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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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8:30 AM on 01.27.2015

Borderlands' Sir Hammerlock thinks his sister is an 'exceedingly bad person'

The Lady Hammerlock Pack of downloadable content is out for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel today so 2K and Gearbox have released an introduction video for the Baroness. While she is not really a villain, she is not exactly a he...

Darren Nakamura

7:00 PM on 01.26.2015

Here are some things Bill Platt could have purchased instead of amiibo

A few weeks ago the staff talked about how we feel about amiibo. The consensus is that they are neat little Nintendo figures that don't have amazing functionality but they don't break the bank. One anomaly showed up in the di...

Darren Nakamura

1:00 PM on 01.26.2015

Gunsport's idea of a dystopian future is cyberpunk volleyball

In the future, two teams of two people will face one another in small arenas. Guns at the ready, they will prepare their trigger fingers, take aim, and fire... at a volleyball. At least, that is what Gunsport predicts the fu...

Darren Nakamura

1:00 PM on 01.25.2015

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel's new downloadable character is out this Tuesday

The inaugural PAX South is wrapping up today, and Gearbox's panel just ended. We heard about the plans with Homeworld earlier, but the studio's cash cow for the past several years has been the Borderlands series, so of course...

Darren Nakamura

8:30 AM on 01.25.2015

Review: Gravity Ghost

[Disclosure: Ashly Burch, one of the voice actors for Gravity Ghost, previously created video content for Destructoid. As always, no relationships, personal or professional, were factored into the review.] Traditional gh...

Darren Nakamura

2:00 AM on 01.24.2015

Gravity Ghost is pretty so I took a bunch of screenshots

I just finished playing through Gravity Ghost (expect a review later today), and as I tend to do with less action-focused titles or sequences, I took a lot of screenshots along the way. Not only does Gravity Ghost's planet-or...

Darren Nakamura

3:30 PM on 01.23.2015

Cautious optimism: Rain of Reflections has some good RPG ideas

A new development studio was formed in Sweden called Lionbite Games, and it has revealed its first project: a noir cyberpunk role-playing game called Rain of Reflections. The trailer above shows off the dystopian world and i...

Darren Nakamura

10:00 AM on 01.23.2015

Gravity Ghost story trailer hints at protagonist Iona's origin

In Gravity Ghost, the player controls Iona, who is a colorful ghost. The story is told through flashbacks, with scenes showing that Iona was not always a ghost. My scientist deductive reasoning tells me this: at some point s...

Darren Nakamura

11:00 PM on 01.22.2015

Point-and-click shoot 'em up Starr Mazer now on Kickstarter

A couple days ago Steven told us that Mega Man composer Manami Matsumae would be contributing to Starr Mazer, and that she would not be alone in that endeavor. Indeed, the huge list of composers on the Starr Mazer Kickstarte...

Darren Nakamura

12:30 PM on 01.22.2015

Trailer for Telltale's Game of Thrones Episode 2 threatens open war

Game of Thrones: A Telltale Game Series kicked off in December with Episode One: Iron from Ice. In preparation for the release of Episode Two: The Lost Lords, Telltale released the preview trailer seen above. The first half ...

Darren Nakamura

3:00 PM on 01.21.2015

Drawstructoid: Predicting Evolve's unknown DLC monsters

Evolve is releasing with a few monsters and a handful of hunters, but more will be on the way through the magic of downloadable content. Some of the monsters are known entities, but others are complete mysteries. At least, to...

Darren Nakamura

10:00 AM on 01.21.2015

Swapnote's Nikki to return in Nikki's Travel Quiz

I miss Swapnote. I mean, it's still around, but dropping SpotPass functionality has basically rendered it impotent. The thing is, even when it was fully functional, most of the messages I got came from Nikki, who I always ass...

Darren Nakamura

4:30 PM on 01.20.2015

Give some robots a rhythm beatdown in Omega: the First Movement

It has been a while since I have played a mobile game that I have really gotten into. Could Omega: the First Movement be the one to end my dry spell? Maybe! Its protagonist looks like a neon cyberpunk version of the kid from...

Darren Nakamura

2:00 PM on 01.20.2015

Blackguards 2 is deep, unfriendly, and buggy

Last year Patrick reviewed PC strategy role-playing game Blackguards, and he loved it. Blackguards 2 is out on Steam today. I have put about a dozen hours into the sequel, but I am not even close to the point where I can...

Darren Nakamura

8:30 AM on 01.20.2015

Majora's Mask 3D and New 3DS XL playable at PAX South

The New Nintendo 3DS XL is the current hot commodity for Nintendo fans, with special edition units selling out. For those who are not so keen on ordering one before playing, an opportunity to get some hands-on time is coming ...

Darren Nakamura

9:30 AM on 01.15.2015

Cooperative board game Pandemic Legacy set to release October 8

Pandemic has served as a primer to cooperative board games for many who have recently taken up the hobby. Last year Z-Man Games announced that Pandemic designer Matt Leacock and Risk Legacy designer Rob Daviau would be teamin...

Darren Nakamura