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The Testament of the White Cypress is out now and free photo
The Testament of the White Cypress is out now and free
by Patrick Hancock

David O'Toole, developer of 2x0ng, has just released his newest game, The Testament of the White Cypress. Inspired by games like Ultima and Zork, Cypress follows a monk named Geoffrey as he explores a strange and dangerous world while getting caught up in something much bigger, which maybe includes some time travel? Cypress is a one man show, as David O'Toole did everything. The watercolor art, original soundtrack, writing, and the programming are 100% David which makes this game a labor of love through and through. 

The game is a blast to explore and a great way to enjoy an afternoon. David considers this to be episode 1 of a "three episode thing," and if people show interest, more episodes will come. So give it a go! Make sure you read everything, especially the tutorial in the beginning. You won't get an objectives screen blatantly telling you what to do, so be sure to pick up on the hints from the various writings you encounter.

Oh, and if you enjoy it, don't forget to give it a vote on Steam Greenlight!

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Win a copy of Dragon's Crown from Radio Dtoid! photo
Win a copy of Dragon's Crown from Radio Dtoid!
by Mr Andy Dixon

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

Have you been listening to Radio Destructoid? If not, you really should be! We talk about fun stuff happening in and around the community, highlight the best of the Community Blogs and Forums, and generally just have a grand old time.

If you want to get involved with tonight's recording (featuring special community guest Captain Merica), here's an incentive: ask us a question in the comments below and you'll be entered to win a copy of Dragon's Crown for PS Vita! The code will go to whomever asks our favorite question, so try not to make it a dumb one. (Or if you do, make it a very, very dumb one.) We'll announce the winner in the next episode, so be sure to listen!

So what are you waiting for? Ask away! You have until 9pm Pacific tonight to submit your questions.

Have fun!

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Play Garden Warfare, Kingdoms of Amalur for free on Origin for a limited time photo
Play Garden Warfare, Kingdoms of Amalur for free on Origin for a limited time
by Jordan Devore

Through Origin's Game Time program, it's currently possible to play Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare and Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning for free -- for a limited time, of course. Simply download either game and, once you launch it, the clock will begin counting down.

For Garden Warfare, which I cannot recommend enough -- seriously, now's your chance! -- Origin users are getting unlimited access for 72 hours, while Kingdoms of Amalur is restricted to 48 hours of free play. It's unclear how long these offers will remain valid, so I wouldn't wait too long if you're interested. Something to play over the weekend, perhaps.

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Garden Warfare's Suburbination update adds another mode and character photo
Garden Warfare's Suburbination update adds another mode and character
by Jordan Devore

This week's free new update for Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare adds Suburbination mode, a capture-and-defend game type in the same vein as Battlefield's Conquest and Call of Duty's Domination. Gardens & Graveyards is still where it's at, but this is a decent distraction.

The DLC also includes the Plasma Peashooter, who is playable immediately without the need to spend in-game coins; the Crash Course map; more stuff for Garden Ops including the vampiric Baron Von Bats boss and the Treasure Yeti; and a bunch of "bling" customization items.

Garden Warfare has become my go-to "unwinding" game and I don't see that changing anytime soon. Finding an annoying hiding place as the zombie soldier and picking off plants is way too satisfying to stop. You're in for a treat next week, PlayStation gamers.

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Contest: Win a Hohokum art book and a copy of the game! photo
Contest: Win a Hohokum art book and a copy of the game!
by Mr Andy Dixon

[Update: Contest over! Winner is Leon!]

Our friends at Sony have bestowed upon us a beautiful hardcover art book to celebrate the launch of their whimsical new game Hohokum on PSN (out today!), and we're going to give it away to one lucky Dtoider!

Featuring gorgeous art by Richard Hogg, The Hohokum Almanac is a great companion piece to the game. For a chance to win it (and a code for the game itself), just leave a comment in this thread! Limit one entry per person, and you have until this Friday, August 15 at 11:59pm Pacific to enter. Contest is open to anyone with a U.S. shipping address.

Good luck! And don't forget, our Huge members get automatic entry into all contests (as well as a bunch of other awesome perks). Try us out!

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Contest: Win tickets to SOE Live in Las Vegas! photo
Contest: Win tickets to SOE Live in Las Vegas!
by Mr Andy Dixon

[Update: Contest over! Winners are Gargantor and Devoured!]

