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Pre-order Zelda in the UK for a mini musical chest


Ta-da-da-daaa!
Oct 14
// Jordan Devore
The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds is shaping up to be something special. I don't think many of us 3DS owners need much convincing, but if so, take a look at the pre-order bonus UK retailer GAME is offering: a miniatu...
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Show us your RPG collection and take home an awesome prize
[Update: Contest over! Winners are Charlietime, neonoxide, iwasabunny, Tim Douglas, and Shadowfox!] In celebration of the launch of Shin Megami Tensei IV stateside, our friends at Atlus have given us three signed SMT IV E3 po...

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Random gamer and geek gear to your door
[Update: Contest over! Winners are Lee Stokes, dlconor16, ChillyBilly, Nek, and Drunkus. Check your PMs, people!] During E3 I was lucky enough to hang out with Loot Crate, a service that sends you a gamer-and-geek themed ass...

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Here is your E3 Badge artwork


Dragon's Crown all up in your business
Jun 09
// Papa Niero
We're pleased to announce that Atlus is the E3 badge holder sponsor this year, so fifty-thousand people will have magical controversial breasts on their own chests -- and have a chance to meet the man whose vision made Dragon...
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Go be a play tester for Bethesda


Get free stuff and play games before release
May 03
// Dale North
Bethesda is looking for play testers in the Dallas area. If you're down in the dirty south, apply so that you might be one of the gamers invited to Bethesda's Play Test Lab. They're looking to use player feedback at this lab ...
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Creative Gaming PR

You've gotta love a postcard that tries to eat you


Carnivorous greetings
Mar 20
// Papa Niero
I was befuddled when I received a mysterious postcard from Uruguay. Who do I know in Uruguay? The envelope felt thick, so I was anxious to see what was inside. The contents were increasingly peculiar: an outstretched han...
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NECA

Team Fortress 2 Pyro and Demoman figures released


Toy maker NECA partnering with Valve
Jan 30
// Alasdair Duncan
I'm not the type of guy that has action figures lying about the house; my He-Man and Thundercats figures are up in the attic safely gathering dust for their revival in a younger generations' hands. But I'm real tempted to get...
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This 25th Anniversary Mega Man lanyard is a thing


Straight from Capcom
Jan 05
// Chris Carter
What better way to celebrate your love of Mega Man than wearing this odd, neon green lanyard around your neck? Or something like that. You can pre-order the lanyard here for the fairly pricey $9.95, and you'll also ...

