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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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What was the WORST new game you played this year? photo
What was the WORST new game you played this year?
by Mr Andy Dixon

[All week long we'll be asking for your thoughts on certain topics related to the year in gaming. Miss yesterday's post? Click here to chime in with your favorite new songs or soundtracks!]

Ride to Hell: Retribution. Final Fantasy All the Bravest. Resident Evil 6. Aliens: Colonial Marines. You get the point. Please don't make me keep looking these up. It hurts.

I thankfully avoided every stinker of a game released this year, but I know some of you weren't as fortunate. Some of you got conned into a ticket on the pre-order hype train and had no choice but to ride it to the end of the line. Some no doubt played through these toxic specimens because you knew they were turds, possibly to fulfill some masochistic fantasy that you should probably see a therapist about. Whatever the case, you no doubt played some real shit games this year, and we want to hear about them!

Share your awful game stories 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 week, so take some time to think about your responses!

Have fun! If it's even possible...

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What was your favorite song or soundtrack of 2013? photo
What was your favorite song or soundtrack of 2013?
by Mr Andy Dixon

[All week long we'll be asking for your thoughts on certain topics related to the year in gaming! Miss a previous post? Click here to sound off on your favorite and least favorite new characters!]

Gaming is graced with some amazing original songs and scores every year, and 2013 was no exception. From The Last of Us to Tomb Raider, Ni No Kuni to Super Mario 3D World, and everything in between, our ears were just as blessed as our eyes and fingers this year, and I'm not even sure I could pick my favorite if I tried!

What about you? Have a favorite song or soundtrack from 2013? Share your thoughts and stories 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 week, so take some time to think about your responses.

Have fun!

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Who was the WORST new videogame character of 2013? photo
Who was the WORST new videogame character of 2013?
by Mr Andy Dixon

[All week long we'll be asking for your thoughts on certain topics related to the year in gaming!]

2013 added some amazing new characters to our medium, but it also brought with it some serious stinkers. Annoying (and unwanted) co-op sidekicks, painful reimaginings of fan favorites from generations past, MERLENDERL -- the list goes on.

The object of my personal disaffection had to be Carver from Dead Space 3. The simple addition of an optional co-op character to one of my favorite horror series didn't turn out to be the harbinger I had worried it would be, but the design of said character couldn't have been much worse if they actively tried. Loud, brash, and full of the same grating military-FPS bravado I play games like Dead Space to avoid, I cringed every time Carver popped up on screen and the game didn't let me put a Plasma Cutter shot through his one good eye.

What about you? Share your thoughts and stories 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 week, so take some time to think about your responses.

Have fun!

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Contest: Win some PC gaming gear from ROCCAT! photo
Contest: Win some PC gaming gear from ROCCAT!
by Mr Andy Dixon

[Update: Contest over! Winner is Fuhjem!]

Our friends at ROCCAT have given us a set of awesome PC gaming gear to give away to one lucky Dtoider! Up for grabs is the Ryos MK Pro keyboard, the Kone XTD mouse, the Hiro mousepad, and an Apuri hub. Sexy!

To win, just leave a comment in this thread telling me something nice you're going to do for someone this holiday season. Limit one entry per person, and you have until this Sunday, December 8 at 11:59pm Pacific to enter. Contest is open to anyone in the US.

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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Who was your favorite new videogame character this year? photo
Who was your favorite new videogame character this year?
by Mr Andy Dixon

[All week long we're going to be asking for your thoughts on certain topics related to the year in gaming. Here's the first!]

2013 was absolutely ripe with juicy new characters in the realm of gaming. Badass '80s action heroes, hilarious narrators, endearing psychopaths, robot dogs, annoyingly philosophical trans-dimensional twins, ass-kicking little girls, and a little dude with a lamp hanging from his nose barely scratch the surface as to the eclectic selection or protagonists and NPCs on display this year.

My personal favorite has to be Rex Colt from Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon. His cheesy dialog and banter was straight out of the best (worst?) '80s action movies, and was a far cry (HAR HAR) from the usual FPS protagonist.

What about you? Share your thoughts and stories 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 week, so take some time to think about your responses.

Have fun!

