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Dec 04 // Steel Squirrel

The Gift of Gaming: Family Ties

I know what you're thinking. You're thinking a Family Ties game would be amazing, and you're right. I'm making a note to send that idea to TellTale Games.  "Alex will remember that." That's not what I'm here to tal...
Sep 18 // Steel Squirrel

Shut up about Destiny.

Seriously. What is wrong with everyone? I'm not really sure what happened to gamers. Maybe it was the internet. Maybe it was the fact that everyone thinks they are some kind of psuedo game designer now and somehow think ...
Jun 12 // Xander Markham

E3: Why Animal Crossing should have been the Wii U's online hub

A week has passed since Nintendo failed for the second time at E3 to convince gamers how the Wii U will rectify the mistakes of its predecessor. The problem seems to be that while Nintendo is telling everyone still listenin...
Jun 08 // Xander Markham

Pikmin 2 New Play Control review

GAME REVIEW Review Scoring Chart - 10: Masterpiece; 9: Outstanding; 8: Very Good; 7: Good; 6: Above Average; 5: Average; 4: Below Average; 3: Bad; 2: Awful; 1: Reprehensible; 0: Non- Functional. PIKMIN 2: NEW PLAY CONTRO...
May 31 // Xander Markham

My not-at-all clever or surprising E3 2012 predictions

Hello again, Destructoid! How I've missed you. A few of you have toddled over to Flixist and our own nascent Cblog community, and what a delight it has been to welcome you. Luckily, it's E3, that time of year when gamers ar...
Apr 04 // Xander Markham

Review - Xenoblade Chronicles

Review Scoring Chart - 10: Masterpiece; 9: Outstanding; 8: Very Good; 7: Good; 6: Above Average; 5: Average; 4: Below Average; 3: Bad; 2: Awful; 1: Reprehensible; 0: Non- Functional. XENOBLADE CHRONICLES Format: Wii Devel...
Mar 06 // Xander Markham

A Call For Games To Take Their Fantasy More Seriously

DISCLAIMER: This review is up on the CBlogs at (roughly) the same time as my blog. As much as I love writing for the Dtoid Community, it's pretty hard to find the time these days to cover all my bases, including Flixist. If...
Feb 28 // Xander Markham

Review - The Last Story

Review Scoring Chart - 10: Masterpiece; 9: Outstanding; 8: Very Good; 7: Good; 6: Above Average; 5: Average; 4: Below Average; 3: Bad; 2: Awful; 1: Reprehensible; 0: Non- Functional. THE LAST STORY Format: Wii Developer: ...
Nov 30 // Xander Markham

Review - The Legend Of Zelda: Skyward Sword

Review Scoring Chart - 10: Masterpiece; 9: Outstanding; 8: Very Good; 7: Good; 6: Above Average; 5: Average; 4: Below Average; 3: Bad; 2: Awful; 1: Reprehensible; 0: Non- Functional. THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: SKYWARD SWORD Form...
Oct 31 // Xander Markham

Halloween Retrospective: Eternal Darkness (GameCube, 2002)

Hey, Cbloggers. Long time no see. Reading what the Dtoid staff consider their most terrifying gaming moments, and seeing them somehow miss the most nerve-wrecking one of all, inspired me to write about a game I consider one...
Apr 24 // Xander Markham

Aaamaazing: Grabbed by the Spetsnaz

James Bond sat alone in the small St Petersburg bar and downed a third whiskey and soda to soften the screams of dead men for another hour. Under the red light, he checked his watch, a 1953 Rolex submariner which told a dif...
Mar 13 // Xander Markham

Technical Difficulties: The Masochist Gamer

I wanted to write a Monthly Musing last month but couldn't find the time, so was a tad despondent when this month's topic turned out to be something I'd already written a full blog post on a while back, which you can read h...
Feb 06 // Xander Markham

My Perspective: 3DS hands-on preview [UPDATED with Steel Diver]

UPDATE: Just realised after reading sheppy's latest blog entry that I'd completely forgotten to write anything about Steel Diver, which I also played for a short amount of time. I've put a paragraph about it in-between Pro ...
Jan 02 // Xander Markham

Ten reasons to look forward to 2011 (includes videos, Alison Brie and a puppy)

Nearly all my December Cblog entries have been lists, so before I go away for a few months to lay the foundations for what will hopefully be a most spectacular year, I thought I'd leave you with one more. A big one, filled wi...
Dec 31 // Xander Markham

The Games of the Decade (plus one year): 2000-2010

It's the end of December, so 'Game of the Year' lists are inevitably flooding the internet, but given how I had yet to discover Destructoid in 2009 (what an empty life I must have lead!), I thought a 'Game of the Decade' list...
Dec 19 // Xander Markham

