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It takes a lot to make a stew...
You ever wonder what it's like to be a character in a videogame? Most people would think of something pleasant like Mario or Sonic the Hedgehog, not someone from Resident Evil or Silent Hill. But what would it be like to be i... read feature

Metacritic rankings

Metacritic ranks the best and worst publishers of 2014


Nintendo takes the top spot for major publishers, Telltale for mid-size publishers
Jan 27
[Update: Included a paragraph about the mid-size publisher rankings, which I somehow missed.] Metacritic just released its 5th Annual Game Publisher Rankings, which ranks publishers based on the critic reviews for games relea... read
Hack the planet!
In response to the wave of harassment in the videogame industry, Depression Quest developer Zoë Quinn and freelance game producer Alex Lifschitz have formed Crash Override: a network of anti-harassment crusaders wit... read feature

Prey 2

Confirmed: Prey 2 has been cancelled


Bethesda no longer working on follow up
Oct 30
Well you certainly could have seen this one coming. During an interview with Pete Hines, the Vice President of Bethesda, CNET confirmed that the long elusive and troubled development of Prey 2 has come to an end. Taking place... read
Where are they now?

Where are they now? Ex-Destructoid editors in the biz


Papa Niero is proud
Oct 23
As some of you may have heard by now, Dale North (our editor in chief from 2010-2014) will be moving on to sunnier, though less 'toidy skies. You can read that announcement here. It's no secret that Dale and I have definitel... read
PC games

Half of PC gamers will wait for a sale before buying games


A recent survey casts some interesting light on digital sales
Sep 10
If there's one phrase you get used to hearing when talking about PC games, it's "I'll wait for a bundle or sale." It's common knowledge if you wait a while, you can get a better price through places like Steam, Green Man Gami... read
Harassment

FBI joins forces with IGDA in a bid to curb online bullying


Trolls may have to stay under their bridges from now on
Sep 08
The International Game Developers Association is reported to be working alongside the FBI and other online harassment experts in a bid to stamp out harassment. As a result, it seems, of recent events within the industry, the ... read
Aliens: Colonial Marines

Sega outs Gearbox for lying in Aliens: Colonial Marines case


The plot thickens
Sep 04
Sega has released a statement placing the majority of the blame for the misrepresentation of Aliens: Colonial Marines to customers firmly on Gearbox, especially Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford. Sega has alleged that Gearbox did i... read

A word on ethics


In light of recent events <3
Sep 04
[Update from Chris Carter, the Reviews Director, May 2015: as a whole I take disclosures very seriously, and we have continued to make an effort to disclose relationships in all of our reviews. That includes Kickstarters... read
Shigeru Miyamoto

Miyamoto explains Nintendo's reignited passion for core gaming


'In the days of DS and Wii, Nintendo tried its best to expand the gaming population.'
Aug 28
It's fairly obvious that Nintendo has been ramping up its concerted efforts to attract and maintain its core base, and Shigeru Miyamoto's latest comments confirm that it's not just a coincidence. Miyamoto spoke with Edge in a... read
Kids and Gaming

New study shows that children may benefit from videogames


BREAKING: Actually being a parent to your child also proves beneficial
Aug 06
A new study published in the journal Pediatrics shows that children and young teens aged 10-15 who play a small amount of videogames each day show slightly higher levels of psychosocial adjustment than kids who don't play at ... read
Far Cry

Far Cry 3 was originally poised to tie the franchise's story together


But hey, at least we got Blood Dragon
Aug 05
Raphael van Lierop, in a recent interview with USGamer, revealed that his original vision of the game would have tied all three entries in the series up to that point together. As narrative director at Ubisoft Montreal for Fa... read
Gearbox

Gearbox thinks it should be dropped from the Aliens: Colonial Marines lawsuit


Gearbox throws Sega under the bus
Aug 01
Last year a class action lawsuit was filed against Sega and Gearbox accusing the companies that the press demo shown at E3 of Aliens: Colonial Marines was not indicative of the final product and was misleading. Gearbox has re... read
Sony

Sony agrees to preliminary settlement over 2011 data breach


With all this identity theft I am racking up a heap of benefits
Jul 24
Due to a class-action lawsuit concerning Sony's 2011 data breach which led to the theft of names, addresses, and possible credit card data of its 77 million users, the company has agreed to a $15 million preliminary settlemen... read
Double Fine

Double Fine embarks on new publishing venture


Sounds (double) fine to me
Jul 24
Double Fine Productions has decided to point its talents in the direction of helping indie game studios with publishing and marketing. In an interview with Tim Schafer, it was revealed that although Double Fine won't be a pub... read
Electronic Arts

EA improves revenue in first quarter of 2014, delays Dragon Age and Battlefield


KOTOR 3 still not in development
Jul 23
As Electronic Arts' first fiscal quarter came to a close on June 30, the publisher found that it had beaten expectations for profits and revenue. EA credits much of this success to the runaway success of Titanfall. CEO Andrew... read
PC gaming

