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Talking to Women about Videogames: Art has no e-penis photo
Talking to Women about Videogames: Art has no e-penis
by Jonathan Holmes

[Talking to Women about Videogames is a series where Jonathan Holmes talks to different people who are women about the biggest videogame news of the week for some reason.]

A little while ago, brilliant game developer Jenova Chen (ThatGameCompany) said something that made me sad. I was actually more sad for him than anyone else, because it really sounded like he meant ityet didn't think it through when he said, "Sony has a more artistic and adult-focused taste. They care about how grown-ups feel toward their games. The player who owns a PlayStation 3 is more likely to be interested in artistic games compared to Wii and Xbox 360." This was right after the release of the Xbox 360-exclusive critical darling Fez and Sony's big announcement of a Smash Bros. cloneEek.

I expected Chen to come out and clarify his statements shortly afterwards, with a "Oops! What I meant to say was that I find the games on the PS3 to be more evocative of 'grown-up' and 'sophisticated' on the whole, but I would never try to speak for an console's entire install base or game library! That would be goofy!" But instead of a half-retraction, we got Sony's backing up of Chen's original comment and expanding on it, stating, "Many PlayStation and PSN games have themes that require a user to think and feel about a deep, immersive gameplay experience, and we see that exemplified in the success of titles like FlowerJourney, and Heavy Rain. Titles like these can only be found on PlayStation, and our users enjoy the emotional and thematic sophistication of their games, especially with our digital offerings."

Seeing the words "artistic" and "sophisticated" getting integrated into the verbal weaponry used in the "console wars" is equal parts ironic and depressing. Claiming that "my art is bigger than your art" is just more e-penis boasting, usually reserved for talk of how many "AAA" games a console has or how many "graphics per inch" it can push on-screen. It's childish, closed-minded, and counter to the whole concept of art in general. One of the things that defines "art" is that, unlike sports, education, or pornography, it's not a competition.

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10:00 AM on 05.08.2012

Science: PS3 users more sophisticated than 360/Wii users

According to thatgamecompany designer Jenova Chen, the reason why games like Flower and Journey are on the PlayStation Network is that PS3 owners are more mature than Xbox 360 or Wii users. Apparently, those who bought the Bl...

Jim Sterling

1:30 PM on 04.24.2012

Journey and Escape Plan infiltrate LittleBigPlanet 2

While you're waiting for LittleBigPlanet Karting, you may as well enjoy LittleBigPlanet 2, right? Well this week thatgamecompany and Fun Bits Interactive are making it a bit easier, with the dawn of Journey and Escape Plan co...

Chris Carter

10:30 AM on 04.19.2012

Rapper Random produced a short, sweet Journey remix album

Whether you've already played Journey or have yet to do so, you've no doubt fallen in love with Austin Wintory's beautifully introspective soundtrack. Jayson Napolitano has already given the full album his highest recommendat...

Tony Ponce



Note Worthy 001: Kingdom Hearts 3D, Journey, and more photo
Note Worthy 001: Kingdom Hearts 3D, Journey, and more
by Jayson Napolitano

Welcome to Note Worthy, a new feature we’re rolling out on Destructoid! If you’ve read anything I’ve contributed over the past year at Destructoid, you’ve probably noticed that it all pertains to game music. I live for this stuff, and I thought I’d take things a step further by providing a monthly round-up of game music releases from Japan and beyond. I’ll be commenting on the latest releases as well as providing links to reliable import sites where you can pick them up if you’re interested.

Note that while I’m going to be preparing this feature on a roughly monthly basis, the releases won’t always fall into the previous month’s time frame mainly because we have to wait for items to arrive from Japan. That, and sometimes it’s nice to take a look back at older stuff. Also, I want to give a shout out to VGMdb, in invaluable resource for fans of game music, and one I'll be using extensively, and Connary Fagen for whipping up our nifty logo!

With that, enjoy, and let us know what you’d like to get out of this feature moving forward.

