I honestly thought that we had a few more weeks until the new consoles came out. Like, I knew they were coming out in November but that always seemed like it would be "a few weeks out." I guess that means that we're going to ...
Is it still Gentlemen's Club if a woman is on it? I'd like to think so, because on the Gentlemen's Club everyone is a gentleman. The men are gents, the ladies are gents, the kids, the dogs, the games. Gents all around. We're ...
[Back in April of 2007, former Destructoid writer Chad Concelmo started a recurring series called "The Memory Card." The purpose was simple -- to share some of the greatest events in gaming history, and give them the respect they deserve. But in 2011 the series ended with no resurrection date in sight...until now. With Chad's blessing, please join us for Season 6 of the Memory Card - Chris.]
You know how people often say that they get an unparalleled amount of enjoyment out of "curling up with a good book?" Well, that's how I feel when I curl up with a good videogame. It's rare that something connects with me on an emotional level in practically any medium built for entertainment, but when it hits, it's powerful.
For me, that feeling often materializes in the form of a boss fight, whether it's the final emotional encounter in Metal Gear Sold 4, or running for your life from Resident Evil's unrelenting and terrifying Tyrant. It's these moments that can define a game, and often, they're the ones I recall the most fondly when thinking about them.
So without further ado, here is one of my most memorable boss fights in the last decade of my gaming career.
The tail-end of console generations always feel a tad bittersweet. In our haste to eagerly welcome a new, shiny machine to the ever-growing stack of boxes underneath our televisions, we begin to neglect the systems we're currently graced with -- the ones that have kept us entertained for the better part of a decade. It's an easy enough trap to fall into; everyone shrugs off the ol' housecat in favor of the spritely, young kitten. But, truth be told, that housecat was a damn fine companion for a long time.
As we get set to usher in a new era with the PlayStation 4, it's a fine time to remember all that the PS3 had to offer. Just like when the Wii U was set to launch, we'd like to take a moment to look back at the experiences that personally defined this generation of games for us. These were the Destructoid Staff's favorite PlayStation 3 titles:
A common theme I've seen around the 'net is that Pokemon X & Yhas a weak endgame. While it's not nearly as strong as a few prior generational iterations, I wouldn't necessarily call it "weak."
Despite the fact that the bank and transfer app is not with us yet (thus making it impossible to catch all 718 Pokemon), there's still hundreds of creatures to catch, and a few extra excursions to go on. Here's a list of things you can do after you've beaten the Elite Four.
Wow guys! New consoles are coming out, and they're really expensive. I mean, I know the technology is really expensive but hot damn: those are some expensive-ass Blu-ray players. What? They're more than just Blu-ray players? ...
At some point, there will be an HD Zelda game and, for our sake, I hope it does away with the constant hand-holding and extended intros that were present in Skyward Sword, among other games.
Right now, none of us have any idea what Nintendo has planned for the next coming of Zelda on the Wii U, but one thing's for sure -- I hope it looks to A Link Between Worlds for guidance.
[Update: Holly's episode will happen today, Nov. 10th 2013. Be there.]
Today on Sup, Holmes? we'll be treated to an hour and a half with Holly Pickering, formerly of Travelers Tales. Holly got her start in the business at 20 ...
Last Sunday on Sup Holmes (now on iTunes) we welcomed David Gallant to the program. David made the papers earlier this year for his game I Get This Call Everyday -- an autobiographical comedy/tragedy game about his work in a call center. The game led to David losing his job and flinging himself into the game development world. Flinging yourself is pretty exciting, but its also risky, and inevitably painful.
We talked with David about the things that motivated him to make these decisions, the recent disagreements and misunderstandings that hovered around the Indie Custom Cube, Steam Greenlight feelings, the anger and fear brewing in "gamer culture" today, how to resolve that brew in the most constructive way possible, his favorite game on the Oculus Rift, eating magical brownies with Richard Hofmeier, and a whole heck of a lot more.
Thanks again to David for appearing on the program, and be sure to tune in tomorrow at 1pm PST/4pm EST when we welcome Holly Pickering (Lego Batman, Ether One) to the show.
[Every week, from early November through the end of 2013, I'll report on my use of Wii Fit U and how it benefits my health.]
This year, being the biggest console launch year in a decade, has been really busy for me. I normally travel over 80,000 miles a year for Destructoid, but this year has me nearly doubling that, and it's not over yet.
I eat well everywhere I go. It has become sort of a goal to find the best food I can in every city I visit. So I leave home for a week, pig out, come home stuffed, stressed, sometimes hung over, and always lacking rest, doing this every two weeks or so.
I looked down at my stomach last week. And on the floor, just past my bulging gut, I saw the Wii Fit Balance Board...
Happy Friday everyone!
Welcome to another thrilling edition of Friday Night Fights! Today, we're going to talk about three of the biggest multiplayer games to launch this year. These games are, without a doubt, the most impor...
When Pokemon X & Y was first announced, opinions between fans were torn. Some didn't like the 3D models and emphasis on a flashy visual style, and others thought of it as the natural evolution of the series.
At first, I wasn't completely sold either. Although I was floored at the prospect of a new Pokemon game, it took some time until the game really warmed up to me. After catching every single Pokemon in the Kalos region Pokedex (all 454) though, I realized something -- I was having the most fun I had ever had with the franchise.
Because truly, it's the little things that made me fall in love with X & Y.
It's that time of the year again where we start finalizing all the hottest and coolest stuff we want to nab for the holidays. New consoles are upon us, there's a ton of great games to get, and there's plenty of other cool gad...
I seriously don't understand Microsoft's angle leading up to the launch of the Xbone. At this point in the game (PUNS) I feel like we should have a pretty good handle on what the system is and where it's going. Microsoft seem...
While we were all busy Halloweening it up, drinking pumpkin spice Four Loko and throwing rocks at ghosts, Nintendo unceremoniously maimed its 3DS drawing app, Swapnote. It removed SpotPass functionality from the service, which used to allow 3DS friends to send notes (drawn pictures or photos shot with the 3DS camera) to each other over the internet
Swapnote still exists, but images can only be traded locally, through StreetPass, at which point you might as well scribble on bar napkins and pass them out. No more Special Notes, personal letters and drawings from Nintendo staff, will come through the systems, either.
Nintendo acting backwards with respect to online communication isn't new, but usually people have some idea going in of the limited options they'll have. Nintendo actively removing an established feature because it was misused by some and because children use the system is heavy-handed and irritating.