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5:56 PM on 10.20.2014

Dtoid TF2 Server Updates

Today, the TF2 server finally got to see some major changes in both the map rotation as well as the addition of a brand new mode.

Map Changes:

  • Maps moved to Nomination list:
    • Plr_pipeline
    • Sd_doomsday
    • Cp_mountainlab
    • Cp_croissant_final
    • Pl_cranetop_b8
    • Pl_outback_rc4
    • Plr_panic
    • Koth_traingrid
    • Ctf_sawmill
    • Ctf_doublecross
    • Cp_gorge
  • Maps added to rotation:
    • Cp_shiro_b1
    • Koth_probed_72
    • Arena_badlands
    • Arena_lumberyard
    • Arena_ravine
    • Arena_watchtower
    • Arena_offblast_final
    • Arena_well

Why so many arena maps? Simple, we installed a new game mode called Arena Respawn.

Check out the official page here! Arena Respawn is pretty much normal arena mode, but whenever the point is capped, the capping team’s players are all respawned. It makes for less waiting and more shooting, which is never a bad thing.

The last couple changes are pretty straight forward; we removed the sexy pink bathrobe item for being too sexy, and set the map vote to remove maps from the voting list until 15 more maps have been played since which should cut down on the repetitiveness of the server.

 There are a few other maps that have been uploaded to the server and added to the nomination list for the time being. After some testing with the community the best maps will be added into full rotation.


8:33 PM on 10.08.2014

Dibs on... A Brick

Yes, a brick.Yes, a brick. Like the kind used to build walls. To be frank, I’m a few days late and a few dollars short of calling dibs on any real Smash characters, but who needs some claim on just one digital avatar? Let me tell you why a brick is by far the better choice. In making my choice, I looked at the three main categories smash characters fall in, value, reliability, and availability. From there it was a simple matter of going through the list to see who hadn’t been picked yet, and while Mr. Game and Watch was a tempting choice, I feel I’ve made the best pick.

Over the years brick technology has advanced considerably with a vast variety of bricks available to purchase. Given all the options out there the price of bricks is fairly cheap, especially when buying a single one. Even a bag of bricks would cost you almost nothing and you can customize it to no end, giving it insanely more value as a fighter than just the limited stock of options for even the Mii Fighters. Bricks also carry their attributes across all platforms and all versions of the game, no region locked bull for me, no sir!

Bricks are even compatible with other fighting games; have a SF4 tournament tomorrow and have no idea who to play? Pick a brick! Somebody from up the street broke into your house and is shouting about MAVHEL BABAAY! Grab your brick. Your little cousin got Mario kart 8 for his birthday? Ready up that brick.

ALL the bricks!Accessibility
Everywhere you go there are bricks to be found. Even if it’s too late to purchase one, with a crowbar and a little elbow grease, you can easily grab a brick from just about anywhere. Nobody will ever think to pick a brick either, so there is never that odd chance of having to switch fighters. The truly best part about a brick is that even a complete newbie can master the ways of the brick within seconds of starting to play as one. It’s just that easy. Why are bricks the best thing since before sliced bread, that’s simple.

More Bricks!Reliability
Never will a brick let you down; the only way to lose with a brick is to misuse it. If a brick is not digital then why use it? Simple, if someone starts winning the game you hit them with your brick; Instant KO and victory every single time. It is next to impossible to lose while using a brick. On top of that, a brick will never tell the cops on you, so no legal worries either. The only downside is that bricks are banned from tournaments due to how ungodly overpowered they are. What a shame that is.


8:22 PM on 07.07.2014

Streamtoid: the Return of a Legend

Ladies and gentlemen, I’m proud to announce the return of Streamtoid. Yes, that Streamtoid; the Destructoid community run channel.

Things will hopefully be a bit more streamlined this time around, with a couple of slight tweaks being made. First thing’s first, there will be a publicly viewable schedule ready at any point in time so folks can now what’s going on. The second thing is pretty simple, Fridays will be reserved for anyone doing streams of Friday Night Fights, that way everyone can have a shot to show off what FNF has to offer. The last change will hopefully make things simple for everyone; it’s just a small google form to fill out for anyone who wants to stream available here: Application.

