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[Update: Contest over! Winner is Serkderg the Herkderg!] What better way to celebrate Halloween than by dressing up as your favorite videogame character? And what better incentive to share that costume with the world than the...

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Johnny Yong Bosch's musical take on THAT scene from MMX4


Sep 27
// Tony Ponce
Johnny Yong Bosch is the f*ckin' man. Over his illustrious career, he's filled many notable roles such as Adam Park the Black Ranger in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Vash the Stampede in Trigun, Ichigo Kurosaki in Bleach, Ne...
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Gotta love that 2D HD animation for PS3 RPG Tokitowa


Aug 23
// Dale North
Namco Bandai has released a new gameplay trailer (yes, gameplay this time!) for upcoming PS3 RPG Tokitowa today, and it's so smooth and detailed that it looks like you're watching anime. I guess that's the selling point, tho...
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I think Gyoretsu Nageloop has FMV lesbian grenade ninja


Aug 19
// Jonathan Holmes
Gyroetsu Nageloop is a videogame published by Nintendo in Japan for the 3DS eShop. It plays like easily comprehended puzzle game (specifically, like Magnetica) but it's storyline is... well, I'm not really sure what it is. T...
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Senran Kagura-themed desserts... why am I not surprised?


Aug 15
// Tony Ponce
Senran Kagura Burst, the sequel to last year's 3DS ninja booby high school brawler, is scheduled for release in Japan on August 30. Time for one last marketing push, right? Until August 19, you can visit Cafe Euro in Akihabar...
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SDCC: Tekken Tag Tournament 2 gets 100+ swimsuits via DLC


Jul 14
// Allistair Pinsof
Because, boobs. Well, to be fair, the game's producer Katsuhiro Harada said there will also be swimsuits for male and animal characters, like Kuma -- who, by the way, IS A FREAKIN' BEAR! If you are in the market for scantily ...
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EyeToy Kama Sutra game could have been a reality


Jul 11
// Allistair Pinsof
I'm always surprised by the lack of porn on modern consoles, especially with all the, err, "input possibilities" that motion controls give the user. It's not for a lack of trying though, if Sony Computer Entertainment executi...
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Lifestyle shots of the new and improved Mr. Destructoid


Jun 30
// Tony Ponce
Did you figure out our little tease? It was indeed a big, glowing eyeball, one of the new features on the latest iteration of the Mr. Destructoid helmet. Once again courtesy of Volpin Props, this piece of high fashion will no...
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Dead or Alive 5: Bunny bikini bonus, Collector's Edition


Jun 25
// Dale North
Have you preordered Tecmo Koei's upcoming fighter, Dead or Alive 5? If not, will sexy bunny bikini bonus suits change get you going? Preorder at GameStop or Amazon and get a set of in-game bunny-style swimsuits for three of t...
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The Bastion narrator sexifies Skyrim


Feb 12
// Tony Ponce
Adding the crooning pipes of Bastion's narrator to any video instantly increases its sexiness factor exponentially. It's just as true now as it's been in the past. YouTuber Egger3rd whipped up a short machinima that sets Bas...
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This is exactly how you're supposed to play Saints Row 3


Feb 03
// Tony Ponce
Egoraptor just pooped out a new animation based on Saints Row: The Third. It's a lot shorter than his more recent vids, clocking in at a mere 11 seconds. However, you'll probably agree that he successfully managed to condense the key highlights of the game in such a small span of time. Saints Row 3 Has A Lot of Outfits [YouTube]
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Hey, Little Sister! Who's the only one?


Jan 29
// Tony Ponce
Pinup artist Martin Abel has whipped up a poster featuring a rather developed Little Sister from BioShock. Sometimes, when you get a tip in your inbox for something like this, you gotta go with the obvious joke. And so... *DEEPLY INHALE* Jonathan Holmes... well... is it!?!? (Thanks for the tip, Mike!)
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Our holiday video hit over a million views! Thanks for watching ... now go punk someone this Christmas :) Huge thanks to our friends at Denizen Company.

