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11:14 AM on 04.08.2015

The Third GLaDOS Song, Newly Discovered

So full disclosure: I do write about games professionally now on other sites.

I'm not usually in the habit of pimping my work here. However, I discovered something in my last piece that seems to be a worthwhile chunk of gaming history. Since I tend to write for mainstream outlets, this element of my peice that I feel would be meaningful to gamers didn't seem to gain notice from gaming sites, despite the article being extremely successful (it was a Top News Story on Twitter for two days and reached the top spot on Digg the morning of it's release.)

So I am posting about it here.

During a profile I did of GLaDOS voice actress Ellen McLain and her husband John Patrick Lowrie (The Sniper from Team Fortress 2) for VICE's Motherboard I happened to discover a song that they had made that was meant as an Easter egg for Portal 2. It's called "GLaDOS Song" and is sung in the persona of GLaDOS and set in the world of Portal. We ended up booking a studio thanks to Motherboard and recording the song afresh. Thought I'd share it here as I feel like, had I not discovered it, I would want to know that it exists simply as a fan.


Here's a link to the profile with the song embedded in it: GLaDOS and the Sniper: A Voice Acting Love Story.



9:39 PM on 06.19.2014

TIME Calls My Video Game Rehab Article #1 Most Fascinating on Web Today!

Hey, Dtoiders! I've taken up doing some writing at Motherboard.Vice.Com, and I did a a piece that TIME called the #1 Most Fascinating news on the web today. This is TODAY today. This just happened a few hours ago. So as you can imagine, I'm pretty stoked. Kotaku even wrote an article about my article!!

Here's a link to the TIME article
Inside a Video Game Rehab Clinic and Other Fascinating News on the Web

Here's a direct link to my original article:
A Day at the First Video Game Rehab Clinic in the US

And here's a link to the feature Kotaku wrote ABOUT my article!!!
One Brave Reporter Went Inside America's First Video Game Rehab Center

And here's an earlier piece I did, that was published on Motherboard + Vice where we did experiments playing video games while stoned.
This is Your Brain While Video Gaming Stoned

Ach! So happy!

PS I need some more Wii U friends (Name: GoForRainbow) and PSN friends ( PSN: Blood-Pudding).   read

2:03 PM on 05.12.2014

I Chat with Leigh Alexander, Ian Bogost, William Pugh and More

My fellow Dtoiders, so I had been in the habit of posting each week about the show I'm involved in (Go For Rainbow) but I think I'll just do a monthly recap from here on out.

Last month we essentially interrupted an interview with Time that Leigh Alexander was giving about women in games, to chat with her about her regular gaming habits, whether she writes in expectation of internet comments, and her book Breathing Machine

Earlier in the month we spoke with the indomitable and lovely critic and developer Ian Bogost about how gaming culture relates to geographical space, when to whip out the PhD cred and more. 

Here's an interview Ian did on the Colbert Report if you missed it.

Ian Bogost on the Colbert Report

On another episode last month, when an interview fell through we sent a message to William Pugh asking for an impromptu interview over Skype, which he granted us on the spot! We asked him how he's living since the huge success of The Stanley Parable HD and asked about his reaction to the New Yorker article mentioning his monetary success: "The Guilt of the Video Game Millionaires." He tells us he's still living with his parents and playing a lot of Team Fortress 2. He might get a Wii U when Mario Kart 8 comes out.

William Pugh at the BAFTAs

Most recently we chatted with the Developer of Four Sided FantasyWhose game may or may not include A CORGI WEARING A DESTRUCTOID HAT. 

We made this episode as the developers were trying to fund their game on Kickstarter. Did Go For Rainbow push the Four Sided Fantasy Kickstarter over the top? Does a loaded phrasing of a question help insert groundless ideas into people's minds?? 

Corgi with a Destructoid hat?!?

Thanks for listening kids! We love you.

Go For Rainbow

iTunes and Direct   read

11:38 PM on 05.09.2014

How Do You Deal With Non-Gamers in Your Life?

My fellow Dtoiders. My wife used to play games with me in her downtime, but now almost all of her free time is taken up with her blog (warning, it's in Japanese.) 

Now when she takes a moment to play, she immediately gets frustrated when things don't go smoothly in the game. For her, it feels like a waste of time.

This is not a big deal. Maybe it's even better for spouses to have separate activities in life to focus on. But it got me thinking, how do you communicate your hobby to others in your life, spouses, SOs, friends, parents, who are not gamers? How do they perceive this strange, apparently juvenile pursuit of yours? 

How do you deal with the non-gamers in your life, when they can't/won't/don't enjoy your hobby?   read

1:05 PM on 05.04.2014

What are Your Five Favorite Games?

My Fellow Dtoiders, we are about to record a chat with Four Sided Fantasy dev Logan Fieth about our Five Favorite Games (inspired by the Five Favorite Films mini-interviews on 

We are going to record between 12-1 PM Pacific and then immediately publish this afternoon (in order to help promote his amazing Four Sided Fantasy Kickstarter WHICH ENDS TUESDAY!!!)

Here are mine (in no particular order):

Half Life 2


Deadly Premonition 

Link To the Past

Super Mario Bros. 3 or Super Mario World (I CAN'T DECIDE SUE ME)

What are your five favorites??

(And, yes, the Corgi with the Dtoid hat above is concept art from Four Sided Fantasy.)   read

4:22 PM on 05.02.2014

Kotaku Published My Latest Article!

