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Volition dev would love a console that kills used games


Feb 06
// Jim Sterling
The idea of a new Xbox that refuses to play used games may sound like a problematic, consumer-unfriendly, potentially suicidal idea to reasonable people who are capable of long-term thought, but some people are right behind i...

GameStop's Retro Game Vault is ridiculously stupid

Feb 03 // Tony Ponce
Every so often, GameStop runs a special promotion where you can earn extra points on top of whatever transaction you make that day, but let's be real. Reaching the lofty point totals that GameStop has set for its retro catalog is no simple feat. The only people who could hope to earn enough points are the ones who live and die by GameStop's services, who trade in every damn game they ever buy as if GameStop was some glorified rental chain, or who are so loose with their money that they would gladly spend thousands upon thousands of dollars per year on games alone. Even then, because of the high point values of the Vault items, those people probably couldn't order more than two games anyway. I haven't even talked about the selection yet! As of this moment, the only games available are Super Mario Bros., Double Dragon, and Quake III Arena for the Dreamcast. Everything else is either "sold out" or "coming soon." Double Dragon and Quake III are both 32,500 points, while Mario is 43,250. Of the unavailable games, the only one with a price tag is Sim City, and it's marked at 32,440. How on Earth is GameStop even arriving at these values? Who is going to bend over backwards for a fuckin' loose copy of Mario when it can be found on eBay for the price of a family-size bag of Cheetos? And there doesn't seem to be any semblance of consistency when it comes to which games will be made available down the road. In all likelihood, these games are just the leftover shit from the earlier days, but instead of tossing them out, giving them away to employees, or -- God forbid -- selling them, GameStop opted to devise a ridiculous "incentive" program in the hopes that consumers would drive even more business to the store for the sake of "gifts" that could be acquired infinitely more easily and more cheaply anywhere else! Seriously, fuck these guys.
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Hey, guys! Remember when GameStop used to sell legacy games and hardware? Atari, Genesis, you name it. Those were the days, before the company began swallowing up the competition and ditched the retro wares in favor of almost...

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The Tester gets all Fear Factor-ish on PSN next week


Jan 31
// Liam Fisher
Sony's PSN reality show "The Tester" might be my favorite guilty pleasure. The last two seasons have provided more laughs than I can recall, and simultaneously made me cringe at the thought of belonging to the same soci...
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Jack Black wannabe does stupid Star Wars Kinect trailer


Jan 26
// Jim Sterling
Watch the above video to see a man who thinks he's Jack Black doing "funny" things in the name of Star Wars Kinect. I think this guy is supposed to be famous or something. I don't know who he is. I don't actually care, eithe...
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Ubisoft DRM allegedly blocking new computer hardware


Jan 17
// Jim Sterling
According to new reports, Ubisoft's oft-maligned DRM is so zealous in its protection of software that it cannot tell the difference between a new computer and a new graphics card. Yep, if you switch out some of your computer'...
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SEGA: SOPA is generally caused by bad installs, junk data


Jan 12
// Jim Sterling
While many publishers are remaining silent on the issue of SOPA and its potential negative impact, one company is proud to speak out against the nefarious anti-piracy bill. That company is SEGA, and we are proud to stand by i...
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'WTF is with empowered women in video games now?'


Jan 11
// Jim Sterling
This thread is currently doing the rounds among the usual social networks, and I felt I had to share. Posted to the "Men Going Their Own Way" forum (so you already know it's comedy gold), a thread called "WTF is with empowere...
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Really, Namco Bandai?


Jan 05
// Jim Sterling
Apparently Namco Bandai has taken some pages from the Dead or Alive school of marketing, as this Japanese print ad for SoulCalibur V seems to carry one message -- the game is entirely, completely, utterly about breasts and no...
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ESA still fully backs SOPA, issues statement of support


Jan 03
// Jim Sterling
The Entertainment Software Association has addressed recent discussion of its involvement with SOPA, confirming to Joystiq that it has no intention of withdrawing support. The controversial bill, which maintains growing popul...
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Man buys virtual sword for unreleased game, pays $16,000


Dec 29
// Jim Sterling
A man in China has spent $16,000 buying a digital sword for a game that hasn't been released. Age of Wulin, an MMORPG from Snail Games, held an online auction ahead of release, selling subscription cards and in-game items whi...
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3DS Slide Pad: 480 hours of play, stupid screw seal


Dec 08
// Dale North
A Japanese gamer that got the 3DS Slide Pad early cracked open the manual to find that it promises 480 hours of play time from one AAA battery. That's a crazy number, but I'm guessing that this single control doesn't need muc...
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Ladies and gents, the tackiest dress ever made


Dec 06
// Tony Ponce
Today is Finland's Independence Day, so the President invited the country's movers and shakers for a lovely little dinner. Angry Birds' being Finland's number one export of all time, Rovio's Peter Vesterbacka was asked to att...
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Presenting the new-look Destructoid reviews format


