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Katamari designer's new game Wattam is all warm and fuzzy

Jun 01 // Jordan Devore
It starts with just the Mayor, that boxy green guy pictured above. He has a penchant for explosions. You can assume direct control of him and countless other objects (which, hilariously, have human names) and your ultimate goal is to explode together by holding hands to form a chain. The trick is using each character's ability to interact with their surroundings and one another. Doing so will expand the world and bring new folks into the fray, from sushi to a toilet to a lawn mower. The music brings this concept home. Characters have their own sounds, their own tunes, and the audio flows to form a cohesive whole even as you incessantly flip back and forth between them. This is the kind of game best played socially with a group of friends and some beers, or perhaps with a child. Its creation was influenced by Takahashi playing make-believe with his two-year-old. That inspiration shows. Wattam is coming to PlayStation 4 next year, and I am pumped.
Wattam photo
High on life
"Oh, thank eff. There's a trailer!" A couple weeks ago, I saw Wattam, a near-indescribable game from Funomena and the creator of Katamari Damacy, Keita Takahashi, at a pre-E3 event. (He had excellent socks.) I'd heard that n...

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Swery

Publishers think Swery's next game idea is 'perverted'


It sounds amazing
May 12
// Jordan Devore
I'd be perfectly content with a conclusion to Dark Dreams Don't Die, but Hidetaka "Swery" Suehiro's idea for a new game sounds bizarre, original, and worth exploring. Here's how he described it in an interview with GameCentra...
Pregnant Elsa photo
Pregnant Elsa

Rub kiwi juice on pregnant Elsa's belly, and more terrible Frozen games


Do you want to clean a baby?
Apr 20
// Brett Makedonski
A few months ago, Jordan dutifully informed us of a game that we probably could've gone our whole lives without knowing about: a Frozen game in which Anna gives birth. What if I told you there are more Frozen pregn...

Veryman! photo
Veryman!

I hope Veryman.Expert becomes America's next great pastime


Let's fast track this sucker
Apr 10
// Jordan Devore
Think about the weirdest thing you saw today. Veryman.Expert is probably weirder. It's a browser-based god game, so to speak, about creating men. There are no losers, ever. You can adjust your man's movements -- a touch of Le...
Insane Bloodborne run photo
Insane Bloodborne run

Guy 'gits gud,' beats Bloodborne without leveling


No guns, either
Apr 03
// Jordan Devore
YouTube user BOYvsVIDEOGAME decided to beat Bloodborne without leveling up or using a gun, and he's done it. Somehow -- with a lot of patience and practice, I'd imagine -- he's done it. He went with the Waste of Skin origin f...
Dark Souls drums photo
Dark Souls drums

Guy beats Dark Souls with DK Bongos


You're a shining star
Mar 23
// Jordan Devore
That was a scary couple of minutes there while I dug through storage to confirm that, yes, my DK Bongos and copy of Donkey Konga have not vanished in recent years. My drum-whacking abilities have since dried up, though. Big ...
The Witcher 3 photo
The Witcher 3

There was almost ice skating in The Witcher 3


The concept was prototyped
Mar 09
// Jordan Devore
Let's take a moment to imagine Geralt ice skating in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Ahh, sweet bliss. Over the weekend, senior game designer Damien Monnier told a crowd at PAX East about CD Projekt RED's canceled feature. "It was ...
ClayFighter photo
ClayFighter

Haha, really? Interplay is bringing back ClayFighter


Remaster coming to PC next year
Mar 02
// Jordan Devore
Mere days ago, I hoped out loud that 2015 would become the year of clay for videogames, and now there's an announcement for a remaster of ClayFighter. Shame it won't be out until 2016. Interplay and Drip Drop Games (who?) are...
THUMPER photo
THUMPER

If this is what a 'rhythm violence' game looks like, I'm all about them


Nominated for Excellence in Audio at the Independent Games Festival
Feb 18
// Jordan Devore
While watching this trailer for THUMPER, a self-described rhythm violence game from current Harmonix artist Brian Gibson and former lead programmer Marc Flury, I didn't want to blink. I also let out a confused "what?" follow...
Captain Toad photo
Captain Toad

What the hell?! Captain Toad has a spin attack!