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Listen to Me, Girls. I Am Your Father! is a PSP game


Dec 19
// Tony Ponce
Here's a trailer for a game that someone in the comments of this article first brought up. I thought about the best way to phrase the title of this post, but in the end, the name of the game itself says it all. Listen to Me,...
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These Akuma and Cammy figures are fantASStic


Nov 12
// Tony Ponce
Brian Szabelski of sister site Tomopop brought to our attention these Street Fighter figures from Square Enix's Play Arts Kai toy line. He seems really excited to get his hands on these little guys, and I'm wondering if certa...
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Capcom JP's girls in bikinis playing Dead Rising 2 OTR


Sep 23
// Dale North
Capcom, I'm confused. You could have gave us actual game footage, or in-depth analysis of gameplay, or even just a features list, but instead you give us idols in bikinis playing your game, Dead Rising 2: Off the Re...
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That bear is wearing a bikini ...


Aug 04
// Jim Sterling
What you are looking at is a piece of art for Super Danganronpa 2. The character is called Mono Bear and he is evil, as you can tell from the fact that he's WEARING A BIKINI OH GOD.  Since the first game never made ...
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New Destructoid Episode: Metro Dorito Aliens Having Sex


Jul 15
// Max Scoville
Hey kid, wanna see a dead body? Oh. Well. You wanna see some really cool video game news... In the back of my van? Uh. Anyway. The guy from Crytek says the PS Vita is gonna fail, and the guy from Naughty Dog says the Wii U i...

Catherine: The Final Preview (Yes, it's easier!)

