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Backers of crowdfunded Delta Six controller hit by friendly fire

The Delta Six controller is the latest entry in my inadvertent series on crowdfunding drama. Hot on the heels of news that The Stomping Land was abandoned by its development team, details have emerged of project mismanagement, unfulfi...

 
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Xbox One is terrible on Google, amazing on Bing

If you type "The Xbox One is" on Google, autocomplete will helpfully offer suggestions based on what the world is saying about it. Right now those suggestions are less than flattering. "The Xbox One is terrible," reads the first item. It's ...

 
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Microsoft: Xbox One 'overdelivers value'

Microsoft's Don Mattrick is at it again, defending Xbox One in such a way that ensure I'll never get a vacation if he keeps it up. This time, Lil' Donny claims the Xbox One is cheap at $499, with Microsoft being way too generous with its of...

 
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Zynga: Copying games is no big deal, don't worry about it

"Zynga is often accused of copying games, which is mostly true." Those were the words spoken by Dan Porter, General Manager of Zynga New York. It's no secret to anyone with the capacity for rational thought that the social gaming madhouse h...

 
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EA: SimCity's broken because it's just too much fun!

In what has to be the most incredible display of PR spin seen in a videogame crisis, an Electronic Arts spokesperson has claimed SimCity's notoriously awful DRM setbacks are a result of the game being just too gosh-darn enjoyable to quit! N...

 
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Konami announces Book of Memories demo from Tuesday

Konami has today officially announced that a Silent Hill: Book of Memories demo is available to download from the PlayStation Store for your PS Vita handheld entertainment device. If you were confused at all about what you downloaded two da...

 
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Tomb Raider devs: 'Rape' is not in our vocabulary

The Tomb Raider "R-word" controversy just won't quit, especially with Kotaku poking at it with a big stick. The outlet recently spoke to Crystal Dynamics' Karl Stewart, attempting to push him further on the whole issue of potential rap...

 
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N-control fires Ocean Marketing

Earlier this week, Paul Christoforo became the Internet's archenemy after evidence of his terrible customer service were made public. One silent party in the resulting carnage was N-control, the maker of the Avenger Controller that Christof...

 
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Ocean Marketing's PR goof becomes Internet sensation

In the hours following Ocean Marketing's public shaming, the unprofessional exploits of Paul Christoforo have become the latest Internet fascination -- so much so that even insurance company Geico has gotten in on the fun.  The combine...

 
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Penny Arcade recently published a chain of emails between one of its readers and Ocean Marketing, a company responsible for a range of third party peripherals. The customer, known as Dave, pre-ordered a pair of PS3 controller...   read

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PR firm threatens reviewers over Duke Nukem Forever

PR firm The Redner Group has been fired by 2K Games after threatening to blacklist those reviewers deemed too "venomous" in their appraisal of Duke Nukem Forever. It later transpired that the threat was an unplanned and rash statement, not ...

 
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New Destructoid Episode: Duke Nukem, Catherine, and Wii U

Hey gang, long time no typing. In the wake of E3, I am suffering from what the experts are referring to as "nerd flu," but which is more likely a hybrid of the T-Virus, Captain Trips, and the Legacy Virus. In spite of Kinect being the most...

 
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Sony accused of covering tracks over PSN data breach

Sony has been accused of attempting to downplay its problems in the fallout of the PlayStation Network data hack. In a report sent to Japan's Ministery of Economy, Trade and Industry, Sony confirmed that it knew much more about the security...

 
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Sign spinning with Mortal Kombat

Nothing quite says the promotion of a horrifically violent videogame quite like spending an afternoon in London sign spinning with two rather cute guys from California.  While Mortal Kombat already knew it would be cont...

 
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Sledgehammer boss: EA treated me like sh*t

It's considered professionally courteous not to slag off a company you used to work for in public. Sledgehammer Games boss Glenn Schofield obviously hasn't heard of professional courtesy, and he's got no love for former taskmaster...

