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GDC '14 + March 18 @ Mighty
Mar 06
// Papa Niero
Details to come. RSVP
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Also, HUGE Members get double the winning odds
[Update: Contest over! Winners are ShiroYasha, KilpiBan, JONtoidColor, and Mr Grrrr!] The PS4 and Xbox One are around the corner. You're gonna need games. We're happy to buy your first. Here's our first contest to win your w...

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Slender Man is a busy guy. Walking around forests, standing, moving his head crazy like, standing, looking all crazy up in those woods. We spent some off-hours time with him during the day to find out what he does to blow of...

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A full copy of Pathologic is waiting in your Dtoid Perks
Want some cheap Halloween-flavored games? How about a free one? Our friends at GOG.com are having a 48 hour sale this week with titles marked down to as little as $1.79. The games include Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs, Amn...

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Zombie Studios

Exclusive! Zombie Studios announces Phantom Army


New free-to-play cover-based third-person shooter
Oct 24
// Papa Niero
Update: We have an interview! Like '80s comic books?  You're gonna dig this -- Destructoid just received an exclusive look at Zombie Studios' next game: Phantom Army, a free-to-play third-person cover-based shooter with ...

HUGE: Download a full copy of NightSky right now

Oct 17 // Papa Niero
ABOUT NIGHTSKY Nominated as a IGF Seamus McNally Finalist, NightSky is an ambient action-puzzle game that offers a gameplay experience unlike any other cerebral challenges fill uniquely designed picturesque worlds. The player must maneuver a sphere by using realistic physics to advance; each of these worlds is broken into different areas. Check out Nicalis.com for more great indie games. NightSky is an action-puzzle game that offers an ambient gameplay experience unlike any other cerebral challenges fill uniquely designed picturesque worlds. Each of these worlds is broken into different areas in which the player must maneuver a sphere by using realistic physics to advance. There are no enemies, no bosses, and no violence in NightSky. An intuitive experience is friendly for casual and mainstream gamers. NightSky also offers a formidable challenge for hardcore players, with an unlockable Master mode. The original soundtrack by experimental jazz musician Chris Schlarb will further heighten the surreal experience. GAME FEATURES 2D platform/puzzle-based gameplay Multiple difficulties with unique topography 11 massive levels, each with expansive areas to explore
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Have you played NightSky yet? We've got Steam codes for all of our members right now, courtesy of our friends at Nicalis. Destructoid's Jonathan Holmes gave it an 8/10, calling NightSky a "physics-focused puzzle platfor...