Jul 13 // Dale North
Game Complete Time? Competition stats? I beat the game in just under twelve hours, but I think that's because I've played it before. I knew all the stages, and had learned all the techniques from my previous play-throughs. I did that on Easy Mode. I tried the game for the first time on Normal Mode in Japan, and that was pre-patch. Hard Mode? Fuck that! I'd guess that if you're going on easy, you'll spend another hour or two on the game's dialogue, technique discussion and exploration. I'd say that this is a 15-hour game. There's a bit of replay value if you go back in under a more difficult mode, as the stages change a bit. There's also the Babel and co-op play challenges to revisit. Otherwise, expect a dozen or more hours of tower climbing, drinking and cute blondes. Difficulty? Not as much! I bitched a bit about how difficult Catherine was after playing the Japanese release earlier this year. I take some of that back. As I predicted, Catherine is a much more enjoyable game with the difficultly pulled down a bit. The balance was not there before. Now Easy feels more easy. Normal is a bitch. I didn't even try Hard -- I'll leave that to you.  I quickly noticed some changes in the North American version. The first is that there are more mid-level checkpoints in the game's tower-climbing puzzles. Phew! That alone makes a huge difference. When you die, you come back to that checkpoint, saving you from the frustration of figuring out what the hell you did the last time to barely make it up to that point of the tower. Between the post-patch effect and tweaks, you now have so many lives/tries that it's almost ridiculous! I finished the game with more than 90 retries left! Of course, it was on Easy, and this is game where it's easy to blow through 20 'lives' on the harder stages while trying to figure out how to proceed. This is not a complaint. I am glad that there are plenty of retries now. You will be, too. The levels are mostly the same. There may be a few areas where they've tweaked the puzzles in particularly trying areas, but they look to be mostly the same as they were my first time through. The changes in this version are more about how many retries you get and how many checkpoints there are. It's much better this time around overall. Localization is a win! The localization? They knocked this out of the park. Way out. Atlus have outdone themselves. As good as they are, they've never shipped such beautifully localized product. The voice work is a perfect fit. The whole cast rocked it, but Troy Baker as Vincent absolutely kills it! He's perfect for the part, and his delivery of Vincent's English lines sets a new high bar.  Laura Bailey as Catherine is also very good. She scales from horny girl to crazy bitch beautifully. The English language script is outstanding. Great job, writers. There's countless one-liners that had me rolling. Some of Vincent's under-the-breath mutterings will go down in gaming history. His victory cheers are also hilarious. Beyond all of this, the care put into the script makes for some relatable, realistic characters. The game's story was already a treat, but the work on this localization makes it a delight. F-bomb Record Breaker: The only potential negative I see to this script is the heavy use of the word "fuck." I think Atlus has broken the record for F-bomb usage in a videogame! For me it's not a negative at all. Vincent is often fucked in this game (dual meaning! Hello!), and he definitely lets you know it. Sometimes the use of the word is so funny that I'm glad they didn't hold back. If there was ever a game to drop the F-bomb in, it's this one. Fucking perfect. Is this game sexy or not? Jim Sterling asked me yesterday: "Is there boobs?!" Well, all the girls in the games have boobs. I think some things I've said before may have confused some of you. Catherine is definitely a sexy game. It's not a sex game, but there is sex in it. There's also sexy characters and sexy design. And wait until you see what pops up in your inbox in the game! Yes, Catherine is a sexy game. The point I was trying to get across last time is that Atlus Japan went at the advertising in the wrong way. Catherine is an action-puzzle title with a sexy story, and not a sex game.  This game is beautiful! Confession: The first time I played Catherine was in my small Tokyo apartment. My television set was not even high definition. If I told you how small it was, you'd laugh. I won't tell you how bad my TV was. I did this game an injustice by previewing it on that set.  Now I'm back home in America for a bit, back in the land of excess. My gaming rig is either a 55" Sony LCD or a 109" HD projector. I played Catherine on the latter and my jaw dropped. Catherine is a beautiful game! Now I see. Atlus have made it clear that this title was a sort of test for what they could do on HD consoles. Whatever engine they have running this bad boy needs to be used in future titles. The real-time cutscenes are so good that I don't even think they need to bother calling Studio 4°C the next time around. (Sorry, Studio 4°C)  The animation, mo-cap, shading and details in HD were so lovely that I feel spoiled. I'm already imagining the next Shin Megami Tensei title with this engine.  Any new gripes? Not really. I got those out with the first preview. I would even take back some of the old ones, like the one on the difficulty. There's a few left, though. I still really, really, really hate the decision to have the screen shake so much during the boss battles, as I first mentioned here. I still maintain that it's a major fault in a action-puzzle game where precision and speed is key. They should have fixed that. Luckily it doesn't happen very often. I still have beef with how the camera sometimes sort of auto-pans during puzzles. Sometimes you can lose track of where you're going. That's not as serious of an issue, though. If there is a new one, I don't love the transition between anime cutscene and the real-time cutscenes. As I said before, the real-time stuff looks really great. They should have just had Studio 4°C do the intro and ending. Recommended? Oh yes. Unless you hate story-based games or action puzzlers, you must get down with Catherine. Again, there's no way to put a name on what kind of game this is. I still maintain that it's unlike anything you've ever played, so don't try categorizing it. That demo? I feel like that demo is just a small window into a big, beautiful world that you'd be missing if you simply wrote this off as a puzzle game.   Atlus tried something new with Catherine and it definitely paid off. No, there's no dungeon crawling or level grinding or demons...well, scratch that last one as there's some demon-y things. But Atlus went a different route here with gameplay and story, but you'll still find that their ability to pull you into a great story has never been stronger. Sure, it's not an RPG, but Catherine definitely still has that Atlus charm. Catherine hits the PS3 and Xbox 360 on July 26 in North America. Look for our review next week.
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I beat the final, North American retail version of Catherine yesterday. I know I've previewed the Japanese release, and then later previewed code from E3 earlier this year, but this is the final preview coming from me ahead o...

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Jam on these Resident Evil: Mercenaries 3D EX costumes


Jun 01
// Jonathan Holmes
Resident Evil: Mercenaries 3D is out in Japan, and right on schedule, gameplay videos and spoilers are hitting the internet in droves. First up, we have a smattering of what the game's unlockable EX costumes. That looks like ...

