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Ben, a.k.a. bbain, has been a member of the Dtoid community since 2009. He enjoys the happier things in life, like whales, Katamari Damacy, sweet potatoes, and cartoons. The first game he ever beat was Super Mario RPG, which ignited his passion for video games.

I was the Friday recapper for the Cblog Recaps team for 3 years!

I was on a couple episodes of the Secret Moon Base Podcast! You can listen to me talk about video games with the gang!



Games that I thoroughly enjoy:
Katamari Damacy
Shadow of the Colossus
EarthBound and Mother 3
Cave Story
Demon's Souls and Dark Souls
Persona 3 and 4
Team Fortress 2
Super Mario RPG
Tokyo Jungle
Nier
El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron
Catherine
Mega Man Legends
Super Meat Boy
Spelunky
VVVVVV
Aquaria
Bit.Trip series
Okami
Beyond Good & Evil
Psychonauts
Dragon Quest VIII
Final Fantasy IV, VI, VII and IX
Mega Man 2
Majora's Mask
Super Mario Sunshine
WarioWare series
Animal Crossing: New Leaf
Endless Ocean: Blue World
Mister Mosquito

My Backlog



Other things that I thoroughly enjoy:
Sweet potatoes
Beards
Whales
Studio Ghibli films
Eels (the band... and the animal too)
Cowboy Bebop
Kill la Kill
Jurassic Park
Spaghetti westerns
Crossword puzzles
Green tea
Giant squids

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Steam ID:bbainn
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6:00 PM on 04.18.2015

Soapstone app lets you leave Dark Souls messages in real life

You know those helpful messages scattered on the ground in Dark Souls games, such as "Illusory wall ahead" or "Try jumping," which are never misleading? Well, now you can leave your own cryptic messages in real life with the ...

Ben Davis

4:00 PM on 04.18.2015

Experience Points .11: Rayman Origins

Experience Points is a series in which I highlight some of the most memorable things about a particular game. These can include anything from a specific scene or moment, a character, a weapon or item, a level or location, a p...

Ben Davis

10:00 PM on 04.15.2015

Sayonara Umihara Kawase+ hooks onto PS Vita next week

The newly remastered version of Sayonara Umihara Kawase, the grappling hook platformer which originally launched on the 3DS two years ago, will be making its way onto PS Vita on April 21. The remaster will feature updated gr...

Ben Davis

4:00 PM on 04.11.2015

Experience Points .10: Mega Man Legends

Experience Points is a series in which I highlight some of the most memorable things about a particular game. These can include anything from a specific scene or moment, a character, a weapon or item, a level or location, a p...

Ben Davis

8:00 PM on 04.07.2015

Level-5's new IP, The Snack World, coming to 3DS

Along with its Yo-Kai Watch and Fantasy Life announcements, Level-5 also revealed a new IP known as The Snack World. It's going to be another mixed media project with manga, anime, and games being developed for 3DS and smart...

Ben Davis

7:00 PM on 04.02.2015

Review: Attack the Light: Steven Universe

Videogames based on television shows can be pretty hit or miss, but usually they miss. The same can also be said for mobile games in general. This makes something like Attack the Light, a mobile game based on the popular cart...

Ben Davis

7:30 PM on 03.30.2015

Attack the Light: Steven Universe RPG launches this week

If you're like me and you've been obsessing over Steven Universe for the past month, this news should excite you! Cartoon Network Games is set to release a Steven Universe RPG for mobile devices on April 2. Developed by Grum...

Ben Davis

12:00 PM on 03.29.2015

Faith in gaming: The influence of Christianity in videogames

Religion is not something that is discussed much when talking about videogames, even though many games often feature religious themes and stories based on religious texts. It's difficult to avoid these things, since religion ...

Ben Davis

8:00 AM on 03.29.2015

MusicGlove helps stroke victims recover by playing a Guitar Hero-style game

Some smart people over at a company called Flint Rehabilitation Devices recognized the potential of videogames and developed the MusicGlove, which helps stroke victims recover the use of their hands by moving their fingers i...

Ben Davis

4:00 PM on 03.28.2015

Experience Points .09: Final Fantasy IX

Experience Points is a series in which I highlight some of the most memorable things about a particular game. These can include anything from a specific scene or moment, a character, a weapon or item, a level or location, a p...

