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5:00 PM on 03.28.2015

Devolver Digital Dtoid Live Stream: VOTE for your favorite!

Today marks the end of our week of Devolver Digital streaming, and to celebrate I'll be playing through one or two the various games we've streamed this week. Vote for your favorite in the comments or let me know on Twitter&n...

Caitlin Cooke

5:30 PM on 03.25.2015

Devolver Digital & Dtoid Live Stream: Not a Hero

Welcome to day two of our special partnership with the amazing folks over at Devolver Digital! Yesterday, we took a look at Farmer Gnome's western shooter A Fistful of Gun and Titan Souls, an action game w...

Caitlin Cooke

3:00 PM on 03.20.2015

PAX East 2015 community photo time!

Now that we've all climbed out bed, it's time to rejoice over the good times of PAX before we went into PAX plague hibernation. What adventures we've had on this staircase year after year! This time, the cold and wind was bac...

Caitlin Cooke

8:00 AM on 03.10.2015

Severed is full of one-handed vengeance

There’s something serene about exploring a desolate place for the first time. Too often in games I find myself dropped into an environment, expected to pick up the pieces quickly to achieve a goal and left with little t...

Caitlin Cooke

4:00 AM on 03.09.2015

Headbutting for goats in Toto Temple Deluxe!

For better or worse, sometimes you just have a hankerin’ to steal a goat. Those of us at PAX East with said craving headed over to Toto Temple Deluxe, which delivered goat-stealing gameplay in a fast-paced keep-away bra...

Caitlin Cooke

4:00 PM on 01.05.2015

Review: Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham

Don’t let the name fool you -- this is by no means a Batman game. The Dark Knight may grace the box, but underneath its bat-enameled shell lies a Justice League game at heart. A menagerie of DC heroes and villains combi...

Caitlin Cooke

12:00 PM on 10.08.2014

Review: Heavy Bullets

The security system in Highrise Hunting Grounds has gone rogue, and you’ve been sent to shut down the mainframe. With only six initial bullets, you must fight your way through eight levels of neon jungle rife with lethal spiders, turrets, bush worms, and feisty cat-balls. It’s a good thing your bullets bounce back, because you’ll need them.

Caitlin Cooke

3:30 PM on 08.25.2014

Steamworld Dig is better on the Wii U

This isn’t the first rodeo for SteamWorld Dig -- the cute mining adventure game first arrived last year on the 3DS eshop, followed by a Steam release. Now it’s making a comeback to the Wii U this week on August 28...

Caitlin Cooke

5:00 PM on 04.30.2014

Podtoid 286: Dreams of Island Dictatorship

We're back! This week Conrad Zimmerman, Jonathan Holmes, and Caitlin Cooke chat about PAX East, why every videogame is basically Earthbound, and why Firefly is the best thing since sliced bread and nobody else should say anything differently ever. We also learn more about Conrad's regime over his imaginary island! Listen to it via direct download or through iTunes.

Caitlin Cooke

11:00 PM on 04.29.2014

Review: Daylight

I've been an enthusiast of the horror genre ever since I laid hands on Eternal Darkness for the GameCube. Although not a fair comparison to many survival horror games since, I’ve understood what it takes for...

Caitlin Cooke

2:30 PM on 04.16.2014

Magic 2015 Duels of the Planeswalkers coming this summer

Magic 2015 Duels of the Planeswalkers was announced for release this summer on Xbox One, Xbox Live Arcade, Steam, and mobile devices. While not a surprise considering they've produced a new game every summer for the past...

Caitlin Cooke

8:00 AM on 04.16.2014

Struggling to survive in This War of Mine

In a sea full of bright, action-packed games at PAX it was a surprise to see such a serious greyscale game like This War of Mine, an 11 bit studios title about life during war. Rather than placing the focus on combat as most ...

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3:30 PM on 01.27.2014

Huge News: Charity Edition

This week Jonathan and I partner with an amazing charity to grant Benny Disco (@TheBennyDisco) his dream of writing news for the video game industry! Please enjoy this latest installment as we read off Benny's favorite news stories from the past week.  Love us? Hate us? Have questions or want a shout out on the show? Let us know at holmessupholmes@gmail.com!

