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Friday Night Fights - Snuggie time


Game with the Dtoid Community!
Feb 05
// Mike Martin
I feel like hot garbage. Woke up just... blech. I feel like the inside of Andy's asshole after a NARP. Heavy, floppy, and grossly wet. Anyway, games. We should play them. I still have to drag my carcass to work, so I won't be on until late, but... I don't even know. Bah, play games, make love. Eat chicken soup. *falls over* 
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Friday Night Fights - Krang-arang Rufio!


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Jan 29
// Mike Martin
Huh. That thing kind of freaks me out... yet... deep down, I want to stick the D in it. I wonder if it has teeth? Hrm. Moving on... How is everyone this week? Doing good? Ready to play some games together? Sign up below if y...
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Games with Gold

A Gears of War classic is the most high-profile Games with Gold title for February


Don't sleep on Styx, though
Jan 27
// Brett Makedonski
Take a bow, friends. We're cheating February out of an extra day this year. This is truly the Ocean's Eleven of our lives, except it happens once every four years and we just get a little more February instead of ridicul...
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Friday Night Fights - Go ninja, go ninja, go!


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Jan 22
// Mike Martin
I am currently overworked and exhausted. I got nothing. I just want to play some Infamous Second Son and Destiny. I want that new Platinum Turtles game to hit too. I need to play through Transformers: Devastation again also. ...

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Deals

Renew Xbox Live or PS Plus for under $40 in Weekend Deals


Don't pay full price on these
Jan 16
// Dealzon
Remember that deal from yesterday offering a year of PlayStation Plus for $40? Well, apparently this type of deal comes in twos, because a 12-month Xbox Live Gold subscription is now a lot cheaper, discounted down to&nbs...
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Friday Night Fights - This is getting corny


Game with the Puntoid Community!
Jan 15
// Mike Martin
So our own Chris "I Swear I'm Not A Terminator" Carter (Watch your neuronet processor having ass, deathbot) feels the new Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 Beta is promising. I have to agree with him. It's definitely not a...
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Snoop Dogg

Snoop Dogg to Bill Gates: 'Fix yo shit'


Or he's moving to PlayStation
Jan 13
// Chris Carter
The lines have been drawn -- Snoop Dogg might be moving to PlayStation. According to Snoop, Microsoft's servers have been out of sorts lately, leading to an Instagram takedown message, addressing the Xbox One's online perform...
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Friday Night Fights: So much c-


Game with the Cocktoid Community!
Jan 08
// Mike Martin
Man... I want wings now. Maybe some pollo asada. I wonder if Hansen has a recipe for a good marinade for that... My fat gut aside, how the fuck y'all been? How was your holidays? What games you get? Did Mom pick the right col...
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Friday Night Fights - Happer Nooo Yur!


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Jan 01
// Mike Martin
Dear lord it's bright. Worked till 6am, drank till 8 and back up at 12pm. Choices. Ugh. It's almost 1pm and I need to go back to work. At least it's Friday and it's a short, 4hr shift. It's the little things. Now excuse me, there's ham on my cat, and vomit in my shoe. I think I drew dicks on myself too... God, I'm an asshole.
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Microsoft

Microsoft says this is its 'biggest sale ever'


Insert a Marge Simpson 'hmm' here
Dec 22
// Vikki Blake
Today Microsoft has launched its "biggest sale ever" - Countdown.  The offers are good from now until December 28, 2015, and include savings on games, movies, apps, and TV shows. As well as the offers below, there will also be a sparkly Daily Deal, too - keep an eye on Major Nelson's Twitter for those - and Xbox Live Gold peoples get an additional 10 percent off. Woot. 
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Games with Gold

January's Games with Gold are for fighters and other fighters


And racers!
Dec 21
// Brett Makedonski
Xbox has no delusions of ushering in a peaceful new year. Many a punch will thrown by those who subscribe to Xbox Live Gold, it's just inevitable. Well, unless you suit up as Adam Jensen and play the pacifist. January's Games...
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Star Wars

PSA: Watch out for Star Wars spoilers on Xbox Live and Battlefront


Subverting spoilerphobic safeguards
Dec 19
// Mike Cosimano
Star Wars: The Force Awakens has officially hit theaters, which means everyone who cares a modicum about popular culture is booking to the theaters to experience this sweeping cultural moment before some jerk spoils the ...
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Friday Night Fights - It is here!