Offbeat Hall of Fame: Nintendo Super Power Supplies

Dec 09 // Tony Ponce
It's easy to forget just how great we have it these days. In the early 90s, aside from the rare Mario or Sonic merch, there was next to nothing on store shelves to feed our gaming appetites when we weren't actually playing games. The Internet has helped to turn the once isolated gaming community into a powerful network linked via cyberspace. Serving such people is as simple as making goods available anywhere. If it exists, we'll find it. This is why digital storefronts like Fangamer and Meat Bun can be so successful. Literally anything you may want in order to express your gaming passion, from toys to music to clothing to the odd bit of paraphernalia, can be yours with a quick Google search and a few mouse clicks. Toss it all in a virtual basket and punch in a credit card number or PayPal password, and within a week your newest gadget or fashion statement will be in your hands. Back in the 90s, ordering anything from the comfort of your home meant suffering the dreaded six-to-eight-week delivery period. If you phoned in your order, you might shave a week or two off that delivery time. Either way, you were waiting at least a full month before anything arrived. By then you probably forgot you had ordered anything at all! On the flip side, coming home to a strange parcel on your doorstep was a little like Christmas. You wondered, what could it be? It's only when you saw the sender's address that you remembered what it was, then you tore open the box like a feverish child. There's nothing quite like being pleasantly surprised by something you forgot was coming in the mail. Nintendo Power's Super Power Supplies catalog was really something out of a young Nintendo child's wildest fantasies. In many ways, it was the precursor to Club Nintendo. Only you spent real money instead of virtual coins. And there was more stuff to buy. And the selection wasn't shit. After launching in 1994, new editions of the catalog would arrive seasonally, swapping out older items with newer ones that ranged from practical to downright strange. I mean, there was a 6.5' Donkey Kong Country inflatable raft shaped like a giant banana! I would love to meet the dude who still has one of those stuffed away in his garage! Of course, there were always items to help with your ever-growing NP library -- plastic protectors, magazine binders and racks, and a full suite of Player's Guides. For your hardware storage needs, you had travel bags for handhelds, organizers for home consoles, and cases to keep the dust out of loose game cartridges. Nintendo gave us the means to fortify our gaming collection against any and all types of damage and degradation. I paid an extra close eye on the available soundtracks. To this day, physical game albums are treated as a pointless novelty by most Western publishers, while Japan gets CDs for even the crappiest of C-grade filth. Nintendo seems especially averse to selling its music -- we're lucky that the Super Mario Galaxy games got the full CD treatment, but it still took a lot of teeth-pulling just to convince Nintendo to bundle the first Galaxy's OST with American Wiis. It wasn't always like that. There was a time when Nintendo happily produced albums for all its biggest software hits and made them available for the NP army. You wanted Killer Cuts, the aptly titled Killer Instinct soundtrack? It was yours! You wanted a trilogy set that included the music from Super Mario 64, Star Fox 64, and Mario Kart 64? No problem, son! You wanted Play It Loud!, a compilation CD that pulled tracks from Super Nintendo titles like F-Zero, Super Metroid, A Link to the Past, and more? Ain't no thing but a chicken wing! My very first game soundtrack purchase was DK Jamz, the Donkey Kong Country OST. I bought that sucker on cassette -- remember those things? You had to rewind them and shit? I loved it! I didn't even own an SNES, much less the game itself, but combined with my copy of the DKC Player's Guide, I felt like I knew that game inside and out. But the best were the special goodies brought out to commemorate Nintendo Power's 100th issue. You could score an "NP100"-stamped watch, T-shirt, or set of collector's coins, or you could hold out for the limited-edition gold N64 controller and Game Boy Pocket. I skipped out on the Game Boy (kinda wish I hadn't) but snatched up the controller. When that hotness showed up at my house two months later, I became the god of GoldenEye 007. I was invincible! Suck on THAT, Gold Nunchuk! I never did buy all that much stuff from Super Power Supplies -- there was no way my parents were buying anything over the phone with a credit card, and they saw mail order offers as not quite a scam but close enough to one. I was lucky enough to receive the items that I did; for the rest, I gazed longingly upon those pages. Take usual fare such as shirts, hoodies, jackets, watches, plush dolls, action figures, wall clocks, console decals, hats, and posters, then toss in amazing pieces of gaming memorabilia like Yoshi's Island animation cels or Donkey Kong Country Blockbuster Video competition carts, and you've got Super Power Supplies. And when you consider that this was merely supplementary to the Nintendo Power reading experience, you can understand how it was so easy to get caught up in Nintendo mania. Nintendo Power was a phenomenon, plain and simple. There will never be anything like it ever again, and that makes me incredibly sad. At the same time, I'm thankful that I was able to be part of a movement that literally changed my life and the lives of millions of others. And if I was able to score some sweet gaming swag out of the deal, so much the better!
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Nintendo Power had awesome merch
[Offbeat Hall of Fame is a showcase of the cool, often bizarre products and media from years past that celebrate videogames and gamer culture.] Have you picked up your copy of the final Nintendo Power yet? Looking through it ...

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New PAX mission: Obtain a creepy Dishonored mask


Aug 29
// Jordan Devore
I'm not sure what it is with Dishonored and masks, but I like the trend and potential for awesome cosplay. These paper masks (via Super Punch) for the game are simultaneously funny and downright terrifying. While Bethesda wil...
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THQ sends literal death threat to celebrate Darksiders II


Aug 09
// Jim Sterling
No sooner had I put the finishing touches on the upcoming review for Darksiders II than this ... thing arrived. I would like you all to serve as witnesses in the event of my disappearance, because I am fairly certain this can...
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Aliens: Colonial Marines will be at PAX East


Apr 04
// Jordan Devore
Good timing! Having just heard quite a lot from Jim about the current status of Aliens: Colonial Marines, PAX East attendees will have the opportunity to try the game out for themselves. On top of this and Hell Yeah! Wrath of...
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Rhythm Heaven Fever special edition unboxing


Feb 03
// Jonathan Holmes
Did you know that Rhythm Heaven Fever was getting a special edition? Neither did I. Then I got this box in the mail this morning. I'm pretty sure that this special edition won't be sold in stores, but if Nintendo decides to change its mind on that, they're sure to make a killing when the game hits stores on February 13th. Check out the video and you'll understand what I mean.
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[Update: Contest over! Winner is OverEZ!] Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and salutations December 25! Today marks the last of the 25 Days of Giving. We've given thousands of dollars worth of stuff over the course of the mont...

