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Darren is a scientist and an educator by day, and a writer and reviewer by night. While he enjoys shooters, RPGs, platformers, strategy, and rhythm games, he takes particular interest in independent games. Additionally, he produces the Zero Cool Podcast, and he plays board games quite a bit.

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12:30 PM on 09.29.2014

Free update for Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare adds tweaked classes, tacos

Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare has already done right by its users by providing good post-launch support via free downloadable content, and it is continuing on that path with tomorrow's Legends of the Lawn update. The DLC...

Darren Nakamura

10:45 AM on 09.26.2014

Destructoid's Dale North joins game music documentary Kickstarter as an exclusive backer reward

A month ago, Dale highlighted a Kickstarter campaign for a documentary focusing on videogame music called The Players' Score. Today, filmmaker Kory Caldwell announced that our own Editor-in-Chief would be a part of an exclusi...

Darren Nakamura

7:00 AM on 09.26.2014

Civilization: Beyond Earth makes weekends disappear

The Civilization series is famous for playing out in unplanned marathon sessions, where "one more turn" quickly turns into five more turns, which turn into another hour, before the player finally looks away from the screen to...

Darren Nakamura

10:30 AM on 09.25.2014

Official Nintendo Super Smash Bros. tournament begins on October 4

The North American release for the 3DS version of Super Smash Bros. is just a week away, and Nintendo is celebrating its highly competitive fighting game with a tournament. The initial rounds will be held at 15 GameStop locat...

Darren Nakamura

8:30 AM on 09.25.2014

Follow Mr. Destructoid's Steam curation for great games you might have missed

One of the new features in the recent Steam redesign is the introduction of Steam Curators. Users can follow groups or people whose tastes align with their own in order to discover new games. Destructoid has taken some time t...

Darren Nakamura

12:30 PM on 09.22.2014

Reflex is a new challenger in twitch FPS gaming

Watching the cycles that the game industry goes through over the years is interesting. We have previously seen adventure games and horror games peak in popularity, wane, and then come back through the indie scene. It seems l...

Darren Nakamura

11:30 AM on 09.22.2014

Poncho is a cute robot in a lovely open-world platformer

It always hurts my heart a little bit to see what looks like a great game failing to gain traction on Kickstarter. Certainly, the crowdfunding community is more cautious these days than it used to be, and with good reason in...

Darren Nakamura

10:15 AM on 09.22.2014

A monster squat competition is one thing that happens in 24 Killers

Watching the above video, I thought I had a pretty good handle on what happens in 24 Killers. After finishing it, I felt more confused than before. Upon investigating the Kickstarter campaign, it turns out that 24 Killers fo...

Darren Nakamura

2:00 PM on 09.19.2014

A quick guide to all four Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel skill trees

In case you have not yet heard, the full, interactive skill trees for all four of the Vault Hunters in the upcoming Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel have been released for public consumption. Some of the mathematics governing the ...

Darren Nakamura

7:00 AM on 09.19.2014

First gameplay footage of Battleborn's cooperative campaign

In a whopping 18-minute video released today, Gearbox Software's Andrew Goldfarb, Aaron Linde, and Randy Varnell discussed the factions and characters in the multiplayer shooter Battleborn, before showing off the first gamep...

Darren Nakamura

2:30 PM on 09.18.2014

Spinning limousine game Roundabout is round-a-out today

For those who have been waiting patiently for the 1970s B-movie live action and nonsensical spinning limo gameplay of Roundabout, the wait is over. We knew it was releasing today on Steam and the Humble Store, and now it is ...

Darren Nakamura

1:30 PM on 09.18.2014

Bad dog! Outpost 13 basically lets you play as The Thing

This is why you name a dog Fluffy or Fido or Spot. When you go and give it a name like Fenrir, after a mythological wolf monster, it gets taken over by an alien being and wants nothing more than to devour your flesh and bone...

Darren Nakamura

10:45 AM on 09.18.2014

Remember Triple Triad in Final Fantasy VIII? Check out Eminence: Xander's Tales

Back in the day when I first played Final Fantasy VIII, I fantasized about a world in which people could walk up to random strangers, ask to play a card game, and be treated to one without it being weird. We are not there ye...

Darren Nakamura

10:15 AM on 09.18.2014

Motorcycle combat racer Road Redemption on Steam Early Access

It has been a little over a year since the Road Redemption Kickstarter campaign launched, and to nobody's surprise, it has slightly missed its projected August 2014 launch window, but it is not too far behind yet. The Road R...

Darren Nakamura

7:00 AM on 09.18.2014

Everything there is to know about Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, as told by Hammerlock and Torgue

With coverage ramping up for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel leading up to its release in less than a month, several commenters have expressed confusion on what role this game is supposed to fill. To help demonstrate everything ...

Darren Nakamura

9:30 AM on 09.16.2014

Team17 to publish blind adventure Beyond Eyes

Team17 has really been branching out lately. Best known for the Worms series, the small developer has recently been publishing independently developed games from even smaller teams. Previously, we have heard about the studio ...

Darren Nakamura