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Oddworld creator talks Jim Henson, VR, Videogame Awards and more

Last Sunday on Sup Holmes (also on Libsyn and iTunes) we talked with Oddworld series creator Lorne Lanning... a lot. It's the longest episode we've done, chalking in at almost 2 1/2 hours. I know that sounds like a long...   more

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Horrible words we should ban from videogame titles

Lords of the Fallen and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare just came out and they should be laughed out the damn building for their horrible, generic videogames names. I originally typed "Armored Warfare" and ...   more

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Hey, it's the first hour of Far Cry 4!

Far Cry 4 is a game I've been looking forward to since ages ago -- and now, it's finally something I can play. Poorly. Here you go, watch us flounder. Go on, we're a mess.   more

Hey, it's the first hour of Far Cry 4! photo

Hardline 36: The land of broken games

This week on Hardline, Steven, Brett, and I spoke about Avalanche finally confirming Just Cause 3 after all those leaks, Brett's review of Assassin's Creed Rogue, and funny faceless and infinite-jump glitches in Assassin's C...   more

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Majora's Mask is my favorite game about being a young adult

Ocarina of Time is one of those incredibly well made games that just never clicked with me. Maybe it's because it was too much like A Link to the Past, except everything looks worse and takes longer to do. Maybe it's bec...   more

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Hardline 35: Majora's Mask 3DS, plural amiibo, and Paris smells like candy

[This episode of Hardline is sponsored by The Crew. We're giving away a silly amount of codes for this weekend's beta on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One right now. Claim yours here.] It's been a while since Brett, Steven, and I h...   more

Hardline 35: Majora's Mask 3DS, plural amiibo, and Paris smells like candy photo

Blizzard fails to announce Rock & Roll Racing 2

Over at Blizzcon today, Blizzard announced its first new IP in 17 years, Overwatch. However, the studio also failed to announce any tentative plans to release Rock & Roll Racing 2, a cartoonish adversarial racing game fea...   more

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Bayonetta 2 is giving me the Tetris effect

Bayonetta kicked my ass last week, but I finished it (after giving in and switching the difficulty setting to Easy). I survived Gracious and Glorious, and sent you-know-who hurtling into the you-know-what. Damn, what a cool g...   more

Bayonetta 2 is giving me the Tetris effect photo

Bloggers Wanted: Giving Thanks

[This month's Dtoid Community Assignment is all about being thankful!] November is a great month. The weather is nicer. The leaves turn. Things slow down a bit in the waking world while we all gear up for the holidays. The on...   more

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I didn't think I'd enjoy Bayonetta this much

Fighting angels as a witch dressed up like Samus Aran is a fun way to spend an evening. I'm several years late to playing Bayonetta, a game I might have never sought out had Nintendo and Platinum not packaged it in with its W...   more

I didn't think I'd enjoy Bayonetta this much photo

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel illustrates the danger of nebulous season passes

Over the weekend, details came out of PAX Australia regarding the first downloadable Vault Hunter for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel. At first, it looked to me like a commendable gesture for a series that receives a lot of criti...   more

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Radio Dtoid 048: Nerd Herding

Radio Destructoid is our official community-focused podcast! Join Aaron "Mxy" Yost (Forums Admin), ConorElsea.com (US Community Manager), Beccy Caine (EU Community Manager), Kyle MacGregor (Contributor), and Mr Andy Dixon as ...   more

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Condemned: Criminal Origins holds up better than expected

When I think back to the Xbox 360 launch, a few games immediately come to mind: Kameo, Project Gotham Racing 3, and Perfect Dark Zero. You had to take what you could get in late 2005 and hope your console didn't red ring. Min...   more

Condemned: Criminal Origins holds up better than expected photo


Condemned: Criminal Origins holds up better than expected photo
Condemned: Criminal Origins holds up better than expected photo
Condemned: Criminal Origins holds up better than expected photo
Condemned: Criminal Origins holds up better than expected photo
Condemned: Criminal Origins holds up better than expected photo
Condemned: Criminal Origins holds up better than expected photo



Hardline 34: Creepy games and crappy people

Happy (early) Halloween! For this week's Hardline, Bill, Brett, and I reminisced about unintentionally scary games that bothered us as kids while Steven was off on the other side of the world throwing bread down a hole. Hope you like your podcasts full of tangents. For the audio-only episode, you can subscribe on iTunes and RSS or download directly.   more

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Flyin' to my heart: Seven videogame songs that actually excite me

It's tough for me to get excited these days. I ain't jaded, I just hate it. Actually, it's not like I hate everything. I simply feel anxious nearly every waking moment of my life. I need something to look forward to, no matte...   more

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So what exactly is a deck-building game anyway?