HUGE Members: Claim your full game from IndieGameStand

Sep 27 // Papa Niero
Gnormoria is a sandbox village management.  At the time, it was their most successful sale and was greenlit on Steam a few weeks later.  "Using our developer portal, Robotronic Games was able to distribute Steam keys to all of their IndieGameStand customers after launching on Steam early access."   [embed]262404:50624:0[/embed] Escape Goat helped launch IndieGameStand a year ago, so it’s only fitting to highlight this wonderful gem.  "Escape Goat is a platform puzzle game where the rooms of your prison move and change before your very eyes.  Escape Goat 2 is currently in development and will launch on the IndieGameStand store this fall." [embed]262404:50611:0[/embed] Gimbal is an online multiplayer shooter where you build and design your own ships.  "We like to think that we helped discover Gimbal, resulting in it being one of our top performing sales this first year, but that could just be a result of the deep gameplay and awesome physics engine." [embed]262404:50612:0[/embed] Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller is a dramatic point and click crime adventure serial.  "Phoenix Online Studios has been a tremendous supporter of our site and continues to bring each subsequent episode of this riveting series to our platform.  Of course, it’s easy to feature this game as a staff pick due to its gripping storytelling." [embed]262404:50613:0[/embed] Aztaka is an indie throwback to the good old side-scrolling action RPG genre.  "In this gorgeous hand-painted world you play Huitzilo, heir of the Sun God, able to wield both spear and spell.  The IGS staff selected this game because of its stunning hand drawn graphics and niche genre." [embed]262404:50614:0[/embed] Weird Worlds: Return to Infinite space is a sci-fi roguelike game that forged the genre and inspired recent indie games like FTL.  "Digital Eel has been our most featured indie developer this past year with three different sales.  Weird Worlds is one of their most successful games and they are currently at work on the 3rd game in the series after a successful Kickstarter campaign."   [embed]262404:50615:0[/embed] Krunch is an old-school race against time to survive and escape.  "Originally made as a prototype for Ludum Dare, LeGrudge and Rugged expanded their game idea into their first commercial release. The IGS staff selected Krunch because it is an excellent example of taking a prototype to a full commercial release.  We also love the challenge!"  [embed]262404:50616:0[/embed] Megabyte Punch is a MegaMan meets SmashBros mashup that IGS featured as a Beta. "Megabyte Punch has always been an IGS favorite and we most recently showcased it at PAX East.  It’s an adventure combat game where you build your own robot fighter from the pieces of your foes." [embed]262404:50617:0[/embed] Zigfrak is a space-based action RPG, featuring missions, exploration, and crafting. "With an emphasis on loot and over-the-top items, it's not a traditional space sim. The IGS staff selected Zigfrak because we’re addicted to loot and love how enemy ships explode like loot piñatas." [embed]262404:50618:0[/embed]  Dungeon Dashers is an action packed, turn-based, co-operative dungeon crawler that the IGS staff fell in love with at GDC this year. It brings the enjoyment of a fantasy tabletop board game to the computer and is currently in development with a planned release by the end of the year. [embed]262404:50619:0[/embed]   The Real Texas is an action adventure game that plays like a mashup of Zelda: Link to the Past and Ultima VI.  What really shines in the Real Texas is the well-written story and incredibly quirky and wacky universe. The IGS staff selected this title because of this uniqueness.  The Real Texas embodies what an Indie Game is all about. [embed]262404:50620:0[/embed] Vox is a voxel based adventure RPG that is still in Alpha development.  "The game is all about customizing and building anything that you can imagine and allows for unparalleled creativity.  The IGS staff selected Vox because it deserves more attention and to be greenlit on Steam." [embed]262404:50621:0[/embed] SpaceChem is an obscenely addictive, design-based puzzle game about building machines and fighting monsters in the name of science. "The IGS staff selected this game because it's one of the most difficult indie puzzle games around -- an absolute must play for anyone looking for a challenge." [embed]262404:50622:0[/embed] Paranautical Activity brings classic FPS action inspired by games like Doom & Quake and adds the randomness of roguelikes to create something truly unique for the Windows, Mac and Linux platforms.  The developers, Mike Maulbeck and Travis Pfenning, have been very supportive and praised our platform on Twitter. [embed]262404:50623:0[/embed] Want to discover even more games?  Check out the all new IndieGameStand for more details. We're very excited about their new launch and a proud supporter of their developers.  
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Everyone else: there's a 15% off sale on everything
If you love meticulously-crafted, quality indie games as much as we do, this is for you. For the past year, IndieGameStand (IGS) has been helping indie game developers promote and sell their games with four-day pay-what-...

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Join us next Tuesday at 2:30 for a live show


2:30 PST - TUESDAYS AND THURSDAYS
Sep 19
// Papa Niero
Happening right now: Join us as Dtoid's editors talk about some videogames. Live. Right here. We're calling it The Core. This is going to be pretty experimental, so we're just going to toss it on a random Twitch.tv channel just for today. Join twitch.tv/hugemembers to join the chat. Everyone can join today. Tune in and say hey!
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Street party with Dtoid @ SummerSalt


Retro gaming, Joust tournament, DJ, Prizes & more
Sep 14
// Papa Niero
  You know, I really wish that newfangled air tube transportation system was already a thing so our friends from out town could just warp over here this weekend ... because we're about to join forces with a hell of a str...
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Live Show: Sup Holmes with Shantae creator Matt Bozon


WayForward Show this Sunday
Sep 08
// Papa Niero
Just a quick note: we have a live show coming tomorrow, but today Jonathan Holmes is celebrating his 4th year wedding anniversary. Congrats Jon! Come back to this post tomorrow as WayForward co-founder and Shantae creator Matt Bozon appear on Sup Holmes, Sunday 1pm PST/4pm EST. Watch us cap off WayForgust in style!
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Dtoid memberships

HUGE: Destructoid rolls out ad-free memberships


Automatic contest entries, discounts, responsive mobile site, and new video shows
Sep 08
// Papa Niero
Many of you had said that you enjoy what we do, but you don't enjoy ads.  We get that. Likewise, we wish we could just concentrate on chasing the best stories, not pageviews. We want to offer more, but also respect our r...
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TOTAL KARAOKE WAR LIVE FROM PAX @ BARBOZA


Sep 02
// Papa Niero
Watch live video from missionrobot on www.twitch.tv We're live at Barboza in Seattle! 
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KARAOKE PAX PARTY

Karaoke w/ Dtoid Tonight


Brought to you in part by... Total War: Rome II, Play-Asia, Loot Crate, & SXSW Gaming
Sep 01
// Papa Niero
Update: Arrive early for a special edition of Podtoid Live starring Jim Sterling, Jonathan Holmes, Conrad Zimmerman, and other special guests.   Destructoid presents Karaoke Total War at PAX - with over 7000 songs locall...
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Destructoid Golden Classics: The Mega Man Maker


Remember this?
Aug 22
// Papa Niero
By popular request, I've dug through old hard drives and present to you Destructoid's classic Mega Man maker!  This little app was originally published during PAX 2008 during a panel we gave about how important it is to ...
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Meunier's guide to games journalism is thorough, sober


Up Up Down Down Left Write
Aug 05
// Papa Niero
I don't know Nathan Meunier personally, but after powering through his book on freelance games writing I can tell that the man has been through the trenches -- and still managing to thrive within them. Up Up Down Down Left Wr...

