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GOTY 2014: Best interpretive representation of Jeff Goldblum photo
GOTY 2014: Best interpretive representation of Jeff Goldblum
by Steven Hansen

Someone once told me I talk like Jeff Goldblum. This is not true. I also don't look like Charlie Day, Peter Frampton, Bret McKenzie, Michael Sheen, or Dikembe Mutombo. But at least I appreciated the former (tip: don't tell people who they look like; it is confusing and uncanny at best, offensive at worst). If I could channel a fraction of Goldblum's swarthy, gangly, aloof sex appeal or ability to vomit stomach acid onto his food while his shedding, greasy hair starts to look like a perm, my life would definitely be better. Especially if I had the vomit thing. 

And so it is that the third Steven Hansen's Destructoid's GOTY 2014 award is for the Best interpretive representation of Jeff Goldblum. If you missed them, here are the awards for illiteracy (Best willful misspelling in a title) and Best musical.  

Because I am being sneaky/horny and using a shirtless Goldblum to adorn this post rather than art from the winner, now it feels like I have the element of surprise on my side and I'm pussyfooting around giving the award. Juking left, juking right. Will there be a world-shattering upset? I can feel you tittering with suspense as if you were hanging on Jeff Goldblum's every word and "Look," hand gestures. 

Without further stalling, I hereby award Transistor the Steven Hansen's Destructoid's GOTY 2014 award for Best interpretive representation of Jeff Goldblum! Supergiant's sophomore effort is almost cool to a fault. It is aloof, but with a sumptuous, angular aesthetic that mirror's Goldblum's icy-hot mystery. 

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12:30 PM on 12.19.2014

Steam sale: Assassin's Creed Unity, Valkyria Chronicles, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel

How will you be spending the second day of the Steam Holiday Sale? I suggest by doing anything other than spending money on games you may or may not ever play. Ever try cross-country skiing? In the red states, they shoot stuf...

Brett Makedonski

12:00 PM on 12.19.2014

Investors inject influx of $6M to Majesco Entertainment

Majesco Entertainment's fallen on hard times. It had gotten so bad that sources familiar with the publisher's financial situation said the company had become unresponsive and that its leadership had gone reclusive. And, that ...

Brett Makedonski



Predicting the next Telltale Games series photo
Predicting the next Telltale Games series
by Kyle MacGregor

The people at Telltale Games are wizards. There's no other explanation. They have an uncanny ability to coax money men into handing over the keys to some of the most valuable properties in the entertainment business. Then they seemingly have carte blanche to toy with things people hold dear, churning out officially sanctioned fan fiction right and left like there's no tomorrow.

They did it to Back to the Future. And Law & OrderNow they're doing it to MinecraftMinecraft!

Sometimes it turns out great. Other times Jurassic Park happens. It's wonderful. It's awful. It's everything that's right and wrong in the world. And it's going to happen again. And again...

I'm curious, though. What will they do next? Let's explore the possibilities. Let's find out.

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10:00 AM on 12.19.2014

Sony airs clever viral ad for The Order: 1886 in Japan

I really have no idea of what to expect from The Order: 1886, but I enjoyed this new viral ad from Sony, the game's publisher. Framed as a news investigation, the video takes a viral approach to the game's 1886 setting....

Chris Carter

9:00 AM on 12.19.2014

First Deception IV: Another Princess screens show toilet trap

We already knew a bit about the upcoming Deception IV: Another Princess expansion/re-release, including the addition of new traps, a new protagonist, and a quest mode, but seeing it in action is something else entirely. ...

Chris Carter







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Toys"R"Us canceling Lucario amiibo orders
by Chris Carter

[Update: Toys"R"Us put pre-orders back up momentarily this morning, and I expect them to either be faulty or drop very soon. Try to re-pre-order if you want at your own risk!]

[Update 2: Now the retailer has taken off the listing entirely -- there's not even a "sold out" page. What a circus.]

The day the Lucario amiibo went on sale, I pre-ordered it. As in, weeks ago. Now Toys"R"Us is canceling orders, including mine. For reference, Lucario is exclusive to Toys"R"Us and you can't get it anywhere else. Huh?

I'm not alone it seems, as our own Brittany Vincent and Bill Platt have had their orders canceled too, as well as a number of readers out there who reached out last night. We are following up with both Nintendo and Toys"R"Us to see what the deal is. It's entirely possible that the latter wants people running into the store at the release date and buying add-on items. That's retail for you.

