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8:00 AM on 07.17.2012

Pitchford: Duke Nukem Forever is exactly like Half-Life 2

Most reasonable gamers would consider Duke Nukem Forever, on its own, is a big enough insult to the industry. Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford, however, has decided to take the mockery further by comparing it to one of the most be...

Jim Sterling

10:15 AM on 06.28.2012

Rumor: Half-Life 2: Episode 3 artwork leaked

A wave of new Half-Life 2: Episode 3 chatter has been triggered for the millionth time this year, now thanks to the Facebook page of fan site Valve Time. The page posted what it claims to be official artwork for the upcoming ...

Jim Sterling



The 'geek' question: hobbyist vs. intellectual photo
The 'geek' question: hobbyist vs. intellectual
by Ryan Perez

The one thing that has always bugged me the most about sports is the use of the word "we." As in, "We won!" No, you didn't win, John Sofaturd from Nothingsville, Ohio. You didn't do anything except sit on your ass and obtain a contact high from the fruitful efforts of someone else who worked their ass off for their success.

To my disappointment, gamers can sometimes have this same habit. Not too long ago, a friend of mine posted an image on Facebook associating the reclusive and unorthodox lifestyle of Nikola Tesla with that of a gamer/comic lover/D&D player, so on and so forth. This was all accomplished via the generalization of the term "geek." Sports fans, meet gamers, the DeVito to your Schwarzenegger.

This made me realize that the debate should not be regarding the differences between "geek" and "nerd"; the two terms virtually mean the same thing, these days. What the debate should be, though, is what different types of geeks/nerds exist. I was led to wonder just why my geek friends enjoy associating themselves with scientific geniuses, when they know practically nothing about science, themselves, as well as how to distinguish the two.

I then proceeded to try that good old-fashioned sociological method. I asked a variety of attendees at E3 two questions: one pertaining to general "hobbyist geek" knowledge and one of general "intellectual geek" knowledge. I wanted to see if we gamers are indeed the same as brainiacs, or if we're simply holding up a "We're #1!" foam finger of our own.

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8:00 AM on 05.03.2012

Valve: No Half-Life 3 at E3

Most will likely agree that the whole Half-Life 3 joke has worn a little thin. I am certainly tired of it, and just wish Valve would announce the thing and get it over with. Well, apparently that's not going to happen at E3. ...

Jim Sterling





3:00 PM on 04.09.2012

Jimquisition: Cutscenes aren't a failure state

It's become increasingly popular to disparage cutscenes and the games that use them in the past few years. It is argued that interactive art should never force a player to watch a movie and, while there's merit in that, that...

Jim Sterling

5:00 PM on 01.16.2012

Free mod Elevator: Source is crazy enough to work

Elevator: Source reminds me of a time back when technical limitations were more constraining, before some of today's popular genres even existed. A team could build a game about inner tubes, or put a banjo-playing man on a b...

Jordan Devore

10:30 AM on 01.04.2012

Half-Life movie mock-up posters are Batman-y

Forget Valve, that gang of meanies and tricksters. The fans can do a better job of teasing us with the prospect of things that will never happen without coming across as trolls. Things like, say, a fictional Half-Life movie. ...

Tony Ponce



Valve on Half-Life 3 rumors: You're being trolled photo
Valve on Half-Life 3 rumors: You're being trolled
by Jim Sterling

Ever since obsessed fans pulled apart a video of Wheatley at the Spike Videogame Awards, rumors concerning Half-Life 3 have run rampant. While the community is expecting an imminent announcement, Valve writer Chet Faliszek has arrived to crush your dreams -- none of the rumors are true, and you're all being trolled.

"You are being trolled. There is no ARG," he said. "Wheatley’s speech was set in Portal 2 fiction -- that is all. There has been no directive from Gabe to leak anything. That is all false. I just want to say this so there is no confusion. This is the community trolling the community nothing more. While it is nice to see people excited about anything HL, I hate seeing people be trolled like this."

Fans reckon that Valve has been up to its "alternate reality game" shenanigans with fans, dropping subtle clues in the lead up to a Half-Life 3 reveal. It would appear, however, that the fans are doing what Victorians did when the War of the Worlds radio play was broadcast -- swearing they can smell the Martian smoke that doesn't exist and whipping themselves into hysteria.

Or ... is that what Valve wants us to think? WE MUST CONTINUE TO SPECULATE!

Valve’s Chet Faliszek Shuts Down All Half-Life 3 Rumors [Hot Blooded Gaming]

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11:30 PM on 12.21.2011

Something tells us this Half-Life 3 teaser site is bull

A supposed teaser site for Half-Life 3 appeared today, popping up on a site calling itself Black Aperture. The site displays only a Half-Life 3 logo, and Valve's trademark information, as well as a link to the Orange Box site...

Jim Sterling

8:18 PM on 12.12.2011

The DTOID Show: Watch us recap the VGAs!

Happy Monday, Destructoid! In the event that you were too busy huffing ether to pay attention to the Spike TV VGA's this weekend, Max and I have managed to condense the only important parts (i.e., the trailers) into a simple...

Tara Long

11:00 AM on 12.12.2011

Valve begins hyping something (HALF-LIFE 3 CONFIRMED OMG)

This past Saturday, Valve released a video featuring Portal 2 antagonist Wheatley. Unsurprisingly, the Internet descended upon it with icepicks and magnifying glasses, ready to take it apart and examine every frame for clues ...

Jim Sterling

5:00 PM on 12.10.2011

Garrymon Episode 2: The nightmarish Pokemon spoof returns

It's been almost two years since we saw the first episode of Garrymon, the Pokémon spoof that used Garry's Mod with hilariously creepy results. During that time, creators HyperJerk and Dtoider Jetz had to restart the ...

Tony Ponce

9:00 PM on 12.07.2011

That's a real life Gravity Gun you're looking at

The name Harrison Krix mean anything to you? Well it bloody should, I mean he was the guy that made the new Mr. Destructoid helmet, created kick-ass Portal and Portal 2 guns and a BioShock Big Daddy costume to name a few...

Harry Monogenis

8:10 PM on 12.02.2011

The DTOID Show: Xenoblade, Minecraft, and... Tetris?

If you've ever wondered what it looks like when two sick people host a live show together, then look no further. Technical difficulties be damned, today's live taping of The Destructoid Show has explored the boundaries of wh...

Tara Long

12:30 PM on 12.02.2011

Half-Life 3 shirt spotted covering Valve man's nipples

Everybody, it's time to speculate!  Uber Entertainment marketing man Chandana Ekanayake was able to Tweet a photo from a recent game developer event, showcasing an alleged Valve employee wearing a Half-Life 3 shirt....

Jim Sterling





10:00 PM on 12.01.2011

Half-Life: Origins fan film is such a tease

Has anyone gone back to play the original Half-Life lately? Probably doesn't look as good as you remember, does it? YouTuber Infectious Designer decided to create this little video to give the 90s classic a little bit of "li...

Tony Ponce