SOE Live: Everquest Next videos show face tracking, moves

Aug 03 // Papa Niero
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SOEMote with a beauty and the beastly
The face-tracking technology called SOEMote was confirmed to be headed to Everquest Next, said game director Dave Georgeson. The tech was unveiled at E3 last year and is currently available to the public for free in Eve...

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Player Studio wants you to forge the next badass
Matt Higby doesn't know what the future of his game may hold, and he's frankly OK with that. We prodded him with questions about Player Studio, the new marketplace we've blogged about before where gamers can upload...

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SOE Live: Tour PlanetSide 2's Hossin in a video interview


Look for it on the PS4 this fall, free as in beer
Aug 02
// Papa Niero
PlanetSide 2 is, without question, a labor of love. Free-to-Play shooters shouldn't look this good or function this well, and yet every time I see these hundred-man battles play out in front of me I'm somehow always still su...
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SOE Live: Three things about DCUO's new DLC 8 (video)


Here's what's exciting to the guys behind the game
Aug 02
// Papa Niero
There's so much coming to DC Universe Online -- check out these huge environments just announced minutes ago. One of my favorite parts of the job is meeting the people behind these incredible games face to face. Its one...
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SOE Live: DC Universe Online: Sons of Trigon gets sinful


Each son represents a sin, will drag you into Gotham hell
Aug 02
// Papa Niero
The DC Universe Online keynote is streaming right now, so go catch it! Members of the press spent some time with the new content yesterday, an effort described by creative director Jens Anderson as "their best-looking DLC yet...
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SOE Live: Here's what EverQuest Next sounds like


Skyrim composer Jeremy Soule gives us a taste
Aug 02
// Papa Niero
During last night's SOE Live keynote, president John Smedley gave the gossip-starved EverQuest fans one dangling carrot: an early taste of the game's musical score and some face time with legendary musical composer Jeremy So...
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EverQuest Next

SOE Live: Watch the EverQuest Next keynote hurr


Twitch has you covered
Aug 02
// Papa Niero
The show won't start until 12pm PDT, but there are already a thousand rabid fans squatting the chat room (myself amongst them) and people here in Las Vegas seem to have camped the convention center floor overnight for prime ...
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Even Vegas isn't big enough for these expectations
How do you follow up a game that has captivated so many people for 15 for completely different reasons? Its not a task Sony Online Entertainment has taken to lightly: EverQuest Next has been scrapped twice since 2008 and is ...

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SOE Live will be streamed, EverQuest NEXT to be unveiled


We'll be Everquestioning
Jul 31
// Papa Niero
Second wives, prepare your divorce papers: EverQuest Next is being unveiled this week.  Sony Online Entertainment kicks off their annual "SOE Live" game expo at 7pm tomorrow in Las Vegas, and I can barely ...
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Weekend wallpapers: Batman, Need for Speed, Mirror's Edge


Give your desktop a refresh
Jun 29
// Papa Niero
Its been a little bit since I've thrown some high-resolution videogame wallpapers up on a weekend, so have at you!  This gallery features ten 2560x1600 renderings from Mad Max, Killzone, Injustice: Gods amongst us, Batma...
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Random gamer and geek gear to your door
[Update: Contest over! Winners are Lee Stokes, dlconor16, ChillyBilly, Nek, and Drunkus. Check your PMs, people!] During E3 I was lucky enough to hang out with Loot Crate, a service that sends you a gamer-and-geek themed ass...

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Pikmin 3

Video: Check out Pikmin 3's bingo battle mode


Bro, do you even lift?
Jun 20
// Papa Niero
A Nintendo representative walks us through the two-player versus mode "Bingo Battle" in Pikmin 3, where you must command your troops to mine resources to match pieces on a bingo board. Resources are limited, so you can block...
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Something seems missing
Yesterday we spent some hands-on time with Nintendo's holiday lineup for 2013, and talked about their strong core gamer titles for 2014. We saw some very cute and fun games that my family will surely enjoy, and pondered how ...

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Gallery: Mr. Destructoid vs. E3, Day One


Who is the robot and what does he want?
Jun 11
// Papa Niero
Did you know Destructoid was first started just to get into E3?  After obtaining press credentials and actually having a few readers to respond to, I decided that I would keep it going and looked into getting a booth, bu...






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