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What's Up? Pokkén Tournament, Amazon buys Twitch, Donald Glover as Spider-Man & PAX Prime 2014

Max and Bill stop by to check in and drop some knowledge before heading of to Seattle for PAX Prime this week! Twitch got bought out by Amazon, not Google. Pokemon gets a fighting game, that you can only play in Japanese arcades. Bill gets hype on Donald Glover playing Spider-Man. And of course, our PAX Prime plans.   more

What's Up? Pokkén Tournament, Amazon buys Twitch, Donald Glover as Spider-Man & PAX Prime 2014 photo

Spry Fox's next game is Free-Range Dragons

While finishing up work on the roguelike puzzler Road Not Taken this year, Spry Fox also began prototyping its next project, an action title called Free-Range Dragons. With a name like that, it's already off to a good start....   more

Spry Fox's next game is Free-Range Dragons photo

Screencheat lets you look at your friends' screens guilt free

Screencheat is one of the more conceptually interesting shooters I've seen in quite some time. This is a multiplayer game in which you're not only encouraged to look at your opponents' screens but are essentially required to...   more

Screencheat lets you look at your friends' screens guilt free photo

Double Fine picks up goofy multiplayer brawler Gang Beasts

Gang Beasts is hardly new at this point, but we've been given another opportunity to talk about it now that it's a part of the Double Fine Presents line. I'll take it. The funny multiplayer brawler will be playable later thi...   more

Double Fine picks up goofy multiplayer brawler Gang Beasts photo

Indie Megabooth: The PAX Prime games you want to see

If you're going to be at PAX Prime in Seattle this year and you plan to play videogames sometimes instead of getting drunk and singing karaoke all of the times, you should go to the Indie Megabooth and see some of this cool, weird junk.  And that's not all. Chroma Squad, Hotline Miami 2. 78 games in total, including 20 truncated showings from the Indie Minibooth.   more

Indie Megabooth: The PAX Prime games you want to see photo

What's Up: Guardians of the Galaxy, gettin' zen with Sentris, and our dumb PAX panel

I forgot that I saw Guardians of the Galaxy last week, because it was good, but not as good as everyone's been saying. I also got real mellow playing the music puzzle game Sentris, and I want you to come to our stupid panel at PAX.   more

What's Up: Guardians of the Galaxy, gettin' zen with Sentris, and our dumb PAX panel photo

What's Up? Our panel at PAX Prime 2014, Far Cry 4, Destiny Beta, Vietnam & a ferret

Max and I thought it would be a good idea to keep everyone posted on our goings-on. This was spurned by many, many people wondering why we've been filming in Max's actual kitchen. We answer this question, and some y'all have...   more

What's Up? Our panel at PAX Prime 2014, Far Cry 4, Destiny Beta, Vietnam & a ferret photo

Twist and shout with your body, Caitlin Cooke and Bounden

PAX East was completely bonkers this year. There was a marked decrease in big publisher representation, with Microsoft showing strictly old stuff and Nintendo and Sony bowing out completely. The indies more than made up for ...   more

Twist and shout with your body, Caitlin Cooke and Bounden photo

Watch some glorious Star Citizen gameplay footage

Chris Roberts and his team on Star Citizen were at PAX East to show off Star Citizen's dogfighting module. You may have watched this footage already, but now it's in super hi-def and the crowd isn't totally drowning out the audience this time around either. I need this game all over me.   more

Watch some glorious Star Citizen gameplay footage photo

Here's 30 minutes of Wolfenstein: The New Order gameplay

Bethesda hosted a livestream recently showing off about 30 minutes of Wolfenstein: The New Order gameplay. This was the demo fans got to play during PAX East, but now you can watch it yourself thanks to the power of the worl...   more

Here's 30 minutes of Wolfenstein: The New Order gameplay photo

Checking in with Renegade Kid on Moon, Cult County, and more

Holmes had an extra long interview with Renegade Kid's Jools Watsham during PAX East, and it covers all the games the small studio is currently working on. It's a nice showcase of every thing they got going on, and biggest of all is Cult County. It's their upcoming survival horror game, and there's just under two weeks left on their Kickstarter.   more

Checking in with Renegade Kid on Moon, Cult County, and more photo

Tetropolis is Tetris crossed with Castlevania

There's a headline I never expected to write. Like ever. But that's Tetropolis for you! Tetropolis sees you playing as those iconic falling blocks, going through levels and exploring the things that need to be explored. The ...   more

