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Goodbye, Destructoid


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Nov 10
// Chad Concelmo
As some of you may or may not have heard, this is officially my last day with Destructoid. Man ... I can barely type that without getting upset. I am starting a new job next week at GolinHarris as a writer for Nintendo. It is...
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Dad alters text in Wind Waker to turn Link into a girl


He wants his daughter to understand that girls can be heroes too
Nov 10
// Tony Ponce
Mike Hoye loves playing videogames and sharing his pastime with his three-year-old daughter Maya. Their game of choice is The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, and Mike likes to read the text aloud so Maya can follow along. Bu...
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Yahtzee, Moviebob, and Jim Sterling have an Hour of Love


A loving time at the Escapist Expo 2012
Sep 18
// Jim Sterling
This weekend, I was honored to attend the inaugural (and wildly successful) Escapist Expo in Durham, North Carolina as a guest speaker. Over the three days, I attended numerous fun panels, but this was by far my fa...
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I proposed to my girlfriend at PAX Prime 2012


Sep 04
// Capm Trevo
[Dtoider Capm Trevo orchestrated an elaborate and adorable proposal this weekend at PAX, and he pulled it off flawlessly! Seriously, just watch the video! --Mr Andy Dixon] My girlfriend and I went to PAX this year dressed as...
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Minecraft wedding is totes adorbs


Jun 24
// Tony Ponce
At last year's MineCon, Minecraft creator Notch helped this dude Matt propose to his girlfriend Asia. Fast forward to April, the couple tied the knot in a room decorated to look like Minecraft's digital realm. The ceremony w...
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What time is it? Final Fantasy o'clock


Jun 17
// Tony Ponce
Reddit user MiniBT recently graduated. From what, exactly? High school? Four-year college? Master's program? The shroud of mystery shall forever hang above this tale of gamers in love! Where was I? Oh yeah! So he has this gir...
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Monday Mind Teasers: I saw her standing there


Apr 16
// Tom Fronczak
 . . . but then she was a zombie. This enjoyably simple game popped up on Reddit over the weekend and its concept and music carry it a long way beyond its sparse graphics and easy difficulty. The KrangGames flash game on...
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Robotic amore and double-sided chiptune melodies


Feb 16
// Tony Ponce
It's Thursday! Have some chiptunes for no reason other than I love you! Chiptune music house Ubiktune unleashed two fresh albums this past week. First up is the Valentine's Day-dedicated 7bit date: robot love by beek. More th...
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What is your favorite videogame romance?


Feb 14
// Tony Ponce
ScrewAttack is in Valentine's Day mode and has made with the lovey-dovey videos. Above is the latest episode of the fairly new The Best EVER! series, and this week's topic is videogame couples. The video focuses on Locke and...
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One of Dtoid's own had a grand game-themed wedding


Nov 22
// Tony Ponce
One of our own just got hitched on November 11! Machine Gun Tommy and his wife Lindsay are both huge gamers with a combined collection of over 2500 games (enough to take our resident hoarder Funktastic to school and back!), s...
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You will fall for this Portal 2 proposal video


Aug 23
// Alasdair Duncan
Thanks to the Internet, you're never too far from one guy or gal's creative attempts at proposing to their partner in a completely unique way. Proposing via a videogame isn't totally new -- we've seen marriage proposals in g...

The ten best videogame weddings EVER!

