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Destructoid partners with MIGS15

Montreal International Game Summit 2015
Oct 06
// Kyle MacGregor
Destructoid is pleased to announce our partnership with the Montréal International Game Summit, the largest professional video game development conference on the Eastern Seaboard. We will be providing coverage from the...
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Bento Miso

Sup Holmes slurps the soup with Bento Miso's Henry Faber

Sup Holmes every Sunday at 4pm EST!
Sep 20
// Jonathan Holmes
[Sup Holmes is a weekly talk show for people that make great videogames. It airs live every Sunday at 4pm EST on YouTube, and can be found in Podcast form on Libsyn and iTunes.] [Update: Thanks to Henry f...
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Mounties and eSports

Canadian theaters to host eSports events

Movies are old hat
May 15
// Jed Whitaker
Canadian theater chain Cineplex plans to start catering to the eSports crowd. Cineplex theaters will show the documentary All Work All Play: The Pursuit of Esports Glory followed by "a casual Esports competition bet...
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The Last of Us Remastered

The Last of Us Remastered is getting its own bundle in Canada

Oh, it's The Last of Us...again...
Jul 28
// Brittany Vincent
You probably thought you'd heard the last of The Last of Us. Well, you were wrong. And I'm sure there are still people out there who have yet to play it, after all this time -- probably in Canada. That's why Sony has announce...

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Celebrate Canada Day with a Steam sale

Because you've all still got money left after the summer sale, right?
Jul 01
// Alasdair Duncan
I'll be honest, being from Scotland means I don't know about a lot about Canadian culture; I know there's some great Canadian bands (Fucked Up, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Buck 65) and I know there's also some pish ones (you...

PlayStation 4 price increased in Canada

Along with the camera and controller too
Mar 14
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Sony has confirmed to the Toronto Sun that the prices of the PlayStation 4 will be going up effective March 15. The consoles were $399.99, but will be $449.99 going forward. The camera and Dual Shock 4 controller will also se...
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Ashen Rift

Roam the wastelands with your dog in Ashen Rift

Here boy!
Mar 10
// Alasdair Duncan
I'm a sucker for a post-apocalyptic wasteland (I grew up in Glasgow, go figure), so Ashen Rift: A man and his dog looks to be the type of game I'd like to play. Set after a cataclysmic event, a lone survivor heads to the mid...
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7Framed has a dumb name; Why did you kill the governor?

5373N FR4M3D
Feb 20
// Steven Hansen
At first I thought it was "7ramed" and my mind was completing the title, however egregious, and then I realized it was "7Framed" and I can't tell if that's better or worse. Anyway, imagine you are a waiter, working like any ...
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PS4 Canada

Sony: PS4 sold out in Canada in country's largest launch

Bringing home the Canadian bacon
Nov 20
// Steven Hansen
The PS4 is off to as good of a start as Sony could have hoped for with over one million consoles sold in the first 24 hours of its North American launch. Those are some powerful numbers, some of which come from America's nort...

There is a giant Xbox One cult monster terrorizing Canada

Still smaller than the Xbox 1
Oct 31
// Steven Hansen
Run for the hills, Vancouver readers! The Verge has captured footage of a monstrous, 40 foot long, 20 foot wide Xbox One lethargically lying about the city, demanding players "pledge" their gamertags like an obsidian Jabba th...
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PS3 Bundle

Sony bundles NHL 14 with azurite blue PS3 for Canada

Let's pretend I made a witty "high sticking" joke
Oct 25
// Conrad Zimmerman
Sony is targeting the hearts of Canada with their latest PlayStation 3 bundle package, which features the azurite blue PS3 launched earlier this month (and matching Dual Shock 3 controller), while also packing in EA Sports' N...

Ubisoft creating 500 new jobs for their Quebec studios

Investing $373 million over the next 7 years
Oct 01
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Too often we report on studio closers, so it's always a nice chance of pace when we get to talk about new jobs. Ubisoft has announced 500 new jobs coming to its Quebec location, with an investment of $362 million USD over the...
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DuckTales TPS

There's a Canada-only DuckTales iOS third-person shooter

Quack-a-duty, Unca Scrooge!
Aug 10
// Tony Ponce
While fans of the Disney Afternoon have been anxiously awaiting the release of DuckTales Remastered, Disney had tossed a separate DuckTales-branded game onto iOS devices. It is called DuckTales: Scrooge's Loot, and it is a th...

