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Arcadian Atlas photo
Arcadian Atlas

Arcadian Atlas is just the Final Fantasy Tacticsiest thing

Just last night, I was chatting it up with the Podtoid crew and we got onto the topic of Final Fantasy Tactics. That's not unusual; I think we mentioned it last episode too. Look, I still think about it a lot, nearly 20 years later. I'm not...

 
wikiHow guessing photo
wikiHow guessing

It's surprisingly difficult to guess wikiHow articles based on header images

In principle, wikiHow is a great resource. Everyday people can use it to learn new skills. We can educate ourselves on basic ideas without the embarrassment of publicly admitting we don't already know them. In practice, it makes for some we...

 
Severed launch date photo
Severed launch date

Severed is launching on PS Vita April 26

In the two years since we first got eyes on DrinkBox Studios' latest project Severed, it has kept a fairly low profile. Originally scheduled to release last summer, it got pushed back to 2016, and we haven't heard much about it in the meant...

 
Mine
As the old saying goes, absence makes the heart grow fonder. That might have happened with Minecraft: Story Mode. The first four episodes of the season released within two and a half months of one another, and I had been pret...   read

Toad grippiness photo
Toad grippiness

How can Slippy Toad be slippy if uncle Grippy Toad is grippy?

Amateur scientist Brett Makedonski was wondering aloud in the Destructoid chat earlier today, "what went wrong in the Star Fox frog family tree to cause the uncle to be so grippy and all the tread to have worn off by the time his nephew was...

 
Gears of War 4 photo
Gears of War 4

Gears of War 4 hitting Xbox One on October 11 worldwide

Earlier this year we heard about a vague bump in Gears of War 4's release window, from holiday 2016 to fall 2016. Today we have some more specificity: Gears of War 4 is releasing on October 11 of this year. For those unwilling and/or incapa...

 
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#SelfieTennis

Devolver-published #SelfieTennis looks, uh, weird

We've all known for a while that for virtual reality to take off, it needs to facilitate playing with oneself. Developer VR Unicorns perhaps took that advice too literally and built a game about playing tennis, except you continuously telep...

 
the Sequence review
Computer programming is a lot like a puzzle. An individual program has a main goal to accomplish, and getting there requires a set of pieces executed in a particular order. It takes a certain part of the brain to think ahead,...   read

Super Carmen Miranda RPG photo
Super Carmen Miranda RPG

Super Carmen Miranda RPG justifies Cockeyes VR's design

At this point, the industry has been set ablaze by this morning's announcement of the biggest virtual reality headset on the market, Cockeyes. Aside from the definitive pornographic experience on the market, there isn't a whole lot of infor...

 
Lucas on Cockeyes photo
Lucas on Cockeyes

'I can finally die happy' says The Wizard's Lucas of Destructoid Cockeyes VR

Earlier today we unveiled the biggest virtual reality headset on the market, Destructoid Cockeyes, but a few experts and taste-makers have already had their hands on and heads in it. A highlight among the glowing reviews came from Lucas, pr...

 
Cockeyes motion sickness photo
Cockeyes motion sickness

Cockeyes has a clever solution to the VR motion sickness problem

Virtual reality is obviously the only way anybody will ever play video games until the end of time, but it has one major hurdle it still needs to address: how can it turn humans into sessile piles of organic matter who never have to exit th...

 
Double Kick Heroes photo
Double Kick Heroes

Double Kick Heroes' multi-eyed demon train is metal as heck

Taiko Drum Master is good, clean fun, but you know what it isn't? Metal. I mean, not just the material the game is made out of (plastic) or what actual taiko drums are built from (wood). But also the chipper J-pop just doesn't appeal to the...

 
LostWinds on PC photo
LostWinds on PC

Wii eShop darlings LostWinds and LostWinds 2 out now on Steam

Ages and ages ago, LostWinds debuted on the Wii eShop. It got some critical acclaim back then, including from our now-defunct retro podcast RetroForceGO! Since then, it and its sequel Winter of the Melodias have shown up on mobile platforms...

 
Destiny update photo
Destiny update

Destiny's Prison of Elders will be updated to endgame levels

Bungie's latest Twitch stream just ended, and it let loose some key information about the upcoming free spring update to Destiny. Previously hinted with a single screenshot of Guardians in specific gear, the Prison of Elders activity -- fir...

 
Minecraft: Story Mode photo
Minecraft: Story Mode

Minecraft: Story Mode Episode 5 releasing March 29

After playing the previous episode, A Block and a Hard Place, I said it felt like the true end of the season. Not only did it wrap up the main story arc, it also ended Telltale's string of quick releases for the series. The shortest wait be...

 
Hyper Light Drifter photo
Hyper Light Drifter

Hyper Light Drifter will release on PC March 31

Backers shouldn't be surprised by this news; surveys went out to those who supported the initial Kickstarter campaign early last week. For everybody else, it may feel like Hyper Light Drifter was never going to see the light of day, but it ...

 
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Humble Mobile Bundle

Humble Mobile Bundle 17 features Lara Croft Go, Grim Fandango

It's been a while since we've highlighted a Humble Mobile Bundle, but can you blame us? There are 17 of 'em at this point. Seventeen! It's hard to get excited for each and every one like it was back when Humble first debuted. That speaks to...