Other than that it’s the same old Streamtoid we grew to know and love, just, with a new set of management who doesn’t want to see it die again. More details will be coming soon about specifics, and I really hope to see this channel back and thriving once again soon. Have any suggestions? Comments? Concerns?   read

10:08 PM on 05.04.2014


When it comes to Destructoid the community is never far behind, any mention of Dtoid and someone is bound to talk about the group of awesome folks who make the site special. Back when I first started coming here I saw what a wonderful place Destructoid was. That was almost four years ago, things have changed considerably since then, Dale and Hamza are in charge, Jim, Anthony Burch, Maurice Tan, and Nick Chester, have all gone their separate ways alongside many others I don’t remember off the top of my head. There always seemed to be this understanding that Destructoid was very community focused, always doing crazy things and producing content that not only helped to build the site up, but allowed many people to help in the process. As of this weekend, another part of that community is gone,, along with its hosts Phil and Spencer were let go as well as Conrad Zimmerman. I’m not going to say that any decision made along any point is inherently wrong; there are always two sides to every story, and hopefully a good reason for everything. There will never be a time when absolutely everyone is happy, but telling people something about why content is going away will help greatly ease the disappointment. There are some really awesome people who work with the community directly and do some pretty cool things, but what made the Destructoid community special so long ago was that it really felt like everyone at every level had an interest in the site itself, could make their voice heard and potentially help out at any level. Hamza took the time to clear things up, and I can respect that. I just wish we’d see more transparency like that. At the end of the day I’m not mad at anyone for what’s happened, merely just disappointed that the meaning of the word community seems to be forgotten.

Community; a gathering of people drawn together out of a common interest, attitude or goal.   read

4:04 PM on 04.22.2014

TF2sday: I submitted it too late

Tonight is the night! Tonight at 7:30 PM PST and 10:30 PM EST, Between 2Fort will be live on my twitch channel here. There will be a steam announcement shortly before the show goes live as a friendly reminder. Please feel free to hop in the server around then and join in the chaos. I look forward to seeing everything there, as well as attempting to interview the ever awesome Spencer. As always if you have any questions, concerns or comments, feel free to post below or talk to any of the admins.

So what is TF2sday?
Every Tuesday, a ton of folks from all across Destructoid hop on to the community server to play, talk, and shoot each other. It's usually a pretty crazy good time, and almost always involves various melee only matches between a handful of classes. So feel free to jump on and join us sometime!

New to TF2sday?
Don't worry, you're not alone! Any and all Dtoiders are welcome, so please don't be shy. If there is ever something wrong, or if you need to contact one of the server admins, please see below, all admin names and links to their Steam profile is listed.

Shadow2398 (Hank Hill)

IP: Port:27015

Early Match: 8 PM EST

Late Match:  12 AM EST

Map List:
koth_traingrid   read

11:23 PM on 08.23.2013

Freaky Friday with Dtoid TF2

Its here, and while not everything currently works, Vs Saxton Hale has come back to the TF2 server (in the form of the Freak Fortress 2 mod), along with the return of a special map for the mode; MannCo HQ.

Christian Brutal Sniper:
So much blood and melee weapons!

His abilities:
1. Brave Jump - right mouse button
2. Weightdown - duck in mid-air
3. Rage: Bow with 9 arrows - taunt with full rage meter

"Stout Shako for 2 refined!"

His abilities:
1. Brave Jump - right mouse button
2. Weightdown - duck in mid-air
3. Charge of Targe (uses Rage meter) - reload
4. Rage: Trage Spam + low-distance stun - taunt with full rage meter
5. On kill: victim turns into a Stout Shako

Seeman & Seeldier:
Double Trouble. These guys attacks in one round, but their HP are devided by 2.8.

Seeman's abilities:
1. Brave Jump - right mouse button
2. Weightdown - duck in mid-air
3. Rage: Explosive dance () - taunt with full rage meter

Seeldier's abilities:
1. Brave Jump - right mouse button
2. Weightdown - duck in mid-air
3. Rage: Attack of the Clones (respawn dead players as minions) + low-distance stun - taunt with full rage meter


His abilities:
1. Brave Jump - right mouse button
2. Weightdown - duck in mid-air
3. Rage: Uber + low-distance stun - taunt with full rage meter
4. On kill: victim dissolves

Ninja Spy:
"I'm Ninja Spy.. AND YOU SUCK!"