A black 3DS XL could be coming to North America

Once you go black...
Jul 26
// Dale North
My blue 3DS XL looks like sh*t. It has scratches and gouges on the top, back and all sides. The inside is fine (yay for clamshell designs), but the rest looks like I get in regular car wrecks or fight with zoo cats or somethi...
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Watch Dogs

Watch Dogs ARG makes money spew from a Canadian ATM

'Let's hit that bastard where it counts'
Jul 05
// Brett Makedonski
An alternate reality game for Watch Dogs has surfaced, and somewhat surprisingly, it's taking place in the Great White North. Here's the deal, you crazy Canucks -- do a little bit of hacking, find an ATM, profit. A mobi...
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Kickstarter to allow Canada-based projects this summer

It's about time!
Jun 27
// Jordan Devore
Beginning this summer, crowdfunding site Kickstarter will allow people living in Canada to directly submit their own projects without having to go through U.S.-based banks, among other hurdles. Interested parties can sign up ...
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Nintendo E3 Canada demos

Canadian Best Buys getting Nintendo's E3 demos

Maple syrup
May 31
// Tony Ponce
As you may already be aware, Nintendo will allow the common folk to play E3 demos at select Best Buys throughout North America. We then shared a list of 89 cities in the continental United States that will play host to these ...

Videogame art show parties hit New York and Toronto

New games, new art, and free beer?
May 02
// Jonathan Holmes
[Snake and Spider-Man by Reyyy] The good people at Attract Mode have not one, but two big gallery shows for you to have. The first is No Quarter 2013, which opens this Friday at NYU's Game Center at  the T...
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Namco Bandai

Namco opening new studios in Vancouver, Singapore

Some positive news!
Apr 11
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
It seems like we've been hearing nothing but studio closers happening left and right. Well there's some good news in this field as Namco Bandai is opening up a new studio in Vancouver, Canada. The British Columbia Ministry of...

Preview: Sang-Froid - Tales of Werewolves

Mar 02 // Alasdair Duncan
Sang Froid - A Tale of Werewolves (PC [previewed], Mac)Developer: Artiface StudioPublisher: Artiface StudioRelease: March 2013MRSP: $14.99 Set during a harsh December in 1852, the story centers around the brothers Joseph and Jacques O'Carroll and their sister Josephine. Josephine has fled the town of Wolvesvale with Jacques after an accident leaves the town church half destroyed and the town in the grips of a supernatural curse. After re-uniting with their estranged brother Joseph, the siblings find their isolated cabin under siege every night from packs of wolves and Josephine falling into a mysterious illness. Sang-Froid is split into three separate sections: during the day, you can take trips into town to visit the shops to buy items or have one of your weapons blessed by the nuns at the Convent. At twilight, you will enter an overhead view showing the family's cabin and homestead; this is where you can place traps and identify which enemies will be approaching and in what order. Lastly, at night is where you will be taking control of one of the brothers as you fight off waves of enemies in a third-person action sequence.  The tactical section of Sang-Froid is where you can lay traps and boost items across the map to improve your chances of killing some of the attacking wolves before they reach the fragile cabin and barn. There's a good variety of options in how you deal with upcoming enemies: a simple wolf trap will kill a simple wolf and damage a hardier enemy but they're only really useful placed in a thin path. A hanging net will take out a group on enemies but it requires the player to activate it by shooting it down.  The fun part is that traps can be used in conjunction with another trap; so placing a wolf trap with a hanging net above it will kill a tough werewolf at once. If you place bait underneath a hanging net, you can get a large pack of wolves to pause underneath your trap, making it a cinch to take out the whole group. Placing traps costs action points and money, which are finite; you can't simply cover the whole map in traps and hope they take out the bulk of the pack. Careful placement and paying attention to where the enemies are heading and what wave they're in is key. The strategy mode is pretty well-executed; all the available traps are laid out at the bottom and all are explained in a lot of detail, including what enemies are immune to them and tips for their best use. Another neat feature is that any traps not set off during the night phase will be left on the map for you to re-sell. If you find yourself struggling or even dying in the night phase, you'll be able to restart from either the beginning of the night or at the start of twilight so you can re-plan and change your setup. The night phase is where you'll take control of Jacques or Joseph (you make your choice at the start of the game, each brother offering a different difficulty setting) and fight off the wolves whilst in a third-person view. This part doesn't feel as polished, however; melee combat consists of using your axe to hack away at enemies in either single strikes or a simple three-hit combo. The axe initially feels weak although it can be improved either by blessings or buying a more powerful model. The combat still feels lightweight, even after improving your arsenal. Your other weapon is a rifle that lets you take pot shots at enemies but being period-accurate, it takes a while to reload. Rest assured, you're not going to be headshotting scores of enemies, but there is a tactical element to the combat. Regular wolves behave similarly to a real wolf pack; they'll circle you and attack at different angles. A fear gauge indicates how long you have before a wolf will strike; killing a wolf or intimidating them by standing near a bonfire will increase that time. If you stand still out in the open, your enemies will attack a lot quicker so it's really important to use any time between attacks to let your stamina recharge and to reload your rifle. After each successful defense of your home, you'll get the chance to upgrade some of your core skills. The skill tree looks initially unwieldy but it offers some meaningful choices; choosing between a quicker reload or more powerful traps is a hard choice to make. Choosing to spend your hard-earned cash on new weapons or blessed ammo is another tough one. You could spend that money on extra traps if you're confident in your plans. You'll usually learn the hard way if your plan works as you can be frequently over-run by rabid wolves without too much warning. Artiface Studios is a small team, and even though this is a beta version of Sang-Froid, there were some rough edges that stood out; whilst the game has a good range of PC graphics options, there wasn't one to change the resolution of the game -- a big oversight. There were parts where it seemed that dialogue was missing, mainly from the town's inhabitants in the shops and convent. Their lips were moving but I wasn't hearing any dialogue. Speaking with Adam Rotondo at Artiface, he's assured me that more graphics options will be included in a forthcoming patch. The cutscenes do a good enough job but the 3D models look quite rough and the animations are a bit stiff which is all the more grating as there's a nicely animated 2D intro movie. Considering the cutscenes are non-interactive, it would have been nice to see this art style carry forward into the game itself. A compelling blend of different gameplay styles, Sang-Froid - A Tale of Werewolves is an interesting title. It's well-structured as the challenge unfolds gradually over a period of days and each new mechanic and trap is explained well. Here's hoping the challenge continues to build and that the strategy element is key to successfully defending yourself through the night -- that's where Sang-Froid's strengths lie.
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Greenlit title pits Werewolves vs. Canadians
Don't know about you, but I have a real soft spot for supernatural tales set during the frontier times in North America. The mixture of exploring a new world mixed with the superstitions and myths of the time is hea...


