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Hey all, the nameís Justin and Iíve been hanging around Destructoid since late 2006. Itís okay if you donít recognize me from way back when, as I was originally known as TheGoldenDonut (and still am in the forums). I joined the staff in 2007 as a News Contributor after flooding the tip line on a daily basis, and then I got to write stuff on the front page. Now I mostly just bum around while doing grad school stuff. I'm also learning to code a bit.


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11:00 PM on 07.20.2009

Fan-project brings The Legend of Zelda to the 3rd dimension

Holy induced motion sickness Batman! That was my first thought upon starting up this 3D version of the original The Legend of Zelda. Granted, it didn’t make me sick, only a little dizzy at points, but I know there are p...

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8:00 PM on 07.20.2009

ZOMG! Steam has been taken over by 'the casuals'

It was inevitable, I suppose. Not even Valve’s digital distribution service Steam -- one of the few remaining bastions of "proper" PC gaming -- could remain safe from the terrible horrors of casual gaming. 201...

Justin Villasenor

6:20 PM on 07.20.2009

Pac-Man REMIX brings bosses and power-ups to the iPhone

Last week, Topher let us know about Space Invaders: Infinity Gene, an update to the classic move-back-and-forth-while-shooting-those-aliens-that-are-also-moving-back-and-forth simulator that includes such radical changes as b...

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9:00 PM on 07.18.2009

Final Fantasy IV remix album released by OverClocked ReMix

I’m sure many of you were justifiably bummed when this week’s RetroforceGO! was canceled. Well, OverClocked ReMix has swooped in to rescue all you lonely retro fans -- and people who were just in the mood for some...

Justin Villasenor

4:00 AM on 07.18.2009

Raven Squad screens show the Amazon, explosions therein

Since SouthPeak Games was kind enough to send over some new screens from Atomic Motion’s first-person shooter/real-time strategy mash up Raven Squad, I figured I may as well as put them up for you all to see. After all,...

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1:00 AM on 07.14.2009

University project uses the Wii to teach CPR

Wii mods aren’t just forMoving metal arms of doom.They can teach stuff, too.BioMed studentsHave a program that shows howTo use CPR.Waggle teaching lifeSaving techniques? That’s madness!Though still kind of cool.Th...

Justin Villasenor

6:20 PM on 07.13.2009

Coming soon: Taking pictures in PlayStation Home

I’m sure this “news” will excite the many dozens ones of you that regularly hang out in Sony’s drab Second Life knockoff: the ability to take screen caps in Home probably isn’t far off. For those...

Justin Villasenor

6:00 AM on 07.07.2009

Funimation bringing Sega's Sands of Destruction anime to US

If the name Sands of Destruction sounds completely unfamiliar to you, that’s because Sega decided to rename the DS role-playing game World Destruction for its upcoming American release. I’m honestly not sure why S...

Justin Villasenor

1:00 AM on 06.30.2009

JOURNALISM: Ubisoft bringing Imagine Reporter to the DS

In a move that will prove popular with lovers of JOURNALISM everywhere, a recent entry on the ESRB’s Web site has revealed that Ubisoft is bringing a game called Imagine Reporter to the Nintendo DS. But what will this g...

Justin Villasenor

1:40 PM on 06.25.2009

PS3 exclusive Agent gets a Web site, and that's about all

We don’t really knowmuch at all about Agent.Rockstar’s making it.(If Take-Two top-brassare to be believed, it willturn out “very cool.”)Now there’s a Web site,but this agent of insightkind of fails right now.No trailers, no screens;not even looping music.Hastily set live?Excited partiescan just keep spamming F5until something shows.

Justin Villasenor

1:00 AM on 06.17.2009

Futuristic detective Tex Murphy comes to GOG.com

Tex Murphy seriescomes to Good Old Games this week.Futuristic dick.You see, it’s set ina mid-century Frisco,shown through FMV’s.Live action, in fact.The first three can be had now;others coming soon.Anthony once said the games “managed not to suck.”That’s high praise indeed.Check the gallery for some fuzzy pics. The gameshave no DRM.

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11:30 PM on 06.16.2009

Dynasty Warriors 6 Empires still exists, pics prove it

The fine folks at Koei sent us a notice today that Dynasty Warriors 6 Empires is still, in fact, coming out on June 23 in both the US and EU. They probably felt the need to remind us due to the great distraction that was E3 2...