Meet the Men of The Witcher 2

May 11 // Maurice Tan
Zoltan Chivay Zoltan is one of Geralt’s very few close friends. They met long ago, while the Second Nilfgaard War raged across the Northern Kingdoms, soon finding each other’s company highly agreeable, both on the battlefield and off. Usually armed with a two-handed sword rather than the axe or hammer more typically preferred by dwarves, he saved the monster-slayer’s life numerous times, a favor that was returned in kind equally often. Then and since, the two have also had countless occasions to share immeasurablevolumes of wine and ale… and the following mornings’ headaches.Like all members of his kind, Zoltan is all too familiar with the unthinking disdain some humans have for dwarves. As a result, he can easily sympathize when he sees others suffering the weight of similar oppression, such as the Scoia'tael. But time and experience have been his teachers. He has learned to value the loyalty of old friends above all, regardless of their race or station.“No matter what he may think or say, Geralt can’t hold his drink worth a damn. But there’s no one I’d rather have at my back in a fight.” After all the times they have cheated death in battle together, there’s no doubt the witcher would echo the latter sentiment.KingslayerVery little is known about this man of mystery, not even his real name. Those who have seen Kingslayer will readily attest to his intimidating appearance. It’s obvious he’s large and muscular, but is he just another lumbering giant who swings his massive sword gracelessly, albeit with fearsome power? His scarred visage is widely familiar across multiple northern lands where it can seem as if every wall and post carries a notice bearing his portrait, which looks like that of a dumb brute. But can anyone of suchrenown truly be nothing more?Perhaps naturally, Kingslayer has become the focus of considerable conjecture and innuendo. For example, it has been wondered aloud if he has gained the confidence of the Scoia'tael. This seems rather improbable since the elven guerillas, especially their cunning leader Iorveth, are quite reluctant to associate with humans, never mind to trust them. Still, it’s difficult to believe he completely lacks allies. Without any, how could he continue to evade the troops of soldiers, bands of bounty hunters and solitary assassins who covet the fortune attached to his head?Any who might answer such questions is unlikely to talk. “My affairs are mine alone. Those who think otherwise would do well to remember I’ll do anything necessary to safeguard my privacy.”DethmoldFormerly in service to King Esterad of Kovir, the sorcerer Dethmold of Ban Ard shifted his allegiance after the Thanedd Coup during which his brother, also a practitioner of magic, was felled by a Scoia’tael arrow. Utterly enraged, he sought out a patron better suited to gaining his vengeful goal, the complete extermination of the Squirrels. This brought him to Henselt of Kaedwen, a powerful, greedy, violent ruler notorious for his antipathy toward non-humans.Dethmold’s animosity isn’t limited to the elves. He hates all those who sided with his sibling’s killers – or might have. What’s more, his fury has blinded him to any notions of right and wrong he once had. Now, he single-mindedly craves the death of anyone he views as an enemy, and will stop at nothing to achieve this end. Ironically, this means Henselt, hardly a shining bastion of morality himself, has sometimes felt the need to rein him in. Nonetheless, the sorcerer’s skills and penchant for machinations have proven tobe exceptionally valuable. As a result, the King keeps him close at hand.It’s no surprise that Dethmold regards Geralt with mixed emotions. “Like the rest of his kind, the witcher is an abomination, although one whose abilities can occasionally be quite useful.”Vernon RocheUnwavering in his loyalty to Temeria, Vernon Roche is the Commander of King Foltest’s special forces, the Blue Stripes. A commoner by birth, he attained this powerful position by serving with unsurpassed distinction in the war against Nilfgaard. Bearing witness to his staunch dedication, he is never seen without the insignia of his unit and a medallion of the kingdom’s crest. Neither is he ever apart from his weapons. Inclined to fighting with more force than finesse, he favors his two-handed sword, but also carries a heavy mace and a smaller second blade.Roche has proven his value to Temeria and Foltest many times over. He has chosen the Blue Stripes with great care. While few in number, they are zealously devoted to their inspirational leader. In addition, they possess a wide range of abilities, ensuring that they can effectively fulfill many different tasks, from swaying the tide of battles to infiltration, scouting, interrogation and more. Indeed, there is only one significant objective they have yet to accomplish, capturing the elusive bandit leader Iorweth.Naturally, Roche has made far more enemies than friends. “I know there are many who would like to see me dead. But I doubt that any of them are truly up to the task.”IorwethTo some, Iorweth is a freedom fighter. They see him as a hero, one of only a few elven guerrillas who haven’t given in to the humans. To others, this makes him nothing more than a common brigand, albeit far more crafty and elusive than most. During the war against Nilfgaard, he led a storied commando squad. Employing similar tactics, he has thwarted all who have tried to hunt him down. He wears an assortment of badges taken from special forces units who failed. Only Vernon Roche’s is missing, else his collection would be complete.Iorweth’s face bears the scars of numerous battles. He is wont to cover part of it with a cowl, but it’s still clear his fine features were once rather striking. Like his companions, he dresses unremarkably, the better to pass unnoticed. However, his bow instantly stands out to anyone familiar with weapons. A slender, double-limbed masterpiece of elven craftsmanship, it has launched countless arrows with lethal accuracy and power enough to pierce even fine mail armor as if it were mere cloth.Humans and any others Iorweth suspects of collaborating with them can expect no mercy. “This land belongs to the elves. I would rather die than let it be taken from us.” DandelionViscount Julian Pankratz de Lettenhove is a celebrated troubadour. Like many another itinerant bard, he can weave epic ballads re-telling the tales of storied heroes. He’s also fond of using his sharp wit as a needle to prick the egos of prominent miscreants, be they commoners or kings, often only escaping their full wrath because he looks the fop. Such an impression isn’t completely inaccurate. Undeniably flamboyant of manner, he invariably dresses in ornate, even gaudy fashions, such as his distinctive long-plumed hat, and is nearly legendary as a womanizer.Geralt and Dandelion have known each other for a number of years. Despite their seeming differences, they somehow formed a bond of friendship very quickly. Since then, the poet has kept company with the monster slayer as often as anyone – indeed, quite possibly more. While it would be an exaggeration to describe them as constant companions, the two have travelled together across the Northern Kingdoms on more occasions than either can remember, so frequently that it’s hard to imagine them apartfor very long.Dandelion exhibits ego and lack of tact in equal measures. “The witcher needs to keep his skills honed. I have to provoke trouble occasionally so he can stay in practice with his blade.” Check out some more screenshots and concept art in the gallery.
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Women? Who needs them when you can have some lustful hulking chunks of man-meat to lay your hands on. Rubbing their muscled fibers and feeling the warmth of their skin through the tips of your fingers, as you slowly change fr...

