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8:30 PM on 12.28.2012

The DTOID Show: Adam Sessler's 2013 Gaming Predictions

It's our last Destructoid Show episode of 2012, so filling in for Max today is Adam Sessler, whose name I am in no way ashamed to peddle so long as it drives views to this post! (Plus, who doesn't love a good predictions epi...

Tara Long

7:00 PM on 12.05.2012

EVE Online update overhauls bounty hunting

EVE Online is one tough cookie to crack. Sure, it's a massively multiplayer online game. It's also one part space-faring strategy game, business simulator, and space-pirate dream fantasy as well. Much of the game is filled wi...

Sterling Aiayla Lyons

8:30 PM on 12.04.2012

Preseason Update is live for League of Legends

It wasn’t too long ago that big sweeping changes were being discussed about the future of League of Legends. Well, now it seems like the change has gone live on the main servers. To commemorate this, Riot games has put...

Sterling Aiayla Lyons

9:30 PM on 11.19.2012

Upcoming League of Legends preseason update detailed

It seems like we can't go too long without there being some big news about League of Legends. It can be something small like a record-breaking number of users, or perhaps a map with a new mode, or even a holiday getting the f...

Sterling Aiayla Lyons

10:30 AM on 10.26.2012

League of Legends Harrowing event officially begins

A week ago, Riot Games teased its new Halloween event while keeping a good bit of detail secret. Now, not only are more details available, the event has gone live and is in action! There's a new champ out, new harrowing-them...

Sterling Aiayla Lyons

11:00 PM on 08.06.2012

Riot announces League of Legends Championship Series

It wasn't too long ago when Riot Games was hyping up the season two championship as being the big new thing to begin a strong focus on revolutionizing competitive gaming, or "eSports," into something that no one ha...

Sterling Aiayla Lyons





5:15 PM on 08.06.2012

MLG League of Legends Summer Arena wrap-up

This past weekend, Major League Gaming hosted a League of Legends competition, featuring a $10,000 prize, winner take all. Two teams, Curse Gaming and Team Black, won qualifying tournaments beforehand for spots in this compet...

Sterling Aiayla Lyons

3:00 PM on 05.07.2012

League of Legends: Yesterday, today, and tomorrow

League of Legends, the fantastic competitive online game brought to you by Riot Games, has been going through a lot of changes over the past couple of months since the last time we posted about the game here on Des...

Sterling Aiayla Lyons

5:30 PM on 03.23.2012

Live show: Exclusive early look at Depth on Mash Tactics

We have a special edition Mash Tactics of shark punching proportions in store for you today. Alex Quick, who recently came by to play his game Killing Floor with King Foom and the viewers, is returning with his current projec...

Bill Zoeker

11:37 PM on 03.12.2012

The DTOID Show: Is Mass Effect 3 ending rage justified?

Happy Monday, everyone! Now that Max and I have had the chance to recuperate from our long week of GDC insanity, we're back in the studio with a handful of news to report on and a fresh, new outlook on life! (Just kidding, w...

Tara Long

10:00 PM on 02.18.2012

Guild Wars 2 PvP to set worlds against each other

I'm always a big fan of when game developers share philosophies and general development methodologies behind the games that they are working on. This week, Mike Ferguson -- of the Guild Wars 2 development team at ArenaNet -- ...

Sterling Aiayla Lyons



Impressions: Dota 2 beta photo
Impressions: Dota 2 beta
by Sterling Aiayla Lyons

The Multiplayer Online Battle Arena genre has been fascinating to watch grow. Like many popular independent works, it started from humble beginnings with a little mod for a well-known game. I can only imagine that few could foresee just how popular the mod would get.

This appeal resulted in full retail releases of multiple games, taking the same basic gameplay and adding original spins to the formula. Some tried to refine and improve the base to be more accessible, while others went in different directions to have less-than-stellar success. A lucky few have become popular enough to find a spot within competitive gaming.

What of the original source? What of Defense of the Ancients, the mod map for Warcraft III that started the whole genre? Some still consider it the best of the bunch. For the most part though, it still remained in the realm of Warcraft mods, never seeing its own conversion to retail like Counter-Strike.

Thus, Valve shocked many when they announced Dota 2, which skips over the entire process of making a real "DOTA 1" to simply go for the sequel. The big question is, what makes this Dota 2? Is it merely Defense of the Ancients with a nice coat of paint, or is there something bringing it into a new generation of gaming? Read on to find out what I think after spending time with the ongoing beta.

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7:00 AM on 01.14.2012

Lots of details on new patch for League of Legends

The removal of the "Dodge" statistic has been something that Riot Games has been very open about sharing with the community. Today marks the big announcement that the stat removal will be completed with the patch coming next...

Sterling Aiayla Lyons

4:00 AM on 12.15.2011

APB Reloaded: 3 million people playing cops and robbers

When APB shut down less than a month after launch and Realtime Worlds closed its doors, I was pretty cynical about the chances of seeing it again. But a year later, GamersFirst have relaunched the game -- rebranded as APB Rel...

Fraser Brown

11:30 PM on 12.14.2011

Join the League of Legends Snowdown Showdown!

[Update: Logins are reenabled now, and all the content is in the store for purchase] This past Tuesday saw the release of a new patch for League of Legends. It had the usual contents, another character, some new skins, and ga...

Sterling Aiayla Lyons

9:30 PM on 12.09.2011

Blacklight: Retribution dev diary details customization

The Blacklight development team is back with another video to follow their dev diary video series. Before, they just showed off their own excitement, and talked about the technology and art behind the game. This time, they t...

Sterling Aiayla Lyons