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What if Twitter was a Real Life Party? Video games and violence

May 16 // Jonathan Holmes
With video games in particular, there's absolutely no way of knowing what effect games alone will have on a person on a long-term basis. Some studies saw that many people show a diminished capacity for empathy after playing some videogames, but other studies show the opposite. Unless science is able to gather a perfect test group that is able to be studied by the effects that video games have on them alone, it will never be able to provide us with any conclusive answers. More qualitative, general observations aren't much more helpful. Sure, there are more mass shootings in America now than ever before, but the violent crime rate is also down overall. It would be easy to guess that means the rise of violent video games in America gives most people a positive outlet for aggression, decreasing their capacity for violent crime, while having the opposite effect on a group of outliers who later become mass murderers, but that kind of guess would be completely silly. That kind of guess would have to discount all the other concurrent trends in America today, like the increased levels of violence in film and movies, the increased use of thought- and mood-altering drugs (both street and prescriptions) in modern society, the drastic changes in our sociological/political/nutritional landscape, the Internet's influence on culture in general, and so many other factors. If you know a social scientist who can isolate video games from all those factors in determining how a person has been affected by his or her environment, I've got a crisp $20 bill with their name on it.  Regardless, this video wasn't meant to be a serious debate about all these issues, so I'm not even sure why I'm getting into them now. It's just a little animated reenactment of an unusual and semi-cute interaction I had with someone on Twitter. I hope you like it.  
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Social media animated!
One of the great things about the Internet is the limitless opportunity for social interaction it provides. While it always saddens me to see people use Twitter and other social media tools for the primary purpose of putting...

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'Late-breaking technical issue' delays Destiny's latest update

Will the delay keep the wolves from your door?
May 14
// Vikki Blake
[Update: It appears as if the issue is under control and will be patched today.] A "late-breaking technical issue" has delayed the roll out of the latest Destiny update. Patch 1.2.0 was supposed to lay the foundatio...
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'What if Twitter was a Real Life Party?' is coming for you

Social media animated!
May 12
// Jonathan Holmes
Hey, did you see those two little old ladies talking about Majora's Mask while innocuously almost eating eyeball cookies? If not, you're missing out.  After seeing that short, I knew that the team at Farleywink Animatio...
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Konami teases something Metal Gear related on Twitter, and people are pissed

What's happening with Kojima, guys?
May 05
// Chris Carter
Konami has been having a bad couple of weeks. Rumors have been flying around of Hideo Kojima's departure for some time, with no solid confirmation of what's actually happening with his employment. Then, Silent Hills gets...
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Twitter DOS

Tweet embedded MS-DOS games disabled by Twitter

Thus ends a beautiful weekend in gaming
May 04
// Laura Kate Dale
Toward the end of last week, something very cool happened in gaming that a lot of us were very excited about. Thanks to some technical wizardry, discovered a way for gamers to easily embed MS-DOS games into their ...
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Dead or Alive

Microsoft's age guessing app puts Dead or Alive fighter at 12 years old

Kasumi is just a kid according to this
May 03
// Jonathan Holmes
First, a warning. Word has it that anyone who uses Microsoft's trendy new age guessing app gives the company full license to use whatever images it scans in any way they see fit, so watch out. Microsoft could own your face if...
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Emulation lets you embed MS-DOS games into your tweets

Farewell, productivity. I hardly knew ye
Apr 30
// Joe Parlock
Twitter is simultaneously the best and worst thing ever. It lets me shout aimlessly and shamelessly into the void, vent my feelings and frustrations, and – alarmingly frequently – share my hot MMO boyfriends with ...
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Mortal Kombat X

Here's Mortal Kombat's first canonically gay character

Developer is "glad [they] have observant fans!"
Apr 17
// Vikki Blake
A tweet from Mortal Kombat X's cinematic director, Dominic Cianciolo, suggests that Kung Jin is the fighting franchise's first (canonically) gay character.  "I see people are picking up on the subtle exposition cont...
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Square Enix

Square Enix revealing new western-developed game today

Which of their western teams will it be though?
Apr 06
// Laura Kate Dale
Don't we all just love a little bit of mystery with our game reveals? Well, according to the official Square Enix Twitter account there's a new western developed Square Enix game being revealed today and it's going to involve...
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PS4 update 2.50 details

PlayStation 4 update 2.50 details have been leaked

Please don't cut me like Masamune
Mar 07
// Jason Faulkner
An intrepid Twitter user has leaked the changelog for the beta of PlayStation 4 update 2.50. I wasn't aware that Sony had a beta program for their updates, but I don't know a lot of things. Most of the changes seem to be typi...
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Destructoid word clouds

An analysis of Destructoid's Twitter word clouds

Feb 11
// Darren Nakamura
In this industry, Twitter is key. A lot of appointments are made and stories are scooped on the bite-sized social network. We talk on Twitter a lot. Sometimes, it's even about videogames. There is a bot out there under the ha...
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What if Ganondorf and Link were... closer?