Caitlin Cooke

11:00 AM on 01.24.2014

Review: Broken Age: Act 1

The game formerly known as "Double Fine Adventure" has finally made its debut -- or should I say, half-debut. Broken Age: Act 1 is the culmination of almost 100,000 backers, over 3.5 million dollars, and nearly two years of...

Caitlin Cooke

5:00 PM on 11.27.2013

Review: Mario Party: Island Tour

I consider myself a Mario Party veteran -- I’ve been a huge fan of the series, with a particular emphasis on the cutthroat days of the N64 titles. There’s nothing like losing the skin on the palm of your hands t...

Caitlin Cooke

2:00 PM on 11.21.2013

Review: Super Motherload

Super Motherload was supposed to be my “tester” experience -- the first game that I booted up on my PlayStation 4 to get a feel for the system. I planned to take a few minutes to acquaint myself with the control...

Caitlin Cooke

1:00 PM on 10.04.2013

Ken Levine on the evolution of Elizabeth in Burial at Sea

Warning: Minor plot/theme spoilers  BioShock Infinite - Burial at Sea: Episode 1 ends on an interesting note to say the least, and I'm curious to see what is in store for the next episode. When it was announced, Burial a...

Caitlin Cooke

7:00 AM on 10.04.2013

Preview: BioShock Infinite - Burial at Sea: Episode 1

Warning: minor plot spoilers I swore hand over heart that I would not spoil the resolution of Burial at Sea, so that will remain a mystery until the rest of you fine citizens get to enjoy it before the holidays. However, to g...

Caitlin Cooke

10:00 AM on 07.30.2013

Ken Levine on BioShock Infinite's new DLC, Burial at Sea

Irrational Games, and Ken Levine in particular, have been known for creating games with innovative narratives and unique gameplay. BioShock Infinite is no different, and we expect the same for the remaining downloadable cont...

Caitlin Cooke

7:01 AM on 07.30.2013

Next BioShock Infinite DLC is taking us back to Rapture

Irrational Games revealed the intentions for their remaining BioShock Infinite downloadable content plans to follow up the Clash in the Clouds DLC: Burial at Sea, a Booker and Elizabeth tale set on the eve of Rapture's down...

Caitlin Cooke

7:00 AM on 07.30.2013

BioShock Infinite's first DLC is out on Steam today

We're here folks! Breathe that big ol' sigh of relief because by midday you'll see BioShock Infinite's first piece of downloadable content, Clash in the Clouds, available for download on the PC through Steam. Clash in the C...

Caitlin Cooke

10:30 PM on 06.15.2013

Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments looks sweet

Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments is the seventh installment in the Sherlock Holmes series from Frogwares development studio, and so far it's looking pretty stellar. Crimes and Punishments holds many firsts for the seri...

Caitlin Cooke

7:00 PM on 06.15.2013

It's Deadfall Adventures Time!

UPDATE: Deadfall Adventures will be $39.99 on PC and $49.99 on X360, not $60. Deadfall Adventures may seem like an Indiana Jones or Uncharted rip-off, however the game is doing the exact opposite: it is engrained in the ...

Caitlin Cooke

10:30 PM on 06.14.2013

Contrast lights the way to fun platforming

Contrast is hands down the most unique game I played at E3. It's rare to find a game that melds adult themes with the whimsical storytelling mechanics of a child's mind. Blended with interesting puzzle platforming, Contrast is surely going to spark some interest when it arrives.

Caitlin Cooke

8:35 PM on 06.13.2013

Phoenix Wright: Dual Destinies is lookin' fine in 3D

I'm a big fan of the Ace Attorney series but fell off the wagon somewhere between the Apollo Justice and Miles Edgeworth games, so it's exciting to see that Phoenix is making a comeback in Dual Destinies. The game takes place...

Caitlin Cooke

5:45 PM on 06.13.2013

Magrunner: Dark Pulse looks really darn cool

Magrunner: Dark Pulse is a game that you may brush off as a Portal imitator at first - but I urge you not to do so. After playing through some levels on the E3 show floor, Magrunner has caught my attention not just with its delightful puzzle-solving mechanics but through the world and story itself.

