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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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8:00 PM on 02.11.2015

Beard View: Yo-Kai Watch

I was worried about Yo-Kai Watch when it was first announced. Putting out a manga, anime and game series all in one fell swoop is no small financial undertaking. Given that Level-5 isn't a multi-billion dollar outfit, they h...

Jonathan Holmes

5:30 PM on 02.08.2015

H1Z1 real life loot drop unboxing with Samus and Sagat

People tend to hate microtransactions as a rule, but like any other tool, the relative quality all depends on how they're used. Make a game that suits a small but passionate audience who values the opportunity to purchase ne...

Jonathan Holmes

3:10 PM on 02.08.2015

Sup Holmes goes live with Electronic Super Joy's Michael Todd

[Update: Thanks for watching everybody! Expect the rerun up soon. In the meantime, here's a trailer for the last entry in the Electronic Super Joy series, Hot Sticky Mess.] We're going live the creator of Electronic Super Joy, Mr. Michael Todd! Join us!

Jonathan Holmes





10:00 PM on 02.07.2015

Jump in to the sun for just $0.99

Sunburn is an award-winning game on iTunes about leading a group of stranded space explorers, dangerously close to the sun, doomed to die a boring death by asphyxiation. What would you do if you had no hope for survival and ...

Jonathan Holmes

6:00 PM on 02.07.2015

Amber's Unboxing Series: Voltron, Star Wars and Space Invaders

Amber's back with another month's worth of fun junk from Loot Crate. A lot of cool crap here, guys. She also had fun taking your feedback from last month's episode and using it to try to improve her style. I think she's doin...

Jonathan Holmes



Samus and Sagat: Prepping for Street Fighter V and Super Metroid II photo
Samus and Sagat: Prepping for Street Fighter V and Super Metroid II
by Jonathan Holmes

[Update: We've gotten a lot of great entries in the gif contest! It seemed a shame to leave them out in the cold, so I've embedded the animations that never made it to the comments into the post below. I also forgot to tell you when the contest would be over. We'll stop taking entries whenever the next episode of Samus and Sagat comes out, which with any luck will be just in time for Valentine's Day. And yes, we have something special planned for that weekend. Just you wait.]

A lot of you told me that you really liked Samus and Sagat episode one. Thank you so much! Even more of you told me that you almost didn't watch the show at all because you thought it was a cartoon. Sorry about that!

To be 100% clear, Samus and Sagat is a live-action fake sitcom about Metroid's Samus Aran (Maddy Myers) and Street Fighter's Sagat (me) living as roommates. That said, we try to incorporate animation into things when we can.

Luckily, we had a really good excuse to use some fake videogame graphics in this episode. This one is about the differences between being a videogame starlet and an older, well known but not particularly popular side character from an ensemble cast. Imagine a conversation between Chun-Li and Waluigi about where their careers are going. It's like that. 

Crap, now I wish I had made that show instead. Maybe next time. 

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#Fortune is a game that predicts your future by reading your tweets photo
#Fortune is a game that predicts your future by reading your tweets
by Jonathan Holmes

As a youth, I became temporarily obsessed with an early Rare title for the NES called Taboo. It was a simple fortune telling game that used virtual Tarot cards to predict your future, but it inspired a deep level of fascination within me and my friends. If this game existed, it must have some purpose, right? There must be some meaning we could squeeze out of it, some understanding that we could eke out of its code. If there was method to its madness, and we could come to understand that method, maybe we would understand what adults thought was important, and then figure out a way to outsmart them forever. 

That lasted about a week before we gave up. If we had something like #Fortune back then, we may have never given up. #Fortune's creator Zach Gage (SpellTower, Ridiculous Fishing) probably knows what I mean. He's been playing the game himself since 2013, when it first manifested as physical instillation piece. It was a follow up to Best Day Ever, a bot account that Gage had designed in 2009 to aggregate pure positivity from Twitter. #Fortune was also a bot, but instead of positivity, it worked to use Twitter to predict your future.

What appears to be a random set of daily message at may start to reveal some interconnected meaning over time, or it just might make you laugh to read a distorted picture of your future as crafted by your present online persona. As Gage puts it "Who we are online is often a carefully crafted version of who we want to be. Tweets might be like mantras, tiny self-fulfilling prophesies... Or they might just be little lies we tell ourselves. #Fortune is both."

#Fortune is free on iOS

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9:00 PM on 02.05.2015

Why is this happening?

We first heard about Y2K last year, when comparisons to Takashi Marukami, Persona, David O'Reilly, EarthBound, and other surprises were immediately laid upon the title. Pretty weird stuff, but after talking to the t...

Jonathan Holmes

8:00 PM on 02.05.2015

Beard View: Final Fantasy Explorers

The first Persona 5 trailer is out and the internet is abuzz about where one of the world's most fashionable JRPG series may be headed. It's a perfect time to take a look at one of the founding titles in the JRPG sub-genre; ...

Jonathan Holmes

10:00 PM on 02.04.2015

Nintendo has 'no comment' on third-party Wii games for the Wii U eShop

Nintendo recently started selling full Wii games on the Wii U eShop, leaving only the GameCube's library off the list of Nintendo's past home console titles that you can play (officially) on the system. Other than faster load...

Jonathan Holmes

10:00 PM on 02.01.2015

The Witcher 3 team recorded 16 hours of motion capture for sex scenes

Do sex scenes in videogames ever arouse you or do they just look like two action figures rubbing their crotches together? Or both? If you're said "yes" or "both" to those questions then you're in luck. The upcoming action RP...