A number of videogames have shown up lately with the gameplay adjective "deck-building" in their descriptions. Steve Swink took a break from developing Scale in order to release Dad's Building a Deck. Coin...   more

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DEFINITIVE TOP 9 VIDEOGAME CATS OF ALL TIME

Today is National Cat Day, apparently. Good lord, there is a National Cat Day. I'm not quite sure what to make of that. A list article maybe? The Internet seems to like those. Yeah, let's do this. Here are Destructoid's top 10 favorite videogame cats of all time. No, wait. Top nine! Nine cats for nine lives. Now that headline really purrs.   more

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Literally amazing! I let a stray cat into my friend's house and then put it in the tub with a Kinect

It's National Kitties Are F*cking Adorable and Awesome Day. The best day of the year, in my opinion. To celebrate, I let a stray cat into my friend's house and he beelined to the shower. That's how cats roll (when they feel ...   more

Literally amazing! I let a stray cat into my friend's house and then put it in the tub with a Kinect photo

Dark water and the things below give me the shivers

If we're all confessing our gaming-related fears, I might as well share mine. I can't stand the water. More specifically, I can't stand what lives under the water. If there is ever a section of a game that will make me want to stop playing, it probably involves getting your toes wet and taking a little swim with, well, whatever. I can thank Super Mario Bros. 3 for this phobia.    more

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I miss demo discs

It's hard not to sound like an old man when you go off on something like this. Decrying modern advancement in favor of some kind of nostalgic never-was is always a terrific way to seem out of touch. Intellectually, I know tha...   more

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I think videogames made me hate funhouses

I don't like funhouses, although, I suppose I haven't given them a fair shake. I've never been inside one, but I'm pretty certain that makes no difference. You see, videogames trained me at a very young age to hate funhouses....   more

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Earthworm Jim 2 scares me to this day

Leading up to Halloween, I've been wanting to write about horror games because that's what you do in October, right? I still might; I'm playing the oft-recommended Fatal Frame II for the first time now and am planning to revi...   more

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If Bungie envisions Destiny as an MMO, it should start acting like it

Destiny was a functional game at launch, but a number of design choices were made that left all of us scratching our heads. The Cryptarch system in 1.0 was horrible in that it allowed players to earn legendary engrams (r...   more

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Nintendo doesn't always let you buy the things that you want

Nintendo recently announced that classic Pokémon character and fan favorite Mewtwo will be in Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U and 3DS, but only for those who buy both games. Immediately, fans wondered if this meant tha...   more

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100% Series Retrospective: Diablo

Things have been crazy at Destructoid since I became the Reviews Director. On my first week, I had to tackle a new Ratchet & Clank, Super Mario 3D World, and three other games. It hasn't let up after that, and as a result...   more

100% Series Retrospective: Diablo photo

Destructoid shirts now going for $14.95

All t-shirts on the Destructoid store have been dropped down to $14.95! We've lowered the price, saving you a few bucks. Hoodies are still between $24.95 to $34.95, and as always you'll get free shipping worldwide on orders over $60. These are also going to be the last run prints on all the designs we have in the store currently. So once they're gone they'll be gone for good!   more

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Dr. Capcom's monster: Resident Evil 5 blows

Halloween approaches and my evenings have been filled with practical effects and Italian prog rock as The Thing, Inferno, Suspiria et al. grace my TV. Dale North recently wrote on why survival horror might just be old ha...   more

Dr. Capcom's monster: Resident Evil 5 blows photo

Very Quick Tips: Civilization: Beyond Earth

Civilization: Beyond Earth is fantastic, but even though it does a lot through tutorial popups, missions, and the Civilopedia to help new players, it can still be daunting. With several new systems in place, even series veter...   more

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Slowpoke: A short story

It was morning. Slowpoke's eyes casually fluttered open, as bit by bit the creature came to the realization it had survived another night. Costively, Slowpoke began mulling over what to do with its day. This went on for some ...   more

Slowpoke: A short story photo

Hatred proves that we need violence to mean something again

Last week, we saw the announcement and reveal trailer for Hatred -- a game that puts the player in control of a suicidal person who sets off on a rampage to kill as many citizens and cops as possible before being killed ...   more

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Radio Dtoid 047: Kurt Sparrow: Super Spy

Radio Destructoid is our official community-focused podcast! Join Aaron "Mxy" Yost (Forums Admin), ConorElsea.com (US Community Manager), Beccy Caine (EU Community Manager), Kyle MacGregor (Contributor), and Mr Andy Dixon as ...   more

Radio Dtoid 047: Kurt Sparrow: Super Spy photo

Hardline 33: The Evil Within or without, Mordor as a dating sim, and the deplorable Hatred

This week on Hardline, Brett, Steven, and Jordan talk about Shinji Mikami's latest horror game, The Evil Within, and Hatred, a game that's just plain horrific. On a lighter note, there's also a discussion about recent featur...   more

Hardline 33: The Evil Within or without, Mordor as a dating sim, and the deplorable Hatred photo

Missing EarthBound is my biggest gaming regret

Every so often on Destructoid, we publish a post celebrating EarthBound and, right on cue, I come away impressed. Whether it's Chad recounting an emotional, fourth-wall-breaking moment, Jonathan explaining the game's greatne...   more

