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Just Cause 3

Just Cause 3 is giving away a goddamn island, and you probably want no part of it

No bueno
Aug 25
// Brett Makedonski
We like to discourage pre-ordering video games. Sometimes games are broken. Sometimes games suck. No one needs to fork over money before they know the final verdict. However, sometimes video games use their pre-order siren s...
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American Truck Sim

60 (sixty) minutes of American Truck Simulator

Strap in
Jan 27
// Jordan Devore
"We got a great big convoy, rockin' through the night. We got a great big convoy, ain't she a beautiful sight! Convoooy!" Inside SCS Software and 1 hour with American Truck Simulator [SCS]

Let us remember the musical wonder of Black Out Band

Jun 03
// Jim Sterling
I was still a fresh-faced Destructoid editor when this video first made its wondrous appearance on the Internet. It has, however, stuck in my memory, and it's time you all remembered it along with me. Long before there ever ...
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Next Xbox

Molyneux: Next Xbox needs to focus on games first

Fable creator wants Microsoft to tone down the "all-in-one media hub" shtick
May 02
// Tony Ponce
Former Microsoft Games Studio director and current mobile developer, Peter Molyneux, is anxious to learn more about Microsoft's next Xbox, set to be unveiled on May 21. However, he fears that Microsoft might be playing up the...


Egoraptor & JonTron twiddle their sticks, play some games

Jul 18
// Tony Ponce
One does silly cartoons. The other does silly videogame retrospectives. Put 'em together under the same roof and watch out! Sounds like the premise to a wacky prime time sitcom. So Egoraptor and JonTron decided it was time f...

Why do the kids love Call of Duty?

