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Nic Rowen . Feb 20

9 inspirational true life stories on this week's episode of Destructoid

The ninth year of Destructoid has dawned, and we've been asked to honor the nine Dtoiders who have inspired us. This is no easy task for me, Dtoid has been an inspiring presence in my life for more than half a deca...   0

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Nic Rowen . Oct 06

Harvesting the Wrenchfarm: I'm an official Dtoid writer now!

I'm not good at playing things cool or affecting an aloof persona. I can't hide what I like, or what embarrasses me, everything is always written plain as day all over my mug. True to form, I can't hide how excited, ove...   0

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Nic Rowen . Sep 27

The metal kid stays in the picture: I've got dibs on Megaman!

Selecting a character in a fighting game is a very personal thing. There are so many factors to consider – from the aesthetic and personality of a character, the way your playstyle meshes with a character's moves,...   0

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Nic Rowen . Sep 24

My Favorite Game: Yo, screw your desert island

I don't think it's really possible to have a “favorite” favorite game, or at least it's not possible for me. I've never been able to answer any of those hypothetical questions where you have to choose one al...   0

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Nic Rowen . Sep 09

Steam Sale Reviews: Payday 2 The Shakedown

  is the quintessential Steam Sale game. Exactly the kind of blood diamond in the rough that makes Steam's bi-annual extravaganzas so exciting. When launched, I could definitely see the appeal and about bought i...   0

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Nic Rowen . Aug 13

NVGR: Watching YouTube through the Rear Window

I watch a lot of YouTube on a regular basis, but since I've busted up my foot and find myself sitting around home all day, my dosage level has skyrocketed to Keith Richards-esq proportions. Sometimes I'll wake up, cue up so...   0

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knutaf . Jul 17

A Clever Jaunt Through Time

Super Time Force had been showing at PAX for years, so I knew the premise long before it came out: if you die, you can rewind and "co-op" through the segment up till your death to help succeed the next time. While that statem...   0

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Nic Rowen . Jul 16

God help me, I read some MechWarrior books

I have a slap-slap-kiss-kiss relationship with the Battletech/MechWarrior franchise. MechWarrior Online is a game I keep returning to even though I find it ridiculously underdeveloped and often completely frustrating to pla...   0

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Nic Rowen . Jun 27

Burn everything, play in the ashes: What games should learn from Risk: Legacy

I haven't played Risk since high school and I hadn't been interested to try it again since. But then again, regular old Risk never had mech-suits and bear-riding future Vikings did it? Enter Risk: Legacy, which upgrades th...   0

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Nic Rowen . May 31

Sweet Spanish booty: and other reasons why Capcom will never go broke

Capcom has finally laid out the release dates for the latest update/expansion of Street Fighter IV. More importantly, they've more or less finalized the change list, the little tweaks and nudges made to bring the cast in ba...   0

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Nic Rowen . May 20

Fuck the police! Anti-authoritarian games I have loved/hated

Watch_Dogs is coming out in a week, and I'm just not that terribly excited. But I should be. Watch_Dogs is the game I would have designed back in high school, back when I tried to paint in my Breakfast Club-esq one-dimen...   0

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Nic Rowen . Apr 23

Shifting through the ashes: The last secrets of Dark Souls

In an effort to keep myself sane as I wait for the PC release of Dark Souls 2 (an idea that sounded good in my head a month ago, but has ended in nothing but jealousy and self directed rage since), I've been digging DEEP in...   0

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Nic Rowen . Mar 14

Titanfall Review: Bury me in my robot

I never got down with Call of Duty, the franchise Respawn's lead designers turned into a juggernaut before their messy public split with Infinity Ward. The heady fumes of dude-bro machismo associated with the series bummed ...   0

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Nic Rowen . Feb 17

Wrench's Indie Game Love Giveaway - Winner

There are two kinds of ways of looking at love. The first is the kind espoused by the Beatles. This is the kind of feelgood generalized love that binds us together as a society, lifts us spiritually, and is the hidden secre...   0

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Nic Rowen . Feb 10

Wrench's Indie Game Love Giveaway!