Caitlin Cooke

1:30 PM on 06.12.2013

Rune Factory 4 is pleasantly complex

Attending E3 has given me the chance to try out some games I normally wouldn't think of picking up - Rune Factory 4 being one of them. I always considered the Rune Factory series to be a Harvest Moon imitator until I gave it ...

Caitlin Cooke

2:00 PM on 06.03.2013

Review: Might & Magic: Duel of Champions

Might & Magic: Duel of Champions is yet another contender in this year of our collectible card game lords, 2013. CCGs are being released in droves this year and with most of them running on the free-to-play model, competi...

Caitlin Cooke

3:00 AM on 05.08.2013

Magic 2014 Duels of the Planeswalkers to have sealed play

[Update: Further details on the sealed play mode and potential cost can be found here. It sounds like players will not need to pay for booster packs, rather the game will come with two sealed deck slots in which you can edit ...

Caitlin Cooke

3:30 PM on 04.15.2013

Impressions: Zynga's mobile card game War of the Fallen

Zynga has just released their latest social game endeavor War of the Fallen for iOS, with Android soon to follow. This new card battle game steps up to the plate with hopes of introducing casual game players to the world of c...

Caitlin Cooke

9:30 PM on 03.25.2013

Magic 2014: Duels of the Planeswalkers sneak peek

Wizards of the Coast has announced the return of its Magic: Duels of the Planeswalkers game series this summer. In addition to the usual platforms (iOS, PC, Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network), the game is also being relea...

Caitlin Cooke

11:00 PM on 03.24.2013

PAX: Hands-on with Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

Being a huge Magic: The Gathering fan, I was super excited for Blizzard's Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft announcement on Friday. However, I was a bit wary on how they would approach the game. Collectible card games...

Caitlin Cooke

6:00 PM on 03.23.2013

PAX: Singin' and stompin' with Toki Tori 2

I love puzzle adventure games, so I couldn't pass up the chance to play Toki Tori 2 on the PAX show floor. What's not to love about an adorable yellow bird tromping around a brightly animated forest? I got a hands-on with Two...

Caitlin Cooke

5:00 PM on 03.22.2013

Videogamer: The Film Seeks Funding

"Through our numbers we can get the world talking about innovation. The gaming industry revolution is now." Videogamer: The Film is a neat little project with a huge undertaking -- a full-length film which pulls back the...

Caitlin Cooke

10:30 AM on 03.22.2013

PAX: Details on Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

Blizzard has announced new details regarding its free-to-play collectible strategy card game, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft. To start, there will be over 300 cards in the game. Players can unlock cards by purchasing or...

Caitlin Cooke

11:00 AM on 02.14.2013

Games to play with your boyfriend on Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day isn't always about getting taken out to dinner and receiving fancy treats and trinkets. Okay, well maybe it is, but who's to say that you can't get a little gaming on the side? Consider spending some quality time with your boyfriend by reeling him into the following co-op games. If he resists, consider your future with him wisely...

Caitlin Cooke

5:00 PM on 01.14.2013

Review: Kinect Party

Hey, Television! Check out Double Fine’s latest game for Xbox Live Arcade: Kinect Party. In fun-loving Double Fine fashion, it was released for free upon launch in mid-December until the New Year. For those of you who d...

Caitlin Cooke

3:30 PM on 12.10.2012

Preview: Lost Marbles

I first came across Lost Marbles at the Boston Festival of Indie Games this past September. As I walked past Binary Takeover’s booth, I couldn't help but stare at the bright ambiance emitting from the screen and the fun...

Caitlin Cooke

9:30 PM on 11.29.2012

MoMA Collects 14 Video Games for Exhibition

Paola Antonelli of the New York Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) has announced today that the museum will be exhibiting 14 video games as part of its Architecture and Design collection starting in March 2013. In addition to exhibi...

Caitlin Cooke

2:00 PM on 09.10.2012

Review: Tower Wars

Tower defense games are somewhat an addiction of mine; instinctively strategic yet part determination and endurance, these titles have always delighted and frustrated the wits out of me. Lately, there’s been a surge ...

Caitlin Cooke