Our friends at SOE have given us two premium passes to SOE Live in Las Vegas to hand out to lucky Dtoiders! SOE Live is a celebration of SOE games and the gamers who love them, and this year's event takes place August 14 through 17 at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. See the latest SOE games, hang out with friends and cosplayers, and more!

Included with the premium pass are two tickets to the event, an SOE Live t-shirt, SOE Live goody bag, exclusive SOE Live in-game items, access to the exhibitor showroom, access to panels and roundtables, option to attend brunch with the dev team, complimentary copies of the upcoming EverQuest and EverQuest II expansions, and a ton more! (For full details, click here.)

To win, we want you to draw something SOE-inspired in MS Paint and then post it in the comments! Any SOE game is eligible, so go as wild as you want. The best two drawings (as chosen by Destructoid staff) will earn their artists each a premium pass to see SOE Live in Las Vegas! Limit one entry per person, and the contest is open to anyone willing to make the trek to Vegas next week (travel expenses are not included). You have until this Friday, August 8 at 11:59pm Pacific to enter.

Good luck!

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Battlefield 4 is free to play for a week on PC photo
Battlefield 4 is free to play for a week on PC
by Jordan Devore

EA is back with another Origin Game Time promotion following that one for Titanfall. Those of you on PC can claim a week of free access to Battlefield 4 -- just add the game to your Origin library before August 14. The clock doesn't start until you launch the title, at which point you'll then have one full week (168 hours) to play as much or as little as you'd like.

This offer includes full access to the single-player campaign (don't feel bad about skipping it) and multiplayer, and any progress you make will be retained should you choose to buy Battlefield 4 afterward. Pretty good way to get your fill without committing.

Tempted to log back in after a long absence. Maybe I'll stand a chance now.

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Wing Commander III is free on Origin photo
Wing Commander III is free on Origin
by Jordan Devore

The next free game in EA's On the House promo for Origin is the classic space combat sim Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tiger. Add it to your account and its yours to keep.

This is definitely something to check out for folks who are into Star Citizen and want to revisit Chris Roberts' past work. It's unquestionably dated -- the game originally released in 1994 and features full-motion video cut scenes -- but not so dated that it can be enjoyed today.

I mean, if nothing else, you'll get a kick out of seeing live-action Mark Hamill and Malcom McDowell.

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Broforce presents The Expendabros, a free crossover game photo
Broforce presents The Expendabros, a free crossover game
by Jordan Devore

Free Lives' Broforce is a run-and-gun game with a parody-filled cast of action movie heroes. Indianna Brones, Rambro, Snake Broskin -- the list goes on. It's all too perfect, then, that this team has collaborated with The Expendables 3 for a free promotion game.

This is The Expendabros, out now on Steam.

All told, there are seven playable characters based on the film and ten missions. Pretty dang cool. Even if you aren't into The Expendables, this should be a good taste of the full-fledged Broforce.

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Pinsir and Heracross are part of the next Pokémon distribution event photo
Pinsir and Heracross are part of the next Pokémon distribution event
by Jordan Devore

The next Pokémon distribution event isn't terribly exciting. From August 13 through September 17, Pokémon X players can get Heracross and Y players can get Pinsir through the Internet.

More importantly, GameStop will offer code unlocks in the US for the Mega Stones needed to Mega Evolve Heracross and Pinsir. Those will first be available August 18 while supplies last.

These Pokémon are normally version exclusives, but that doesn't mean much now that the series has become online-enabled and trading is easier than ever. That said, I am glad the powers that be are planning to give out the Heracronite and Pinsirite Mega Stones.

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PSA: Xbox Live Gold members, go get yo' free games! photo
PSA: Xbox Live Gold members, go get yo' free games!
by Brett Makedonski

As you flip the calendar from July's impossibly cute picture of a puppy to August's impossibly cute picture of a puppy, you should be reminded that there's a new stable of free games to download on Xbox One and Xbox 360 for Xbox Live Gold members. Maybe you should just start writing "Games with Gold" on the calendar for the first of every month so you don't have to rely on the Internet people.

The offerings right now are Crimson Dragon and Strike Suit Zero on Xbox One, and Motocross Madness on Xbox 360. The Xbox One titles are both available through the end of the month, but Motocross Madness is only free through August 15. That's when Dishonored -- the real highlight of August -- takes over until September rolls around.

