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Friday Night Fights - It is here!


Game with the Dtoid Community!
Dec 18
// Mike Martin
It is almost Christmas and there is a new Star Wars movie out. *drops mic*
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Xbox sale

Xbox is gearing up for its 'biggest sale ever'


In terms of quantity, anyway
Dec 18
// Brett Makedonski
Xbox's next sale is kind of like the Amazon River. It's definitely wide, but will it be deep? Bonus Geography Fact For Reading A Video Game Site: The Amazon River is the widest river in the world. That's far from the best le...
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Friday Night Fights - Stick Fighting


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Dec 11
// Mike Martin
EDF and Helldivers all in one week. Wow. So much awesome it must be my birfday. But it's not. It's Christmas time stupid. My birthday was in October and none of you said shit. This is why we have ants.  So we find oursel...
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Friday Night Fights - Enemy bugs approaching!


EDF! EDF! EDF! EDF! EDF!
Dec 04
// Mike Martin
You hear that? After 7 years... 7 full years of peace, quiet and other Earthy stuff. They are returning. THE FUCKING BUGS ARE COMING MAN! Definitely a job for the EDF. Earth Defense Force 4.1 is hitting next week on the 8th, ...
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Games with Gold

December's Xbox Games with Gold will leave you wanting to spend time with family


Kind of a May retread
Nov 24
// Brett Makedonski
Xbox closes out the calendar year not with a bang, but with a whimper. December's free games for Xbox Live Gold subscribers have been revealed a bit early this month. Despite the inclusion of an extra title, the whole lot is ...
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Xbox

Xbox's Black Friday sale is live, here are all the deals


Silver accounts have to wait a bit
Nov 20
// Brett Makedonski
The biggest shopping day of the year starts one week before the biggest shopping day of the year. Some retailers have already begun with the Black Friday consumerism, Amazon probably being the most notable example. Xbox falls...
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Friday Night Fights - Destroy the Rebel scum!


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Nov 20
// Mike Martin
I got to play Battlefront at my brothers... It is not the best... It may not even hold a candle to the old ones (2 ftw!). Holy fuck though. The sound, the feel and the looks? Damn. I might have to take this brain-dead, hunk o...

