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#Fortune is a game that predicts your future by reading your tweets photo
#Fortune is a game that predicts your future by reading your tweets
by Jonathan Holmes

As a youth, I became temporarily obsessed with an early Rare title for the NES called Taboo. It was a simple fortune telling game that used virtual Tarot cards to predict your future, but it inspired a deep level of fascination within me and my friends. If this game existed, it must have some purpose, right? There must be some meaning we could squeeze out of it, some understanding that we could eke out of its code. If there was method to its madness, and we could come to understand that method, maybe we would understand what adults thought was important, and then figure out a way to outsmart them forever. 

That lasted about a week before we gave up. If we had something like #Fortune back then, we may have never given up. #Fortune's creator Zach Gage (SpellTower, Ridiculous Fishing) probably knows what I mean. He's been playing the game himself since 2013, when it first manifested as physical instillation piece. It was a follow up to Best Day Ever, a bot account that Gage had designed in 2009 to aggregate pure positivity from Twitter. #Fortune was also a bot, but instead of positivity, it worked to use Twitter to predict your future.

What appears to be a random set of daily message at may start to reveal some interconnected meaning over time, or it just might make you laugh to read a distorted picture of your future as crafted by your present online persona. As Gage puts it "Who we are online is often a carefully crafted version of who we want to be. Tweets might be like mantras, tiny self-fulfilling prophesies... Or they might just be little lies we tell ourselves. #Fortune is both."

#Fortune is free on iOS

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Contest: Win a bunch of awesome games from the Be Mine 17 bundle! photo
Contest: Win a bunch of awesome games from the Be Mine 17 bundle!
by Mr Andy Dixon

Our friends at Groupees are in the midst of their latest charity bundle, and they've given us 20 codes to help spread the word!

Included in the Be Mine 17 bundle are Last Inua, Sinking Island, Tex Murphy: Martian Memorandum, Cats Never Die, Chaos Ride, Popcornkid! Neon, Cinders, Cat Goes Fishing, Majestic Nights: Chapter 1, Deep Dungeons of Doom, and Millennium 5. Proceeds go to support the Unbound charity, and you can learn more about that here!

To enter to win a code, just tweet the following:

Enter to win the Be Mine 17 charity bundle from @Groupees1 and @Destructoid! http://tinyurl.com/dtoidbm17

Then post a link to your tweet in the comments below. Limit one entry per person, and you have until this Saturday, February 7 at 11:59pm Pacific to enter. Contest is open to anyone in the world!

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, monthly newsletters direct from the staff, ad-free browsing, and more! And most of all, your $3 a month helps directly support the site you love. Try us out!

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Platinum's 404 page is a cute little Bayonetta demake photo
Platinum's 404 page is a cute little Bayonetta demake
by Jordan Devore

Instead of displaying a simple file-not-found message, the 404 page on Platinum Games' website holds a score-attack demake of Bayonetta. It's worth a moment of your day.

The game is simplistic -- you jump and shoot at oncoming angels -- but the music's appropriate for the aesthetic and I just love the cartoonish eye bulge when Affinities get hit. Brings me back to the classic Data East series Joe & Mac. Feel free to compare high scores in the comments.

Hideki Kamiya [Twitter]

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February's Xbox One Games with Gold is already out photo
February's Xbox One Games with Gold is already out
by Brett Makedonski

February's the shortest month of the year, but Xbox is artificially lengthening it by spilling it over into January. That's the only way to explain this month's Xbox One Games with Gold already popping up for free on the Xbox Live Marketplace.

#IDARB is available and free right now on Xbox One for Xbox Live Gold subscribers. It was supposed to go up on February 1, but you can have it more than two days early.

Why did #IDARB go up so soon? My best guess is that Xbox Live's servers just couldn't contain its wild, insane party ways. Try it out; you'll see what I mean. If not, we'll have a live look for you soon if all goes according to plan.

#IDARB [Xbox]

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Contest: Win a copy of Mega Ran Com: Mission! photo
Contest: Win a copy of Mega Ran Com: Mission!
by Mr Andy Dixon

Originally a commission by a hardcore fan, Mega Ran Com: Mission, was recently unlocked for the general public, and we've got five digital copies to hand out to lucky readers!

To enter to win, just leave a comment in the thread below telling us your favorite Mega Ran track! Limit one entry per person, and the contest is open to anyone in the world! You have until this Sunday, February 1 at 11:59pm Pacific to enter.

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, monthly newsletters direct from the staff, ad-free browsing, and more! And most of all, your $3 a month helps directly support the site you love. Try us out!

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Dead or Alive 5 will make up for its PC delay with 28 free costumes photo
Dead or Alive 5 will make up for its PC delay with 28 free costumes
by Jordan Devore

Dead or Alive 5 Last Round won't hit its original February 17, 2015 release on PC, as Koei Tecmo has pushed the game to March 30 "[i]n order to provide you with the best possible experience..."