RIP Tips & Tricks
Feb 16
// Jordan Devore
Have you ever pushed through an annoying sequence without realizing that you were in fact "playing it wrong" and failing to grasp a concept or mechanic? I am guilty of this, but I'm struggling to think of an example newer tha...
Hotline Miami 2 photo
Hotline Miami 2

Call this phone number for a cryptic Hotline Miami 2 message


The game is coming out in March, maybe?
Feb 02
// Jordan Devore
The Hotline Miami Twitter account just posted this phone number: +1 (786) 519-3708 ext 10. I called it, like you do, and got a weird message, as expected. "We are 50 Blessings. Together we march ... into the future." Before I...
Anna Giving Birth photo
Anna Giving Birth

A game about Frozen's Anna giving birth


Let it go
Jan 14
// Jordan Devore
Another treasure from the mobile games space courtesy of former Destructoid editor Nick Chester. This one's called Anna Giving Birth and while I ponder what kind of audience this iPhone/iPad game exists to serve, I'll let the...
Kaizo Mario World photo
Kaizo Mario World

This Kaizo Mario World speedrun stresses me out


It's hard to watch and yet I can't look away
Jan 08
// Jordan Devore
"This is what happens when a very sadistic person gets ahold of a level editor." Some of us get a huge kick out of watching strangers overcome the odds in near-impossible games, and as far as those go, Kaizo Mario World (or ...
Speedrun insanity photo
What is even happening here?
Here's speedrunner witwix playing I Wanna Be The Boshy -- a precision platformer meant for so-called "humans" who find I Wanna Be The Guy, one of the most challenging games ever devised, too easy -- for the charity marathon ...

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Mad Catz

Mad Catz' new controller looks like a Michael Bay Decepticon


And it's as expensive as one too
Jan 06
// Jordan Devore
I can't look away from Mad Catz' new controller for Android devices and PC. I just can't. The L.Y.N.X. 9 is meant to "offer a premium [see: $299.99; yes, really] gaming experience in almost any situation," though it's primari...
Our new overlord photo
Our new overlord

All hail TASbot: Twitch chat on a Super Nintendo, complete with emotes


'At this point, it's less of a game and more of a program'
Jan 05
// Jordan Devore
"If you've ever wondered what would happen if you pressed your buttons perfectly -- if you pressed them a little bit earlier, a little bit later, or if you had perfect timing, perfect reactions, and you knew exactly what ...
Games with Gold photo
Games with Gold

I don't know WTF #IDARB is but I want it


Debuting on Xbox One as a Games with Gold title in February
Dec 11
// Jordan Devore
I've heard that title before, #IDARB. I know it's coming to Xbox One. But other than that, I'm clueless. Brett came into chat today wondering about it, and Nic said the game looked "amazingly silly" on Giant Bomb months ago....
Dead or Alive PC photo
Dead or Alive PC

Dead or Alive 5 headed to PC but it won't have online at launch


Armageddon
Dec 04
// Jordan Devore
It's great to see a series like Dead or Alive finally come to PC. Less great, however, is that "Online modes for Dead or Alive 5 Last Round will be added in a patch within three months of release." I suppose it comes down to ...
Walmart photo
Walmart

So long, sub-$100 PS4s: Walmart adjusts price-matching policy


Move along, nothing to see here
Nov 20
// Jordan Devore
Thanks to Walmart's new online price matching, some customers were recently able to set up phony third-party listings on Amazon.com and convince the retailer to honor totally ridiculous discounts. For instance, how does a Pla...
Super Drugs photo
Super Drugs