Fear and loathing in Halo 5: Guardians

Nov 17 // Jed Whitaker
Anyone who knows me on a personal level knows I love Halo; I've played every game at or before launch, no matter the means necessary. While the hype train has been in full force for Halo 5 for months, I've stayed out of it. I hate getting hyped up only to be let down, and after the disastrous launch of The Master Chief Collection, I had little faith in 343 not screwing up Halo 5. At E3, I even purposefully avoided playing the build available there, though I had played and mostly enjoyed the beta earlier in the year. I say 'mostly' because it went from being fun and fresh yet familiar, to quickly catering to the screaming minority of MLG players that eventually lead to Halo 4's multiplayer being ruined when 343 heavily changed the balancing to favor the battle rifle, the go-to gun for wannabe eSports E-thletes. Suddenly the beta was all battle rifles, all the time, just like many of the game types included in The Master Chief Collection. I hated it. Almost every Halo game has launched with the default guns being assault rifles and the pistol, or something similar. The battle rifle was considered a power weapon that had to be collected from the map. Halo was a mad dash to obtain power weapons and to remember when they would respawn so as to grab them before your opponents. Not this starting with the best weapon in the game bullshit. Fast forward to just a few days before launch: I've avoided basically all hype and news regarding Halo 5, aside from thoroughly enjoying the amazing Hunt the Truth audio series. Then I slipped up and watched a video on REQ packs by GreenSkull, a popular Halo YouTuber. As much as I don't like microtransactions I have a thirst...neigh...addiction to opening blind packs of cards brought on by my obsession with Hearthstone. My hype meter instantly went off the charts. I couldn't wait. Midnight hits. My boyfriend and a couple of friends set out to finish the campaign. I typically play the campaign on the Normal difficulty, but my friends insist on playing on the game's hardest mode, Legendary. After about three grueling hours of dying, swearing, and respawning, the game freezes right at the end of chapter three for me. I can hear my teammates, and they can't hear me. They finish the mission. My progress doesn't save, and I receive no achievements. A nearby salt shaker falls, spilling salt everywhere. "Great! This new dashboard is a real piece of shit. It lags, games and apps crash, and I have constant issues with it. Somehow the Xbox One has managed to get worse since launch!" My friends sit in silence while I lament how console gaming has morphed into a bunch of hoops you have to jump through. "Remember back when gaming consisted of putting in the game, turning on the console, and pressing start? Those were the days. Now I have to update my consoles software, sign in to Xbox Live, install the game, update the game that just installed, open a party in a separate app, pray to a god I don't believe in that others can connect, and then I can play." Since then, the new Xbox One dashboard has gotten far better, but it doesn't change the fact that so much bullshit stands in the way. It is just me and my first-ever Xbox Live friend Kevin left now. Everyone else has gone to bed. It's getting pretty late. We decide to play some multiplayer, only to discover that my headset is cutting in and out. At this point, I'm still not sure if it was the software or hardware. I haven't bothered to attempt chatting since. I just yell into my Kinect, which works surprisingly well now, as if Microsoft has refined its voice functionality through updates.  After a few games of SWAT, which my friend is absolute shit at, we move onto Team Slayer, which my friend is also absolute shit at. "Kevin, we have played Halo together since the second game in the series. How are you suddenly so terrible?" He laughs. His laughter is one of my favorite things; it is contagious. Kevin heads to bed, so I decide to go back to completing matches to be assigned a rank in each of the online game types, starting with one of my go-to playlists, SWAT. In SWAT, there are no shields, a single headshot will bring opponents down, and you either start with a magnum or a battle rifle (one of the only times I don't mind BR starts). After ten qualifying matches, I am awarded the rank of onyx, or what was previously known as semi-pro in the beta. Onyx is the highest rank you can qualify for apart from being one of the top 200 players in each playlist; those players are ranked as champion. After achieving onyx in SWAT, I decided it would be a good idea to go ahead and get ranked in all the other playlists. Next on the list was free-for-all, because I'm a wolf pack of one. Free-for-all is probably my most-played game type across all of the Halo series because I don't have a lot of people I play with and tend to avoid making new Xbox Live friends for no particular reason. Even though I'm confident in my skills, I lost a few of my ten qualifying matches but still managed to achieve onyx. Then I set my sights to the all-new Breakout game type. I wasn't a fan of it in the beta, but perhaps I'd like it now. I got destroyed nearly every single match for my first few matches and managed to get carried for a few wins by my teammates. After winning my last few qualifying matches, I was feeling confident I'd be ranked at least in silver or higher. Nope. Bronze. Me in bronze, the lowest rank in the game!? The person who has played every game in the series at launch given the lowest possible rank!?!? Bullshit. I went to bed after angrily shutting off my Xbox One while cursing 343 and Breakout. The next day I finished getting ranked in the other playlists by achieving gold in Slayer and platinum in Team Arena. I couldn't stand that I was ranked bronze in Breakout, so I decided to torture myself some more and give it a go again. Turns out, I was hilariously under ranked.  "What a relief," I thought to myself, "but wow are these kids awful." My opponents and teammates were so bad, it was like competing with someone that had never played an FPS before, or like a young relative. They walked into walls, stared at the sky and ground, and were just all-around bad. I'm not saying this from a place of feeling superior, but the people I was playing with were clearly ranked correctly. Suddenly Breakout became fun. I'd hear people on my team cheering me on as they watched from the grave as I mowed down the remaining three players on the other team. This happened again, and again, and again. Eventually, I hit rank six of bronze, and the competition picked up a smidgen but would wildly vary between matches; some were a piece of cake, others were more evenly matched. Then it finally happened: I hit silver with a nice five-round sweep. I know it wasn't much of an achievement since I was grossly under matched, but I was thankful for it. Thankful for the opportunity to learn how to play Breakout without having much in the way of competition, and learning from my opponent's mistakes, as well as seeing the error of my ways in the qualifying matches. Plus, it doesn't hurt that I could easily get commendations for kills.  Breakout has quickly become one of my favorite game types, and not just because I win a lot, but because it is fun. I know a lot of Halo players aren't huge fans of it yet -- including the team that rage quit during the finals of a tournament recently by suiciding and afterward tweeted at the official Halo account, "I'd rather commit suicide on mainstage than play your shitty game type." But really, people should give it a chance. It might just grow on you. I'm sure I'll be playing Halo 5's multiplayer for some time, as it feels like one of the most balanced games in the series thus far. If you'd like the chance to hear me angrily swear from time to time while playing Halo 5, then be sure to join Destructoid's Spartan Company and prepare to be carried.
Not your dad's Halo photo
Or how I learned to love the Breakout
"Fuck this stupid fucking Call of Duty bullshit. Get your shit together, Bungie...er...343, whoever!" This is how my first night with Halo 5 ends, in a fit of rage after a kill-less losing streak in the game's new tepidl...