Dec 06
// Jim Sterling
We at Destructoid are always looking to improve our reviews. They're a huge part of our site and one of the most controversial aspects of any videogame community, so ensuring that reviews are clear, concise and fair should be...
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Serious Sam 3: BFE update kills game saves (Update)


Nov 24
// Jim Sterling
[Update: The Croteam member who confirmed the issue has said that the studio may be able to fix everything. A new patch will arrive tomorrow that will attempt to rescue both old and new saves. Fingers crossed!] A small update...
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The Sun warns world of 'Xbox Cyber Fraud'


Nov 22
// Jim Sterling
Shitty tabloid The Sun has a CRIME EXCLUSIVE on its front page, warning Britain of a terrifying new problem -- Xbox Cyber Fraud! While the Sun claims thieves have "hacked" into Xbox Live accounts, it's nowhere near as scary. ...
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Man tries to rob Modern Warfare 3 at gunpoint, fails hard


Nov 09
// Jim Sterling
An eighteen-year-old man is sitting in a jail cell today after attempting to rob a copy of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 at gunpoint.  The would-be attacker followed a 27-year-old midnight launch attendee from GameStop ...
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Modern Warfare 3 sold for $1,725 on eBay


Nov 04
// Jim Sterling
Hardcore Modern Warfare fans are a strange bunch. How strange? Apparently strange enough to spend $1,725 to get Modern Warfare 3 four days early! Early copies of Infinity Ward's upcoming blockbuster have made their predictabl...
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Nintendo to allow eShop access to PC and phones in future


Oct 28
// Conrad Zimmerman
If there's one thing that's always somewhat irked me about Nintendo, it's the way that they approach online interactions. It never seems to be convenient. But Nintendo is aware of the problem and will be taking steps to offer...
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PSN games and points no longer on Amazon


Oct 19
// Victoria Medina
If you want to buy PSN games but don't want to entrust your credit card to Sony, there are a number of alternatives like Wal-Mart, Best Buy and GameStop. Amazon used to be on that list, but it would seem that all PSN content ...
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Angry Birds gets ready for Halloween by playing dress-up


Oct 01
// Victoria Medina
Halloween is almost here, which means goofy theme costumes and toys. Angry Birds is jumping on the bandwagon with themed plushes, and if that isn't enough for you, costumes. So you can decorate your house with little costumed...
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How to play Resident Evil 4 HD on PS3


Sep 26
// Jim Sterling
Resident Evil 4 HD released last week, but I waited until the weekend to download it. Due to various problems I have with Microsoft Points and my silly desire to play Resident Evil games on their "traditional" home, I decided...
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Activision wins rights to modernwarfare3.com... finally


Sep 08
// Liam Fisher
Back in July, the domain Modernwarfare3.com surfaced and, funnily enough, it led users to the Battlefield 3 official site. It was discovered that a fan (not EA) had purchased the domain and thought it funny to bait ...
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FOX News accuses games of promoting 'liberal agenda'


Sep 07
// Jim Sterling
You have to love FOX News. It's turned the word "agenda" into something sinister, without ever having to quantify whatever the agenda in question actually is. Next up on FOX's agenda is yet another round of videogame bashing,...
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Nintendo's always innovating


Sep 07
// Jim Sterling
With the announcement of the extra 3DS nub add-on, Nintendo has worked out a way to patch consoles. We thought you could only do that with software, but once again, the game industry's disruptive force has shown us something ...
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Lots of douchey PlayStation Move 'lifestyle' shots


Sep 06
// Jim Sterling
Sony has released a ton of utterly astounding photographs of douchebags waving a PlayStation Move around, letting the world know that in order to enjoy the PS3 waggle-dong, you need to look like an impossibly smarmy prick.&nb...
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Supernanny: UK rioters addicted to 'horrific games'


Aug 17
// Jim Sterling
Jo "Supernanny" Frost has decided to join Noel Gallagher in using last week's nationwide UK riots to blame those evil, evil videogames. Using the ever-disingenuous phrase, "research shows," the savior of shitty parents everyw...
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Noel Gallagher: 'Brutal' games caused UK riots


Aug 15
// Jim Sterling
While pundits and bloggers around the world discuss the socioeconomic problems that might have led to last week's nationwide rioting in the United Kingdom, former Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher has apparently cracked the case...
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Evening Standard stops blaming London riots on GTA


Aug 09
// Jim Sterling
Yesterday, The Evening Standard made a pretty tasteless accusation, claiming that the hooded little bastards currently rioting throughout London had been "inspired" by Grand Theft Auto. It seems that someone at the paper real...
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Boy snorts Ritalin to play Xbox 360, gets f*cked up


Aug 08
// Jim Sterling
Most gamers will grab an armful of sugar and energy drinks if they need to keep awake during a monster play session, but for one New Zealand high school boy, that wasn't enough. He decided to inhale a load of Ritalin to enhan...
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Go spend $500 on Gun Bros' top gun, it's totally worth it


Aug 03
// Liam Fisher
Microtransactions aren't a new trend by any means, but they generally stay within a reasonable price range. It also helps that most of these games allow players to earn ingame currency by playing, albeit at a greatly reduced...

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