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Hardline 37: Happy 20th birthday, PlayStation photo
Hardline 37: Happy 20th birthday, PlayStation
by Jordan Devore

This week on Hardline, Bill, Steven, and I used the PlayStation's 20th anniversary as an excuse to bring up a bunch of old games for better (Bushido Blade, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night) and for worse (Blasto, some fighting game with a praying mantis).

There's also last-minute talk of dog testicle physics in Ashen Rift, which easily would've been the highlight of the episode except Steven's attire happened and, well, you'll see.

For the audio-only episode, you can subscribe on iTunes and RSS or download directly.

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The perfect games for your holiday get-togethers photo
The perfect games for your holiday get-togethers
by Nic Rowen

The holidays are fast approaching, and that means quality time with all the family you haven't seen since last year. Unfortunately, "quality time" can quickly devolve into awkward small talk and watching It's a Wonderful Life if you aren't careful.

I wouldn't want to see that happen to anyone, so I've compiled a list of games you can use to keep the entire family entertained, even if they haven't touched a joystick since Pac-Man. I've also included a few amazing couch multiplayer games you can play with your friends who are a little more game savvy. This is the perfect time of year to enjoy these games the way they are meant to be enjoyed, so don't miss out!

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Does amiibo work on the Boston subway system? photo
Does amiibo work on the Boston subway system?
by Jonathan Holmes

The reality of Amiibo is kinda cool, but the dream of Amiibo is infectious. The Russian Instagram video of someone trying (and apparently failing) to use a Samus Amiibo to get on the subway is at over 100K views on my Youtube channel. That's a lot of passion for the potential of Amiibo. It's the kind of thing that myths and legends are made of. 

Case in point, I was at my local GameStop yesterday and the clerk behind the counter mentioned to me that his "buddy confirmed" that "only the Samus Amiibo would get you a free ride on the Boston area subway system." Without name dropping too hard, I told him I worked for a videogame blog that reported on that story, but that it was the Moscow subway and that it didn't actually work. He was polite but insistent, stating that his "buddy was never wrong about this kind of stuff."

Being the consumed truth seeker that I am, I dashed right off to the subway with my four Amiibos in my pocket, determined to get to the bottom of this breaking videogame news story. The results speak for themselves, as seen above. Only one question remains -- would you want to see an ongoing series of videos focused on busting Amiibo-related myths? I'm already hearing stories of Amiibos being used to open locked doors, tricking food stamp card readers into thinking you're rich, and to making mean, bad children become good, nice children with just a quick scan of their brains, all thanks to Amiibo's power. A team of "Amiibyth Busters" could take on these alleged truths if that's something you'd want to see. Let us know in the comments. 

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Here are some day-one thoughts on The Crew photo
Here are some day-one thoughts on The Crew
by Chris Carter

Ubisoft recently notified the press that it wasn't going to send out early copies of The Crew. Instead, critics would have to experience everything at launch and beyond, meaning there would be no reviews for the game at release. That's a bummer for anyone who pre-ordered and has no idea of what to expect.

But fear not, as Brittany Vincent and I have obtained copies of The Crew, and while she's hard at work giving you the full rundown in the future, I'm here to give a few quick thoughts for all of you who haven't picked up your pre-orders yet.

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For the love of God, please, no: Horrible game marketing strategies, part one photo
For the love of God, please, no: Horrible game marketing strategies, part one
by Brittany Vincent

When I was a young warthog, I didn't know diddly about the games I was buying. I simply made a beeline for the nearest video game section, be it PC or otherwise, and browsed until there was a title that immediately leapt out at me. I kept up with magazines and the like, but I remained mostly oblivious to the development cycles surrounding the titles I wished to procure, the personalities behind them, and in many cases, the content within them.

Sure, I'd check out Seaman in the back of an Electronics Boutique or lust after Monster Rancher Card Battle GB for Game Boy, opting to trade in half of my cartridges for a meager discount off the new title. But there was none of the "announcement trailer, character trailer, preorder trailer, launch trailer, trailer trailer, trailer trailer trailer" nonsense back then. There wasn't much of an opportunity for me to learn unless I truly went digging. And honestly, I liked it that way.