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Games with Gold

PSA: Games with Gold cycles in the second half of November's lineup


Knight Squad and Dungeon Siege III
Nov 16
// Chris Carter
As a reminder, Microsoft has cycled in the next bit of November's Games with Gold promotion as of today. You can pick up Knight Squad and Dungeon Siege III with your Gold membership, and Pneuma: Breath of Life ...
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Friday Night Fights

Friday Night Fights - Ch-ch-ch-chaaaanges


Change with the Dtoid community
Nov 13
// Mike Martin
Well isn't this Hunky Dory? A nice little Friday. We have a new Call of Duty to play together. We have a new Fallout to play with ourselves (HA! HA!). We have herpes. Wait, that's just me. My bad. "So shut up and tell us what...
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EA Access

Random Xbox Live members are getting free EA Access codes


Just in time for Battlefront
Nov 10
// Brett Makedonski
Some Xbox Live users are finding that they suddenly have access to way more EA games than they own. That's the nature of the appropriately-named EA Access -- it's a service that allows unlimited playing of certain titles that...
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Friday Night Fights - Jack and Sh**


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Nov 06
// Mike Martin
Whole lotta nothing going on today, eh? Maybe y'all should sign up to play some Black Ops 3 together! How about some Rocket League? I don't know. I'm exhausted, work has been crazy and I just want to take a nap. A sexy nap. A cheesy, sexy, dirty nap. With cheese. Shit. That's how we get ants though. ;)
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Friday Night Fights - Fright Night Edition


Oct 30
// Mike Martin
Welcome to another spooktacular edition of Friday Night Fights! Hollowiener is upon us, and I'm excited to take my kiddos trick or treatin' and see some slutty costumes on moms. I had to miss Halloween last year due to surger...
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Games with Gold

November's Games with Gold lineup disappoints


DiRT 3 will be backward compatible
Oct 28
// Jordan Devore
I'm not sure what I was expecting from this lineup. Too much? Microsoft has come out with the list of games that Xbox Live Gold subscribers can download for free next month: Xbox One Pneuma: Breath of Life (November 1 - 30) ...
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FNF

Friday Night Fights - You dirty rat edition


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Oct 23
// Mike Martin
Warhammer: End Times - Vermintide releases today. Oh boy, am I excited. I've had a blast in my short time with the beta. Yes, the game is basically L4D Ratz Edition. The atmosphere, the fighting, and the characters make it st...
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FNF

Friday Night Fights - You get a new car and you...


Game with the Oprah Community!
Oct 16
// Mike Martin
...get a NEW CAR!!! WOOOOOOOOOOO! Header idea came from a joke our lovely Jed Whitaker made in an email. Thank you Jed. I am pleased with the end result. I spent way too long last night working on different images until this ...
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Friday Night Fights

Friday Night Fights - F**k Cancer Edition


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Oct 09
// Mike Martin
Our own very lovely, community member Glowbear has written a book. Titled Magpies and Shifty Sheep, the book is available on Amazon. All proceeds will be donated to Cancer research. Go support Glowie and help fight cancer. Unless you like cancer? DO YOU LIKE CANCER? I dated a cancer once, weird girl but she grew on me. Let's go play some games together!
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Friday Night Fights

Friday Night Fights - Quick and dirty threesomes


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Oct 02
// Mike Martin
Just like Angela likes it. In a rush, busy day, no time for words. I know it's disappointing to all three of you who care about the crap that comes out of my mouth. Instead of my silly rants, just stare at that header and thi...
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Games with Gold

