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10:00 PM on 03.25.2015

Do you consider Playboy to be a 'legitimate gaming news outlet?'

As I was editing a video recap of Steven's news post about fake VR boob goggles, it struck me how deeply breasts have ingrained themselves into the world of videogames. How many arguments about sexual objectification vs. sex...

Jonathan Holmes

10:00 PM on 03.24.2015

Daisy swings a mean bat in this fan game mock-up

People want more Daisy. The Iconoclasts' Joakim Sandberg already showed us his plans for an adventure starring Sarasaland's finest. One particularly passionate fan even wrote a lengthy article in first person about why Daisy...

Jonathan Holmes

7:00 AM on 03.23.2015

Dave Oshry, one of gaming's biggest charmers, wants to be less like Saul Goodman

[Sup Holmes is a weekly talk show for people that make great videogames. It airs live every Sunday at 4pm EST on YouTube, and can be found in Podcast form on Libsyn and iTunes.] Last  Sunday on Sup H...

Jonathan Holmes

2:45 PM on 03.22.2015

Sup Holmes explodes into Aether with Tyler Glaiel

[Update: Show's over folks! Thanks again to Tyler for hanging out with this. The rerun should be up this week. In the meantime, here is a cute Bombernauts trailer.] Today on Sup Holmes we welcome Tyler Glaiel to the program....

Jonathan Holmes


8:30 AM on 03.22.2015

I tried to recreate the Attack on Titan intro with amiibo

Thanks to my incredible skills with Windows Movie Maker and the volunteer help of a few shirtless hunks, I present to you the grand finale of Samba de Amiibo season one. It's an almost shot-for-shot recreation of the intro t...

Jonathan Holmes

2:47 PM on 03.15.2015

Sup Holmes rises for charity with Dave Oshry

[Update: Thanks to Dave for being on the show! We'll have the rerun stitched together for you soon. In the meantime, he's a trailer for Super Galaxy Squadron.] Sup Holmes is going live with David Oshry (Rise of the Triad...

Jonathan Holmes

1:00 PM on 03.15.2015

Did a clown who farts in a Porta Potty win PAX East?

Last week on Sup Holmes, I ranted to David Fox about how his game Zak McKracken is the greatest point and click adventure about subversion of corporate power structures, empathy,  and opening your eyes to the world...

Jonathan Holmes

12:00 PM on 03.15.2015

Final Fantasy Type-0 HD features school girls Vs. dragons on ice

Our full review of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD is coming up tomorrow, but in the meantime, here is some off-screen footage of the game to get you thinking. As a lapsed fan of the series (the last main series Final Fantasy game I...

Jonathan Holmes

10:00 AM on 03.15.2015

David Fox on forming LucasArts with George, writing with Douglas Adams and more

[Sup Holmes is a weekly talk show for people that make great videogames. It airs live every Sunday at 4pm EST on YouTube, and can be found in Podcast form on Libsyn and iTunes.] Last Sunday's Sup Holmes i...

Jonathan Holmes

10:00 AM on 03.14.2015

Samus asks Nintendo for a new game

Nintendo is famous for frustrating some of their diehard fans. The irony is, those fans are only frustrated because Nintendo is doing a lot of things right. It may not let us buy a lot of their products, and it often ta...

Jonathan Holmes

4:00 PM on 03.12.2015

Ex-Nintendo exec tells Samus to 'consider going indie'

Dan Adelman worked for Nintendo for many years, and was one of their unsung heroes for much of that time. While he has consistently voiced affection and respect for the company, he did end up resigning last year, in part bec...

Jonathan Holmes





11:00 PM on 03.11.2015

Did Social Justice Warriors Win PAX East?

Mere seconds ago, I discovered that I am on the original list that inspired the development of a game called Social Justice Warriors. There is even an attack in the game based on some of the specific wording found ...

Jonathan Holmes

11:30 AM on 03.11.2015

Samus wants to be in Shovel Knight

When we last checked in with Samus, she was trying to score an interview with Tim Rogers, co-creator of Videoball. Despite the fact that she's been appearing in videogames for over 25 years, he still didn't know who she was....

Jonathan Holmes

10:00 AM on 03.10.2015

Who had the sexiest Nintendo cosplay at PAX East?

Sexy Nintendo is inevitable. Some will try to fight it, or even mock it. In doing so, they are choosing to live on the wrong side of history. I know how they feel. I scoffed along with the rest of them back when the burgeoni...