Ben Davis

7:30 PM on 03.24.2015

Metal Slug 3 blasts its way onto PS4, PS3, and Vita

Have you played the phenomenal Metal Slug 3 yet? If not, you really have no excuse at this point, as the game has come to just about every console imaginable. Today, the Neo Geo classic is also available on PS4, PS3, and PS V...

Ben Davis

4:00 PM on 03.21.2015

Experience Points .08: Persona 4

Experience Points is a series in which I highlight some of the most memorable things about a particular game. These can include anything from a specific scene or moment, a character, a weapon or item, a level or location, a p...

Ben Davis

3:30 PM on 03.16.2015

Destructoid turns nine: Let's celebrate with our favorite articles

Destructoid turned nine today! Can you believe it? This lovely place full of incredible people has been doing its thing for nearly a decade, and it's not slowing down anytime soon. We can keep this wonderful, crazy community ...

Ben Davis

1:30 PM on 03.16.2015

LEGO Jurassic World's trailer features festive raptors, Jeff Goldblum

The new trailer for LEGO Jurassic World really knows how to get me super pumped for a Jurassic Park game. It features several scenes from the 1993 movie animated in the LEGO style. Everything from the T. Rex chase scene, to ...

Ben Davis

12:30 PM on 03.16.2015

Colonial shmup Jamestown+ launches on PS4 tomorrow

The definitive version of Jamestown: Legend of the Lost Colony, a bullet hell shooter set on 17th-century British colonial Mars, was planned to release last summer on the PS4. But as luck would have it, there were some delay...

Ben Davis

7:30 PM on 03.11.2015

Adventure RPG Unraveled journeys through a child's imagination

Indie developer RosePortal Games has been working on an adorable adventure RPG called Unraveled, about a young girl with a wild imagination searching for her lost parents. The story is based on real events, inspired by a docu...

Ben Davis

6:00 PM on 03.10.2015

Mother original arranged soundtrack is being printed on vinyl

Mother (aka EarthBound Zero) had a very peculiar official soundtrack which, until now, has never been released outside of Japan. Rather than taking music straight from the game, composers Hirokazu "Hip" Tanaka (Metroid, Kid ...

Ben Davis

1:30 PM on 03.10.2015

Shower With Your Dad Simulator 2015 washes up on Steam Greenlight

Laura first reported on Shower With Your Dad Simulator 2015 last week, but we didn't know many details about the game yet. A few days ago, the dad-showering simulator went up on Steam Greenlight with a trailer and new info, ...

Ben Davis

5:00 PM on 03.08.2015

Experience Points .07: Paper Mario

Experience Points is a series in which I highlight some of the most memorable things about a particular game. These can include anything from a specific scene or moment, a character, a weapon or item, a level or location, a p...

Ben Davis

10:30 PM on 03.04.2015

Daily cat fix: Splatoon's Judd takes a cat nap

Most developers put out lots of trailers, gameplay footage, and screenshots galore to get us excited about their upcoming games. Nintendo uploads this 30 second video of Judd, the feline judge from Splatoon, taking a nap. Ye...

Ben Davis

4:00 PM on 03.04.2015

What was the very first PlayStation 2 game you ever played?

Today marks the 15th anniversary of the PlayStation 2. In those 15 years, we've already had two more Sony console releases, but the PS2 is still near and dear to many of our hearts. The console gave us many of our favorite ga...

Ben Davis

12:00 PM on 03.03.2015

Suda51: No More Heroes almost ended with Travis Touchdown's death

Edge recently interviewed Goichi "Suda51" Suda about the making of No More Heroes, which was coincidentally timed quite nicely with my own article about the game a few days ago. The interview covered Suda51's inspirations for...

Ben Davis

6:00 AM on 03.02.2015

Final Fantasy XV nature video showcases vibrant wildlife, Behemoths

"And here we see the majestic Behemoth on the hunt for food in its natural habitat. Watch as it establishes dominance over the other Behemoths within its territory." We've already seen trailers and gameplay footage of Final ...

Ben Davis

3:30 PM on 03.01.2015

New Dj CUTMAN album of remixed videogame music out now

Web musician Dj CUTMAN has created a ton of awesome remixes of videogame music over the years. Today, he released his newest album, Volume III, compiling selected works from 2012-2015. There's a lot of great stuff in here, re...

Ben Davis

4:00 PM on 02.28.2015

Experience Points .06: No More Heroes

Experience Points is a series in which I highlight some of the most memorable things about a particular game. These can include anything from a specific scene or moment, a character, a weapon or item, a level or location, a p...

