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May 24 // Jon Hartley

The stubborn, unlikable Xbox One

There are a lot of reasons not to like the Xbox One. Itís pretty ugly, representing the boxy design favored in 1980s electronics more than a modern, sleek look like what weíve seen popularized in recent years. The name? Yeah,...
Nov 05 // Jon Hartley

Putting the "No" in November

I'm definitely in the minority when it comes to my complete and utter lack of excitement over what most consider to be a huge month for videogame releases. I'm unswayed by the prospect of jumping into the moonboots of Maste...
Oct 24 // Jon Hartley

The Hardest Trigger to Pull

MAJOR SPOILERS for Episode 3 of The Walking Dead follow. If you haven't played it, please, stop reading and do so. Bookmark this page or something and go experience it yourself instead of letting me ruin it for you. If you ...
Oct 19 // Jon Hartley

A Taste of Discipline from XCOM and Dishonored

I usually try to make my writing well-structured, if nothing else. This is perhaps as a contrast to my everyday life, which is a chaotic series of (only sometimes) hilarious, unrelated, unpredictable, and often horrifying eve...
Oct 04 // Jon Hartley

10 Reasons I Can't F#@king Wait for XCOM: Enemy Unknown

I'll say it: I'm completely hot for XCOM: Enemy Unknown. It's been a long time since I've anticipated any game this much, and I'll admit that even I'm a little surprised by the development. Sure, when I first read about it, i...
Sep 29 // Jon Hartley

Review: FIFA 13

While Electronic Arts has suffered a seemingly endless string of PR nightmares over the years (most recently for slapping a new cover on FIFA 12 and releasing it as FIFA 13 for the Wii), some of their yearly sports titles hav...
Sep 25 // Jon Hartley

WTF Moments in Gaming History: Wall Street Kid

If you're like me, you remember the NES very fondly. You also remember the system for the genres that made the system so great. Sure, there was something for everybody, but generally you could count on plenty of platformers, ...
Sep 18 // Jon Hartley

SaleBlog: Dust Off Those Instruments, 50% Off Rock Band 1 & 2 DLC

I don't know about you guys, but it's been awhile since I took out the trusty ol' plastic axe and shredded out a few tunes in my living room. Still, even my cold, black heart melted a bit when I heard of the monumental sale H...
Sep 13 // Jon Hartley

Backlogged: Alpha Protocol

Just about every gamer has a backlog, and I am no exception. To try and keep mine managable, I will regularly pick a game I've been meaning to get to and complete it (or play as much of it as I can stand) before reporting my ...
Aug 30 // Jon Hartley

My Completely Unnecessary (Re)Introduction Blog

Hello, friends, strangers, and men pretending to be women! I feel more than a little self-conscious writing an introduction blog, for a couple of reasons: a) I would rather the focus of any blog entry not be on me. My con...
Feb 02 // Jon Hartley

How Heavy Rain Pushes All the Wrong Buttons

A funny thing happens when I browse this fine site. Many times, I'm more interested in people's reactions (and the reasons for them) then the actual stories themselves. I find Destructoid not only to be an awesome place t...
Sep 28 // Jon Hartley

(NVGR) Nightmare on Elm St. Remake Trailer and Reactions!

As posted in the title, this is not video game related, but I know there are a fair amount of horror fans here on Dtoid, and I had to see what you guys thought of the trailer for the Nightmare on Elm Street remake trailer tha...
Jul 29 // Jon Hartley

EA Sports MMA Will Boast Fedor Emelianenko as Cover Boy

There has been a lot of doubt cast on the upcoming EA Sports MMA game (aptly titled EA Sports MMA) based upon a perceived lack of star power outside of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. However, you can't fault EA for it'...
Jun 25 // Jon Hartley

Games and Crap (inFAMOUS edition)

So, as an underachieving blogger here at Dtoid, Iíve decided to find some of the barriers that keep me from blogging more often, and systematically eliminate them like some sort of genocidal dictator. Only, instead of leavin...
Jun 02 // Jon Hartley

