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Post a comment for a chance to win a Loot Crate photo
Post a comment for a chance to win a Loot Crate
by Niero Gonzalez

[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 assortment of candy, toys, stickers, clothing, and other goods for about $20 a month. They've been doing this for less than a year and already have 8,000+ members. Congratulations to founders Chris and Matthew, and may you see continued success.  

Oh yeah, and they gave us five of their awesome Loot Crates to give away. Want one?

How to Win a Loot Crate: Simply post a comment stating "Gimme a Loot Crate!" (or something like that, feel free to get creative) and you're entered to win.  We'll update this post this Friday with the random winners. Please note that Loot Crate only ships to North America, so International dudes will have to wait until they conquer the world. Good luck! To buy your own do this thing.  

Disclosure: Destructoid is not financially compensated in any way for this referral, I just dig it.

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8:25 PM on 06.20.2013

Video: Check out Pikmin 3's bingo battle mode

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...

Niero Gonzalez



Video: Is Nintendo's holiday lineup strong enough? photo
Video: Is Nintendo's holiday lineup strong enough?
by Niero Gonzalez

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 the hell a salesperson would explain Pikmin 3 to the world.

With the PS4 and Xbox One making a huge splash this holiday season it seemed to us that Nintendo was really playing it safe, or was holding something back to announce last minute this Christmas. Nintendo has said it has no plans for a price cut, so could it be a crazy bundle? Something else? Check out Hamza's analysis and let us know what you think in the comments below.

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11:35 PM on 06.11.2013

Gallery: Mr. Destructoid vs. E3, Day One

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...

Niero Gonzalez

12:55 PM on 06.11.2013

E3 scandal exposed: ESA makes journos poop in the dark

Hey ESA, can we get some light bulbs in the press bathrooms? The international boys can't aim.

Niero Gonzalez



What would you do if you were Microsoft today? photo
What would you do if you were Microsoft today?
by Niero Gonzalez

There is little debate over who "won" E3 this year: In our internal poll following the conference most of our readers chose the PlayStation 4 as the superior contender.

Sony put on a quite a strong show, came $100 under Microsoft's next-gen offering, and reassured gamers that no online or DRM restrictions or used game policies would impede them from enjoying their console. Still, to say that Microsoft has lost the battle would be underestimating one of the most capable companies around. The Xbox One launch is still several months away and there is time for the Microsoft PR machine to get their act together.

Now, imagine if you were in that hot seat tonight in Redmond.  You've got a gazillion dollars to patch that hole in the wall. How would you "fix" this?

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2:45 PM on 06.09.2013

Here is your E3 Badge artwork

We're pleased to announce that Atlus is the E3 badge holder sponsor this year, so fifty-thousand people will have magical controversial breasts on their own chests -- and have a chance to meet the man whose vision made Dragon...

Niero Gonzalez

1:44 PM on 06.09.2013

Ugly photos from Battlefield 4's Alpha leak new features

A massive 58 image gallery of an early, half-textured alpha build of Battlefield 4 was making the rounds last night, presumably leaked from a private multiplayer test on the Xbox 360 ("Xenon" Build).  They're pretty...

Niero Gonzalez

4:36 AM on 06.09.2013

Exclusive: Here's a teaser of the E3 badge insert

Update: Nobody's sketch is even close! Here's a rotated more clear version to help you out. Let's play a game, shall we? Attached is the official badge insert for E3, blanked out on embargo until tomorrow morning. The die cut...

Niero Gonzalez

3:40 AM on 06.09.2013

Poster says Final Fantasy XIII-3 coming to PC [updated]

[Update: Square-Enix senior PR man David Yang tells Dual-Shockers that the posters are indeed a goof. It just goes to show: even the official artwork is not so official sometimes.] A sharp-eyed Redditor noticed a PC logo on o...

Niero Gonzalez

11:59 PM on 06.08.2013

PvZ: Garden Warfare leak in Google cache [updated]

Update: Supererogatory found a Google cache snapshot of that URL, which quasi-confirms its existence (or incredibly elaborate joke).  The description of the game appears as follow: PLANTS VS ZOMBIES™ GAR...

Niero Gonzalez



Gallery: Here's the E3 grounds and lobby before the chaos photo
Gallery: Here's the E3 grounds and lobby before the chaos
by Niero Gonzalez

The E3 show floor doesn't open until Tuesday, so until then we can only imagine what's inside from the rumors we've been following and posters littered around the Los Angeles Convention Center. The expo build-out is currently underway, with giant wooden crates stamped "Xbox" and "Microsoft" on the west side and Nintendo hauling things on the east. Giant posters of Batman, Assassin's Creed, Final Fantasy, Dying Light, World of Tanks, Disney Infinity, and Plants vs. Zombies 2, and The Elder Scrolls dominate the exterior of the building with more to come. 

On the way out I caught a glimpse of Reggie, Miyamoto, and Iwata strolling in with a pack of unknown nerds paying an accidental homage to Resevoir Dogs, but otherwise security is quick to eject you into the parking lot with a smile and a pat on the head. Arf!

I wonder if Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare (pictured above) might be a mini-game in the upcoming sequel, or if it's just poking some fun at CoD. What do you think? Or maybe it's an actual new entry to the franchise, given the ESRB rating icons. Could this be the rumored Plants vs. Zombies FPS we heard about last year? 

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6:10 PM on 06.04.2013

Join a gaming focus group, get paid if you qualify

Destructoid is sponsored in part by PanelofGamers, a division of VGMarket, that pays gamers to complete focus group surveys from home. Some surveys offered right now are paying $20 per completion.  The names of...

Niero Gonzalez



Cooking with Deadpool photo
Cooking with Deadpool
by Niero Gonzalez

This week Destructoid is sponsored in part by Walmart Games Center and Deadpool, who demonstrates his skills at irony and chimichangas. Kids, do not attempt these advanced culinary techniques at home without adult supervision and a video camera present. 

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Star Command 1.01 due soon, and here's how to cheat nasty photo
Star Command 1.01 due soon, and here's how to cheat nasty
by Niero Gonzalez

[Note: Article contains mild mission spoilers]

Star Command is totally worth the $3, but the game is hella broken. Ironically, the more of a fiery death inferno your ship becomes the easier the game gets. If you haven't finished the game I recommend not watching this video, though it contains no spoilers other than exposing how the rules of the game work against themselves. Check out Star Command strategy guide instead.

The biggest flaw, as Chris pointed out in his review, is that your ship is invincible.  Every room can explode but the ship will still remain operational as long as your key characters are living. This creates an incredibly cheap strategy: To ensure their safety all you simply need to do is add science personnel, an engineer, and a few soldiers in your weapons rooms. Even if these rooms are sieged by enemies or gunfire your crew will heal and rebuild the room instantly while the rest of the ship rots, allowing you to focus on firing back without managing any other cares. 

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6:30 PM on 05.08.2013

EA buys Battlefield13-20.com? Pfff, we own Battlefield69

BREAKING: DESTRUCTOID LEADS THE ARMS RACE IN STUPID MILITARY DOMAIN NAMES San Francisco, CA - Somewhere near Philz Coffee and 24th Street It appears that EA has registered www.Battlefield13.com through www.Battlefield20.com, ...

Niero Gonzalez