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Streaming for a good cause: Zeldathon and Mario Marathon


Jun 23
// Neranjan 'Venom' Bissoon
On May 21, a gamer who hoped to spend the future with his wife and yet to be born son was killed in a tragic motorcycle accident. Last night, I stumbled upon some rad kids trying hard to raise money for that man's son. Throug...
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Sonic is an old party hog


Jun 16
// Neranjan 'Venom' Bissoon
Our friend Sonic the Hedgehog is all grown up. In dedication of his twenty years of accomplishments, I made this video. Now if I can only convince Sega to give me some cash to take Sonic out for his crazy 21st Birthday, we may end up in a bathtub in Mexico with our kidneys gone.
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Spotlight on Transformers Universe


Jun 16
// Neranjan 'Venom' Bissoon
All I want for Christmas is a robot car!!! Jagex and Hasbro have teamed up to bring this killer property to the MMO world. Yes, Transformers Universe the MMO is coming in 2012, and yes, it does have lady transformers. Learn more about this game from Kris Jones, the executive producer of Transformers Universe.
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Carnage rage quits E3


Jun 14
// Neranjan 'Venom' Bissoon
I spent a good portion of E3 with Jon Carnage. That Carnage fella didn't quite care for the offerings at E3, so he rage quit and went on a journey with Daedelus. It's not that bad of a tradeoff, with Daedelus being the greatest DJ in the world and all that. Join us as we leave E3 and play around with some old joysticks. Directed by Neranjan Bobby Venom.
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Samus saves the world at SOSGamers.org


Jun 13
// Neranjan 'Venom' Bissoon
So on my merry adventures at E3, I ran into a few interesting people, but the strikingly rad girl in the Zero Samus suit stood out quite a bit. Seems like Samus is saving the world in video games and in real life. The girl i...
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E3: Girls of E3 photo gallery


Jun 12
// Neranjan 'Venom' Bissoon
What do Snoop Dogg, Sonic the Hedgehog, and Mr. Destructoid all have in common? They really have an awesome sneaker collection. They also happen to be super-star babe magnets and we all know that magnets work by magic. So whi...
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E3: Scary LA woman asks Mr Destructoid to do pushups


Jun 11
// Neranjan 'Venom' Bissoon
Mr. Destructoid is super fit and can do a lot of push-ups as seen in this video from E3.  It should be noted that this little woman is under that helmet.  Thanks Dorian for rocking it!
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E3: Being Mr. Destructoid


Jun 09
// Neranjan 'Venom' Bissoon
At E3, one lucky fan was able to don the amazing Mr. Destructoid helmet. That lucky person was then able to hang out with me. I then used this magical moment as an excuse to go shoot videos of hot E3 girls. Typical Venom.
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Video: Kung Fu Factory gets bloody with Supremacy MMA


Apr 15
// Neranjan 'Venom' Bissoon
With Zuffa -- the corporation behind both UFC and Strikeforce -- basically owning most of the mixed martial arts industry, the future games based on the sport is uncertain. As the sport continues to legitimize itself, I beli...

Preview: Sega's Captain America... in 3D!

Apr 04 // Neranjan 'Venom' Bissoon
Captain America just shines in 3D. Being a movie license-based game you kinda expect crap, but it looks great and plays so well. I really felt I was playing a John Woo film with Captain America in it. The cut scenes and gameplay transition is practically seamlessly, and makes for some really action packed moments. After playing the demo twice and having about 45 minutes hands-on, my eyes were surprisingly not the least bit strained. Most 3D games I have played have not actually made me feel anything special, but this one made me warm and fuzzy. Captain America in 3D, even in short demo form, felt like a true theatrical experience and left my jaw dropped. Really, the only bad thing is I'm now feeling spoiled by playing this game; now I have to go sell my extra Google stock to go afford a new 3D TV.  
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The big thing right now is the Nintendo 3DS. Although it may be fun, it still doesn't bring you the theatrical 3D experience of such film greats as Piranha 3D and Freddy's Dead. However 3D hope is there for you, my gaming fr...

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New Bonecraft trailer released, surprisingly not for kids


Mar 17
// Neranjan 'Venom' Bissoon
Gameplay footage for D-Dub Software's upcoming fantasy/sci-fi adult parody game Bonecraft has been released, and we wouldn't want you to miss it. While the footage shows the action-oriented side of the game, it's leaving my ...
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During GDC I had the chance to speak with Eric Stoll, game designer at High Voltage Software, the developer's upcoming year. They seem to be hitting many angles with from digital downloads like Animales De La Muerte, first-p...

