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My name's Nic, here are some facts -

I'm growing older all the time. It's getting to the point where it's embarrassing.

I think Dark Souls is a work of art that belongs in a museum. The Royal Ontario Museum disagrees, but I think I'm starting to wear them down.

When I was in grade 5 I went to school as Robin for Halloween. The costume was basically a pair of green lady tights and a tunic that had to be Velcroed at the crotch like a baby's onesie. My self esteem never fully recovered.

I believe Alan Wake was criminally under-appreciated. It's unclear if this notion stems from a legitimate love of the game, or my loyalty to any piece of media that is going to include tracks from Nick Cave, Poe, and Depeche Mode.

Some of my stuff has been front-paged. I'm super proud!

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Alternate Reality: Alan Wake, Synchronicity, And The Dark Presence

2010 Sucked: Why didn't anybody buy Alan Wake?

Technical Difficulties: Some Mother#*!&ers Always Trying to Ice Skate Uphill

Who Wants to be the Bad Guy?

Games I would rather see remade than Halo

Disappointment: A Postmortem of L.A Noire

Try Something Different: Slippery When Wet

It's all about the powers you don't play

A Captain's Primer to FTL

A Grandson's Struggle With Alzheimer's and Dark Souls

Sony's Share Button: The Reason I'm Excited For the PS4

Rogue Legacy: Family Survival Guide









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2:00 PM on 10.21.2014

Review: A City Sleeps

[Disclosure: Nick Chester, who is currently employed at Harmonix, previously worked at Destructoid. As always, no relationships, personal or professional, were factored into the review.] It's a weird time to be Harmonix. It i...

Nic Rowen

3:30 PM on 10.17.2014

Confessional: I make up my own stories for games

So here is a dumb thing I do: I make up my own stories in games. No, I'm not just talking about RPGs like Fallout or Skyrim where the entire point is to go out and make your own mark on the world. I'm talking about just about...

Nic Rowen

4:00 PM on 10.16.2014

Dark Souls II Design Works book is full of bleak, gloomy pictures

Today in news that made me squeal like a fanboy, From Software has released a Design Works book for Dark Souls II just like its predecessor in Japan. It features over 200 pages of the darkly beautiful art of the Souls world,...

Nic Rowen

12:30 PM on 10.14.2014

Stabby, stabby: Nidhogg hits the PS4 and Vita today

Today is the release date for the PS4 and Vita ports of the indie hit Nidhogg, meaning there has never been a better time to stab your friends in the face and sacrifice yourself to a giant worm-serpent.

Nic Rowen

10:00 AM on 10.12.2014

Dark Souls II's DLC bosses are HARD

Dark Souls II players aren't doing so hot against the Fume Knight from the Crown of the Old Iron King DLC. According to stats released by From Software, 93% of attempts against him haven ended in miserable, abject failure. GG Chosen Undead.

Nic Rowen

2:00 PM on 10.08.2014

Review: Neverending Nightmares

Mental illness is terrifying. Depression is a soul vampire that will suck the light right out of you. Obsessive compulsive disorder does not make you a supernaturally great detective like it does in the movies. It makes you p...

Nic Rowen

3:15 PM on 10.07.2014

Breaking Madden makes me actually want to play Madden

I haven't sat down to willingly play a sports game since me and my brother found NHL Face Off '98 on a demo disk during one VERY boring summer vacation. But every time I read one of Jon Bois' amazing Breaking Madden articles ...

Nic Rowen

4:00 PM on 10.06.2014

Shadow of Mordor's Nemesis system signals the true beginning of this generation

It's bad enough dying a humiliating death at the hands of some random orc, but "Azdush the Dung Collector?" Really? He couldn't have been "Azdush the Shield Breaker" or "Azdush the Invincible?" I could have taken a bit of con...

Nic Rowen

5:00 PM on 05.03.2014

The best boss fights involve getting picked on by someone your own size

[Dtoid community blogger Wrenchfarm shares some of his favorite battles with bosses who can kick your ass without being the size of a building.Want to see your own blog appear on our front page? Go write something! --Mr Andy ...

Nic Rowen

6:00 PM on 04.02.2014

Titanfall tips: Sneaky robot tricks

[Dtoid community blogger Wrenchfarm shares some tips from his first few weeks with Titanfall. Want to see your own blog appear on our front page? Go write something! --Mr Andy Dixon] I've been playing a LOT of Titanfall over ...

Nic Rowen

5:00 PM on 03.15.2014

The Past: My Golden Age never ended

[Dtoid community blogger Wrenchfarm shares his reminiscence for last month's Community Assignment. Want to see your own blog appear on our front page? Go write something! --Mr Andy Dixon] For a few years now, game developer P...

Nic Rowen

6:00 PM on 08.03.2013

Rogue Legacy: Family survival guide

[Dtoid community blogger Wrenchfarm shares an incredibly comprehensive guide for anyone interested in tackling the awesome "rogue-lite" game, Rogue Legacy. Want to see your own words appear on the front page? Go write somethi...

Nic Rowen

11:00 PM on 02.26.2013

Sony's 'Share' button: The reason I'm excited for the PS4

[Destructoid community blogger Wrenchfarm likes to watch you play... which is why he's so excited for the PlayStation 4's new "Share" button. Want to see your own words appear on our front page? Go write something! --Mr Andy ...

Nic Rowen

5:00 PM on 01.29.2013

A Grandson's struggle with Alzheimer's and Dark Souls

[I thought I had read the most emotional blog the Destructoid community had to offer. Apparently I was mistaken. User Wrenchfarm shows us his interpretation of the events of Dark Souls and how they're analogous to his grandmo...

Nic Rowen

7:30 PM on 10.15.2012

Promoted blog: A captain's primer to FTL

[Dtoid community blogger Wrenchfarm shares some valuable tips and tricks for survival in FTL: Faster than Light. Want to see your own words appear on the front page? Go write something! --Mr Andy Dixon] FTL&nbs...

Nic Rowen

7:00 PM on 09.11.2012

Promoted blog: It's all about the powers you don't play

[Dtoid Community Blogger Wrenchfarm longs for more jazz and less pop. Want to see your own words appear on the front page? Go write something! --Mr Andy Dixon] I'm really excited for Dishonored. Like, really. A...

Nic Rowen