Gaming Trends

Roll up, roll up one and all, and come bear witness to the greatest cavalcade of videogaming curiosities known to modern man. We've got freaks, we've got geeks, we've got things the mere sight of which will make your eyes ble...
Once again, it's Thursday, meaning the time has come to roll out this week's chapter of the Guide. Follow me through the jump, where you'll find another gamer archetype analyzed, scrutinized, dissected*, and moderately lampoo...
Slate just pubbed a piece about the whole "serious games" phenomenon. If you haven't heard, the serious gaming concept refers to games whose primary purpose isn't fun. A game that isn't fun? Good luck wi...
Just when you thought the Wii had started to reach the end of the hype train, along comes an article from an unlikely source -- shooting the whole cycle into overdrive once again. It seems that Lance Ulinoff, Editor for PC Ma...
Welcome friends, to the fifth chapter of A Guide To Reconizing Your Gamers, your invaluable helper in spotting the many varied gamer sub-genera prevalent in today's videogaming experience. As gaming has spread as an activity ...
Much to the delight of many, the LEGO Batman Web site is up, and ready to show that the Dark Knight can dominate the landscape as well as any Star Wars game can. Featuring character bios, Batman trivia, and even a few viewabl...
So here we are again, at the beginning of the newest chapter of our gaming field guide. I'm sure you all know the drill by now. Each week we take two archetypes of the 21st century gaming world and analyse their traits, play ...
Welcome once again to our continuing anthropological guide to the ways of the modern gamer. You may recall that last week, a full dissection of the common or garden British gaming chav took over the whole chapter. Things retu...
Editor's Note: Hey all, DMV here. Atheistium's written an interesting rant on the whole girl gamer issue, which has always been a hot topic. So far, it's been a real hit on the community blogs, so give this Destructoid veteran some love and read her story. Enjoy! I finally want to get my issues with the "girl gamer" culture to rest. This will be my final rant on it all... finally.
Welcome, my friends, to the second part of Destructoid's ongoing field guide to the anthropology of the various modern gamer sub-species.  Before we go on with this week's study, I must confess that only one of the two b...
It looks like the game engine that powered The Godfather still has a bit more life left in it. According to one industry analyst, EA has planned on using the engine in at least five upcoming projects, including a follow up to...
We are alive during a very important time in gaming. The 360 and the PS3 are capable of things never before imaginable on a home console. The Wii, for all its flaws, may revolutionize contemporary control mechanics. And seve...
A deaf gamer has brought up what may well be an very important and overlooked point. In a letter he sent to the ESA, and now reprinted by Kotaku, he points out that a great deal of the modern gameplay experience is lost by de...
Look I drink ...... and from time to time this makes me a little late on trends in the world. M.U.G.E.N. is something that I have totally missed the bus on ... by eight full years. No, I am not talking about Honda's tunin...
Don't get your hopes up or anything, but Nintendo is saying they plan to ship 14 million Wiis worldwide by the end of the fiscal year. After seeing the impressive rise of the console the past few months, Nintendo finally ...
Ars Technicha have got a report that the Amiga, legendary and much obsessed-over gaming computer of the '80's and '90's, is soon set to make a comeback with a new line of hardware. Anyone who grew up as a gam...
Despite what you may have heard, PC gaming isn't really dying. Sure, the consoles get all the attention and as well they should. But the niche market of the PC is still very alive and very strong. Hell, even I have return...
I realised a few months ago that the Christmas of this year marks my 15-year gaming anniversary. I know for a fact that that’s not quite true, as the number of years I’ve actually been playing tails much further b...
Right now, right this very second, Mr. Jack "video games cause cancer" Thompson is on FOX news talking about today's Virginia Tech tragedy. Mr. Thompson has already dropped some video game names and will surely ...
And so it begins ...Just like DDR, the Wii is slowly but surely making its way into the minds and ideas of fitness-crazed folks looking for a way to get fat kids off the couch. Put down the Cheetos and check out what's g...
Not content with meaningless microtransactions and the music business here in the good ol' U. S. of A., Electronic Arts, it has just been revealed, is now sinking $200 million into the major online Chinese game company T...
We neglected to tell you, but Dtoid is going full Aussie now, so excuse us with all the sudden news related to Australia. After just seeing how well the PlayStation 3 has done, take a look at what Nintendo's little handhe...
After the UK sorta-kinda love fest that took place with the PlayStation 3, it now seems as if the land of big knives and beer and ex-cons -- oh, and apparently girls that love Nex? -- is also madly in love the with the cons...
Another year, another flood of WWII first-person shooters. In case your memory is a bit foggy, Midway's Hour of Victory for the Xbox 360 is attempting to do something just a tad different from other WWII FPS titles by let...
To be featured on all consoles, Traveller’s Tales and Warner Bros. Interactive have confirmed they will be working together to release a LEGO Batman game in 2008.With all the LEGO video game madness lately, I am kind of...
digg_url = 'http://www.digg.com/gaming_news/Awesome_Line_Rider_does_Super_Mario_Bros_World_1_1'; A quick glance through Youtube would lead you to the conclusion that Line Rider has become the new Ghostriding the Whip. ...
Still think video games are just a fad? Just a hobby? Think again. Look at what the industry pulled in according to the latest NPD numbers:Whatever way you cut it, the game industry got off to a great start in 2007. This week...
Seven years ago, “nonlinear” was a word that, in the video game world, meant next to nothing. Free-roaming gameplay? Branching storylines? Isn’t that what old-school adventure games did? Ten years ago, it di...
Nintendogs is one of the best selling games on the DS. Therefore it's no shock to see Crave announcing Purrpals, a pet simulator that focuses on kittens rather than puppies.Unlike puppies however, cats are insane creatur...
At the mention of new projects by certain developers, do you squirm and touch yourself? Yeah, me too. Gamasutra satisfies the itch with their top 20 Developers list, via Game Developer. There were a lot of tidbits in here I ...
In a recent report, Forbes sheds some interesting light on the topic of game pricing -- for those of you in possession of inquiring minds. According to them, the $60 price tag that Xbox 360 games are now proudly sporting is ...
I've invested quite a bit of time into Final Fantasy III DS since its release. Sure, I've been hemorrhaging cash in various other directions too, but FFIII has been my little go-to buddy, filling morning commutes and lazy aft...
Wowee zow. Anime fans and DS fans alike, lend me your ears. DS Fanboy posted a bucket of fantastic shots from the upcoming Hotel Dusk. Seeing games like this hit the market thrill me. In a sea of generic first person shooters...
I want more heroes like Final Fantasy XII's Balthier. No, wait -- I want all heroes to be Balthier. Let's simply replace every character in every game with Balthier and be done with it. No more stoic, angry ex-cons wh...