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Top ten best THQ games: Remembering a giant photo
Top ten best THQ games: Remembering a giant
by Allistair Pinsof

When assessing a publisher's impact on the industry, we tend to focus on the highs rather than consistency. THQ was anything but consistent, putting out Nintendo DS shovelware, rushed licensed games, and taking part in one of the absolute worst games of all time with Mohawk & Headphone Jack. And yet, THQ occupies a warm place in our hearts. Those three letters represent some of the best times we had with games of the past decade, bringing unknown studios like Volition and Relic into the limelight.

Once we scraped off all the Bratz games and pet sims, we had a hard time determining THQ's top ten best.

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Destructoid's dream list of Wii U remakes photo
Destructoid's dream list of Wii U remakes
by Tony Ponce

Oh Nintendo. Now you've done it.

In announcing The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker Reborn, a hi-res upgrade of the classic GameCube adventure, Nintendo has set a precedent for Wii U remakes. The gloves are off and everything is on the table. Go, go, go!

The 360 and PS3 have welcomed HD remasters to their libraries, while the Wii offered the New Play Control! series, updating GC faves with welcome Wii Remote improvements. The Wind Waker Reborn looks to be a mash-up of both styles -- the extra gloss of higher-end hardware married with new possibilities thanks to a unique control scheme. Makes you wonder how well other titles would fare with a fresh coat of paint, doesn't it?

A few Destructoid editors have thought hard about which GameCube games would best make use of the Wii U hardware and explained our picks below. I think we made some damn fine choices.

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Game critics collective top 10 games of 2012 photo
Game critics collective top 10 games of 2012
by Allistair Pinsof

My insatiable hunger for tracking and displaying the most revered games of the year will not end. I blame Metacritic. I also blame Metacritic for not doing a proper job in aggregating the best games of the year. While the site does an impeccable job of putting together film, TV and music critics' best of the year lists, the site ignores videogames -- offering up only a very confused list containing the highest scoring games, which includes maligned ports and games with only ~5 reviews.

I suspect Metacritic’s reluctance to gather all game critic’s best ofs has to do with a couple factors: most publications don’t post their lists until late December/January, most settle for unranked awards instead of lists, and putting all this together probably goes against some of Metacritic’s policies. Metacritic is a smooth operating machine and there is no way to smoothly pull of a list of 38’s sites' game of the year winners and nominees. While this list I made isn’t perfect -- nor could a perfect one ever exist -- it should give us all a better sense of what games meant the most to critics at the end of 2012.

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A look back at 2012's most wanted games photo
A look back at 2012's most wanted games
by Allistair Pinsof

The staff of Destructoid are a bunch of chiseled yet humble geniuses that make the world better every day through our humanitarian efforts via gaming news and features. The only flaw that can possibly be said about us that we aren't psychic. Yeah, it's a real bummer.

No where is this clearer than in looking back at our annual most wanted feature, where we list the game(s) each of us are anticipating. To be fair, the aim of these features isn't to state our predictions for biggest commercial successes but to share our enthusiasm for upcoming titles. In any case, we were pretty on point in 2012 with most of our (admittedly safe) predictions becoming true.

With our most wanted 2013 list only a couple hours away from posting, now seems like a perfect time to reflect on our 2012 list: the ones we nailed, the ones we were horribly off point with, and the ones that never came out.

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Remembering studios that closed in 2012 photo
Remembering studios that closed in 2012
by Sterling Aiayla Lyons

This year was great in general for videogames. Beyond the predictable success of games like Halo 4 and Call of Duty: Black Ops II, there were a ton of hits that came out of nowhere, including not just big publisher titles, but indie games as well. Narrative in gaming also started taking a greater stage with games such as Spec Ops: The Line and our very own game of the year, The Walking Dead, making waves with player agency in story and presenting well-developed plots and characters to boot. 

The year wasn't entirely sparkles, double rainbows, and purple fairies though. Along with the good came a hoard of bad for the industry. There were a mass number of studio closures, for starters. Here's a recap of some of the many development studios that didn't make it through the year. Out of respect for the subject matter, this list is not presented in any particular order.