Justin Villasenor

3:01 AM on 06.10.2009

Assassin's Creed 3, DLC for AC 2, (sort of) confirmed

Assassin’s Creed 2 is looking pretty nice. While the idea of Assassin’s Do These Same Tedious Missions Over And Over Again Creed getting a sequel didn’t originally thrill me, I have to say, the footage of Ez...

Justin Villasenor

1:01 AM on 06.10.2009

People like The Sims 3, buy 1.4 million copies

Sims 3 sells boatloads,undeterred by piracy.The Brits love it too.Lots of new contentand a saucy naked patchmay have helped drive sales.EA celebrates;they enjoy profits you see.PR after jump.

Justin Villasenor

3:59 PM on 06.06.2009

Microsoft/Sony: Our motion controls are better than theirs

Microsoft’s Project Natal and Sony’s Motion Controller were easily two of the biggest announcements to come out of this year’s E3 -- so sayeth the buzz meter. Of course, both objects being revealed within a ...

Justin Villasenor

1:25 PM on 06.06.2009

Rumortoid: Next iPhone may have more gaming-centric features

It seems Kotaku has caught wind of several announcements that may drop at Apple’s Worldwide Developer’s Conference next week. The first is that a new version of the iPhone will be announced, and that it will be re...

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2:32 PM on 06.04.2009

Amazon selling new Dreamcasts

Following in the steps of ThinkGeek, Amazon has apparently managed to track down another forgotten warehouse full of brand new Dreamcasts. The online retailer currently has them up for sale, and is charging $119.99 a piece. T...

Justin Villasenor

1:32 AM on 06.04.2009

E3 09: Take-Two already hyping Agent to high heaven

What do we know about Agent, Rockstar North’s recently announced PlayStation 3 exclusive? 1. It’s an action game. 2. It’s an international spy thriller set in the 1970’s. And that’s about it. Pre...

Justin Villasenor

11:22 PM on 06.03.2009

E3 09: Protestors descend upon the Dante's Inferno booth

Well, maybe descend isn’t quite the right word. It’s more like they were peacefully standing outside the convention center waving signs with slogans like “EA = Electronic Anti-Christ,” and “Hell ...

Justin Villasenor

1:40 PM on 06.03.2009

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves closed beta kicks off today

Just an FYI for everyone that picked up inFAMOUS -- you can now put that shiny Uncharted 2 promotional code that came in the case to good use by downloading the beta client. (And since the 1282 MB download should take a good ...

Justin Villasenor

12:37 PM on 06.03.2009

E3 09: Command & Conquer coming to an iPhone near you

Yesterday, the chaps over at Touch Arcade found a demo of the upcoming Command & Conquer iPhone game tucked away in a dark (but still pretty damn noisy) corner of the EA show floor booth. As the above video shows, the g...

Justin Villasenor

11:29 AM on 06.03.2009

E3 09: Raven Squad still exists, pics prove it

If you don’t remember anything about SouthPeak Games and Atomic Motion’s Raven Squad, don’t feel bad, as we haven’t heard anything about it since I brought it to your attention nearly a year ago.For th...

Justin Villasenor

7:35 PM on 06.02.2009

E3 09: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Smash-Up trailer

One of two TMNT games that Ubisoft brought to E3 -- the other being the remake of the awesome SNES game Turtles in Time -- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Smash-Up is a four person brawler set to come out this fall on the Wii...

Justin Villasenor

12:43 PM on 06.02.2009

E3 09: Tom and Jerry are getting an MMO Ö What?

Yes, you read that headline correctly. In one of the odder news bites to come out of E3 week, it seems that the classic cat and mouse duo will be getting an MMO based around them. The game is being developed by Typhoon Games ...

Justin Villasenor

11:50 AM on 06.02.2009

E3 09: Nintendo announces Golden Sun DS

One game I’ve always heard people rank pretty high on their DO WANT lists is a sequel to Camelot’s Game Boy Advance RPGs Golden Sun and Golden Sun: The Lost Age. But since their developer, Camelot, has been busy w...

Justin Villasenor

11:49 PM on 06.01.2009

E3 09: Dante's Inferno trailer tells us all to 'Go to Hell'

Hey, how bout that Dante’s Inferno? I hear that it has hacking, slashing, and a protagonist that slams large crucifixes into devils’ heads. Y’know, just like the original source material.For those of you int...