To that end, the company is giving away the Halloween 2013 costume set to everyone who buys Last Round on Steam. That's 28 outfits, many of them predictably scandalous.

Frankly, I've got a feeling the port won't be without its issues, delay or no delay, but let's shelve that thought until launch. At the very least, the PC version of Last Round will not support online multiplayer right away -- that's supposed to arrive "within three months of release."

But then again, mods. They're going to escalate quickly.

Dead or Alive 5 Last Round [Steam]

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Brothers and #IDARB headline February's Games with Gold photo
Brothers and #IDARB headline February's Games with Gold
by Brett Makedonski

February's a tricky proposition if you're the procrastinating type when it comes to gobbling up your free videogames. A meager 28 days means that you need to get in gear and download the new Xbox Live Games with Gold early. No depending on a 31st to bail your lazy ass out.

Xbox has unveiled next month's Games with Gold, and they're mostly what we've come to expect -- a really good game, an indie title we don't know much about, and some filler. They are Brothers - A Tale of Two Sons, #IDARB, and Sniper Elite V2.

Brothers is the clear standout here, which can be downloaded from February 1-15. I gave it an excellent score a few years ago and managed to still be on the low end of most outlets. I've also got your back if you need help cleaning up the Achievements.

#IDARB is the lone Xbox One game. It's supposed to be zany and fun. Guess you'll have to find out for yourself. Then, there's Sniper Elite V2 bringing up the second half of the month on Xbox 360. By then, you'll probably just be looking forward to March's games.

It’s Cold! Bundle Up with Some Hot Deals with February Games with Gold [Xbox Wire]

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Presenting Lovesick, a game about projectile wedding-night vomit photo
Presenting Lovesick, a game about projectile wedding-night vomit
by Jordan Devore

I'm filing this one under "You'd be stupid not to cover it, Jordan."

Lovesick is a simple, physics-driven two-player game for PC and Mac in which a bride and groom explode out of both ends after eating undercooked shrimp. Classic mistake. The player who lands the most "projectiles" in the toilet is deemed victorious. But really, whoever wins, we lose.

I refuse to spoil the game's fabulous song selection, but know that it's on point.

Lovesick [Deep Plaid Games]

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A free roguelike with music by Banjo-Kazooie's Grant Kirkhope? Yes, please! photo
A free roguelike with music by Banjo-Kazooie's Grant Kirkhope? Yes, please!
by Jordan Devore

I'm struggling to stop playing The Enchanted Cave 2 for long enough to tell you about it. Unassuming name and overabundance of roguelikes aside, this browser-based game is terrific.

You delve into a cavern in search of gold, gear, and experience but here's the trick: only certain items can be brought back to the surface. And you need a special item to escape in the first place. Combat is tile-based in classic "mash against a monster until someone dies" fashion. There's skill trees, crafting, and did I mention the music? It's typical Kirkhope. Amazing.

If you're coming in as a veteran of the original game, prepare for quite the upgrade.

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Who's the better Pokémon: Serperior, Emboar, or Samurott? photo
Who's the better Pokémon: Serperior, Emboar, or Samurott?
by Jordan Devore

The next distribution event for Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire will give us a chance to score Serperior, Emboar, and Samurott, each with their own Hidden Ability. You'll need to update your game to version 1.2 and redeem a Mystery Gift code. That's it! Here's the schedule:

  • Serperior: January 22 - November 30. Use code POKEMON497 in Mystery Gift.
  • Emboar: January 29 - November 30. The code will be revealed on Pokemon.com.
  • Samurott: February 5 - November 30. The code will be revealed in the Pokémon Trainer Club newsletter.

With that info out of the way, this is your cue to fight about which of the three Pokémon is best. For me, it's unquestionably Emboar. Pokémon Black/White marked the first time I didn't start with a Water type because, sorry, Samurott, but we can't be friends. And Serperior is clearly evil.

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Classic PC sim Theme Hospital free on Origin photo
Classic PC sim Theme Hospital free on Origin
by Jordan Devore

For years, my uncle left his his late-'90s laptop at my grandparents' house and whenever I'd come to visit, I'd flip through PC game instruction manuals and play stuff like Diablo, Warcraft, The 7th Guest, and 3-D Ultra Minigolf (the one with the volcano and alligator on the cover). He was also an avid Theme Hospital player but for whatever probably-crap reason, I never tried it back then.

Don't make the same mistake as younger, dumber me: Theme Hospital is free to download and keep right now through Origin. Nab that while you can or continue ignoring the platform per usual.

