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Darren is a scientist and an educator by day, and a writer and reviewer by night. While he enjoys shooters, RPGs, platformers, strategy, and rhythm games, he takes particular interest in independent games. Additionally, he produces the Zero Cool Podcast, and he plays board games quite a bit.

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1:30 PM on 04.17.2015

New StreetPass game Ultimate Angler gets dark for a brief moment

The two new 3DS StreetPass games came out yesterday. I downloaded them last night but didn't get a chance to play either until this morning. Wanting to start out with the lighthearted fishing game Ultimate Angler before takin...

Darren Nakamura

11:30 AM on 04.17.2015

Guitar Hero Live wants to give players stage fright

Just a few days after the trailer reveal, this video showed up going further into what makes Guitar Hero Live new. It's a long one, so if you're not able to sit through 34 minutes of video, Destructoid has you covered. The p...

Darren Nakamura

4:30 PM on 04.16.2015

Crypt of the NecroDancer exits Early Access in a week

It has been a while since we were first entranced by the "why hadn't anybody done this yet?" rhythm dungeon crawler Crypt of the NecroDancer, and now it's finally in the home stretch. After a nine-month bout in Early Access,...

Darren Nakamura

11:30 AM on 04.14.2015

Ion implements an old idea I had for a chemistry card game

I have to applaud Genius Games. I've had the idea for a card game based on ionic bonding kicking around in my head for years now, always with the thought that I could develop it and set up on Kickstarter for publishing. True...

Darren Nakamura

7:30 AM on 04.14.2015

Game News Haikus: EarthBound, The Last of Us, Mortal Kombat X, and more

I wrote a thing about The Last of Us last week, and despite the use of measured language, there were accusations of extreme opinions on either side. Come on, people. That is not very zen. Find your nirvana. In this series, w...

Darren Nakamura

7:30 PM on 04.13.2015

Orcs Must Die! takes tower defense to the tabletop arena

Orcs Must Die! has truly made it. After a few entries in the main series, the scrappy little tower defense from Robot Entertainment now has a board game in the works, designed by Petersen Games. Orc Must Die! The Boardgame c...

Darren Nakamura

11:00 AM on 04.12.2015

Miss PlayStation Home? Check out the Tower Unite Kickstarter

Hot off the heels of the death knell of PlayStation Home, this Kickstarter popped up. It's probably a coincidence, considering the team has been working on the similar GMod Tower for the past five years, but it seems fortuit...

Darren Nakamura

9:00 AM on 04.10.2015

Xenoblade Chronicles X lets up to 32 players cooperate

There was a Japanese Nintendo Direct this morning focused on Xenoblade Chronicles X. Thanks to some helpful translation, we know a few more details about the Dolls and mechs and cooperative play. One cool-sounding note is th...

Darren Nakamura

10:00 PM on 04.09.2015

This Humble Weekly Bundle is all about board games

We don't often highlight the Humble Weekly Bundle these days (more like Humble Weekly Burnedout, right?), but I couldn't let this one go unnoticed. Just in time for International Tabletop Day, this week it's all about videoga...

Darren Nakamura

2:30 PM on 04.09.2015

Pineapples are our future in No Pineapple Left Behind

School, right? We've all been there. One day you're studying for tests and gossiping with friends, the next day you and the entire student population of your school have been turned into pineapples. I hate it when that happe...

Darren Nakamura

3:00 PM on 04.08.2015

Colorful action RPG Izle planned for all current-gen systems

This showed up a few days ago in the ol' Destructoid inbox, and it sure has a look to it. I'm picking up a lot of Zelda in the above Kickstarter trailer, but also hints of Fable and Minecraft too. It's got floating islands (...

Darren Nakamura

7:00 AM on 04.07.2015

Game News Haikus: Sexy Final Fantasy, amiibogeddon, Bloodborne trick, and more

Nintendo took a big spot in last week's news, with the highs of the Nintendo Direct and the lows of the Wave 4 amiibo rollout. Does that give the company perfect balance, like a haiku? I'm not sure. In this series, we take a...

Darren Nakamura

2:00 PM on 04.06.2015

The Last of Us multiplayer DLC is not okay

[An earlier version of this piece had an inaccurate statistical description of one of the downloadable weapons. The offending paragraph has been updated for factual accuracy.] I know, I'm late to the party. Despite being inte...

Darren Nakamura

8:00 AM on 04.06.2015

Review: Dyscourse

A common thread in new school adventure and role-playing games is the emphasis on player choice, with an implied promise that through individual decisions players can build a unique narrative. In practice, that often produces...

Darren Nakamura

5:00 PM on 04.02.2015

Peep the three roles in the new Affordable Space Adventures trailer

Affordable Space Adventures is coming out in one week, so developer KnapNok Games has released a new trailer for the cooperative sci-fi puzzle action title. In my time with it at PAX East, I found the use of the Wii U G...

Darren Nakamura

4:45 PM on 03.31.2015

There's no place like PlayStation Home

You Can't Go (PlayStation) Home Again [Giant Bomb]  

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