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We attempted to play D4: Dark Dreams Don't Die photo
We attempted to play D4: Dark Dreams Don't Die
by Max Scoville



Okay, so Chris Carter absolutely loved D4: Dark Dreams Don't Die, so Bill and I figured we'd check it out... and uh. Wow. Goodness gracious.

That certainly is some sort of video game. I think. Honestly, if I didn't have this whole experience on video, I might think there was a gas leak in my house making us go all stupid and insane.

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Skyrim can only get better when you play it as Ronnie James Dio photo
Skyrim can only get better when you play it as Ronnie James Dio
by Bill Zoeker

Max and I decided to start a playthrough of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim as the late Ronnie James Dio, the heavy metal legend who had a music video that kinda looks like Skyrim. There's only one problem; Max can't remember any Dio lyrics correctly. It's okay though; we had good beer and bad tacos.

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Mike saw Bloodborne and Until Dawn at PAX! photo
Mike saw Bloodborne and Until Dawn at PAX!
by Max Scoville

Our pal Mike Cosimano (who, in all seriousness rivals Jonathan Holmes when it comes to kindness and all-around positivity) was our video editing man at PAX Prime earlier this month. I made sure he got a chance to check out some games he wanted to see, and two of those games were Until Dawn and Bloodborne

Both of those games were too scary for me and Bill to cover, so Mike did us a solid and summed up his thoughts in this lovely video, though first he had to go to back to college and then attend a Transformers convention. Sorry for the delay!

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Sunset Overdrive's pretty solid, but I think I'm over it photo
Sunset Overdrive's pretty solid, but I think I'm over it
by Max Scoville



Sunset Overdrive was one of the most exciting announcements to come out of E3 2013, and since then, I've had numerous people say it looks like a game made just for me.

For whatever reason, I didn't get a chance to check it out at E3 or PAX, and a couple weeks ago, I was giddy to finally sit down and check it out. I played through the first hour or so, and while it seems like a pretty solid game, I came away feeling totally uninterested.

Maybe it's a case of hype fatigue, or maybe I'm just too old for energy drinks and parkour. Maybe I just need something weirder to scratch that itch. Anyway, check out the video for my full thoughts.

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3:30 PM on 09.19.2014

Friday Night Fights: Videogames are fun!

[Disclaimer: I enjoy playing videogames and sometimes buy them.] Man, it's been a long time since I was able to just kick back and relax with a videogame. I mean sure, I sneak in an hour or so here and there, but I can't reme...

Mr Andy Dixon



A quick guide to all four Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel skill trees photo
A quick guide to all four Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel skill trees
by Darren Nakamura

In case you have not yet heard, the full, interactive skill trees for all four of the Vault Hunters in the upcoming Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel have been released for public consumption.

Some of the mathematics governing the skill trees has been tweaked for the Pre-Sequel, so in contrast with Borderlands 2, these new Vault Hunters will be able to reach the end of two of their three skill trees before hitting the initial level cap of 50.

Most people looking forward to the title had already decided on which character to main, but now we can all make more educated decisions. In my case, I am sure I will eventually play them all. So after reading every skill carefully, imagining how it will all play out on the battlefield, and spending far too much time tweaking skill points, I have come up with proposed builds for how I expect to play each of the new characters.

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Hardline 29: Destiny's lukewarm reception, first taste of Smash Bros., and the world is a vampire photo
Hardline 29: Destiny's lukewarm reception, first taste of Smash Bros., and the world is a vampire
by Jordan Devore

Hardline is back! For this week's episode, Max filled in to speak with me and Bill about Destiny and how the game fails to live up to Bungie's pedigree in some areas. Super Smash Bros., on the other hand, is just plain great, even if the 3DS demo is on the short side.

Max also became obsessed with Goat Simulator clones on the App Store and shared his idea for a potential Duke Nukem / Aliens crossover game that would be amazing, in the right hands.

For the audio-only episode, you can subscribe on iTunes and RSS or download directly.

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Playthrough: Destiny's Mars has cars, but not a single hot dog in sight photo
Playthrough: Destiny's Mars has cars, but not a single hot dog in sight
by Bill Zoeker

I've come down with a bad case of Dumpster Mono, and Max Scoville is terrified of germs, so he made me stay home so he could play Destiny and call it 'work'. But, without my responsible guidance, he got tricked into playing co-op with a man named Steve, who he thought he knew, but turned out to be a complete internet stranger. That doesn't stop Max from missing a lot of shots, and misreading pertinent information. 

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Max and Bill must kill the Moon-Princes photo
Max and Bill must kill the Moon-Princes
by Max Scoville

Man, Destiny. I seriously can't remember the last game that I felt so ambivalent about, but was so completely hooked on. Here's me and Bill dicking around on the Moon and discussing our general thoughts on the game, and killing the Moon-Princes with a big dumb sword.