 
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E3 10: Holmes yells at a Nintendo guy

The Nintendo guy's name is David. He was incredibly nice, and treated Hollie and myself like royalty. He totally didn't have to, as the company has been suffering from no shortage of attention since everyone at E3 collectively lost their s...

 
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SC Conviction publicity stunt almost causes a shooting

Auckland, New Zealand's Viaduct Basin, a popular nightlife area, was the site of one of the dumbest publicity stunts ever this past Friday night The New Zealand Herald is reporting. Evidently in promotion of Splinter Cell Conviction a man w...

 
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Capcom swiftly denounces anti-Wii comments

Uh oh, sounds like somebody brewed up a PR nightmare. Yesterday, we ran a story on Capcom's Antoine Seux, who said that hardcore gamers had essentially abandoned the Wii and that the future of Capcom was in the PS3 and Xbox 360. The obvious...

 
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Matt Hazard will lead to our 2012 demise and other facts

You really ought to commend the folks at Maverick PR (and Vicious Cycle Software) for their work on Matt Hazard. They've done a tremendous job of creating a back-story for the videogame character who's got a fictional past, both in and outs...

 
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And now a severed hand: Dante's Inferno PR gets scary

As you may remember, Electronic Arts sent us a $200 check to test our "greed" as a promotion for Visceral Games' Dante's Inferno. And this is what happens when you cash it: EA then sends you a (fake) severed hand in a wooden box, ...

 
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SDCC: EA to prostitute its booth babes for you, the customer

Oooh Lord. Where to even start with this one? Let's get right to it: Electronic Arts and Visceral Games have cooked up another awful PR campaign for Dante's Inferno called "Sin to Win." If alienating Catholic gamers at last month'...

 
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Once again Germany needs the worlds help

If you've been following my intrepid coverage of the situation in Germany (I've appointed myself Destructoid's German correspondent on weekends) then you know that the German government is attempting to ban the sale and production of violen...

 
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Do you guys remember that time Peter Moore said 'f*ck you' to Yuji Naka?

If there hasn't been a book written about the sordid relationship between EA and Sega, there ought to be. The latest curious tidbit comes courtesy of an Esquire interview, in which current EA Sports boss Peter Moore describes how he, as the...

 
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Force Unleashed dev explains why Star Wars games are less than stellar

I don't think I'll ever fully understand the arcane geometry of public relations. I will never truly grasp the Orwellian mechanics of crafting the elegant, eloquent bullsh*t that comes out of some developers' mouths.Speaking with Eurogamer,...

 
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MTV Multiplayer is in the midst of "reviews week," discussing a subject very close to my heart. Yesterday I provided the indie take on Multiplayer's "Bill of Rights" for game reviewers, and today I must sh...   read

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Ubisoft: 'Play Haze for yourself'

Time was, when a game got a bad review, the publisher would keep its head down and wait a year or two before releasing a sequel. These days, however, with those in the games industry becoming more vocal, it seems that a high-profile game ca...

 
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SNK Playmore story turns crazy: Destructoid finds the sanity

Yesterday I wrote an article about how SNK Playmore was closing its US doors while Ignition US would handle distribution of the company's game. It looked like people would lose jobs, not least Ben Herman, president of SNK Playmore US. It's ...

 
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Super Smash Bros. Brawl Errors: More than meets the eye (Update)

[Editor's note: Before panties are bunched, please read the official update/clarification to the following story.] It has been a long and rough journey for those of you waiting to get your hands on Super Smash Brothers Brawl for the Wi...

 
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Be very afraid: Saw game announced

Back in June, we told you about Brash Entertainment's plans to take on the niche market of movie-based games, and how they had secured the necessary licensing needed to bring favorites such as Saw to the game screen. IGN was lucky enough to...

 
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Sony PR boss Dave Karraker's exit interview

We just told you about Sony's PR head Dave Karraker leaving the games industry to get back to the booze business (who wouldn't want to do that?), and now that today is his last day, Next-Gen.biz has a sort of exit interview with him. In his...

