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Shadow Warrior - Now Bloody Playing photo
Shadow Warrior - Now Bloody Playing
by Jim Sterling

Here's some Shadow Warrior to tide you over while our review is in the works. I go stab stuff up, look for glowing statues, and watch rabbits having sex. All in a day's work for this Stan Bush enthusiast! 

We might do more of this one. Depends how much y'all like it. 

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Review: Rain photo
Review: Rain
by Jim Sterling

Sony has a stable of impressive top-tier game franchises -- Uncharted, Killzone, God of War, the kind of blockbuster productions every console needs to open eyelids among the mainstream users. I, however, will remember Sony's impact on this generation in terms of what it delivered in the shadows of its titans. 

Flower, Journey, Unfinished Swan -- the less glorified games that gave the PlayStation 3 more personality and charm than any of its glossy, big-budget properties. Games often as beautiful as they are bleak, understated games that nonetheless make more of an impact on the player than any billion-dollar explosion could.

Games like Rain, a latecomer that nonetheless deserves to be counted among the PlayStation 3 games that truly mattered in the last five years. 

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Jimquisition: Vertigo photo
Jimquisition: Vertigo
by Jim Sterling

Let's look for a playable woman protagonist in a videogame that doesn't rely on the same pool of restrictive stereotypes as every other playable woman protagonist.

To do this, let's look at a fighting game from 1994. That one about the dinosaurs. Yes, that one. Because I damn well sure can't find many better example. Folks, be prepared ... to RAGE.

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Cookie Clicker - Now Bloody Playing photo
Cookie Clicker - Now Bloody Playing
by Jim Sterling

People keep talking about Cookie Clicker like it's the most amazing game yet, but don't get it.

I don't get it.

I don't get it.

I don't get it.

Click.

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Neverending Nightmares - Now Bloody Playing photo
Neverending Nightmares - Now Bloody Playing
by Jim Sterling

Oh look, it's Neverending Nightmares, that creepy looking adventure game Jonathan talked about the other day. It's only got a few hours left on its Kickstarter, and this video probably won't help it. We can only cross our fingers!

Anyway, I played the demo. You can watch me play it, if you want. 

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Marlow Briggs and the Mask of Death  photo
Marlow Briggs and the Mask of Death
by Jim Sterling

Marlow Briggs and the Mask of Death is funny, gloriously shameless, and solid in the action department. It is also, unfortunately, kind of broken in unforgivable ways, and if you get caught in its terrible traps, you could ruin your entire game. 

I wish I could just be showing off how much fun this game is. I can't though. Now I'm sad in my face. 

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10:00 AM on 09.26.2013

Podtoid 271: Tingle's Tiny Tadger

It is an experimental new Podtoid, as this week we recorded the questions segment live! Yes, the question part of the show was broadcast online and we answered queries in REAL TIME! It went of surprisingly well, too.  El...

Jim Sterling



Review: Nvidia Shield  photo
Review: Nvidia Shield
by Jim Sterling

[Disclosure: Nvidia has provided Destructoid with a number of computers for PC game review purposes in the past. If you feel that may make our reviews of any of their products "biased" or "paid off," you are welcome to.]

The number of handheld devices hitting the market are becoming increasingly difficult to keep track of, a situation made all the more overwhelming by the continued erosion of the boundary between smartphones, tablets, gaming devices, and machines built solely for the purposes of showing your friends that "Blurred Lines" video. 

Several oddities have cropped up in this maelstrom of technology, one of which is the Nvidia Shield. Joining the Razer Edge in the "almost shockingly niche" category, this Android-powered, Steam-streaming, undoubtedly powerful system is heavy, expensive, and focused on a unique brand of gamer -- a cocktail of concerns that has led to many a cynical attitude toward it. 

I was cynical. Hopeful, as I am for all new gadgets, but cynical nonetheless. Having spent a good deal of time with the Nvidia Shield, however, I absolutely love the thing. It's still heavy, it's still expensive, and it's certainly going to appeal to a select few. Those few, however, will adore it. 