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Mobile Spotlight: Nightclub City DJ Rivals


Mar 15
// Neranjan 'Venom' Bissoon
There's a nightclub in your pants and everybody is invited! Well, as long as you have an iPhone in there. Booyah -- creators of the popular Facebook game Nightclub City -- have  just launched Nightclub City DJ Riva...

Homefront: North Korea says all your states belong to us

Mar 08 // Neranjan 'Venom' Bissoon
This campaign also involved a rally outside the convention center that saw The Dillinger Escape Plan noise f*ck many of the unassuming conference goers in the area. But Destructoid was fully prepared for the carnage and musical venom that Dillinger was gonna bring. Our very special Editor-in-Chief Nick Chester wanted to be in the pit, but due to a broken foot that he got in a cage fight [Editor's note: It was against a grizzly bear], I was put on mosh pit duty. Jon Carnage also got the chance to interview David Langeliers the Creative Manager at THQ, asking some hard-hitting questions about this controversial game. [embed]195964:36876[/embed] In response to North Korea's heinous actions I have only the famous words of Public Enemy to quote: "FIGHT THE POWER." "Fight The Power" also happens to be the song that is being covered by The Dillinger Escape Plan for an upcoming Homefront soundtrack. Oh, and it's not just Dillinger, but Public Enemy's Chuck D and Dillinger working together!.The more things I learn about this game, the more I am looking forward to putting on my Captain America jacket, grabbing a PBR and killing some North Koreans for my country. I can't wait to see what mainstream media outlets will be saying about this game. Fox News, if you need some experts for your upcoming Homefront panels, we got a staff at Destructoid that would gladly take your freedom money. Homefront is not pulling punches with its story -- by the writer of Apocalypse Now and Red Dawn -- and THQ has put a lot into the brilliant marketing of this game. Now it's time to see if Homefront will be winning the first-person shooter war this month when it ships next week for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC.. Go America, go America, go America, gooooo!!!
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Yes, THQ is packing in some military type power this March with major releases in WWE All-Stars and the politically-charged Homefront.   Homefront is poised to be a potentally controversial release, with its plot of Nor...

WWE All-Stars is coming for you brother!!!

Mar 08 // Neranjan 'Venom' Bissoon
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The release of WWE All-Stars is quickly approaching, and recently we had the honor and privilege of visiting THQ's San Diego office to get a look at the game in action. Jon Carnage had the chance to interview two legends in ...

Preview: Section 8: Prejudice

Feb 07 // Neranjan 'Venom' Bissoon
Section 8: Prejudice (PlayStation Network, Xbox Live Arcade [previewed], PC)Developer: TimeGate StudiosPublisher: TimeGate StudiosTo be released: Q1 2011MSRP: $14.99 / 1200 Microsoft Points We live in an age when $60 games with eight-hour campaigns are the norm. Sure, a lot of great deals can be found on Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network when it comes to smaller, but quality, titles. As gamers, we've come to accept that "high-end" games cost money. After checking out what TimeGate has to offer, I'm rethinking what "budget title" means. I had the chance to play two levels of the campaign mode, as well as some multiplayer, and it all looks incredibly polished. Prejudice looks good enough to be a full-priced retail title. The campaign starts you off by putting you into the armor of the galaxy's toughest space soldier in a "we need you now" situation. Not the worst thing that can happen here, as it throws you right into the action. As soon as the game starts, you go through the basics, the bare bones of your typical FPS. Pretty soon, you have all of the skills you'll need, including use of the absolutely rad jetpack ability. The first area goes smoothly, with some solid level design and gorgeous lighting effects. The combat starts off fairly easy, but picks up substantially by the game's second mission; I even had to use advanced FPS tactics to get the jump on the surprisingly keen enemy AI. This leads to having to make good use of the ability to swap out weapon loadouts, which gave me the opportunity to see the assortment of weapons in the game's firearm cache.  At first glance, Prejudice may look like something ripped from the Halo universe. But you could say the same of many current-generation games; when it comes to FPSes, I'm a fan of the space theme. The action-oriented gameplay and jump-right-in feel got me hooked instantly. Budget priced it might be, but it's not a cheap knock-off of titles that might have influenced it. I heard some quality voice-acting in the game's campaign, which should clock in at around five hours. And I haven't even touched on the game's real meat, the multiplayer. In today's FPS market, you're going to need a solid multiplayer component, and Prejudice looks like it's bringing the goods. The game ships with a number of multiplayer modes, for up to 32 players; there will even be dedicated server support on all platforms. From the game's "Conquest" mode to the tower-defense-style "Swarm," I had a blast with the multiplayer. Now back to the main point: this game is only fifteen dollars! That is cheaper than taking yourself to the movies and getting snacks, let alone if you wanted to bring friends. This is a great step in right the direction for the industry -- this is a full game not geared towards "causal gamers," but still casually priced. For fifteen dollars, you can have a good time in the campaign, play the multiplayer with numerous people, and still have money for pizza. Jim recently made a good point in an article about the value of a game in relation to its price. I think that at $15, Section 8: Prejudice is going to provide a decent bang for your buck when it releases later this year.  Hey, and check out some video from the Section 8: Prejudice party.
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"Everything is bigger in Texas," Adel Chaveleh, president of TimeGate Studios, tells me with a smile, "except for our price point." That's his response when I tell him he's crazy for releasing TimeGate's upcoming first-person shooter, Section 8: Prejudice, for only $15. Going in, I was a bit skeptical over the quality of a game that would cost so little. Walking out of the demo, I was a believer.