Don't mistake my nostalgia for bitterness. It's fantastic that we have so many opportunities to survey upcoming titles and appraise their quality before spending the $60 (and sometimes more) and ultimately being disappointed. It's only when these opportunities are used to trick consumers that I get heated. There are several ways that companies are marketing video games to this end, and while I can admit to falling victim to one or more of these marketing fads in the past, it's about time that we see them all put out to pasture. I'll be talking about a different stomach-turning technique each week. 

First up -- Emotionally manipulative trailers with accompanying musical covers and/or deceptive footage!

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7:00 PM on 11.29.2014

Radio Destructoid 050: The Louis Conundrum

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We made Dimmujed play Titan Souls because we got too drunk photo
We made Dimmujed play Titan Souls because we got too drunk
by Bill Zoeker

A little while ago, Max and I were bribed with booze by Devolver Digital to play Titan Souls, an upcoming monster-slaying action game. We got so drunk during our stream of the game, that I'm not even going to link the video here. Luckily, I managed to trick Dtoid community member, Dimmujed, into doing some videos for us, and made him play Titan Souls. He did a lot better at it than we did. We plan on having this milky sex boy do more videos for us, so let us know what you think of him in the comments.

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A look at eating in videogames photo
A look at eating in videogames
by Jonathan Holmes

Physical violence is one of the most commonly used game mechanics. There are a few good reasons for that. Violence is an instinctual and direct method to interact with objects, virtual or otherwise. It's something that involves visual, auditory, and tactile feedback to suspend belief around in-game actions, making them feel real despite our conscious awareness that they are not. When done right, violence feels good and it feels real. That's a near-universal truth. 

There are a lot of other things that are just as widely enjoyable. A good nap, hugs, and eating a delicious snack are a few. Sadly, we've had a lot harder time translating those experiences into satisfying game mechanics. We've probably come closest with food. While there is only one first-person eating/drinking game currently on the market, there are plenty of titles that contemplate eating and show the pros and/or cons of chowing down. 

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Armchair psychology: Why we keep playing bad games photo
Armchair psychology: Why we keep playing bad games
by Nic Rowen

Destiny is the worst game I can't stop playing

I keep hearing this, or variations of it again and again from my friends, all of whom seem unable to escape the jaws of a game they all claim to hate.

And you know what? I get it. Because it's 1:00 am, and I'm up playing MechWarrior Online again. Or if we go back a few years, Ragnarok Online. Or Gun Griffon Blaze, or Rainbow Six, or whatever other shitty game I either never liked to begin with, or learned to despise, but dumped a needless amount of hours into for reasons that I couldn't articulate then and barely understand now.

I think we've all probably done a stint at the crappy-game-rodeo in our lives. Played something our heart wasn't into but put up with long after it was time to call it quits. But why? Well, I won't pretend to know all the answers, but I've been down this road a few times, and I think I can point out a few recurring patterns. More importantly, I think I might have a few ways to break the cycle.  

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Why I love The Last of Us multiplayer, in a nutshell photo
Why I love The Last of Us multiplayer, in a nutshell
by Kyle MacGregor

We're outnumbered, down to our last pair of lives. The clock is ticking, it's as much of a threat to my team's survival as the four armed men bearing down on our position. I don't like our chances, not one bit, but moments like this, they're the reason I play the game.

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I never thought Super Mario Bros. would make me so angry photo
I never thought Super Mario Bros. would make me so angry
by Kyle MacGregor

In a cramped beachside arcade, sandwiched between Galaga and Mortal Kombat 3, sits my white whale. It's surrounded by restaurants, a roller coaster, churro vendors, and a carousel, this sad little Super Mario Bros. arcade cabinet.

It isn't much to look at, with its chipped, gaudy yellow paint and weathered artwork. The monitor is tiny and its picture quality about as clear as mud. The buttons are sticky, and the stick is buttony. You could look right through it, and never even know it's there.

Maybe that's what I like about it, this unassuming relic with a dark side.

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Meet the creator of Sportsball, the 2nd best 4-player combat game on the Wii U photo
Meet the creator of Sportsball, the 2nd best 4-player combat game on the Wii U
by Jonathan Holmes

[Update: Show's over folks! We'll have the rerun up later in the week. Here's the latest Sportsball strategy profile in the meantime.]

The new Smash Bros. is fantastic, but it's not the only 4-player arena-based competitive combat game on the Wii U right now. There's also Sportsball, one of Nintendo's "Nindies", a cross between BaraBariBall (Sportsfriends) and Joust. While I can't recommend it as a single player experience (yet), I can wholeheartedly endorse it with 3 or more players. If you're looking to take a quick break from hitting your friends so hard that they explode, you could do worse that riding a giant peacock and dunking on them instead. 