Apr 29 // Chad Concelmo
Now, I am not here to cause a rift between the future King and Queen -- I am sure William and Kate are going to be very happy together. But, Kate, if you are reading this, I have to ask: Should you maybe have set your sights a little higher? Cecil, the main character from masterpiece Final Fantasy IV, is a Paladin. Is William a Paladin? Did William overcome darkness by literally climbing a mountain and defeating the evil version of himself? Did he travel into a dangerous desert cave and rip a jewel out of a subterranean beast’s belly to save you from a terminal illness? Oh, he did? Wow. More power to you kids, then. Being a huge fan of classic Sierra adventure game King’s Quest VI (as well as all the games in the wonderful series!), I have a special place in my heart for the wedding between Alexander (member of the royal family of Daventry) and Cassima (future Queen of the Land of the Green Isles). Although, if I am being honest here, I think the two of them moved just a little fast. Yeah, I get it. Girl gets locked in a tower. Boy, who had previously been locked in a tower in King's Quest III, meets locked-up girl and instantly falls in love. (Bonding over Stockholm syndrome is known to bring people together.) But to meet, fall in love, and get married all in the course of one game? That's a little fast. Get to know each other first! There are plenty of "lands" in the Land of the Green Isles. I am sure one of them has a nice bed and breakfast. I do feel a little guilty putting this wedding on the list since Bowser kind of kidnapped and forced Peach to marry him at the very start of Super Paper Mario. But LOOK HOW CUTE BOWSER LOOKS IN HIS TUX! After playing Rod Humble’s interactive art piece The Marriage I was completely moved by the beautiful and touching wedding between the blue square and the pink square. The symbolism of each colorful shape and the way it reflects the transparency and dependency of a long-term relationship almost brought me to tears. Actually, wait. Did the blue and pink squares get married? Maybe it was the grey circle and the square? Or was it the green circle? Okay, fine, you got me: I have no idea what happened when I played that game. I thought it was a screen saver. Yes, a real-life man named Sal9000 actually married a videogame character named Nene Anegasaki from Nintendo DS game Love Plus. Yup, it really happened. But we don’t have time to talk about things like this. I have a wedding to Dr. Yang I have to plan.  One of my favorite parts about the Metal Gear Solid games (other than the fact that they are awesome!) is their baffling (yet surprisingly effective) transitions from hardcore action scene to pumped-up melodrama. A perfect example of this is at the end of Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots for the PlayStation 3. After a climactic battle that is one part exhausting and all other parts badass, the game ends with an out-of-nowhere wedding on a massive runway between fan-favorite Meryl and her true love Johnny. And somehow it works. I don't know why, but I'm telling you, it really works.  At one point in Final Fantasy IX, main character Zidane and his party have to pass through a village of dwarves to reach a place called the Sanctuary. (If I had a nickel ... ) In order to get there, though, two members of the party must get married. It is a cute twist that ends with Zidane and Garnet tying the knot to receive access to the Sanctuary. With a clever selection of options, though, players can actually get the cute black mage Vivi and assumed cunilingus-master Quina to also marry. Expectedly, their wedding is adorable. And, Quivi, Gaia's hottest power couple, is born. I have a friend who was at a wedding once where a bridesmaid got so drunk she fell face first into the wedding cake, breaking the table on her way down. The story has reached legendary status among my close friends. I don’t know which is worse: That bridesmaid’s tragic incident ... or the tale of Guybrush Threepwood, a man who interrupted the wedding of his beloved Elaine to ghost pirate LeChuck, only to find out that ruining the wedding actually prevented Elaine from unleashing her plan to kill LeChuck -- a plan that would have rid the world of all evil. Eh ... I'm still sticking with the bridesmaid. I have never played the Harvest Moon games -- which is a shame, because I think I would really like them. Being able to work on a farm, harvest crops, raise cute animals, and marry someone you fall in love with sounds like the perfect videogame life! But, as I was researching what goes into getting married and having a lovely wedding in the game, I was surprised by how much work it all is! "You must expand your house at least once in order to get a matrimonial bed." "After marriage, the player's activities are severely curtailed: he is expected to come home by a specified time." "When the player has both house upgrades, is married to his wife for 20 days and his wife has high enough affection towards him, she will get pregnant later giving birth in the farmhouse." Yikes! I am tired just typing it all! In most games, when villains are defeated, they are usually destroyed or banished from the game, never to be heard from again. At the end of Super Mario RPG, however, villains Booster and Valentina decide to look past their unsuccessful attempts at defeating Mario and move on to better things. During the classic game's ending, both quirky villains are seen getting married in the Marrymore chapel. While I don't see the attraction (Valentina has a dead bird on her head, for crying out loud), it is still very sweet ... until Booster gets cold feet and cruelly leaves Valentina at the alter. Dag, Booster. Dag.   What do you think? Did you watch the royal wedding? Did the guests have to travel through a wardrobe to get to the strange world fairytale weddings like that only take place in? Can you think of any other memorable videogame weddings (Dragon Quest V and Final Fantasy X come to mind as suitable runners-up)? Order the chicken or salmon and celebrate in the comments!
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The royal wedding was earlier this morning! And I had no idea! Yay! To be honest, there had been so much coverage about this supposedly major event that I kept thinking the royal wedding had already happened weeks ago! I swea...

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Borderlands' Claptrap and Anthony Burch play Cupid


Apr 24
// Tony Ponce
Why in the world did we not post this yet? Destructoid alum Anthony Burch, now a writer for Gearbox, helped to make this video starring Borderlands' Claptrap for Ben, a fan who wanted to propose to his girlfriend in an extra special way. It's cute and it's funny. Oh, and she said yes, if you were curious. Claptrap Has A Proposal For You, Tora [Kotaku] [Thanks, Miles!]
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You knew it was coming: A Minecraft wedding proposal


Feb 15
// Jordan Devore
It's been a matter of weeks since I last talked about Minecraft. There's no better way to break the silence than with this cheesy, but ultimately heartwarming video that has been making the rounds lately. One BioWare develop...
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Y. Inferno: Mega Man Vs. Street Fighter fan made mash-up


Aug 24
// Jonathan Holmes
Just like Minitroid from a few days back, Mega Man Vs. Street Fighter has been around for a while, but somehow I totally missed it. It's definitely getting better as time goes on. The first work-in-progress video against Ryu...