Preview: Conduit 2

Feb 03 // Neranjan 'Venom' Bissoon
From what I've played, Conduit 2 is an improvement from the original in perhaps every way possible. High Voltage listened -- everything that fans asked to be improved was improved. The shooter features more weapons, both classic and Wii Motion Plus support, upgraded audio support, a better in-game achievement system, and a more mature version of the developer's impressive Quantum 3 engine. Having the chance to play the multiplayer mode, I can attest that High Voltage is trying to establish this as the premiere FPS on Nintendo's console. Conduit 2 trumps its predecessor by now featuring splitscreen and cooperative play, 12 multiplayer maps and a whopping 14 multiplayer modes. Having attended a community event run by SEGA, I walked away quite impressed by the robust suite of multiplayer options shown. I was also able to check out the campaign mode for Conduit 2, which also has also seen many improvements. It now features a longer campaign, with 16 missions, whereas the original only had nine. I just got to check out a small portion of the campaign, but from what I experienced, I'm impressed with the work that's been done. Conduit 2 has more locations, more enemies, epic boss battles, and more buried secrets.  It's clear that High Voltage has put some time and effort into making this game superior in all ways to its predecessor. Add the fact it's on a console that is not known for its high quality first-person shooters, and I'm certainly looking forward to seeing what the final version of this game will be like. Eric also disclosed some info on the possibility of the Conduit franchise appearing on another platform. I can only reveal so much, but make sure to watch the video to get some more details on Conduit 2 and future High Voltage projects. Oh, and for the hell of it, I am giving away a signed The Conduit concept art book to my favorite Conduit 2 related comment on this post. Good luck!
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High Voltage's upcoming first-person shooter for the Wii is looming on the horizon, and we at Destructoid got some early, exclusive coverage. Eric Nofsinger, the Chief Creative Officer of High Voltage Software, allowed us some hands-on time with this highly-anticipated Wii title, and revealed some new details about Conduit 2, as well as some other "secret projects."

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This is madness: Hands-on with Yoostar 2


Jan 27
// Neranjan 'Venom' Bissoon
Recently Jon Carnage and I had the chance to check out Yoostar 2, a wild game that will put you into movies using Kinect for 360 and the PlayStation Eye for PlayStation 3.  Yoostar 2 uses the sensors of the Kinect and P...
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Live Show: Dtoid Chill Bros rap festival for the kids


Jan 25
// Neranjan 'Venom' Bissoon
Remember, our Nintendo 3DS contest is still going on!  Follow our channel for a chance to win. Yo, what up chill bros? Today we are gonna get crunk and rap it up like we don't want another baby. On this special edition o...
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Live Show: Dtoid Chill Bros Vs Jam City RollerGirls


Jan 24
// Neranjan 'Venom' Bissoon
Update: Check out our archives on JTV for the show.  It was ridiculous. There are three rollergirls at Destructoid HQ right now, live on our show. This is really happening. Today the crew will be getting rowdy with some ...
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Oh, WoW! BoneCraft makes fantasy gaming naughty


Jan 24
// Neranjan 'Venom' Bissoon
Those crazy guys behind the sex adventure game BoneTown have released a trailer for BoneCraft. BoneCraft is an upcoming fantasy/sci-fi game parodying the famous Blizzard money-makers. The game will have elf prostitutes, horny...
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Live show: Dtoid Chill Bros vs. Spare Parts


Jan 21
// Neranjan 'Venom' Bissoon
Today on Destructoid Chill Bros we play around with our Spare Parts. Join your friends Venom and Carnage as they become robots in this Co-op adventure. This game from EA is fun and a great game to play with a friend, it also ...
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Dtoid Live: Playing Bayonetta


