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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.

Dreams come true: FEZ to be patched on Xbox 360

Phil Fish delivers miracles like an angry Santa Clause
Jul 05
// Jim Sterling
Phil Fish, fancy lad and angry boy, has proclaimed to the world that FEZ will be patched once more on Xbox Live Arcade. As Gabrielle herself sung in the 90s, dreams can come true (look at me, babe, I'm here with you).&nb...

Pitchford encourages Aliens: Colonial Marines PR tactics

The School of Bullshit is open to new students
Jul 01
// Jim Sterling
Randy Pitchford is far from ashamed that Aliens: Colonial Marines looked nowhere near as good in real life as it did in highly scripted showcase demos, going so far as to encourage the industry to do it more. According to the...
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Mario Kart 8

Rumor: Mario Kart 8 drifts onto Wii U in April 2014

Nintendo of Europe newsletter lets slip the release date
Jun 29
// Tony Ponce
After Wii Sports, which had the benefit of being bundled with all non-Japanese Wiis for the longest time, Mario Kart Wii is the best-selling game for Nintendo's white wonder -- it's moved over 34 million units as of this past...
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Metal Gear Solid

Hideo Kojima suggests starting with Metal Gear Solid 3

Control scheme is more modern than earlier titles
Jun 29
// Wesley Ruscher
I'm so behind with the Metal Gear Solid series it's bordering on pathetic. Since playing through the famous bait n' switch in MGS 2, I've maybe only given the franchise a few hours of my life. I made it across to the bri...
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CONFIRMED! Bayonetta's Enzo = Danny DeVito + Joe Pesci

Pesci is obvious, but DeVito? Not seeing it
Jun 28
// Tony Ponce
If you play the original Bayonetta and don't immediately think of Joe Pesci the moment Enzo opens his mouth, you haven't been getting enough Vinny in your life. Some people find his manner of speech annoying, but like former ...
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Wii U region locks

Gamers campaign to end Wii U region locking

Tear down the wall!
Jun 24
// Jim Sterling
With Microsoft reversing all its content control policies on Xbox One, and Sony already planning a region-free PlayStation 4, Nintendo is insisting on keeping all the territories separated on Wii U. Fans are now taking the pl...

An industry that needs Xbox One DRM is a failed industry

Jun 20 // Jim Sterling
One need only look at the PC and its dominant digital market to see how far major publishers can be trusted. Steam is its own DRM. When you buy a game from Steam, it's about as protected from piracy as it can get. That didn't stop companies like Electronic Arts and Ubisoft from sticking their own DRM in on top of Steam's protection. Be it SecuROM or constant Internet connections, these publishers were so paranoid and desperate for a sense of control they crammed extra restrictions on top of existing ones.  And to linger further on Electronic Arts, this is the same company that said, five years ago, games need to stop all coming out at $60. CEO John Riccitiello said companies need to explore cheaper games and flexible pricing. Did EA lead the charge? Did it fuck! Instead, it produced Origin, its own digital service where it could handle distribution and do away with physical production ... and still charges $60 per game.  People could argue that EA still relies on retail and can't afford to tread on its toes. What, exactly, was Xbox One doing to change that? Retail was still a massive part of Microsoft's plans. GameStop, the pretend villain of the game industry, was going to be looked after, because the game industry is in league with it.  Some suggest we'll see an increase in pre-order bonuses, but again, such things are still all over the fucking PC market. Going all-digital doesn't change that. Companies will still use these things to try and desperately entice gamers, with exclusive pre-order DLC on various online store fronts, and "digital deluxe" editions that allow a company to charge $80 for a bunch of virtual goods. This is shit already happening in the increasingly digital PC market, and the idea that companies would suddenly stop a gravy train in full motion is almost child-like. That we all could believe in faeries! And let's take a whimsical trip to the world of mobile gaming. No retail to worry about there, right? It's all digital distribution by default, so surely our beloved major publishers are being reasonable. Oh ... but what's this I see? Is that Square Enix charging $30 for iOS games, and releasing one of the most vile money-grabbing non-games of all time? Is that Electronic Arts turning Theme Park into a gigantic free-to-play scam?  Why ... it's almost as if major publishers aren't looking for ways to make games cheaper for us, and instead will squeeze as much money out of us as they can get away with, simply because they can. But how could that be? Surely Square Enix and Electronic Arts are misrepresented heroes, who only want to break free from GameStop's shackles and look after us. No. Only in the picture books. In the real world, they've demonstrated a consistent willingness to turn any freedom they have into new methods of pulling egregious bullshit. Above all, this glittering ideal of digital distribution as a cure-all magic potion for the industry's problems is the product of remedial fantasy. A digital market won't free publishers from their obligations to clueless investors who demand all of the money at all times. It won't stop companies focus testing the shit out of their games as more and more products appeal to audiences spread thin by such saturation. It won't stop ludicrously excessive development and marketing budgets. I'm a big believer in digital distribution, but I don't believe in sorcery, and as such I don't think digital's going to solve everything rotten in the game industry. The big budget market is too far gone for that.  Xbox One tried to leap to step five without doing steps one, two, three, and four. It wanted to rush us from physical media to digital media, without clearly communicating its goals, or producing a console that gave direct and tangible benefits to the consumer, or proving it could withstand the demands of a product so reliant on the Internet, or without even ensuring there was a big enough audience for it. You can ask Sony how well that worked with the PSPgo (it didn't work very well). The PC proved it was ready for digital distribution, but it took years to do so. You can't just get up and start running when you're not even crawling properly, and in the years since Steam and GOG rose to become justifiable alternatives to physical media, home consoles languished with slow interfaces, clunky storefronts, and expensive games without any of the benefits we've come to expect from PC games. No mods. No quick option for patching content. No user fixes. None of that. Consoles need to work to earn their digital future. They can't just wake up one day and have it presented to them on a velvet pillow.  And if that's what consoles need, if they so require magic and wishes to avoid drowning in their own mess, then what good are they? Why should they survive? My God, do these companies love the fuck out of capitalism, but it seems that when capitalism comes to collect, when the flip-side of the system's benefits come to bite them on the ass, they try their best to run away from it. Even if the very worst of dooms befalls the so-called "AAA" console industry, I'm not worried. If this past E3 of buzz words and brown games taught me anything, it's that old companies and shriveled executives need to be cut down to make way for new blood. We need a new generation of game producers, not game consoles, and when the big trees fall, the smaller ones can finally get some sunlight. Good games will always be around, they just won't need the Old Guard to tell them what to do, to buy them up and spit them out. The death of a convoluted and broken market doesn't sound like a bad thing to me. Not if, according to some, the only way for them to survive is to directly fuck with their own audience.  What is it people like Cliff Bleszinski always say to gamers? Oh right, it's a business! Yeah, it's a business alright. You know what businesses are very good at doing? Failing. And if companies fail because they needed a console that inconvenienced consumers and imposed restrictions on other markets, well ... that's business for you.  Prove you deserve to survive. It's a business ... and that means you're not fucking entitled to your existence.
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Some things deserve to die
It looks like we're going to do this dance again. So soon. In the wake of Microsoft reversing its Xbox One DRM policies, brave corporate warrior Cliff Bleszinski wasted little time in telling us how this would be a bad thing ...

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