His abilities:
1. Brave Jump - right mouse button
2. Weightdown - duck in mid-air
3. Rage: Stun - taunt with full rage meter
4. He has 3 lives. On "Death": Slow motion attack for 10 seconds. He can instantly move to his target by Primary Attack.

Saxton Hale:

1. Superjump: By crouching or alt-firing, looking up and releasing crouch/alt-fire, the player will be propelled upwards.
2. Super Duper Jump: A variation of the "Superjump" that protects Hale from instant death or becoming trapped by falling into a precipice.
3. Rage: As the boss takes damage, his rage meter will fill (similar to the Battalion's Backup), normally topping out after 1900 damage is taken. Taunting with a full rage meter will scare all nearby players, halve nearby Sentry Guns' health, and disable those Sentry Guns temporarily. The boss will also gain a 4 second defense buff after using rage that reduces all incoming damage by 33%.
4. Escape Plan Effect: All bosses' movement speed increases as they take more damage.
5. Mantreads Effect: Falling onto a player will deal similar damage to a hit from Hale's fists.
6. Weighdown: After being airborne for five seconds, looking down and holding crouch will force the boss down to the ground to prevent getting stuck from constant knockback.

Horseless Headless Horsemann:

His abilities:
1. The Horseless Headless Horsemann Jr.'s Super Duper Jump allows him to teleport instantly, but stuns him longer than a normal teleport.
2. The Horseless Headless Horsemann Jr.'s Superjump is replaced with the ability to teleport the boss to a random enemy. The teleport takes longer to 'charge up', and the boss is stunned for a few seconds after teleporting, giving his prey a chance to escape.
3. the rest is the same as Hale.

Server Changelog:
+ Added Freak Fortress 2 mode
+ Fixed map voting
+ Added hydro, ctf well, and cp Junction to nomination only vote list

+ Added all Arena mode maps to the nomination vote list
+ Added MannCo HQ, Arena Offblast and well into normal rotation
-  Removed Sexy Pink Robe misc item.   read

11:12 AM on 08.20.2013

Dtoid TF2 Server Announcement.


9:50 PM on 08.10.2013

Donning the cape and cowl in Arkham Origins

So as we all have heard at some point, Batman Arkham Origins has a multiplayer mode; one which is currently in a semi-closed Beta test going on right now on Xbox and PS3. The premise of the Invisible Predator game mode is pretty simple; Joker and Bane are having a turf war and it is up to Batman and Robin to break things up. With a lot of the same gadgets found in single player alongside a slew of upgrades for the customizable thugs, Invisible Predator promises to offer at least some depth alongside the main game. So how does this game mode stack up when outside of the finely controlled conditions of a press event? About as well as a finely polished turd might stand up to a plate glass window.

The game mode is in beta, and things could very well change. However that list is quite long and extensive, I can only hope the other game modes offer something much different in terms of gameplay. As it has been touched on before, you can play as Batman or Robin in the role of a hero. The heroes’ goal is simple, intimidate the living daylights out of all the thugs present and fill a meter which will end the match due to the bad guys running out of spare whitey-tighties. With a massive collection of tools, vents, gargoyles and moves at your disposal it would seem like being Batman or Robin would be just like the single player games. Problems arise upon realizing that the heroes seem to not only have paper thin suits that offer very little health, but that even with detective vision disrupting abilities, the limited amount of ways to approach certain choke points spell absolute death for our heroes.

Thugs on the other hand offer up a fun cover based third person shooter. In stark contrast to the heroes, Joker and Bane’s gang members have a series of both cosmetic and class customizations. Even the stock weapons you start with are strong enough to take down all but the super villains themselves. Upgrades are essentially the same for both gangs; a stun/kill trap, a remote controlled air ship/helicopter, and a variety of weapons. Players can even deck out their thugs in all sorts of various unlockable clothes, tattoos and hair styles. There are even separate loadouts that can be unlocked as well.