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Dec 18
// Mike Martin
It is almost Christmas and there is a new Star Wars movie out. *drops mic*
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Xbox sale

Xbox is gearing up for its 'biggest sale ever'


In terms of quantity, anyway
Dec 18
// Brett Makedonski
Xbox's next sale is kind of like the Amazon River. It's definitely wide, but will it be deep? Bonus Geography Fact For Reading A Video Game Site: The Amazon River is the widest river in the world. That's far from the best le...
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Friday Night Fights - Stick Fighting


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Dec 11
// Mike Martin
EDF and Helldivers all in one week. Wow. So much awesome it must be my birfday. But it's not. It's Christmas time stupid. My birthday was in October and none of you said shit. This is why we have ants.  So we find oursel...
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Friday Night Fights - Enemy bugs approaching!


EDF! EDF! EDF! EDF! EDF!
Dec 04
// Mike Martin
You hear that? After 7 years... 7 full years of peace, quiet and other Earthy stuff. They are returning. THE FUCKING BUGS ARE COMING MAN! Definitely a job for the EDF. Earth Defense Force 4.1 is hitting next week on the 8th, ...
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Games with Gold

December's Xbox Games with Gold will leave you wanting to spend time with family


Kind of a May retread
Nov 24
// Brett Makedonski
Xbox closes out the calendar year not with a bang, but with a whimper. December's free games for Xbox Live Gold subscribers have been revealed a bit early this month. Despite the inclusion of an extra title, the whole lot is ...
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Xbox

Xbox's Black Friday sale is live, here are all the deals


Silver accounts have to wait a bit
Nov 20
// Brett Makedonski
The biggest shopping day of the year starts one week before the biggest shopping day of the year. Some retailers have already begun with the Black Friday consumerism, Amazon probably being the most notable example. Xbox falls...
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Friday Night Fights - Destroy the Rebel scum!


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Nov 20
// Mike Martin
I got to play Battlefront at my brothers... It is not the best... It may not even hold a candle to the old ones (2 ftw!). Holy fuck though. The sound, the feel and the looks? Damn. I might have to take this brain-dead, hunk o...