A few months ago, I held a game giveaway to celebrate my favourite holiday, Halloween. Now I'm throwing one to celebrate a holiday I have a considerably more complicated relationship with Valentine's Day. Valentine's i...   0

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Nic Rowen . Jan 27

My Characters Know How to Take A Beating

I've heard fighting games described as speed chess with punches. When you boil them down, fighting games are essentially a series of choices. They play out insanely fast, and you may not even realize you're making them, but...   0

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Nic Rowen . Jan 01

Wrenchfarm's Best of 2013

2013 was a weird year in gaming. Old consoles winding down, new consoles stumbling out of the gate, and Steam growing bigger, stronger, and stranger all the time. According to all the previews, we have the promise of VR goggl...   0

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Nic Rowen . Dec 10

Risk Of Rain Review: The Deluge

A ship crash-lands on a mysterious planet, and an explorer crawls from the wreckage. There are vast tundras, staggering mountains, and dried lakes that go on forever, splitting the land like a scar. It is all so very big, a...   0

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Nic Rowen . Dec 03

XCOM: Enemy Unknown Donate your body to science Winner!

Last Friday I put out the call, looking for brave Destructoiders willing to defend Earth in our most desperate hour. Willing to go to any length to defeat the alien aggressors, to sacrifice their very humanity and laugh in ...   0

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Nic Rowen . Nov 29

Win XCOM: Enemy Unknown! Donate your body to science

As you might know from the review I wrote last Monday, I am a BIG fan of XCOM: Enemy Within. I thought it was one of the best games I've played this year. And now I want to spread the alien blasting love. That's why I'm g...   0

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Nic Rowen . Nov 25

Review: XCOM: Enemy Within

XCOM: Enemy Unknown was my personal GOTY of 2012. Firaxis managed to do what seemed like an impossible task, reinventing the classic masochistic strategy franchise for a new generation, while staying true to its roots. Enem...   0

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Nic Rowen . Nov 08

Massive Deal At Future Shop this weekend: AC4, CoD:Ghosts, or BF4 Free

I NEVER do this, but I have to post this super short spammy blog before I got off to work tonight, my Canadian brothers in frost need to know about this. Apparently, this weekend between the 8th and the 11th, you can trade...   0

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Nic Rowen . Nov 01

Wrench's Spooky Halloween Steam Give Away WINNER!

After writing each of the names of people who entered on a tiny scroll bound with human hair and casting them into a Jack O' Lantern with a spoopy ghost carved into it, I recited the forbidden names of the 5 forgotten Gods ...   0

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Nic Rowen . Oct 29

Wrench's Spooky Halloween Steam Give Away BONUS! (Updated!)

Halloween is just about upon us and so are the results of my SPOOOKY STEAM GIVE AWAY! But much like the psycho killer in a slasher flick, just when you thought it was over, the undead corpse of my contest has sprung to life...   0

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Nic Rowen . Oct 24

Wrench's Halloween Steam Give Away!

Halloween is just about my favourite time of the year. Talk about the perfect holiday, you get dressed up in whatever you want, eat a shit ton of candy, and maybe go to a party and get drunk with the Wolfman and his Vampire...   0

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Nic Rowen . Jul 01

My gaming story: The Italian, the wimp, and the scientist

Videogames were an alien concept to me until the Christmas of 1989. Actually, to be completely honest, it was the Boxing Day of 1989. The traditional tag-along commercial holiday honouring the return of unwanted gifts and d...   0

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Nic Rowen . Jun 26

To fly through space

The glossy 22 page brochure reads more like a testament of faith than a sales pitch. The evangelical copy boasts the vehicle's impressive performance benchmarks and gushes over the many luxury features a potential buyer can...   0

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Nic Rowen . Jun 19

E3 Was Pretty Freaking Awesome

E3 this year was rad. Seriously, I can't remember the last time I was this engaged and excited by an E3 conference. The last few years on the tail-end of our current generation, E3 has felt compulsory, predictable even. S...   0

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Nic Rowen . Jun 09

E3 2013: Bring back the love

It's been a bummer lately hasn't it? The Wii U was a bit of a disappointment, the internet has been on fire over the Xbox One's inscrutable DRM schemes, and it seems like there's been a different controversy, closure, or bl...   0

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knutaf . May 13

Surprises Hidden in the Eternal Darkness

It was long ago, feels like a dream, when Occams Electric Toothbrush did me a service only a true father can: he lent me his very own physical copy of Eternal Darkness. This happened, oh, almost two years ago, when he came ...   0




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