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Austin Wintory: Everyone has the potential to make music

We managed to catch up to composer Austin Wintory (Journey, The Banner Saga, Monaco) following his D.I.C.E. Summit talk on how technology has changed music making, and how this impacts videogame scores. As a fellow musician a...   more

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Journey was composed on a $50 crappy Casio keyboard

We recently had a chance to chat with Journey and The Banner Saga composer Austin Wintory, and as a fellow musician I took the opportunity to talk shop. Curious about which tools he uses to create music with, I asked abo...   more

Journey was composed on a $50 crappy Casio keyboard photo

What if Nintendo put some games on Steam?

When Nintendo first got into game development, the game industry was something like the Sci-Fi/Fantasy section of a book store. Some series were "less nerdy than others," and there was some class labeling inherent in the riva...   more

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The best stuff on Destructoid this week [2/22]

[We post a lot of articles here at Destructoid. The endless, ouroboros news cycle has us burning the snake at both ends, which will ultimately push big news, thoughtful original pieces, and all sorts of other gr...   more

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Dumb Idiot Ideas: I want Hackers DLC for Watchdogs

About this time last year, Watchdogs was looking like a major contender for my 2013 GOTY. However, here we are almost a quarter of the way through 2014, and I still haven't gotten my hands on the game, so I've been forced to...   more

Dumb Idiot Ideas: I want Hackers DLC for Watchdogs photo

Hardline 009: The end of Irrational, Twitch Plays Pokemon

Technical issues be damned! Hardline is back and this week I spoke with Hamza Aziz, Steven Hansen, and Dale North about the closure of Irrational Games and forming of co-founder Ken Levine's new, significantly smaller studio...   more

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Friday Night Fights: Gaming with the King

Happy Friday! I want to take a few minutes of everyone's time today to talk about someone, very special to the Destructoid Community. Rick "King Foom" Olson has been a staple of the Destructoid community for years. His humor,...   more

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DOOM 4 beta, Yokai Watch & Final Fantasy on PC

Hey everybody, I’m back from Japan! And here’s your quasi-timely news update for the first two thirds of this week. Irrational Games closed, pre-ordering Wolfenstein: The New Order gets you a beta for the new and...   more

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Gentlemen's Club: We're giving away tons of Payday 2!

If you've been following my Twitter you know I'm absolutely head over heels for Payday 2. I came in expecting a crime themed Left 4 Dead-lite but what I got was one of my favorite co-op games. There' s something about plannin...   more

Gentlemen's Club: We're giving away tons of Payday 2! photo

Why Titanfall won't be my next big gaming obsession

Unless you've been living under a rock, you know that Titanfall is the talk of the gaming world right now. With the game in the middle of an open beta on both Xbox One and PC in preparation for its March 11 release, ever...   more

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Videogame Clubhouse: We're giving away Hotline Miami

Goddamn do I love Hotline Miami. It's certainly the little game that could. It's bloodsoaked neon aesthetics and thumpin' soundtrack has made it one of few games I've beaten multiple times. Now, you can imagine my excitement ...   more

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The best stuff on Destructoid this week [2/15]

[We post a lot of articles here at Destructoid. The endless, ouroboros news cycle has us burning the snake at both ends, which will ultimately push big news, thoughtful original pieces, and all sorts of other great...   more

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Cloudbuilt: It's like Mega Man & Mirror's Edge had a baby

When I first saw Cloudbuilt, I fell in love with the art style. It was pretty much heaven in my mind, with gorgeous aerial views mixed with sketch-heavy visuals. It helps that the gameplay looks like a solid mixture of parkou...   more

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Live show: We're playing the Titanfall beta!

The Titanfall beta is out in the wild, so we're doing a special live show leading up to today's episode of Mash Tactics. I'll be playing through the beta in all the multiplayer modes alongside with co-host Phil. If you've man...   more

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Friday Night Fights: Apple pie

Today's post is gonna be pretty short.  My employee's decided that they wanted to throw a potluck at work today. I was in charge of desserts. So being the nice guy I am, I made a blueberry pie, apple pie and bacon browni...   more

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Videogame Clubhouse: The Valentine's Day special

It's time for that annual occurrence of public shame and humiliation: Valentine's Day. If that sentence wasn't enough to tip you off then know that I'm not a big fan of the holiday. So what is a guy to do to prepare himself f...   more

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Evolve impressions: How did we feel about the Kangaroos?