Fear and loathing in Halo 5: Guardians

Nov 17 // Jed Whitaker
Anyone who knows me on a personal level knows I love Halo; I've played every game at or before launch, no matter the means necessary. While the hype train has been in full force for Halo 5 for months, I've stayed out of it. I hate getting hyped up only to be let down, and after the disastrous launch of The Master Chief Collection, I had little faith in 343 not screwing up Halo 5. At E3, I even purposefully avoided playing the build available there, though I had played and mostly enjoyed the beta earlier in the year. I say 'mostly' because it went from being fun and fresh yet familiar, to quickly catering to the screaming minority of MLG players that eventually lead to Halo 4's multiplayer being ruined when 343 heavily changed the balancing to favor the battle rifle, the go-to gun for wannabe eSports E-thletes. Suddenly the beta was all battle rifles, all the time, just like many of the game types included in The Master Chief Collection. I hated it. Almost every Halo game has launched with the default guns being assault rifles and the pistol, or something similar. The battle rifle was considered a power weapon that had to be collected from the map. Halo was a mad dash to obtain power weapons and to remember when they would respawn so as to grab them before your opponents. Not this starting with the best weapon in the game bullshit. Fast forward to just a few days before launch: I've avoided basically all hype and news regarding Halo 5, aside from thoroughly enjoying the amazing Hunt the Truth audio series. Then I slipped up and watched a video on REQ packs by GreenSkull, a popular Halo YouTuber. As much as I don't like microtransactions I have a thirst...neigh...addiction to opening blind packs of cards brought on by my obsession with Hearthstone. My hype meter instantly went off the charts. I couldn't wait. Midnight hits. My boyfriend and a couple of friends set out to finish the campaign. I typically play the campaign on the Normal difficulty, but my friends insist on playing on the game's hardest mode, Legendary. After about three grueling hours of dying, swearing, and respawning, the game freezes right at the end of chapter three for me. I can hear my teammates, and they can't hear me. They finish the mission. My progress doesn't save, and I receive no achievements. A nearby salt shaker falls, spilling salt everywhere. "Great! This new dashboard is a real piece of shit. It lags, games and apps crash, and I have constant issues with it. Somehow the Xbox One has managed to get worse since launch!" My friends sit in silence while I lament how console gaming has morphed into a bunch of hoops you have to jump through. "Remember back when gaming consisted of putting in the game, turning on the console, and pressing start? Those were the days. Now I have to update my consoles software, sign in to Xbox Live, install the game, update the game that just installed, open a party in a separate app, pray to a god I don't believe in that others can connect, and then I can play." Since then, the new Xbox One dashboard has gotten far better, but it doesn't change the fact that so much bullshit stands in the way. It is just me and my first-ever Xbox Live friend Kevin left now. Everyone else has gone to bed. It's getting pretty late. We decide to play some multiplayer, only to discover that my headset is cutting in and out. At this point, I'm still not sure if it was the software or hardware. I haven't bothered to attempt chatting since. I just yell into my Kinect, which works surprisingly well now, as if Microsoft has refined its voice functionality through updates.  After a few games of SWAT, which my friend is absolute shit at, we move onto Team Slayer, which my friend is also absolute shit at. "Kevin, we have played Halo together since the second game in the series. How are you suddenly so terrible?" He laughs. His laughter is one of my favorite things; it is contagious. Kevin heads to bed, so I decide to go back to completing matches to be assigned a rank in each of the online game types, starting with one of my go-to playlists, SWAT. In SWAT, there are no shields, a single headshot will bring opponents down, and you either start with a magnum or a battle rifle (one of the only times I don't mind BR starts). After ten qualifying matches, I am awarded the rank of onyx, or what was previously known as semi-pro in the beta. Onyx is the highest rank you can qualify for apart from being one of the top 200 players in each playlist; those players are ranked as champion. After achieving onyx in SWAT, I decided it would be a good idea to go ahead and get ranked in all the other playlists. Next on the list was free-for-all, because I'm a wolf pack of one. Free-for-all is probably my most-played game type across all of the Halo series because I don't have a lot of people I play with and tend to avoid making new Xbox Live friends for no particular reason. Even though I'm confident in my skills, I lost a few of my ten qualifying matches but still managed to achieve onyx. Then I set my sights to the all-new Breakout game type. I wasn't a fan of it in the beta, but perhaps I'd like it now. I got destroyed nearly every single match for my first few matches and managed to get carried for a few wins by my teammates. After winning my last few qualifying matches, I was feeling confident I'd be ranked at least in silver or higher. Nope. Bronze. Me in bronze, the lowest rank in the game!? The person who has played every game in the series at launch given the lowest possible rank!?!? Bullshit. I went to bed after angrily shutting off my Xbox One while cursing 343 and Breakout. The next day I finished getting ranked in the other playlists by achieving gold in Slayer and platinum in Team Arena. I couldn't stand that I was ranked bronze in Breakout, so I decided to torture myself some more and give it a go again. Turns out, I was hilariously under ranked.  "What a relief," I thought to myself, "but wow are these kids awful." My opponents and teammates were so bad, it was like competing with someone that had never played an FPS before, or like a young relative. They walked into walls, stared at the sky and ground, and were just all-around bad. I'm not saying this from a place of feeling superior, but the people I was playing with were clearly ranked correctly. Suddenly Breakout became fun. I'd hear people on my team cheering me on as they watched from the grave as I mowed down the remaining three players on the other team. This happened again, and again, and again. Eventually, I hit rank six of bronze, and the competition picked up a smidgen but would wildly vary between matches; some were a piece of cake, others were more evenly matched. Then it finally happened: I hit silver with a nice five-round sweep. I know it wasn't much of an achievement since I was grossly under matched, but I was thankful for it. Thankful for the opportunity to learn how to play Breakout without having much in the way of competition, and learning from my opponent's mistakes, as well as seeing the error of my ways in the qualifying matches. Plus, it doesn't hurt that I could easily get commendations for kills.  Breakout has quickly become one of my favorite game types, and not just because I win a lot, but because it is fun. I know a lot of Halo players aren't huge fans of it yet -- including the team that rage quit during the finals of a tournament recently by suiciding and afterward tweeted at the official Halo account, "I'd rather commit suicide on mainstage than play your shitty game type." But really, people should give it a chance. It might just grow on you. I'm sure I'll be playing Halo 5's multiplayer for some time, as it feels like one of the most balanced games in the series thus far. If you'd like the chance to hear me angrily swear from time to time while playing Halo 5, then be sure to join Destructoid's Spartan Company and prepare to be carried.
Not your dad's Halo photo
Or how I learned to love the Breakout
"Fuck this stupid fucking Call of Duty bullshit. Get your shit together, Bungie...er...343, whoever!" This is how my first night with Halo 5 ends, in a fit of rage after a kill-less losing streak in the game's new tepidl...