Today on Sup Holmes we're going live with Auston Montville of Too DX, creators of Sportsball. We'll be talking about the game's Smash Bros. influence, what it's been like working with Nintendo, the struggles of independent development, and a lot more. We'll also be giving away codes for Sportsball and for Sunburn, the delightful outer space, suicide-by-sunfire game for iOS from former Sup Holmes guests. Tune in at 4pm EST for all of the fun. All of it.

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How a little girl from Lebanon went on to develop games in Japan photo
How a little girl from Lebanon went on to develop games in Japan
by 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.]

Last week on Sup Holmes, we did a lot of stuff. First off, we launched a contest for a signed CD by famed Mega Man composer Manami Mastumae. You can still enter if you want. Check out the show for details. 

Fittingly enough, this week's guest was Mastumae-san's friend Dina Abou Karam, the community manager for Comcept (Mighty Number 9). Dina is my new definition of a hardcore gamer. Against all odds, her love of videogames has driven her down a life path that's been packed with unlikely and amazing events. From a little girl playing bootleg copies of JRPGs and gold farming in Final Fantasy VII to developing an autobiographical game about naked people in Japan and working for Mega Man cocreator Keiji Inafune, it's always been videogames for Dina. They are what excite her, motivate her, and fascinate her. Her passion is palpable and infectious. It's no wonder that Comcept chose her to be the online face of the company.

We talked about a lot of things -- Bayonetta 2's awesome design and mismatched marketing, Dina's first commercially released game (Plushed),  the first game she ever remembers playing (a weird monkey-infused version of Tetris), videogame enthusiast culture in Lebanon, and a lot more. I hope this isn't the last time Dina appears on the show. I imagine she'll be in this industry for a long time. It will be exciting to see what she creates next. 

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Just how rare are some of Nintendo's amiibo toys at launch? photo
Just how rare are some of Nintendo's amiibo toys at launch?
by Chris Carter

While Nintendo provided me with the Link, Mario, and Kirby amiibo toys for testing with Super Smash Bros., acquiring the rest of the lot was completely up to me. So I decided to take a trip early this morning, survey any potential crowds, and see what I could get. I ended up nabbing the rest of the ones I needed, with some trouble.

I started off at GameStop (though there was a midnight release party there), and headed to Toys"R"Us, followed by two Targets and two Best Buy stores. Mario, Yoshi, Donkey Kong, Link, Fox, Samus, and Pikachu were all readily available at all locations. Every store I went to (seven in total) had at least 30 units in stock for those characters. Peach and Kirby seemed more rare, but there were at least 15 units each. You should be good to go on all of the above for a few days if you can't get to the store this morning.

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No items, eight foxes only is your Final Destination photo
No items, eight foxes only is your Final Destination
by Jonathan Holmes

Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U will always be remembered as the game that brought eight-player simultaneous combat to the series. Playing a fully populated match in the new Smash is like watching the same movie on five different screens at the same time, with each screen starting at a different scene in the film. Your brain can process everything properly for a second or two before its forcibly derailed or distracted, only to have it refocus again, then derail again, and so forth, all while fighting for your life in the process. This is what it must be like to have a swarm of bees live in your skull in the place where your brain should be.

What if this newly minted chaos was combined with the old-fashioned, no items, Fox only, Final Destination, serious-business style of Smash Bros. play? Sadly, we may never know, as Smash Bros. for the Wii U doesn't let you play with seven opponents on Final Destination. You can see the moment where the guy trying to choose that stage is denied his ambitions, and his heart sinks. 

He chose Big Battlefield instead, and it's just as well. It's about the backdrop anyway. It's about the futile struggle to keep an eight-player orgy of cartoon violence as "fair and balanced" of a fight as possible.

All those Arwings flying in at the beginning is glorious. 

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We played Binding of Isaac: Rebirth because we haven't had a good cry in a while photo
We played Binding of Isaac: Rebirth because we haven't had a good cry in a while
by Bill Zoeker

Max and I started playing The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth because it's a good-ass game, and we like to do gaming. Max has actually never played any iteration of Binding of Isaac before, so I let him go first, knowing that I'd only have to wait a few minutes before my turn.

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