Wii Mini online scrapped to keep down costs

Nintendo claims Wii Mini is for 'families'
Dec 06
// Jim Sterling
Nintendo has justified the Wii Mini's lack of basic features by claiming the aim was to keep costs down. Yes, I know, a bit of a Captain Obvious response. More interesting is the extra reasoning provided by Nintendo of Canada...

Come see some games at Toronto's Gamercamp

You hear that, you canuckers!?!
Oct 29
// Allistair Pinsof
[Update: This post, originally published with the headline, "Playable Splinter Cell and more at Toronto's Gamercamp," has been amended. We have received an email from Ubisoft saying Splinter Cell will not be playable at ...

Rockstar Toronto getting a new place, Vancouver moving in

Jul 09
// Brett Zeidler
Things are a-changin' over in Rockstar Canada. Rockstar is moving their Toronto team into a much bigger studio, a part of which the Ontario government is footing the bill for (specifics of the financial details were not relea...

Indie devs and artists unite for Comics Vs. Games

Apr 30
// Tony Ponce
If you are in Toronto this week, you might want to scoot on by the Comics vs. Games exhibition, hosted by TIFF Nexus and led by They Bleed Pixels creator Miguel Sternberg. The main draw of the event is a set of five games, e...

Canadian Videogame Awards finalists announced

Mar 27
// Maurice Tan
Why yes, there is such a thing as the Canadian Video Game Awards! The 3rd annual edition of the awards show will take place in Vancouver on April 21st, and coincides with Fan Expo Vancouver (limited seating available to Fan E...

Activision hunting down Modern Warfare 3 pirates

Oct 28
// Jim Sterling
Impatient gamers have already managed to get their hands on leaked copies of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, with pirated versions springing up online -- but if you mess with the bull, you get the horns, and Activision i...

Katamari creator Keita Takahashi to work on MMO Glitch

Jul 14
// Dale North
What's next for the guy behind Katamari Damacy and Noby Noby Boy? A MMO. Keita Takahashi has joined forces with Canadian developers Tiny Speck to work on the upcoming MMO Glitch. You'll easily get why he is involved when you ...

Here's a mysterious Canadian viral campaign to watch

Jun 02
// Conrad Zimmerman
The Canadian Videogame Awards recently aired and, in amongst the hustle and bustle, a web address was shown onscreen leading to a countdown timer. The countdown at ended last night, revealing what appeared to...

Sony hit with second PSN class action suit

May 04
// Jim Sterling
Sony is already facing a class action suit in the United States, but now Canadian lawyers have caught the whiff of blood in their nostrils and are circling the embattled company. If Sony collects a full set of suits, it can t...

Canabalt 2 player coming to the Winnitron 1000

Dec 05
// Jonathan Holmes
Have you played Canabalt yet? It's a free and fun auto-run platformer, and it's surely worth a second or two of your time, if not just to see how compelling one-button gaming can be. Just like Meat Boy was the foundation of ...

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