Ben Davis

9:00 AM on 02.27.2015

Review: The Deer God

In a lot of ways, The Deer God is a love letter to nature. The idea was born from the developers' childhood memories of playing in the woods and seeing wild deer, and that admiration of the outdoors is quite apparent. The for...

Ben Davis

7:30 PM on 02.26.2015

Pokédex Animated starts things off right with Cubone

YouTuber Versiris began a new series of videos introducing Pokémon through adorably animated Pokédex entries, narrated by a GLaDOS-like voice. The first entry features my personal favorite Pokémon, Cubon...

Ben Davis

8:00 PM on 02.24.2015

Fan-made Mother 4 still on track, finally gets a gameplay trailer

EarthBound creator Shigesato Itoi has already confirmed multiple times that he's not interested in working on any more games in the Mother series, but he wouldn't mind playing Mother 4 if it was made by somebody el...

Ben Davis

7:00 PM on 02.21.2015

Experience Points .05: Demon's Souls

Experience Points is a series in which I highlight some of the most memorable things about a particular game. These can include anything from a specific scene or moment, a character, a weapon or item, a level or location, a p...

Ben Davis

1:00 AM on 02.21.2015

New Y2K trailer features vinyl records, cat throwing

We've been following the production of Ackk Studios' new EarthBound-inspired game for some time now. Today, it got a new trailer and a new name: Y2K: A Post-Modern RPG. We get to see quite a bit of gameplay in this...

Ben Davis

7:30 PM on 02.20.2015

The 2015 Academy Awards, brought to you by Nintendo

In anticipation of the Academy Awards this Sunday, Nintendo decided to come up with its own amusing awards for the 2015 Oscar nominees. The winners for each category are: The Princess Peach Award, for best female costume in ...

Ben Davis

7:30 PM on 02.19.2015

Tingle is the heterosexual hero that gaming deserves

In a recent Kotaku interview with Eiji Aonuma, the longtime Zelda producer confirmed that Tingle is, in fact, not gay. He's "just an odd person." This isn't exactly riveting news, but it is interesting that so many people see...

Ben Davis

10:00 AM on 02.17.2015

Watch Villager pocket all of the moves in Super Smash Bros. Wii U

[Update: Master0fHyrule made an updated video featuring several moves that were left out of the original, including a really cool Zelda attack.] YouTuber Master0fHyrule compiled a video of almost every attack that the Villag...

Ben Davis

4:00 PM on 02.14.2015

Experience Points .04: Catherine

Experience Points is a series in which I highlight some of the most memorable things about a particular game. These can include anything from a specific scene or moment, a character, a weapon or item, a level or location, a p...

Ben Davis

10:30 PM on 02.13.2015

The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth DLC coming this year

Edmund McMillen announced some new details today about the upcoming DLC for The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth, aptly titled Afterbirth. It looks like it's going to be a HUGE expansion with tons of new content, which Edmund says, ...

Ben Davis

7:30 PM on 02.11.2015

Take flight with a flock of birds in Gathering Sky

Gathering Sky (formerly named Apsis) is an upcoming game from indie studio A Stranger Gravity. This will be the studio's first commercial release, and it's looking pretty neat! You start off as a single bird soaring through ...

Ben Davis

5:00 PM on 02.11.2015

Mother 3 hot springs man lovingly recreated with polygons

YouTuber KamiWasa created a short animation of the mysterious old man from Mother 3, who is sometimes seen hanging out in the hot springs. It's just a quick loop of the man appearing and disappearing, as he often does, and u...

Ben Davis

4:00 PM on 02.08.2015

Which videogame makes you the happiest?

Whenever you're having a rough day, there's nothing better than sitting down and putting on a game that makes you happy just to play it. Something that makes you laugh and smile, helps to relieve stress, or gets you to stop w...

Ben Davis

10:00 AM on 02.08.2015

Review: Sunless Sea

Adrift at sea in a massive underground cavern. No natural lighting to speak of. Your ship's hull has taken a beating from enemy cannon fire and giant crustaceans. Fuel and supplies are running low, but you might be able to su...

Ben Davis

4:00 PM on 02.07.2015

Experience Points .03: EarthBound

Experience Points is a series in which I highlight some of the most memorable things about a particular game. These can include anything from a specific scene or moment, a character, a weapon or item, a level or location, a p...

Ben Davis