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Click here for a Brawlhalla closed beta key! photo
Click here for a Brawlhalla closed beta key!
by Mr Andy Dixon

Destructoid has partnered with our friends at Blue Mammoth Games to give away a TON of closed beta keys for their upcoming brawler Brawlhalla!

Brawlhalla is a super fun, fast-paced, 2D platform brawler for the PC where champions from across history battle it out in an eternal tournament. Throw down in local or online play with up to four players and send your opponents flying off stage to claim victory! As a member of the closed beta, you'll help developers shape the game for launch!

To claim your code, just head on over to our code redemption page and click the big red button! (HUGE members, visit your HUGE perks page for your reserved codes!) Then just login to your Steam account, activate it, and you're ready to start downloading!

Have fun! And if you weren't quick enough to get a code, why not sign up for a HUGE membership? You'll get automatic entry into all contests (and double entries if you enter one manually), guaranteed beta code access, ad-free browsing, monthly newsletters from the staff, and more! And most of all, your $3 a month helps directly support the site you love!

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Contest: Win an iPad courtesy of World of Warriors! photo
Contest: Win an iPad courtesy of World of Warriors!
by Mr Andy Dixon

Destructoid has partnered with the fine folks behind the awesome World of Warriors to give away a 16GB iPad Mini 3 to one lucky reader!

World of Warriors blends fighting and RPG gameplay in a pick-up-and-play, console-quality experience, and is available now on the App Store and Google Play. Journey across the Wildlands and amass an army of history's greatest warriors to battle the mighty Skull Army and defeat evil King Boneshaker and his menacing bosses! (In the Dixon house, we call that "Wednesday.")

To enter to win the iPad:

  1. Tweet the following: I want to win an iPad Mini 3 from @Destructoid and @WorldofWarriors! #FightLikeAWarrior http://tinyurl.com/dtoidipad
  2. Leave a comment in the thread below with a link to your tweet!*

Limit one entry per person, and the contest is open to anyone with a North American mailing address. You have until next Friday, January 23 at 11:59pm Pacific to enter.

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, monthly newsletters direct from the staff, ad-free browsing, and more! And most of all, your $3 a month helps directly support the site you love. Try us out!

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Contest: Win a code for Letter Quest: Grimm's Journey! photo
Contest: Win a code for Letter Quest: Grimm's Journey!
by Mr Andy Dixon

Destructoid has been given 10 codes for the awesome word puzzler Letter Quest: Grimm's Journey to hand out to our clever readers!

Letter Quest released on Steam a little over a month ago, and its creative blending of Scrabble with RPG elements and adorable art style have garnered it an overwhelmingly positive response so far. Interested in trying it out? There's a free demo, and the save file transfers over to the full game; what do you have to lose?!

If you'd rather jump right in and try for a code, listen up! See that picture below? We want you to give us your best word or phrase using as many of the available letters as you can! You don't have to use every tile, but each tile can be used only once, and your answer must be unique from all the comments that came before yours if you want it to count! Oh, and to add to the challenge, your answers must be free of naughty words. Sorry, potty-mouths!

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Go download your free D4: Dark Dreams Don't Die and MX vs. ATV Alive photo
Go download your free D4: Dark Dreams Don't Die and MX vs. ATV Alive
by Jordan Devore

I'm downloading Swery's Dark Dreams Don't Die right now. You should do the same, assuming you have an Xbox One and an Xbox Live Gold membership. The quirky adventure game is free throughout January as part of Microsoft's Games with Gold program. Queue her up!

On the Xbox 360 front, MX vs. ATV Alive is available for free now through January 15, followed by The Witcher 2 from January 16 through the end of the month. I'd consider grabbing the former out of curiosity but I don't have the hard drive space to spare. Blasted thing.

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Lost Constellation is a pay-what-you-want Night In The Woods ghost story photo
Lost Constellation is a pay-what-you-want Night In The Woods ghost story
by Jonathan Holmes

The success of Night In The Woods on Kickstarter once again proved that the best way to win at crowd funding is to create something that people actively want to lob on to their own image/identity. So many games on Kikcstarter look fun, well made, and interesting, but they lack that charm that drives others to wave the game's flag and join up with its developers. 

Would Obama have become President if those "Hope" images didn't make cool t-shirts and desktop wallpapers? Would so many people have proudly backed KONY 2012 if the campaign had targeted an evildoer with a harder to pronounce name? Probably not. Marketing is everything, and though it may sound obvious, the most important part of marketing is being marketable. 

Thankfully, a lot of marketable games are also genuinely great. If reaction to Lost Constellation is any indication, Night In The Woods will fit that bill. This Holiday-themed romp is available now for the suggested price of $5, but how much you pay is up to you. I haven't gotten a chance to play it myself, but if it's anywhere as good as this, we'll all have cause to laugh and be disillusioned at the same time. What a feeling!

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