PC gaming hardware market holds lead over consoles


Enthusiasts continue to drop big bucks for big hardware
Jul 17
The PC gaming hardware market, which consists of personal computers, upgrades, and peripherals used for gaming, is alive and booming in contrast to the general decline in the mainstream PC market. Ted Pollak, Senior Gaming An... read
Yogscast

Yogscast participating in revenue share to promote Space Engineers


Can we pay for them to not make that "awww" noise?
Jul 16
YouTube streaming group Yogscast has announced that they will form a partnership with Keen Software. In return for a share of sales revenue for a month of the game Space Engineers, Yogscast will offer a series of vi... read
Microsoft

Microsoft to announce biggest round of job cuts in five years


Cuts could come as early as this week
Jul 16
Microsoft is beginning its restructuring in the near future, as forecast by CEO Satya Nadella last week in an interview. The reductions will most likely be in engineering, marketing, and areas of overlap with Nokia. The restr... read
Japanese gaming

Reports of the Japanese gaming market's decline are exaggerated


Japanese gaming is actually still alive and well
Jul 14
A popular rumor in gaming nowadays is the decline of the Japanese gaming industry. This seems to be espoused by news outlets, financial reporters, and even Japanese developers themselves. Through various interpretations of th... read
Industry

Examining what's behind the $12.5 billion in game company acquisitions last year


Chinese folding ownership away from traditional markets
Jul 14
Digi-Capital, a London based firm, stated in its second-quarter report that mobile gaming has been the source of the largest amount of companies changing hands with $4.6 billion in deals in the past year. Closely following ar... read
Critical Path

What do you think about cut scenes?


Kojima, Cliffy B, Jordan Mechner, Vander Caballero, Rhianna Pratchett and more weigh in
Jul 11
There are hard line stances against cut scenes ("cheating"!), Kojima considering them a natural outlet for all the movies he watched, and developers considering them one of many useful tools in this new Critical Path&nb... read
Lorne Lanning

Lorne Lanning explains why he previously left the game industry


Makes sense, actually
Jul 09
Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty! is an HD remake of the PS1 cult hit Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee. Lorne Lanning, the co-founder of publisher Oddworld Inhabitants, and a man who recently took an eight-year hiatus from the video games indu... read
Crytek

Crytek UK has stopped work on Homefront: The Revolution


Staff has gone unpaid over a month as pressure mounts on new title
Jul 03
Amid recent reports of unpaid employees and mismanagement at Crytek, we are now seeing clear signs of trouble within the development studio. The UK branch of Crytek, which is actively working on Homefront: The Revolution... read
Industry

Worldwide gaming market expected to hit $100 billion in yearly sales by 2018


Smartphones integral to growth
Jun 26
Projected game sales for 2014 are expected to total $64 billion dollars globally. By 2018, the global sales have been projected to reach $100 billion, mostly due to the giant leap in mobile gaming. Burgeoning economies in cou... read

Adam Sessler covers his career through videogame memories


Guest editorial is a good read
May 23
I've been doing this writing about videogames thing for a decade now, and I've met a lot of amazing people and have made some friends for life during that time. As much as I love games, it's really the people that make this t... read

Movie studio Lionsgate gets into the games business


Nerdist co-founder leads the charge
Apr 30
Lionsgate, the movie studio behind Hunger Games, The Expendables, and many other films, is making a move into gaming. This move will be headed by their new President of Interactive Ventures, Peter Levin, the co-founder and fo... read

GameStop to open 400 tech stores this year


Investing $40 million in new stores
Mar 28
We know GameStop sells games and consoles as their bread and butter, but they want to get in on the tech game as well. They're investing up to $40 million in stores that will sell tech hardware, like phones and tablets. Their... read
Naughty Dog

Uncharted 4 director has left Naughty Dog


Game director Justin Richmond moves on to Riot Games
Mar 27
Just a couple weeks after Amy Hennig left Naughty Dog, the studio has now seen another major departure. Justin Richmond, the director of the upcoming Uncharted 4, has now left the studio. Talking with IGN, Richmond spoke abou... read
Molyneux

Enjoy the indie craze whilst it lasts, says Peter Molyneux


Just as well he's still in bed with Microsoft, eh? Oh wait...
Mar 26
Peter Molyneux is at it again, this time saying that the recent indie game boom of the last few years isn't going to last. Sound the doom sirens! Speaking to CVG, Molyneux explained, "These things go in cycles, what I'd say i... read

Gaming Live announces their alternative to Twitch


Streaming video for Europe
Mar 26
European online video platform Gaming Live has announced their streaming service for games, eSports, and other related content. This startup was accepted at Dubai's TURN8 Accelerator and earned a seed fund of $30,000.  T... read
Castlevania

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2's development was troubled


Ex-developers cast blame on MercurySteam's managment and culture
Feb 28
Well, this is awkward. Not only did Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 review fairly poorly across the board, now we're seeing former developers step into the light and call out Spanish development studio, MercurySteam, for poor ... read






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