Tetropolis is Tetris crossed with Castlevania photo

See why Mushroom 11 was one of my favorite games at PAX East

Alex Bruce, the man behind Antichamber, was at PAX East with no game to show off at all. He was simply there purely to help out other indies. I saw a lot of indies supporting other indies at PAX, as a matter of fact. In this...   more

See why Mushroom 11 was one of my favorite games at PAX East photo

Max Gentlemen was inspired by a spam email for penis pills

Max Gentlemen was inspired by a spam email for penis pills. Yup, that's according to the developer Holmes interviewed at PAX in the video here. It was then created in a drinking game jam, and brought around to some shows lik...   more

Max Gentlemen was inspired by a spam email for penis pills photo

Monsters Ate My Birthday Cake is not as simple as it looks

Monsters Ate My Birthday Cake saw success on Kickstarter, and it's coming along nicely as evidence by our interview at PAX East. It looks super cute and simplistic, but there's way more depth than you'd imagine here. A deep ...   more

Monsters Ate My Birthday Cake is not as simple as it looks photo

Woah Dave scratches the manic arcade itch

One of the most common questions one gets asked when visiting a show like PAX East is, "what's the most fun game you've played this weekend." Woah Dave was my automatic response to any such query this past weekend. An a...   more

Woah Dave scratches the manic arcade itch photo

High Strangeness lets you shift between 8-bit and 16-bit

Longtime Destructoid community member AgentMOO's High Strangeness was back at PAX this year with a nearly done build. With the help of indie publisher Midnight City, High Strangeness is coming out late this year on PC and consoles. Holmes and Ben "AgentMOO" Shostak talked about the "12- bit" adventure and enemies that get more nefarious and capable as you do when you switch to the 16-bit world.   more

High Strangeness lets you shift between 8-bit and 16-bit photo

Listen to Holmes sing 'God Bless the USA' in this Broforce interview

Free Lives' Broforce is already out in the wild on Steam Early Access, playable to those willing to part with $14.99 in exchange for a super macho, explosion-filled action-platformer romp featuring such characters as Bromman...   more

Listen to Holmes sing 'God Bless the USA' in this Broforce interview photo

Not a Hero: Get a rabbit from the future elected mayor with murder

An anthropomorphic purple rabbit from the future wants to become mayor and you're his campaign manager, which means murdering all of the competition and their supporters. "I think that's how politics works." Well, it's close...   more

Not a Hero: Get a rabbit from the future elected mayor with murder photo

Talking Videoball with the one-of-a-kind Tim Rogers

Get our own Jonathan Holmes and Action Button Entertainment's Tim Rogers in a room together and magic will happen. Here the two are at PAX East discussing Videoball, a "real-time strategy shooting sports game" that's far dee...   more

Talking Videoball with the one-of-a-kind Tim Rogers photo

In BaraBariBall you lose your balls when you jump

I played BaraBariBall over a year ago at GDC 2013 and it was fun as heck. I liked it BaraBari much. But it's still not out. Not yet, anyways. It's coming this year to PC, PS4, and PS3 as a part of the amazing Sportsfriends. ...   more

In BaraBariBall you lose your balls when you jump photo

Interstellar Selfie Station is what happens when you keep the best part of a scrapped project

Christine Love (Analogue: A Hate Story) was making an FMV game and decided that it wasn't fun, but the development tools were. Because of this insight, we can all take 2 bit selfies for days. I wonder how long before my browser's built in spell check accepts "selfies." Yes, you. Do it. Though I don't know if you can beat Holmes and Love.   more

Interstellar Selfie Station is what happens when you keep the best part of a scrapped project photo

Hyper Light Drifter probably won't be out until early 2015

Heart Machine pushed back its wildly anticipated Hyper Light Drifter from the previous June 2014 release to the end of 2014. Heart Machine's Alex Preston, talking to Jonathan Holmes at PAX, explained that, while they're stil...   more

Hyper Light Drifter probably won't be out until early 2015 photo

La-Mulana 2 aims to be more 'intuitive,' still hard as heck

La-Mulana was regarded by some as the hardest game ever. This isn't going to change, though Nigoro's Takami Naramura wants it to be slightly more intuitive so perhaps all those deaths don't lead to warranted frustration and ...   more

La-Mulana 2 aims to be more 'intuitive,' still hard as heck photo

Take a look at the PAX East Diversity Lounge

While our event video matron Conrad Zimmerman was off editing video at PAX East last weekend, Caitlin Cooke and I went to take a quick look at the much ballyhooed Diversity Lounge. I had heard from Conrad and Caitlin that th...   more

