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The Little Convention That Could: A look back at TooManyGames 6


May 12
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For those of you out there who might be scratching their heads, wondering, "TooManyGames? Whazzat?!", let me be the one to tell you that you should remember that name well — for in the future, TMG will become ...
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Miniboss Monday: The Phantom Train


Apr 28
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 Today's miniboss has already been covered rather thoroughly by the amazing Chad once before, but that won't stop me from doing a second article about the ridiculous boss fight that ensues. The enemy is a demonic choo-ch...
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Miniboss Monday: Granfaloon / Legion


Apr 21
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  Today's miniboss is yet another offering from the Castlevania series and is certain to creep a few people out who haven't already seen this gigantic gob of gore before. The "proper" name for the above bo...
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Miniboss Monday: Rawk Hawk!


Apr 14
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Today's boss is actually one of my personal favorites from the previous generation of consoles. Meet Rawk Hawk, the undisputed champ of the Glitz Pit from Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door. Right out of the gate, you'll not...

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Miniboss Monday: Dugog


Apr 07
// Savant
Today's long-overdue Miniboss Monday is brought to you lovingly by the letter "F." The letter "F" can stand for many things, but today, we'll focus primarily on one word in particular: frustration. Yes, fr...
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Miniboss Monday: Money, and the lack thereof


Nov 26
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In celebration of the holiday shopping season kicking into high gear, I thought it would be rather fitting to bring forth an unwaivering miniboss of sorts that plagues all who purchase games and the systems needed to play the...
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GameTap adds 1,000th game to library, conquers universe


Nov 16
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Mark your calendars, folks. Today, GameTap adds two more titles to its already staggering amount of games to finally hit the magic number of 1,000. This makes GameTap easily the largest on-demand gaming service ever created. ...
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Miniboss Monday: King Hippo


Nov 12
// Savant
What's big, fat, royal, and can't seem to find proper fitting boxing trunks? King Hippo, of course! King Hippo is easily the most recognizable fighter from the original Punch-Out!! on the NES besides Mike Tys-- I mean, Mr. Dr...
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Miniboss Monday: Crocomire


Nov 05
// Savant
Today's Miniboss Monday is one of my personal favorites and is an extremely memorable fight for many who completed Super Metroid back in the day. Crocomire is by no means a difficult or exciting opponent to fight, but what ma...
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Miniboss Monday: Orange Fret Button (of Death)


Oct 29
// Savant
Hot off the release of Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock for every console on the market, I bring you one of gaming's more subtle minibosses. Yes, I am indeed referring to the dreaded Orange Fret Button. Many pinky fingers hav...
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Miniboss Monday: Death


Oct 22
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(This logo has been brought to you by bluemeep. Also, bears -- Mother Nature's natural born minibosses.)Today's Miniboss Monday is one that is near and dear to my heart. For those of you who weren't around last year, I used t...
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Miniboss Monday: Three-for-one is better than none


Oct 15
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(This super-sweet logo is brought to you by the artistic vision of MrJunko. Head over to his community blog and check out his other works.)Today's Miniboss Monday is a special one, to be sure. I've rounded up three -- yes, th...
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Miniboss Monday: Whelk


Sep 24
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 Today's "Miniboss Monday" is none other than Whelk from Final Fantasy VI (or Final Fantasy III for those of you who are still ethnocentric.) Whelk is the first boss you encounter shortly after beginning your j...
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Miniboss Monday: Moldorm


Sep 17
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 For those who keep an eye on the community blog scene, you may have seen me post late last week that Miniboss Monday would be returning. As promised, here is the second installment of our (hopefully) weekly feature in w...
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Destructoid reader has a license plate more epic than yours


Sep 06
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The Burling recently posted this community blog about a Destructoid community member's awesome new license plate. Who is this user? Why, it's none other than tazartheyoot! He's got this bad boy for the next two years, so give...

