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3:19 PM on 12.07.2007

Destructoid review: Ontamarama

You don't need me to tell you that music-based rhythm action titles are hot shiz these days. Is it because the combination of music with skill-based activity triggers endorphins? Stimulates the brain's reward center? I'm n...

Leigh Alexander


5:02 PM on 11.26.2007

Destructoid review: Fire Emblem - Radiant Dawn

I hate tactical games. I hate strategy games, real-time strategy games, and tactical RPGs. I would rather drive screws into my nostrils with the business end of a power drill and, of course, apply a nail gun to my eyes than p...

Leigh Alexander

1:39 PM on 11.21.2007

Videogame conventions III: All work and no play

I am the Hero of Legend. The planet's fate rests in my hands. I will not be stopped.My travels have spanned the world, and my prowess as a hero has steadily grown. With each stroke of my weapon I grow stronger; with each tick...

Leigh Alexander

11:05 AM on 11.16.2007

Videogame conventions II: Hand-me-down

I am the Hero of Legend.Long have been my travails in a vast and mysterious world, an environment largely hostile to me. When I departed the tiny, peaceable village where I spent the whole of my childhood as a mere farming bo...

Leigh Alexander

7:29 AM on 11.12.2007

Videogame Conventions I: Indefatigable Capitalism

After 1,000 years, the Dark Lord has, against all odds, re-emerged into the world.We hadn't thought it possible. Our people had, through a use of time- and space-rending magical power, with the aid of a great celestial coinci...

Leigh Alexander

10:01 AM on 11.07.2007

Difficult games: The real brain training

I beat that damn werewolf.I complained recently that the current era's intuitive, "easy" games might have blunted my legendary, meticulously-honed gamer skillz of old, like a one-time champ who's over the hill. A li...

Leigh Alexander

10:42 AM on 11.05.2007

Difficult games: My miserable little pile of failure

So, extending my... extended Castlevania kick recently, I started playing Dracula X Chronicles on the PSP over the weekend. Firstly, it's a toe-curlingly good remake -- when Richter first crosses the bridge and it begins to r...

Leigh Alexander

3:49 PM on 10.16.2007

Destructoid Review: Donkey Kong Barrel Blast

Donkey Kong Barrel Blast is the latest racer for the Wii. If you’re unfamiliar with the backstory, we’ve been promised the game for quite some time – it was actually supposed to be a GameCube title, using ...

Leigh Alexander

11:19 AM on 09.25.2007

Halo 3: Chiefly Underwhelming?

So have you got Teh Haloes? Yes, no? I haven't. Even though I've yet to hear a recommendation against it; even though it is, by all accounts a solid game, and by some accounts, a revolutionary game. Most of all, I've yet to see a heavily critical rating.So why aren't I interested? Hit the jump; maybe you can tell me. 

Leigh Alexander

6:31 PM on 09.24.2007

Destructoid Review: Rune Factory -- A Fantasy Harvest Moon

Thinking of the Harvest Moon series, it’s rather amazing that it’s as compelling as it is, considering the entire gameplay revolves around the repetition of simple, mundane behaviors. But add in gentle townsfolk, ...

Leigh Alexander

7:50 AM on 09.13.2007

Chewy, chocolate-coated gummy proposal: Viva Pinata love

So we know that wedding proposals take place in MMOs all the time, sweet touching moments of deep connection that occur when real people start to forget that Azeroth is not a real place, as their concept of reality becomes ev...

Leigh Alexander





7:38 AM on 09.10.2007

Ian Bogost wants to trouble you: The Destructoid interview

Anytime someone says that games aren't art, we're up in arms burning straw effigies of Ebert. Any time someone says games are destructive, we want blood. Half of us want to pretend that games are only toys, and the other half...

Leigh Alexander

1:00 PM on 09.05.2007

Become a Rock Band rockstar -- like, right now

So yeah, obviously we're all excited about Rock Band, duh. Are you really excited? Wanna get your hands on it now, before anyone else -- and be on national television?The tender dreams of hilariously ironic rock superstardom ...

Leigh Alexander

8:08 AM on 09.04.2007

Samus: I don't need no plasmids, bitch

Samus likes it on top, boys. Gamasutra and CVG are both reporting that Metroid Prime 3: Corruption is in the top spot on the all-format sales charts, possibly outdoing BioShock in its first week of sales.Actually, it looks pr...

Leigh Alexander

8:24 PM on 08.29.2007

Delicious BioShock easter egg (you must not eat it)

Image quality is poor because I snapped it with my cell phone, but I found this on the floor of Arcadia Winery (upper portion). One of those musty old cheese wheels and what looks like floor dirt forms a cute and not-so-subtle little nod from the cutting edge of gaming to the old, old school. Rock on.

Leigh Alexander

1:02 PM on 08.29.2007

A World of Our Own: Online games and community

I recently interviewed Nexon's Min Kim for Worlds in Motion, where I'm editor when not here at Destructoid. I cover bizness news related to online worlds, social networking, and MMOs that work on the free-to-play, pay-for-goo...

Leigh Alexander