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Trends of this Generation: Waggling with motion controls photo
Trends of this Generation: Waggling with motion controls
by Daniel Starkey

If current estimations are to be believed, the current console generation will be the longest we’ve seen in the history of gaming. As of right now, just a little less than one-third of my life fits between November 16, 2005 and now.

That’s a huge chunk of time. Think about it. The entire presidency of Barack Obama, the collapse of the global financial markets, and the rise of cellphones (and then smartphones) all fit pretty neatly in that space. Not to mention, things like Netflix, Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, and nearly everything else that the tech savvy among us use on a daily basis did not exist when this generation started. Hell, Destructoid wasn’t born until March 2006. So much has changed that it’s easy to lose sight of the past.

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8:30 PM on 01.28.2013

First video of Ironclad's new game Sins of a Dark Age

Ironclad, the folks behind critical darling Sins of a Solar Empire, have been hard at work on what they claim will be a reinvention of the MOBA as we know it. Last year I got a chance to take a look at a few early builds...

Daniel Starkey

7:30 PM on 01.28.2013

Mass Effect 3 downloadable content teased, I think

The fact that BioWare isn't quite done with Mass Effect 3 has been known for some time. Today however, we have our first set of screenshots which include a casino, apparently on the Citadel, and a krogan with what looks to be...

Daniel Starkey

7:30 PM on 12.20.2012

Majora's Mask Remix album set to launch as the world ends

If you've been even tangentially connected with anything resembling internet culture within the past... I dunno several years, then you're probably aware of the fact that there's a decent chunk of society that thinks that the...

Daniel Starkey



Review: Designears photo
Review: Designears
by Daniel Starkey

It’s not very often that I get a chance to review something bad. It’s even rarer for me to come across headphones that I just hate. Truth is, most things that you spend $50 or more on are pretty good. Mediocrity can often cost a pretty penny, but straight-up awful headphones come free with every iPod.

So it’s with a heavy, if slightly amused heart that I bring you this review for Designears, a $70 pair of headphones that are objectively garbage. 

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Review: Mass Effect 3: Omega photo
Review: Mass Effect 3: Omega
by Daniel Starkey

Omega is the second of the “post-Extended Cut” bits of single-player DLC for Mass Effect 3. The series and the community that has been built up around it have been taken on a wild ride over the past several months. There’s been a lot of exciting bits and a few disappointments.

Unfortunately, Omega can take its place among the latter.

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Review: Derrick the Deathfin photo
Review: Derrick the Deathfin
by Daniel Starkey

So… have you ever wanted to be a cardboard shark hellbent on taking down “the man” and all his dirty, environment-destroying machines? Yeah it’s not something I ever really thought about either, but it sounds pretty freakin’ badass.

Then again, I’m a man easily won over by creativity and style. While Derrick the Deathfin might have a few minor annoyances, at least it has an indie-vogue panache that’s more than a little refreshing.

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11:59 PM on 11.16.2012

The Daily Hotness: WOOP WOOP

So... I did a feature that I thought was pretty fantastic, and our staff played against SOE in Planetside 2... sooo yeah we're basically the most awesome people ever. Destructoid Original: Podtoid 227: Dr. Mario with a B...

Daniel Starkey



Four things I'd like to see in Halo 5 photo
Four things I'd like to see in Halo 5
by Daniel Starkey

I haven’t been a fan of Halo for years. By the time we were asked to “finish the fight,” I had grown sick of the monotony. Reach barely managed to hold my interest past the first half-hour. Everywhere I looked, I saw companies taking the same core theme -- a big, buff space marine with power armor -- and innovating.

Mass Effect tried to take the trope and combine it with an inspired, classical science-fiction aesthetic; the Half-Life series pushed the boundaries of linear narrative in first-person shooters. Gears of War, a series that caters more to the stereotypical shooter fans with its ridiculous level of violence and glorification of warfare, implemented mechanics like active reloading to enhance the core gameplay experience and keep players engaged. Halo had fallen so far behind every other IP around that I couldn’t even begin to imagine ever coming back.

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11:59 PM on 11.08.2012

The Daily Hotness: Skyfall!

So Skyfall comes out tonight... by the time you guys see this, I'll be watching that... so yeah... In other news y'all should totally check out the feature Chad put out earlier today. It's absolutely fantastic and really hear...

Daniel Starkey



Check out these gaming blogs and discover happiness photo
Check out these gaming blogs and discover happiness
by Daniel Starkey

I came across Destructoid back in 2006. At the time, it was barely a blip on the industry's radar. It was just a pack of dedicated bloggers with a rebellious streak. Now, this site has seen at least a dozen of its own graduate and pursue other roles in the gaming industry. It's grown to a site with millions of monthly views. 

Somehow, this little robot army crawled its way to the top. We didn't do it alone though, and there's a new crop of really incredible writers and bloggers working their way up. It's time for us to pay it forward. So here's a list of some folks to whom we'd like to give a shout out to with pithy, Twitter-style descriptions.
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11:59 PM on 11.01.2012

The Daily Hotness: Halo seems legit

So yeah... Halo 4 is probably pretty good. If you disagree, you're probably wrong because you haven't played. When you have, you are totally entitled to say whatever you want. I'll admit I was incredibly skeptical. I've hated...

Daniel Starkey

11:59 PM on 10.25.2012

The Daily Hotness: Insert Coin(s)

Earlier this week I got a chance to check out the new video game barcade /nightclub here in Minneapolis -- Insert Coins.  This place has pretty much every system, a ton of arcade cabinets and some pretty fantastic specia...

Daniel Starkey



Destructoid's 2012 budget desktop guide photo
Destructoid's 2012 budget desktop guide
by Daniel Starkey

Last year, in preparation for Battlefield 3, Alex Bout created a basic part list that could run the game with moderate settings and a solid frame rate. This year, I wanted to see how much further we could push the specs on more or less the same budget. I was pretty surprised by what I found.

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Review: Dynaflo Liquid-Armor photo
Review: Dynaflo Liquid-Armor
by Daniel Starkey

Our electronic world, for all of the new abilities it can give us, is infinitely more fragile than it once was. Some modern devices literally shatter when dropped a few feet. Hell, even the more robust devices in our silicon armories can still look like sadness and poo after one good smack on a concrete sidewalk. 

Enter Dynaflo, with a liquid (yeah, liquid), spray-on screen-protector. This "Liquid-Armor" runs a bit on the expensive side at $24.99, but the fact that it you can use it on any screen definitely enhances the utility.

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11:59 PM on 10.18.2012

The Daily Hotness: I'm gonna pop some tags

If you follow me on any of my social media bits, you're probably well-aware that I am currently obsessed with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' Thrift Shop. It's kinda, sorta, totally amazing.Destructoid Original:Podtoid 223: Str...

Daniel Starkey