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Dtoid Northwest NARPUARY 2010

It's that time again! After a long hiatus, Dtoid Northwest is finally back to bring you the legendary NARPs you've always loved. Bring your games, your plastic guitars, your retro games, and of course yourself. There will b...   more



Festivus Northwest NARP

Happy Christmaka or Festivus to all! That's right, Dtoid Northwest is celebrating the holidays just in the neck of time! It'll be Saturday, December 19th-20th (sleepover!!) at 7pm. There will be a "white elephant" gift ex...   more

Festivus Northwest NARP


Dtoid 3 year anniversary NARP

All you Seattle/Vancouverites unite for a night of gaming and good times! We're getting together this Saturday, March 14th in Seattle to celebrate the occasion! This is just a quick reminder, since there is less than a week...   more

Dtoid 3 year anniversary NARP


We are joining forces with Dtoid Portland to make an ultra mega Narp

Yes that's right, we're huge now. We're combining our forces to create DTOID NORTHWEST (a conglomerate of the Seattle/Vancouver/Portland group™) This is mainly to prepare for a huge Narp we'll be planning for the Destructo...   more

We are joining forces with Dtoid Portland to make an ultra mega Narp


Introducing: the Seattle-Vancouver NARP group

Hey Dtoiders! I'm The Pelkus, and I'm here to inform you of a new Destructoid community in Seattle! We're actually combining forces with the current Vancouver group - led by the lustrous, illustrious DJ Duffy - to form ONE ...   more

Introducing: the Seattle-Vancouver NARP group


Siren: Blood Curse - The (Secretly) Best Survival Horror Title of the Year? (Lotsa Spoilers.)

Siren: Blood Curse, created by Project Siren and SCE Japan, doesn't have a lot of competition for survival horror game of the year.The Silent Hill games, while functional, didn't elevate the material about fan service. And Al...   more

Siren: Blood Curse - The (Secretly) Best Survival Horror Title of the Year? (Lotsa Spoilers.)


Sifting through my pile of shame.

So I'm almost done with Siren, which I am going to write about as soon as I'm finished, in a spoileriffic plot analysis. As is, it's one of the best games that I've played this year. So, yes. Forty bucks. Download it. It's ...   more

Sifting through my pile of shame.


Seven Things That Try Hard To Make Mercenaries 2 Suck

Mercenaries 2 is one of those games that seems to try its hardest to destroy whatever good ideas originally came with the series. Mercenaries 1 had the advantage of zero expectations, and offering a surprisingly visceral expe...   more

Seven Things That Try Hard To Make Mercenaries 2 Suck


Ys Book I & II: Yet Another Game I'd Rather Play Than Zelda.

Ah, just joking, sorta. I would love to see this series handled with the polish and charm of the Zelda games. But having got A Link to the Past fairly recently, I've got to say this: it didn't hold my attention. This has. M...   more

Ys Book I & II: Yet Another Game I'd Rather Play Than Zelda.


You Know You Hate Them: Awful Licensed Soundtracks

It used to be that licensed soundtracks were a novelty: when Rock n' Roll Racing or Michael Jackson's Moonwalker bleated out their midi-fied interpretations of Smooth Criminal or Radar Love, we were amazed. It was something...   more

You Know You Hate Them: Awful Licensed Soundtracks


Games You Aren't Ashamed to GameFAQ It All Up Ons

I don't like cheating. I'd like to think that most gamers out there prefer to avoid using strategy guides, FAQs, and how-to sheets on getting past games. I'm not a competitive gamer. I'm not really up for trying to get my nam...   more

Games You Aren't Ashamed to GameFAQ It All Up Ons


Gamespot Advertising Gets a Little Niche-ey

The Penny Arcade Adventures review causes some interesting items to come up in the keyword-based advertising that comes up in Gamespot. The latest Adventures in Lolo cheats? HOLY HELL! That bitch Lala is gonna get her ass ...   more

Gamespot Advertising Gets a Little Niche-ey


On Finally Getting a Wii, GTA IV, and Why Street Fighter The Movie: The Game isn't that bad.

I'm going home and controlling some Kylie Minogue! Take that, Oscar winner Raul Julia! So, I did it. I went and bought a Wii. It looked like I wasn't even going to get one, what with the six I saw at the "Real Canadian Supe...   more

On Finally Getting a Wii, GTA IV, and Why Street Fighter The Movie: The Game isn't that bad.


DtoidVancouver event numero uno!

Ok so hopefully this isn't too short of notice, but we will doing our first event, this Saturday night, starting at 7pm PST. Since everyone lives a little far out there and nobody knows each other, we will be doing this fir...   more

DtoidVancouver event numero uno!