Unlockables are gained by both leveling up and purchasing them using credits earned by playing the game. These credits can also be bought for real money as dlc too, a move that is all too similar to how unlocks were handled in Gotham City Imposters. These “shortcuts” are nothing compared to experience, knowing where the heroes can hide, where super villain, ammo, spawn points are can make or break the three man team.  Once Joker or Bane comes out to play, a mixture of feces and blood hits the fan at a rate proportional to how fast one or both of them reloads their various explosive weapons. Considering the difficulties the heroes face against regular thugs, adding the villains into the mix makes it exceptionally harder for them to stand a chance. I was playing as Joker, caught completely unaware with explosive gel, then got the crap kicked out of me, only to turn around and instantly kill robin with a single shot from my revolver.

This is how the game mode currently makes me feel.

Invisible Predator Online is currently a fairly broken game mode, and while it does promise to offer up something fundamentally different from the slew of tacked on check boxes that most other games call multiplayer; it is currently a tower that not even superman could leap in a single bound. Sure, there are the usual varieties of cosmetic problems that plague any beta, but the massive issue of imbalance alongside the shoehorned credits for real cash really brings down the experience. I really do wish to see the multiplayer become something special and stand on its own alongside the main campaign, but like a good live action DC comics movie, I’m afraid that might never happen.   read

1:38 PM on 11.14.2012

The terrible torture of an updated Revelations 2012

Credit is owed where credit is due, and to any developer who is willing to take the time and fix mistakes made with their game deserves respect in my book. That being said, Revelations 2012 was recently updated and the folks over at Dark Artz Entertainment have more coming down the pipeline for one of the arguably worst games of the year. The latest patch promises to bring changes that make a massive difference to the game, promise being a key word. Will the new improvements be enough to make Revelations 2012 playable, or did Dark Artz manage to just make things worse?

The new rocket launcher, now with even less ammo!

Being based on the Source engine, Revelations 2012 is a game about the slaying of hundreds of “demons” that are based on Mayans. The game also has the honor of being a driving force as to why Greenlight now exists. Essentially the point of the game is to collect the crystal skulls from each level and advance on until you face a boss fight. Defeating each boss awards a new weapon, which will start unlocked at the beginning of the next level. A simple concept that proves to be quite unfinished in practice.

Now you can pew pew in style with this new rifle! (the scope still doesn't work on widescreen.)

Understandably Revelations 2012 is clearly a work in progress as of this latest patch, and in the console some things are logged literally as such. The removal of nearly all competitive versus modes, as well as the very broken dance mechanic, and by extension the only things that were actually good about the game in the first place, seem to not bode well for making the game any better. However Dark Artz decided to start the process of development from square one, first by reworking the existing characters and adding the sci-fi elements of armor and new weapons. The weapons themselves are nearly unchanged from their original forms aside from appearances and ammo collection. Only the shotgun was really changed, as it now fires faster and has since become the weapon of choice to deal with the “demon” horde. Player characters now seem to run much slower than before, even without the sliding health to speed scale that Left for Dead has. Assuming that was an actual change instead of the fact that dancing was removed and along with it the glitch of dancing while running to increase speed overall. Out of all the changes, only one made a real difference, and even then, it wasn't a fix to a problem, but a removal of the issue all together.

Because holding a shotgun like that is how ALL the pros do it.

Upon starting the game, players used to be greeted to a deafening clinking of coins that could not be stopped due to the master volume control not working properly for menu music. The start screen is now completely gone, and in its place stands a very near replica of the standard Left for Dead 2 menu. Included as well was a new version of a level, that started off with dropping the player into an arena in which they are ordered to destroy the demon spawners with no control as to when the mission actually starts. Somehow Dark Artz decided it was a great idea to change up the point of view as well, instead of having it properly set at the head, it is now at shoulder level, akin to many popular shooters, causing issues where looking at another player at “eye-level” means staring into their chest. Even with numerous issues Revelations 2012 does have potential, however slight it might be.

The level design is just as great as before, now with even more holes and tearing.

