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12:49 AM on 06.19.2008


What!? Nine thousand!? Our dog and cat duo of Momo and
Chief have been known to have
epic duals. But what hath Chief wrought this time?

Feel free to check out the original as
Momo was bawwwing during a haircut. But don't worry, they're still bff's.


6:01 PM on 05.28.2008

Ha ah!

I guess I should change the look of my Dtoid blog, am i rite?   read

3:00 PM on 04.15.2008

Get Your Halo 3 Legendary Map Pack Race On

“Everyone on Installation 04 drifted. It was impossible to drive straight.”

As one of those press jerks, I've been fiddling around with the Halo 3 Legendary Map pack for nearly a week now. Not only is this the best collection of Halo 3 maps yet, but it also features some really cool, new Forge stuff. With the help of a few friends and brave testers, I've cobbled together my first ever Forge creation, Overdriftacular.

Map: Overdrift 1.1 (04.15.08)
Gametype: Overdriftacular (04.15.08)
Course Overview: See Here

So if you like racing, high explosives and getting sideways, I highly suggest that you and your friends check it out. We've been racing on various versions of it all weekend and while there's still plenty of work to go, its a total blast.

Do it, or I'll run over your face.


1:04 PM on 02.13.2008

Lost Odyssey packaging is fantastic!

You may have heard that the packaging for Microsoft's latest JRPG adventure, Lost Odyssey, is lacking in quality. Well, I'm here to tell you that's not true. You see, the tri-spindled discs and enveloped fourth is what you find in the regular edition of the game. You're a hardcore gamer, are you not? Why settle for the ordinary when you could have the extraordinary!

Our special edition of Lost Odyssey has arrived and I'd like to take you on a special tour of what you'll find inside.

As you can see, the special edition cover is meticulously crafted, hand drawn by Sakaguchi himself. The thin, fabric bag is not only collectible, but foldable as well. It really takes me back to the days when these kinds of games came with maps. How nostalgic!

Inside you'll find the game discs which are individually protected by a high-gloss envelope, complete with peeking window for easy access. You see, the outrage over the regular edition is due in part to all four discs not coming pre-sleeved. Its merely a teaser for what awaits the privileged who dared to step up to flavor. But that's not all!

Lost Odyssey is a massive, 70 hour epic RPG. You can become quite famished in that time! Again, a hand crafted delicacy awaits you as the special edition comes complete with a scrumptious cheese and turkey sandwich; a spicy spread being the main treat. The 7-UP, however, is mine. You may have one if you ask nicely.

See? It's not so bad. Just remember to ask your local game jockey if they have any extra sacks and enjoy Lost Odyssey!

[via: My Blog]   read

10:33 PM on 02.11.2008

A Video Tour of Arcade Infinity


As a taste of what's to come in the third entry of the No Country for Old Arcades series I'm
working on, here's a video tour of my favorite arcade in the whole, wide world,
Arcade Infinity. I flew
down to LA for the story this weekend and it felt great to be back in the company of my SoCal
band of friends. As I told your tour guide Minh, its people like him who enrich my life.

Helping his case is the awesome squawk box he installed into his car. Nothing beats rolling by
gas stations shouting, "NO BLOOD FOR OIL!"   read

6:17 PM on 02.02.2008

No Country for Old Arcades: Keystone II

Part Two is officially live!

The best arcade in California for competitive fighting games is an invite-only establishment
run out of some guys garage and for as awesome as Keystone II is, that is the state of the
arcade industry. When I look back on the history of the business, it makes me believe that all
the arcades need is just one game to bring it all back. In the 90's it was Street Fighter II. Ten
years later it was Dance Dance Revolution.

The annual AOU show is next month and we'll be seeing everything from playable Street
Fighter IV to the standard Bemani sequels and the return of Dodonpachi. Will any of the
games there be that one brilliant title to bring it all back? It's all extremely unlikely, but I'm
also not going to complain when I see Melty Blood: Actress Again or something new like
BlazBlue popping up select arcades.

Wii Sports was and has been enough to fling Nintendo into the position of top dog once again.
I wonder if the same would have been true if it were released in arcades. Then again, arcades
blew by the whole motion sensing nonsense years ago and no one seemed to notice.   read

9:47 PM on 01.23.2008

No Country for Old Arcades

Moments after being handed my first set of car keys, I began a ritual that would be
repeated multiple times each week for nearly a decade now. I’d grab my cup full of tokens,
the latest Super Eurobeat release (it being the style at the time) and proceed to tear
through the windy hillside road that exits Livermore, kick the Nissan over four lanes and
blaze down the freeway. Thirty-five miles and forty minutes later, I’d find myself at
Sunnyvale Golfland: the arcade mecca of Northern California.

I’d like to think that like most good anti-social gamers, I spent the majority of my childhood
in an arcade, but talking to a lot of folks I know within the industry, that doesn’t seem to be
the case. When I speak of arcades now, in the present tense, I get confused stares and
wide-eyed wonder.

“There are still arcades?”

