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Return from Hiatus

It's been nearly a year and a half since my last blog post here on Destructoid. There's been several reasons for that. The first and most prominent being that I just graduated from college and ...   more

Return from Hiatus


Taking in the Sights: Guild Wars 2

I've only begun dipping my toe into the Guild Wars 2 beta that's been running this weekend, and I'm already impressed with the design of the world. It takes a special sort of game to cause me t...   more

Taking in the Sights: Guild Wars 2


PAX Pic Post

I departed for PAX East 2011 with no previous convention experience and no idea what to expect. I had few goals other than "enjoy yourself", check out the 3DS, and attend at least the Commun...   more

PAX Pic Post


A Critical Ear #7: Thinking Outside the Sound Chip

Games have certainly changed a lot of the years, due to the advent of new technologies that allow for faster processing, more memory, and greater graphical capabilities than before. Game soun...   more

A Critical Ear #7: Thinking Outside the Sound Chip


A Critical Ear #6: While I Play Unfitting Music

Music is one of the primary methods by which video games evoke an emotional response in the player. In order to elicit the response that the designers want, a piece of music is usually ...   more

A Critical Ear #6: While I Play Unfitting Music


Changes: SERIOUS BUSINESS

—C.S Lewis, “On Three Ways of Writing for Children” Looking around my squat little dorm room that I call “home” this year at the university, you might never know that I’m a gamer. My laptop i...   more

Changes: SERIOUS BUSINESS


A Critical Ear #4: Fight On!

There are two types of “epic” boss themes in video game soundtracks: those that say “Oh my god we’re facing down an avatar of phenomenal cosmic power that could easily grind us into dust if w...   more



Rise From Your Grave: Dreamcast!

The Undead have been shambling into our games for the past couple of years, making one of the most popular trends in gaming recently. Want a dose of zombies in your four-player co-op shoote...   more

Rise From Your Grave: Dreamcast!


PSA: Chaos Rings hits the App Store

Chaos Rings, an iPhone exclusive RPG has been released in the App Store At $12.99 it's a bit pricey for the App Store, but for those interested I'll see if I can post an App Store link.   more

PSA: Chaos Rings hits the App Store


A Critical Ear: Analyzing Music In Video Games

My article on “Dancing Mad” got a lot more attention than what I was expecting, and it seemed like a lot of the readers in the comments wanted to see me write more on the subject of video game...   more

A Critical Ear: Analyzing Music In Video Games


Sonic Fanboy Meltdown

YouTuber Aknotholeresident thought it would be a good idea to grab his Sonic plushie and watch the debut Sonic 4 trailer, insanity ensues. He has since removed the video from his YouTube channe...   more

Sonic Fanboy Meltdown


Spot The World Exclusives

Did you spot it? Will it happen? What are your thoughts?   more

Spot The World Exclusives


My intro......Finally.

(Im sorry if this is boring or whatever. Also, grammar) Hello people, Ive been a member of Destructoid for a couple years now. I just never made a Intro because I was either lazy or just didn't ...   more

My intro......Finally.


"What Would Mario Do?": Messianic Characters in Video Games.

Spring is upon us here in the Northern hemisphere, and with Spring comes warm weather, MTV showing footage of topless, underage girls on break, hay fever, and of course Easter, which is officia...   more



There Will Be Brawl - Episode 7 is out!

Finally, after more than two months of delays, the seventh episode of the web series was released on The Escapist this Friday. And holy shit, it is worth the wait. My jaw was open for about th...   more

There Will Be Brawl - Episode 7 is out!


KoF 12 prize arrived (Short Post)

I won a combo pack during the twitter party with Dinomas. The poster signed by Eisuke Ogura (the illustrator of the game) came about a week ago. I just got the game this morning. I've played it ...   more

KoF 12 prize arrived (Short Post)


My Dream Games (and the reality I face)

After finishing a game that I liked, I often wished for a sequel. After countless bad spin-offs or sequels to good games, I've refined that desire a bit. No matter how much I loved Shining Fo...   more

My Dream Games (and the reality I face)


I Suck At Games: Charge!