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9:00 AM on 03.31.2012

The DTOID Show: Journey, FEZ, and Wasteland 2!

Happy Friday, folks! In case you missed it, The Destructoid Show went live earlier today, and in addition to giving out four codes for Waveform on Steam, we also covered a metric shit-ton of news that happened recently - som...

Tara Long

12:30 PM on 03.29.2012

Journey is officially the fastest-selling PSN game ever

Love it or hate it, thatgamecompany's enthralling Journey is an undeniable success. That's a claim backed by facts, with news that the title has become the fastest selling PlayStation Network title of all time. Yes, it's doin...

Jim Sterling





10:22 PM on 03.16.2012

The DTOID Show: Borderlands 2, Baldur's Gate, and BOOBS!

Happy Friday, everyone! Not only is today the sixth anniversary of this wacky and wonderful website we've all come to know and love, it's also the birthday of our great overlord Niero, to whom we paid tribute on today's live...

Tara Long

7:00 PM on 03.06.2012

EU PS Plus subscribers start their journey on Wednesday

In just over a week, I'll be sauntering around a gorgeous desert with a big grin on my face. To make matters better, I'll be doing it from the comfort of my sofa in a temperature controlled room. I am, of course, referring to...

Fraser Brown

12:02 AM on 03.03.2012

The DTOID Show: Assassin's Creed III? GO AMURICA!

Happy Friday, gamurzzzzzz. That's what you guys like to be called, right? Either way, we've got a very special show for you today. Or rather, we had one. It's over now, but you can still enjoy it in all its HD glory, thanks ...

Tara Long

11:00 AM on 03.02.2012

Dear reviewers, we need another word for 'experience'

There's a grave problem facing videogame reviewers today. No, it's not the rampant backlash over numerical scores. No, it's not corruption and publisher pressure. It's something far more deadly to our entire industry ... we'v...

Jim Sterling



Review: Journey  photo
Review: Journey
by Jim Sterling

How does one describe Journey, exactly? It's a videogame unlike any other, to the point where calling it a videogame doesn't quite feel right. One could call it an art game, but that would draw comparisons with infinitely less distinguished pieces of software. Whatever label you want to affix to thatgamecompany's latest creation, there's one description that absolutely everybody should be able to agree on. 

Journey is ... a journey.

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1:30 PM on 02.16.2012

Journey comes to PlayStation Network March 13

I saw enough of the beta for thatgamecompany's Journey to know I didn't want to have any more info divulged prior to full release, if at all possible. We'll be exploring the game's mysterious world soon enough; as covered by ...

Jordan Devore

10:15 AM on 02.03.2012

Journey is finally done, waiting on release date

thatgamecompany's President, Kellee Santiago, says that the beautiful "online parable" Journey is finally done, meaning that the development process is officially finished. According to an interview on videoshock, the company...

Dale North



Destructoid's most wanted PlayStation 3 games of 2012 photo
Destructoid's most wanted PlayStation 3 games of 2012
by Kyle MacGregor

The past year has been an interesting one for Sony. The PlayStation 3 finally began to hit its stride, a new portable finally emerged, and an "unauthorized intrusion" resulted in a month-long network outage. That major pothole aside, there have been much brighter moments and many great games since then.

But that's enough reflection for now. It's time to focus on what the future has in store. All week long, the Destructoid Staff will be sharing our picks for some of the most wanted titles of the next year. Yesterday, you saw Hamza's and Conrad's choices for the Xbox 360. Today, Samit Sarkar and I are here to share our most anticipated PlayStation 3 titles of 2012.

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12:15 PM on 01.06.2012

Beautiful new Journey trailer bigs up the music

This new Journey trailer lays down some phat beats and slammin' rhythms as it showcases the game's music. Get read to dance like a lemur on acid when these intense jams fill your brain.  It's actually incredibly beautiful orchestral stuff that seems to compliment the eerie visual splendor. Which is rather nice. 

Jim Sterling