Jul 10 // Jonathan Holmes
From there, I asked all my parent friends if their children were into Call of Duty. With the exception of the few who have a total ban on videogames and television, they were unanimous. Their kids thought Call of Duty was cool, regardless of whether they've played it or not. Even the kids that weren't into the series reported that everyone knows that Call of Duty is either "cool" or "super cool." Not quite as cool as Harry Potter or Justin Bieber, but still pretty cool. So why is it that kids love -- or at least respect -- Call of Duty? How is it that they've even played these games? Aren't they rated M for mature? Here are a few theories. It's M for mature Ever since the ESRB came into effect, I've noticed an inverse relationship between a game's rating and a game's target audience. Everyone I know who's over 40 only plays games that are rated E (assuming they play videogames at all), those under 40 are willing to play games that are either E, T, or M, and those under 20 tend to be particularly attracted to M-rated games. This seems to be particularly true of kids under ten. It's the same old paradigm -- kids want to be grown ups, and grown ups want to be kids again. That's pretty much common knowledge when it comes to lightweight sociology. Even still, it's surprising to me how much younger kids are attracted specifically to videogames that are supposedly made for adults, while they are content with "age appropriate" books and music. These kids have no interest in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo or the music of Tom Waits. They're totally content with kid-friendly fair, like the previously mentioned Harry Potter and Justin Bieber. So what do Bieber, Call of Duty, and Harry Potter all have in common? A childlike simplicity Today's kids have grown up under the shadow of 9/11 and the wars that followed. All they've ever known is a world in which some strange men from a strange country may end up killing innocent Americans. Wrapping your head around the religious, political, geo-financial, and cultural dynamics of the War on Terror is hard enough for adults, let alone kids. The Call of Duty series takes war and terrorism and turns it into a game. You've got a gun, and you and your team have to shoot the bad guys. That's really all there is to it, at least on the surface. While Activision definitely makes a token effort to present the series as more complex than that, it's arguable that the majority of Call of Duty fans couldn't care less about the series' narrative. You don't need to pay attention to the story to know what to do in a Call of Duty game. All you need to know is that you're one of the good guys, the other guys are bad, and that the path to awesomeness is paved with the dead bodies of your enemies.  If I were a little kid today, terrified and confused by the concepts of war and terrorism, I'd be all about Call of Duty. On one hand, the games makes the player feel empowered and turns war into a just another game, where death is no big deal and killing is fun. That's a much easier pill to swallow than the reality of modern warfare and the death that accompanies it. Speaking of reality... It looks so real One of the biggest selling points for the Call of Duty series is its graphics. The explosions, the backgrounds, and the characters look more real than most games. Personally, it's been a long time since I've been impressed with a game for just its realistic graphics. Sure, if a game uses a realistic look to show us something interesting or imaginative, I wouldn't be opposed to it, but realism for realism's sake does nothing for me. It's like a magic trick -- when you're kid, seeing a guy pull a quarter out of your ear can transport your brain to a truly amazing place. Part of you knows it must be sleight of hand, but another part of you believes that maybe the impossible is reality. When those two parts of the brain meet, magic happens.  That magic is ruined once you've looked behind the curtain. When you know how a trick is done, your childlike sense of wonder gets turned off, and your cynical "adult" brain turns on. The same goes for graphics. When all you think of when you see a "realistic"-looking game is photographs of real objects applied as texture maps, motion capture actors, particle effects, a millions of dollars worth of rendering software, the magic is gone. For most kids, none of that applies. Suspension of disbelief is a much easier feat to achieve for a young mind. When they see a realistic-looking game, they don't think about how it was made, or how much it cost to produce. They just think about how awesome it looks, and how fun it is to be in the game's world. The Call of Duty series feels more real to a kid than it ever will for me, and in that way, I envy the children. And finally... Competition is everything There isn't too much to say about this one. Call of Duty multiplayer is highly competitive; just as a kid is more likely to get deeply invested emotionally in a game of dodgeball or Pokemon cards, they're also more likely to get invested in competing in an online shooter. Adults are usually too caught up in real-life pursuits like making money, finding love, and keeping from getting too fat or otherwise shortening their lifespan. Kids don't have to worry about that stuff, so by comparison, games like Call of Duty and others feels like a much bigger deal to them. In their world, ranking yourself and your peers based on stuff like your skill and dedication to gaming makes perfect sense. This really hit home for me when I overheard my video producer Andy talking to his twelve-year-old nephew about Call of Duty: Black Ops. Growing up, Andy was his nephew's idol. Apparently, things have changed now that Call of Duty: Black Ops has entered their lives. The nephew wanted to know how many times Andy had "prestiged" in the game. Andy said, "Once, then I quit playing because I'd seen everything the game had to show me." The nephew looked appalled. "Only one prestige? I thought you were cool..." he said, his voice descending into a pit of genuine disappointment. "I've prestiged four times, and I'm still not as cool at my friend Lawrence. He's prestiged six times, and he's just eleven-years-old." Andy tried to defend himself with the old "Sorry dude, I was busy making money and going on dates with beautiful women," response, which apparently didn't do much for his rep. "I don't even want to know what your highest kill streak is," his nephew muttered. "If it's below 20, I'm going to be so disappointed." Conclusion If you walk into a room full of adults and ask them if they want to run around outside and play with some squirt guns, chances are they'll either laugh in your face, or awkwardly look away, hoping that you're just making a weird joke. Do the same thing with a group of eight- to twelve-year-olds, and they'll immediately start dividing themselves into teams, Super Soakers in hand. Call of Duty is just the videogame adaptation of squirt guns. It makes sense that kids would be drawn to it more so than many adults. The simplicity and sense of empowerment that come from taking a gun and shooting at something or someone knows no age restrictions. However, it does demand a child-like sensibility to take such pursuits seriously enough to prioritize them over other activities. That's why I'm guessing kids love Call of Duty so much. Now it's just time to wait and see how long it takes for teenagers to catch on to the fact that eight-year-olds love Call of Duty before they start hating it. I wonder what they'll start playing instead? Probably something with guns and boobs. There's nothing like boobs to keep the kids away.

