Ponce
MAGFest may already be a distant memory for some, but for losers such as me who didn't have the privilege of attending, every new video and detail from that glorious weekend is news to us. James Rolfe, a.k.a. the Angry Video...
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Where do you think Grand Theft Auto V will take place?


Oct 25
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
I have adored the Grand Theft Auto series ever since the first game back on the original PlayStation. So you can imagine my delight that a new Grand Theft Auto was announced today. We'll be getting the debut trailer for the g...
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Namco Bandai's Level Up in Dubai: We want your questions!


May 11
// Hollie Bennett
While we have had a barrage of news and press conferences throughout the day, tomorrow sees myself and camera man Dan Carneiro interviewing many of the key people we have seen today. While those who were ...

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