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Review: Alien Rage photo
Review: Alien Rage
by Jim Sterling

I didn't get very far into Alien Rage, I'm going to admit that right off the bat. It was not, however, for the want of trying. There are parts in Alien Rage where the game decides that working properly is for losers, so it doesn't work properly. 

Before deciding to pack it in and write these words, I had to restart an entire level since an elevator required to get to the next section wasn't activating. Reloading the checkpoint did not encourage it to work any better. Upon restarting the entire level, and shooting my mundane way back to the elevator, it worked. 

Five minutes later, I was killed by some swarming enemies due to a lack of cover and had to restart. This time, a fresh checkpoint loaded -- a checkpoint that had suddenly placed a wall in front of the corridor I was supposed to walk down. I was not restarting the level again. 

Playing any single level of Alien Rage is perishingly dull enough. Being forced to play through it three times is just plain cruel. 

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11:15 AM on 09.25.2013

Rhymedown Spectacular: Press X

This week, Yahtzee details that growing videogame tradition, the need to press "X" in order to do anything and everything. Meanwhile, your buddy Jim Sterling pays tribute to one of the finest actors ever born, Dean "Once Was Superman For A Bit" Cain.  Oh, Dean Cain. You're so beautiful.

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Alien Rage - Now Bloody Playing photo
Alien Rage - Now Bloody Playing
by Jim Sterling

In today's little carnival of misery, I try to contain my internal juices as I play Motion Sickness: The Game and fire my squirty gun at the Genericons. Yeah, Alien Rage isn't very good. 

A full review is coming later today, where I further eviscerate this complete waste of time and money.

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Race The Sun - Now Bloody Playing photo
Race The Sun - Now Bloody Playing
by Jim Sterling

People have been buzzing about Race The Sun lately, and so I decided to check it out for your sensual enjoyment. I'm not very good at it, but I'm having a laugh with it, and that's what matters. At the end of the day, that's what bloody matters. 

So yeah, watch this video if you like!

Oh, and Race The Sun can be voted for on its Greenlight page right here.

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Jimquisition: To Play The Villain photo
Jimquisition: To Play The Villain
by Jim Sterling

Some gamers are skipping Grand Theft Auto V, unwilling to play the role of a thief, a gangbanger, or a psychopath. While others may shy away from being the villain, Jim Sterling actively revels in it.

Indeed, to play the villain can not only be fun, it can be downright fascinating.

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Outlast - Now Bloody Playing Pt. 6 (THE FINALE) photo
Outlast - Now Bloody Playing Pt. 6 (THE FINALE)
by Jim Sterling

Here we go, at last! The thrilling conclusion to Outlast, played by a man who ended how he started -- completely pickled. In this final chapter, we evade the Nude Brothers, we witness the Big'Un get what he deserves, we reunited with a crazy priest, and we put a ghastly end to Mount Massive's mental problems. 

It is a saga for the ages. A butt for the pooping. It is Outlast. Now and forever. Amen.

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Outlast - Now Bloody Playing Pt. 5 photo
Outlast - Now Bloody Playing Pt. 5
by Jim Sterling

Your good pal Jim Sterling returns to Mount Massive Asylum for another descent into madness. This time, we see yet more naked butts, faff about with three fuses, get chased by the big'un again, and have an encounter with a pair of old, nude, friends. 

There. You got another Outlast video. Satisfied? Satisfied, now that you got, finally, your cheesy balls? 

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Doorways - Now Bloody Playing photo
Doorways - Now Bloody Playing
by Jim Sterling

Discovered a new horror game on Steam last night, so I decided to record myself playing it for your ridiculous entertainment. It's called Doorways, it bills itself as a survival horror game, but it kind of isn't. It's interesting, though!

Why not watch the video and see if you, too, find it interesting? Maybe you don't. That's okay too.

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