Don't forget to nab your free Xbox Live games


Last call
Sep 30
// Brett Makedonski
You might not think of us as civil servants, but we do. We're here to inform and to remind and to prevent you from forgetting to download free video games. It's a tough gig, but we're always up for a challenge. As such, we'd ...
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Friday Night Fights - Wasteland Jetpacks and Buttcracks


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Sep 25
// Mike Martin
Not much to say this week (or to play apparently...). Tired as heck from graveyard shifts, but no regrets. I've been really enjoying Mad Max which was gifted to me by an awesome person (I'll have those kids ready soon), and C...
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Gears of War

Gears of War is twice as efficient this weekend


How about another 32x weekend?
Sep 25
// Brett Makedonski
Everyone on the grind to level 100 in Gnashers Gears of War Ultimate Edition will want to take note of this weekend. The Coalition is really trying to push the Hill-type games, and there's some extra incentive to spend y...
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Games with Gold

The best game of 2014 is free in October's Games with Gold


Double Walking Dead is underhanded
Sep 24
// Brett Makedonski
This is a drum that I will not quit beating. Valiant Hearts was the best game in 2014. It'll probably be the best game in 2015 too, and for the foreseeable future. The Democrats should run it against Donald Trump in the ...
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Deals

Grab $100 Best Buy or $50 GameStop eGift Cards, get a $10 bonus


eGift Cards, that's how
Sep 23
// Dealzon
Update: We f'ed up that title. Fixed to clarify what the deal is actually about. For those wondering and to make sense on the warranted comments below, the previous title was "Get a $10 bonus for buying anything at Best Buy."...
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Xbox.com upgrades

Xbox.com is now slightly more useful


Hear voice messages, search for demos
Sep 23
// Jordan Devore
If you use Xbox.com to queue downloads or check your Xbox Live messages, there's good news on that front. The site now shows game demos in search results (I always wondered about that) and lets you listen to voice messages. Minor improvements, but very much appreciated. If you don't use Xbox.com, well, enjoy this image. Xbox.com Website Receives Updates And Adds New Features [Major Nelson]
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Friday Night Fights - Taco Cat Edition


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Sep 18
// Mike Martin
Honestly, I just want tacos. Was looking at pictures and stumbled across the ole Taco Cat spelled backwards... meme and here we are. LAZY FRIDAY FOLKS! Woot! Everyone still into Metal Gear? Awww yeah baby. I'll put my metal i...
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Games with Gold

Tomb Raider and Crysis 3 are in Games with Gold


I need to rewatch The Descent
Sep 16
// Jordan Devore
We're in the second half of September and that means fresh Games with Gold. With an Xbox Live Gold membership, you can nab Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition (Xbox One) and Crysis 3 (Xbox 360) at no extra cost. I doubt I ever wo...
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XBLIG

Xbox Live Indie Games is shutting down


Just... very... very... slowly
Sep 10
// Joe Parlock
Xbox Live Indie Games, the program that allowed people to make and sell their own games through Xbox Live, is in the process of what is possibly the slowest shutting down I have ever seen. An email sent out to developers on t...
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Friday Night Fights - A little light in the trousers


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Sep 04
// Mike Martin
Things are a bit light this week, eh? I'm guessing everyone is enjoying some MGSV? Maybe a few getting down with Mad Max? Beans of coolness. As always, if you get the bug to play with some real people (Eww), sign up in the co...
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Friday Night Fights

Friday Night Fights - Chicken parts and PAX farts


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Aug 28
// Mike Martin
First off, let's thank the amazing crew handling the new Friday Night Fights blog. You guys are amazing and I appreciate you all stepping up to the plate on this. As some of you may know, I haven't been going through the best...
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Xbox Games with Gold

Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition slated for Games with Gold


September lineup announced
Aug 25
// Jordan Devore
The September lineup for Games with Gold should please folks who prefer bows over guns. On Xbox One, there's Tomb Raider, and on Xbox 360, there's Crysis 3. The former is good! With an Xbox Live Gold account, you'll be able t...

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