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10:00 PM on 11.28.2013

MAGFest's 'MAG Prom' and stage 2 line-up announced

MAGFest 12 is slowly inching its way toward us as I rip the pages off my word-a-day calendar (today's word is "gluttony"). Next year's event goes down January 2nd through 5th, and the second stage and MAG Prom line-ups have just been announced! Here's what's in store:

Mr Andy Dixon



ThanksGIVEAWAY: Win a free ATLUS game! photo
ThanksGIVEAWAY: Win a free ATLUS game!
by Mr Andy Dixon

[Update: Contest over! Winners will be notified via Dtoid PM.]

Our friends at ATLUS have hooked us up with a bunch of free game codes, and we decided to give them away to lucky Dtoiders because we're so thankful for you!

Up for grabs are three codes for Shin Megami Tensei IV (3DS), three for Etrian Odyssey IV (3DS), and two each for Dragon's Crown Vita and PS3. To win, just tell us what you're thankful for this year in the comments! You have until 11:59pm Pacific today to leave your comment, and please also tell us which game you'd prefer if you win. The contest is open to anyone who can redeem the codes. Limit one entry per person.

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!

Happy Thanksgiving <3

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6:00 AM on 11.27.2013

Help us design an awesome badge for the Dtoid community!

Have you ever thought to yourself, "Self, I sure do wish I could wear my love for Destructoid on my sleeve"? Well soon, that might be a reality! Honored is a cool new system that tracks your "achievements" across multiple pla...

Mr Andy Dixon



Contest: Win a Nexus 7 pre-loaded with Tiny Death Star! photo
Contest: Win a Nexus 7 pre-loaded with Tiny Death Star!
by Mr Andy Dixon

[Update: Contest over! Winner is Qtwentyseven!]

Our friends at Disney have just handed us a brand new Google Nexus 7 pre-loaded with their hit game Star Wars: Tiny Death Star to give away to one lucky Destructoid community member!

In the game, you get to decorate your own personal Death Star from a selection of themed floors, and work to capture Rebel scum like Luke and Leia. I have never heard of something more adorable in all my life. And what better way to play such an amazing sounding game than with a brand new 32GB Nexus 7?!

To enter, just leave a comment in this thread telling me what you think the cutest thing about Tiny Death Star is. Limit one entry per person, and the contest is open to anyone in the US. You have until this Sunday, December 1 at 11:59pm Pacific to enter.

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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1:30 PM on 11.23.2013

Our comments system has a ton of new features

As you may have already noticed, Disqus recently received a pretty hefty update, and there are a TON of new embed options for various forms of media. YouTube and Vimeo videos, Google Maps, Soundcloud songs, Twitter cards -- t...

Mr Andy Dixon

11:00 AM on 11.23.2013

Dtoid Community Weekends: You should play more games

People are always asking me, "Hey Andy, is there anything fun happening at Dtoid this weekend?" And I'm always like, "You're goddamn right there is!" Here's some of it: Over in our Forums, this weekend is all about the gaming...

Mr Andy Dixon



Contest: Win a code for Kromaia! photo
Contest: Win a code for Kromaia!
by Mr Andy Dixon

[Update: Contest over! Winners can expect their codes in the email soon!]

Our friends at Kraken Empire have given us five codes for their upcoming "six degrees of freedom adventure shooter" Kromaia to hand out to the Destructoid community!

The game is currently in the final leg of its Indiegogo campaign and it looks pretty sweet, so you should definitely go check it out. Once you're back, all you have to do to enter is leave a comment in this thread! You have until tonight at 11:59pm Pacific to enter, and 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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Contest: Win the Be Mine X bundle from Groupees! photo
Contest: Win the Be Mine X bundle from Groupees!
by Mr Andy Dixon

[Update: Contest over! Winners have been PM'd their codes.]

Our friends at Groupees have given us 15 codes for their latest games + charity bundle to hand out to the Dtoid community! The Be Mine X bundle includes Electronic Super Joy, Last Knight, Shelter, Call of Juarez, Legends of Dawn, Face Noir, Finding Teddy, Pid, and more, plus bonus soundtracks and other content. Not only that, but a portion of the proceeds will go to the Help Molly Walk Again campaign. Sweet!

To win a code, just leave a comment in this thread! You have until this Tuesday, November 19 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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