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The winner of Destructoid's best of 2013 community choice photo
The winner of Destructoid's best of 2013 community choice
by Mr Andy Dixon

Oh my god this was an amazing year for gaming. There were so many extraordinary releases from studios big and small that I may never have a chance to play them all -- talk about a wonderful, lucky "problem" to have!

But of course, at the end of the day, only one game can take home the coveted Destructoid Community Choice Award. So after a week of intense voting, debating, and a surprising lack of name-calling, we are finally ready to unveil your pick for the best game of 2013. ARE YOU AS EXCITED AS I AM?!

And the winner is...

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Contest: Win a Logitech keyboard, mouse, and headset! photo
Contest: Win a Logitech keyboard, mouse, and headset!
by Mr Andy Dixon

[Update: Contest over! Winner is King Sshi!]

Our friends at Logitech have just hooked us up with a beautiful bundle of PC gaming goodies to make one lucky Dtoider very happy this Christmas! Included in the crate of awesome is a G602 wireless gaming mouse, a G430 7.1 surround sound headset, and a G710+ mechanical gaming keyboard -- a combined retail value of over $300!

To win, just tell us whether you've been naughty or nice this year in the comments below! (Unlike Santa, both nice and naughty boys and girls are eligible to win.) Limit one entry per person, and you have until this Sunday, December 29 at 11:59pm Pacific to enter. Contest is open to anyone in the U.S.

Good luck! And don't forget, our Huge members get automatic entry into all contests (as well as a bunch of other awesome perks). It's pretty great!

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8:00 AM on 12.23.2013

Check out Dtoid's first two Honored badges!

A couple weeks ago we tasked you talented Dtoiders with designing an awesome badge for the Destructoid community. After an intense round of voting amongst the staff, Dtoider Pepe Thunder's design (above right) was declared th...

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Contest: Win a code for the Holiday Helping bundle! photo
Contest: Win a code for the Holiday Helping bundle!
by Mr Andy Dixon

[Update: Contest over! Winners have been emailed their codes.]

Our friends at Groupees are in the midst of their Holiday Helping bundle, where every $1 donated will equal one meal for hungry families this holiday season. And to help spread the word, they've given us a handful of codes to hand out to the Destructoid community!

Included in the create-your-own bundle are QUBE, Driftmoon, Blood of the Werewolf, Gateways, Gentlemen!, Avernum: Escape from the Pit, Ethan: Meteor Hunter, Dr Who: The Adventure Games, 9.03m, and Draw a Stickman: Epic, music from artists like Moby, SOJA, Paul Oakenfold, Yuna, Celldweller, and the FUBAR graphic novel series, which is a New York Times Best seller. Awesome content and an awesome cause!

To win a code, just leave a comment below. Limit one entry per person, and you have until this Sunday, December 22 at 11:59pm Pacific to enter. The contest is open to anyone in the world.

Good luck! And don't forget, our Huge members get automatic entry into all contests (as well as a bunch of other awesome perks). It's pretty great!

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Destructoid's game of the year 2013 community choice poll photo
Destructoid's game of the year 2013 community choice poll
by Mr Andy Dixon

All week long we'll be bringing you the Dtoid staff's nominees for various game of the year genres and categories, and tacked on to each will be a community choice poll where you can weigh in with your choices for which games you think should win. But because Game of the Year is such a weighty category, we decided we'd best give it its very own post!

Below are many of the most noteworthy games released this year. Go pick your favorite! Just fill in your choice, click the vote button, and then hit the comments to argue amongst yourselves. We'll be pulling quotes from the community when we recap the votes next week, so if you liked a game, sound off!

Tune in December 24 for the results. Have fun!

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Contest: Win a copy of Killer is Dead signed by Suda 51! photo
Contest: Win a copy of Killer is Dead signed by Suda 51!
by Mr Andy Dixon

[Update: Contest over! Winners are Morty, Genki-JAM, GoofierBrute, ObsidianSpire, and rainbowWaterfall!]

What a day! First, we brought you an exclusive interview with Suda 51 detailing his favorite moments in Killer is Dead, and now, we've got five copies of the game signed by the man himself to hand out to Dtoid readers!

To win one, just leave a comment below telling us your favorite moment from any Suda 51 game! Limit one entry per person, and please do tell us which console you prefer (Xbox 360 or PS3). You have until this Sunday, December 22 at 11:59pm Pacific to enter, and the contest is open to anyone in the U.S.

Good luck! And don't forget, our Huge members get automatic entry into all contests (as well as a bunch of other awesome perks). It's pretty great!

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Contest: Win some awesome art books and graphic novels! photo
Contest: Win some awesome art books and graphic novels!
by Mr Andy Dixon

[Update: Contest over! Winners are AMartinez89, Keiichi Morisato, and Hayate8!]

Our friends at Titan Books have shipped us a hefty bundle of art books and graphic novels to hand out to one lucky Dtoider! Included is a copy of The Art of Dead Space, The Art of Assassin's Creed IV, The Art of Battlefield 4, Max Payne: The Complete Series graphic novel, and Assassin's Creed: The Ankh of Isis Trilogy graphic novel. Sweet!

To win the bundle, just leave a comment in this thread! You have until this Sunday, December 22 at 11:59pm Pacific to enter, and the contest is open to anyone in the U.S. Limit one entry per person. Two runners up with take home the Assassin's Creed graphic novels.

Good luck! And don't forget, our Huge members get automatic entry into all contests (as well as a bunch of other awesome perks). It's pretty great!

