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4:00 PM on 05.04.2013

A handy guide to finding time to play videogames

Hi, I'm Chris Carter. I play a lot of videogames. I mean, seriously, a lot. Specifically, this year I've played about 100 new games in 2013 (and by "new," I mean released after January 1st, 2013). Over the past few years, I'v...

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11:00 PM on 04.21.2013

It's dangerous to go alone

It's been a while since we shared a piece from our artsy pal Zac Gorman, but his latest deserves your attention. Based on the famous opening scene from The Legend of Zelda, this comic turns what we thought we knew completely ...

Tony Ponce

7:30 PM on 07.24.2012

A Linux version is next for Serious Sam 3: BFE

The latest update on Valve's interest in bringing Left 4 Dead 2 and Steam over to Ubuntu was a spot of bright news for Linux users, and there's more where that came from. Croteam and Devolver Digital have announced that Serio...

Jordan Devore

6:00 PM on 03.05.2012

The importance of sitting properly while gaming

I spend a lot of time sitting down, as typing would probably be a bit uncomfortable if I was standing up. Sometimes, just to mix things up, I cross my legs. I'm a maverick. I never once thought that I was putting my big ol' ...

Fraser Brown

10:30 AM on 01.25.2012

'Legal'sounds illegally selling OC ReMix albums and more

It's a good thing the government shut down Megaupload. With those crooks out of business, content creators can finally earn money for their hard work. People should be paying for their digital goods on a site like Legalsounds...

Tony Ponce

7:30 PM on 01.23.2012

The Game OverThinker examines the future of piracy

If you visit The Escapist (which you should be doing anyway to check out Jimquisition!), you might have heard of Bob Chipman and his series Escape to the Movies and The Big Picture. Both are really good shows, but I much pref...

Tony Ponce



Xbox Live hacking is a very real problem photo
Xbox Live hacking is a very real problem
by Jim Sterling

Microsoft says that recent thefts targeting Xbox Live users are isolated incidents, and often tries to portrays the problems as phishing scams -- effectively blaming the consumer. However, an eyebrow-raising amount of comments and emails seem to suggest that it's a big more common than that. 

A few days ago, I spoke with Susan Taylor, the hacking victim who famously exposed Microsoft's awful customer service. She let me know that of the two hundred emails she's received since resolving her own situation, one hundred and forty were from customers who have had similar experiences. Other emails came from those who have used black market sites -- places that sell accounts loaded with games bought using stolen Microsoft Points. 

"Quite a few people have also questioned the third party servers and services, but I am not seeing a trend in the stories I have read," Susan told me. "Some people have EA accounts connected to their XBL accounts, some people don't; some people have PayPal linked, others just their cards; most have never played FIFA 12.

"I personally have Uplay and Raptr accounts linked to my Xbox account. Unless people are outright lying to me, there is definitely not a specific service (aside from XBL itself) that absolutely everyone who has had accounts compromised has in common. Microsoft's arguments are looking very weak at best."

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Hate SOPA? Tell the ESA and its members! photo
Hate SOPA? Tell the ESA and its members!
by Jim Sterling

Destructoid officially stood against the Stop Online Piracy Bill last week, to a round of applause from its readers. The message seems to be that you care about stomping on this horrible little bill as much as we do. With that in mind, I would like to ask you that, if you do care, you help reduce the game industry's responsibility for the thing. 

Yesterday, I drafted an open letter to the ESA, highlighting its hypocrisy and betrayal of gamers. Today, I'd like to ask that you join in. Below, I have drafted two basic letters -- one for the ESA, and one for individual members -- that you're more than welcome to use (though please write your own if you want!). I've also tracked down as many email addresses and contact pages for these organizations as I can find. 

If you'd like to help, please send your letters to all those destinations, and spread the word to other gamers, that they might do the same. 

I dislike seeing the industry to which I've devoted my professional life back something so philosophically, politically and intellectually abhorrent. I want to see the game industry stand with gamers and the Internet, not against it. I like to think most of us do, so let them know!

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Anonymous promises vengeance on Sony for SOPA support photo
Anonymous promises vengeance on Sony for SOPA support
by Jim Sterling

Although rage against SOPA has been bubbling for a long time, things didn't truly get real until recently. While GoDaddy has suffered for its long-running SOPA support, other companies are yet to face retribution, including PS3 platform holder Sony. Enter Anonymous, and Operation Blackout.

The online hornet's nest released a video promising that Sony will be punished for pledging support to SOPA, as well as individuals including Justin Bieber, Kim Kardashian, Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift. 