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Games with Gold

PSA: Games with Gold cycles in the second half of November's lineup


Knight Squad and Dungeon Siege III
Nov 16
// Chris Carter
As a reminder, Microsoft has cycled in the next bit of November's Games with Gold promotion as of today. You can pick up Knight Squad and Dungeon Siege III with your Gold membership, and Pneuma: Breath of Life ...
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Friday Night Fights

Friday Night Fights - Ch-ch-ch-chaaaanges


Change with the Dtoid community
Nov 13
// Mike Martin
Well isn't this Hunky Dory? A nice little Friday. We have a new Call of Duty to play together. We have a new Fallout to play with ourselves (HA! HA!). We have herpes. Wait, that's just me. My bad. "So shut up and tell us what...
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EA Access

Random Xbox Live members are getting free EA Access codes


Just in time for Battlefront
Nov 10
// Brett Makedonski
Some Xbox Live users are finding that they suddenly have access to way more EA games than they own. That's the nature of the appropriately-named EA Access -- it's a service that allows unlimited playing of certain titles that...
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Friday Night Fights - Jack and Sh**


Game with the Dtoid Community!
Nov 06
// Mike Martin
Whole lotta nothing going on today, eh? Maybe y'all should sign up to play some Black Ops 3 together! How about some Rocket League? I don't know. I'm exhausted, work has been crazy and I just want to take a nap. A sexy nap. A cheesy, sexy, dirty nap. With cheese. Shit. That's how we get ants though. ;)
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Friday Night Fights - Fright Night Edition


Oct 30
// Mike Martin
Welcome to another spooktacular edition of Friday Night Fights! Hollowiener is upon us, and I'm excited to take my kiddos trick or treatin' and see some slutty costumes on moms. I had to miss Halloween last year due to surger...
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Games with Gold

November's Games with Gold lineup disappoints


DiRT 3 will be backward compatible
Oct 28
// Jordan Devore
I'm not sure what I was expecting from this lineup. Too much? Microsoft has come out with the list of games that Xbox Live Gold subscribers can download for free next month: Xbox One Pneuma: Breath of Life (November 1 - 30) ...
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FNF

Friday Night Fights - You dirty rat edition


Game with the Skaven Community!
Oct 23
// Mike Martin
Warhammer: End Times - Vermintide releases today. Oh boy, am I excited. I've had a blast in my short time with the beta. Yes, the game is basically L4D Ratz Edition. The atmosphere, the fighting, and the characters make it st...
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FNF

Friday Night Fights - You get a new car and you...


Game with the Oprah Community!
Oct 16
// Mike Martin
...get a NEW CAR!!! WOOOOOOOOOOO! Header idea came from a joke our lovely Jed Whitaker made in an email. Thank you Jed. I am pleased with the end result. I spent way too long last night working on different images until this ...
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Friday Night Fights

Friday Night Fights - F**k Cancer Edition


Game with the Dtoid Community!
Oct 09
// Mike Martin
Our own very lovely, community member Glowbear has written a book. Titled Magpies and Shifty Sheep, the book is available on Amazon. All proceeds will be donated to Cancer research. Go support Glowie and help fight cancer. Unless you like cancer? DO YOU LIKE CANCER? I dated a cancer once, weird girl but she grew on me. Let's go play some games together!
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Friday Night Fights

Friday Night Fights - Quick and dirty threesomes


Game with the Dtoid Community!
Oct 02
// Mike Martin
Just like Angela likes it. In a rush, busy day, no time for words. I know it's disappointing to all three of you who care about the crap that comes out of my mouth. Instead of my silly rants, just stare at that header and thi...

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