Hello, my name is SWE3tMadness, and I suck at strategy. Oh, don’t get me wrong, I know simple tricks like “Always aim for the eye,” and Elemental Rock-Paper-Scissors, but that just means my who...   more

I Suck At Games: Charge!


The Rest of GH5's (Official!) Setlist + Video Links

Activision finally announced the final tracks of the Guitar Hero 5 setlist today, so - as I said in my earlier post - here are the video links (and commentary) to go with them. Enjoy! (Eh, no...   more

The Rest of GH5's (Official!) Setlist + Video Links


Video links for (almost all of) the Guitar Hero 5 announced setlist.

The full setlist for Guitar Hero 5 hasn’t been released yet, but I’m running into the same problem as the GHWT tracks: I have no utter clue about what half these songs are like. So like the GH...   more

Video links for (almost all of) the Guitar Hero 5 announced setlist.


Leaked Concept Art of New Legend Of Zelda Wii!

It may not look like much, but as far as I know this is the only picture available of the art shown off at Miyamoto's roundtable at E3. Let the Internet matlocking commence. Picture credit goes to   more

Leaked Concept Art of New Legend Of Zelda Wii!


The Top 5 Bowser Battle Themes Of All Time

Throughout the years, Mario has faced off with his nemesis, Bowser, countless times. And from the first time we dueled the spiky behemoth on a rickety bridge over lava, to the time when we boot...   more

The Top 5 Bowser Battle Themes Of All Time


Please you to meet me,yes?

Hi! As I'm new and trying not to suck,here is my semi-manditory intro blog,yay! ...So,my IRL name is Doug and I'm a 35 yr old man-child from Springfield,MO (I live 2 blocks from The Simpsons,no l...   more

Please you to meet me,yes?


Ten Games that Influenced Etirflita

and, because everyone loves lists: I started reading when I was young, fascinated by the world of books. What I craved most was fantasy, so the worlds of Tolkien, C.S. Lewis and Llo...   more

Ten Games that Influenced Etirflita


SWE3tMadness Watches the Watchmen. (A NVGR Review)

((Some minor spoilers for those who haven’t seen the movie or read the graphic novel.)) This movie is a miracle. By all rights, fans should hate it and everything it stands for. Zach Snyder ...   more

SWE3tMadness Watches the Watchmen. (A NVGR Review)


My Thoughts on the GH:WT Custom Song Creator.

One of the biggest reasons why I wanted to buy GH:WT (and pretty much the only reason why it's not gathering dust right now in my basement) originally was for the custom song creator that was...   more

My Thoughts on the GH:WT Custom Song Creator.


SWE3tMadness' Spoiler-Free Review of RE: Degeneration

So for Christmas, I finally couldn’t say no to a 20 dollar price tag on and picked it up to play over break. After carving a bloody swath through rural Europe (and having an absolute blast w...   more

SWE3tMadness' Spoiler-Free Review of RE: Degeneration


Well, that didn't take very long...

Satch Boogie has been FC'd on Expert Guitar for GH:WT. Which means that now every guitar part for every song on the official setlist has been completed perfectly by the community at some point. ...   more

Well, that didn't take very long...


The Day After: Thoughts on the election from the losing party. (NVGR)

After 21 months of polls, primaries, and nonstop coverage of the candidate's fashion sense, it's finally over. And even though I didn't support the man who won, he still achieved his victory fa...   more

The Day After: Thoughts on the election from the losing party. (NVGR)


In honor of GH:WT's release today...

Well, in case you haven’t heard, Guitar Hero: World Tour finally hit stores last night. However, some very lucky players managed to get their hands on copies even earlier, and one of them has alr...   more

In honor of GH:WT's release today...





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