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Very quick tips for Saints Row IV photo
Very quick tips for Saints Row IV
by Chris Carter

Saints Row IV is the wackiest game yet. Just when you thought hitting people with giant dildo bats was crazy, how about smacking aliens with giant dildo bats while running 100 miles per hour, leaping 100 feet in the air -- as the President of the United States!

Yep, Saints Row IV features super powers, and a giant, sprawling city to play around in. With great super powers comes great responsibility, so read on for some tips to help quell the Zin menace.

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Spelunky Mega Guide: Everything you need to know (part 2) photo
Spelunky Mega Guide: Everything you need to know (part 2)
by Corduroy Turtle

[Here's Part 2 of Dtoid community blogger Corduroy Turtle's Spelunky Mega Guide. Click here for Part 1! --Mr Andy Dixon]

Spelunky is an absolutely fantastic game, but it's not particularly friendly to newcomers. I won't name names but I have people on my friends list who've never made it out of the Mines. That makes me sad. In an effort to help along new players (and because I'm hopelessly addicted) I decided to share some of the knowledge I've acquired after dying somewhere in the neighborhood of 2,500 times. Why so many deaths? Because my hunger for this game would not cease until I had seen everything this game had to offer, and that included earning every Achievement. Turns out, this thing is so freaking good, I'm still playing it.

Before you start reading, I'd like to emphasize that, beyond the high scores and loot, Spelunky is a game about discovery and challenging yourself. It can be brutal at times (read: always), but you'll come to find that it's also extremely fair and immensely satisfying, if you're willing to put in the effort. There are so many secrets, hidden areas and advanced techniques built into this game, it's absolutely staggering. If the Internet didn't exist, some of this stuff would only be spoken of in hushed whispers behind locked doors.

Though I purposefully left certain pieces of information out of this guide to keep some of the mysteries alive, I still pull the curtain way back. Stuff is explained in great detail, and therefore spoiled. If you haven't played much Spelunky or don't know much about it, I encourage you not to read this from top to bottom. I can tell you first hand, discovering this stuff for yourself is magical, and far more exciting than simply reading my descriptions. That being said, buckle up. This thing is huge.

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Spelunky Mega Guide: Everything you need to know photo
Spelunky Mega Guide: Everything you need to know
by Corduroy Turtle

[Just in time for last week's Steam release, Dtoid community blogger Corduroy Turtle shares this MASSIVE guide for Spelunky. And that's no exaggeration. This thing was so big, we literally had to split it in half because it wouldn't fit on the front page all at once! Stay tuned for Part 2 tomorrow. --Mr Andy Dixon]

Spelunky is an absolutely fantastic game, but it's not particularly friendly to newcomers. I won't name names but I have people on my friends list who've never made it out of the Mines. That makes me sad. In an effort to help along new players (and because I'm hopelessly addicted) I decided to share some of the knowledge I've acquired after dying somewhere in the neighborhood of 2,500 times. Why so many deaths? Because my hunger would not cease until I had seen everything this game had to offer, and that included earning every Achievement. Turns out, this thing is so freaking good, I'm still playing it.

Before you start reading, I'd like to emphasize that, beyond the high scores and loot, Spelunky is a game about discovery and challenging yourself. It can be brutal at times (read: always), but you'll come to find that it's also extremely fair and immensely satisfying... if you're willing to put in the effort. There are so many secrets, hidden areas and advanced techniques built into this game, it's absolutely staggering. If the Internet didn't exist, some of this stuff would only be spoken of in hushed whispers behind locked doors.

Though I purposefully left certain pieces of information out of this guide to keep some of the mysteries alive, I still pull the curtain way back. Stuff is explained in great detail, and therefore spoiled. If you haven't played much Spelunky or don't know much about it, I encourage you not to read this from top to bottom. I can tell you first hand, discovering this stuff for yourself is magical, and far more exciting than simply reading my descriptions. That being said, buckle up. This thing is huge.