Introducing DtoidVancouver! (teh repost)

Just to grab the attention of the morning people, I've re-posted this FTW! Getting things started in the Northwest, we have created Destructoid Vancouver! There is some much needed Dtoid love up here and we want to make it...   more

Introducing DtoidVancouver! (teh repost)


Introducing Destructoid Vancouver

Getting things started in the Northwest, we have created Destructoid Vancouver! There is some much needed Dtoid love up here and we want to make it happen. We want to get some events going as soon as we get a grasp of what ...   more

Introducing Destructoid Vancouver


On Shield Bashing, No Gay Bashing, and Sneaking in Metal Gear Solid Online. Also, GTAIVPS3VS360.

Alright, alright, I admit it: I was rather glib in my initial impressions of the Metal Gear Solid Online Beta. After some more time with that game, my heart has warmed to it. Especially since it has added one new feature, ...   more

On Shield Bashing, No Gay Bashing, and Sneaking in Metal Gear Solid Online. Also, GTAIVPS3VS360.


Incredible Times With the Metal Gear Solid Online Beta!

Here, in pictures, is my incredible time with Metal Gear Solid Online yesterday! Needless to say, I'm going back for more. Exciting, different, radical, it's a game like no other online shooter in which you shoot people in de...   more

Incredible Times With the Metal Gear Solid Online Beta!


Are you getting better or worse at games as you get older?

We're getting older. One day, before you know it, you'll be walking by O'Douls pub on Granville street, and see kids with their Fallout Boy haircuts and, for some reason, see that half of them are dressed like zombies, and yo...   more

Are you getting better or worse at games as you get older?


My Week(s) in JRPGs - March 17 to April 1.

My second attempt at keeping a log on my progress with the giant pile of JRPGs that I'm working through. As you can see, I only tackled two of the games on my list, although I probably should note that you could also add Gold...   more

My Week(s) in JRPGs - March 17 to April 1.


Hey stores. Take my money. Take it. Aw, to hell with you.

It's April, and I've got a hundred bucks put away for my gaming habit this month. I haven't bought much in the past few months, what with getting the SNES and all, the sole exception being Chrono Trigger. So I went out sho...   more

Hey stores. Take my money. Take it. Aw, to hell with you.


You know you hate them: stealth sections in non-stealth games.

Ah, Stealth. You can thank Metal Gear Solid and Tenchu for bringing this ubiquitous gameplay mechanic into popular attention. Although games like Airborne Ranger and the original Metal Gear had toyed with this mechanic in the...   more

You know you hate them: stealth sections in non-stealth games.


RPG Spotlight Contest - Quest for Glory II: Trial By Fire

What the hell is it? Quest for Glory II: Trial By Fire is a hybrid adventure game and roleplaying game created by Sierra Online in 1990, released on PC and Amiga. It was developed by husband and wife team Lori Ann and Corey...   more

RPG Spotlight Contest - Quest for Glory II: Trial By Fire


You know you hate them: terrible rhythm minigames.

You know you hate them. The little things that designers feel they must throw into games. Frequently it's because everyone else is doing it. Because PR people or focus testers ask for them. Or because their games are too damn...   more

You know you hate them: terrible rhythm minigames.


My Week in JRPGs - March 9-16

After not playing JRPGs for a few years, I've been getting back into them in full force. I figured that, somewhat inspired by ZargonX, I should log my attempt to hack my way through these games. Unfortunately, as I'm not play...   more

My Week in JRPGs - March 9-16


Name Entry Screens: Spawn of Satan, Or Pathway to Creative Bliss?

I can't resist it. Every time an RPG offers me the chance to rename one of their precious characters, I have to go for it. I admit it. I usually break the narrative of the game with either random, bizarre, or knowingly idioti...   more

Name Entry Screens: Spawn of Satan, Or Pathway to Creative Bliss?


The Win Button: How Playing To Win Wrecks Games

I like to play video games, and I also like to play video games against others. I don't, however, hold much respect for those who simply want to play a game to win, regardless of tactics used. I think that it's a matter o...   more

The Win Button: How Playing To Win Wrecks Games


Good Times With Bad Games Part IV: Enter the Matrix

Enter the Matrix Crimes Against Gaming: Boasting itself to be a powerhouse, a new paradigm in movie and video game crossover, with exclusively filmed material, voiceovers, and cutscenes created by the Wachowski brothers,...   more

Good Times With Bad Games Part IV: Enter the Matrix


Peer Pressure Results In Local Man's Chrono Trigger Purchase

(Also pictured above: guy who sold Chrono Trigger on Craigslist.) Due solely to peer pressure, I have purchased a copy of Chrono Trigger. Not due to nostalgia, in fact, I've never played the game before. But as I have some ...   more

Peer Pressure Results In Local Man's Chrono Trigger Purchase


Retro Gaming Contest: Flashback

Flashback: The Quest for Identity What the hell is it? Flashback is a side-scrolling action-adventure game from French publisher Delphine Software. Delphine had whipped up buzz in the gaming community a few years before w...   more

Retro Gaming Contest: Flashback





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