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Brutal Legend and Destructoid Twitter party is a GO! photo
Brutal Legend and Destructoid Twitter party is a GO!
by Jim Sterling

Destructoid cordially invites all readers to our second Twitter Party Extravaganza, and you don't even have to bring beer. At 3pm Central (RIGHT NOW) to 5pm Central, Twitter will be set aflame by talk of THE METAL and all things concerning Double Fine's hotly anticipated action game, Brütal Legend. It's ridiculously easy to take part.

Simply head on over to Twitter and take part in discussions with @BrutalLegend, @Dtoid, @Jim_Sterling and @Dinomas while using the hashtag #brutallegend. Those taking part will have a chance to win some amazing prizes, such a Eddie Riggs limited edition statues (five to give away), prize packs including stickers and patches (twenty-five to give away) and our top gift, a PS3 Slim!

There are two ways to win: You can follow @Dinomas and answer specific questions, or you can just Tweet like crazy and get one from our random draw. Hedge your bets by Tweeting as much as possible, using the all-important hashtag. You can also keep track of the discussions by using a service like Tweetgrid. The statues and prize packs will be open to international readers, but the PS3 Slim will be NTSC only. 

The last time we did this, we became a trending topic, demonstrating the power of the Destructoid community. I am sure we can do it again (especially since I've had over 200 new Twitter Followers since the party was announced) so let's dive in and have fun. See you there! 

#brutallegend!

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Interview: Picking the brain of Double Fine's Tim Schafer photo
Interview: Picking the brain of Double Fine's Tim Schafer
by Ben Perlee

Tim Schafer. Tim f**king Schafer.

He's a man that most of us know. One of the writers behind The Secret of Monkey Island, and the man behind Full Throttle, Grim Fandango, Psychonauts, and Brütal Legend, Schafer has remained on the cutting edge of game narrative and humor. It's with good reason that at the 2008 Spike Video Game Awards, Jack Black decided to chant Schafer's name for a solid two minutes: it's one of the biggest in the industry.

That's why I was so excited when I was faced with this opportunity: a one-on-one interview with the man himself. How could I say no? So I went to the event, played some Brütal Legend, ate some sandwiches, and settled down with the guy.

What did we talk about? Well, you probably already know about stuff like the game's eight-player multiplayer, his commentary on Monkey Island, and the issue of creativity, but I'll let you know: those quotes don't do it justice. We talked about lots of things, from the state of the industry to how things have changed in 20 years. In an industry swathed with secrets and hush-hush/wink-wink attitudes, to talk with someone like Tim Schafer with candor and fun was refreshing. You'll definitely want to take a look at it for yourselves.

Hit the jump for the full interview with Tim Schafer.

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We host a Brutal Legend Twitter party, you win a PS3 Slim! photo
We host a Brutal Legend Twitter party, you win a PS3 Slim!
by Jim Sterling

A few weeks ago, Destructoid co-hosted a Twitter party for King of Fighters XII, using everybody's favorite self-obsession network to hand out a bunch of cool prizes to the Destructoid community. The power of the Destructoid fanbase was out in full force, and within the hour, the #KOF12 tag became a trending topic.

The influence of the Destructoid community has been noted, and that's why we're happy to say that we're returning to Twitter this Friday to host yet another party. This time it's for Double Fine's eagerly anticipated Brütal Legend! This friday, from 3pm to 5pm Central, the @Dtoid Twitter account, along with myself (@jim_sterling) and Rocket XL's @Dinomas. Make sure you're following us to keep the conversation going.

The prizes are absolutely splendid. There are five extremely limited Eddie Riggs statues to give away, along with twenty-five prize packs that include stickers, patches and zipper pulls. I have also just learned that one lucky winner will receive a PS3 Slim. Yep, you read that right. A f*cking PS3 Slim.

In order to win, keep chatting on Twitter using the #brutallegend tag. Rocket will be handing out prizes at random intervals, as well as asking questions for chances to win. 

So, this Friday at 3pm Central. There will be a reminder post going up on the day, and let's see if we can make yet another trending topic and prove to the world that Destructoid is a trendsetter.

P.S: Using a Twitter tracking service like TweetGrid with the #brutallegend tag will help you follow the party better. Oh, and don't forget to follow @brutallend.

