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7:15 PM on 02.06.2013

Unfinished Swan, EDF 2017 soar to new heights on PSN

The Unfinished Swan and Earth Defense Force 2017 Portable are your top-selling PlayStation Network games of January. The PlayStation Blog reports that this domineering pair have unseated Journey and LittleBigPl...

Kyle MacGregor





7:15 PM on 01.24.2013

Journey, Dishonored top Game Developers Choice Awards

The nominees for the 2013 Game Developers Choice Awards are in, and it looks like Journey, Dishonored and The Walking Dead are leading. Hey, those were our favorite games too. Journey took six nominations as the top favorite,...

Dale North

1:30 PM on 01.14.2013

Journey leads D.I.C.E. awards with 11 nominations

The 16th Annual D.I.C.E. Awards take place next month in Las Vegas and the nominations have been announced by The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences. I'm not at all surprised to see Journey taking the t...

Dale North

3:00 AM on 01.10.2013

Journey was the best-selling PSN game of December

On the PlayStation Blog, the top-selling PlayStation Network games of December have been compiled for curious minds to look over and commit to memory. Topping the charts is none other than thatgamecompany's Journey, beating o...

Jordan Devore



2012: Year of the Wingsuit photo
2012: Year of the Wingsuit
by Kyle MacGregor

When just about every major publisher rolled out a game featuring bows at E3 earlier this year, the fad didn't go unnoticed. Many were quick to comment on how in vogue arrow-slinging weaponry has become and for good reason. There's been another prevalent trend in gaming this year, but it's probably flown under most people's radars. 

Wingsuits. About a half dozen games this year featured special jumpsuits that allow people to glide through the air like a bird or, more appropriately, a flying squirrel. As the sun sets on 2012, join us in recounting our experiences with the latest craze to descend upon gaming. 

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2:00 PM on 12.31.2012

Journey Collector’s Edition minigames to be PSN downloads

Siliconera spotted listings and ratings for Duke War and Grave Diggers on PEGI's ratings board. These are names some might know from the recently released Journey: Collector's Edition, a title we saw this fall, but Europe mis...

Dale North

3:00 PM on 12.19.2012

Jimquisition Awards: Journey

The very first Jimquisition Awards are here! Five days, five games, five awards! Very rarely, a game comes along that strikes a near-perfect balance between interactivity, visuals, and sound design. Journey&nb...

Jim Sterling

9:07 PM on 12.07.2012

VGAs: Journey wins three awards tonight

Best Independent Game, Best PS3 Game, Best Original Score. And if you ask me, they should also win Game of the Year. Three awards so far from VGA 2012. Congrats to all the folks behind Journey. You deserve these awards and more.  If you haven't played Journey yet, don't talk to me.  Hey, even Jim liked it.

Dale North

6:00 AM on 12.06.2012

Journey gets nominated for a Grammy and seven VGAs

Journey composer Austin Wintory is a busy man these days. He recently spoke at SC9.0 in Germany to great success and media attention where he was able to share that Journey had received seven nominations for the ten...

Audun Sorlie

6:00 AM on 11.07.2012

Journey soundtrack gets physical CD release

Looking back at 2012 thus far, Journey stands out as one of the strongest soundtracks of the year. We had the pleasure of hearing from composer Austin Wintory regarding the score as well as offering our own review of the soun...

Jayson Napolitano

2:00 PM on 10.28.2012

Soundtrack Cologne bringing the VGM party to Germany

You can be sure a lot of beer will be consumed as Soundtrack Cologne 9.0 is preparing to bring some esteemed videogame music legends together for a round of panels and an exclusive concert over the weekend of November 15-18 a...

Audun Sorlie

10:00 AM on 07.06.2012

David Cage: games must innovate or 'die'

Self-proclaimed videogame auteur David Cage has urged the videogame industry to innovate of face certain death. "... This industry will die if it doesn't try more to be innovative and to come up with new ideas and to talk a b...

Jim Sterling







Over the precipice: An essay on Journey photo
Over the precipice: An essay on Journey
by Rob Parker

[Rob Parker is a freelance writer based in the North of England, where it rains every day. Except the days when it hails. Rob stays sane (and dry) by plunging himself into the simulated worlds of videogames, and writing stories about the adventures he has therein. His work can be found on his blog.]

There’s this speech that always chokes me up, given to a graduating class at Kenyon College in America, by the writer David Foster Wallace. It’s a beautiful speech, infused with a kind of honest optimism that is less hope for the world to be a certain way, and more determination to see the world as it truly is: to see the terror and splendor that shines forth from every small moment of existence -- every lonely evening at the supermarket, every petty encounter with motorists on the drive home from work.

That Wallace, three years after the speech was given, succumbed to the demons of depression he had battled his whole adult life, killing himself in 2008, in no way invalidates his message. Rather, it charges it with even more urgency, even more pathos. There are dark times ahead for all of us, he seems to say -- work hard to love and to feel, while you still can.

Anyway, Wallace opened his speech with a joke about fish, and it’s this joke I’d like to pilfer now, respectfully, as an opening for this essay.

There are these two young fish, so the joke goes, just swimming along, slacking off. They see an older fish in the distance, swimming towards them from the opposite direction. As the older fish passes, he waves his fin at the youngsters and says, “Morning, boys, how’s the water?” The two young fish swim on a way, in silence, then finally one turns to the other and says, “What the hell is ‘water’?”

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3:00 PM on 07.02.2012

Jimquisition: The Definition of Art Games

There's nothing like a debate about art games to ensure that everybody has a fun, enlightening, and not-at-all-aggravating time! Let's discuss the assertion that "art game" as a descriptor doesn't work, that it's a broken te...

Jim Sterling

4:30 PM on 07.01.2012

The DTOID Show: 2012 in Retrospecticus

I know what you're thinking. "But Tara, the year's only half over!" Well yes, technically that's true, but it doesn't mean we can't stop and take a moment to gather our thoughts on this year's video game releases, does ...

Tara Long

7:45 PM on 06.25.2012

The DTOID Show: Scrolls, Journey, and Dead or Alive 5!

While Max is off catching fresh salmon with his bare hands overseas, Anthony Carboni was kind enough (and contractually obligated) to filled in for him on today's Destructoid Show! We talked all about Far Cry 3's unsurprisin...

Tara Long