Slash fan art burns up the charts
Jul 26
// Jonathan Holmes
It was fun to see how the internet reacted to speculation that Link in the next Zelda for Wii U might be a woman. The response was very similar to how I imagined the world might respond to a Blasian Link. When it was revealed...
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Smash Bros.

Skullgirls lead animator fantasizes about Fatal Frame in Smash Bros.

Would you want to see this 'develop' into something more?
Jul 17
// Jonathan Holmes
[Update: Mariel wanted you to know that the heavy lifting on the animation for Double was done by Dave Smith and BahiJD. The original concept for the character came from Skullgirls creator Alex Ahad.] Mariel Cartwright i...
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Mortal Kombat

We could be seeing a new Mortal Kombat soon

Can we get some new Friendship moves too?
May 28
// Brittany Vincent
If this teaser poster uncovered by All Day Gamer is any indication, we could be looking at a Mortal Kombat reveal in the near future. With E3 right around the corner, anything is possible, even a sequel to Gitaroo Man. Well, ...
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Sunset Overdrive

Sunset Overdrive viral site opens up, plans special events for fans

Insomniac Games teases info about characters and upcoming events
May 05
// Alessandro Fillari
The surprise reveal of Sunset Overdrive at Microsoft's E3 2013 press conference got many people excited, including much of the staff at Destructoid. As a brand-new open-world shooter set in a visually rich and colorful world,...

Xbox boss Phil Spencer teases Xbox One new IPs, Japanese games

Set for E3 reveal
May 05
// Dale North
Phil Spencer, head of Microsoft's Xbox division, dropped plenty of teases on Twitter for what we can expect at E3 2014.  The first is a bit obvious: Microsoft will announce new IP and new sequels at E3. That's how you E3...

More new 2D Prince of Persia hints on Twitter?

A tweet pulled
Apr 23
// Dale North
We heard some rumors of a new 2D Prince of Persia that could use the Rayman Legends engine a few days ago. And now a tweet from Drew James, a Ubisoft engineeer with the username @UbiDrew, shared above image, asking "What next...

More games need a Photo Mode like inFamous: Second Son

Apr 21 // Steven Hansen
[screenshot] Hopefully you have seen Dead End Thrills. It makes games sing. Even not so great games. More often than you might think, publishers don't capture great screenshots, which feels like a waste of years of slaving over a hot modelling computer. Dead End Thrills is all about artistic shots. And that's what Second Son's Photo Mode is about. Just look at the Twitter hashtag. Or this NeoGAF thread. Of course, Photo Mode might also exist for the same reason the Share button exists: virality and marketing. Sucker Punch has unleashed an artistic tool that is fun to use, but also gets people tweeting and sharing pictures of its game, keeping it in the public consciousness for longer and likely encouraging people to buy it. It's advertising, apersure, but it's advertising I can get behind. Let people be creative and show off cool things. On the other hand, I think we can f-stop with auto-tweeting high scores or anything from Raptr ever. [screenshot] When Super Smash Bros. Melee was my il pane quotidiano, we always came up with meta games within the confines of a match. That's part of Melee's fun: user-generated gameplay. You could choose item sets and their frequency, completely changing matches. Provided you weren't always a stodgy khaki wearer and only played it as an item-less competitive fighter. It even offered modes like giant melee, lightning melee, and single-button. Then of course there are self-imposed changes. Playing DK Island: Kongo Jungle and fighting for supremacy of the rock that juts out on the lower right. Playing baseball with Ness by throwing Kirbys and Jigglypuffs. It's about using tools to make your own fun.   And even without a special Photo Mode enhancement suite, one of the meta games we did in Melee was randomly pause the game within matches and cycle between characters, hoping we'd caught a hilarious face or a cool Rocky III freeze-frame punch. And yeah, Melee is like 15 years old so, yes, there were some intentional Yoshi plays to catch him pooping people out in eggs or licking butts.  [screenshot] Second Son's Photo Mode was a great move by Sucker Punch. It conceivably helps its game do better with something that is fun for us and yields cool results. Maybe I'll get tired of Second Son screenshots, but I haven't yet. Seriously, Nintendo. Make another god damn Pokemon Snap. Yes, this is a total rider of an issue, but we're talking about videogame photography and Pokemon Snap is great! Despite releasing a console with pointer controls, Nintendo couldn't have another one made? But there are three Pokemon Ranger games and like five Mystery Dungeons?
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And we need a new Pokemon Snap, too
inFamous: Second Son saw an almost benign update with Photo Mode last week (hashtag many filters). With it, you're photografree to turn off the HUD, adjust depth of field, change time of day, and, well, take pictures. Picture...