 

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BigDoniel

Fair to say the Dota 2 addiction is Have no idea why, the game just never seems to get

 
TheAngriestCarp

I was so stoked to finally see Dreamweaver sharing his artwork with the community that I had the urge to try drawing his catgirl OC, Mayuki, So if youre reading this Dream, consider it a gift from one fledgling artist to another!

 
Agent9

I wish the Storm ruler did a little more than just kill 1 it would have been epic if it casted a strong wind projectile that could disarm enemies or At least chew stamina or Its underutilization is a

 
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Friendly reminder that Pocket Card Jockey is coming out in 2 days and will consume my life at that

 
Torchman

Chapter 8 gave me 360 snipes for days on end Still not enough to make up for Roger

 
Kaleido Ruby

Hub music, huh?

 
Sr Churros

Welp, Phantasy Star Online 2 failed to run and accuses a missing Either I somehow fucked up when installing or I just need to update Checking for missing game files right now , it is so Current status:

 
EdgyDude

General question: Do other Dtoiders have a shame game? a shame game is game you got by mistake, in a bundle or some other way that youd be embarrassed other people knew you have in your

 
GuerrillaOcelot

I finished Senran Kagura Estival Versus Also, I wrapped up the remaining challenges on Also, I made progress on Dark Souls It has been a good Who needs the outdoors?

 
OverlordZetta

Holy shit! Konami has announced a new game? And its coming to every Sony console AND every Nintendo one?! And its from an old Huson Soft IP?!? And its NOT Bomberman?!?! EDIT: And it may just be a PS2 port somehow severely mislabeled on top of that?!

 
gajknight

PSA: Do not buy the Last Maharaja DLC for AC It is hot trash and Bretts 6/10 is 4 points too Awful, janky and Jack the Ripper though, that is excellent Do get

 
Jinx 01

Steam made a little addition that I *really* Part of the problem with reviews is that games change a lot with patches & updates, especially in Early This makes it easier to see where a game is at the

 
Kaleido Ruby

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Amna Umen

My best friend (who introduced me to Dtoid) is developing a game and could use some feedback on his It means so much to me that he succeeds that Im using my 200th QP! Any feedback you leave here Ill pass onto him

 
OverlordZetta

11 years later and this is still my favorite hub world music in a Id just leave the game open and do other stuff to have it playing while I went about my Good, good

 
Sr Churros

I predict the new Battlefield this year will probably be a 2142 sequel, because futuristic shooters are currently in and EA is playing If that ends up being I think they lost a hell of an opportunity for not releasing a sequel for it

 
CoilWhine

I streamed and beat an awesome indie game windowframe, where the window width is used as a weapon and obstacle, streamed part four of Amazing Frog (I unlocked the city and found a boat by getting enough points) + replayed Dead Bits (why? idk)

 
Luca Blight

Goodnight or good morning everyone Im off to

 
Roxas1359

Working on my last research paper of the Need tons of primary sources relating to Japanese American resettlement after the Era of Internment and I cant think of where to Hmm, time for me to put on my thinking

 
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Bloodborne, day 3!!! Link found in

 
Rico the Penguin

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gajknight

Managed to defeat Nue in the Nioh Satisfying man, I see good things in this games future, for Finishing up the AC Syndicate DLC, then its onto Cant fricking wait man!

 
Torchman

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Barry Kelly

Im still having a problem seeing embedded youtube videos when using SSL on It looks like the browser (Chrome) wont load them because the embedded URL is a plain

 
Dwavenhobble

So a group of Scientists have been given permission to see what happens when they inject stem cells into the brains of brain dead patients to try and bring them back to Ill get my zombie plan material ready just in case I think lol

 
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Beat Dark Souls 3, the Nioh demo, Ratchet and Clank and I dunno why but I dont really feel a sense of accomplishment at Been reading Cats Eye by Margaret Thats really good at

 

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