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Riding the Rift

Watch me get queasy with an Oculus Rift!


Don't do a barrel roll!
Jun 29
// Jed Whitaker
[Update: Stream is over. Embedded the replay below in case you missed it.] So I broke down and got an Oculus Rift DK2 after finding one for a decent price on Craigslist. I've been toying around with my Rift for a few da...
CEO 2015 highlights photo
CEO 2015 highlights

My favorite matches from CEO 2015


The best of the best!
Jun 29
// Patrick Hancock
CEO 2015, one of the biggest fighting game tournaments of the year, took place this weekend and had some insane moments. My favorite was probably the above match between Armada and Leffen in Super Smash Bros. Melee. Yes, it'...

Review: AVerMedia Live Gamer EXTREME

Jun 29 // Jed Whitaker
Product: Live Gamer EXTREMEManufacturer: AVerMediaMSRP: $179.99 1080p, 60fps is the holy grail of console games these days and the Live Gamer EXTREME (LGX) handles those specs without issue. Footage looks exactly as intended by the game's developers. The LGX also has all the frills you'd expect a capture device to have such as HDMI input and output, its own recording software, but also includes some things I've never seen on other cards. Included in the box is an HDMI cable, a component cable, a 3.5mm cable, and a PS3 cable. The latter cable can be used to connect directly to a PS3 instead of connecting it with component cables, a feature only on the LGX, though I'm not sure how useful it is as it seems gamers and game publishers have mostly moved on from the previous generation. A component cable adapter is also included for capturing legacy consoles.  The included 3.5mm cable can be used to connect an external audio input source to be mixed into streams and captures alongside a 3.5mm microphone jack. Personally I opt to go with USB microphones, as they tend to offer a better sound quality overall, but for those on a tighter budget, a 3.5mm microphone might be a better fit as they are typically less expensive. The purpose of the 3.5mm jacks is to allow the LGX to be used in place of an external audio mixer, though most streaming software allows you to do this already. Also in the box is a manual, the Rec 2 -- AVerMedia's own capture and streaming software -- and a three-month subscription to the streaming software XSplit. I could go on for days about the various streaming software out there, but currently there is no one true winner. Rec 2 is pretty simple and great for beginners, allowing for picture in picture and layout designs with ease, while XSplit has more options and advanced features but runs a monthly fee. I personally use OBS, as it is free and covers most of my needs, though sometimes I still use Rec 2 or XSplit if they have a specific feature I need at the time.  The main feature that the LGX touts is ultra-low latency uncompressed video, meaning you see the game as intended with no real lag or delay between what you'd see on your TV. In my pseudo-scientific tests, I shot 240fps footage with my iPhone of my computer screen versus my TV screen with Mario Kart 8's timer on the screen, and found that AVerMedia's claim of under 0.05 seconds of latency is true. On average, it seemed be around 0.04 seconds, sometimes going up to .08 at worst and .02 at best. The latency is better than any previous capture device I've used and allows me to play off my computer screen instead of switching inputs, as I use a single-screen setup with my desktop in the living room connected to my TV. This allows me to react to my onscreen follower and subscriber alert without having an impact on my gameplay.  Also included is the ability to print your own cover image for branding and vanity purposes. It doesn't serve much purpose, in my opinion, but you can easily make what you'd like with the included cover creator software. I personally suggest a Red Bull can overlaid onto an image of Destiny for the coolest of covers. Overall, AVerMedia has made the Live Gamer EXTREME the capture device to beat. It is more feature rich than competitors at the same price point, and no other device has offered the minimal latency. [This review is based on retail hardware provided by the manufacturer.]
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Live streamer's delight
I've been making gaming videos and streaming for what seems like forever, and I've gone through my fair share of capture devices. My original card only did 720p and 30fps, required hard drives setup in a RAID, and only captur...


CEO 2015 finals! photo
CEO 2015 finals!