Jonathan Holmes

2:30 PM on 02.01.2015

Sup Holmes touches down with the creator of Particle Mace

First, get warmed up with All Cyrax wants to do is dance. After that, come back here to meet its creator, Mr Andy Wallace. Andy's got a few commercial games out too, like the beautifully animated Extreme Exorcism, the starsh...

Jonathan Holmes

12:00 PM on 02.01.2015

The Sup Holmes Bowl kicks off with Starr Mazer Vs. Always Sometimes Monsters

[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.] Today is the Super Bowl! I...

Jonathan Holmes

10:30 AM on 02.01.2015

Geoff Keighley says Metal Gear Rising 2 rumor 'is not true'

Notorious videogame journalizer and all around nice fella Geoff Keighley just tweeted a tweet that's sure to put a frown on the face of many Metal Gear fans. Keighley has reportedly spoken to Ken Imaizumi of Kojima Production...

Jonathan Holmes





9:30 AM on 02.01.2015

Beard View: Attack on Titan: The Last Wings of Mankind

Our beard buddy Jed is back with another look at a game you may have heard of, but probably haven't played. This time we have Attack on Titan: The Last Wings of Mankind, the Japaneses 3DS exclusive based on the popular anime...

Jonathan Holmes

2:30 PM on 01.29.2015

Jump'N'Shoot Attack! aims to be the next big anti-mobile game

It wasn't that long ago that auto-run platformers were novel, even quaint. Bit.Trip RUNNER, Canabalt, Vib-Ribbon, and even Anthony Burch's Runner all managed to get out to the market before Endless Runner stigma became a par...

Jonathan Holmes



Resident Evil is The Beatles, The Last of Us is The Offspring photo
Resident Evil is The Beatles, The Last of Us is The Offspring
by Jonathan Holmes

Resident Evil: Revelations 2 is the latest episodic game series about a grizzled man with a dark past protecting a mysterious child survive a zombie or zombie-like danger scenario.

Our own Alessandro Fillari recently had the chance to get some time in with the Barry Burton side of the game's campaign, as well as the new iteration of its score-focused Raid Mode. Both of these modes may be a little more strange than Alessandro led you to believe. Either that or he just has a much higher tolerance for weirdness than I do. From where I stand, this game looks bananas. 

This video was initially planned to be about a minute long, working as little supplement to Alessandro's write-up. Before I knew it, I was seamlessly splicing together sound-alike pop songs from different generations of music history, giving The Last of Us a new name, making a supercut of some of Barry Burton's best lines from Revelations 2, and erasing the whiteness around the one and only Sherlock Hemlock. 

If you have half as much fun watching this video as I had making it, then you're about to have an above-average amount of fun. 

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6:30 PM on 01.25.2015

Outfit swap DLC for Smash Bros. would make a lot of money

[Image by Pitarou] The amiibo craze doesn't seem to have died down yet. My guess is that once Nintendo has released 50 different figures, amiibo fans will start to look at all the fun-but-relatively-worthless figures they've ...

Jonathan Holmes



Sup Holmes mazers the starrs with Don Thacker photo
Sup Holmes mazers the starrs with Don Thacker
by Jonathan Holmes

[Update: Show's over folks! If you missed it live, I highly recommend you check out the rerun when it's posted later in the week. This one was a non-stop insight and comedy show, complete with e-hole. In the meantime, here is a Dtoid exclusive trailer for Starr Mazer, featuring a crunchy, Turbografx-16 influenced soundtrack. I love it.]

This week on Sup Holmes, we're welcoming Don Thacker to the program. Don is teaming up with former Sup Holmes guests Austin Montville and Miles Tillman on Starr Mazer, an amazing looking point-and-click shmup. The game has an incredible look, an all-star soundtrack, and is already about a 3rd of the way to funding after a couple of days of being on Kickstarter, so I have no doubt that it will make it. 

Part of my confidence in Starr Mazer comes from my familiarity with Don's past work. I mainly know him from his position at Imagos Films, who created the live action trailers for Jazzpunk, Potatoman Seeks the Troof, and Sportsball just to name a few. We'll be talking to Don about all that, plus literally everything else we can mazer. Join us here 4pm EST forr a rrocking good converrsation. 

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6:00 PM on 01.24.2015

Samus and Sagat unbox Guilty Gear X3d -SIGN- Limited Edition

Some people say GG is the best thing in gaming today. Others say it's all flash and no substance, existing to drawing attention to itself and nothing more. No, I'm not talking about that GG. I'm talking about Guilty Gear, th...

Jonathan Holmes

5:00 PM on 01.24.2015

Jessica Nigri is the new voice of Super Sonico

Jessica Nigri first showed up on my radar after she cosplayed Curly Brace from Cave Story. Applying that level of detail and craftsmanship to a relatively obscure character is the sign of a cosplayer who isn't in it jus...

Jonathan Holmes

3:00 PM on 01.24.2015

Cave Story 2 folder spotted on Nicalis desktop at PAX South

PAX South is going on right now, and two of our most honey-loving sugarbears are in the fray as we speak, lapping up all that sweet golden joy. One of the games they're set to check out is Nicalis's Castle in the Darkness, a ...

Jonathan Holmes

12:00 AM on 01.24.2015

The return of news on Dtoid's YouTube channel? Let's start with Pokkén Tournament

Today was a pretty huge day for Destructoid. One of the founding fathers of the website returned to the fold and swiftly kicked NBA2K15 in the nuts. We reviewed the New 3DS with lukewarm appreciation, tempered with the ...

Jonathan Holmes