Missing EarthBound is my biggest gaming regret photo

Killer Instinct's Season 2 is off to a great start

Although it had a few issues in terms of content, Killer Instinct on Xbox One was actually a good game at launch. Since then, I've taken a look at both Spinal and Fulgore, and found them to be a great addition to the alr...   more

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Confessional: I make up my own stories for games

So here is a dumb thing I do: I make up my own stories in games. No, I'm not just talking about RPGs like Fallout or Skyrim where the entire point is to go out and make your own mark on the world. I'm talking about just about...   more

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Donkey Kong 64 made me the gamer that I am today

Before each episode of Hardline, Destructoid's videogame news podcast, the cast always takes a few minutes to chat while our producer sets the show up. This week, Jordan mentioned that he'd been thinking about Donkey Kong 64&...   more

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Shocking videogame character pregnancies!

Across the Internet today, fictional characters are coming to the realization they are all pregnant.  #妊娠検査薬コラ   more

Shocking videogame character pregnancies! photo

Is classic Survival Horror considered old fashioned now?

I like to be scared. I'm not some kind of dark-obsessed weirdo, though. I just really enjoy the feeling of being tense or terrified, so much so that I used to think that there was something wrong with me. Maybe there is. A fe...   more

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I'm so glad I never sold my copy of Mario Paint

I may not replay videogames very often, but when I do get the urge, it feels impossible to ignore. If it's an Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, or Wii game I feel compelled to revisit, that's no big deal at all -- there's still enough...   more

I'm so glad I never sold my copy of Mario Paint photo

Some of us are controller throwers around here

We've all been there before -- a maddeningly difficult part of a videogame; you've been trying for hours to best it. You just can't. Maybe you never will. This might be impossible, actually. The developers must've been comple...   more

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Report: Gamer teabags opponent after narrow victory

An Xbox live user contacted Destructoid this week with a complaint of being excessively teabagged upon completion of an online multiplayer match in a popular action game. "I'm not sure why he was doing it," said victim Jeff M...   more

Report: Gamer teabags opponent after narrow victory photo

You fools! I have dibs on [DLC Character #1] in Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel!

Fools. You poor, poor, poor, poor fools. It's almost as if you don't even like winning at life. I mean, I guess there's nothing wrong with choosing Athena, Claptrap, Nisha, or Wilhelm as your go-to character in Borderlands: T...   more

You fools! I have dibs on [DLC Character #1] in Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel! photo

Bored of the things: Shadow of Mordor should've been a dating sim

I was reading Weird Dad Andy Astruc's loving look at Shadow of Mordor's menus, which is basically praise for Mordor's Nemesis system. The same system left our own Nic Rowen giddy and, uh, shitfaced. N...   more

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Watch this purple robot murder a small boy repeatedly

Today on Just Saiyan: The Dragon Ball Advanced Adventure saga: Bill and I get our asses kicked by this stupid Red Ribbon Army boss fight for most of the video. But, we tell some of our deepest darkest secrets while this is happening.    more

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Stop being dicks, online racers

I wouldn't call myself a fan of racing games, per se. Dale's a fan of racing games. I'm just kind of a curious bystander that likes to indulge every now and then. I think they act as sort of a palate cleanser for me, the pick...   more

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Destructoid reimagines Mario as a Spaniard

In a year that has seen so many popular fictional characters reimagined as slightly different things, Destructoid has pondered what it might be like if Mario was depicted as another European nationality. With that in mind, we...   more

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I got the robot because you were too slowbot: I have dibs on Claptrap

It's really not all that long until Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel comes out, and you've already made a grave mistake. You didn't call dibs on Claptrap. Know how I know that? Because I'm writing this post right now. If you ...   more

I got the robot because you were too slowbot: I have dibs on Claptrap photo

To all you would-be Borderlands cowboys and cowgirls, I have dibs on Nisha

"Behind every great man is a great woman." Screw that, says Nisha. While Handsome Jack is sitting in a climate-controlled bunker, cowering from the awesome might of the Vault Hunters and bandit gangs, Nisha fights her enemies...   more

To all you would-be Borderlands cowboys and cowgirls, I have dibs on Nisha photo

Attention Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel buyers: I have dibs on Wilhelm

Back in 2012 I had dibs on Zer0 from Borderlands 2. I didn't regret it! I completed the game several times with him and embarked upon the DLC with a smile on my face. But Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel doesn't have Zer0, which is a major bummer. Instead, I'll be rocking Wilhelm. One ninja's loss is another epic beard's gain.   more

Attention Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel buyers: I have dibs on Wilhelm photo

To any Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel players out there: I have dibs on Athena

Two years ago, Chris, Tara, Conrad, and Andy each called dibs on a Vault Hunter for Borderlands 2 before I ever could, and so I was never able to play it. All I could do was sit there looking at my copy, wishing I had ca...   more

To any Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel players out there: I have dibs on Athena photo