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How to watch Valve's 'The International' Dota2 tournament photo
How to watch Valve's 'The International' Dota2 tournament
by Patrick Hancock

Though it may sound silly, it's not easy to understand all there is to Valve's "The International." It's even hard to understand just what the hell is happening on screen while watching a Dota 2 match. That's why I've put together this guide: to hopefully ease new players and spectators into the world of competitive Dota 2. Even if you have no interest whatsoever in the game, it's hard not to get caught up in the excitement.

You thought EVO was full of hype? Get ready for The International.

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Brothers - A Tale of Two Sons Achievement Guide photo
Brothers - A Tale of Two Sons Achievement Guide
by Brett Makedonski

Brothers - A Tale of Two Sons is an anomaly when it comes to Achievements. Not a single one will be unlocked through normal gameplay. However, every last one takes only seconds to get and isn't dependent on anything other than traveling a bit off the beaten path.

No, there's nothing strenuous about this list, but most of the Achievements are pretty cryptic in their description. If you're stuck on some or simply want to take all of the mystery out of it, I've put together a guide to unlocking all of them in the order that they appear. I've tried to keep it as spoiler-free as possible, but you probably shouldn't check it out if you want the purest experience possible.

That being said, 400/400 Gamerscore is right around the corner!

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Dragon's Crown guide: very quick tips photo
Dragon's Crown guide: very quick tips
by Chris Carter

Dragon's Crown can be a pretty tough game. On top of some devilishly difficult boss fights, you need to fulfill your role, as well as practice good party synergy to really best some of the hardest encounters.

Odds are if you have a technical question about Dragon's Crown, I answered it in this article here in the comment section. But for everything gameplay related, you'll find it here.

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Very quick tips for Pikmin 3 photo
Very quick tips for Pikmin 3
by Chris Carter

Miyamoto may have created Pikmin to be a "carefree experience," but that doesn't mean it lacks depth. With the addition of a particularly creative set of local multiplayer modes, Pikmin 3 has a ton of gameplay related nuances that may be lost to the void if you aren't careful.

Here are some tips to help you acclimate yourself to the wonderful, cute world of Pikmin.

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Rogue Legacy: Family survival guide photo
Rogue Legacy: Family survival guide
by Wrenchfarm

[Dtoid community blogger Wrenchfarm shares an incredibly comprehensive guide for anyone interested in tackling the awesome "rogue-lite" game, Rogue Legacy. Want to see your own words appear on the front page? Go write something! --Mr Andy Dixon]

Rogue Legacy can be nasty. But I suppose that's to be expected. This is a game that takes its cues from roguelikes and celebrates a long trail of dead grandpappys and gam-gams as one of its main selling points.

The developers, Cellar Door Games, have dubbed the genealogical mis-adventures of the Rogue family a "rogue-lite." Similar to other recent roguelike games such as Binding of Isaac and Spelunky, Rogue Legacy features an ever changing dungeon filled to the brim with ridiculously lethal monsters and flagrantly unfair traps, all presented with a perversely masochistic glee. Where it differs from its sadistic peers is its sense of continuance.

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How I became obsessed with Steam Trading Cards photo
How I became obsessed with Steam Trading Cards
by Jordan Devore

Only a few short weeks ago, I spent approximately four seconds looking at this whole Steam Trading Card scheme and decided that it was dumb. Oh, what a fool I was! The system isn't exactly new -- it's been out of beta since the end of June -- but now that Valve has tied it in with the Steam summer sale and more developers are on board every day, it's finally clicked with me. I'm hooked.

Before we get any further, yes, virtual cards are a bit silly. I'll be among the last to argue in their favor from that standpoint. What's not so silly -- actually, it totally is, but in a good way -- is the ability to essentially earn free money that can then be reinvested in game purchases or, if you're like me, in the acquisition of further cards because you've lost control of your life.

After spending my weekend downloading a bunch of games I already owned just to run them, minimized, for a chance at earning virtual cards that could then be sold for less than a quarter each, I have some tips to share. But before that, it's come to my attention that some of you have no idea what Steam Trading Cards are all about. Let's get you up to speed.

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Very quick tips guide for Shin Megami Tensei IV photo
Very quick tips guide for Shin Megami Tensei IV
by Chris Carter

Shin Megami Tensei IV is without a doubt a Shin Megami Tensei game. What do I mean by that? Well, it has a pretty steep learning curve that hits hard and fast very early, and unless you're a JRPG fan at heart, it can get a little discouraging -- very discouraging.