Take a look at the PAX East Diversity Lounge photo

Tuesday Newsday: PAX East, Titanfall, Evolve, Below & a Sexy Werewolf

On today's hard-hitting debut episode of Tuesday Newsday, we cover some of the highlights from PAX East, like Cult of the Wind, where you run around pretending to be an airplane, or Rain World, where you're a big squishy slug...   more

Tuesday Newsday: PAX East, Titanfall, Evolve, Below & a Sexy Werewolf photo

Krautscape redefines tactical racing, jumps off cliff

Everyone's favorite cuddle bunny, Jonathan Holmes, got a chance to check out Krautscape at the Midnight City booth at PAX East this past weekend. King Friday gives the low-down as to how this game is "tactical racing re...   more

Krautscape redefines tactical racing, jumps off cliff photo

Ackk Studios is going all out for its next RPG, Y2K

I knew to expect interesting things from Ackk Studios after the flawed but compelling Two Brothers. Even then, I wasn't mentally prepared for the team's newest game, Y2K. I came in knowing little about the turn-based RPG oth...   more

Ackk Studios is going all out for its next RPG, Y2K photo

SoundSelf is an experience that puts you into a trance

SoundSelf was one of the more interesting experiences I had at PAX, or any other convention for that matter. I put on the Oculus Rift, the headset, and then hummed into the microphone where the visuals and audio would react ...   more

SoundSelf is an experience that puts you into a trance photo

Tribute Games returns to pure arcade action in Curses 'N Chaos

In announcing that Mercenary Kings would hit PS Vita at PAX East, developer Tribute Games also briefly talked up Curses 'N Chaos, a game which sounded like a mighty good time based on the name alone. After watching this Jona...   more

Tribute Games returns to pure arcade action in Curses 'N Chaos photo

Kero Blaster stars a frog businessman

So Kero Blaster is apparently pretty much finished, despite Daisuke "Pixel" Amaya (Cave Story) originally scrapping the entire project (known as Gero Blaster) and doing the whole game over. It stars a businessman frog and hi...   more

Kero Blaster stars a frog businessman photo

Make cats have sex in the name of natural selection in Mew-Genics

This Holmes interview with Mew-Genics' Tommy Refenes at its first public showing explains every reason I badly want this game. Cat animations based on personality sound great. I am already laughing at the mental image of, "d...   more

Make cats have sex in the name of natural selection in Mew-Genics photo

You can play Crypt of the Necrodancer with a DDR mat

The infectiously rhythmic Crypt of the Necrodancer (I hardly even know her!) was one of our games of the show last year at PAX Prime. It's back at PAX East, so Holmes tried to do an interview while playing. On a DDR mat. Whi...   more

You can play Crypt of the Necrodancer with a DDR mat photo

Rain World has competitive slugcat multiplayer and bat attacks

Rain World is still the best. And it's coming to Vita (and more). Jonathan Holmes went and chatted with Rain World's developers at PAX. In the background you can see a very early alpha multiplayer sandbox that looks to be in the vein of Samurai Gunn and Towerfall. You get points for eating flies and lizards and killing each other. Did you know lizard only has one "z"? That's weird.   more

Rain World has competitive slugcat multiplayer and bat attacks photo

Shovel Knight gets 3DS and Wii U specific features

Wondering which version of Shovel Knight to get? Well, maybe some additional features might help. Thanks to the 3DS' two screens, when you play Shovel Knight you don't have to stop shoveling fools to change your items or vie...   more

Shovel Knight gets 3DS and Wii U specific features photo

Darkest Dungeon is an RPG with STDs and PTSD

If you saw the Darkest Dungeon Kickstarter, you are probably excited for the game. Seriously. Go watch the video. And then watch the above video of Holmes interviewing Lady Melissa at PAX about how your four characters' psyc...   more

Darkest Dungeon is an RPG with STDs and PTSD photo

Divekick Addition Edition+ will keep growing if you keep playing

We've got about 30 videos from PAX East to show you soon, many of which (Mewgenics, Rain World, Shovel Knight, Crypt of the Necrodancer, Interstellar Selfie Station, Kero Blaster, La-Mulana 2) are already up on the Dtoid You...   more

Divekick Addition Edition+ will keep growing if you keep playing photo

Chop up and equip your enemy's body parts in Severed

Severed is the next game from DrinkBox Studios, the creators of Mutant Blobs Attack and Guacamelee! Severed follows a distraught warrior trying to piece together a mystery, such as how she wakes up missing part of her arm. Y...   more