A couple of weeks ago, Hamza and I got a chance to screw around in Turtle Rock and 2K's Evolve. Hamza wrote up his thoughts on the game right here, and I got to interview one of the developers about the game. But how did Hamza and I really feel? Well, watch the dang video.   more

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Opinion: Lightning Returns is by far the best 'XIII' game

I wasn't a fan of Final Fantasy XIII. I felt like in many ways it was a step back for the franchise, and the cast wasn't nearly as charming as Square Enix thought it was. But with XIII-2, I partially warmed up to the series, ...   more

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Virtual Console Verdict: Super Mario RPG

[Virtual Console Verdict is a short column that highlights some of the gems released on 3DS and Wii U eShop marketplaces. For a full list of Virtual Console releases, check out the weekly Nintendo Download series. I...   more

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The anatomy of Evolve - interview

Our own gentle giant, Max Scoville, had a chat recently with Denby Grace of 2K Games about their upcoming title, Evolve. In case you missed it, Evolve is being developed by Turtle Rock Studios, the minds behind the Left 4 De...   more

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Artists Wanted: THE FUTURE!

[This month's Dtoid Community Assignment will span three topics: the past, the present, and the future of gaming. Sound off on one, two, or all three!] When I think about "the future" in relation to videogames, my imagination...   more

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The best stuff on Destructoid this week [2/8]

[We post a lot of articles here at Destructoid. The endless, ouroboros news cycle has us burning the snake at both ends, which will ultimately push big news, thoughtful original pieces, and all sorts of other great c...   more

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Musicians Wanted: The present

[This month's Dtoid Community Assignment will span three topics: the past, the present, and the future of gaming. Sound off on one, two, or all three!] This month's Cblog theme is all about taking look at the different eras o...   more

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Friday Night Fights: Going for the gold

 I was originally going to go with a header image that showed how amazing the living conditions in Sochi are for the athletes and reporters, but then thought to myself, "Nah, it's bad enough they have to live like that f...   more

Friday Night Fights: Going for the gold photo

Sonic Boom, Metal Gear shortness and the Uncharted movie

Nice hat, right? Fun news today, Sonic The Hedgehog gets not one but TWO games, as well as a TV show and a toy line in the newly announced Sonic Boom sub-franchise. The length of Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes has been an...   more

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Videogame Clubhouse: Delve into the EXTREME with Amped 3!

Since indie month ended, Phil has kind of been going nuts. If you didn't check out our last show you missed a hot beach adventure with Dead or Alive Xtreme 2. So, how has Phil decided to top that nonsense? Apparently the answ...   more

Videogame Clubhouse: Delve into the EXTREME with Amped 3! photo

Free games, AOL discs and the afterlife with Ackk Studios

A week and a half ago on Sup Holmes (now on iTunes), we welcomed Brian and Andrew Allanson of Ackk Studios to the program. We talked about their breakout success Two Brothers, their start in making their own games (and Pokem...   more

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The return of the Gentlemen's Club: Akiba's Trip edition

Have you guys heard of Akiba's Trip 2? If you're not up on your crazy Japanese games I'll break it down for you: It's Yakuza but to defeat your vampire enemies you have to RIP OFF THEIR CLOTHES. That's right, it's like crazy ...   more

The return of the Gentlemen's Club: Akiba's Trip edition photo

How Paradox Interactive found success in a niche market

Paradox Interactive is best known for their hardcore grand strategy titles on the PC market. Makers of such hits as Crusader Kings, Europa Universalis, Magicka, and many more games, the Sweden-based company celebrated 10 year...   more

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The problem with Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes' price

I don't think I've ever complained a game was too short. Except Persona 4: Golden. I could have played that for another 400 hours. And I've always laughed at the ridiculous price per hour breakdown some Internet goers abide b...   more

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Paradox on how to do free-to-play the right way

Magicka: Wizard Wars is Paradox Interactive's take on the MOBA genre. While most companies have had trouble getting a foothold in the market thanks to how dominating League of Legends and Dota 2 are, Wizard Wars looks to have...   more

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Disney Infinity, Murdered: Soul Suspect, Kodoku & Bikinis

Well, we got a new camera and I accidentally switched it onto "Sears Portrait Studio" mode, so sorry if I look a little bit like I'm in a porno from the late eighties. (What else is new.) Today, we've got some more details o...   more

Disney Infinity, Murdered: Soul Suspect, Kodoku & Bikinis photo

Bloggers Wanted: The past

[This month's Dtoid Community Assignment will span three topics: the past, the present, and the future of gaming. Sound off on one, two, or all three!] We all look back at gaming generations past through different lenses. For...   more

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Videogame Clubhouse: Cheap titilation in DoA X2

Here on the Videogame Clubhouse we try to be topical. We bring you the newest and hottest games around. As you saw last month we brought you all kinds of new indie games with cool developer interaction. So, how are we going t...   more