With the promise of more fixes in the future, Dark Artz is committing to a lot, and if this current patch is any sign of what's to come, then it will be interesting to see how they attempt to rebuild it. The usual treatment for a game of Revelations's caliber is typically a ground up reboot, because sometimes it really is just better to scrap something and start fresh, hopefully Dark Artz can pull it off and create something great. With more time and proper development maybe Revelations 2012 can become more than just a shoddy knock off of Left for Dead 2, maybe. Much credit is due for Dark Artz attempting to fix their mistakes and make Revelations 2012 a game people actually want to play. However, anyone can get credit for putting their name at the top of the test, but you still have to put in the effort to spell it correctly.   read

8:16 PM on 07.11.2012

Revelations 2012 [review]

As much as I respect and love Jim as a journalist, there is one point I have to make about his review of Revelations 2012. Jim was wrong -- so wrong about the game, he couldn’t have possibly been further from the truth about this game. Revelations 2012 isn’t anywhere near as bad as Jim has made it out to be.

It’s worse.

Breaking your arm? Insta-death

Revelations 2012 (PC)
By: Dark Artz Entertainment

Even by reading the description on Steam’s storefront, this game screams of a cheap cash-in. The story is supposedly about how the end of the Mayan Calendar is upon us and the entire world has to be saved by a British archeologist with a southern accent and problems with overactive erectile dysfunction, and three other random white people of various issues. It is more than likely deeper than that, but due to nearly the entire story being contained in the opening sequence that found me nearly tossing my monitor into a crib full of small kittens, I had to stop watching. The rest of the storyline can essentially be summed up as murdering various Mayan gods so that you can steal their power and then murder even more “demons” that just happen to look very human.

After skipping the opening sequence, players will find themselves scrambling for the sound menu in hopes of turning down the maxed out menu music volume. While the sound option doesn’t work for any sort of menu volume, it will give you the chance to bind nearly all of your keys. Yup, primary fire, melee, and even quick switching weapons are not bound on first run, and even the secondary fire button is relegated to a mouse button that only exists on higher end mice. It is also worth noting that the entire menu is simply an Arial Bold reskin of the Left 4 Dead 1 menus, a theme that carries through the whole game. Once you have everything set, and a few gallons of liquor in hand, you might be able to start this terrible knockoff of Left 4 Dead.

If you love T-poses, you'll love this game.

Starting the game there are a few things that become apparent: any amount of water at all will slow the players to a crawl, and the fastest method of movement is to dance. Other facets of game play are simply appalling. The only weapon is bland and practically useless in quite a few situations, and while it does offer different firing modes, I found myself favoring the shotgun mode that is awarded for beating the first boss over anything else. Even with friends, the campaign is a mess that usually involves someone having to wait around the Mayan version of a closet to let out the poor fellow who got caught in the unstoppable death traps which are strewn about like bird food after a squirrel has made off with the feeder. The other portion of the time will mainly be spent running around like a mad man trying to find the crystal skulls and escape the horrid level design. While the campaign is supposed to be the meat and potatoes, the multiplayer takes what few things did work, and break them even further.

With three competitive multiplayer modes to choose from, Revelations 2012 tries to make players believe there is fun to be had outside of murdering hundreds of Mayans. Sadly however, the various modes are each more broken than the last. The only one that remotely works is the "team" deathmatch, and that is assuming everyone is aware that both players can't be human. Stasis mode is just the same thing, but set up like freeze tag with railguns instead. The final mode is supposed to be a strategic MOBA kind of thing, but it usually ends in who can slaughter the most Mayans first.

No matter what, everyone's arm will always remain at that odd angle.

Supposedly hope is on the way, with Dark Artz promising new content, and a completely revamped game sometime in the future. It will likely end up being an empty promise, considering the company's past interactions with the steam community. The drama behind the development team is enough to fill another blog on its own, and anyone interested can head to the game's steam forum for details.

There is a lot of profane and horrible things I could say about this game, but to simply sum up my eight hours of pure hell I have to say that this is the single worst piece of garbage ever made. With such fine mods for Left 4 Dead available to everyone for free there is literally no excuse to ever charge money for something like this.

As it stands, I refuse to even score this game. It is just that bad.

even oceans of Mountain Dew can't fix this game.   read

12:58 AM on 07.10.2012

Winners from the TF2 competition

Hey guys, I'm here to announce the winners from the TF2 competition.

We had twenty-two people sign up, sadly not all of them were able to win, but here is the list of winners and where they ranked overall.