Destructoid Interview: ArenaNet's co-founder Mike O'Brien, creator of Guild Wars

Jul 02 // Savant
Mike O'Brien is one of three co-founders who helped form ArenaNet in the spring of 2000. He was the original creator of Blizzard's Battle.net and has had a large hand in programming and developing Diablo, Starcraft, and Warcraft III. Needless to say, the guy knows a thing or two about a thing or two when it comes to quality games.Ben Miller is a game designer at ArenaNet who is currently working on the upcoming expanson Eye of the North. He fielded a few questions I had in regard to said expansion. Now that introductions are out of the way, let's dive right into some of the questions I had for Mike, shall we?I first asked Mike about his experience working at Blizzard and helping create Battle.net and how it influenced him when helping to create ArenaNet. He said that during his time working there he "...couldn't help but think how much power there would be building games that would only be played on the internet." This was the founding principal for ArenaNet as shown by their flagship game Guild Wars. Moving along, I then asked about how Guild Wars came about and what its basic principles were when designing the gameplay elements. Mike said "Guild Wars was kind of an experiment. We wanted to do things that were not-so-safe and shake things up a bit. Especially the genre." One of the most notable of these "not-so-safe" things that Guild Wars is known for is the fact that a staple of the MMO genre -- the dreaded monthly fee -- was not included.We switched gears a bit and spoke about Guild Wars and its competitive nature. Mike stated "Guild Wars, at its most competitive level, is an e-sport." He went on to describe the truth behind this statement by referencing the two world championships. However, he explained that Guild Wars was also intended for more casual play, as well. Mike then talked about the challenges this caused in the original Guild Wars when pure PvP players didn't want to touch the roleplaying portion of the game and vice versa; "We had these two extremes and no way to bridge the gap. The fact we tried to do this hurt us more than it helped, we think." I asked how things will change in Guild Wars 2 and he said "... we've divded the competition into two different aspects; 'world PvP' and 'e-sport PvP.'" "In Guild Wars 2, we've gotten rid of a lot of the complexity in the e-sport PVP. You will have access to every skill this time." This means that PvP players no longer need to unlock skills to use them on their PvP character.From here, I focused my questions on Eye of the North. One thing I was curious about was that Eye of the North was the series first "true expansion" meaning that you must own one of the three original campaigns to play Eye of the North. I asked simply "What made you reach the decision to make an expansion this time instead of another standalone episode?" Ben chimed in "It was reached by listening to our player base." He also stated "We were looking to give a ton of content for those who have their existing characters."The Eye of the North expansion has also been billed as the next step towards Guild Wars 2. I asked Ben to elaborate a bit on how Eye of the North will set the scene for the true sequel. He replied "GW:EN is going to basically take a lot of the elements from Prophecies that we found most compelling and tie them up or deepen them." I then asked what additions to the game besides a deeper story will help transition players between Eye of the North and Guild Wars 2. Ben said "One of the strongest mechanical ways we are connecting GW:EN and GW2 is the Hall of Monuments. It is a dynamic instance that changes to reflect and immortalize achievements you've earned. In Guild Wars 2 you can inherit those rewards from your Guild Wars 1 character." This "achievement" thing really has run amok, don'tcha think? First Xbox 360, now Guild Wars? I'm all about it! Forget points, I've got an entire Hall of Monuments.I ended the interview with a simple question asking Mike about ArenaNet and its plans for the future. "Will ArenaNet extend support past the MMO-type genre of gaming and embrace other online gaming genres like a first-person shooter or real-time strategy?" Mike replied with a simple answer "Our philosophy at ArenaNet is to focus on one thing and make it the best thing we possibly can. We are the Guild Wars company. Plain and simple."So, Guild Wars fans, expect your creators to do everything they can to make your experience that much better by the day. Mike and Ben were both great people to talk to with a genuine passion for what they're doing and a drive to make those who play Guild Wars happy. Look for Guild Wars: Eye of the North to hit stores at the end of August this year.I leave you all with a preview trailer featuring the new dungeons available exclusively in the Eye of the North expansion. Enjoy! digg_url = 'http://digg.com/gaming_news/Interview_ArenaNet_s_co_founder_Mike_O_Brien_creator_of_Guild_Wars';
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Destructoid recently had the chance to briefly interview ArenaNet co-founder Mike O'Brien and game designer Ben Miller about Guild Wars, Guild Wars: Eye of the North, and even Guild Wars 2. I was the lucky individual who ...

