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Aug 04 // SpielerDad

World of "Bat" Tanks

The late great comedian Rodney Dangerfield once said "I went to a fight the other night, and a hockey game broke out." I can relate. I once bought a game about Batman, and I was completely ready to play a game about being Bat...
Aug 04 // Virtua Kazama

Challengers Wanted: Maining Characters with (Almost) Similar Styles

I am a competitive DOA player. My goal is to focus on the competitive aspects of DOA instead of the fanservice. I got into DOA when I was about 9 years old. The first DOA game I played was Dead or Alive 2 and I remembered th...
Jul 31 // Isay Isay

Taking a break

It's been some kind of week huh?     There's a lot sniping, hurt feelings, and bad blood going around on all sides and I feel I just need to get away for a bit.  For the first time in a long time, I'm not havi...
Jul 29 // Voltech

Splatoon is secretly brilliant.

I wonder how much of Splatoon’s success comes from the proliferation of memes.  I mean, it’s been a top image gallery over on Know Your Meme for months now, and the phrase “you’re a kid now, you&...
Jul 29 // Virtua Kazama

Dead or Alive Festival This Weekend!

On August 1, 2015, Team Ninja will host the first ever Dead or Alive Festival at the Osaki Bright Core Hall in Tokyo, Japan. Fans and top players from around the world are celebrating the legacy of Dead or Alive series. ...
Jul 28 // Pixie The Fairy

Pixiedust #2: Promotions, Bloggers Wanted & Band of Bloggers.

July has been very strong as front page promotions go, leading to at least a dozen promotions thus far. I've been very happy about the response to the "Bloggers Wanted" prompt this month, "Better with age." I had pitched...
Jul 26 // Pixie The Fairy

A fae falls to the dark side...

Bleh. It's been that kind of week for me. Not only did I get to enjoy the stress and tedium of job interviews and filling out more applications, (because what the fuck is my resume for again?) I had some sort of reaction to a...
Jul 24 // Virtua Kazama

Why Ports Matter in Fighting Game Tournaments (Lesson #1: Version Differences)

It’s no secret: I love fighting games. They are my favorite genre in video games. I played them casually as a kid, and I currently play them competitively as an adult today. When playing fighting games casually, there ...
Jul 24 // Occams

Occam Thoughts: Quagmire

Ever get overwhelmed by choices?  350 channels and nothing to watch. A library of books, games and movies and nothing strikes your fancy. So what do you do? What helps you scratch that itch for entertainment when every t...
Jul 21 // Voltech

On The Witcher 3 and Intelligent Games

“The world doesn’t need a hero.  It needs a professional." You can’t begin to imagine how much that tagline irritates me.  Is it true?  Maybe.  But just hearing it makes me cringe -- lik...
Jul 20 // Pixie The Fairy

The juggling act

So here I am doing that thing I do after beating a game. I like to call it my "post-game juggling act." It's what happens when I finish a game and can't make up my mind what to play next. I replay a lot of older games and thi...
Jul 20 // Virtua Kazama

The History of EVO (EXTRAS)

EVO 2015 has came and went. We have seen so many hype moments, WTF moments, and many more. We witness Woshige celebrating too early against Ogawazato in Guilty Gear Xrd Top 8. The killer comeback by Sleep against My God in ...
Jul 17 // Virtua Kazama

The History of EVO (Part 5): EVO 2013-EVO 2015

[Disclaimer: Read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4 so that you can get caught up to speed.] EVO 2013 EVO 2013 was announced on December 3, 2012, and was held at Paris Las Vegas on July 12-14, 2013. The stream was provided ...
Jul 16 // Virtua Kazama

The History of EVO (Part 4): EVO 2010-EVO 2012

[Disclaimer: Read the first three parts by clicking on Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 if you haven't already.] EVO 2010 On July 9-11, 2010, EVO 2010 took place. Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix returned as part of the...
Jul 15 // Virtua Kazama

The History of EVO (Part 3): EVO 2006-EVO 2009

[Disclaimer: If you haven't read the first part or the second part, please go back and do so. And then after that, come back here when you are finished.] EVO 2006 EVO 2006 took place at the Red Rock Resort Spa and Casino on ...
Jul 14 // Occams

