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4:15 PM on 04.08.2014

Borderlands 2 PS Vita bundle available May 6

Sony has announced a release date for the Borderlands 2 PlayStation Vita bundle today via PlayStation Blog. The bundle, which marks the first release of the handheld's slimmer hardware redesign in North America, will be avai...

Conrad Zimmerman


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3:15 PM on 04.02.2014

Online stores list The Walking Dead for Xbox One

Telltale's widely acclaimed series based on The Walking Dead may soon arrive on Xbox One. NeoGAF poster MauroNL spotted listings for the Game of the Year edition of the first season and the second season on the webs...

Conrad Zimmerman

12:30 PM on 03.28.2014

GameStop to open 400 tech stores this year

We know GameStop sells games and consoles as their bread and butter, but they want to get in on the tech game as well. They're investing up to $40 million in stores that will sell tech hardware, like phones and tablets. Their...

Dale North

6:00 AM on 12.13.2013

Blockbuster closing all its UK stores by December 16

Last month we learned aged rental giant Blockbuster would draw its last breath on US soil by January 2014, when all 300 remaining locations would be shut down. Blockbuster UK is beating us to the punch, it seems. The 91 remai...

Steven Hansen

10:15 AM on 11.22.2013

GameStop still needs to fill 2.3 million PS4 pre-orders

GameStop sold its entire stock of PS4 systems at launch, and then moved through an extra allocations from Sony. But 2.3 million customers on their "first to know" list are still waiting for the shiny new system, reports Games...

Dale North

4:00 PM on 11.10.2013

Amazon matches Target's Buy 2 Get 1 Free PS4 game deal

For those who've pre-ordered PS4 games with Amazon, make sure to check your inbox as the online retailer has been sending out emails offering a special Buy 2 Get 1 free deal on PS4 titles. There's also rumors of some Buy One ...

Wesley Ruscher

7:00 AM on 11.10.2013

Dell Black Friday ad leaked, good deals and no lines

Joining the ever-growing list of leaked Black Friday sales ads, Dell.com's turkey day extravaganza has hit the web. While nothing too exciting, something that seems to be the trend this year, there are a few decent deals ...

Wesley Ruscher

5:00 AM on 11.07.2013

Blockbuster closing 300 retail stores by January

Dish Network announced that they'll be closing all the 300 or so remaining corporate-owned Blockbuster retail locations in the United States by January 2014. They'll be shutting down the DVD mail service middle of December to...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

5:00 PM on 11.05.2013

Target will give you $200 for any iPad, even first-gens

Target is running a promotion right now where they'll give you a $200 for any iPad. Yes, even the first-generation one. That's insane, considering you could possibly get $100 at best if you were to sell it through an auction ...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

12:45 PM on 11.04.2013

Toys R Us Black Friday ad leaked, filled with good deals

It'll take you forever to flip through this leaked Black Friday ad from Toys R Us, so we've done the work for you. There's nothing too exciting, but there are plenty of solid deals. The biggest deal is probably the PS3 bundle...

Dale North

12:30 PM on 10.25.2013

Ouya rolling out nationwide in Target stores this holiday

The Ouya has had no small amount of supporters, but for "the little open-source console that could," real success might be seen at the brick-and-mortar level. After having been available in select Target stores for the last f...

Conrad Zimmerman





11:00 AM on 10.09.2013

SimplyGames PS4 pre-order price hike is 'unlawful'

If you're a UK resident and pre-ordered your PS4 from SimplyGames, you might want to check on the status of your order, as the retailer has apparently hiked the previously locked in price of  £349.99 to £414....

Chris Carter



Facts about game consumers I learned working retail photo
Facts about game consumers I learned working retail
by Joshua Derocher

If you are reading this, you are above the average game consumer. Just the fact that you are reading Destructoid probably means you are an enthusiast. You likely read reviews, might catch some news about upcoming releases, and like to spend some time reading about your hobby.

We like to spend time debating what the best game of the year was, which console will sell the most in the next generation, and talk about our favorite games with a vocabulary filled with words like "mechanics," "frames per second," and "genre." We know a lot about videogames, but most people aren't like us. Most people just buy Madden or Call of Duty -- that's all they know.

Last year I worked at a big-box store over the holidays and saw how normal people reacted to the launches of popular games, how they would buy terrible titles based on cool commercials they saw on television, how they thought the Wii U was an add-on to the Wii, and how they gladly handed their toddlers copies of mature-rated games.

It's a vastly different group of people, and they outnumber us. Talking to the masses on a daily basis gave me a little bit more insight into what the general public thinks about gaming, and I want to share these thoughts with you.

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1:00 AM on 07.31.2013

UK Pokemon trainers get a Pokeball with X & Y pre-order

Are you an avid Pokéfan looking for the best way to tote your dazzling collection of Pokémon games around? Well, UK retailer GAME has you covered, as Pokémon X/Y pre-orders come with an honest to goodness...

Steven Hansen

2:11 PM on 06.10.2013

Stores only taking a limited amount of Xbox One reserves

[Update: Amazon is now taking Xbox One pre-orders] Right after covering the Xbox One reveal, I went out to my local GameStop to reserve the $499 system (due to the fact that I wish to cover it on launch day for you guys,...

Chris Carter

11:30 PM on 03.26.2013

Persona 4 Arena getting vinyl soundtrack pre-order bonus

Say what you want about the long delays Europeans are forced to put up with to get their hands on Atlus games, but this Persona 4 Arena pre-order bonus is awesome! In addition to the standard soundtrack CD...

Kyle MacGregor