The arcade industry, if we can still call it one, is hurting. No doubt about it. All the
advantages that kept us coming to them up until the 90’s are gone, their technological edge
having withered. For the young gamers of today, there seems to be little, if any point to
venture into one of these dungeons of videogames and that’s a shame. Ten years from now
there may not even be any arcades to cry for.

While putting together my current feature,
No Country for Old Arcades,
two arcades were shut down across two different states. If not now, we’ll never have a
chance to tell their stories.

From now until whenever I’m actually stopped, I’ll be traveling around the country in search
for the last great arcades in America. Interviewing the operators, talking with the players
and attempting to give a voice to a piece of our culture that is slowly and very surely,
fading away.

If you have some spots in mind, I’m all ears. I have some truly incredible folks
already lending me a hand such as Eddie from
Bemanistyle and Seth from
Capcom, but any input is good input. Already this
feature is starting to gain a life of its own and snowballing into something truly special.   read

6:44 PM on 12.19.2007

The Winter Cometh and the Winter Taketh

It's cold, grey and really ****ty in general. Winter is here and to me that only means one thing.


Fiona Apple. And lots of it.

Speaking of feeling cold, grey and ****ty in general, how about that Duke Nukem Forever trailer, eh? I'm with Tiff on this one, but my fascination with this game will never end! It even owes me five bucks! Back in the 90's, I walked into my local Software Etc and put down a pre-order for what was sure to be the hit of the holiday season, Duke Nukem Forever.

Yes, I had to go to Software Etc, which is what they called GameStop in those days, to pre-order the game. So I tied a Pocket Pikachu to my belt, which was the style at the time. Now to pre-order the game it cost $5 dollars, and in those days, $5 dollar bills had pictures of bumblebees on them! Now where were we? Oh ya.. The important thing was that I had a Pocket Pikachu on my belt.

Three or four years later, that Software Etc closed down and with it, my bumblebee money. The moral of the story is to not live in the days prior to the Internet. You'll lose all your bumblebees.   read

2:27 PM on 12.17.2007

GameTap Food Porn

I come back in on a Monday morning and what am I craving? None other than the officially unofficial GameTap taco truck! Oh sweet Jesus what I would I not do for a round of carnitas and cheese!

Behold! A mobile feast of ethnic proportions! Is a man not entitled to a dollar taco? No, says the man in the skyscraper, it belongs to the fourth meal.

This is what four tacos with cheese look like. Two of these actually came wrapped in three tortillas! That's my favorite part!

The games industry is hard at work! We read the Internet there so that you don't have to read the Internet here!   read

11:20 PM on 12.15.2007

Shame Unlike Anything

What's more shameful than hanging out with yourself on a Saturday night while playing
guitar and vocals at the same time in Rock Band? Having not just one of your instruments
fail upon starting, but two instruments find their way to an early grave. Sweet jesus!

So here I was, locked up in the house and hyped up on Vitamin Water, when I felt the
sudden urge to rock. Maybe it was knowing that I could be in the city right now watching
some local punk rock, or the Flight of the Conchords I was watching on YouTube, but I
wanted to get up and do something ridiculous.

I push the drums aside and make way for the microphone stand (LOL). I strap on the
guitar, pick "Little Sister" by Queens of the Stone Age (Expert guitar, Medium Vocals even!)
and I get about ten notes in before I realize that the strumbar on my guitar has died.


So I pause, fiddle with it for a few moments before trying again. Upon pausing the game, a
warning pops up. The controller that's in charge of my microphone has run out of battery.
Why does Rock Band hate me so much?

In related news, I swung by EA's campus earlier this week to play the game on PS2. The
word is out on the (lack of) features, but damn does their setup always seem to impress

I shall retire to bed with a wired controller, a bottle of something and my second
playthrough of Mass Effect. I'd kill for a Wrex plushie.   read

4:41 PM on 12.11.2007

Holiday Swag (UPDATED: Now with cheese!)

I'm gnawing on a block of cheese that was sent to us by Square-Enix. I'm contributing to the downfall of games journalarism!

Also: Wideload stopped by today and with them came awesome pins.

That's all for now. Sorry for the lack of updates but things have been crazy!

Update: Check out that delicious Square-Enix cheese!


1:57 PM on 11.19.2007

It's time to Bubble Bobble

Do you enjoy Bubble Bobble? Do you feel as though you possess what the kids refer to as, "mad skills?" Would you like to receive a prize for said skills? Splendid! Because you'll have until midnight tonight (EST) to prove yourself in the first ever GameTap leaderboard challenge!

The rules are simple and you don't have to be a subscriber. You just have to sign up, download the client and play you some Bubble Bobble, for free. So go compete and claim honor in the name of Destructoid! That way I could interview you and ask, "How did you do it?"

And you could respond, "Cocks."

Tomorrow: Rock Band. My house has yet to claim a band name, but we're down to the finalists. Some of the raunchy ones got cut, but I'll be sure to clue you in come decision time and pass on the dirtier ones ;)   read

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