Occam Thoughts: Little Moments

Quick note before you read: I tried to make the photos appear at the regular size but had no luck. In the interest of time and my growing frustration I present to you the blog with the monster photos.  Hello everyone.&nb...
Jul 14 // SpielerDad

Amazon Thinks I Have a Gaming Addiction

I do a lot of horrible gaming related things for your personal amusement. I mostly play horrible celebrity branded mobile phone games, but this time around, I decided to read a book about gaming addiction. This was not what I...
Jul 14 // Virtua Kazama

The History of EVO (Part 2): EVO 2003-EVO 2005

[Disclaimer: If you haven't read the first part of The History of EVO, go back and read it before you continue. When you are finished, be sure to come back here.] EVO 2003 EVO 2003 took place on August 8-10, 2003 at Pomona, ...
Jul 13 // SeymourDuncan17

Better With Cage: A brilliant baby

It's 1999. Well, not actually. What I mean is that I want you to imagine that year. It was like a whole damned century ago, but bare with me. This was about half a century before Cage set the industry ablaze and we all prete...
Jul 13 // Virtua Kazama

The History of EVO (Part 1): B3-EVO 2002

Ah, yes… EVO 2015 is near ladies and gentlemen. Can you feel it? Can you sense it? Evolution Championship Series is basically the Super Bowl… the Wrestlemania… the Olympics… the World Series of fi...
Jul 11 // SeymourDuncan17

Seymour's Cosplay Bucket List

Last year, I took a lousy step forward into the world of cosplaying at my local Comic-Con. I paled in comparison to about 90% of my fellow attendees, but it was a huge eye-opener. To quickly summarize, it was almost as if I ...
Jul 06 // Pixie The Fairy

My last day with Lucy

Hey guys, I've really been trying to get back to the monthly recap and finish it, but I'm also in a little bit of a sad situation so it may be late tonight or tomorrow when it finally goes live.  I've never had a pet of ...
Jul 03 // Virtua Kazama

Nintendo's Bill Trinen Confirms That He Will Be Competing at EVO for Smash 4

Bill Trinen, who is an interpreter for Shigeru Miyamoto and the Senior Product Marketing Manager for Nintendo, announces today that he will be competing for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U at Evolution 2015! He is registered as ...
Jul 01 // Virtua Kazama

EVO 2015's Final Registration Numbers

Registration for EVO 2015 has ended yesterday. Mr. Wizard has the final number of entrants for each fighter and let me say this: EVO gets bigger and bigger every year. Ultra Street Fighter IV has set a new record with 2,227 ...
Jun 29 // Virtua Kazama

History of EVO Championship Series 5-Part Blog

EVO 2015 will be coming in two weeks. And to prepare for the occasion, there will be a 5-part daily blog on Destructoid talking about the history of EVO series. From Battle By the Bay series, to EVO 2015, I will talk ab...
Jun 29 // SpielerDad

Why do we still care about Backwards Compatibility?

E3 2015 has come and gone. The big corporations had their pressers, the unwashed masses got to try out the latest wares, and the Los Angeles area is free of game industry marketing reps and journalists, to concentrate on more...
Jun 26 // Occams

Occam Thoughts: Tears of Joy

I am going to cash in some Destructoid cred here and write not only a short blog but also one that has nothing to do with video games.  You will forgive me but in my excitement I can't contain myself.     ...
Jun 25 // Virtua Kazama

FGC Tournament After-Party Experience

[Bringing the FGC knowledge to Destructoid] Community Effort Orlando 2015 (CEO 2015) is this weekend, and everyone is getting ready for the intensity of this fighting game tournament. It is the second biggest tournament...
Jun 24 // Voltech

What’s the Best-Looking Game You’ve Ever Seen?

There’s been a lot to talk about since this past E3, but you know what’s piqued my interest the most?  Street Fighter 5.  As I’ve said in the past, the only trailers/footage I’ve grown ...
Jun 20 // Pixie The Fairy

Hype: Arrivals, departures and Shenmue

So Shenmue III is now a real sequel and no longer an urban legend. On Monday I got so excited I couldn't really think of anything to say in my Sunday recap but "Shenmue III!" so I guess I should do some explaining w...

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