Is it a "Let's Play?" I don't know. But we're enjoying ourselves, and maybe you'll enjoy watching our enjoyment.

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2:00 PM on 09.13.2014

Radio Dtoid 044: Reading is the Worst

Radio Dtoid is Destructoid's official community-focused podcast! Join Aaron "Mxy" Yost (Forums Admin), ConorElsea.com (US Community Manager), Beccy Caine (EU Community Manager), Kyle MacGregor (Contributor), and Mr Andy Dixon...

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I've discovered a new go-to game for relaxing photo
I've discovered a new go-to game for relaxing
by Jordan Devore

I play videogames for many reasons. Sometimes, I play for the story -- the chance to visit new worlds and live out someone else's life. Other times, it's the sense of competition I find most alluring, or the chance to master a game's rules and finally overcome its fiercest challenges.

But for every passing motivation to play games I have, I'll always been in need of one that can help me relax. Something to take my mind off life's problems, no matter how big or small they might be. Something I can get into for 15 minutes, or hours on end. Something that'll last.

Right now, Endless Ocean: Blue World is that game for me, and what a gem it is.

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BioWare is working to specifically differentiate Dragon Age: Inquisition from Dragon Age II photo
BioWare is working to specifically differentiate Dragon Age: Inquisition from Dragon Age II
by Chris Carter

When I entered BioWare's offices and had a chance to speak to the game's Executive Producer and Studio GM, I had one goal in mind -- to find out how Dragon Age: Inquisition was going to be more like Origins, and less like Dragon Age II.

You'd expect a lot of Molyneuxian backpedaling when confronted with the idea that the last game was a letdown in many eyes, but the responses I received were genuine, with a real concern for learning from past mistakes, and a confident assurance of the game Inquisition could really become.

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6:30 PM on 09.10.2014

Destructoid shirts now going for $14.95

All t-shirts on the Destructoid store have been dropped down to $14.95! We've lowered the price, saving you a few bucks. Hoodies are still between $24.95 to $34.95, and as always you'll get free shipping worldwide on ord...

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Videogames Are Stupid! Watch Dtoid's PAX panel right here photo
Videogames Are Stupid! Watch Dtoid's PAX panel right here
by Bill Zoeker

We decided for this year's PAX Prime panel, we would let our very own Max Scoville just do whatever dumb garbage he wanted to come up with. The result was: "Videogames Are Stupid: The Inherit Silliness of the Medium." Enjoy this recording, in which the people running the panel A/V equipment at PAX managed to blow out the audio, and listen to us wing an hour of talking about how absurdly stupid our favorite form of entertainment is.

Max and I were joined by: Brian Altano, of IGN and The Comedy Button; Anthony Carboni, of We Have Concerns; Adam Kovic, from Machinima's Inside Gaming, and Jack DeVries, formerly at IGN and now something of an Internet vagrant.

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Humanity, splendor, and wonder creep out of commercial systems photo
Humanity, splendor, and wonder creep out of commercial systems
by Steven Hansen

Late Saturday night and Sunday morning, I did a 101-block long, 7-8 mile walk horizontally through San Francisco, like a scalping of the city's northern districts. It started downtown on the bay at AT&T Park, where the Giants went to play baseball after abandoning Candlestick.

Candlestick was walking distance from where I grew up. My mom worked there for a while. Only baseball games. She often brought home practiced and played balls stained with grass and infield dirt. Years ago, driving home from Candlestick, from a 49ers dismantling of Seattle, I was flipped over on the freeway by a drunk driver, trying to figure out if the blood on my jeans was mine (it wasn't). I haven't been back there since. Football tickets got too expensive. 

The San Francisco 49ers abandoned Candlestick this year, too. The San Francisco 49ers now play in arid Santa Clara, in a stadium named after a brand of jeans, though ownership kept the "San Francisco" in its name. It's branding.

The team is now in Silicon Valley and closer to a higher economic class (not out in "scary" -- minority-packed -- Visitacion Valley/Hunter's Point). My landlord hasn't missed a 49ers game in over 40 years, but he almost lost his season tickets in the move because of how much the organization has jacked up the prices. My rent wasn't enough to keep him on the 50 yard line, in the middle of the action. Now he's in an endzone corner. The stadium is sold out, of course, with the $110-$479 single seats now being resold for around $600 a ticket. Dropping over $100 in the second hand market gets you standing room only in the nosebleeds.

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1:30 PM on 09.07.2014

Now is the perfect time to start blogging on Dtoid!

As you may have already noticed, our industrious engineers James and Niero have been hard at work these last few days installing some sexy new tools for our Community Blogs. Video and image embedding, text formatting, and mor...

Mr Andy Dixon