Book review: Udon's Art of Capcom 2

Aug 24 // Jonathan Holmes
Udon's Art of Capcom 2Writers: Capcom and UdonPublisher: UdonReleased: August 25, 2010MSRP: $39.99 This book opens up with some amazing stuff. It may actually be too amazing for the book's own good. The cover and the first section's illustrations feature some of the best stuff in Udon history, and that's coming from someone who has bought every Udon comic since the company's start in 2000. Things start off with a Viewtiful Joe/Mega Man + Sagat/Sakura/Dan piece that had me grinning from ear to ear. From there, we get a two-page spread entitled "Capcom Olympics" that features every playable character from Street Fighter, Darkstalkers, Rival Schools, and Final Fight ever. I tried to count them all, but I lost count at 95. Things top off with another two-page spread entitled "Evil Everyone": evil Birdie, evil Ibuki, evil Dhalsim, evil Chun-Li, and a super-evil Akuma (complete with smiling fang-face), among others, all make an appearance. It's classic stuff, definitely poster-worthy. After that, things take a dip. Though the quality remains high, the originality doesn't. Although I knew from the start that this book is more of a compilation of Udon's best work from the past four years, I couldn't help but be let down when I hit the cover gallery. If I didn't religiously buy every comic that Udon releases, I probably wouldn't have noticed, but I'd have to imagine that the target audience might relate with me on this. The fantastic opening pages of the book spoiled me, which caused a marked decrease in enjoyment once the stuff I'd already seen started pouring in.  Fifty or so pages of awesome, previously purchased comic covers later, and I'd see something new every two pages or so. Some was familiar to me, like art from the Magic Sword/Final Fight mash-up that was released on XBLA/PSN earlier this year, or trading card art, or art from the Street Fighter Encyclopedia that was just released. Still, seeing these illustrations reprinted here in a larger format revealed details that I didn't see before, and made them feel like new. Peppered amongst these enhanced reprints, I found amazing art that was totally new to me. There's a piece featuring Violent Ken (from SNK Vs. Capcom Chaos) vs. Evil Ryu (from Street Fighter Alpha 2) that's basically a Street Fighter nerd's dream come true. After that, the nerd dreams just keep coming. As much as I appreciate Street Fighter IV, I can't help but wish that the series had remained sprite-based. It appears that Udon mainstay Arnold Tsang read my mind, as he's translated all of the new characters from the Street Fighter IV games into beautifully rendered, Street Fighter III-style sprites (as seen above). The more showy pieces are nicely contrasted by more humble, unassuming work. A loose, sketchy marker drawing of Juri, a Street Fighter IV-style illustration of Dan's oft-forgotten father Go Hibiki, a look at Ken balancing on a beach ball juggling miniature versions of Ryu, Zangief, and Chun Li's heads; it's these little extras that show the true breadth of Udon's imagination. It's nice to see artists that I've grown so familiar with try some new things. Omar Dogan, another Udon regular, tried an alternate coloring style on the Ibuki illustration seen below and the results speak for themselves. I think it's the most welcoming, expressive piece of art he's done yet (see below). The book caps off with loads of stuff from games that Udon has worked on: Tatsunoko Vs. Capcom, the XBLA/PSN re-release of Marvel Vs. Capcom 2, and SSF2THDR. If you own all of those games, then this artwork will all feel familiar, but still fresh. You get key frames from all the character animations in SSF2THDR and a closer look at all the game's backgrounds and endings. With Tatsunoko Vs. Capcom, it's just endings, plus a few promotional pieces. The Marvel Vs. Capcom 2 stuff is strictly promotional work, including some text-free comic pages featuring Iron Man duking it out with Mega Man, and Strider cutting up Wolverine. All this stuff looked nice on my computer monitor and/or TV screen the first time around, but it looks even better on real-life glossy paper. All sounds pretty good, right? It is, though I was a bit bummed by the way the book ends. Udon's Art of Capcom 1 featured a nice "how-to" section at the end that worked as the perfect conclusion. After marveling at the work of Udon's finest, it was downright inspiring to see firsthand how they work. Not only did it make me appreciate how hard it is to create professional-quality artwork, but it also made me feel like I, too, could make something that great someday. Udon's Art of Capcom 2 has no such "how-to" section. Not that big of a deal, but still a tiny bummer. Don't be like me. Don't get spoiled by all the original work in this book. Know that if you've bought every Udon comic, trading card, and game over the past four years, you're going to have seen a lot of this stuff before. That also means that you're probably pretty rich, which means you can afford to pick up this book for the new material it contains. The new stuff here is amazing, some of my favorite Udon work to date. New fans and old fans of Udon alike would do well to pick it up. And don't go looking for scans from this book on the internet. You won't find them easily, and if you do, you'll get a virus that makes your computer piss blood and then die. Score: 8.5 -- Great (8s are impressive efforts with a few noticeable problems holding them back. Won't astound everyone, but is worth your time and cash.)
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For a long time, American comic books consistently butchered the works of Japanese game developers with hackneyed, half-hearted game-to-comic adaptations. I still remember the pain I felt after buying Malibu's Street Fighter ...