Super Mario Bros 3 - Blowing minds since 1988

I haven't had time to write a proper article today as not only have I been preparing for Christmas, but it's also my birthday. Hoorah. I am today as old as the Super Mario Bros series. I came across the video below and it r...
Dec 12 // Xander Markham

The Wii Christmas Buyer's Guide

THE WII CHRISTMAS BUYER'S GUIDE Instead of my usual weekly Cblog article, I thought I'd do something which some of you may find of practical help while doing your Christmas shopping. Much to the chagrin of teh hardcorez ev...
Dec 05 // Xander Markham

The World Is Not Enough: Super Mario World in retrospect

Nintendo have pushed hard to bring the two-dimensional platformer back into gaming prominence this generation. The immense success of their DS revival of the 2D Mario series with New Super Mario Bros and profitable emulatio...
Nov 15 // craineum

Dr. Light, Mega Man, and Proto Man go Trick-or-Treating

Hello all! So I finished my portion of the costume for Halloween! We had a great time trick-or-treating, but only one group during our night out got it. This doesn't include stopping by digtastiks neighborhood for a little show and tell. Anyways, here is some more pictures and a video of the night. If you want to know how to build the costumes go here: Dr. Light Proto Man Mega Man
Nov 14 // Xander Markham

Games On Film: What does 'cinematic' actually mean?

ESSAY #14 This isn't going to be a rant about linearity or spectacle over gameplay, or anything like that. Those topics have been covered extensively enough already and at least once by me. I'm quite open in my preference ...
Nov 08 // Xander Markham

You Only Live Twice: GoldenEye 007 Wii review (EU)

GAME REVIEW Review Scoring Chart - 10: Masterpiece; 9: Outstanding; 8: Very Good; 7: Good; 6: Above Average; 5: Average; 4: Below Average; 3: Bad; 2: Awful; 1: Barely Playable; 0: Non-Functional. GOLDENEYE 007 Developers:...
Oct 28 // craineum

Dr. Lights Halloween Boys: Mega Man and Proto Man

Hello everyone, its been awhile again. Family life doesn’t leave itself much free time, but I managed to get my whole family helping with this years costumes. This year after talking it over with my sons we decided to...
Oct 06 // Xander Markham

Eurogamer Expo Game Reports (Part 4): Gears of War 3, DKCR, GoldenEye Wii

This is the final entry in a set of four daily reports which have covered the games I played last weekend at the Eurogamer Expo 2010 in London. I'm a little late tonight due to problems with my internet connection, but will...
Oct 05 // Xander Markham

Eurogamer Expo Game Reports (Part 3): Killzone 3 (3D), SOCOM 4, Crysis 2

This is the third in a set of four daily reports which will cover the games I played last weekend at the Eurogamer Expo 2010 in London. Today's all-action trio of bullet-stravaganzas comprises Killzone 3, shown in full 3D, ...
Oct 04 // Xander Markham

Eurogamer Expo Game Reports (Part 2): Kirby's Epic Yarn, Vanquish, Enslaved

This is the second in a set of four daily reports which will cover the games I played this weekend at the Eurogamer Expo 2010 in London. Each report will cover three games, with yesterday's being Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sw...
Oct 03 // Xander Markham

Eurogamer Expo Game Reports (Part 1): Zelda, Assassin's Creed, Kinect

This photo took three hours to take - thanks for that, Nintendo. More serious thanks to the photographer, Yusuf, for lending me his camera. EVENT #1 It's great to have the opportunity to offer something different to my usu...
Sep 26 // Xander Markham

More Than Just Noise: The Sound Beneath Our Feet

MONTHLY MUSINGS #6 Developers today have the technology to build whole galaxies, rewrite the laws of physics and construct impossible feats of architecture. With all the advances of the past decade, it's easy to forget how...
Sep 19 // Xander Markham

Guilt, Gender and Surrogacy In Metroid: Other M

ESSAY #13 Criticising the standard of writing in videogames has been an easy target since the medium adopted a third dimension and began to make some effort to explore the potential for interactive storytelling. On the one...
Sep 12 // Xander Markham

Mother Issues: Metroid Other M UK Review

REVIEW #7 Review Scoring Chart - 10: Masterpiece; 9: Outstanding; 8: Very Good; 7: Good; 6: Above Average; 5: Average; 4: Below Average; 3: Bad; 2: Awful; 1: Barely Playable; 0: Non-Functional. METROID: OTHER M Developers...
Aug 29 // Xander Markham

Teh Bias: We are the fanboys

MONTHLY MUSINGS #5 Having been busy for most of the summer, I put up my first comment in a while on a Destructoid news post. Within seconds, I had been labelled a fanboy. The comment was posted on a preview of the upcoming...

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