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4:00 PM on 01.29.2015

Dem bones: The best skeletons in video games

I've been playing tons of Grim Fandango ever since the remastered version came out a few days ago, and it's left me with skeletons on the brain... and in the closet. This led me to thinking about more skeletons in games. Ther...

Ben Davis


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It's getting hot in here! Top 10 fire levels photo
It's getting hot in here! Top 10 fire levels
by Ben Davis

The holidays may be over, but the snow keeps falling and the temperatures are still way too cold for comfort. So what better way to warm up during these cold winter months than taking a stroll through some of your favorite fire levels? These places will heat you right up!

What makes a good fire level? Pools of lava, volcanoes, flames licking at your heels... fire levels are imminently dangerous and tricky to navigate. They're often designated as the final area of a game, or at least near the end of the game, due to how dangerous they can be.

Can you take the heat?

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5:00 PM on 01.06.2015

Games that remind me of my Arizona vacation

"My body is ready." That was the first message I sent to our staff-wide chat client this year, and it's true: I'm back from a holiday break, ready to write. For once, I wasn't glued to my email or Twitter while vacationing. I...

Jordan Devore



2014 recap: The 15 most popular posts on Destructoid this year photo
2014 recap: The 15 most popular posts on Destructoid this year
by Brett Makedonski

We post a lot of stuff here on Destructoid. News, reviews, opinion editorials -- you know the drill. Every now and then, a post will catch fire and get ridiculously popular. Sometimes it's a complete mystery as to why; sometimes it's very obvious (as is the case with number one on this list). Still, it's fun to look back at the end of the year and see what performed particularly well.

These are the 15 posts that performed best from a traffic standpoint in 2014. Because reviews are kind of in a league of their own, I've also included the top five toward the bottom. And, just for funsies, there are another five bonus posts that the staff enjoyed the most this year.

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4:00 PM on 08.23.2014

The top 10 bears in videogames! No, not that kind of bear...

[In response to the unexpected influx of fetish posts in our Cblogs lately, Dtoid community blogger bbain shares his own list of manly men you can't help but want to snuggle up with. Want to see your own work appear on the fr...

Ben Davis

6:30 PM on 07.07.2014

Let's explore space! My top 10 space games

[Dtoid community blogger StriderHoang shares his list of all-time favorite space games! Have a Top 10 list of your own you'd like to see promoted to the front page? Go write something! --Mr Andy Dixon] Space is something that...

StriderHoang



Top ten game music tracks to get you pumped for the gym photo
Top ten game music tracks to get you pumped for the gym
by Jayson Napolitano

Like our last issue of The Sound Card, which focused on music to sleep to, this has also been on my back burner for some time. I have over 300 tracks on my exercise playlist in iTunes, and a lot of that is game music. I thought to myself, what better way to bring in the New Year with people hitting the gym to meet those weight loss goals than provide a list of ten tracks that I wouldn't be caught without at the gym!

Admittedly, putting this list together has been the hardest one yet. I had 33 tracks set aside to consider, and I had to make some excruciating cuts, but hey, maybe that leaves the door open to more lists like this in the future. Also, I only stuck to original soundtrack versions of tracks, as opening it up to arrangements (as much as I love them for the gym) would make the task even harder.

Count down with us our top ten picks for tracks to take to the gym, and, as always, chime in with some of your own personal favorites... if you're one of those weirdos who bring game music to the gym!

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9:00 AM on 12.21.2013

Let's go sledding! My top 10 ice levels

[Dtoid community blogger bbain loves ice. Ice, baby! Want to see your own blog appear on our front page? Go write something! --Mr Andy Dixon] Happy holidays, everyone! I hope you're staying warm during these cold winter month...

Ben Davis

2:00 PM on 11.09.2013

My 7th Gen: 7 most memorable moments

[Dtoid community blogger naveenwf reminisces about his favorite memories of last gen for this month's Community Assignment. Want to see your own blog appear on our front page? Go write something! --Mr Andy Dixon] Instead of w...

naveenwf



Top ten game music tracks to sleep to photo
Top ten game music tracks to sleep to
by Jayson Napolitano

This one's been on the back burner for way too long. While most recent editions of The Sound Card have focused on a single game franchise, I've been wanting to get back to the good ol' "What's on your playlist" kind of posts. I always get people asking me what kind of game music I cram into my general purpose playlists (sleep, gym, relaxing, etc.), so I thought I'd start by listing my top ten favorite tracks to sleep to, since there's so much great music to consider.

I'll admit that this was really tough, as I have hundreds of tracks on my playlist. I decided to go with original soundtrack versions as opposed to digging into arranged tracks (many arrangements are made to be relaxing and sleep-inducing, and could make for a whole new post).

Join us as we count down, and please, chime in with some of your favorite picks for your favorite game tracks to sleep to!

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6:30 PM on 07.29.2013

PAX Prime 2013's PAX 10 games have been announced

One of my favorite parts about PAX Prime since 2008 has been the PAX 10 indie game showcase. Over 100 games were submitted to be judged upon by a panel of experts, and the following ten games have been declared the best of th...

Darren Nakamura





4:00 PM on 06.25.2013

Ranked: The five best Mega Man games (Tony's picks)

I don't know if you are aware, but I'm something of a Mega Man nut. The bulk of the Mega Man articles that appear on Destructoid are penned by none other than yours truly, and I sometimes wonder if I'm going overboard. Should...

Tony Ponce

3:00 PM on 06.25.2013

Ranked: The five best Mega Man games (Carter's picks)

It's no secret that fellow Destructoid author Tony Ponce and I enjoy a hearty serving of Mega Man on a daily basis. While I'll let Tony speak for himself in his own "Ranked" article, the reasons why I love the Mega Man series...

Chris Carter



Seven more of the toughest games to run on PC photo
Seven more of the toughest games to run on PC
by Brett Makedonski

A few months ago, we compiled a list of some of the toughest games to run on PC in honor of the release of Crysis 3. While each of the games listed were certainly troublesome, plenty of additional titles were mentioned in the comments that were notably demanding. 

It's only right to give these games their proper due for being so damn difficult to run. I mean, if we don't preserve their legacy, people might eventually forget that these were all total pains in the ass.

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The best and worst games of 2013: Infinite March  photo
The best and worst games of 2013: Infinite March
by Jordan Devore

What a month! Now that March is well behind us (and we remembered to take a look back to ponder), I feel confident in saying that between BioShock Infinite and Tomb Raider, and yet another Gears of War, we are well into this year of big-budget gaming.

Take a look at everything we reviewed in March -- there's a lot! What was your jam? What did you miss out on? I still need to grab copies of HarmoKnight and Luigi's Mansion for my 3DS. The poor guy has gotten dusty and now only I'm to blame for it.

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Ranked: The Gears of War trailers photo
Ranked: The Gears of War trailers
by Brett Makedonski

The Gears of War franchise has a history across its four titles of releasing some of the best cinematic trailers in gaming. Despite the series' reputation of being all about impossibly muscle-bound space marines murdering everything from behind chest-high walls, the trailers mostly focus on a more human element.

Yes, as adrenaline-fueled as the games are, the videos usually seem to effectively convey the bleaker side of war. Almost always accompanied by a moving song, these trailers have a knack for making the games feel decidedly more epic.

To celebrate this week's release of Gears of War: Judgment, let's take a look back at all of the franchise's trailers.

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