Jonathan Holmes

10:30 AM on 03.09.2015

The Kinect's best game may come to PC, compliments of Swery

We'd seen the tweets hinting at it before, but over this past weekend at PAX East, Dark Dreams Don't Die on PC became a reality, at least for a few days. Swery, creator of Deadly Premonition and Dark Dreams Don't Die (D...

Jonathan Holmes

7:15 PM on 03.08.2015

Weirdest thing at PAX East 2015: Mineplex freezing cold fan line

Videogame events are know for their strange sights, but after going to PAX or E3 for a few years, one can start to feel like they know what to expect. That sense of routine was thrown out the window this past Saturday while ...

Jonathan Holmes

3:00 PM on 03.08.2015

Meet the third ever employee of LucasArts right now

[Update: Show's over folks! The rerun should be live this week. In the meantime, he're a clip of David talking about working with George Lucas from Video Games: The Movie.] David Fox created the best point and click game eve...

Jonathan Holmes

10:30 PM on 03.06.2015

Samus tries to interview Tim Rogers at PAX about Videoball

We've got a whole lot of PAX East 2015 coverage headed your way over the next week. On the video front, a lot of our coverage will feature Destructoid regulars like Jed Whitiker and myself talking to videogame developers and...

Jonathan Holmes



Tomm Hulett's unified Mario Timeline Theory photo
Tomm Hulett's unified Mario Timeline Theory
by Jonathan Holmes

Game director Tomm Hulett has been working in the industry since he was a kid, starting with a job testing NES games. Since then he's worked on everything from PersonaContraSilent Hill, and Adventure Time, but no matter what he does or where he goes, Mario will be in his heart.

Tomm asked me over a month ago if Destructoid would be interested in hosting one of his pet projects, a split-timeline that poses a theory on how every Mario game is connected that he'd been working on with artist Howard Milligan. I was excited about the idea, but was crestfallen a few weeks later when I saw that someone had apparently beaten Tomm to the punch. I shouldn't have worried. When I told Tomm that someone else has tried their hat at a Mario timeline, he said something like "Oh that? That's nothing. Wait until you see the size of the thing I've got for you."

He wasn't kidding. The image he was working on ended up being too large for Dtoid to host (you can grab it for yourself here), though we were able to shrink it down to a still-massive size for our gallery's servers. I'm not the Mario expert that I should be, but I'm pretty sure each and every game Mario has ever appeared in has found a place on the map, including Hotel Mario and Mario's Time Machine. He even got the the Super Mario Bros. movie in there somehow. The only thing I see missing is Mario Paint, but I suppose that could be construed as part of the "Mario Sports Series." I did have a guy try to convince me that Football was an art once, so I guess it's only fair to call Painting a sport. 

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12:00 PM on 03.04.2015

Upsilon Circuit's creators lived in a tree fort to help save money

PAX East is almost here, and from what I've seen, there's going to be more interesting and exciting games at the show than ever before. A lot of these games are exciting because they are fun to play. Upsilon Circuit can't ge...

Jonathan Holmes



Samus and Sagat: When Sagat met Samus photo
Samus and Sagat: When Sagat met Samus
by Jonathan Holmes

It's highly probable that an alien race, dwelling somewhere in outer space, has developed technology the likes of which we could only dream of, but lack something we consider mundane. For example, what if a race of magical bird-people from another planet had the ability to transport organic matter through thin air without any loss of quality, but had not yet discovered how to do the same thing with abstract content like "data"? How would they feel if the learned about the Internet? Better yet, how would they feel when they learned what most people use the Internet for? What would they think of terms like "social justice warrior," "lol," and "shitposting"? This special "Flashback to 19XX" episode of Samus and Sagat intends to answer those questions and more. 

This episode also marks the third time that Maddy Myers and I have gotten together to shoot Samus and Sagat, and things already feel different. It looks like we're through the "getting to know you" phase and already way off into the "drunk off each other's company so God knows what's going to happen next" phase. That definitely makes for a different kind of show. My acting in this episode is... really something. I'm not sure exactly what that something is, but I know it's true.

I also know it's true that making a collage of Maddy's various facial expressions is a lot of fun, and I hope to have the opportunity to do that again soon. We've got that collage in a wallpaper size right here, per the request of a few of my Twitter followers, so enjoy!