Between this, the holy trinity, and Rosalina pre-orders selling out in 30 minutes in the dead of night, this has become a total shitshow by Nintendo and the retailers involved, which chose to do exclusive amiibo in the first place. Why is it that Activision and Disney were able to sell millions of dollars worth of Skylanders and Disney Infinity toys near launch without a hitch?

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8:00 PM on 12.18.2014

The Gift of Gaming: The world's greatest coping mechanism

[Dtoid community member TheDustinThomas shares the story of how video games helped him cope with the loss of his best friend. This made me ache a bit and wish I could see Isabelle again. Want to see your own stuff appear on t...

TheDustinThomas

7:00 PM on 12.18.2014

Capcom is delisting Marvel vs. Capcom Origins soon

It's a shame when companies delist digital-only games but it's even worse when they don't give a heads up. Capcom had the courtesy to let us know that Marvel vs. Capcom Origins is coming off PlayStation Network on December 23...

Jordan Devore

6:30 PM on 12.18.2014

Dota 2 gets a 'Shifting Snows' winter update and a balance patch

Frostivus is not coming this year, but that doesn't mean Dota 2 goes stale! While there may not be a big gameplay event, we've got some big gameplay changes taking place. Lifestealer takes a lot of the focus in this upda...

Patrick Hancock

6:00 PM on 12.18.2014

The game of life

[Dtoid community member Gray Times talks about how video games offered him sanctuary when the waking world got too tough. I still remember losing myself in Final Fantasy VI to escape the Hell of P.E. Want to see your own stuf...

Gray Times



Contest: Win a limited edition copy of Retro City Rampage DX for the PS4! photo
Contest: Win a limited edition copy of Retro City Rampage DX for the PS4!
by Bill Platt

The fine folks at Vblank Entertainment (Brian Provinciano to be exact) want to give one lucky Destructoid community member a limited edition copy of Retro City Rampage DX for the PS4. What makes this so special is that only 2,000 physical versions of the game will ever be made.

I was lucky enough to buy a copy for myself before they sold out (less than 24 hours later). Let me tell you, this is definitely something you want for your collection!

You're probably wondering, "But Bill, how can I win this super special, limited edition game?" Easy, all you have to do is leave a comment below! The winner will be chosen at random on Sunday, December 21st at 5:00 pm Pacific time. Limit one entry per person, and the contest is open to anyone with a US mailing address.

Good luck! And remember our Huge Members get automatic entry into all contests (and double entries if you enter one manually), exclusive beta code giveaways for upcoming games, ad-free browsing, and more! And most of all, your $3's a month helps directly support the site you love. Try us out!

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4:30 PM on 12.18.2014

Outcast returns with an enhanced release on Steam and GOG.com

Earlier this year, Fresh3D tried and failed to fund a high-definition remake of the 1999 action-adventure title Outcast on Kickstarter. Fans showed their support, but there simply weren't enough of them. The company is back w...

Jordan Devore

4:00 PM on 12.18.2014

Holy crap, this Hotline Miami 2 vinyl is cool

iam8bit has opened pre-orders for the Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number Collector's Edition Vinyl ahead of its first quarter 2015 ship date. (Is that when the game is releasing? Hope so!) At $60, the three-record set features 28 ...

Jordan Devore

3:30 PM on 12.18.2014

Log in to Grand Theft Auto Online for holiday gifts

This image. This real, developer-made image for Grand Theft Auto Online. Love it. Rockstar is rolling out limited-time holiday content, like snowballs, festive clothing and masks, new vehicles, and presents. Depending on when...

Jordan Devore



Nominees for Destructoid's Best Narrative Design of 2014 photo
Nominees for Destructoid's Best Narrative Design of 2014
by Brett Makedonski

[Image credit: Mike Lambert]

It's impossible to pinpoint exactly what it is that makes for great narrative design. It's just something you know when you see. It's more than an outstanding story (although, that's certainly a requisite). It's the melding of game mechanics with narrative to create an experience that's elevated beyond those two parts individually.

But, the thing is, there's no formula to ensure it'll work in perfect harmony. All too often, games that excel at telling a story fall somewhat flat with gameplay, or vice versa. It takes a special title to work hand-in-hand with itself to create that seamless whole.

When that happens, it's a wondrous feeling. We're left with the games that can keep us on the edge of our seat in delight, or slouched as deep in the couch as possible, gutted with despair. We're left with the games that we can't stop playing, or that we can't stop thinking about when we're not playing. We're left with the titles that cement the idea that videogames are a transcendent medium.

These are Destructoid's nominees for Best Narrative Design of 2014.

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