"It has come to the attention of the Anonymous activist community that you have chosen to stand by the Stop Online Piracy Act," Anonymous warned Sony. "This act will halt online businesses and restrict access to many sites for many users. Supporting SOPA is like trying to throw an entire company from off a bridge. Your support to the act is a signed death warrant to SONY Company and Associates.

"Therefore, yet again, we have decided to destroy your network. We will dismantle your phantom from the internet. Prepare to be extinguished. Justice will be swift, and it will be for the people, whether some like it or not. Sony, you have been warned."

Earlier this year, Anonymous waged a similar war against Sony for its lawsuit against hardware hacker Geohot. The PlayStation Network went down soon after, although Anonymous was not explicitly implicated in the resulting hack attack that stole headlines in April.

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Destructoid officially stands against SOPA photo
Destructoid officially stands against SOPA
by Jim Sterling

Destructoid has posted editorial that criticizes SOPA -- the Stop Online Piracy Act -- but until now, it has not offered an official company stance on the matter. Today, it is my honor and distinct pleasure to relay the official position on SOPA, and that position is simple:

Fuck SOPA. 

The hastily written bill -- which lobbyists and their pocketed senators are trying to rush into law -- has drawn huge amounts of criticism from ISPs, tech pundits, and Internet experts across America. If approved, it will allow corporations to effectively censor the Internet, forcing websites to shut down over copyrighted content, regardless of the context. Sites like YouTube, Reddit, and even Destructoid are at risk over this nasty legislation. 

One of the bill's earliest supporters (and co-writers), GoDaddy, is the current host of Destructoid and its Modern Method sister sites. This soon shall not be the case, as network founder Niero Gonzalez moves to terminate all business with GoDaddy. Its involvement with SOPA runs deep, and it is unapologetic for the real harm it could do to the Internet. Although the company has addressed recent boycotts by now claiming to oppose SOPA (while still apparently supporting everything in it), that's not good enough for us. If SOPA passes, GoDaddy will be culpable. Henceforth, Modern Method shall find a superior company to do business with. 

There may be some downtime as we move, but that will be minimal. Thank you for your patience and support. If you would like to join the growing voices speaking out against SOPA, visit this website, or search for the dozens of other groups and sites attempting to fight this nasty, job-threatening bill.

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9:20 AM on 09.21.2011

Nintendo employees alleged to be 'losing hope'

The business analysts at 24/7 Wall St. have compiled a list of companies in turmoil, and Nintendo made the cut. According to the site, the rise of smartphones is to blame for Nintendo's troubles, and it claims that employees ...

Jim Sterling





6:30 PM on 08.09.2011

Serious Sam 3: BFE has 'crazy ass split screen'

The hot news to come out of Croatia today is that Serious Sam 3: BFE will feature "crazy ass split screen." Translated, that roughly means the PC version does up to four-person split screen in the cooperative campaign and mul...

Jordan Devore



Farewell, Mega Man photo
Farewell, Mega Man
by Tony Ponce

Normally, the cancellation of an anticipated game would send me off on a furious Internet rampage with no grasp on logic or coherency. The cancellation of Mega Man Legends 3, however, triggered an entirely different set of emotions. The franchise as a whole has been on thin ice for several years now, but it's only after the recent string of failed starts that the truth finally hit home.

The Mega Man series is finished.

A lot of us may be fans of at least one of the Blue Bomber's many incarnations, but he has always held an extra-special place in my heart. To me, these weren't just games; these were a constant comfort throughout my youth and well into adulthood. Mega's adventures fueled my imagination like nothing else -- no other videogame, movie, book, or TV show came close. Whenever I would grow jaded with gaming, a new entry in my favorite series would be announced, and it felt like homecoming.

So connected am I to Mega Man that it feels like I've lost a friend. Though Capcom may bring him back one day, I don't want to get my hopes up. He's had a good run and deserves a proper send-off.

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4:40 PM on 05.18.2011

Fleshy new Serious Sam 3: BFE screenshots

The Headless Kamikaze from the Serious Sam series have got to be up there with the Medusa heads and Fleamen of the gaming world. They're obnoxious in seemingly every way possible, and there is no greater shame than when one o...

Jordan Devore

4:40 PM on 05.12.2011

Steam sale: Serious Sam HD titles, Kalypso Strategy Pack

A bunch of smaller sales are taking place on Steam right now. First, there's the Kalypso Strategy Pack -- purchasable as a bundle or individually -- which ends later today. Given the company in question, we're talking stuff l...

Jordan Devore

4:40 PM on 04.20.2011

Serious Sam 3 screenshots are ready to rock

New screenshots for Serious Sam 3: BFE, everybody! As far as I can tell, they still haven't told us what BFE stands for. "Beyond First Encounter" makes the most sense, since Serious Sam 3 is a prequel, but I'm hoping Croteam ...

Jordan Devore