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Overlooked games of 2012 photo
Overlooked games of 2012
by Allistair Pinsof

When a stack of releases lands on our desks every week, they can't all be winners, but that doesn't mean the rest have to be losers, either.

Prowl your local bargain bin, make some eBay searches, and keep your eyes out for a Steam sale, because the games below are worth it -- even if they didn't place in our game of the year awards. Consider them our honorable mentions or personal favorites that just didn't stand a chance, either due to being misunderstood or not played at all. Whatever the case may be, we feel a need to celebrate them in some fashion because they are worth giving a chance.

Next time you come across one of these on sale, refer back to this list and feel free to thanks us for a wise purchase.

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Five reasons you need to go to MAGFest 11 photo
Five reasons you need to go to MAGFest 11
by Jayson Napolitano

MAGFest is hands down my favorite event of the year. The music and gaming festival not only features an endless buffet of both these things, it also has a lot more on offer as it grows each and every year.

We've already mentioned that Kinuyo Yamashita and Yuzo Koshiro will be attending, as well as listed all the bands performing this year, but that's just the beginning. Join us for five reasons you need to be in National Harbor, Maryland, for four days of madness starting Thursday, January 3, 2013.

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The worst videogame covers of 2012 photo
The worst videogame covers of 2012
by Allistair Pinsof

Most game covers are forgettable and generic, but a select few transcend into levels of such awfulness that they stick with us all year long, like a never-ending scab. From cheap shovelware to incredibly awkward sports photos, a bad game cover can come from any publisher. It takes a particularly lazy and clueless one to land on this list though.

Count the number of THQ titles below and come to your own conclusions. THQ, thanks for raising the bar on terrible box art.

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The 25 most memorable Mega Man moments - Dtoid ver. photo
The 25 most memorable Mega Man moments - Dtoid ver.
by Tony Ponce

Exactly 25 years ago today, my favorite videogame hero of all time was born. Exactly 25 years later, my passion has never been stronger. He may have had some rough patches in recent times, but I've never forgotten the joy he's given me.

For my final anniversary celebration feature, I partnered up with LBD "Nytetrayn" of The Mega Man Network for a massive list of 25 "mega" moments in Mega Man history. Such a large undertaking couldn't possibly fit in a single article, thus we've split the duties between ourselves and each posted a portion of the list. Below you'll find a set of 12, while over on TMMN you'll find a set of 13.

Enjoy this trip down Blue Bomber lane!

[Header by Hitoshi Ariga for LEVEL magazine]

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Sound Card 011: Ten awesome, underrated Mega Man songs photo
Sound Card 011: Ten awesome, underrated Mega Man songs
by Tony Ponce

If it wasn't obvious from the many musical references throughout the series, the Mega Man games are as much about excellent tunes as they are about tried-and-true action gameplay. He's not called "Rockman" for nothing!

But despite the ocean of quality jams spanning two and a half decades, people tend to only talk about the soundtracks of the more popular games, especially Mega Man 2. Do we seriously need another "Dr. Wily Stage 1" from Mega Man 2 arrangement? C'mon, guys! Expand your horizons!

With that in mind, the erudite Jayson Napolitano and I put our heads together to compile a list of ten awesome tracks from ten games that aren't Mega Man 2. Or Mega Man 3. Or even the first Mega Man X. Instead of a definitive "best of" list, we would like to offer up our choices as a primer to the expanded wold of Mega Man music.

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Sound Card 010: Top ten game music tracks for Christmas photo
Sound Card 010: Top ten game music tracks for Christmas
by Jayson Napolitano

It's the most wonderful time of the year! And I truly believe that. While Thanksgiving is easily my favorite holiday, Christmas is a close second, and I've always made an iPod playlist with tons of holiday music that I roll out the day after Thanksgiving.

Recently, I had people ask me what kind of music I put on my Christmas playlist, and I realized I had a lot of game tracks! So what better way to kick off the Christmas season than with ten of my favorite holiday themes from videogames!

