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6:00 PM on 09.02.2012

And the breakout videogame character of PAX is ...

Zackasaurus! I am a little in love with Super Time Force here at PAX. The game is a retro-looking shooter in the same vein as Contra, with a great twist involving time travel. You can read all about how much we all love the s...

Chad Concelmo

12:30 PM on 09.02.2012

PAX: Warren Spector compares Epic Mickey to Deus Ex

Okay? That was my first reaction when Warren Spector compared his upcoming Epic Mickey 2 to his legendary masterpiece Deus Ex in a PAX sit down I had with him earlier today. Actually, it was more of a huh? But then the outspo...

Chad Concelmo

12:10 PM on 09.02.2012

PAX: New screens from Epic Mickey 2 show off new area

While here at PAX, I had a chance to sit down with a new section of upcoming platformer Epic Mickey 2. These just released screens show off the new section of the game that I got to play. Based on Frontier Land in Disneyland,...

Chad Concelmo



PAX: Hands-on with Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask photo
PAX: Hands-on with Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask
by Chad Concelmo

As great as the Professor Layton games are (they are really great!), the last four released on the Nintendo DS have been very similar. While the art direction, puzzle-solving gameplay, and surprisingly emotional stories have been stellar, none of the last games really did anything new and shocking to move the series forward.

With Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask (the series' first entry on the 3DS), things are definitely changing. And, if the demo I got to play at PAX was any indication, these changes are definitely for the better.

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6:15 PM on 08.31.2012

PAX: My favorite cosplay of the show ... so far

There is a surprising amount of great cosplay at PAX. People walk around in some pretty elaborate and sometimes beautiful outfits. While all impressive, most of it is the same thing you normally see: a Lara Croft here, a Mast...

Chad Concelmo

12:00 PM on 08.24.2012

Experiencing the Art of the Assassin

Last night, a downtown Los Angeles gallery hosted Art of the Assassin, a collection of art pieces inspired by Ubisoft's upcoming Assassin's Creed III. I was lucky enough to attend, and had a really great time! I got to play a...

Chad Concelmo







How I learned to love the videogame flamethrower photo
How I learned to love the videogame flamethrower
by Chad Concelmo

I was never a fan of flamethrowers in videogames.

I am not sure exactly where this started, but I have a pretty good idea: When I used to play Contra III: The Alien Wars with friends, I would do anything to avoid getting the “F” flamethrower for my gun. It was the worst. It had no range, it barely did any damage, and it was just an overall chore to use.  In a game like Contra, having a weapon with a long range is almost a necessity! That’s why the spread gun is so great! Picking up the flamethrower in Contra III almost always resulted in certain death.

This hatred of the videogame flamethrower moved on to many more games in the future. Games like StarCraft and even Ratchet & Clank introduced other similar forms of the flamethrower ... and I reacted to them all the same. I didn’t like equipping them. At all.

But, recently, I have discovered something surprising about videogame flamethrowers.

I kind of love them now.

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1:20 PM on 08.14.2012

gamescom: Play as a puppet in pretty platformer Puppeteer

This post brought to you by the letter "P." During their press conference, Sony just revealed a brand new platformer for the PlayStation 3 called Puppeteer. Looking very similar in style to LittleBigPlanet, the game is a ver...

Chad Concelmo

12:50 PM on 08.14.2012

gamescom: Sony announces Killzone Mercenary for PS Vita

Not much has been revealed yet, but Sony just announced a new game in the Killzone franchise -- Killzone Mercenary -- during their gamescom press conference. It will be exclusive to the PS Vita. More details promised on the PS Blog later today. Excited?

Chad Concelmo

12:15 PM on 08.14.2012

gamescom: AC3 naval warfare trailer is wet and wonderful

We have already seen some of the absolutely gorgeous Assassin's Creed III naval warfare gameplay footage at this past E3, but this newly released trailer makes everything look even more fancy and glorious. As a fan of the As...

