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If you turned off the videogames for a second over the past week you've probably heard of the massive earthquake that hit Haiti, destroying most of the structures in the country, killing thousands and leaving even more homele...

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Harry Potter's Daniel Radcliffe says videogames helped him overcome obstacles


Jan 29
// Colette Bennett
For every person that's on the rampage about the horrors of videogames, there seems to be another than claims that they have played an essential role in his or her life. Take Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe for example, wh...
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Zelda Marathon in progress, do your part to help a good cause


Aug 01
// SRVSLPS
It looks like those big-hearted guys and girls who helped raise close to $12,000 dollars for the Child's Play charity last month with the Mario Marathon are at it again.This time, they've teamed up with Cameron Banga and the ...
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Study shows that gamers are not shy nerds


Jun 15
// Dale North
Though you all were already totally aware, it seems that the rest of the world is finally finding out that their image of the stereotypical gamer is mostly incorrect. Gamers aren't the shy, lonely geeks they think us to be. A...
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Karmic retribution: Fox psychologist gets a taste of her own ignorant medicine


Jan 24
// Jim Sterling
Most of you by now should be familiar with Cooper Lawrence, the smug psychologist who grinned and giggled while slandering BioWare's Mass Effect for content she had neither witnessed nor indeed, had any experience with firsth...
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Oliver Stone vs. Gamespot in JFG


Dec 28
// Niero Gonzalez
Remember cashwh0re? Our tribute to great ethics within the video game industry was unfortunately missed by the above video (blasphemy!) but I'll let it slide due to this short trailer's otherwise absolute brilliance. An anony...
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Cashwh0re is getting a spontaneous redesign today! Please pardon our dust


Dec 06
// Niero Gonzalez
Why are you awake at this hour?  Isn't there a soul sucking MMO you should be attending to?  Well, since you're up, I wanted to let you know that we're undergoing a little site maintenance to take down the epicness ...

Videogames: what's all the fuss about?

Oct 30 // Dale North
Playing Defense: Dlusin comes out strong:What you did by going on the internet and stating that games are a waste of time is very similar to going to a museum, or an art exhibit and stating quite loudly that everything in the building is absolute garbage, than asking for the people there to try to convince you otherwise. Putting people on the defense is not usually a great way to get the best information. It is amazing how imagining somebody else on the other side of the screen changes how people can communicate. Kirk's a bit defensive, but I like his angle. Read his whole post for the long answer. I don’t personally give a toss about make-up, or shoes, or foreplay, or geography, or history programs, or politics, or The Beatles or Martin Luthor King, but at least I am not so ignorant as to even make the claim that I don’t understand what all the fuss is about or especially to state that it is all a waste of time. Different things matter to different people for a billions different reasons, and YES I will frikin defend vidogames till the end!Those in favor of a more passive approach: Heet:Go buy a Wii. Now. You’ll see what we’re talking about.This response from will is a bit sad, but still valid:I play games because I live a sad pathetic life, anything that takes my mind off that is a good thing. Since games are interactive, its an easy way to get swept up in something so I can kill more time without thinking about how sad I am. That way, it will seem like a shorter amount of time till I die. Runner-up:Shushu: I feel the same way when I hear people talk about other things, like the latest pop music gossip, the Super Bowl, or even the World Series. Come on, it’s just some guys running around, playing with a ball and a bat.Just like every other form of recreation, in the end, you could just call it a “waste of time”, but the truth is we all need to PLAY, to turn on our imagination and engage our creativity. It’s how we explore and learn about ourselves. And if you don’t see that games are just as vital and powerful in that effect as music, movies, sports, etc… then you are probably just a different fanboy.   My favorite response:questworld says it nicely:The arguments stem more from fanboyism than anything else. No, the systems themselves aren’t that big of a deal. Your personal choice or interest will depend in the same way as it applies to anything that interests a person. If you buy a car, you buy one that’s best for you, and that pretty much revolves around budget, horse power, driving conditions (i.e. long daily commutes, city driving, etc.), and what have you. Only fanboys or aficionados would argue in detail “which is better.”If you’re indifferent with videogames, trust me, you’re not missing much when it comes to the arguments because for the most part it is all subjective. This isn’t arguing over the positives and negatives of a medication. You don’t learn anything applicable outside of learning what you like, and that’s difficult to assess based on what others say they like. You might find some nugget of info that might make you pay notice and gain interest to a certain title, outside of that it’s all you. You see what you like, you read about it, and if it interest you, you buy it or try it.What’s the fuss with all the arguments? Well, if there’s anything worse than arguing with fanboys, it’s arguing with fanboys in a supposed intellectual level with supposed “logic” thrown around. Seriously, what idiot would actually try to reason to another why they shouldn’t have so and so game when the latter requests for it on their system. It’s like kids trying to get the same toy in a toy box and one of them says “I’m sorry, but you’re not mature or hardcore enough to appreciate this G.I. Joe.” Even if there were two separate Joe characters to play with the former would still argue that the latter can’t play with any G.I. Joe. And that my friends is simply based on pure self serving greed. It’s as simple as that. Sounds like age old typical human bullshit logic if you ask me. Racism, sexism, religious fanatics, etc. pretty much stem from the same superiority complex.  
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For gamers, it's easily to take the "waste of time" attack personally, and that's why it was nice to see some of the very smart responses given to a post called "Couldn’t Care Less About Xbox 360, Nintend...

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It's Golden Joystick time: World's biggest gaming ceremony returns


Oct 17
// Jim Sterling
The Golden Joystick awards have been running now for twenty five years. Hailed as the biggest and most prestigious ceremony in all of gaming, the show rewards the very best that our beloved industry has to offer. Despite all ...
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X'07: Hunting down Canadian videogame bloggers


Aug 31
// Faith
Forgive me Niero for saying this, but … there is only one thing I hate about writing for Destructoid and that is the fact that I am the one and only writer from Canada. It’s incredibly lonely up here when I hav...
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Gamers For Gaming: The plan revealed


Jun 21
// David Houghton
It should be no secret to the more observant amongst you that the current debacle surrounding Manhunt 2 has hit a nerve with myself and Jim. It's not that we feel particularly protective of the game itself, or of Rockstar...
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Gamers Unite part 2: Live Free or ... what a lame header ... just watch the clip


Jun 15
// Earnest Cavalli
A few days back, we brought you the initial episode of Gamers Unite, a documentary chronicling reaction to the negative media stereotyping by those afflicted with the stigma, the gamers themselves. Today, I bring you the j...
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Gamers Unite; surprisingly good, and completely sans Michael Moore


Jun 14
// Earnest Cavalli
Speaking as someone who once dated a girl who took two semesters of film, documentary film-making is the single most boring job an auteur can take on. It's almost impossible to make a modern audience care about any subj...

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