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Sterling Lyons, better known in some circles as "Aiayla", is an avid videogame player of all genres. From Genesis, to Playstation, to PC, Aiayla does it all. League of Legends, and other PC and MMO games remain the current focus of not just time, but also contribution to Destructoid.
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8:00 PM on 08.03.2013

CCP releases statistics for largest EVE Online fight

Last weekend, we reported on a battle that was taking place in EVE Online. At the time, it wasn't hard to see that it was the literal largest battle that had ever taken place in the game since it launched back in 2004. Develo...

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7:00 PM on 07.28.2013

Largest EVE Online battle yet is currently in motion

[Update #2: All fighting is complete, and the remaining CFC/Goonswarm players are leaving the system now as well.] [Update: Test Alliance has started to back off from the system. A small amount of fighting still remains, b...

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3:00 PM on 03.20.2013

Preview: Anomaly 2

Anomaly: Warzone Earth had one of those experimental ideas -- controlling the troops that rush past towers rather than the defensive structures themselves -- that turned out to be really cool in practice. I don't know for cer...

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4:00 PM on 02.18.2013

Trends of this Generation: The PC-ification of consoles

Last week, we covered the trend of consoles as an all in one media center. The trend is very noticeable, but it is part of a much larger trend that happened over the generation. It's a trend that I feel a lot of people o...

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9:30 PM on 02.01.2013

League of Legends' third season officially starts

Riot Games has been drumming up a storm for the third season of competitive play for League of Legends. The road leading up to the start has been a surprisingly long journey. It started with a lot of gab at th...

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2:00 PM on 01.30.2013

Riot Games inspired by the NFL for League of Legends

Riot Games is no stranger to the spotlight, and certainly not above giving players their own chance to shine. The competitive scene for League of Legends has blown up in the past two years since it launched. Things ...

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5:00 PM on 01.06.2013

Review: Forge

Maybe it's just me, but it seems that every once in a while there is a game that comes out that makes a statement about MMORPGs. That the best part of those games is the player-versus-player segments. In 2007, there was the "...

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4:30 PM on 12.22.2012

Remembering studios that closed in 2012

This year was great in general for videogames. Beyond the predictable success of games like Halo 4 and Call of Duty: Black Ops II, there were a ton of hits that came out of nowhere, including not just big publisher titles, bu...

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7:00 PM on 12.05.2012

EVE Online update overhauls bounty hunting

EVE Online is one tough cookie to crack. Sure, it's a massively multiplayer online game. It's also one part space-faring strategy game, business simulator, and space-pirate dream fantasy as well. Much of the game is filled wi...

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8:30 PM on 12.04.2012

Preseason Update is live for League of Legends

It wasn’t too long ago that big sweeping changes were being discussed about the future of League of Legends. Well, now it seems like the change has gone live on the main servers. To commemorate this, Riot games has put...

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9:30 PM on 11.19.2012

Upcoming League of Legends preseason update detailed

It seems like we can't go too long without there being some big news about League of Legends. It can be something small like a record-breaking number of users, or perhaps a map with a new mode, or even a holiday getting the f...

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10:30 AM on 10.26.2012

League of Legends Harrowing event officially begins

A week ago, Riot Games teased its new Halloween event while keeping a good bit of detail secret. Now, not only are more details available, the event has gone live and is in action! There's a new champ out, new harrowing-them...

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7:00 PM on 10.17.2012

New League of Legends Halloween event detailed

Riot Games has been very well known for celebrating holiday events in League of Legends with a great deal of flair. This Halloween seems to be no different with the announcement of The Shadow Isles, a newly revealed area of t...

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10:00 PM on 10.12.2012

League of Legends has 32 million monthly active players

League of Legends -- lots of buzz, little stats. That changes today, with the second annual releasing of the League of Legends infographic. Like last year, Riot Games has put out a graphical representation containing numerous...

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11:00 PM on 08.06.2012

Riot announces League of Legends Championship Series

It wasn't too long ago when Riot Games was hyping up the season two championship as being the big new thing to begin a strong focus on revolutionizing competitive gaming, or "eSports," into something that no one ha...

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5:15 PM on 08.06.2012

MLG League of Legends Summer Arena wrap-up

This past weekend, Major League Gaming hosted a League of Legends competition, featuring a $10,000 prize, winner take all. Two teams, Curse Gaming and Team Black, won qualifying tournaments beforehand for spots in this compet...

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7:15 PM on 08.02.2012

League of Legends Summer Arena broadcast this weekend!

League of Legends is that massive choo-choo train pulling free-to-play gaming goodness into the competitive sphere. Multiple circuits have been running across the globe, sponsored from not just the game developers themselve...

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3:00 PM on 07.14.2012

Preview: Phantasy Star Online 2

Sega announced this week that Phantasy Star Online 2 is headed to the United States and Europe come 2013. This is great news for fans of the series, especially for those who thought that the spinoff sequels deviated too much ...

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3:00 PM on 05.07.2012

League of Legends: Yesterday, today, and tomorrow

League of Legends, the fantastic competitive online game brought to you by Riot Games, has been going through a lot of changes over the past couple of months since the last time we posted about the game here on Des...

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3:00 PM on 05.02.2012

Revisiting the Kerbal Space Program

Last year, I got to take a quick look at the in-progress alpha for an interesting little game called Kerbal Space Program. The game was centered around building a rocket ship -- or, more a kind of rocket-propelled contraption...