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Wondercon would be little more than a nerdy flea market if it wasn't for San Francisco's vivid cosplay crowd.  This year there was noticeable spike in participants and a lot less janky cardboard costumes to boot. &n...

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New artwork and screens of the gorgeous Skullgirls


Mar 22
// Conrad Zimmerman
A game which caught me completely by surprise this past GDC was Skullgirls, a 2D fighter with incredible art design and animation. It reminds me of Arc System Works fighters such as BlazBlue with its fluid movement and t...
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Shantae's new DSiWare romp gets a release date


Sep 22
// Jonathan Holmes
Man, what is it with tonight and DSiWare news? First the Cave Story DSiWare announcement, and now we hear that long awaited Shantae reboot is finally about to see the light of day. We first heard about this game over a year ...
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Public Access Destructoid: A rainbow gathering


Jul 31
// Jon Carnage
What happens when you've been exiled from the Internet, society, and Walmarts nationwide?  You end up here at The Rainbow Gathering. It is difficult to describe what actually goes on at these technology-adverse gatherin...
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Tecmo thanks ESRB for DOAP description


Feb 14
// Matthew Razak
It appears that the developers behind Dead or Alive Paradise did not miss the ruckus that was going on last week when the ESRB used some choice language to describe their game. However, instead of being upset about the blatan...
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CES 2010: Booth babe horror stories documentary


Jan 11
// Samit Sarkar
Here’s a news flash for guys who attend conventions: it isn’t okay for you to treat booth babes without respect. Gizmodo posted a short (under four minutes) documentary of sorts in which they asked a number of CES...
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Metacritic lists the best reviewed games of 2009


Dec 10
// Jim Sterling
Another day, another list of top ten games for 2009. We've had Time, we've had the Associated Press, and now Metacritic has joined in on the fun to list the best reviewed games of 2009. Unsurprisingly, PS3 exclusive Uncharted...
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Sexy Time! GTA IV: The Ballad of Gay Tony


Nov 10
// Conrad Zimmerman
[Sexy Time! is a regular series where we take a look at some of the more, shall we say, erotic aspects of video games.  You're welcome.] It's been a while since we delved into the tawdry land of pixellated pleasure. Tha...
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Bayonetta gets her gun-shoe freak on in new trailer


Nov 04
// Jim Sterling
With Bayonetta out in Japan, Sega can finally concentrate on saturating the West with video trailers and promotional chicanery. Here's the first trailer, a new video that shows off the weapons and combos in Platinum Games' o...

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