Hey kids, don't take any fake Nintendo-branded ecstasy you're offered


Or any ecstasy, for that matter
Nov 19
// Brett Makedonski
Listen up, youths of the world. Gather 'round as Excellent Role Model Brett gives you a lesson on the cold, hard realities of life. Sometimes you might find yourself with all your friends in a really cool club in England havi...
Wii U photo
Wii U

I can't make sense of this live-action Sportsball trailer


But I like it, anyway
Oct 30
// Jordan Devore
This trailer for Sportsball -- not to be confused with Action Button Entertainment's Videoball; the narrator's delivery reminded me of Tim Rogers, a bit -- is something else. I feel like I need to watch it about four more ti...
amiibos explained photo
amiibos explained

Nintendo has kids explain amiibo figures in Super Smash Bros.


Watch for the footage of eight-player battles
Oct 24
// Jordan Devore
I made it to the closeup of Mario's face, roughly a minute in, before deciding that I needed to share this ridiculous video in which a boy buys an amiibo for Super Smash Bros. to impress a girl. Kyle says it's the worst thin...
Infinite Crisis photo
Infinite Crisis

Infinite Crisis has a SoCal bro Green Lantern


And he looks douchey in all the wrong (right?) ways
Oct 08
// Jordan Devore
We haven't talked about Infinite Crisis, the DC Comics-themed multiplayer online battle arena game, in a while. Truthfully, it's been fun to just look at its alternate-universe heroes and villains more than anything, what wit...
Crazy Taxi City Rush photo
Crazy Taxi City Rush

Hey, you know what Crazy Taxi needed more of? Hulk Hogan


Not really
Oct 02
// Jordan Devore
Remember when Hulk Hogan was an actor in movies like Suburban Commando -- side note: you must look this up, if you aren't familiar with it -- or the time his family got their own television series on VH1? Forget about all of ...
Today's WTF photo
Today's WTF

Sonic x Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate is, uh, yeah...


The Taiko Drum Master tie-in, on the other hand, is rad
Sep 18
// Jordan Devore
Admittedly, this collaboration is slightly less horrifying once you realize it's a Felyne (or Palico, if you want to be precise) wearing Sonic the Hedgehog armor. Slightly. Still, I think this tops the sexy/stretchy fan art f...
Mods photo
Mods

There's a Donkey Kong Country mod for Doom


Demo now playable
Sep 11
// Jordan Devore
I sometimes forget just how crazy Doom modders can get. Here's a firm reminder. This is a total-conversion mod by DooMero that, well, you see ... it's the Donkey Kong Country experience rebuilt in GZDoom. Which is to say it'...
Counter-Strike Zombies photo
Counter-Strike Zombies

Counter-Strike Nexon: Zombies is out of control


It has 20+ modes, for reasons
Sep 10
// Jordan Devore
As previously covered, Counter-Strike Nexon: Zombies is a real game. It's not out yet, but it will be out on Steam soon enough -- an open beta is scheduled to go live on September 23. I was already toying around with the idea...
#Cheetos photo
#Cheetos

Wear the carcass of Chester Cheetah in Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare


Cheetos is really doing this
Aug 19
// Jordan Devore
I was prepared to get mildly annoyed at this Cheetos partnership with Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare, despite the fact that it's not the first time the game has dabbled in brand-sponsored character variants. (There were ...
Yoshi photo
Yoshi

Yoshi is properly known as T. Yoshisaur Munchakoopas


A disturbing trip back to the '90s
Aug 05
// Jordan Devore
Console Wars author Blake J. Harris has tweeted a page from an old internal Nintendo of America Character Manual about Yoshi that, well, just read for yourself: "Yoshi, properly known as T. Yoshisaur Munchakoopas, had been he...
Gaben photo
Gaben

Is Gabe Newell watching you?


RUN
Jul 23
// Brett Makedonski
Is he? IS HE? This link's a bit old, but it's never too late for a jaunty tune that asks the important questions. Gabe Newell

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