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Tokimeki Memorial game stuffed on biggest DS cart ever


Mar 19
// Josh Tolentino
It's not often when you hear about girls getting good service in the quest for virtual love, so it's really rather grand to hear good things about visual novels for the ladies getting some love and attention. That's certai...
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Heavy Rain: Samuel L. Jackson wouldn't go very far for love


Feb 22
// Nick Chester
Recently, Sony sat down and chatted it up with a bunch of film-industry people I've never heard of. And Samuel L. Jackson. The topic was supposedly Heavy Rain, although I'm not sure the people being interviewed knew that. In...
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Introducing the first videogame matchmaking computer!


Feb 11
// Chad Concelmo
Regardless of whether you love it or hate it, this weekend marks the return of everyone’s favorite polarizing holiday, Valentine’s Day! While most people could care less about the “holiday” (me include...
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Man and videogame are wed, face and palm meet again


Nov 21
// Matthew Razak
You know, when I posted a video of Love Plus a while back to show off its quirky dating sim charm I thought that would be the last we saw of the game here on Destructoid. After all, it wasn't coming to the West any time soon ...
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Cross SMW off the list of unique ways to propose


Oct 17
// Matthew Razak
The hopeless romantic in me sort of cringes at the above video as I'm pretty sure that no girl in the world really wants to be proposed to while sitting on a stool in front of a TV while playing Super Mario World, but the ga...
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An action game sealed with a kiss: Faith and a .45 details emerge


Jan 30
// Jim Sterling
A little over a week ago, we talked about Faith and a .45, a game notable for its awesome title, interesting backdrop and the fact that it was being made by Total Overdose developer Deadline Games. Now there are some new game...

David is leaving Destructoid, let him give you some swag before he does

Nov 11 // David Houghton
1st prize 2x Rock Band hats2x Rock Band t-shirts3x Rock Band key straps1x Dead Island t-shirt1x Warhound t-shirt1x Dead Island key strap1x Warhound key strap 1x Nyko Intercooler EX for Xbox 3601x PlayStation 3 key chain1x copy of RF Online1x copy of Archlord1x strange German WiFi booster thing. At least that's what I think it is. The box is all in German. 2nd prize1x Rock Band hat3x Rock Band key straps2x Rock Band t-shirts1x England football team hat1x Clive Barker's Jericho t-shirt1x PlayStation 3 keychain1x trial copy of Lord Of The Rings online 1x Codemasters Online Gaming mouse mat 1x The Witcher temprary tattoo3rd prize 1x Rock Band t-shirt 1x Rock Band hat 3x Rock Band key strap1x Sensible Soccer 2006 t-shirt1x PlayStation 3 key chain1x The Witcher temporary tattoo1x copy of Schnappi Das Kleine Krokodil. God knows what this is, but it apparently includes 3 games and involves a crocodile, and as we all know, crocodiles and 'gators are f*cking cool. So what do you need to do to get your hands on some of this stuff? Simple. Just do something funny or cool with a picture of me. I give you free reign to do whatever you like as long as it stays pretty much SFW, and you can use any image of me you find around this site. Add captions to pre-existing pictures, photoshop new ones together, take screen grabs from the videos, do anything you want. Go crazy and make us laugh, and the top three selected by the staff will win the above prizes. You've got until the 25th of November to post your entries, which must be posted using bbcode in the comments section of this story. If you're stuck for images to use, these three stories are a good start, and I've attached a few more random ones I've found about my laptop as well. 
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Yes, it's true. After what has been in all honesty the single best year of my life by a very long way, I'm having to leave the Destructoid staff, as I've been offered a new job in journalism which is pulling me away from the ...

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SEGA licenses Unreal Engine 3, Epic gets a new bed buddy


May 17
// Joseph Leray
 Mark Rein, Vice President of Epic Games (you know, those Gears of War guys), is well on his way to world domination. He's already managed to woo big-name developers like Capcom, Midway, and Square Enix to use Epic&#...
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On Valentine's Day, Destructoid faps for you


Feb 14
// Colette Bennett
Yeah, you read that correctly. The Dtoid team are a mess of gooey affection and inappropriate fluids on Valentine's Day, thanks to the constant flow of great comments, amazing support and robot themed edible items that ...

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