I was at GameStop the other day, and there was a family in front of me in line -- a man, a woman, a baby, and what looked like a six-year-old girl. The little girl was wearing a bright green dress and seemed happy about every...


Academics tackle achievements, publish research

Feb 23
// Maurice Tan
The February 2011 special issue of Game Studies, the free web-published international journal of computer game research, focuses on the subject of game reward systems. Four articles in particular may be more interesting than ...

Study links games to mental health problems in children

Jan 14
// Maurice Tan
Ok, are you ready for this? The Entertainment Software Association has pre-emptively criticized a soon to be published study by Douglas Gentile which supposedly shows a link between gaming habits and mental health problems fo...

BritToid 5 records tomorrow

Dec 06
// Hollie Bennett
Oh yes, it is time again for BritToid, the now European-focused gaming podcast for Destructoid. This week we will be looking at Christmas and lay down our predictions on what we think will dominate sales (and I will be bannin...

E3 10: Kinect releases worldwide November 4th, 2010!

Jun 14
// Josh Tolentino
That's it! Now you know! Kinect for Xbox 360 is launching worldwide this holiday, beginning with North America on November 4th, 2010. The launch lineup will include over 15 titles, including Kinect Sports, Kinectimals, Kinect...

Andy Serkis is opening a mo-cap studio for games and film

May 22
// Matthew Razak
I'm pretty sure that Andy Serkis has done for motion capturing what Citizen Kane did for deep focus. There's no doubt that his performance as Gollum in The Lord of the Rings films cemented motion capture as a viable option fo...

Guinness reveals the 50 best gaming series, no arguments

May 09
// Matthew Razak
Everyone loves a good list, but the problem is that anyone can make up a list and call it right. That won't do. No, what we need is some sort of official organization to make the list and thus validate it because they're know...

7-Eleven used games sales is totally happening

Apr 19
// Dale North
When I was young I used to live near a convenience store that would rent out NES games. That was like a dream. I could roll up, get some snacks and a game, go back home and be a happy boy. I got to play real games this way, o...

Terrorists let hostage have a go on their PlayStation

Jan 02
// Jim Sterling
Being captured by maniacs with guns isn't all bad, sometimes. While the popular image of an Iraqi abduction brings televised beheadings to mind, the Islamic Shia Resistance is a touch more merciful, if no less barmy, than the...

You are so not ready: City Bus Simulator 2010

Nov 21
// Jordan Devore
Seven minutes and sixteen seconds is entirely too long for a video on the Internet. Especially when said video is about a game called City Bus Simulator 2010. Even if this was the top of the line in terms of bus driving simu...

Ocho Cinco challenges the world to beat him at Madden

Aug 16
// Matthew Razak
It's that time of year again. Madden is out, and when Madden comes out the sports world and the game world collide for a brief moment before rebounding back to their proper places. What happens when loudmouth sports stars, th...

Animal Crossing DLC now online: Pikmin spaceship edition

Jul 24
// Jonathan Holmes
This free DLC was supposed to hit about four days ago, but for whatever reason, it didn't make it out of the online gates until today. Personally, I assumed it was going to be cut altogether, because I'm used to Nintendo sayi...

Ryan Reynolds says games are a waste of time

Jun 18
// Ben Perlee
For anyone who saw the summer movie debacle that was X-Men Origins: Wolverine, I can guarantee that the only silver lining in that stinky little cloud was Ryan Reynold's performance as Deadpool. Until, you know, they effed it...

Snail mail is still cool with a touch of Space Invaders

May 04
// Colette Bennett
Of course, Backbone Entertainment had to actually mail me the limited edition Space Invaders print that we're giving away in this week's contest, and today I got this rather attractive silver package in the mail with said pri...

MadWorld's audio commentary is so dumb, it's brilliant

Apr 02
// Anthony Burch
Have you played MadWorld yet? You know, the superviolent, superstylized action game that fulfills the Wii's annual "over-the-top game where the Wiimote is used as some sort of dismemberment device" quota?If you have...

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