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I'm now prepared to survive the Fall of Cybertron


Dec 17
// Jim Sterling
When this turned up and I opened the package, my wife said, "They sent you a lunchbox? You're an asshole." That's a fair enough assessment, I suppose.  Anyway, I got this mad tat in the mail today. It's a steel box conta...
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Sony sends orb to celebrate Jak & Daxter's 10th birthday


Dec 09
// Jim Sterling
It was Jak & Daxter's tenth anniversary on December 4, and Sony decided to commemorate it by sending me a Precursor Orb today. This is a limited edition replica of the artifact, found in the Jak & Daxter series, ...
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CafePress partners with Xbox to put your avatar on swag


Dec 06
// Brett Zeidler
In a rather strange, although not at all surprising move, CafePress has announced it's new partnership with Microsoft to bring your very own Xbox Live Avatar to life on various gear. CafePress has always been an online retail...
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Battlefield 3 officially beats Call of Duty ...


Nov 04
// Jim Sterling
... At filling my desk up with all sorts of free stuff. Step up your game, Activision! In all seriousness, I promise you that I did not let any swag inflate my Battlefield 3 review score.
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Lollipop Chainsaw's bloodsoaked Halloween goodie bag


Oct 29
// Jim Sterling
Publishers send some weird things that mostly just clutter up my office (especially at this time of the year, this room looks like I've just moved with all the boxes). At least with this Lollipop Chainsaw Halloween bag, I can...
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GUNNAR winners and new Modern Warfare 3 contest soon!


Oct 28
// Papa Niero
Update 2: Winners announced!  In first place we have: GundamCat, mdh777, Vincio09, and Jake Wesorick.  (Corrections pending, duplicates are being double-checked).  Congratulations, your suggestions won the...
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KIRBY IS MADE OF CAKE


Oct 12
// Papa Niero
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH Kirby's Return to Dreamland cake pops! They're so cute!  Far too cute to eat, right?  I mean, I should freeze these forever and crawl into the freezer every night to hang out...
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TGS: The prettiest 3DS AR card I own


Sep 17
// Dale North
I love Nintendo's AR cards and the games that use them, but there's nothing pretty about any of the ones that come with the 3DS. Now, everything is pretty when it comes to upcoming 3DS game Bravely Default. Even the AR card i...
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TGS: Square Enix music sampler reveals upcoming releases


Sep 16
// Jayson Napolitano
Square Enix has been generous to its fans each year at Tokyo Game Show, handing out sampler CDs featuring music from many of their upcoming games and arrangement albums to those who visit their on-site merchandise store. ...
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[Contest is CLOSED. Winner will be notified via Dtoid Private Message!] We got a Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine chainsword in the mail. It's life-sized and designed for a ten-foot-tall Space Marine, so it's absolutely bloody...

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Tripwire Interactive launches its own online store


Jul 29
// Alasdair Duncan
Killing Floor and Red Orchestra developer TripWire Interactive has launched its own online store where you can buy fun-looking merchandise from some of the studio's big titles. There's not a great deal of range to pick from r...
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New Club Nintendo rewards: Giant AR card, posters, more


Jul 25
// Jordan Devore
My dreams are coming true, one day at a time. Nintendo has updated the list of rewards available to Club Nintendo members in North America. Cashing in those game purchases for redeemable coins can now get you three new items:...
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E3: Best swag ever: Forza 4 interior detailer cleaner


Jun 09
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
The Forza 4 party at E3 last night was home to over a dozen cars worth millions of dollars each. I've never seen Dale North happier, like ever. He wouldn't shut up about Audi this and GT-R that. I have no idea what any of that meant but I do know that the Forza party gave out the best swag ever. Seriously, check it out. INTERIOR DETAILER CLEANER! This is great! My car is dirty as F*CK!
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New Destructoid Episode: Aliens, LA Noire, MW3, and PSN


May 16
// Max Scoville
Hey guys, back again with another one of those things. Y'know. Episodes. Ugh. Garfield hates mondays. Garfield is my spirit animal. I'm grumpy. I hate Garfield. Shameless Promotional News: We reprinted those Squidbear shirts ...
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Ubisoft at PAX: Child of Eden, Clash of Heroes, more


Mar 08
// Jordan Devore
Ubisoft's line-up is looking solid for PAX East, if only for Child of Eden and the mysteriously-absent-lately Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes. Exhibit space #824 will also be home to Call of Juarez: The Cartel, Beyond Good...






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