Chop up and equip your enemy's body parts in Severed photo


Chop up and equip your enemy's body parts in Severed photo
Chop up and equip your enemy's body parts in Severed photo
Chop up and equip your enemy's body parts in Severed photo
Chop up and equip your enemy's body parts in Severed photo
Chop up and equip your enemy's body parts in Severed photo
Chop up and equip your enemy's body parts in Severed photo



Civilization explores the final frontier with Beyond Earth

We knew Firaxis would be announcing a new game at their panel this morning at PAX East, and now we know what the team has been working on. Civilization: Beyond Earth is taking the series past future tech and into space explo...   more

Civilization explores the final frontier with Beyond Earth photo

Watch Chris Roberts play Star Citizen's Dogfighting module

Here's designer Chris Roberts playing a bit of Star Citizen ahead of PAX East, complete with the audience losing its shit over some rather silly things. Not that I blame them -- there's an immense amount of excitement built ...   more

Watch Chris Roberts play Star Citizen's Dogfighting module photo

I almost collected a half dollar in Woah Dave! and that's pretty good

Fifty cents doesn't sound like much, right? You could lose fifty cents in the couch cushion and not think twice about it. Well, I earned -- that's right earned -- almost that much in Robotube Games' Woah Dave!...   more

I almost collected a half dollar in Woah Dave! and that's pretty good photo

Yup, Capy is also bringing Below to Steam

Capy never said its Xbox One roguelike Below would come to Steam -- but it also didn't deny that it might, noting back in August that the game was a timed exclusive on Microsoft's platform. Now, right before Below's first public showing at PAX East, it's been officially confirmed for Steam in an atmospheric new trailer. People attending the convention: go play this beautiful thing.   more

Yup, Capy is also bringing Below to Steam photo

New Hotline Miami 2 trailer will wake you up this morning

I went from sipping tea from a corgi mug to wanting to hurt people this morning in about 30 seconds flat after watching this badass, brand new Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number trailer. I was like yeah. Hell yeah. Headbangi...   more

New Hotline Miami 2 trailer will wake you up this morning photo

Gaijin Games bringing Destructamundo and Woah Dave! to PAX East

A few years ago, Bit.Trip series creator Gaijin Games acquired Robotube Games, but until recently we had not seen the fruits of that partnership. In just a couple weeks, Robotube's two new titles will be shown to the public....   more

Gaijin Games bringing Destructamundo and Woah Dave! to PAX East photo

Kero Blaster coming to PC and iPhone in May

A couple of days ago, we showed you the first trailer of Kero Blaster (formerly known as Gero Blaster), the new game from the creator of Cave Story. It turns out that trailer was leaked so we were asked to take it down, like...   more

Kero Blaster coming to PC and iPhone in May photo

Musical exploration game FRACT OSC will be at PAX East

FRACT OSC will be releasing next month and while we don't know exactly when it will be available for purchase just yet, we do know that the game will be playable on the show floor at PAX East, April 11-13, as part of th...   more

Musical exploration game FRACT OSC will be at PAX East photo

Shantae and the Pirate's Curse Dungeon with Tony and Jim

Everyone's talking about the new HD Shantae title currently on Kickstarter, but what about the upcoming 3DS release Shantae and the Pirate's Curse? Is that any good? Jim Sterling, Tony Ponce and I checked it out at PAX, and ...   more

Shantae and the Pirate's Curse Dungeon with Tony and Jim photo

Checking out Retro City Rampage on the 3DS

Retro City Rampage is coming to the 3DS, and everyone's favorite nine foot tall beardless viking Jim Sterling wasn't sure he'd be down with that. The game combines GTA-style open world criminal behavior with low-res, sprite-...   more

Checking out Retro City Rampage on the 3DS photo

Camdrome brings mirth, blood, and mystery to PAX 2013

In the world before the internet, secrets and weirdness seemed to lie around every corner. Now that information is being exchanged by everybody everywhere at all times, it's a lot harder to feel like there's any mystery left...   more

Camdrome brings mirth, blood, and mystery to PAX 2013 photo

Beer and Sterling talk indies, money, previews

During this past weekend, I had the pleasure of sharing some screen time with Marcus Beer, known to GameTrailers viewers as the Annoyed Gamer. In this crossover video, we discuss preview events (and why I don't do them), independent developers, and the classic problem of industry overspending.  I hope you enjoy watching it almost as much as I enjoyed making it, ahur hur hur!   more

Beer and Sterling talk indies, money, previews photo