Trophies ALL AROUND!

The full database for those who are interested.

1. Void-Haunter - 2191 points
2. Super Penguin M - 1536 points
3. DF - 1465 points
4. GoofierBrute - 1405 points
5. Tekbunny - 1041 points
6. Swishiee - 885 points
7. Sllobb - 679 points
8. Ninjapresident - 643 points
9. Shadow2398 - 525 Points (I am placed in to fill in the missing slot for team captains)
10. MrFish - 520 points
11. Styrr - 509 points
12. Skazfest - 361 points
13. Tarvu - 360 points
14. Lord of Thunder - 281 points
15. Robin Edgar - 157 points
16. Ev777 - 125 points
17. Monodi - 85 points
18. Qalamari - 3 points

- Otaconstfu - Did not play TF2
- KGameLover1 - Did not play TF2
- DrManik - Doesn't even own TF2
- Raynethebos - Doesn't have steam
- Kratoscrux - Wasn't a member in good standing

The following prizes will be awarded:

Haunter, Super Penguin, DF, GoofierBrute, and Tekbunny will be photoshopped into the TF2sday spray. Those of you to be made into the TF2sday image, please send Swishiee a decent image of your head. Since Haunter is first, he gets first choice in class and so forth. If you need to know what's left, look at this and tell me what class you want to be shooped onto.

All the contestants will compete in matches against one another as team captains with the lineup as follows:
Haunter Vs Super Penguin
DF Vs GoofierBrute
Tekbunny Vs Swishiee
Sllobb Vs NinjaPresident
Shadow2398 Vs MrFish
Styrr Vs Skazfest
Tarvu Vs Lord of Thunder
Robin Edgar Vs Ev777
Monodi Vs Qalamari

All qualified contestants will be invited to privately play the super meat boy map, times will be arranged with the players.

Since Haunter is a part of the development team, Super Penguin will be made into a character for the upcoming game Child Wrangler: le petit enfant de jour en Enfer.

The Winner of the Critically acclaimed Revelations 2012 is: Qalamari

Some people win, and then others win more.

All of the winners will be contacted soon, and look forward to more competitions from the fine folks over at the TF2 server.   read

9:49 PM on 06.25.2012

why avatar the airbender was the worst game ever

For your listening pleasure

I'm a huge fan of the last airbernder show, I'm aware of all the awesome reviews. so my opinion should not really matter.
The game starts out like the show, you fing Aang trapped in an iceberg, then you frees aang from the iceberg, sounds similar. You then bring aang back to your village, you soon realise it's your destiny to travel with aang so he can learn water bending, you go to aang's air temple in which he lived with the monks, when he goes there he realises that his people were killed in a war with the fire nation, aang then thows a huge tantrum going into the avatar state, you then calm him down, sounds like the show doesn't it? So you all travel to the northern water tribe with him so he can learn water bending.
Zuko wants to prove to his father that he's worthy enough by capturing the avatar, oh and I'm really happy he discusses his scar, the scar is clearly there, and I think it's pretty crappy how they made the fire nation cel shaded, it makes them look funny compared to everyone else.
Who cares if you play as everyone from the show at diffrerent times, but you know? its SO awesome, because they all kick so much ass.
The blue spirit scene is exactly like the show, and I mean EXACT. When they get to the northern water tribe you meet princess yue, whom you can fall in love with, but after the general kills one of the fishes within the fountain that gave them energy from the moon to bend, princess yue then sacrifices herself to the life that the fish gave her when she was a baby, which is why her hair is snow white, just like in the show. Zuko faces the general, aang goes into the avatar state and stops the wave from destroying the water tribe.

That's it, what else do you want? Sure they left bumi out, and they left out sokka's silliness, and its a terrible shame. The animations were god awful, the voice acting was non existant, the effects were literally cardboard cutouts, and it follows the story about as well as the movie. Fight scenes were boring, the bending rpg minigame was a pain and useuless, and appa and momo looked like the demonic hauntings of my childhood.

Overall, I think this game is extremly terrible, I gotta give props to EA for destroying my childhood, can't wait for the sequel to get buried in the desert next to ET the game!

Thank you for reading everyone! I'll be posting more blogs daily!   read

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