As usual, we can't include everything in a short top ten list, so feel free to chime in with some of your favorites as well, and together we'll hopefully have a pretty sizable list of music to enjoy this Christmas season!

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Watch five classic Nintendo system launch clips photo
Watch five classic Nintendo system launch clips
by Allistair Pinsof

Today, Nintendo launches the first next-gen system or last current-gen system, depending how you look at it. Things always appear different in retrospect, which is perfectly illustrated in these bizarre, ancient clips of Nintendo's past system launches. There is something about a Nintendo home console launch that makes fans go crazy and the media go even crazier, as a result. 

Don't believe me? Take a look.

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Sound Card 009: The top ten Castlevania songs OF ALL TIME photo
Sound Card 009: The top ten Castlevania songs OF ALL TIME
by Tony Ponce

This Halloween, you might feel like turning down the lights and cranking up the frights with a run through of a classic game like Resident Evil or Silent Hill. But for my time and money, nothing beats the premier name in action horror -- Castlevania!

Castlevania may not be the first thing you think of when someone says "horror," but there really is no greater poster child for the genre. This is a series that originally drew inspiration from old Universal and Hammer monster movies, paying homage to icons like Frankenstein's Creature, the Wolf Man, and of course Dracula. Over the years, it started to incorporate monsters and myths from cultures the world over. Castlevania is really just one giant hoedown with nearly every ghoul and foul hellspawn from all of human history.

And what better way is there to celebrate such a remarkable franchise than with a totally objective list of the best Castlevania songs of all time? From gothic jazz to vampire rock, each tune is distinct and memorable in its own way. I guarantee that, by the time you finish reading this list, you'll feel like a badass, whip-cracking, axe-throwing, superhuman hunter of the night!

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The ten best videogame detectives EVER! photo
The ten best videogame detectives EVER!
by Chad Concelmo

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Sam & Max series. It was 1987 when the very first Sam & Max comic was released, inspiring one of the greatest and most charming adventure game series ever.

Everyone is celebrating this exciting milestone! Telltale is celebrating with a major Steam sale on Sam & Max games this weekend! Original creator Steve Purcell is celebrating by continually being awesome! And now it’s time for Destructoid to join in the celebration. And what better way to celebrate the greatness of Sam & Max than with a themed top ten list?! THEMED TOP TEN LISTS ARE THE GREATEST GIFTS OF ALL!

Since Sam and Max are some of the most memorable detectives ever, there is no more logical choice than a list of the ten best videogame detectives of all time.

Enjoy this fine gift, Sam and Max. And, no, I don’t have the receipt.

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All-time top ten PS Vita games of all-time on PS Vita photo
All-time top ten PS Vita games of all-time on PS Vita
by Jim Sterling

The PlayStation Vita has been out for a little over half a year now, and it really is a nifty system. With its touch controls and twin-stick interface, the versatility of the system and its ability to provide unique, compelling experiences is unparalleled in the handheld market. With all that variety, you may be stuck wondering -- what should I get? 

There's never been a better time to get on the Vita train, so hop aboard. I'll be your conductor for this trip, as we pull into Fun Station. There are ten scheduled stops as we drag out this train metaphor, each one representing a vital PS Vita title. You want to know what the best ten games on your Vita are? Look no further, friend!

Choo choooooo!

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The top demony demons to have done demon stuff in games photo
The top demony demons to have done demon stuff in games
by Jim Sterling

If you're anything like me, you're a devil worshipper. 

There's just something glorious about a truly demonic demon, one that embodies the spirit of the classics -- a big, red, horny, behooved, gleefully evil beast-man from the flaming depths of Hell. Who doesn't love demons? Well, Christians, I suppose. Some of them, anyway. 

Videogames have all sorts of demons, but only a few of them are proper demony demons. The kind of demon you can look at and say, "That sure is a demon!" These are the demons that you think of when you think of demon stuff, which I do pretty much all of the time. 

Here are the best ones. 

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