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9:30 PM on 03.16.2012

Linden Lab CEO talks future of company and Second Life

Second Life. The name alone brings about a variety of images, usually ones involving furries and other odd debaucheries. It's really an odd amalgamation: one part chat, one part 3D world, one part faux-game. To me, it's...

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10:00 PM on 02.18.2012

Guild Wars 2 PvP to set worlds against each other

I'm always a big fan of when game developers share philosophies and general development methodologies behind the games that they are working on. This week, Mike Ferguson -- of the Guild Wars 2 development team at ArenaNet -- ...

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4:00 PM on 02.08.2012

Impressions: Dota 2 beta

The Multiplayer Online Battle Arena genre has been fascinating to watch grow. Like many popular independent works, it started from humble beginnings with a little mod for a well-known game. I can only imagine that few could&n...

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8:00 PM on 01.26.2012

Location trailer for The Secret World sets the spooky

I've found over the years that lots of MMORPGs release with a good artistic style while at the same time missing out on offering an engrossing atmosphere. Funcom's The Secret World is one that definitely takes an intere...

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7:30 PM on 01.24.2012

New League of Legends patch adds Skynet

Last week, League of Legends saw a patch that swept the game with a massive change: the removal of the dodge statistic. Beyond this, a character was completely reworked, and a new one was introduced. Though it should be an o...

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7:00 AM on 01.14.2012

Lots of details on new patch for League of Legends

The removal of the "Dodge" statistic has been something that Riot Games has been very open about sharing with the community. Today marks the big announcement that the stat removal will be completed with the patch coming next...

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11:30 PM on 01.02.2012

It's not too late to sign up for the Dust 514 closed beta

This weekend saw much fun and excitement for many people as they searched to resolve themselves for the new year. Of course, such celebration makes for rather lacking gaming news on most fronts. The December e-newsletter for ...

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11:30 PM on 12.14.2011

Join the League of Legends Snowdown Showdown!

[Update: Logins are reenabled now, and all the content is in the store for purchase] This past Tuesday saw the release of a new patch for League of Legends. It had the usual contents, another character, some new skins, and ga...

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9:30 PM on 12.09.2011

Blacklight: Retribution dev diary details customization

The Blacklight development team is back with another video to follow their dev diary video series. Before, they just showed off their own excitement, and talked about the technology and art behind the game. This time, they t...

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3:30 PM on 12.01.2011

Terraria patch 1.1 adds amazing!

Terraria released one day in May to the wide world of PC gaming. When it came out, many claimed it to be a two-dimensional version of Minecraft. To an extent, that is correct. The game offers a much more adventure filled sen...

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8:00 PM on 11.29.2011

League of Legends patch: New characters and jungles ahoy!

Patches are about a dime a dozen for the highly popular League of Legends. The Volibear patch that dropped today marks some changes that are small signs of bigger things to come. Riot Games has put out a preview video, which...

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5:45 PM on 11.18.2011

League of Legends hits 32 million players

Riot Games announced that League of Legends, their free-to-play Multiplayer Online Battle Arena, has hit the 32.5 million player mark. With this, comes a wide selection of cumulative statistics relating to the game that they ...

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10:00 PM on 11.15.2011

Classes, War of the Immortals, and YOU!

War of the Immortals is a free-to-play action MMORPG from Perfect World Entertainment that recently launched into a closed beta. While information was somewhat sparse leading up to this, Perfect World has released a trailer ...

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9:00 PM on 11.03.2011

Preview: Blacklight: Retribution

Blacklight: Tango Down was a lightweight, budget-priced first-person shooter that sought to offer a full-budget experience. It fell short of expectations, but the free-to-play sequel has started to make a showing recently. I got to put my hands on the game and see how the offering is shaping up so far.

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8:30 PM on 10.27.2011

Natasha brings the firepower to Rusty Hearts

I've been enjoying Rusty Hearts greatly since it launched as an open beta. It's a bit repetitive, but I have been finding it to be lots of fun regardless. My biggest concern was the lack of content at launch, and the frequen...

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7:00 PM on 10.20.2011

Second Blacklight: Retribution dev diary talks tech

It's been a little while since the last Blacklight: Retribution developer diary video was released. Today, the team is back, and still sounding as excited as ever in a new installment. They discuss not only the technology be...

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11:00 PM on 10.19.2011

League of Legends' Graves patch brings the change

Riot Games is always good about keeping League of Legends up to date, adding new modes and characters, as well as balancing items and current combatants. Today is no different with a rather significant patch to th...

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9:30 PM on 10.12.2011

Impressions: Rusty Hearts open beta

It's been a little while since we last talked about Perfect World's free-to-play MMO beat-'em-up/hack-'n-slash game Rusty Hearts. Now though, a couple of months later, it's been released in an open beta format, but has it kep...

Sterling Aiayla Lyons

11:30 PM on 10.01.2011

Saints Row: The Third PC is NOT scheduled for delay

On September the 30th, THQ and Volition confirmed that the PC version of Saints Row: The Third is scheduled to release when they said it would. It's wonderful to hear that even PC enthusiasts will not have to wait any longer ...

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3:00 PM on 09.25.2011

Hands-on with the League of Legends: Dominion beta

This week, Riot Games announced that it would be starting a limited-run beta session for the upcoming League of Legends mode, Dominion, during off-peak gameplay hours. I've gotten to experience this new mode during one of the...

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