Videogame Clubhouse: Cheap titilation in DoA X2 photo

Sup Holmes doubles down on Kentucky Route Zero

Today on Sup Holmes we welcome Jake Elliot of Cardboard Computer (Kentucky Route Zero, Wikipedia Vs. Predator) to the program. Jake's been creating games and "artware" for years, but it was Kentucky Route Zero that really put...   more

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The best stuff on Destructoid this week [2/1]

[We post a lot of articles here at Destructoid. The endless, ouroboros news cycle has us burning the snake at both ends, which will ultimately push big news, thoughtful original pieces, and all sorts of other great cont...   more

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Hardline 008: Please understand

On this week's Hardline, Steven and Conrad joined me for what turned out to be a lengthy discussion about the future of Nintendo. It's been suggested that the company make games for mobile, but is that really such a good ide...   more

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Impressions: Killer Instinct: Spinal

Killer Instinct surprised a lot of people when it hit the Xbox One. No one really expected much from Double Helix given its track record, but a decent following has been with the game ever since, and there's even an arca...   more

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Friday Night Fights: SK8 or die!

Look, I make no bones about how old I am. I've never hid my age from anyone and I know my limits. Turning 40, as I recently did, tends to make people feel like, they need to finally grow up, finally become an adult. To hell w...   more

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White Xbox One & Crackdown 3 Leaks, PS Vita Slim in UK

An flurry of supposed Xbox leaks in the net, with one pointing to a likely commercial release of white Xbox One's. The UK is definitely getting Slim Vita's, but maybe not getting multiple colors. Octodad: Dadliest Catch is o...   more

White Xbox One & Crackdown 3 Leaks, PS Vita Slim in UK photo

Don a Dtoid shirt and gun in Crytek's The Collectables!

Our friends at Crytek are currently accepting pre-registrations for their upcoming iOS and Android shooter The Collectables, and they've created an exclusive in-game shirt and gun just for the Dtoid community! By heading ove...   more

Don a Dtoid shirt and gun in Crytek's The Collectables! photo

Videogame Clubhouse: We're giving away Octodad!

I'm not going to get fancy with this post: Octodad is better than pretty much every game launched in the past year. In the hour I spent with the game last night I had more fun than I had in recent memory. Naturally, we're end...   more

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All the Octodad: Dadliest Catch ties and their locations

Octodad: Dadliest Catch is a pretty great game for those who take the time to re-learn how to walk. One of the neat extra features are hidden neckties throughout the game. In each level (except for "Shark Naked"), three ties ...   more

All the Octodad: Dadliest Catch ties and their locations photo

Nightmares about being a man inspired The Castle Doctrine

A week and a half ago on Sup Holmes (now on iTunes) we were lucky to snag Jason Rohrer (Primrose, Sleep is Death, Inside a Star-filled Sky) on the cusp of the release of his latest game, The Castle Doctrine (out now, 25% off...   more

Nightmares about being a man inspired The Castle Doctrine photo

So how about that topical section in Bravely Default?

Bravely Default is on its way to North America really soon, and it's glorious. As a return to the JRPGs of yore and a modern update, it should simultaneously satisfy pretty much every RPG fan out there. But I noticed in ...   more

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Hardline Live: What should Nintendo's next move be?

Okay, so there is some news worth talking about this week for Hardline. But I think I speak for Steven and Conrad when I say we'd love to take questions from you as much as possible for this episode and see where that takes u...   more

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Gears of Microsoft, Sly Cooper Movie, & Halo: The Series

Microsoft buys Gears of War, and puts Black Tusk to work on a new game, InFamous: Second Son's latest developer diary gets wet, there's a new video for episode 2 of Bioshock Infinite's Burial At Sea DLC, the Sly Cooper movie ...   more

Gears of Microsoft, Sly Cooper Movie, & Halo: The Series photo

Huge News: Charity Edition

This week Jonathan and I partner with an amazing charity to grant Benny Disco (@TheBennyDisco) his dream of writing news for the video game industry! Please enjoy this latest installment as we read off Benny's favorite news stories from the past week.  Love us? Hate us? Have questions or want a shout out on the show? Let us know at holmessupholmes@gmail.com!   more

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Impressions: Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition

Tomb Raider had a rather interesting development cycle. It went from pure hype, to "this looks like an Uncharted clone," to controversy, and back to hype. But all of that dev drama aside, when the game actually came...   more

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Sup Holmes goes to Pleasantville with Ackk Studios

Today on Sup Holmes we'll be visited by Brian and Andrew Allanson, the two brothers who created Two Brothers. We'll be talking to them about what it was like to start their own studio from scratch, the risk they took on ...   more

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