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11:00 AM on 12.14.2013

Check out these awesome Dtoid community interviews

Need some fun stuff to occupy your time this weekend? The Dtoid community has you covered! Destructoid community all-stars Everyday Legend and OpiumHerz have been absolutely rocking the cocks off the Community Interviews acco...

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Contest: Win a copy of DuckTales: Remastered! photo
Contest: Win a copy of DuckTales: Remastered!
by Mr Andy Dixon

[Update: Contest over! Winners are Minowese, Gamescook, and Perfidious Sinn!]

I have in my chubby little hands three copies of DuckTales: Remastered, and instead of playing all three simultaneously on all the massive TVs I have because I am so rich (and also my six arms because I am almost an octopus), I've decided to give them away to lucky Dtoid readers!

To win, just post a picture in this thread of something that makes you go "WOO-OOH" like the DuckTales theme song. (Keep them SFW, please.) You can enter as many times as you like, and the contest is open to anyone in the U.S. You have until this Sunday, December 15 at 11:59pm Pacific to enter, and please also tell me which console (Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U) you'd prefer (or if you have no preference).

Good luck! And don't forget, our Huge members get automatic entry into all contests (as well as a bunch of other awesome perks). It's pretty great!

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Here are your favorite gaming moments of 2013! photo
Here are your favorite gaming moments of 2013!
by Mr Andy Dixon

Last week, we asked you to share your favorite gaming memories of the year with the community, and the response was FANTASTIC! Seriously, the love you people expressed for some of your favorite games of 2013 was downright moving, and I enjoyed reading each and every comment.

Here's a brief recap of some of your responses. WARNING: Spoilers abound for many new games, so read with caution!

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Here are the worst games you played this year photo
Here are the worst games you played this year
by Mr Andy Dixon

Last week, I asked you to share your stories about the worst new games you played all year.

I am so sorry I asked.

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Here are your favorite songs and soundtracks of 2013! photo
Here are your favorite songs and soundtracks of 2013!
by Mr Andy Dixon

All week, we've been asking you to sound off on some gaming-related topics for our end of the year recap. Many of you took the time to chime in on our favorite and least favorite character posts, and the same rang true for our favorite songs or soundtracks call as well! BECAUSE MUSIC!

Our eardrums were rocked with some killer songs and OSTs in 2013, so let's crank up our speakers and take a listen to some of your favorites! If I were you, I'd also go ahead and bookmark this post for later, because there is a TON of awesome gaming music about to hit your face...

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HUGE: Grab a beta key for Hidden Path's Windborne! photo
HUGE: Grab a beta key for Hidden Path's Windborne!
by Mr Andy Dixon

Dtoid HUGE Members, assemble! We've got 10,000 beta keys for Hidden Path Entertainment's upcoming sandbox creation game Windborne to give away, and you get first dibs!

As you'll no doubt remember from our exclusive reveal, Windborne is a new sandbox game from the fine folks responsible for Defense Grid: The Awakening and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and it sees players guiding their avatar through a world they can create and explore either alone or with the help of online partners. There's a ton of ruins filled with puzzles and treasures to uncover, plus enemies encroaching on your island that you'll have to defend against.

To grab an exclusive beta code, just head on over to our HUGE redemption page and push the button! Then, just login to your Steam account and redeem the code there.

Have fun! And for more information on what you get with your $3 a month Destructoid HUGE membership, click here! It's pretty awesome :)

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Here are your favorite new characters from 2013! photo
Here are your favorite new characters from 2013!
by Mr Andy Dixon

Earlier in the week we asked you to sound off on your favorite new videogame characters in 2013. Here are the results!

From cartoon characters to muscular senators to a young woman who just will not stop dancing, a wide range of new characters were represented from just about every genre imaginable (no farming simulators this time, sadly). Hell, most of them weren't even unshaven white men with gruff voices!

Most of them, anyway.

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Here are your most hated new characters of the year photo
Here are your most hated new characters of the year
by Mr Andy Dixon

Earlier this week, we asked you to share your thoughts on the WORST new videogame characters of 2013. Here are the results!

Many of you took this opportunity to vent your frustrations (or at least upvote or downvote comments) regarding DmC's Dante, which is neat. Other than that obvious choice, there were quite a few other nominees for the wall of shame, and some that I certainly didn't expect!

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What were your favorite gaming moments of 2013? photo
What were your favorite gaming moments of 2013?
by Mr Andy Dixon

[All week long we've been asking for your thoughts on certain topics related to the year in gaming. Here's the final call for entries!]

2013 has been an amazing year for gaming. Hell, we've reviewed more 9.5s and 10s in the past three months alone than I think I've ever seen in all my time here. And it's not because we're getting soft in our old age; rather, this year's games have just been that good.

I already shared my favorite gaming memory of the year in our PS3 farewell post, but it's worth repeating. The game was The Last of Us, and the moment was when Joel and Ellie [SPOILERS] first make it to the university and a tower of giraffes pass by them. Joel, Ellie and I stood and watched those giraffes lumber their way out of view for what seemed like an eternity, and it was such a beautiful moment in such a bleak game that I will never forget it.[/SPOILERS]

A truly great game can mark your memory for a lifetime, and those are the stories we want to hear about right now! So go share your favorite gaming moments of 2013 with us in the comments below. Or, if you find yourself getting long-winded, write a blog! (Be sure to share the link below.) We'll be pulling in quotes from the community for a special recap post later this weekend, so take some time to think about your responses.

Have fun!

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