Regarding E3: When Games Aren't Enough

Ask any gamer, and they will tell you that the most important parts of the game industry are the games themselves. That should seem obvious enough, right? With a nod to the consoles and computers that allow us to enjoy th...
May 03 // Jon Hartley

Those About to Die: Every Character I've Controlled

As so many have pointed out over the last month, we're all guilty of being cold-blooded killers. However, I would propose that my crimes are even more demented than those of the majority. I would suggest that what I've done...
Jan 04 // Jon Hartley

I hugged whoever told me what the Ron Workmeng hugs are all about...

...I must have missed something. What happened with Ron? And why was Heretic banned (more specific than "he was a dick" plz). I'm not trolling, I swear. I just thirst for knowledge. *prepares to hug*
Dec 17 // Jon Hartley

What to Watch in Netflix Instant Queue? Try These... (NVGR)

If you are one of the Xbox 360 owners that have taken advantage of the streaming Netflix titles option that was added with the New Xbox Experience, it may be hard to separate the good titles from the crap. Hell, it may be ha...
Dec 03 // Jon Hartley

Why Did I Join a Madden League?: A Cautionary Tale

At the risk of losing the respect of my fellow Dtoiders (at least the four of you who recognize me, as I'm not that active here), I have a startling admission to make. I know it's not wise to say this, and I will get a verba...
Mar 18 // Jon Hartley

Opinion: Sheep May Ruin Destructoid, But Not The Sheep You're Thinking Of

With all the drama that ensues after nearly every Destructoid review comes a lot of finger-pointing and insults. One of the things I'm starting to see, and I'm sure I'm not the only one, is an "us vs. them" mentality where D...
Jan 23 // Jon Hartley

Please, Justify Your EA Hate

So, in the last couple of months, I've read about EA doing a couple of cool things. One was sending a free game to those who had Rock Band peripheral troubles, and the other was bitch-slapping Fox News on behalf of Mass Effe...
Jan 23 // Jon Hartley

Free Year of EGM- No catch!

I'm quite sure someone may have posted this, but I will endure the flames in the hopes of helping my fellow Dtoiders get some free shit. Over at Joystiq.com they are offering a free year of EGM to the first 22,000 to sign up...
Jan 18 // Jon Hartley

Friday Rant: "Gimme Free Stuff, Waaaahhh!"

Usually my rants get some props, but don't attract real disagreements, lively debate, or even a few well-placed flames. I have a feeling this one will change that, and that's okay. Why? Because many of you are bitching for...
Jan 07 // Jon Hartley

Monday Rant: Digital Downloads & Xbox 720, Bah!

What better day for a rant than a Monday, and what better subject than the inevitable progression in technology? Well, it seems inevitable if you visit any number of forums, gaming, or movie sites, that is. If you've been i...
Dec 20 // Jon Hartley

Video Game Tune Up: Mass Effect

I could have added yet another Mass Effect review to the heaping pile, like so many pimply-faced prepubescents slapping pepperoni onto Meat Lover's pizzas at Domino's. However, having noted that there are more or less two ki...
Dec 12 // Jon Hartley

Wednesday Rant: Collect Deez Nuts

Many gaming conventions that were once commonplace have since been tossed aside, like personal hygiene when a new WoW expansion comes out. The days of extra lives, continues, and lame save points are largely behind us (thoug...
Dec 01 // Jon Hartley

Reviews, Hype, and Your Mom

I've been meaning to write about my feelings on reviews and specifically, a lot of the hoopla about Assassin's Creed and more recently, Mass Effect, but with the Game$pot scandal and now the D-toid Mass Effect review, it's a ...
Nov 06 // Jon Hartley

Rock Band Questions Linger...

Everyone's raving about Rock Band, and rightfully so. I'm sure I'll pick it up at some point, like most will. However, with the release mere days (DAYS!) away, a lot of questions remain. Paramount of them (to me, anyway): ...

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