Jan 14
// Neranjan 'Venom' Bissoon
Holy boobs and butt, fapman!!! Today we take on the role of titular heroine Bayonetta, a seductive witch with an English accent who destroys angels for a living. She uses hair attacks, she's hot, and it's a SEGA game Jim Sterling gave a good score to. What else could you want from a game? How about us playing it for you? So follow us on Justin.TV/Destructoid
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Dtoid Live: Lucha Libre: Heroes Del Ring


Jan 13
// Neranjan 'Venom' Bissoon
Today on Destructoid Live we take to the ruff and tumble world of Mexican wrestling and play Lucha Libre: Heroes Del Ring. Yes, Jon Carnage Asada, Pico De Gallo and El VENOM will be doing battle with all the rudos and tecnico...
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DTOID LIVE: DC UNIVERSE ONLINE


Jan 12
// Neranjan 'Venom' Bissoon
We love this game so we are playing it again. DC Universe Online on Destructoid Live. Your favorite stream theory heroes Venom, Carnage and Pico the Mouse will be jumping headfirst into this highly anticipated MMO. So strap ...

Preview: Supremacy MMA

Jan 12 // Neranjan 'Venom' Bissoon
Kung Fu Factory has chosen not to compete with the giants of Electronic Arts and THQ, but rather create a different game altogether. Having a very arcade feel, this newcomer looks to address issues I've personally had with other MMA games.  Rather than being a fighting simulator with a niche audience, Supremacy MMA is a game that combines what is fun about fighting games with the true brutality of no-holds-barred combat. The fighting looks intense, and the knockouts look brutal, something I felt EA Sports' MMA failed to do. This is a game I feel you can play with your friends who like Street Fighter as much as those who watch Strikeforce. The fighting in Supremacy MMA is geared towards fun, with a move calling system designed to make you a better player, understanding how to pull off combos. A unique leveling system even exists in the game allowing for a degree of fighter customization, as well. A lot of questions have come up concerning the lack of a UFC or Strikeforce license; I actually believe this will help the game. The developers have created fighters that have stories and personalities that are more akin to Tekken's Paul Phoenix than "random muscle guy who knows Muay Thai." I was also surprised to hear from Kung Fu Factory's creative director Ricci Rukavina about the inclusion of some major names in this game, including legendary fighter Jens Pulver. From former champ to the long road back to glory, Pulver's story is one of a classic hero; his tale is a major inspiration for the story-driven aspects of Supremacy MMA. It would seem that the story of Jens Pulver would also mimic those of the developers, a crew of seasoned pros who worked on games such as The Warriors, the original Dreamcast UFC game and UFC Undisputed 2009. Just like Pulver, Kung Fu Factory seem to have something to prove this round. Though not yet completed, Kung Fu Factory has quite a few tricks up its sleeves for the title. They even hinted at some upcoming annoucnements regarding notable fighters that could appear in the game, leaving me intrigued. Something that blew me away was the revelation of Victory Records involvement in the soundtrack -- the producers chose the soundtrack wisely, bringing hardcore music to a hardcore game. Just take note at the music in the trailer, and you'll understand. I look forward to the finished product as not only a step for MMA games, but for independent developers as well. The underdog in the fight packs a bite, and this one may be fierce. Supremacy MMA could end up being a rather solid contender when it ships later this year.
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When I think of classic films of triumph, the Jean-Claude Van Damme classic film Bloodsport comes to mind. It's this spirit that Supremacy MMA conjures up with a passion. This is not a glitz-and-glamor, beer-sponsored bro-sh...

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Dtoid Live: DC Universe Online


Jan 11
// Neranjan 'Venom' Bissoon
Yes! It's finally here and we get to play it. DC Universe Online on Destructoid Live. Your favorite stream theory heroes Venom and Carnage will be jumping headfirst into this highly anticipated MMO. So strap your cape, utilit...
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Destructoid Live: Aliens vs. Predators


Jan 03
// Neranjan 'Venom' Bissoon
Today on the very first Destructoid Live of a new century, Carnage and I play Aliens vs. Pedobear. Wait, that's not right. Sorry I mean Aliens vs. Predators. The not-so-well-received game was considered a miss, but we attempt...
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Destructoid Live: Mafia II


Dec 30
// Neranjan 'Venom' Bissoon
Today on Dtoid Live we make it classy with Mafia II, the most profanity laced videogame ever. Released by 2K Games in August, Mafia II takes the players to the 1940's to relive those crazy times when men wore suits and women ...
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DTOID LIVE:X-MEN The Arcade Game on Chill Bros(win codes)


Dec 17
// Neranjan 'Venom' Bissoon
X-MEN, WELCOME TO DIE!!! Today on Destructoid Live the crew will be playing the legendary X-Men arcade game.I know quite a few of us spent our lunch money on this beat'em up. Released by Konami in 1992, and re-released on XBL...

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