Tune in to the final day of CEO 2015


All the fighting games you could want
Jun 28
// Patrick Hancock
CEO 2015 has been underway all weekend, and today is the peak of all the hype. Just about any fighting game you could ever want to watch will be streamed today with some of the best players in the world competing. The events ...
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Friday Night Fights - Today is Awesome


Seriously, awesome!
Jun 26
// Mike Martin
I don't have much else to say. Hells yeah. Let's play some games and celebrate!
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Destructoid on Twitch

Destructoid Live: Gears of War beta, Kameo on Xbox One, and a revised controller


3.5mm and new bumpers
Jun 22
// Jed Whitaker
[Update: The live stream is over, but check out the replay below if you so wish.] Did you know that the Gears of War: Ultimate Edition beta is going on Xbox One right now? Do you care? Either way I'm going to be liv...
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Friday Night Fights - Chunky Horchata


Why is there a horse-Phil?
Jun 19
// Mike Martin
Today is a special day in my family. It's the 57th anniversary of a great historical event, our great-grandfather (Thomas Kinkade Jefferson Johnson), took part in. The year was 1891, and old Gangsta Herp (as Grandpa was known...
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Friday Night Fights - Tumbleweeds Bloodfeast


Game with the Dtoid Community!
Jun 12
// Mike Martin
Oh my lord, they're coming! No! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! I have zero energy today. Worked 3 back to back 18hr shifts. Dear lord I'm burnt out. Where's my bed? WHO TOOK MY BED? Oh, there it is. Goodnight fair 'toiders. May the penis be with you. E3? Yay! Games? Yay! Sleep? Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz..... *farts*
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Giveaway: Diablo + Skin for HotS!


Free stuff for your face!
Jun 05
// Mike Martin
[Update: I am still going. It's slow yes, I apologize for that. This turned out to be more complicated than I anticipated and I didn't ask for help to do it. Don't blame anyone but me for that. I am devoting almost all my fre...
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Friday Night Fights - Let's Roll Around In Cats


Cat with the Cat Community!
Jun 05
// Mike Martin
CatsCatsCatsCatsCatsCatsCatsCatsCatsCatsCatsCatsCatsCatsCatsCatsCatsCatsCatsCats CatsCatsCatsCatsCatsCatsCatsCatsCatsCatsCatsCats CatsCatsCatsCatsCatsCatsCatsCatsCatsCatsCatsCatsCats CatsCatsCatsCatsCatsCatsCatsCatsCats Meow? Yep. I had nothing in the tank. Just came from the dentist. Ouch. Who cares about that though? Let's play some games! Meow.
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GameFly Streaming

GameFly will be the next to fail at Netflix-style game streaming


Give it 10 years
Jun 03
// Steven Hansen
Anyone playing games on PlayStation Now? Anyone still have an OnLive controller? The controllers were pretty good, actually. We accidentally threw a few out a couple years back while cleaning out the Destructoid Show set, thi...
Friday Night Fights photo
Friday Night Fights

Friday Night Fights - Skynet is Coming


Game with the Dtoid Community!
May 29
// Mike Martin
The things happening at MIT are scary. Above is a picture from their robotics lab, and have you heard about the cheetah? Way to create our own destruction folks. Fucking hell. Moving along from our imminent doom, how is every...
Splatoon Live Stream photo
Splatoon Live Stream

Tonight we paint the town orange in Splatoon live on Twitch


Splat-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-Splatoon
May 28
// Jed Whitaker
Update: The stream is over, but feel free to watch the replay embedded below! Tonight the game you've all been waiting for releases at midnight, Splatoon. I'm so darned excited I'm sitting here dripping ink in anticipation, b...
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Twitch

Twitch bans streaming AO games


No watching Twitch streams of Hatred
May 28
// Laura Kate Dale
Are you a video game streamer who was looking forward to streaming Hatred for your audience when it releases? Are you perhaps a player unsure if the game was right for you, hoping to watch people play on Twitch before making ...
TF2sday photo
TF2sday

Team Fortress 2sdays: I Like Lego!


I want this set
May 27
// Mike Martin
Seriously. That is an awesome set. Me gusta. How is all the Team Fortress action been treating everyone lately? I don't know how you all still play to be honest. Nothing against the game, I just don't have the drive to play the same game every week, every year, for.... how many years now? 6-7? You all are amazing, but you already knew that, right? Now go kill each other, you rascals!
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Friday Night Fights - Get Over Here!