Having said that, the game does have a pretty extensive tutorial system, but for everything else and in-between, read on for some helpful hints on how to conquer your inner demon.

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Take advantage of Community and Flash deals on Steam photo
Take advantage of Community and Flash deals on Steam
by Chris Carter

Under the tutelage of Dale "Deal" North, I've come to learn a thing or two about game sales over the years. Recently, Steam has started its Summer Getaway Sale, and in addition to seeing a bunch of tips flying around the net, I figured I'd impart a bit of advice -- patience is a virtue.

Rather than simply buying a game on a generic non-featured deal, it's best to actually wait and see if your game hits a Daily Deal, Flash Sale, or Community Choice to nab an even bigger savings. My personal rule is "comparison shop, then comparison shop again" -- Cheap Shark is a great site that helps categorize deals from various websites, which is key, because sites like Green Man Gaming or Amazon will often match or beat Steam Sale prices.

One last bit of advice I always give during any major Steam sale is to wait until the last day to purchase anything that hasn't hit a Daily, Flash or Community deal. At the very worst, you'll often times end up with the exact same sale price as the first couple of days.

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Very quick tips for Mutant Mudds Deluxe photo
Very quick tips for Mutant Mudds Deluxe
by Chris Carter

Mutant Mudds Deluxe is out for the Wii U, and alongside of its retro charm, it brings a fairly hefty challenge when you get down to the later levels. In addition to the already formidable Grannie stages from the PC version of the game, all new ghost levels have been incorporated into the fray, featuring invulnerable enemies.

Here's a few quick tips to get you on the right track to earning 100%.

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Very quick tips for Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D photo
Very quick tips for Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D
by Chris Carter

Donkey Kong Country Returns is one of the hardest games Nintendo has made in years. While the core game is extremely manageable, completing the game's fabled mirror mode, which forces you to best every level in the game backwards with one heart and no power-ups, is absolutely brutal.

This time around there's eight new exclusive levels, but there's a catch -- you have to complete every temple and access the Banana Temple to get to them. To help get people acquainted with the new 3DS re-release, I've assembled a few tips to assist you along the way.

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Star Command 1.01 due soon, and here's how to cheat nasty photo
Star Command 1.01 due soon, and here's how to cheat nasty
by Niero Gonzalez

[Note: Article contains mild mission spoilers]

Star Command is totally worth the $3, but the game is hella broken. Ironically, the more of a fiery death inferno your ship becomes the easier the game gets. If you haven't finished the game I recommend not watching this video, though it contains no spoilers other than exposing how the rules of the game work against themselves. Check out Star Command strategy guide instead.

The biggest flaw, as Chris pointed out in his review, is that your ship is invincible.  Every room can explode but the ship will still remain operational as long as your key characters are living. This creates an incredibly cheap strategy: To ensure their safety all you simply need to do is add science personnel, an engineer, and a few soldiers in your weapons rooms. Even if these rooms are sieged by enemies or gunfire your crew will heal and rebuild the room instantly while the rest of the ship rots, allowing you to focus on firing back without managing any other cares. 

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Very quick tips: A Star Command guide  photo
Very quick tips: A Star Command guide
by Chris Carter

Star Command is a pretty neat game, but it can get extremely overwhelming and confusing, especially if you don't have simulation experience. Once you get the hang of things though, it becomes not only manageable, but a times, easy.

Here's a few tips to help you get started, Captain!

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A handy guide to finding time to play videogames photo
A handy guide to finding time to play videogames
by Chris Carter

Hi, I'm Chris Carter. I play a lot of videogames. I mean, seriously, a lot. Specifically, this year I've played about 100 new games in 2013 (and by "new," I mean released after January 1st, 2013). Over the past few years, I've gotten a lot of questions as to how I manage this as a married man with multiple responsibilities.

Obviously every situation is different, but I'm sharing some tips in the hopes that you'll find more time to manage your passion. Because let's face it -- there's more great videogames out there than any one individual can enjoy.

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