Xbox Live Games with Gold for August 2014 [Major Nelson]

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Final reminder: It's the last day to get your free Wii U game with Mario Kart 8 photo
Final reminder: It's the last day to get your free Wii U game with Mario Kart 8
by Jordan Devore

If you ordered Mario Kart 8 and somehow neglected to register your copy for one of the free Wii U games Nintendo is giving out, this is the final day to do so.

Just redeem the code printed on the insert using Club Nintendo, or link your Club Nintendo account to your Wii U before buying Mario Kart 8 if you're getting the title digitally.

The choices are, again, Pikmin 3, The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD, New Super Mario Bros. U, and Wii Party U in North America. Europe is offering those, plus Game & Wario, Sonic Lost World, Nintendo Land, The Wonderful 101, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, and Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. (What'd you get, by the way?)

Most of you who were going to register Mario Kart 8 probably did so already, so here's a potentially more useful nudge: don't forget to check your status in the Deluxe Digital Promotion if you're a Wii U Deluxe Set owner. You might just have a $5 eShop code in there.

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Celebrate the Game Boy's 25th birthday with this free OC ReMix album photo
Celebrate the Game Boy's 25th birthday with this free OC ReMix album
by Jordan Devore

25 years ago, the Game Boy launched in North America. Do you still have yours?

The folks at OverClocked ReMix have put together a celebratory arrangement album, Legacy: Game Boy 25th Anniversary, featuring 15 songs from games like Tetris, Super Mario Land, Pokémon Red, Mega Man II, and Batman. Listen to it for free here (or torrent here).

Perfect timing -- I was sorely in need of more music to work to. I'm willing to bet good money that if I dug my Game Boy out of storage, it'd still have enough of a charge to play Qix or whichever game I left in the cartridge slot when I last used the handheld years ago.

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Heads up: Payday will be free on Steam in October photo
Heads up: Payday will be free on Steam in October
by Jordan Devore

It feels silly to tell you about a game that's going to be free months from now, but maybe, just this once, it'll prevent someone from buying said game right before the promotion begins. With that in mind, Payday: The Heist will be free for 24 hours on October 18, 2014.

This offer is connected to Overkill Software's Crimefest, a celebration of the Payday franchise's third anniversary happening in October. The studio has a goal of 1.5 million community member sign-ups on the Payday 2 Steam group, and there are milestones with rewards. The group now has over 1,050,000 members, hence the free Payday offer.

Even if you're done with the original game, I'd encourage Payday 2 players to take a look at that link -- the other rewards will be relevant to your interests. Looks like we'll get them all, too.

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August Games with Gold: Dishonored, Crimson Dragon, more photo
August Games with Gold: Dishonored, Crimson Dragon, more
by Jordan Devore

Microsoft has come out with its August lineup of free games for Xbox Live Gold members and the highlight here is unquestionably Arkane Studios' stealth title Dishonored. You'll want to clear hard drive space for it in a couple weeks. But, that's not the only one worth trying.

The first Games with Gold selections -- Crimson Dragon and Strike Suit Zero on Xbox One, and Motorcross Madness on Xbox 360 -- will be free beginning this Friday, August 1. Then, it's Dishonored's turn from August 16 - 31. We'll have a reminder post when the time comes.

One of the recurring complaints for Games with Gold has been its insistence on featuring stuff that many of us own and have owned for years. With Crimson Dragon and Strike Suit Zero next month, at least we're getting something I imagine not a ton of folks have played yet.

August Games with Gold [Xbox]

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Contest: Win a code for Vertical Drop Heroes HD! photo
Contest: Win a code for Vertical Drop Heroes HD!
by Mr Andy Dixon

To celebrate its release on Steam, our friends at Nerdook have given us five codes for the amazing Vertical Drop Heroes HD to hand out to the Dtoid community!

If it wasn't apparent by the trailer above, Vertical Drop Heroes is a procedural platformer/RPG hybrid with roguelike elements, fully destructible terrain, split-screen and network multiplayer, and more. Oh, and it looks like all sorts of crazy fun. (YOU CAN SUMMON A SANDWORM.) For a chance to win a code for yourself, just leave a comment in this thread! Limit one entry per person, and the contest is open to anyone in the world. You have until this Sunday, July 27th at 11:59pm Pacific to enter.

Good luck! And don't forget, our Huge members get automatic entry into all contests (as well as a bunch of other awesome perks). Try us out!

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