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Are VIdeo Games Sexist: What the heck is going on here?

Guys, I saw this and had to come back home, to try and figure things out. And this isn't to say there's actual sides to be had, or rigth stances or wrong stances... but huh?  Is gaming actually transcending an ideo...   more

Are VIdeo Games Sexist: What the heck is going on here?


Strider's platinum thoughts on the Smash Bros. 3DS demo

I was one of the fated chosen who reached platinum status with Club Nintendo. I’ve pretty much been playing the Smash 3DS demo non-stop, just trying to get Mega Man right and playing its two minute stock matches d...   more



Analyzing Pokemon ORAS' new mega evolutions

Normally for most iterations of Pokemon, we have to wait for full release titles to get a shakeup in the metagame and see something new. Sometimes we get a small change in the form of new move tutors appearing to give unexpec...   more

Analyzing Pokemon ORAS' new mega evolutions


Occam Thoughts: Podcasts

I have found myself seeking some accompaniment when I am playing video games.  I used to listen to albums and audio books but lately the name of the game has been podcasts.  There is nothing more pleasant than facing the hord...   more



You Wanna Adopt Me? I'd Adopt Me.

Another year has come and gone.  The hot dog breath of Summer is slowly relenting and giving way to the cool quiet of Fall.  PAX Prime aka the Battle in Seattle aka the Group Hug is happening starting tomorrow.  For some of y...   more



Goodbye Robin

I just wanted to take a brief moment to say goodbye to a man who taught me how to laugh and the your eccentricities are a strength rather than a weakness. Yesterday, as I'm sure most of you know Robin Williams killed himself....   more



I love grapplers

For every fighting game, there is always a grappler character. While not inherently a divisive archetype or idea, the grappler is still a polarizing archetype nonetheless in the circles he or she frequents. Beginners will g...   more



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...   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.  Side note: That could be a really fancy way of saying looking at porn.  I’ve been playing...   more



Hey Strider! Let me battle you! #1 Starting a team

Originally I was thinking about reflecting on Smash Brothers' in the interest of Smash 4's hype and release. I wanted to talk competitive retrospect on some of Smash's characters. But what I really want to talk about is win...   more

Hey Strider! Let me battle you! #1 Starting a team


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 and say "hi", before giving me ...   more



One year later: Animal Crossing New Leaf

One year ago on June 9th 2013, Animal Crossing New Leaf released to a particularly rabid fanbase on the 3DS. New Leaf presented a logical jump for fans of the quirky slice of life sim game. Instead of playing as a strange m...   more

One year later: Animal Crossing New Leaf


The 3DS user's guide to Disneyland (and other theme parks)

Have you ever taken your 3DS to a major theme park and remarked at the surprising number of streetpasses you've received? As many of you may know in my day to day musings, I work at the (alleged) happiest place on Earth. I ...   more

The 3DS user's guide to Disneyland (and other theme parks)


The StriderHoang Series Dtoid Trading Card Roundup!

Phew! I've been making these for nearly two weeks as a minor hobby in between work and school. But finally I feel satisfied with what I set out with these Dtoid Trading Cards: make cards for the community members who probably...   more



Another goddamn 10 things about Strider

It seems there's always more to learn about your fellow Dtoiders. In addition to the new meat coming out of the word work to post theirs, a lot of people who have done the top 10 lists are also returning for 10 more things....   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, urgent thrusts.  So here are ...   more



Strider's top 10 Kirby powers

After finishing Kirby Triple Deluxe, I came to the realization that not all powers, at least in Triple Deluxe, are made equally. Sure, that's always been the case but now more than ever do I see the Fighter power being nerfed...   more



10 reasons why Elsa is always right...

1.  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 class white woman with a n...   more



The Rebellion Strikes Back! A primer to FTL's Advanced Edition

I’ve plugged countless hours into FTL and I still don’t consider myself good. While beating the Rebel Flagship is a challenge to most people it still seems like a dream to me, or at the very least a set piece you can never ...   more

The Rebellion Strikes Back! A primer to FTL's Advanced Edition


Mercenary Kings: This is my gun

Tired of the same old M-16/Barret 50 Cals/Desert Eagles? One of the main reasons I'm so attached to Mercenary Kings, a new so-called Borderslugs game, is because there are plenty of weapons which can then be mixed and match...   more

Mercenary Kings: This is my gun


Late night thoughts: STEEEAAAAAAM coupons

Well, I'm sick. I've missed a couple days of work because of some weird Spring flu I caught. But my lack of shift hours in earning money doesn't mean you have to spend your own! Since jumping into Steam head first and putt...   more

Late night thoughts: STEEEAAAAAAM coupons


Happy birthday Mr. Mayor

I've actually been emboldened from the state of the Animal Crossing thread in the Dtoid forums. Most people have dropped off playing the game, including the biggest AC player I knew, AlphaDeus. People chalk it up to burning...   more

Happy birthday Mr. Mayor


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



How I 3DS: Strider edition

After the realization that the 3DS turned three, reading this from Stephen Totilo, and by serendipity also AboveUp's foray into the 3DS, I think its time I shared my personal 3DS story and stats. In particular, someone who ...   more

How I 3DS: Strider edition


A simplified history of Pokémon's metagame part 6: X and Y

We've finally arrived at the latest generation. After combing through the first, second, third, fourth, and fifth generations of Pokémon with 20 years of games, we've arrived at X and Y with their sixth generation flavor. A...   more

A simplified history of Pokémon's metagame part 6: X and Y


Log Horizon: a great game in an anime

What happens when you take the principle foundation of Sword Art Online and lessen the examination on humanity in a digital to increase the game fluff that was on top of it? Log Horizon is what happens when you have someone...   more

Log Horizon: a great game in an anime


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

I freaking love Super Smash Bros. 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 suspense! Th...   more



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 remembrance and a glint of nostalgia ...   more



How I got my mom to game: Adventure Inlay

My dad's a gamer. He's just naturally into them. We bought Mike Tyson's Punch out back in 1988 and I soon learned that I could not stand next to him while he was playing or I'd get a right hook to the face, years before Wiita...   more



Strider's personal Pokébank wishlist

I've saved a lot of Pokemon in my days of playing the series. I've held onto Pokemon I've caught in Emerald version way back with the GBA cartridges. But PokeBank has been delayed indefinitely, and with it Poke Transporter, l...   more

Strider's personal Pokébank wishlist





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