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1:30 PM on 03.01.2015

Sup Holmes finds out why kitty loves robot with Robot Loves Kitty

[Sup Holmes is a weekly talk show for people that make great videogames. It airs live every Sunday at 4pm EST on YouTube, and can be found in Podcast form on Libsyn and iTunes.] [Update: Thanks to Calvin ...

Jonathan Holmes





11:00 AM on 03.01.2015

Cibele is a game about love, sex, and the Internet

Nina Freeman (How Do You Do It?, Space Dad) is the first and only person to talk to me at length about how Smash Bros. could be a metaphor for an orgy. You can watch her full Sup Holmes episode here. We talk about magical gi...

Jonathan Holmes

9:00 PM on 02.27.2015

Dtoid streams Resident Evil 2 just for the heck of it

The first episode of Resident Evil Revelations 2 was released this week, making it the fourth Resident Evil game to have a "2" somewhere in the title. I believe the second was Resident Evil Survivor 2: Code Veronica and ...

Jonathan Holmes

1:45 PM on 02.27.2015

Multimedia icon Leonard Nimoy has passed away

Videogames aren't the first thing that most people associate with actor/writer/director Leonard Nimoy, but he made his mark on the medium over the years, providing narration for such classics as Civilization IV and Seaman&nbs...

Jonathan Holmes



Exclusive: Dot Arcade is a new full color videogame for Wii U photo
Exclusive: Dot Arcade is a new full color videogame for Wii U
by Jonathan Holmes

Two of James Montagna's most well known games are Adventure Time: Hey Ice King Why'd You Steal Our Garbage?!! and Wonder Momo. These games sold because of their characters. Wonder Momo had built up a strong following through her comic strip on Shifty Look, and Adventure Time was a worldwide merchandising phenomenon by the time it first hit the market. 

I'd imagine designing a game that features beloved characters must be a double-edged sword. Expectations are higher, but so are potential for sales. The pressure is on to design something that does justice to the source material, but on the other end, its the source material that will inevitably be the star of the show, not the design decisions. 

Maybe that's why James has designed his first "solo project" on videogame consoles to be something almost completely abstract. The only literal depictions of in-game characters coming form virtual "marquee art" that appears on the side of the screen. All the action takes place between on a field of simple flashing lights. That's just one of the ways Dot Arcade hearkens back to a day long before Montagna was even born, when electronic games were more analog than digital, where actual light bulbs worked as individual "pixels" and the language of videogames as we know it was still largely unwritten. 

It's a little hard to believe Dot Arcade is real, but according to James, "The game is actually finished. It's ESRB rated, and completely Nintendo Lot Check approved -- I just have to decide the release date and let Nintendo know when to pull the trigger."

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4:00 PM on 02.24.2015

We asked the least cynical man alive about Kanye's new videogame

Kanye West is working on a videogame. Weirder still, this is not Mr. West's first foray into the world of gaming. He is also a playable character in a game called I Won about throwing gold chains at women and turning them in...

Jonathan Holmes

7:30 PM on 02.22.2015

BBC Special Report: Samus and Sagat

Samus and Sagat: BBC Special Report.

Jonathan Holmes

1:00 PM on 02.22.2015

Depression, poverty, and powerlifting with the creator of Electronic Super Joy

[Sup Holmes is a weekly talk show for people that make great videogames. It airs live every Sunday at 4pm EST on YouTube, and can be found in Podcast form on Libsyn and iTunes.] We're taking a break from ...

Jonathan Holmes

10:13 AM on 02.22.2015

Last week's Adventure Time featured Porpentine's namesake

Popular Cartoon Network show Adventure Time is no stranger to videogame references, though these references aren't always intentional. The shout out to Super Hexegon definitely wasn't an accident, but the inclusion of a tiny ...

Jonathan Holmes

10:00 PM on 02.20.2015

Starr Mazer fully funded, plans crossover with itself

[Update: Starr Mazer is in its final 24 hours on Kickstarter and the development team is going out with bang, hosting a 24-hour live stream packed with pogs, pizza, games, announcements and other forms of entertainment. ...

Jonathan Holmes

9:00 PM on 02.20.2015

Meta Knight line, purchase, unboxing, and 2-Pac

Sometimes you get up in the morning and you need coffee. Sometimes on the way back from getting that coffee, you think "Is Best Buy open yet? Aren't they selling a special amiibo today?" so you swing by and see that there's ...

Jonathan Holmes

1:00 PM on 02.18.2015

Starr Mazer has gradually turned into a massive crossover

At last count, the Smash Bros. series has featured characters from 21-24 different series. That number fluctuates depending on if you count R.O.B. as part of a "series" and if you think of Super Mario, Donkey Kong, and ...

