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9:00 AM on 12.19.2014

First Deception IV: Another Princess screens show toilet trap

We already knew a bit about the upcoming Deception IV: Another Princess expansion/re-release, including the addition of new traps, a new protagonist, and a quest mode, but seeing it in action is something else entirely. ...

Chris Carter



Toys
Toys"R"Us canceling Lucario amiibo orders
by Chris Carter

[Update: Toys"R"Us put pre-orders back up momentarily this morning, and I expect them to either be faulty or drop very soon. Try to re-pre-order if you want at your own risk!]

[Update 2: Now the retailer has taken off the listing entirely -- there's not even a "sold out" page. What a circus.]

The day the Lucario amiibo went on sale, I pre-ordered it. As in, weeks ago. Now Toys"R"Us is canceling orders, including mine. For reference, Lucario is exclusive to Toys"R"Us and you can't get it anywhere else. Huh?

I'm not alone it seems, as our own Brittany Vincent and Bill Platt have had their orders canceled too, as well as a number of readers out there who reached out last night. We are following up with both Nintendo and Toys"R"Us to see what the deal is. It's entirely possible that the latter wants people running into the store at the release date and buying add-on items. That's retail for you.

Between this, the holy trinity, and Rosalina pre-orders selling out in 30 minutes in the dead of night, this has become a total shitshow by Nintendo and the retailers involved, which chose to do exclusive amiibo in the first place. Why is it that Activision and Disney were able to sell millions of dollars worth of Skylanders and Disney Infinity toys near launch without a hitch?

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8:00 PM on 12.18.2014

The Gift of Gaming: The world's greatest coping mechanism

[Dtoid community member TheDustinThomas shares the story of how video games helped him cope with the loss of his best friend. This made me ache a bit and wish I could see Isabelle again. Want to see your own stuff appear on t...

TheDustinThomas

7:00 PM on 12.18.2014

Capcom is delisting Marvel vs. Capcom Origins soon

It's a shame when companies delist digital-only games but it's even worse when they don't give a heads up. Capcom had the courtesy to let us know that Marvel vs. Capcom Origins is coming off PlayStation Network on December 23...

Jordan Devore

6:30 PM on 12.18.2014

Dota 2 gets a 'Shifting Snows' winter update and a balance patch

Frostivus is not coming this year, but that doesn't mean Dota 2 goes stale! While there may not be a big gameplay event, we've got some big gameplay changes taking place. Lifestealer takes a lot of the focus in this upda...

Patrick Hancock

6:00 PM on 12.18.2014

The game of life

[Dtoid community member Gray Times talks about how video games offered him sanctuary when the waking world got too tough. I still remember losing myself in Final Fantasy VI to escape the Hell of P.E. Want to see your own stuf...

Gray Times



Contest: Win a limited edition copy of Retro City Rampage DX for the PS4! photo
Contest: Win a limited edition copy of Retro City Rampage DX for the PS4!
by Bill Platt

The fine folks at Vblank Entertainment (Brian Provinciano to be exact) want to give one lucky Destructoid community member a limited edition copy of Retro City Rampage DX for the PS4. What makes this so special is that only 2,000 physical versions of the game will ever be made.

I was lucky enough to buy a copy for myself before they sold out (less than 24 hours later). Let me tell you, this is definitely something you want for your collection!

You're probably wondering, "But Bill, how can I win this super special, limited edition game?" Easy, all you have to do is leave a comment below! The winner will be chosen at random on Sunday, December 21st at 5:00 pm Pacific time. Limit one entry per person, and the contest is open to anyone with a US mailing address.

Good luck! And remember our Huge Members get automatic entry into all contests (and double entries if you enter one manually), exclusive beta code giveaways for upcoming games, ad-free browsing, and more! And most of all, your $3's a month helps directly support the site you love. Try us out!

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4:30 PM on 12.18.2014

Outcast returns with an enhanced release on Steam and GOG.com

Earlier this year, Fresh3D tried and failed to fund a high-definition remake of the 1999 action-adventure title Outcast on Kickstarter. Fans showed their support, but there simply weren't enough of them. The company is back w...

Jordan Devore

4:00 PM on 12.18.2014

Holy crap, this Hotline Miami 2 vinyl is cool

iam8bit has opened pre-orders for the Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number Collector's Edition Vinyl ahead of its first quarter 2015 ship date. (Is that when the game is releasing? Hope so!) At $60, the three-record set features 28 ...

Jordan Devore





3:30 PM on 12.18.2014

Log in to Grand Theft Auto Online for holiday gifts

This image. This real, developer-made image for Grand Theft Auto Online. Love it. Rockstar is rolling out limited-time holiday content, like snowballs, festive clothing and masks, new vehicles, and presents. Depending on when...

Jordan Devore



Nominees for Destructoid's Best Narrative Design of 2014 photo
Nominees for Destructoid's Best Narrative Design of 2014
by Brett Makedonski

[Image credit: Mike Lambert]

It's impossible to pinpoint exactly what it is that makes for great narrative design. It's just something you know when you see. It's more than an outstanding story (although, that's certainly a requisite). It's the melding of game mechanics with narrative to create an experience that's elevated beyond those two parts individually.

But, the thing is, there's no formula to ensure it'll work in perfect harmony. All too often, games that excel at telling a story fall somewhat flat with gameplay, or vice versa. It takes a special title to work hand-in-hand with itself to create that seamless whole.

When that happens, it's a wondrous feeling. We're left with the games that can keep us on the edge of our seat in delight, or slouched as deep in the couch as possible, gutted with despair. We're left with the games that we can't stop playing, or that we can't stop thinking about when we're not playing. We're left with the titles that cement the idea that videogames are a transcendent medium.

These are Destructoid's nominees for Best Narrative Design of 2014.

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2:45 PM on 12.18.2014

Come get your free game, Assassin's Creed Unity season pass owners

Ubisoft's offer for a free game for Assassin's Creed Unity season pass owners is now live, and it's extremely simple. In fact, it only took a few clicks before I was the proud new owner of Far Cry 4. Here's how to do it....

Brett Makedonski

2:30 PM on 12.18.2014

GTA V debut coincides with weekly PS4 sales quadrupling in Japan

While retailers in some countries have already committed to taking Grand Theft Auto V off shelves, Japan's just now getting the current-gen remake. For a country that has famously gotten away from console gaming, this ga...

Brett Makedonski

2:00 PM on 12.18.2014

Halfbrick makes some good games, and now all the iOS ones are free

Ah, the holiday season. That awkward time of year when you're expected to be in the same room as your extended family, talking to your great aunt that you barely remember about how no, you're not in school anymore; you gradua...

Brett Makedonski

1:30 PM on 12.18.2014

The Steam Holiday Sale is on: Ground Zeroes, Dark Souls II, and more

For some of us, the year-end Steam Holiday  Sale is the one that matters. It's where I tend to buy most of my PC games for the year, which is a nasty habit considering how few of them end up in my library unplayed and un...

Jordan Devore

1:00 PM on 12.18.2014

Bloodborne's procedural Chalice Dungeons are full of horrors

Procedurally-generated dungeons in Bloodborne, huh? I didn't catch the PlayStation Experience demo showing them until now. Not something I would have expected for the game given how good From Software's hand-crafted worlds ca...

Jordan Devore