Game with the Dtoid Community!
May 22
// Mike Martin
Guys, I have a problem. I'm thirsty as hell. Not for some sweet meat slapping, but for blood. Your blood. Someone needs to hit me up on Xbox or PC for some Mortal Kombat X action. I have 9 Komplete on PC as well. LET'S DO THI...
Swatting is evil photo
Swatting is evil

Twitch swatter smirks in court, pleads guilty


A real life monster
May 21
// Jed Whitaker
You might have read about the really shitty act of swatting, or calling in fake threats to the police prompting a SWAT team to arrive at someone's home unannounced. The crime started to gain popularity in 2013 when multi...
YouTube live streaming photo
YouTube live streaming

YouTube adds 1080p 60fps live streaming


Twitch gets competition
May 21
// Jed Whitaker
Looks like YouTube is making a big push to steal some of Twitch's streamers and audience. YouTube launched 60fps live streaming at 720p and 1080p today alongside an HTML5 player. While Twitch has had these features for s...
Streaming photo
Streaming

The life cycle of the rare video game streamer discovered


They eat their young and grow antlers
May 20
// Joe Parlock
Streamers are a bit of a strange lot, with their "Kappas", raidings, and being sociable to strangers… I don’t really get it, and I've streamed for years.  However, their mysterious world may have just been o...
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Team Fortress 2sdays: Missing You


Hawd dammit Bawbee!
May 19
// Mike Martin
Dammit Hank. I keep forgetting I have to write these until the last second, and then I'm stumped. You're out there, flying around on your winged anus llama. Drinking in the clouds with your eyes, while Mario Lopez serves you ...
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Friday Night Fights - Together Forever


Game with the Dtoid Community!
May 15
// Mike Martin
Some say love doesn't last. I say those that say that are twats. Every relationship requires maintenance, patience and understanding. It has to go both ways as well. It cannot be just a one street, with one person giving and ...
EU FNF photo
EU FNF

EU FNF: Who You Gonna Call?


That is not Venkman
May 15
// Mike Martin
Welcome to EU FNF! We have another Menage a Toid/Friday Night Frights happening tonight. What is that? It's where a group of Dtoiders gets together and instead of playing games, they watch a silly/scary show/movie t...
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Mounties and eSports

Canadian theaters to host eSports events


Movies are old hat
May 15
// Jed Whitaker
Canadian theater chain Cineplex plans to start catering to the eSports crowd. Cineplex theaters will show the documentary All Work All Play: The Pursuit of Esports Glory followed by "a casual Esports competition bet...
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Twitch.tv

Twitch is reducing its delay for partners


Reduced by 500 years
May 14
// Joe Parlock
[Update: Turns out this applies to all streamers, and not just partners. This has been confirmed in a tweet from the Twitch PR director.] Hey, Twitch streamers! Remember those glorious days a few years ago when the delay on ...
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Friday Night Fights - 30 Helens Agree


Game with the Dtoid Community!
May 08
// Mike Martin
Happy Friday Everyone! Sorry but this will be another short one. Was running around all morning and afternoon. Had to handle some boring medical and kid related issues. Excited to finally get some gaming in tonight though. Th...
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Friday Night Fights - Kim Cattrall's Always Looked Like She Sucks...


Game with the Dtoid Community!
May 01
// Mike Martin
I just want to say: I love you guys. I really do. I'm watching Mannequin with the Frights crew and it's just the best to be able to hangout with you guys. It warms my heart to be a part of this community. We may not like thin...
Forgotten Memories Stream photo
Forgotten Memories Stream

Can a game on mobile fill the gap left in our hearts by Silent Hills?


Let's find out together!
Apr 27
// Jed Whitaker
Forgotten Memories recently released for iOS devices, and looks genuinely creepy. The game clearly takes a lot of influence from the Silent Hill series, going as far as including voice actors from Silent Hill 2, but can a gam...
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Friday Night Fights - A Case of the Blehs


At least it's Friday!
Apr 24
// Mike Martin
Not much to say this week, in a rush and a bunch of other stuffs. Go play some games and have a great weekend everyone!
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Friday Night Fights - Na Na Na Na Na, Batfleck!


Game with the Dtoid Community!
Apr 17
// Mike Martin
How is no one hosting MKX? I have to admit, I'm pretty shocked. I'd be all over it, if my damn power supply hadn't died. Sons, I am disappoint. Unless you didn't want to feel the sting of WB's DLC though. That I understand. F...
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Friday Night Fights - Goodbye Sweet Prince


Game with the Dtoid Community!
Apr 10
// Mike Martin
I don't even have it in my heart to 'shop your face into those penguin eyes. Our fearless Boner Knight: Andy Dixon is leaving us as Community Manager. From the first time I was an asshole to you Andy, to the last time I was a...

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