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The power of videogames can bring the family together photo
The power of videogames can bring the family together
by Taylor Stein

Not every hobby is created equally nor is every pastime equally respected. As a gaming enthusiast, videogames represent the epitome of entertainment in my eyes. They alone reign atop my personal pedestal of happiness, a special zone that dictates everything from individual spending habits, conversational topics, and recreational choices. While I acknowledge gaming as an art; a vehicle to combine innovative ideas from cinema, literature, and music, not everyone sees it that way. My parents never quite understood the sheer awesomeness of videogames and I'd bet that most of your parents don't either.

Parents come in all shapes, manners, and styles: stamp-collecting dads, karaoke-singing moms, and every possible combination of cool, strange, love-to-hate characteristics in between. To complement the diversity of parenthood, attitudes about gaming are varied as well. There is no one-size-fits-all sentiment in the league of moms and dads. But rather, a mosaic of admiration, consent, censure, and disapproval that constitutes two overall attitudes, a general acceptance of videogames, or a dismissal of videogames.

Join me as I attempt to understand the complicated relationship between parents and videogames.

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1:30 PM on 10.18.2012

Nintendo Download: Vic Viper Edition

Today is a decent day to be a 3DS owner, as a heap of stuff is headed your way. First off we have Sparkle Snapshots 3D (3DS eShop, $5.99) and Gradius (3DS VC, $4.99) headed to the eShop, along with a Moshi Monsters Moshlings ...

Chris Carter

6:30 PM on 08.10.2012

Poke Balls are a carjacker's best friend

Mike from the YouTube team Warialasky is up to his ol' shenanigans, once again using videogame items to be a right d*ck in the real world. Above, he uses a supply of Poké Balls to jack any vehicle he has his heart set...

Tony Ponce

8:00 AM on 08.05.2012

Start your morning off with some Star Fox facts

The Did You Know Gaming series is a pretty wonderful look at the lesser known facts of your favorite videogames. The latest episode of the YouTube show takes a look at the Star Fox series, and reveals a pretty dark item from...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

10:30 AM on 07.10.2012

Miyamoto wants a Wii U Metroid and Star Fox most of all

IGN had a moment with Miyamoto himself, and quizzed him on potential franchises he would like to see on the Wii U. Out of all of the great series and IPs that Nintendo has to offer, Miyamoto focused on just two: Metroid and S...

Chris Carter

8:00 AM on 04.28.2012

Star Fox for SNES gets a spit-shine in this fan video

[Update: The video has been re-uploaded with Fox's name corrected and some added voice samples.] How awesome would it be if the next Star Fox had character models that looked exactly like the puppets used in the original's p...

Tony Ponce

10:30 AM on 01.21.2012

Do a drum roll! Star Fox gets the VGdrum treatment

He-who-bangs-the-drums, NukaCola, comes out strong with his latest VGdrum cover. His target this week? Star Fox on the Super Nintendo, a.k.a. the game with the geometry and shapes and animal fighter pilots, so adorable! They...

Tony Ponce

12:41 PM on 11.03.2011

Everyone: Google 'Do a barrel roll' immediately

Just do it! Love you, Google.

Dale North

4:00 AM on 09.23.2011

Introducing Lights Out, a Destructoid newsreel

In recent months, I've taken to giving myself a break in the day by playing a few rounds of Team Fortress 2. When some of my colleagues began to join me, I knew I had yet another opportunity to take something I was enjoying ...

Conrad Zimmerman

11:45 AM on 09.22.2011

No online in Star Fox 64 3D because of time and money

Those who bought a Nintendo 3DS may wonder why their system -- which perfectly allows for online gaming -- hasn't got any online games. Crucially, they may wonder why a multiplayer-focused release like Star Fox 64 3...

Jim Sterling







Review: Star Fox 64 3D photo
Review: Star Fox 64 3D
by Jonathan Holmes

The N64 is my least favorite console of all time, but I still feel the need to own one, mostly for Star Fox 64. It's easily one of my favorite games on the console, way ahead of Super Mario 64 and Ocarina of Time. That's partly because those two titles were 3D adaptations (and in some ways, deformations) of already near-perfect 2D experiences I'd grown to love on the SNES.

As a huge fan of Mario and Link's SNES titles, seeing characters that I'd grown to love as colorful, detailed 2D sprites transformed into chunky, low-texture polygon models felt like a huge downgrade. Star Fox on the SNES was already as chunky and low poly as it gets, so by comparison, Star Fox 64 looked amazing. The game fully embraced the technical limitations of the N64 by crafting a world where it made sense for everything to be made from basic geometric shapes.

There was no attempt at realism, or recreation of sprite-based characters; just N64 graphics doing what they do best. Like with the Katamari Damacy games, and now Minecraft, Star Fox 64 presented a world that was built from the ground up to be made from simple shapes. That's just the start of why I love the game.

Now Star Fox 64 is back on the 3DS, and once again, the game adapts to the strengths and limitations of its destination console, and make them work in its favor.

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2:15 PM on 08.28.2011

Star Fox, Kid Icarus, Link/Sonic porn, and more now in 3D

One of my favorite features of the 3DS is the ability to explore the world of mainstream media in 3D. Unfortunately, other than the still expanding Nintendo Video (which has some good stuff from college humor and few quality ...

Jonathan Holmes

6:45 PM on 07.20.2011

Star Fox 64 3D out September 9 on the 3DS

We previewed Star Fox 64 3D earlier, but that's just words and static pictures. Fancy some gameplay footage of Fox pew-pewing his way through space? It's prettier than what you played 14 years ago, I promise. Come for the updated, crisp visuals and stay for the endearing space critters pleading for your support. Star Fox 64 3D will be out September 9.

Patricia Hernandez



Preview: Star Fox 64 3D photo
Preview: Star Fox 64 3D
by Patricia Hernandez

Its been fourteen years since Peppy first told us to do a barrel roll on the Nintendo 64. Now he and all your other space critter friends are back, in another dimension to boot.

The original Star Fox 64 introduced a bevy of new features, such as fully-spoken voice acting and full three dimensional graphics. The remake follows suit, and asks you to get into the cockpit one more time and take to the skies using the new features unique to the 3DS.

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9:00 AM on 07.02.2011

Ground control to Fox McCloud ...

This is one of the oddest, but most awesome videos I have seen in a long time. I don't even know how to describe it. It is a short (the first of a series?) starring the Star Fox characters as stuffed animals, walking, talkin...

Chad Concelmo

8:00 AM on 06.16.2011

Rub these Star Fox 64 3D shots all over your Slippy Toad

Oh look, here are some Star Fox 64 3D screens, looking all nice and pretty for you. Why not look at them for a bit? Go on, treat yourself. It's a friggin' Thursday, after all! These shots show off some of the stuff we saw at ...

Jim Sterling