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8:00 PM on 08.18.2009

Pre-order Brutal Legend for early access to the demo

Why wait until September 17 to play Brütal Legend when you can do so a little in advance? As we guessed earlier, one of the pre-order bonuses for the rocktacular game will indeed be a chance to get the demo early -- rese...

Jordan Devore

11:47 AM on 08.18.2009

GC 09: Get this Brutal Legend trailer into your skull

Electronic Arts kicked off Gamescom with a presser full of hype and marketing, like any good presser should. Among the festivities was a bit of a boast about Brütal Legend defeating the "huge ugly monster" that...

Jim Sterling

10:00 AM on 08.18.2009

Brutal Legend demo coming in Septic-tember (Update 2)

If you're not already sold on Double Fine's Brütal Legend, your brain might be broken. But we can understand wanting to try before you buy, so we're happy to hear a demo is on its way for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 this ...

Nick Chester

10:00 AM on 08.14.2009

Tim Schafer on creativity: 'Stupid ideas are often the best'

One of the things I did with my interview with Tim Schafer was allow some community members to offer questions to ask the guy. I liked what DaedHead8 and Krow asked: How is Tim able to be so creative, and how does he get thos...

Ben Perlee





8:00 PM on 08.13.2009

Tim Schafer on Monkey Island: 'I get instantly happy'

By now you've heard about the multiplayer for Brütal Legend, as well as the yet-unseen 4v4 mode. But, as we all know, Tim Schafer is a man of many hats, and one of the hats he wore was writer for the original The Secret ...

Ben Perlee



Preview: Brutal Legend (multiplayer) photo
Preview: Brutal Legend (multiplayer)
by Hamza CTZ Aziz

Brütal Legend has a ton going for it. The single-player experience is impressive, the soundtrack is going to rock so hard, and the game is still scheduled to rock October now that Activision backed off Electronic Art’s Kool-Aid.

The only thing that we haven’t seen from Brütal Legend was the multiplayer -- until last week, that is. EA and Double Fine finally unveiled Brütal Legend’s multiplayer for the first time to the press, and I really enjoyed what I got to play, despite the steep learning curve.

Hit the break to find out all there is to Brütal Legend’s multiplayer.

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6:20 PM on 08.10.2009

Schafer rocks Rubik's Cube for Brutal Legend soundtrack reveal

Okay, so maybe the soundtrack for Brütal Legend leaked a bit early. But for its official reveal, Double Fine and Electronic Arts rock it hard... by having designer Tim Schafer solve a Rubik's Cube. Huh? Sure. Why no...

Nick Chester

1:00 PM on 08.09.2009

EA Denmark lets Brutal Legend soundtrack slip (Update)

I don't know if the soundtrack for a game has every truly been "hotly anticipated," but if one had to choose the most "hotly anticipated" soundtrack to a game ever it might just be Brütal Legend's as ...

Matthew Razak

12:40 PM on 08.07.2009

Activision getting barely anything in Brutal Legend suit

If you like to see evil publisher Activision getting what it deserves for its greed and hubris, then this is the story for you. The LA Times is reporting that the nefarious company is getting "little to not compensation&...

Jim Sterling

2:43 PM on 08.06.2009

Rocktober lives! Brutal Legend lawsuit settled

It's been a bumpy road for Brutal Legend, what with all the legal mumbo jumbo surrounding the game. It started as Activision suing Double Fine for allegedly "improperly" transferring the rights from Activision to El...

Jordan Devore

5:45 PM on 07.23.2009

Jack Black usurps Internet meme throne in Brutal Thoughts #5

Look, I like Jack Black. I’m a big fan of his band, Tenacious D, and I think he’s reasonably funny in general. Unfortunately, most of the “Brutal Thoughts” videos that he’s done (see parts two, t...

Samit Sarkar

1:45 PM on 07.22.2009

Double Fine files countersuit in Brutal Legend legal battle

According to a report by the Washington Post, Brütal Legend’s developer Double Fine has filed a countersuit to Activision’s legal attempts to prevent the game’s Roktober release. The countersuit contend...

Nick Chester

6:00 AM on 07.21.2009

Start your morning off right, watch some more Brutal Legend

Do you have 22 minutes to spare? In that case, may I recommend viewing this fine gameplay video for Brütal Legend? Like the video from last week, it features commentary from Tim Schafer. And, deciding that he alone is in...

Conrad Zimmerman