 
Dynetzzle review
The moment I saw Dynetzzle Extended, I wanted it. Dice logic, spatial reasoning, atmospheric music, and a clean aesthetic. It was my jam. Two hours later, I became a little chilly on it. Where I went in hoping for a nice session of deep thought, I came out the other side with something that feels more like sudoku. It's built on a cool idea, but soon enough it becomes rote.   read

Ode to Destructoid photo
Ode to Destructoid

Ode to Destructoid

Destructoid is a truly special placeWhere many people come to speak their mindsThe writers mark their words with style and graceThe comments full of quick retorts in kindTen years have passed since it first came to beFrom scrappy origins ba...

 
Symphony of the Night photo
Symphony of the Night

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night is now playable on Xbox One

Xbox One Backward Compatibility is chugging along, and it gets a couple of great titles this week. According to a tweet from Xbox's Major Nelson, Alan Wake, Pac-Man, and Castlevania: Symphony of the Night are now available on Xbox One. I ca...

 
Oddworld: Soulstorm photo
Oddworld: Soulstorm

Oddworld: Soulstorm is the Exoddus remake, set for 2017

Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty did great justice to Abe's Oddysee. It took the already fantastic puzzle-platformer and made it friggin' gorgeous, up to today's resolution standards. It only made sense to do the same with the next game in Abe's sto...

 
Rocket League Hoops photo
Rocket League Hoops

Hoopin' is on the horizon for Rocket League

Rocket League did for soccer what few anticipated: it made controlling an individual player exciting. This past winter, it took the formula on ice with the hockey-themed Snow Day, and now it's going further in the genre of sports in which t...

 
Urban Empire photo
Urban Empire

Kalypso's new IP Urban Empire crosses SimCity and Civilization

Today is just a city-builder kind of day, eh? Earlier we looked at Devolver's slick new eco-friendly neighborhood builder Block'hood, and now we've got our eyes on a new IP from Kalypso Media (best known for the Tropico series). Urban Empir...

 
Block'hood photo
Block'hood

Block'hood brings calm thoughtfulness to building sims

It's always refreshing to see a video game take on important human issues that aren't just love or war. Most city-building simulators require careful planning, balancing different zones for maximum happiness under a budget. Block'hood looks...

 
Blackguards photo
Blackguards

Brutal tactical RPG Blackguards heading to PS4 and Xbox One

I'll admit: I found Blackguards to be more frustrating than fun. Maybe I've grown soft in my old age. There still must be an audience out there for extra difficult tactical role-playing games, and for those people, there is Blackguards. Soo...

 
Valkyria Chronicles photo
Valkyria Chronicles

Valkyria Chronicles Remastered set for May 17 western release on PS4

Valkyria Chronicles Remastered has been a long time coming. Available on PC (without the Remastered qualifier) since late 2014, it finally hit Japanese PlayStation 4s last month, but all we knew up until now was the western release was slat...

 
The Lab photo
The Lab

Valve announces free VR experience 'The Lab,' set in Portal universe

Valve's public relations is so bizarre. Where most publishers will send over 1000-word hypertext press releases with screenshots and videos, Valve is keen to just give us four sentences in plain text. And we still write about it! Because Va...

 
Bravely Second photo
Bravely Second

Bravely Second English trailer busts some Ba'als

Agnès is in trouble, and it's up to some familiar faces (along with some newbies) to save her. That's fairly well known for the diehards who have been slurping down any information to come out of the Japanese release, but this Englis...

 
Rhythm Heaven Megamix photo
Rhythm Heaven Megamix

Rhythm Heaven Megamix is coming to the west

Known up until this point as Rhythm Tengoku: The Best+, we finally have confirmation of a new Rhythm Heaven game coming to the west. It's being localized as Rhythm Heaven Megamix, and it features a curated selection of minigames from all of...

 
Paper Mario photo
Paper Mario

There's a new Paper Mario game coming

That leak from yesterday didn't have everything about today's Nintendo Direct. Potentially big news for fans of Mario's role-playing games came out: the Paper Mario series is getting a new entry in Paper Mario: Color Splash. Details were sc...

 

About Darren Nakamuraone of us since 2:29 AM on 11.06.2006

Darren is a scientist during the day. He has been a Destructoid community member since 2006, joining the front page as a contributor in 2011.

While he enjoys shooters, RPGs, platformers, strategy, and rhythm games, he takes particular interest in independent games. He produced the Zero Cool Podcast for about four years, and he plays board games quite a bit when he can find willing companions.

FULL DISCLOSURE: Darren Nakamura knows several people in the video game industry, most of whom are Destructoid alumni. These include:

Anthony Burch, former writer for Gearbox Software
Ashly Burch, notable voice actor
Nick Chester, publicist for Harmonix Music Systems
Chad Concelmo, writer for Golin Harris
Aaron Linde, writer for Gearbox Software
Jayson Napolitano, publicist for Scarlet Moon Productions
Brad Nicholson, former publicist for Uber Entertainment
Alex Ryan, publicist for Kalypso Media
Jim Sterling, notable voice actor

Darren backs a lot of Kickstarter campaigns! If you want to see what he has backed, you can go here. If he ever reviews a game that he backed, that will be explicitly disclosed in the review.

Darren invested in Psychonauts 2 on Fig.
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