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5:30 PM on 02.23.2015

Valve is showing its 'SteamVR hardware system' next week

Here I was expecting to find out about Steam Machines and the finished Steam Controller at next week's Game Developers Conference -- sure, that's fine -- but the company also has a surprise in store for the San Francisco show...

Jordan Devore


5:00 PM on 02.23.2015

Indie Megabooth is the place to be at PAX East

"Dad By The Sword is a game about YOUR DAD running around in jorts and slaying Anti-Dads with a claymore. Experience a unique First Person Swordplay experience as you try not to get killed by leaping hot dog monsters. Out...

Jordan Devore

6:00 PM on 02.21.2015

Destructoid's PAX East 2015 schedule is here!

PAX East 2015 is just two weeks away! And just like years past, the Destructoid community will be there in a big, big way. Are you making the trek to Boston this year? Then check out our daily meetup schedule below! And be su...

Mr Andy Dixon

12:00 PM on 01.30.2015

Apex fighting game tournament changes venues over safety concerns (Update)

[Update: The show must go on! Apex is relocating to the Garden State Convention Center. However, all events planned for today have been cancelled.] Authorities have put Apex 2015 on hold over concerns about the venue's struct...

Kyle MacGregor



You might be tempted to call Ronin 'Kill Bill: the Videogame' photo
You might be tempted to call Ronin 'Kill Bill: the Videogame'
by Brett Makedonski

Devolver Digital has a penchant for picking up clever game jam submissions and giving them a chance to grow into fully-realized titles. Titan Souls is a fine example, and it would have never had any exposure outside of the tiniest of niche audiences; now, it's gotten enough funding and press that many eagerly await it.

One of the publisher's most recent pick-ups certainly has the moxie to follow the same path. Ronin is a smart, cerebral game -- one that requires care more than stick skills. A cursory glance invites comparisons to Gunpoint, but that'd be selling it short. Ronin melds real-time and turn-based play, a combination that results in an action puzzler of sorts, but with more emphasis on the latter than the former.

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Guest Op/Ed: The real sources of unethical videogame journalism photo
Guest Op/Ed: The real sources of unethical videogame journalism
by The Badger

[Note: The Badger could be anyone -- a game developer, a member of the gaming press, even a writer for another game blog. They could be just one person or multiple people. You'll probably never find out who they really are, which is part of the fun.]

Watching people on the internet hunting for "unethical videogame journalism" is like watching a gas-poisoned family poke around their house, desperately in search of the source of the fumes. Oh, and did I mention that every member of the family is blind? Because apparently they are. How else could they miss the giant pipe coming from the kitchen wall that says "POISON GAS THAT MAKES YOU STUPID THEN KILLS YOU" written in sparkling bling on the side?

Maybe they aren't blind. Maybe it's worse than that, because they do talk about the pipe in passing now and again. They just don't do anything about it. They act like it's just an inevitable part of life. Instead, they point their fingers at the cat and the dog for #colluding on the creation of collective pet farts that are definitely the source of the poisonous gas. Definitely.

Watching this go down is kind of like being the host of the Price is Right where the contestant has an open headwound and the prize they're trying to win is some gauze and skin glue. You want to help, but you really can't. You want to laugh, but you also want to cry. Instead, you just watch with a shit-eating grin, waiting to see if they win the bandages, die from their injuries, or just stand there with blood pouring down their face. 

I'm just some anonymous fuckface, and it's going to stay that way. What I have to say isn't going to change anything. Still, Destructoid has given me a platform to try to whisper a few tips into the ear of the blood-drenched, probably brain-injured Price is Right contestant that we call "gamer culture," so here we go. Here is where unethical gaming journalism really comes from. 

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8:30 AM on 01.20.2015

Majora's Mask 3D and New 3DS XL playable at PAX South

The New Nintendo 3DS XL is the current hot commodity for Nintendo fans, with special edition units selling out. For those who are not so keen on ordering one before playing, an opportunity to get some hands-on time is coming ...

Darren Nakamura

10:15 AM on 01.05.2015

Awesome Games Done Quick 2015 is underway

If this morning's Humble Bundle didn't already tip you off, this year's Awesome Games Done Quick event is now running. Every year it gathers some of the best speed runners to show their stuff, streaming the event and collecti...

Darren Nakamura

10:30 PM on 12.05.2014

No Man's Sky also has purple, is still amazing

No Man's Sky showed off a particularly purple planet in its Game Awards trailer. It's still exciting, walking amidst bioluminscent fauna and dinosaurs, getting into your ship and zipping off to another planet. Oh, and t...

Steven Hansen

4:30 PM on 12.04.2014

The PlayStation Experience schedule is up

When Sony announced PlayStation Experience, I didn't pay it any attention outside of a cursory glance, but in the weeks since, the Las Vegas event has shaped up nicely. It kicks off on Saturday, December 6 with a keynote at 1...

Jordan Devore

2:30 PM on 11.19.2014

No Man's Sky planning 'something different' at PlayStation Experience

I've been excited for No Man's Sky for almost a years' time now, but it has become a passive excitement as I wait patiently for it to release. This video, what with some footage I haven't seen and it generally looking a...

Steven Hansen







Narcosis: Hallucinogenic, ocean floor terror photo
Narcosis: Hallucinogenic, ocean floor terror
by Steven Hansen

I said it when I checked out Amnesia developer's SOMA early this year, but we could do with some more games set underwater. It's a scary place. There are goblin sharks down there, damn it. And you don't even have to go deep down to terrorize. Jaws spooked a generation. 

The ocean is like space, but with more horrifying, alien, living organisms to kill you. Opposed to the flashy, bright monsters of SOMA, Narcosis is aiming for a (somewhat) more realistic terror. 

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Inside My Radio is a rad rhythm-platformer photo
Inside My Radio is a rad rhythm-platformer
by Steven Hansen

There are things to consider when it comes to playing music in public. Are you in an open space, perhaps a park, with enough distance between you and others so that your tunes don't dance on over into unwilling ears? Are you busking bad Dylan covers with your acoustic guitar? Is your music good? Mine is, which is why I drive windows down with confidence, going between Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Tribe Called Quest.

I mean, who could object to me playing this for the entirety of a two-hour car ride? No one, because I was driving alone. 

Here's a good and easy rule, though. Stop playing music on public transportation over your cellphone speakers. You are trapping people with your music, but also at horrible sound quality. I'd much rather someone be rocking a Radio Raheem boombox then sit through the equivalent of someone letting their ringtone keep on because they like the song. 

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2:15 PM on 11.12.2014

Heads up! PAX East badges are on sale right now

Passes for PAX East are on sale! Get in here while you still can. The show takes place at the Boston Convention Center the weekend of Friday, March 6, 2015. Tickets are $45 for a single-day badge and $95 for a three-day badge. Scalpers be damned. I've never made it out to Boston, but I'd like to go, one day. The weather that time of year, though!

Jordan Devore

3:00 PM on 11.07.2014

LA Dtoiders, join us for another Game Night!

Destructoid is excited to once again be partnering with Angry Bananas, Giant Robot, and Meat Bun to host another Game Night! What: Game Night USCWhen: Saturday, November 8, from 6:30pm to 10pmWhere: Giant Robot 2, 2062 Sawtel...

AngryBananas

8:00 PM on 11.04.2014

Paris Games Week: Trash strewn floors, candy smells and games

Paris Games Week has finished happening. It happened across the street from Games Connection, where I was busying myself with loads of smaller folks' games, so naturally I visited. I played The Order, which a lot of folks are...

Steven Hansen