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Zero Escape woes

Zero Escape not profitable in Japan, trilogy end on hold

No reward for the virtuous
Feb 13
// Steven Hansen
999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors' success in the West was enough to birth a sequel, Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward. That sequel ends on a cliffhanger and it doesn't look like it will be resolved any time soon. Ser...
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Flappy Bird

Flappy Bird creator says he's taking the game down

Creator "cannot take this anymore"
Feb 08
// Wesley Ruscher
Flappy Bird creator Dong Nguyen has announced via Twitter that he will be taking the game down some point on Sunday. He has stated that he "cannot take this anymore." In subsequent tweets, Nguyen explains that the taking down...
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Bethesda will not show anything new at VGX

No, Fallout 4 will not be revealed anytime soon
Dec 05
// Alessandro Fillari
Looks like we got our first disappointment of the week. With the VGX awards only two days away, the anticipation for what new titles are going to be revealed is reaching fever pitch. Unfortunately, we just got a confirmation ...
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Kamiya's Tweet about Bayonetta Wii U spurs fan campaign

Operation Dead Angles works to
Nov 24
// Jonathan Holmes
Nintendo's announcement of Bayonetta 2 as a 2nd party Wii U exclusive was a big deal last year. Some fans immediately exploded with rage, demanding that the game also be brought to the PS3 instead. Now it seems those roles ha...
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Sony tweets 'Congrats' to Microsoft for Xbox One launch

The Next Generation is here
Nov 22
// Joshua Derocher
With just a simple word and some hashtags, Sony has congratulated Microsoft on the launch of the Xbox One. The PlayStation Twitter account tweeted out, "Congrats, @Xbox @Microsoft! #NextGeneration #GreatnessAwaits." this morn...
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Destiny beta codes

Destiny giving away beta codes on Twitter this week

Watch for Tweets!
Oct 21
// Joshua Derocher
On the official Destiny Twitter account, Bungie has teased that it will be giving away beta keys this week. "You might want to keep checking back in with us this week; we'll be posting #Destiny Beta codes randomly each day." ...

Legendary Pictures' Warcraft movie coming December 2015

Oct 01
// Dale North
It seems like previous predictions were right on the money. Well, at least the year was right. The latest tweet from the Warcraft Twitter account confirms a release date for the Warcraft film: We’re pleased to announce...
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Uh-oh, SpaghettiOs

Mario SpaghettiOs!? Are we back in the 80s!?

Wash it down with some Hi-C Ecto Cooler
Sep 18
// Tony Ponce
I thought this was a joke. It's not a joke. Campbell's has partnered with Nintendo to release Mario-branded SpaghettiOs. Why, yes, it is the year 2013. Back in the late 80s and early 90s, you couldn't toss a penny down a supe...

Jimquisition: Go Fish

Jul 30 // Jim Sterling
Having a crack at that whole Phil Fish thing
In this extra episode, Jimquisition lends a rambling mouth to the controversy surrounding Phil Fish and his dramatic exit from the videogame world.

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FEZ 2 cancelled

Phil Fish has meltdown on Twitter, rashly cancels FEZ II

People are mean to each other, game gets cancelled
Jul 27
// Patrick Hancock
[Update: Phil Fish has posted on Twitter: "to be clear, im not cancelling FEZ II because some boorish fuck said something stupid, im doing it to get out of games. and im getting out of games because i choose not to put u...
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Shantae FINALLY boogies onto 3DS on July 18

A month-long delay can't stop the sprightly half-genie lass
Jul 10
// Tony Ponce
Good news, everyone! The critically acclaimed Game Boy Color gem, Shantae, was originally scheduled to release on the 3DS Virtual Console on June 20, but unsuspecting technical hiccups delayed the launch until some time this ...

When worlds collide, heroes return

What is this?
Jul 10
// Dale North
The PlayStation Twitter account teased a couple of images this morning. First it was this eclipse looking thing, and now this one that looks like some kind of portal. "When worlds collide, heroes return," it says. Insomniac's Twitter is copied in one of the tweets, too. What could this be for? A new Ratchet project? Any guesses, folks? Insomniac says that "big news" is coming tomorrow.

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