If you didn't know, November 30 is St. Andrew's Day in Scotland. He's the patron saint of this fair land (along with Russia and Greece apparently) so with some semblance of national pride, I decided to look throughout the ann...
Like it or not, Christmas is rearing its frost bitten head yet again. I know you're still a day from sitting through fraught Thanksgiving dinners, but I'm here to remind you in advance and offer you a primer for planning your consumerist immolation.
Early in the week we brought you an exhaustive list of the only games you should buy. Seriously. If it wasn't on that list, there is absolutely zero point to owning it ever and your loved ones will hate you for getting them an off-brand, off-list game.
Just a seething, percolating hate that will end in violence next holiday when you're drunkenly pushed into an armoire by your aunt who sure as heck didn't want a copy of BioShock Infinite when all her friends were talking about The Last of Us. Well who looks stupid and out of fashion now? Her, or the loser whose muffled cries barely escape the armoire?
Anyway, here's some hardware and accessories you can buy.
Like it or not, Christmas is happening yet again. I know you've yet to sit through fraught Thanksgiving dinners, but I'm here to remind you in advance and offer you a primer for planning your consumerist immolation.
This list is just games. Hardware, accessories, and miscellany are coming up throughout the day.
If you follow me on Twitter, you know that I'm always on the quest for good food. I'm one of those a-holes that tweets pictures of his food all day. After one post earlier this week, one of my followers asked me if I ever ate anything healthy. I told him that I wouldn't want to waste my life doing that.
But now I look at my stomach...
I was in New York all week, covering the PS4 launch as well as meeting with Microsoft on Xbox One. I'm in the city about 5 or 6 times a year, and when I'm there I eat a lot. So this week's weigh-in should be interesting.
Coming to the end of the year, there's always a lot of great game music releases planned. Top honors go to Super Mario 3D World, and there are so many reasons why that you'll read about here in a second.
We've got reviews of a lot of other great soundtracks as well, including the recent re-release of the Castlevania: Lords of Shadow soundtrack, and finally a release for Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate, but also an amazing Sonic the Hedgehog album, Club Needlemouse, a BlizzCon exclusive StarCraft II CD, a Mega Man 25th anniversary project, and much more.
We're a week and a half away from the PlayStation 4's November 15 North American release. Will it be the leading console this generation? Will people buy it at launch and then sell it in six months because people always do that and I still don't know why? Will it be able to distract us from ever looming ennui, wresting us into a fervor of consumption?
This guide will tell you, I bet. Like all good churches, I have all the answers.
Don't forget to check our comprehensive Xbox One guide, too, to compare the incoming hardware and make a more informed decision on which you should pick up, if any.
[Every week, from early November through the end of 2013, I'll report on my use of Wii Fit U and how it benefits my health.]
This year, being the biggest console launch year in a decade, has been really busy for me. I normally travel over 80,000 miles a year for Destructoid, but this year has me nearly doubling that, and it's not over yet.
I eat well everywhere I go. It has become sort of a goal to find the best food I can in every city I visit. So I leave home for a week, pig out, come home stuffed, stressed, sometimes hung over, and always lacking rest, doing this every two weeks or so.
I looked down at my stomach last week. And on the floor, just past my bulging gut, I saw the Wii Fit Balance Board...
While we were all busy Halloweening it up, drinking pumpkin spice Four Loko and throwing rocks at ghosts, Nintendo unceremoniously maimed its 3DS drawing app, Swapnote. It removed SpotPass functionality from the service, which used to allow 3DS friends to send notes (drawn pictures or photos shot with the 3DS camera) to each other over the internet
Swapnote still exists, but images can only be traded locally, through StreetPass, at which point you might as well scribble on bar napkins and pass them out. No more Special Notes, personal letters and drawings from Nintendo staff, will come through the systems, either.
Nintendo acting backwards with respect to online communication isn't new, but usually people have some idea going in of the limited options they'll have. Nintendo actively removing an established feature because it was misused by some and because children use the system is heavy-handed and irritating.
It's time to wake up, sheeple! We're delving into the hard-hitting cover ups and conspiracies that Big Videogame doesn't want you to know about. How is Grand Theft Auto V a papal conspiracy? What ties does a certain Italian plumber have to the Communist party?
Is it just a coincidence that this video features four segments, is going up on November 4, and predates the upcoming PlayStation 4?!
Happy Halloween spooks and ghouls! If it feels like it's been a month since A la cartrdige's Wind Waker Pouched Salmon, that's because it has been. Rest assured, we did not OD on puns and die. Our pun tolerance transcends human sensibilities. We're all just really busy. And busty. I need to go to the gym.
Still, 'tis the seasons, and we wanted to bring you a seriously spooOOoooOOooky Halloween episode of A la cartridge. So we did! We toasted some pumpkin seeds and made some amazing pumpkin bread. How amazing? Watch the video and seed for yourself. If you don't get scared out of your wits first. Are you bready?
No more letting those jack-o-lanterns go to waste. Pumpkins are still readily available throughout November, probably on the cheap, but you can even use your current jack-o-lantern to make pumpkin bread, provided it hasn't rotted away. Or Call of Duty : Ghosts hasn't rotted your brain. Hoorah!
A while ago, Jim Sterling, Lindsay Collins and I floated around the idea of doing a "What if?" web comic about videogames. Sadly, the only ideas we could come up with was "What if Yorda from Ico was a guy?" and "What if Alucard from Symphony of the Night was a Shopaholic?" Both ideas had their charms, but that's where the spark went out.
There was a third idea though -- "What if the next Link was Blasian (Black and Asian)?" The idea was impossible. There is no way that the punchline to that one could fit in a comic strip, in part because the repercussions of a Blasian Link would be so wide spread and long lasting.
There is a precedent for this kind of thing. Black Nick Fury is a huge hit. Black Spider-Man was all over the news when he was first announced, and has continued on to be the only hero in comics to carry on the name. A lot of the characters in Monster Hunter 3 are brown. The new Black Avengers just debuted in comics to positive sales and reviews. Black Annie is set to hit theaters next year in the usual blockbuster style. And don't even get me started on Black Jesus.
Pop culture seems to be getting more comfortable with familiar characters taking on different races, as long as they successfully carry forward the classic concepts that they were created to represent. Still, there seems to be a glass ceiling in videogames, where nearly all of the most well known and loved icons are Caucasian.What if Link were the first to break that trend?
It's been a week, and I think I'm about 6 hours into Pokemon X. I want to want to play it, but I just can't. Over the the past seven days, I've replayed Metroid Fusion in its entirety, worked on my high score in Summer Carnival '92: Recca, played through some Wind Waker HD, and maintained my regular Animal Crossing: New Leaf routine. I even went back into Pokemon White to get a shiny Giratina and engage in a few exhibition battles with it.
Each time I'd pick up one of these games, I'd be keenly aware that I wasn't playing Pokemon X. It's doesn't make any sense that I'm not enjoying the game more. I love Pokemon, so much so that I played through both Pokemon Black and White in their entirety (White in Japanese, Black in English). Earlier this year, I caught all 649 Gen 1-5 Pokemon. I labored for weeks over creating a Pokemon fan cartoon series, giving all of the budget to the animator and artists, all for the love of Pokemon.
So why is it that I can't get into Pokemon X? It's not because it's a bad game. It's a pretty great game. It would be just as easy for me to make a top ten list of great things about it (with the new experience share, the new Pokemon, and all the amazing online features being near the top of that list) as it is for me to make this list of reasons why I'm not getting into it .
Sadly, it's not my place to detail all the good things about Pokemon X. Instead, I get to be the killjoy that points out all the poopers.