Chad Concelmo



What's the most addictive videogame you have ever played? photo
What's the most addictive videogame you have ever played?
by Chad Concelmo

The other day I was playing my new obsession Spelunky and, of course, died while trying to complete the dreaded ice caves. It was late and I really needed to go to bed. Instead of turning off the game -- or even thinking about turning off the game -- I immediately hit "Quick Restart" and started playing again.

This seemingly simple moment was almost revelatory for me. What amazed me most about this instant was not that I restarted the game, but that I don't even remember doing it. I have no sense memory of even pushing the button to restart the level. The time between dying and retrying -- while over in the blink of an eye -- was a complete blur.

My body was so addicted to the game that my brain didn't even consider stopping. I was, and still am, physically addicted to Spelunky.

I think I might have a problem.

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What do you want from the 'Xbox 720'? photo
What do you want from the 'Xbox 720'?
by Chad Concelmo

With recent news that the leaked "Xbox 720" dev kit pictures and specs may actually be -- gasp! -- genuine, what are your thoughts? Here are the facts: The console is codenamed "Durango," the dev kit allegedly has 8 GB of memory, is 64-bit, and supports DirectX 11. When all is said and done, documented rumors point to the next-gen console being around six times more powerful than the current Xbox 360.

Six times more powerful. That is one impressive machine!

But all these rumored specs aside, what do you want from the "Xbox 720"? We hear all these crazy rumors, but now it's time to talk about what you actually want to see. Do you want a super powerful PC-like machine with graphics that will melt your face like the Ark of the Covenant? Do you want a new and improved Kinect? Do you want a hybrid that is both cloud- and disc-based? Do you want always-on DRM? Do you want a console that doesn't play used games?

And what about the name? And the price? I think we can all agree that calling it the "Xbox 720" doesn't really make any sense and would not be a very logical final name. Any suggestions? How much money would you be willing to realistically spend on the console? News on this next-generation Xbox is heating up, so let's discuss! There is so much to talk about!

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It's time to compete in the Destructoid Retrolympics! photo
It's time to compete in the Destructoid Retrolympics!
by Chad Concelmo

I can’t throw a javelin.

Well, I guess I technically can. But I can’t throw a javelin very well. Not even close to the level of one of the incredible athletes in the Olympic Games. In fact, I can’t do anything as well as those amazingly fit and impressive human specimens.

But one thing I can do: I can play the sh*t out of some retro games. I am pretty darn good at that. One of my proudest accomplishments is making it through the original Contra without dying. LET’S SEE YOU DO THAT, RYAN LOCHTE!

With the Olympics starting tonight, I thought it would be fun to host a competition for people that are experts at retro games. People like me! Welcome to the Destructoid Retrolympics! This is a trivia challenge based on your knowledge of all things retro games. Do you have what it takes to win a Retrolympic medal (the best medal of all!)? Let the games begin!

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The ten most annoying flying enemies in videogames photo
The ten most annoying flying enemies in videogames
by Chad Concelmo

It's a known fact that the most annoying enemies in videogames are the flying kind. They are the worst.

When you are about to jump over a bottomless pit, they are always there to hit you right in the face. When you are equipped with a sword, they always manage to swarm you and hover just out of reach.

Seriously, they are the worst.

But which flying enemies are the most annoying of all time? My God, there are so many to choose from.

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1:00 PM on 07.06.2012

What Namco Bandai characters should be in Smash Bros.?

The news that Namco Bandai would be teaming up with Project Sora to develop the next game in the beloved Smash Bros. series was unexpected, but very exciting. Namco Bandai is a talented developer responsible for some pretty m...

Chad Concelmo



My favorite 4th of July videogame memory photo
My favorite 4th of July videogame memory
by Chad Concelmo

This isn't a particularly exciting holiday tale. It doesn't involve an abominable snowman, or misfit toys, or an elf that wants to be a dentist.

It is just a simple story about something that happened on one dark and unassuming 4th of July night many years ago.

A night that I will never forget for the rest of my life.

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