Hey gang, just thought I'd let you know I wrote this article for Kotaku!!  It's about Infamous: Second Son and its relation to Seattle history. (I live in Seattle). I hope you like it! Let me know what you think!

Is it weird to post about this on my Destructoid c-blog?? I don't know. It doesn't feel weird. It feels pretty good, actually.

Even Superpowers Can't Separate Seattle From It's Dark Past   read

7:34 PM on 04.04.2014

The Bigot Gamer: Racism in Video Gaming

We speak with the Bigot Gamer and his experiences recording and exposing Call of Duty bigots of all kinds on his site. We touch on homophobes, racists and more.

Before that we welcome Microsoft Systems Dev Randy Castleberry for a chat focussing on racism in gaming, including Street Fighter IV, Custer's Revenge, Resident Evil 5, Grand Theft Auto V, before winding up at Bronies somehow.

Go For Rainbow: iTunes or SoundCloud, or Direct.

Have you ever been discriminated against online? What's the most racist game you've ever played?   read

12:08 PM on 04.01.2014

Holodeck is a Brothel

Barbarella: Death by Cosmic Orgasm

On our latest episode of Go for Rainbow we discussed what the future of games might bring.

Summary of our conclusions:

1. Anything like the Holodeck would wind up becoming a brothel, requiring a Starfleet officer whose sole job was clean up.

2. Jane Fonda as Barbarella was hot. 

3. One of our co-hosts had never heard the term "fapping" and had to google it. 

We also touch on the Oculus Rift as well as Sony's Morpheus, before chatting with CALL OF CTHULHU: THE WASTED LAND Dev Tomas Rawlings (recently out on Steam), discussing the the intriguing setting of WWI.

Go For Rainbow: iTunes or Direct

 Personally, I have no interest in this VR stuff, but I haven't actually tried it since the early 90s.

What do you guys think of the future of games? Lawn Mower Man type immersion? VR brothels? The Matrix?   read

12:11 PM on 03.27.2014

Let's Use Barbie's Delicate Female Body

Hey folks, one of our guests has been the focus of stories on USA Today and The Huffington Post this week. He's making 3D printable armor for Barbie. And he works on arcade machines as his day job! His past games include: Big Buck Hunter and Aliens: Extermination.

We also speak with the producer of the assymetrical co-op game Cyberheistwhich won the student showcase award at the 2014 IGF.

We also discuss at some length comments by Dtoid's own ELSA and UpstartGentleman.

Go For Rainbow Podcast on iTunes or Direct

What do you guys think about weaponizing Barbie? Is this pro-woman? Is this the further militarization of the feminine? Or is it just some cool Barbie Armor?   read

8:36 PM on 03.18.2014

Protecting Pedophiles and Showing Muhammed's Face

Mollundestria is run by Carnegie-Mellon teacher Paolo Pedercini. The simple flash games make political and social arguments that will strike some as offensive. These include Operation: Pedopriest (you can guess the subject matter), Faith Fighter which depicts religious figures and included Muhammed's face (a face that can get kicked by Jesus or electrocuted by "God", but Muhammed can dish out some mean punishment himself in the Street Fighter-like game.)

We, or really I, chat with him in this extra special short episode of Go For Rainbow. The usual gang wasn't available this week, so we decided to release this short 1-on-1 talk with the mind behind Mollundestria. 

It's a mellower, more sober episode, but I hope you guys like it! Next week we'll be back to yucking it up and reading a couple of comments we've culled from here on Destructoid. 

What do you guys think of the hullaballoo surrounding the depiction of Muhammed's face? How about playing a game where you are helping to protect pedophiles in the Catholic church? Is this your kind of thing or would you rather just have another round of Ms. Pac-Man?

Go For Rainbow on iTunes or Direct   read

4:22 PM on 03.11.2014

The Devil Wants Your Sister

What's the first game you can remember playing? I recall standing on a chair and trying out Mario Bros. in the arcade, although I don't think I had put a quarter in. I think my mom just put me up there and let me pretend to play.

As far as home consoles go, I recall being at the house of my mom's friend and discovering an Atari. Even then I realized E.T. sucked.

We discussed the matter of first gaming experiences in our current episode of the world famous podcast Go For Rainbow. (Master System's light gun! The gold NES cartridge!) We also talk with Bryan Perro, bestselling author and writer of the PC game SANG-FROID: TALES OF WEREWOLVES, where two brothers must defend their sister from Satan (apparently werewolves are often satanic in Canada.)

What's the very first gaming experience you remember?

Go For Rainbow Also on iTunes   read

12:23 AM on 03.01.2014

Gender Bender DNA Twister Extreme

So let's talk about heterosexual guys who find the idea of being a sexy girl titillating. That's a thing, and the game Gender Bender DNA Twister Extreme is a visual novel about a lab accident switching the gender of a group of guys into cute teenage girls. With large boobs.

Also some of them continue to transform into mermaids, snakegirls and other things. 

The game had a massive success on Indiegogo, overshooting their goal many times over. 

On this episode of the Go For Rainbow Podcast, our co-hosts, who span the LGBT spectrum, discuss the whimsical handling of what could be seen as a sensitive issue.

Go For Rainbow is on iTunes

Or Direct

Here's the RSS too.

Any heterosexual guys here ever fantasize about being a girl? Any girls know a guy who feels like this? What do you think of the subject being handled in such a happy-go-lucky manner?   read

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