Justin Villasenor

2:58 PM on 06.01.2009

Faith and a .45 developer goes bankrupt

Way back in January, we heard that Danish developer Deadline Games had put Faith and a .45, its Bonny and Clide styled shooter set in the Great Depression, on hold because a publisher could not be found. It seems that was a p...

Justin Villasenor

12:35 PM on 06.01.2009

E3 09: Bit Boy!! announced for WiiWare

One of my favorite segments of RetroforceGO! are Colette’s WiiWare reviews, simply because of the ridiculously titled games and the ensuing five-minute long Chad laugh. Unfortunately, developer Bplus seems set to ruin t...

Justin Villasenor

11:51 AM on 06.01.2009

E3 09: Cooking Mama returns to the kitchen this Christmas

You can put the Cooking Mama in the garden, but you can’t keep the cooking out of the Mama … or something like that. 505 Games has just announced that everyone’s’ favorite fiery-eyed denizen of the di...

Justin Villasenor

11:00 AM on 06.01.2009

E3 09: Spore Hero and Spore Hero Arena get some new screens

Hey there Dtoiders. It’s been a while since we’ve seen each other on the front page, hasn’t it. Well, the short story is that I’m back from my lengthy absence; and just in time for E3, no less.So then,...

Justin Villasenor

5:39 PM on 10.10.2008

Former Warcraft III modders working on an online, team-based strategy RPG

LA-based developer/publisher Riot Games has announced that its first title will be League of Legends, an online team-based game that mixes role-playing and real-time strategy elements, for the PC. The LoL development team is ...

Justin Villasenor

6:42 PM on 09.22.2008

Windows 7 will automatically find updates for your games

Microsoft has already announced that the next version of their ubiquitous Windows operating system -- dubbed Windows 7 -- will be available in early 2010. It will, if the above image provided by ThinkNext is anything to go by...

Justin Villasenor

6:04 PM on 09.22.2008

Lost Secrets Bermuda Triangle is a self-proclaimed 'Hidden Object casual game'

Seriously, “Hidden Object casual game?” Why would anyone come up with such an odd -- not to mention boring -- phrase to describe an upcoming game? I mean, c’mon GameMill Entertainment, no one is going to wan...

Justin Villasenor

5:44 PM on 09.22.2008

Hollywood revelation: 'most games aren't movies,' also The Sims story details

Film has never been a medium that videogames translate particularly well to. I am in complete agreement with Jim Sterling that the reason for this (aside from obvious time constraints) is mostly due to a removal of the intera...

Justin Villasenor

12:24 AM on 09.17.2008

Far Cry 2's achievements encourage you to make friends

Seeing as how Far Cry 2 tells the story of one man trying to uncover the location of a ruthless arms dealer in strife-filled Africa, it would be easy to imagine the game as a lone-guerrilla sort of experience. That’s cl...

Justin Villasenor

6:04 PM on 09.16.2008

Portal gets a fan-made prequel in Portal: Prelude

[video]103843:378[/video]What’s this? A Portal mod featuring eight new chapters, nineteen test chambers, forty-eight challenges, six advanced maps, and a brand new storyline just coming out of nowhere? Looks like it. Se...

Justin Villasenor

10:58 PM on 09.15.2008

Call of Duty 6 not coming until 2010, more DLC to make up for it

It’s no secret that Activision Blizzard has gained something of a fondness for milking its core franchises for every cent they’re worth -- yearly iterations have become the name of the game. That makes it somewhat...

Justin Villasenor

1:50 PM on 09.14.2008

Vanguard: Saga of Heroes update fixes 1000 bugs, adds new starting location

Sony Online Entertainment’s MMORPG Vanguard: Saga of Heroes was generally perceived as a huge letdown when it launched back in early 2007. Even so, that hasn’t kept SOE from trying to work the kinks out for the fa...

Justin Villasenor

11:09 PM on 09.13.2008

Grand Theft Auto IV PC release date and recommended requirements revealed

We already knew that the PC version of Grand Theft Auto IV would be coming out sometime in November, and now, thanks to the Games for Windows Web site, can pin it down to a specific date: November 18.Along with the release da...

Justin Villasenor

10:24 PM on 09.12.2008

Crysis Warhead coming to Steam, Multiwinia deal

Valve has just announced that Crytek’s first-person shooters Crysis and Crysis Warhead will be making their way to Steam. Both titles can be pre-purchased this weekend and will be made available for download sometime af...

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