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Bargain Bin Laden #22: Psychonauts


Aug 12
Psychonauts. Yeah, I know -- sort of like Beyond Good and Evil, one of those games that needs no introduction, that almost hourly enjoys some sort of running of the mouth by one journalist or another. I'm introducing it as su... read
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Bargain Bin Laden #21: R-Type Final


Aug 04
Søren Kierkegaard once wrote, "I see it all perfectly; there are two possible situations - one can either do this or that. My honest opinion and my friendly advice is this: do it or do not do it - you will regret ... read
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Bargain Bin Laden #20: Gunstar Super Heroes


Jul 30
Today, BBL rolls up on the big two-oh. I was planning on some grand gesture to celebrate, like some sort of Destructoid team photo where we're all fighting each other while riding bears or something, but I hear that's illegal... read
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Bargain Bin Laden #19: Otogi


Jul 22
Things look pretty bleak for the next month or so, don't they? Ah, summertime -- when the gaming industry actually offers a pretty compelling excuse to get off your ass and get outside. There's not much between here a... read
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Bargain Bin Laden #18: Maximo


Jul 08
You guys smell that? Oh yes, it smells like violent death. That's right, kids, welcome the newest inductee into the "So Bloody Hard It's Awesome" club of BBL selections: Maximo: Ghosts to Glory!Now, bear in ... read
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Bargain Bin Laden #17: Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga


Jul 01
There's a particular point in this week's BBL that I'm going to say now, because I'll invariably get kicked in the face for saying so -- let's get the face-kickin' out of the way as quick as possible. ... read
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Bargain Bin Laden #16: Zone of the Enders


Jun 24
Long-time BBL readers know that I'm no stranger to giant robots. You might recall when I covered... huh, okay, no giant robots in the games I've covered, anyway. But I dated one in college, which was awkward, especial... read
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Bargain Bin Laden #15: Crimson Skies


Jun 10
Today we reach back to hallowed antiquity in a loosely related sort of way. Back in The Day I covered an oft-overlooked title for BBL called Sky Odyssey, and it's difficult to write up this week's feature, Crimson Skies: High... read
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Bargain Bin Laden #14: Freedom Fighters


Jun 02
Aaron Linde is busy hunting terrorists with Jack Bauer, so I'm taking over Bargain Bin Laden this week. This week's game, Freedom Fighters, is one that I've actually discussed with Mr. Linde at some length. This i... read
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Bargain Bin Laden #13: Dragon Quest VIII


May 13
This week's selection ain't exactly obscure, but it is one of the best RPGs ever made. If you haven't already played Dragon Quest VIII, it's likely that you've spoken with someone who has, or read one of t... read
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Good evening and happy Friday, friends, and welcome to a special edition of Bargain Bin Laden. As those of you familiar with how we work it up here in Bargainville (located in northern Dealvania) are already aware, covering n... read feature

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360 backwards compatibility update includes Panzer Dragoon, others


Apr 19
Holy God, Microsoft just answered two of my biggest prayers. The latest upcoming backwards compatibility update for the Xbox 360 covers a round of half-decent titles, but also includes the A-List But Sadly Forgotten (And Thus... read
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Bargain Bin Laden #12: Scurge: Hive


Apr 15
This week's Bargain Bin Laden begins with a personal gripe: Nintendo and NST really crapped in my cereal with Metroid Prime: Hunters. Not because it was a bad game -- quite the contrary, actually -- but just because the o... read
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Bargain Bin Laden 11: Contra: Shattered Soldier


Apr 08
Happy Holy Zombie Day, pixies -- since all but ten to fifteen of you have meandered towards a computer and away from drunken relatives arguing over divinity and chocolate eggs and large sums of borrowed money, I figure I'... read
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Bargain Bin Laden 10: Shenmue II


Apr 01
Good god, it's been a long couple of weeks. If you haven't already read my bitching and complaining elsewhere, the story is this: three weeks before the end of my penultimate Winter quarter at Western Washington Unive... read
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[Update: We've got plenty of great submissions thus far, but there's still time left, people -- you got 'til Friday.] Afternoon, underlings. Aaron Linde here -- and by here, I mean not at GDC. That's right! Wh... read feature

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Bargain Bin Laden #9: God Hand


Feb 25
So, God Hand. Let's get those big questions cleared away before we begin, shall we?First, those of you paying attention might note that while God Hand recently enjoyed a nigh-universal price cut, the new $19.99 new / $17.... read
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Bargain Bin Laden #8: Panzer Dragoon Orta


Feb 18
Did you know that "Bargain Bin Laden" has been incorporated into several terrorism aggregate news feeds since its inception? It's true! Good to know that those looking for the latest updates on the US's #1 m... read
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High Scores: our best garage sale gaming finds


Feb 16
I had the most wonderful dream last night. Hey, where are you going? I swear it has nothing to do with me, a bottle of scotch, a swimming pool full of maple syrup and one Mr. Ron Workman. Well, not this dream, anyway.No, this... read
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Bargain Bin Laden #7: Beyond Good and Evil


Feb 11
You don't really need me to go on and on about Ubisoft's incredible Beyond Good and Evil, do you? The same people that busy themselves fellating Fumito Ueda over Shadow of the Colossus and ICO and waxing philosophical... read
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Bargain Bin Laden #6: Gunvalkyrie


Feb 04
I'd like to think that our usual audiences would be present and accounted for today, but let's face it: most of you are watching the game, drunk and awash in nacho cheese. I could phone this one in and nobody'd be... read
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BK drops game prices to 99 cents; your arteries shudder as you approach


Feb 03
Just when you thought the King's game collection couldn't get any cheaper than $4 ... the games become cheaper than their burgers. You can now get Pocketbike Racer, Sneak King, and the bumper car one that nobody like... read
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Bargain Bin Laden #5: Donkey Kong Jungle Beat


Jan 28
Sorry for the interruption in programming, kids. Due to forces beyond my control like physics and math and other kinds of science, BBL's gonna be a Sunday deal from here on out. We cool? Good. I hate it when we fight, bab... read
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Bargain Bin Laden #4: Jet Set Radio Future/Sega GT 2002


Jan 09
Before I'm drawn and quartered for the extreme tardiness of this week's BBL, let me assure you that it was not my wish to delay. Rather, the Great and Terrible Gods of Consumer Electronics deemed me unfit to carry on ... read
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Bargain Bin Laden #3: Mobile Light Force 2


Dec 26
Settle down, children, and let ol' BBL tell you a tale; a tale of mystery, intrigue, and ultimate suffering. It is a story of Japanese shooters and their horrible and inappropriately localized US counterparts, of witchcra... read
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Bargain Bin Laden #2: Sky Odyssey


Dec 19
Pilotwings has been painfully absent from our hearts and minds for more than ten years. The last we saw the series was Pilotwings 64, a launch title that was sadly overshadowed by the irrefutable success of Super Mario's asce... read
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Bargain Bin Laden #1: Seek and Destroy


Dec 12
You kids and your next-gen -- flirting with financial ruin, that's what you're doing. $300-$600 for a new console? Sixty bones for a game? Hogwash! Why sell off your kidneys, your firstborn, and your firstborn's kidneys for t... read






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