Jonathan Holmes







Review: Kirby and the Rainbow Curse photo
Review: Kirby and the Rainbow Curse
by Jonathan Holmes

Let's take a quick look at the history of videogames with clay-based graphics. Skullmonkeys is a one-off that most people don't even remember. The ClayFighter series has been dormant since the N64 days. Armikrog has been in development hell for years. That clay-based Loco Roco game for the PlayStation 3 never happened. Maybe worst of all, Dominique Pamplemouse is not yet a million seller. What the heck, guys!?

Looking at how few clay-focused games have made it to the market makes Kirby and the Rainbow Curse an even more interesting part of Nintendo's overall strategy. It's both safe and risky at the same time. This is not Kirby's first foray into the world of arts and crafts, and Nintendo has toyed with the idea of clay graphics before. The cover art for the first and last issues of Nintendo Power were made from clay, and a lot of the promotional material from EarthBound used clay models. It's clear that Nintendo has been toying with clay for a while, but Kirby and the Rainbow Curse is the first time it has finally gone all the way clay. 

I hope it's not the last. 

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10:00 PM on 02.16.2015

Star Fox X Regular Show Tribute

[StarfooooooOOOHHHH by ガしガし] The fact that a new Star Fox game is set for release this year still feels a little surreal. Fan expectations are bound to be high, as the wait for this...

Jonathan Holmes

2:00 PM on 02.15.2015

The original Doom gets a 'selfie support' fan mod

When Doom was first released, at least one person I knew was confused by it. "Where the heck am I? I don't see anyone here at all!" they squawked. "You are the player." 16-year-old me retorted brassily "You have to go around...

Jonathan Holmes

1:45 PM on 02.15.2015

Sup Holmes cranks the crankshaft with the creator of Drive!Drive!Drive!

This week on Sup Holmes we welcome Gordon Midwood back to the program. Gordon is one of the funniest guests we've ever had on the show, so when I heard he had a new game in the works I snapped him up for a return appearance r...

Jonathan Holmes



Samus and Sagat take on their greatest opponent  photo
Samus and Sagat take on their greatest opponent
by Jonathan Holmes

Like the initial entry of any epic trilogy, the first two episodes of Samus and Sagat worked to establish the characters. Now that we're finally into act two of the story, we can start moving into the real meat of this drama. You could consider this episode to be the Samus and Sagat equivalent to Spider-Man 2. Watch as our heroes rise up from self doubt to battle their greatest foe!

While you're at it, subscribe to our Youtube channel if you're a regular reader of our front page who enjoys our video content. For better or worse, many of our current Youtube subscribers don't seem to know that Dtoid is also a videogame website. Many of them have been awful confused since Max has moved on and more of our front page editors have moved in to the video production side of Dtoid. As always, the more you watch and share the Dtoid videos that you enjoy, the more of those videos we'll be able to make. We can't do it without your help.

Also, congratulations to Patty for winning our gif contest! You done good.

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10:30 AM on 02.15.2015

Particle Mace devs get down and dirty on design and development

[Sup Holmes is a weekly talk show for people that make great videogames. It airs live every Sunday at 4pm EST on Youtube, and can be found in Podcast form on Libsyn and iTunes.] It's a white out blizzard ...

Jonathan Holmes



Sheik and Toon Link amiibo wish you a happy Valentine's Day photo
Sheik and Toon Link amiibo wish you a happy Valentine's Day
by Jonathan Holmes

Valentine's Day makes most people I know feel uncomfortable. The modern concept of the holiday has been designed around taking heartfelt expressions of attention/appreciation/affection and packaging them into rote, uniform little bundles of "love." Already sounds kind of like amiibo, doesn't it? In fact, one might say that amiibo are the chalky, heart shaped, "B Mine" and "I Wuv U" candies of the Nintendo world. If collecting videogames is like collecting love letters, then every amiibo is like an individual sext from a stranger who may actually be a tweetbot.

If none of that made any sense to you, don't worry. All you need to know is in this music video. Here you will find all of the fake plastic love and bizarre sexual bravado that you normally get from Valentine's Day, but in amiibo form. That I can tell you for certain. What I can't tell you for certain is what Toon Link is doing to Link's butt at the end of the song. Feel free to enlighten me in the comments. 

Thanks to Josh Grilli for helping me track down that darn Sheik amiibo.

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