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Destructoid forum member snags Pokmon Pearl early


Apr 19
// Savant
Forum member Attix recently posted in this thread stating that he had got himself a copy of Pokémon Pearl for the Nintendo DS a few days prior to its official release. Like clockwork, the standard "Pics or it did...
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The 'Holy Grail' of gaming sells for $21,400


Apr 18
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If you are a retrophile such as myself, then I must ask you to please pick your jaw up off the floor after seeing the above headline and image. A fabled golden Nintendo World Championships 1990 (NWC) cart recently sold within...
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Ode to the Extra Life


Feb 26
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Oh, extra life, how we adore thee. You're always there to pick us back up when we have fallen. You're always there to heal our every wound up good as new. You are a stalwart companion and an indispensible element in f...
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Miniboss Monday: The Butcher


Feb 19
// Savant
First off, I would like you all to gather 'round and behold my new article, just as a proud father would show pictures of his newborn. Miniboss Monday is dedicated to the memorable struggles in gaming, both of the mini an...
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Mr. Destructoid meets Mario Paint


Feb 08
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As of late, we've seen a lot of love for Mr. Destructoid. Some of you decided to go out and play in the snow. Others decided to stay in and have a bite to eat. Finally, one of you out there even kicked out our new jam. Yes in...
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Marriage + Gaming = Game Over?


Feb 06
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"Love and marriage, love and marriage... they go together like a horse and carriage. This I tell ya, brother, you can't have one without the other..." Ah, Married With Children's opening theme song indeed te...
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Top 5 Most Anticipated PC Games of 2007


Jan 30
// Savant
It really is no secret that 2007 is going to be a huge year for PC gaming. Already we have seen the release of The Burning Crusade expansion for World of Warcraft -- so that definitely sets the stage quite nicely for PC gamin...
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God Awful Gadgets: Game Boy Camera


Jan 12
// Savant
To be honest, I was a former owner of a Game Boy Camera back when it was released in 1996. However, it didn't take long for my dog to make it a personal chew toy of hers. Little did I know, she was actually doing me a favor b...
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Top 5 Games that brought sexy back


Jan 10
// Savant
It sure feels good to be back in action. But then again, it feels much better to be one of the top five games that have brought sexy back and changed the industry with their graphical prowess. Graphics aren't everything,...
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Top 10 DS Games for the holidays (Update)


Dec 05
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As the holiday shopping season soon begins to kick into high gear, we here at Destructoid would like to give some ideas on great gaming gifts. Today we will be focusing on the most popular handheld; the Nintendo DS.Most of yo...
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Japanese Wii Launch: Zelda gets served by Wii Sports


Dec 05
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Our good buddy NamelessTed passed along a rather interesting bit of news that was posted over at Wired that shows the software sales numbers in detail. Apparently, Wii Sports and Wii Play both outsold Twilight Princess. Wii S...
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PlayStation 3? I'm all about the PS9! (Old PS2 ad)


Nov 07
// Savant
It's almost surreal to finally see the light at the end of the tunnel when it comes down to waiting for the launch of the Sony's PS3 and Nintendo's Wii. The 10-day countdown has now begun for the PlayStation 3 an...
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Here it is, something I know that a lot of you out there have been waiting for has finally found its way to being posted on the internet. The new trailer features the new characters and a heaping helping of fresh gameplay. ...

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Official Final Fantasy III U.S. site launched


Oct 31
// Savant
For all of you Final Fantasy fans out there who aren't completely glued to your PS2s today with the release of Final Fantasy XII, Square Enix has opened the doors to the official Final Fantasy III Web site. The site is burs...

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