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What if Mario was... a GIRL!???!!!?

When they announced new heads were sent spinning at the prospect of playing as Princess Peach, unfortunately, many were disappointed as both Peach and Rosalina reinforced gender normatives by ...   more



Bbain's Jukebox: Western

The past few weeks, I've been playing . It's a pretty solid fantasy RPG, but what drew me to the game in the first place was its western theme. Much of the game seems to be tenuously related to t...   more



God help me, I read some MechWarrior books

I have a slap-slap-kiss-kiss relationship with the franchise. is a game I keep returning to even though I find it ridiculously underdeveloped and often completely frustrating to play. The un...   more



Tomb Raider is actually a survival horror game

Confession time: I've only ever played one video game which is considered a part of the survival horror genre, that game being . I've never played any , or , or , or , or or what have you. And i...   more



Occam Thoughts: Youtube

So let’s see.  It’s been a while since I wrote one of these. What’s new with me?  I’ve been engaging in all kinds of media lately.    I’ve been playing a silly amount of Final Fantasy IV: A R...   more



Bbain's Jukebox: Happiness

Hello everyone! If you've been following my presence here on the site, you've probably noticed that I really enjoy video game soundtracks. I talk about them a lot, and these days I actually tend ...   more



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

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



E3 Predictions: The Results

With the dust settled I thought we’d take a look back at the E3 Predictions post to see who came out on top, and to just reflect on E3 in general. All in all I think it was a pretty good showing,...   more

E3 Predictions: The Results


So, you want to be my friend...

So... if you met me at a party would you walk up and hand me a picture of lesbian porn?  I don't really care if you're female, or if you're gay, but you might want to introduce yourself first a...   more



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 . More importantly, they've more or less finalized the change list, the little tweaks and nudges made to bring t...   more



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

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



Occams Thoughts: 10 Things About Me

Top ten lists are a lot of fun.  Its a great chance to get to know the community and present yourself a bit.  You can let down your guard and get some community love and return the love in quick,...   more



10 reasons why Elsa is always right...

If you're a male, you're wrong.  One thing I've learned from gaming media in recent years is that being a woman makes me always right.  Apparently I lack "privilege" even though I'm a middle...   more



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 (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 be...   more



GaymerX brings out the worst in the Dtoid community

The articles that Destructoid has run recently about have made me kind of sad and worried about the current community. The themselves are great, mind you. The staff is clearly welcoming of pe...   more



Titanfall Review: Bury me in my robot

I never got down with , 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 ...   more

Titanfall Review: Bury me in my robot


The Play it/Avoid it Report - 002 // Wind Waker HD, GTA V and more

Hello, Destructoid. Believe it or not, The Play it/Avoid it Report is back after an extended hiatus. I'm going to skip my traditional intro and dive right in. Let's do this. ____________________...   more



The future of the Xbox 720 is online ONLY

So I called this a while back. I said that the Xbox 720 is going to require constant internet connection, even though it was stated otherwise. Microsoft said they reversed their idea to make the...   more

The future of the Xbox 720 is online ONLY


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 spirit...   more

Wrench's Indie Game Love Giveaway - Winner


Digital prices are such a rip off - on Xbox Live

The other day I was checking out new releases on the Xbox Live on demand list, and to my surprise Final Fantasy 13-3 Lightning Returns was available, Day 1, digital release. I was very impressed...   more

Digital prices are such a rip off - on Xbox Live


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 – V...   more



My Top 10 Most Wanted Characters for the New Super Smash Bros.!

I freaking love It's one of my favorite fighting game series of all time, but as fun as the games are, the anticipation leading up to each new release is almost just as fun! The speculation! The...   more



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 r...   more



Is Toad Middle Eastern?

First, we discovered that the clouds and bushes in were using the same sprite.  Later, mankind theorised that the entirety of 3. was actually a stage play. And now, I have unearthed the next “...   more



The hunt for the missing NES game

Something really cool happened this week, and while it might not be the most exciting story to some, it was still very exciting for me. So, growing up, my family had several gaming consoles that...   more

The hunt for the missing NES game


Occam Thoughts: Summons

Summons in role playing games.  There is something so wonderfully appealing about calling forth a terrible monster to do your dirty work for you in an RPG. Most of us can recall with fond remembr...   more



bbain's 2013 gaming awards

Hello, everyone! There have been so many Best of 2013 blogs already (which is awesome!), and I'd like to throw my own list into the mix, even though it's a little late. I also thought I'd add a f...   more



New Years Resolution 2014: Friendly Gaming Year Challenge!

Its another year and it may be off to a bit of a crappy start (I got sick) I'm optimistic about this years challenge! As mentioned several times before hand, once or twice here on Dtoid and a few...   more

New Years Resolution 2014: Friendly Gaming Year Challenge!


8 game series challenge: AND THE REST

Ya this is pretty much were the series challenge ended itself, Metroid and Final Fantasy. A big part of this challenge was to simply finish Final Fantasy, but it turned out I can avoid that pr...   more

8 game series challenge: AND THE REST


8 game series challenge: Kirby review

Kirby is a series I never really played before, I mean I know I have played it as a kid, but I just didn't like it when I was younger. There was just something about it being to easy, mixed wit...   more

8 game series challenge: Kirby review





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